A Little Family Birthday Celebration!

On Monday night, we pulled out the birthday banners, cake and candles, and celebrated the husband's birthday!  It was a very simple celebration, but festive nonetheless.
SC really enjoyed opening all the cards and gifts.
The husband's big birthday gifts were the Nintendo Switch and a ticket to the Shins, but I also bought him a few things to open the day of.   (Normally we don't do big gifts, but this year just ended up being an exception.)  I found this t-shirt at the J.Crew Factory store, which I thought would be fun to have since we are going there this summer. He also got a pair of shorts from there and I bought some old fashioned Coke bottles.
And we finished the night out with some of his favorite cake!
Today is  my mom's birthday, so the birthday fun continues!

A Beautiful Cloudy Day at the Beach

I know that I've been recapping afternoon trips to the beach lately, but we've been taking the opportunity while the beaches are still quiet and the weather is nice.  Plus as redundant as they may be, they sure beat talking about yesterday's four hour appointment with SC at the allergist for sure! As a side note to that, I'm very thankful that it went well and SC passed her baked milk test.  As not fun as the whole process can be, I realize how extremely fortunate we are that she doesn't have a more serious allergy, so we really can't complain.

Sunday afternoon wasn't the traditional perfect beach day, but it was a relief to have a break from the heat and SC loved playing in the sand. We hit up the nearby playground afterwards and much to SC's relief and joy.
We didn't stay too long though because we were eager to stop for some pizza on our way home.  It did not disappoint, and the husband got a birthday brownie sundae (which I ended up eating more than my fair share of)! 
It was a fun little family outing, and a nice way to end the weekend!

Happy Birthday to the Husband!

Today is my husband's birthday!  We did a little celebrating this weekend, but are continuing the festivities tonight with his favorite Korean chicken and cake.  Every day I'm just so immensely thankful to be his partner in life.  He always puts SC and I first, and we are truly the luckiest.
Happy Birthday, dear husband!

Five for Friday

I loved having time with my family last week, but it's also been nice to get back into a routine with SC.  We've been taking lots of trips to the pool, and it feels like summer!
Even though it is still quite a long time away, I'm super excited that we booked a trip to Maine! My husband's grandmother spends her summers there, and I'm really happy that we will have a week together. We aren't going until August, but I know it will be nice to escape the heat and humidity!
As I mentioned, my sister and I did a little shopping while she was here.  I bought this strawberry tee, and I have loved wearing it this week.  It is casual, but it still makes me feel cute when we are out running errands.  I also splurged on this bangle because of the color.  At least I took care of the husband's Mother's Day gifts!
When my mom came to visit, she brought me some peonies from her garden.  Paired with some of the roses from our backyard, I think they look lovely, and I love how fragrant they are! There is something about fresh flowers that just makes you feel special.
Since my friend had her baby last Friday, I was eager to bring her a meal.  It feels like summer, so I made some honey balsamic pulled pork, coleslaw and baked apples.  It wasn't super fancy, but I feel that it is just nice to have something homemade during the blur of those first few days.  I was also excited to bring the new baby these little booties and an adorable toy fox (that's the nursery theme).
I'm a huge fan of t he BabyLit books, but I have a hard time justifying the price for a board book.  So, I was really excited when I found out that another library in the same system we visit had them.  We were able to request a few, and I've enjoyed reading them to SC.  SC likes the Moby Dick one the best, I think because of the sea theme.  I'm so thankful for our library, because it allows us to mix up the reading material without breaking the bank!  Although I still have quite a wish list of books on Amazon. 
I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend!

My Sister's Visit!

Last Tuesday, my sister flew in for a week long visit!  We are really close, and I miss her a lot, so I treasure our time together.  We met up with my whole family in Williamsburg for a few days, and had a great time just hanging out.  We even did a little family karoke, which was definitely a bonding experience!  As usual, the two littlest family members dominated everyone's attention and energy.
I can't believe how big my niece is getting!
They had a park where we were staying, so we took SC there and she loved it of course.
My brother forgot his contact lenses case, so he improvised with some measuring spoons.  I guess that is his former boy scout training coming in!
On Friday, my sister, SC and I headed to my house to continue the fun.  It ended up being slightly different than I had planned though, because my friend who was expecting went into labor, and we ended up watching her toddler that evening.  He did  great at our house, and my friend gave birth to a healthy baby boy!

On Saturday, my husband watched SC, so my sister and I did a little shopping at TJ Maxx and Old Navy.  We even had a lunch out at Panera...I feel like it has been forever since I've had a meal out!
 It was really fun to just have that sister time without having to worry about a little tot.

On Sunday it was Mother's Day, so we just relaxed in the morning and got ready to meet up with the rest of my family that afternoon.
I had volunteered my sister and I to do the meal, so we ended up going to Trader Joe's and buying things to make a cheese plate and then we just did lots of appetizers.  I'm not sure how everyone else felt about it, but I loved the fact that it was not stressful but still delicious!
My sister bought my mom and I these gorgeous flowers.
We also exchanged cards for my sister, since her birthday is coming up soon.
On Monday, SC and I were planning on driving back up to visit, but my parents and sister came to our house instead, because SC was worn out from the previous day's excitement.  I love that we actually have a place for people to come.  We just visited, and finally cut into the Mother's Day cake!
That evening, when my husband came home from work, we had hamburgers and a little birthday celebration for the three May birthdays in our family (my sister, mom and husband!).  I couldn't be more thankful for these three!

Five for Friday!

I drafted this post last Friday, but I decided to go ahead and publish it today, since I've spent most of the week with my family.  I'll do a recap of our visit next week, but in the meantime, here is what else has been happening!

One thing that SC likes to do is pull books off of our bookshelves and then hand them to me.  She handed The Nightingale, and I got pulled into the story.  While I think the plot and writing are a bit clunky at points, the author did make me think more about what how the war was for women.
I finally made it to a yoga class!  I know that doesn't seem noteworthy, but considering that I made it one of my new year's goals five months ago and then did absolutely nothing, I felt pretty excited about it!

As I mentioned, one of my friends is expecting so I took a few maternity pictures for her during SC's nap time.  I think they turned out ok, and it makes me happy that she has this moment documented! Speaking of expectant mothers, I find this charity's mission so moving.
We've been taking little trips to Williamsburg!  SC really soaked up the extra time with grandma!  I love that I can tell her that we are going and she understands.
We've been loving our spring days with our trips to the park!  Sometimes the husband even joins us for a quick outing after work!
I hope everyone has a lovely Mother's Day weekend!

House Tour: Our Guest Rooms on a Budget!

I deserted the "house tour" after only doing three rooms, because I got a bit discouraged about how still unfinished everything kind of is.  However, I really don't think we will be adding much to either of these rooms anytime soon, so I decided to go ahead and share them.   Even though both rooms are pretty utilitarian,  I think that both rooms are actually pretty comfortable. And even more exciting, one of the rooms will be hosting my sister this weekend!

Here's our downstairs bedroom, which the husband has claimed as his man cave.  We literally plopped our old bed and dresser in here and it makes the space "cozy".  
The dresser is too big for the space, but we moved ourselves, and I could not ask my husband and brother to haul that thing up the stairs.  Now that it is there, it provides a place for the giant tv, which was a hand-me-down from the husband's aunt.  Hence, why the husband claimed this room as his man cave!
We actually have a piece of art to hang over the bed that was a gift from my FIL, but I need to get it custom framed.  I feel like that is going to be somewhat expensive, so I have been dragging my feet.  The quilt was a gift from my MIL, and in addition be being beautiful, displays college football pride!
 In our old apartment we used nightstands as end tables, but we needed those in the living room, so I re-purposed our ottomans for the task.  It isn't perfect, but it functions. The lamp I had bought on sale at Target for $15 when I was in grad school.  My parents had been storing it, and I still really like it.
Our other guestroom I made more feminine (i.e. doesn't have a giant tv), and I think it is a calming space.  
We used the same ottomans that we already had for another nightstand, and we also have a basket of blankets and pillows. My sister sent us this card right before SC's surgery and we found out about the husband's new job, so I framed it as a little reminder. The little catchall was a gift from a friend, and I love how cheerful it is.
I was excited because my husband hung up the mirror, and it looks really nice there.  It had been months, and I just couldn't figure out where to put it, but I think it works nicely here!
We just have two other things hung up on the walls, so it isn't very busy.
We didn't need our old entertainment center, so one night my husband and I drug it upstairs.  I'm not saying that it looks the best, but it gives a place to put towels and such for guests. 
The poster was a birthday gift in college, and I love it.
The only things we actually ended up buying for these rooms were the picture frames and one bed frame (we bought it from Amazon for about $150).  Everything else was gifted/castoffs from our families. Even though the spaces are a bit eclectic, it's so exciting that we actually have space to host our families and friends!