Monday, April 20, 2015

Supper Club Surprise Sprinkle!

It takes a lot to surprise me. Any signs of mischievous planning and I am on to you. So it totally blew my mind that my girlfriends were able to pull off a complete surprise last week by throwing me a little sprinkle for Thomas at our monthly Supper Club.

I'm not normally late but this particular night I decided to help Matt get Caroline ready for bed since Supper Club was being hosted at my friend Lisa's house who happens to live just a few blocks away in my neighborhood. Well, getting Caroline to bed took longer than I expected and I arrived fashionably semi-flustered and 15 minutes late. I hustled up the driveway, through the front door and made my way straight to the living room. When I entered the room the girls all screamed "SURPRISE!" in unison and I immediately thought I had just missed some good news that was being discussed. I was absolutely confused (hello, pregnancy/mommy-brain) and asked "Surprise what!?! What did I miss?" The girls laughed and pointed behind me. In my haste to join the party I had passed right by paper poms poms, cake, presents and a cute banner - for Thomas!!! I think it took a full minute for it to sink in that I was standing in the middle of my "Thomas the Train" themed baby sprinkle! 
And...a very confused/surprised mommy...
The cake that Lisa had made was unbelievable. The monogram, the train, the many delicious layers of funfetti filling - swoon! It couldn't have been more perfect (or tasty)! 
A closer look at the scrumptious details...
For dinner Lisa made a huge salad and 3 different kinds of homemade pizza - cheese, roasted veggie and caramelized onion & prosciutto! Everyone tried each one and agreed that the caramelized onion and prosciutto pizza was award-winning and immediately needed the recipe. You can find the recipe by The Pioneer Woman (here)...and you should make it ASAP!!
Lisa's tablescape was stunning.

 Love, love, love the place settings.
After dinner we had dessert - cake, of course!
As everyone ate cake I opened gifts. I hit jackpot on Kissy Kissy outfits and so many other cute items! Thomas officially has some clothes to wear now.
One of my favorite shower touches was the signed Thomas the Train book. Inside the front cover each girl wrote a little note to Thomas.
The fabulous friends who made this wonderful night happen!
One more!
What an awesome surprise this evening was!
 
Random side story: the last time a group of my friends successfully surprised me was 4 years ago when I was thrown a Surprise Honeymoon Shower! Check out that post (here)!
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Five on Friday!

It feels so GOOD to have a healthy, happy family again! Thank you all for the well wishes. We have a great weekend ahead - a wedding and a bridal shower!

- ONE - Last night was our monthly Supper Club and my girlfriends totally surprised me with a baby shower! It literally took me like 2 minutes after everyone screamed "surprise!" to realize it was my shower. I am so thankful to call these girls friends and loaded up on tons of sweet, soft boy clothes! Full post coming soon. In the meantime, here is the delicious funfetti cake!
- TWO - I am on the hunt for healthy snacks to pack for the work day. My sister recommended roasted chickpeas so I made a batch earlier this week and loved them. Since I pack 34534523 snacks for work each day I am always on the hunt for something new. What are your favorite healthy go to snacks?
- THREE - A few weeks ago you all gave me some great high chair recommendations (here). Thank you! We ended up with the Ikea Antilop Highchair and are pretty happy with it. It is SO easy to clean (no fabric, no crevices, etc.), I love the clean look, it doesn't have a foot rest so Caroline can't stand up and was ONLY $20. The only drawback is the tray isn't easy to remove so I have to wait until Caroline is out of the chair to remove it. We almost went with the Boon Flair Highchair (our runner up and highly recommended by many of you) but decided to save $200 since the pedestal base is a magnet for collecting massive amounts of Charlie's hair, especially since we slide the chair around from room to room.
- FOUR - Every year I get excited for herb season and end up buying way too many plants that end up dying. The only herb that ever prevails is my mint and it usually ends up strangling all of my other herbs within a month. So this year I kept things simple and decided on ONE herb - basil. It's sitting in my kitchen and I love it.
- FIVE - Let's just stop at four today, okay? Happy weekend, friends! 

Wanna join Darci, April, Natasha and I on the Friday fun? You can link-up on any of our four blogs every Friday! All you have to do is...
1.) Write your post about five things you're lovin' this week (or any five things you want to share!).
2.) Share the logo on your blog and link back. 
3.) Link-up at the bottom of the post so some new readers can check out your five things and say hello!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Caroline Grace {11 Months}


Caroline Grace,

Let's pretend you're not turning ONE in a few weeks.

Love,
Mommy

11 Month Highlights:
  • Grandma and Grandpa sent your birthday present early and you now ride around town in the Britax Marathon Click Tight Car Seat. You still dramatically scream and sob from the second we put you in the car until the second we pull you out. It makes for lovely long rides. If one more mom tells me how much their baby "loved" car rides and would just fall asleep the second the car started moving...
  • Two awful stomach bugs.
  • Still a napping champ (2 long naps a day) and love to sleep on us for your naps at home on the weekends.
  • So wreckless all.the.time. Seat belts don't work on you in shopping carts or your hi chair. At daycare the other day your teacher had to quickly grab you after finding you standing (and clapping) in your chair. You also like to freak us all out by trying to jump off your changing table during diaper changes.
  • Tricks: waving, clapping, lip smacking/popping, 5 second temper tantrums, standing unassisted for a few seconds, taking one step, dancing and saying dadda.
  • Down to about 12 ounces of Earth's Best Organic Formula a day. New favorite foods this month include chicken nuggets, grilled cheese, bagels...aaaaand we're not against shoving french fries at you when we eat out to keep you happy.

11 Month Favorites:

Little Tikes Baby Tree Swing // Britax Marathon Click Tight Car Seat // Play Kitchen // Disposable Place Mats {for eating at restaurants}// Activity Balls // Motrin // Pedialyte
{new swing}
{new car seat}
{new high chair}
{first slide ride}
 {favorite daycare pictures}
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