Friday, October 2, 2015

Five on Friday!

Happy Friday! Phew! I've made it one full week back in the office! It's been hard dropping Thomas off at daycare each morning but I am looking forward to our pajama parties next week while I work from home during his recovery! I thought it would be easier to transition back to work since I've done it once before (and wrote about it here) but it's actually been a million times more difficult. So let's focus on five awesome things today...

- one - My seester is like 2 centimeters away from giving birth. Earlier this week she had a false labor alarm and so now the whole family is on the edge of our seats awaiting the call that Jackson is on the way. I am so, so, so excited for another little man to join our family!
Isn't she the cutest?!
- two - Last weekend Matt and I celebrated (maybe a little too hard) my birthday with the most delicious dinner at Dogwood Southern Table & Bar. I had been wanting to try this new restaurant for awhile and was so happy it lived up to the hype! From the moment we arrived we had impeccable service, the food (all locally farm raised) and cocktails blew us away and the ambiance was absolutely perfect. Shortly after we were seated the bartender came by with a bottle of sparkling rose (and hilarious poem) from our friends who had called earlier and arranged the surprise! So awesome. From there we received a delicious surprise from the the chef (sliced pear with whipped goat cheese) before scarfing down baked pimento cheese dip, duck breast (for Matt), pan seared scallops (for me), succotash and the very best homemade (by the owner's mom) birthday cheesecake I've ever had. During dinner Matt surprised me with some awesome birthday coupons - a weekend away in the mountains, a dinner out (babysitter and restaurant reservation coordinated by him), a weekend of no mom responsibilities (haha) and more. The expiration dates were 2211, so I guess I better get on that pretty soon.
- three - Did you see my DIY mummy costume post yesterday? 
I had plans to make Caroline's costume too (I reaaaaallllyyy wanted her to be this cute little kitten) but while running around Marshall's she spotted this hilarious duck costume and would not let us take it off of her. So the cashier just scanned the tag and let her walk out of the store in it. She was hamming it up big time the rest of the day as we ran errands and grocery shopped with our little duckling. Hopefully she still likes this a few weeks from now...
How do you say no to that? 

- four - So, the most stressful part of the day is easily the time between walking in the front door after pick up until Caroline is happily eating her dinner. In those 25 seconds I am frantically trying to whip up a bottle for Thomas and find something semi-healthy for Caroline to quickly eat while she impatiently melts down in hunger. You all sent me the most incredible suggestions (from this post) and I'm happy to report we've successfully expanded her dinner options. However, one thing that has helped so, so, so, SO much in expediting the microwave to hi chair process is reducing the time it takes to cool down Caroline's food using the toddler/baby food CoolIt Plate! This rapid cooling plate is worth every penny and saves so much time and tears in our evenings. Now that I know this works, my next prime purchase is going to be the Quick Cooling Dish!
- five - Our October is absolutely slammed with fall festivities, surgeries, events, parties and more. This weekend is no exception - we are venturing to the pumpkin patch (weather permitting) and I'm excited to see how different of an experience it will be this year with Caroline.  
Last year's sexy little pumpkins...
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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23 comments:

  1. I'm finding it is SOOOOO much harder to leave them this time too! Ugg! Btw she's the cutest little chicken.

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  2. You and your sister really favor each other!! How exciting she's about to have her baby :) Your Birthday weekend looks like it was a blast! Loving your mummy onesie idea, too!! Happy Friday!

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  3. Those fishnet pumpkins are such a good idea! I love the glammed up look

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  4. Love the DIY Mummy Costume and fishnet pumpkins! Great ideas -- and so easy!
    - Annie at http://somethingaboutnavy.com/

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  5. Lindsey's pictures turned out so super gorgeous! I need some tips from her :)

    So proud of you for making it through this week! BUT It's finally Fridayyyy! Send me your weekend plans! xoxo

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  6. love your sister's pictures and those sexy pumpkins!! Hope the weather cooperates for some pumpkin fun this weekend, it's on our agenda too!!!

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  7. Love that little mummy costume and Caroline is just adorable in her ducky outfit!

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  8. Your sister is adorable!! So exciting. :) I hear ya on celebrating a little too hard...My college roommates were in town last weekend, and I didn't even drink THAT much, but I swear I didn't fully recover until Thursday (from going out on Saturday). Non-sleeping babies didn't help the recovery, but still. And SO CUTE on the coupons!! I am totally stealing that idea for Chad's birthday!! :)

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  9. Those sexy pumpkins haha, so cute! I'm all about a no mess pumpkin decorating! and that cooling plate... GENIUS. We always stick Rae's plates in the freezer while we fix our plates.

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  10. Your sister is gorgeous! That duck costume is ADORABLE!! So so so cute!! Your birthday sounds like it was a blast and what a sweet treat from your hubby for arranging all of that for you. Have a great weekend!!

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  11. That duck outfit is the absolute cutest! Thanks so much for sharing and happy Friday! :)

    xo
    Kate
    http://www.kateisgreatblog.com

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  12. Ok definitely going to be ordering that plate. We are in the same boat at dinner with an impatient child. She sees the food on the plate and melts down until it's in front of her. So dramatic! Haha is that high chair from Ikea? I swear I find myself ordering cheaper, more practical items as the months go on. If I only knew 15 months ago.. Ha! I love how it can be lowered to the ground!

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  13. Your sisters maternity pictures are amazing! I have to ask where she got that dress because I'm kind of in love. Also i think that's the cutest little duck i've ever seen! Little kid costumes are the best thing ever haha

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  14. I totally understand that time for stress. Ours occurs from the time I pick them up until we walk in the door. Both are so overjoyed to be home they finally relax. Little L will sometimes cry the entire 35 minute drive home... Shew! I'm so hoping he grows out of that phase soon! Happy Weekend!

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  15. oh interesting- I've never seen that cool plate. We just have a constant stream to microwave to fridge/freezer rotation happening in our house at mealtime, I'll have to check that out!

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  16. Aww your sister looks gorgeous!! So exciting!! That mummy costume looks so cute!! I want something simple for Jack this year because He can't actually trick-or -treat & he'll probably fall asleep early LOL! & Caroline in the duck costume... sooo cute!!

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  17. Caroline is too crazy!! So cute. I bet she'll love that outfit for Halloween, she's the cutest duckling I've ever seen. Your sister is just glowing, such an exciting time for her! Happy Belated Birthday!

    liz jo @sundays with sophie

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  18. Those pics of your sister are gorgeous!!! You guys look so much alike!! That picture of Caroline as a duck is DARLING! Definitely can't say no to that face!!

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  19. Wow. That plate looks like a game changer. I need one ASAP!

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  20. Your sister is so gorgeous! Congrats on your (possibly already here) newest family member!

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  21. That duck costume is just too much for me - so so cute!!!! x

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  22. Your sister looks beautiful!! So excited for your family! Dinner looks like a blast - what a super way to celebrate your birthday :) And oh my word Caroline is wayyy too cute in that duck costume (the kitten costume is super adorable too)!

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