Monday, October 26, 2015

Ta-Ta to the TATAS Party!

On Saturday we had our closest friends over for a little boob-voyage. With so much anxiety surrounding my procedure it was unbelievably amazing to be surrounded by such wonderful friends. We drank too much, ate tacos, let the kids stay up hours past their bedtimes, played cornhole, ate boob cake, laughed a lot and said ta-ta to my tatas!
For the party we dressed in pink! We kept it very casual so I wore a soft pink t-shirt and added a breast cancer ribbon scarf. Caroline had plenty of pink to choose from but my favorite part of her outfit was the pink ribbon bow that my friend Lisa got her. And for Thomas, my friend Laura designed a breast cancer ribbon that I printed on transfer paper and ironed on to a onesie. Oh, and he also borrowed a pair of his sister's pink socks!  
We did coolers of beer for the guys. But for the ladies I threw together a fun "ta-ta-tini" (pink lemonade, sprite and vodka) which was a little too yummy!
We all had such a fun time picking out cup sizes and laughed every time someone lost their drink and could be heard asking if anyone had seen a 34C cup anywhere. 
For decorations I kept it simple and split a large pink Dahlia bouquet from the Farmer's Market into several small arrangements.
 When I began planning our little shindig Matt's only request was that I didn't do the cooking. He knows how stressed out I can get in the kitchen trying to heat the food as guests arrive and he wanted me to be able to enjoy the party from start to finish. As much as I love doing the cooking, I agreed and let Cantina cater our party with a taco bar. It was perfect and I didn't have to worry about a thing. They delivered it, set it up and everything was in disposables so it was super easy clean up!
 I did however make my pumpkin dip in a pink pumpkin.
And for dessert we had tata cake!
On to my favorite part of the party...friends and babies!
 
 

 
Between Aunt Mel and Aunt Laura, Thomas was taken care of all night long.

 
The party went late. Like, way later than I can hang these days but it was the perfect night. The guys played a lot of cornhole and played with fire, the kiddies roasted marshmallows, ate too many M&Ms and played with bubbles and the girls passed the babies around, cleared out many bottles of champagne and had the very best girl time.
These girls. They are some of my very best friends. I've laughed, cried and prayed with, for and alongside each one of these sweet girls over the past six'ish years. I couldn't feel more blessed to have these women in my family's life! They've always been there for me and this celebration was no exception!

And because they are unbelievably generous, they surprised me with gifts to get me through these next few months - stacks of magazines, a monogrammed robe, a blowout gift card, button up pajamas, the softest and most comfortable button up shirt and cardigan, a VS gift card to get a new bra and more!
The tata party was a huge success and a much needed distraction for our last weekend before my surgery. And even though they will be dearly missed, I felt like we gave the tatas one heck of a farewell party. 
 
Tomorrow we head to the hospital for the big day. We have to be there by 4:30 am and the surgery is at 7 am. It should take 5 or so hours and then Matt and I will stay in the hospital for one or two nights. Thank you all for your continued prayers, support and encouragement. I can't tell you how many times I read and re-read your emails, comments and cards. Please say a prayer for me, my family and my surgeons. We could really use it!
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Friday, October 23, 2015

Five on Friday!

Today is my last day of work for awhile and I am so ready for.the.weekend. But then I remember that following this weekend is my procedure and I start freaking out about all of the things I still need to do before I'm out of commission for six weeks. You know, things like...
1. Purchase button up shirts and pajamas for recovery.
2. Purchase a million pillows to keep me propped up since I have to sleep sitting up for a couple months (fun).
3. Clean my car so the moms won't be disgusted by the amount of crushed graham crackers, toys and trash scattered everywhere as they drive the kids around for a few weeks.One of my girlfriends surprised me with an Autobell gift card so I'm so excited to not have to vacuum it out myself!! Yay!
4. Get a pedicure (another surprise gift)! This seems silly BUT I won't be able to do my hair or makeup for a long time so having my toes done may help me feel like a decent human.
5. Fill my Netflix que.
AND....
Say goodbye to the tatas! Which really, this is just an excuse for a much needed surgery distraction by gathering our closest friends together for a big playdate, drinks, cornhole, marshmallow roasting and cake.
 
two. Caroline has been loving her new collection of Halloween and fall bows from Julia's Bowtique (our favorite place for bows)!
three. I'm loving that my crockpot has been cooking dinner for us all week. We've enjoyed our favorite Crockpot Balsalmic Glazed Pork Tenderloin and also Baked Potato Soup.
four. Gone are the days of standing on cold bathroom tile while I brush my teeth! Natural Area Rugs sent us the gorgeous (and ridiculously soft!!!) Amelia Shag rug for our master bathroom so now I smile every time I step out of the shower!
  PS - My counter top never looks like this in real life! I wish it did though.
 
five. I can't wait to soak up my babies as much as possible this weekend. Pretty sure I am going to carry and cuddle them all weekend long. It's going to take months until I'm strong enough to lift over 10 pounds again so I'm going to embrace these last few days of "up, peez!"
  We had our Christmas shoot last weekend with Allison and I love this candid shot she took while Caroline was yelling for the duck-ducks! Oh, and I would be remiss not to mention how awesome of a job LRT did on my hair and makeup! Many more pics to come from this day!
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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Sparkling Pumpkin Cider Beer

Seems like these days we haven't been able to wait until the weekend to pop open a tasty beverage. Our drink of choice lately has been either red wine or pumpkin beer! Most recently we've been hooked on Gordgeous Pumpkin Ale ever since our good friends stopped by with a surprise beer delivery. It's brewed locally and has the perfect amount of pumpkin which easily makes this my favorite fall beer. And recently I whipped up a delicious sparkling pumpkin "beertail" with it too. A rim of sugary goodness, a little extra cinnamon and a lot of sparkling cider, this festive treat is sure to be a hit.
Sparking Pumpkin Cider Beer

Ingredients
3 bottles of your favorite Pumpkin Ale
1/2 bottle Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider
4 cinnamon sticks
3 tbl sugar
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Sprinkle of cinnamon

Directions
In a small dish, combine your sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Dip the rim of your glass in water and twist it into the sugar mixture. Place a cinnamon stick in each glass. Next, pour your Pumpkin Ale until the glass is about three quarters full. Fill the rest of the glass up with cider. Sprinkle with cinnamon and add a garnish, if desired. Enjoy!

*Note: feel free to adjust the beer to cider ratio to your liking!

Yields 4 glasses
 You can find a set of chalkboard mason jars {here}!

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