Monday, July 22, 2013

Foodie Update

We are still enjoying this new stage in BG's life.  Food.  I don't think Nate nor I have ever been so captivated watching someone else eat before.  BG is so deliberate in his movements with food and yet at the same time he's really just playing with what's on his tray.  However, if there is zucchini involved little mister does NOT mess around.  Those lovely green strips go directly into his mouth with purpose and speed!

We've tried an assortment of fruits and veggies thus far.  Sweet potatoes, peas, carrots, zucchini, yellow squash, avocado, apples, pears, peaches, bananas, tomato and eggs. Any suggestions for another tasty treat??

Friday, July 19, 2013

Five on Friday!

This is my first timing joining in the 5 on Friday fun! 

1. Am I allowed to say that 5 on Friday is one of my favorites or is that cheating???  I have just loved reading so many others lists that I just finally had to join in the fun myself!  It's really helped inspire me to start blogging again after finding so many other interesting bloggers through a.liz adventures - I'm actually linking up my list as well - this is the first time I've ever linked up anywhere!  Ha!

2. I love watching my sweet boys during swim lessons at Charlotte Aquatics.  I'm with BG every day and I wouldn't trade it for the world ~ but my sweet husband is gone more often (somebody's gotta bring home the bacon!) so seeing these two bonding while BG learns to swim is such a pleasure!

3. Nate gifted me recently with all of the books missing from my Barefoot Contessa collection.  I have used many of the recipes in Back to Basics lately - we're actually making the Niman Ranch burgers with caramelized onions and a side of creamy cheddar grits this weekend. Oh, Ina!

4. These Morning Glory Muffins are delicious!  I made a batch this past weekend and had enough batter for 24 muffins...I froze most of them for easy and healthy breakfasts down the road.  Delish!

5.  The pool in our "backyard" a.k.a. our neighbors pool!  We just love popping over there to take a dip, especially when naptime ends earlier than normal and we need a little distraction until dinner! Don't worry they usually meet us out back to dip their toes in too!

So, those are my five...what have you been loving lately??


Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Happy 4th Ya'll...Recap!

Two weeks before the fourth of July I turned to my lovely husband and asked him "Do you think you're ready to have a party?"  "Sure." was his simple but oh so very common response.  My mind immediately started reeling...what time of day is best for us AND BG to entertain, how much food should we provide vs ask others to bring, can I really handle throwing our first party in less than two weeks time most of which would be sans the hubster (specifically the last 48 hours leading up to the party!)???  After deliberating back and forth and back and forth we decided to just go for it.  No less than five minutes after we pulled the trigger I was emailing the amazing Elizabeth* at Sunshine Ink to see if she could not only create an invitation for us but complete it within 24 hours so I could have it developed and mailed to our lovely guests.  Well she truly rose to the occasion!  (We loved the work she did for our annual pumpkin carving party so it was no surprise that our first fourth invitation was be just as darling.)  The thick white lines are just my way of erasing our details...not very subtle but purposeful!  How darling is this though??

We had a fantastic time...a wonderful group of friends...and of course delicious food!  Unfortunately I only used my phone to take pictures of the spread and party goers...poo poo on me for that.  I was so nervous about the house looking nice and how BG would respond to all of these people in his house.  All of my worries were for one cared if every last surface of our home was dirt free...especially when so many of the sweet children left a trail of muffin crumbs throughout the house from the moment they entered - and I wouldn't have it any other way!!!  BG was the wild card though and boy did he shock me.  I barely saw him for the three plus hours of the party...he was passed from stranger to stranger without much of a peep...I guess it didn't hurt that some people were feeding him watermelon and blueberry muffin (ahem. Debi.)

Long story short?  \I cleaned, grocery shopped and stressed for days leading up to the big event.  Our guests started arriving and we ALL enjoyed ourselves.  Entertaining with a baby in tow was not nearly as overwhelming as I'd fact we're planning to do it again soon!

After the party BG took a nap and we put our feet up after a quick clean sweep of the first floor.  Once the baby woke up I convinced the mister that we should snap some 4th photos for posterities sake.  So glad we took the time to do tired as we were I'm so happy to have them!

(BG's flag outfit is a handmade creation from my mom...I saw a design online and sent it to her wondering if she could create something similar.  A few weeks later it was on my doorstep!  So nice to have such a talented mom...if only I could sew like her!)

*Elizabeth is truly a dream to work with.  I've had the pleasure of using her creative services for three separate occasions each of which were ideal!  She is not only unique in creation but extremely particular and professional.  I can't recommend her enough!