Friday, November 18, 2011

I have the best hubby ever.

So my big 3-0 is Sunday, and I have not exactly been looking forward to it. Considering 30 is such a big birthday, and I am as big as a house, unable to travel or partake in adult beverages, I have not been expecting too much.  Plus, B has to take the Series 66 on Tuesday, so he informed me several weeks ago it would be a weekend of cramming and non-stop studying.  Oh fun.  Little did I know what this guy was up to...

He told me he could take a study break tonight, and we would go for a nice romantic dinner, just the two of us.  However, walking into Valentino's I was shocked to find all our friends yelling, "Surprise!"

B is such a good actor!  I had no clue...hence no make-up. :)  

We enjoyed an Italian feast and fabulous fellowship.

Best gnocchi ever!

And delicious dessert from The Cupcake Collection.  Yum!

What a wonderful start to my 30th birthday weekend.  I am truly blessed to have such an amazing group of friends here in Nashville and love my sweet husband for planning such a special surprise.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

I swear I am not the worst mother...

Ok, I'm feeling guilty after my previous post that some of you may be thinking my poor child will have no exposure to colors or sounds.  Rest assured, that is not the case. :)  If it makes you feel better, here is the fun activity mat (complete, with colors, sounds and dangling animals) that Baby B will enjoy.
See, I am a good mom! :)

Am I a bad mom?

My mom and mother-in-law were both in town last weekend for my Nashville shower, (What a fun, special day!  Cannot wait to show you the pics.  Again, I am truly blessed with the most amazing friends who go out of their way to make Baby B and me feel so loved) and we were non-stop trying to get the nursery ready.  The two of them often gave me a hard time and laughed because I did not want anything too 'baby' in the nursery. :)  Yes, I am aware it is a baby, and he or she will need bright, colorful and noisy things to keep them occupied, but I just get overwhelmed with all the over-the-top stuff out there.

Take for example the lounger (this is where my 'moms' really had a good laugh).  I am just not into the noisy, dangling animal, multi-colored ones (I know as I type this come two months from now I will be reposting that I went to Wal-Mart and bought a colorful, noisy lounger for $19.99 and Baby B is in heaven!).  So imagine how excited I was when I discovered the Coco Stylewood Lounger from one of my favorite blogs, Baby Mine.

I am obsessed.  Fortunately, some lovely friends in Dallas got this for Baby B, and I cannot wait to strap the little guy/gal into it.  I love that it like matches our living room furniture.  Hence my question though (and my 'moms' laughter), am I a bad mom?  Is it bad that I am thinking of room decor rather than what will entertain Baby B and be most comfortable for the little one?  Don't worry, we have plenty of cutesy, fun baby toys, blankets, bouncers, etc., but I just know that Baby B will love that he or she is rocking in style! :)

Friday, November 11, 2011

Feeling loved...

Well once again, I am so behind on my posts.  Not only my posts, but life in general. ;)  I feel like time is evaporating and cannot believe this baby will be here in a matter of weeks.  Yikes!  Anyone know how to make time stand still??

A couple of weeks I ventured home to Dallas for two baby showers and a fun weekend of time catching up with friends and family.  We kicked things off Friday night with a surprise 30th birthday party for my dear friend Lindsey.  She was one of the hostesses for the shower and thanks to her hubby's secretive planning skills had no clue about her party!

 She makes 30 look good! :)

Saturday morning came early as we headed off to shower #1.  My mom's sweet friends from church hosted a lovely breakfast tea shower for Baby B and me.

These ladies know me well. :)  The inspiration behind CakeWalk, cake balls from The Cake Ball Company.  Yummy!

On to shower #2!  My besties from Dallas and sweet friend Beth hosted this one.  I was so impressed with all the unique touches.  They totally went above and beyond to make it special.
Guests wrote well wishes to Baby B and then hung them with adorable owl clips.

My dear friend Laura handmade each invitation with fabric to give it that 'vintage' feel.  Each one was different and so beautiful!

Jessica has become quite the Martha Stewart and made these adorable bird cupcake toppers.  She is also the chef behind the cheesecake filled strawberries. :)

Laura and me...Love the height difference. :)  Been that way since 2nd grade!

The consensus was definitely girl...cannot wait to find out!

Beth is truly one of my most creative friends.  She is such an incredible decorator (you should see her house!) and truly went out of her way to bring all the fabulous decor from Jackson, MS to Dallas.

She came up with the clever idea of having guests make burp cloths for Baby B.

Love all the options!

I was so impressed with how talented our guests were. :)

Baby B and I were simply spoiled with such great giftage and of course, plenty of owl memorabilia. :)

Such a special day and just truly blessed for such an incredible friends and family.  Cannot wait for Baby B to arrive and meet all these wonderful people.