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Paint party baby shower at The Art House

Well, hi world! Long time no talk, hahaha. Yeah. 3 kids is CRAY. But I wanted to get these memories up of my sister’s baby shower! I was so excited to plan my sister’s baby shower. My sister’s BABY SHOWER! Oh, to shower her meant so much. I’ve secretly prayed that she would experience pregnancy and birth and motherhood. And now she is! She’s found a great man and was blessed with a healthy pregnancy. And since normal baby showers are so boring usually, with all the games and pastel colors, I decided to do something a little different. Something with a pop of color you could say! ;) A friend actually gave me the idea, and it was seriously perfect. We planned a painting party baby shower at the Art House in Gilbert, Arizona. Instead of going with a water color or other canvas, I opted for the succulent planter party and it was a total hit. We’re all adult women, desperately wanting more time to socialize, so it was the best place for the occasion. We catered Pita Jungle, my sister’s favorite, made her favorite fruit cookies, had “mom”-osas, and saved time at the end for gifts. My friend Kristin designed the invitation (thank you!!!). I saw the clear balloons on Pinterest and had fun with the other girls getting them painted before everyone arrived. You could say I went all out with the paint theme, ha. My sister looked so happy. I know she was a little nervous about being the center of attention, but it went great and she truly looked like she was in her happy place, surrounded by all her friends. So much love and conversation and lots of pictures, if you can’t tell. Congratulations my beautiful sister. I’m so ridiculously excited for you and Kevin. I love you so much. I hope you enjoyed your baby shower as much as me <3

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Friends, Projects

Greenery Baby Shower at Garage East

This past weekend I had the honor of putting on a baby shower for one of my best friends in the world – Miss Moon! Along with her other good friends and her Mama, we wanted to shower her with so much cuteness and details that she couldn’t stand it. The theme was mainly green and white, with traces of gold and geometric shapes. I found this greenery invitation on Etsy and the inspiration sort of just flowed from there.

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Cheryl, Projects, reads

Update on my reading: Outlander

At first I couldn’t put this one down. I immediately was drawn to the time period(s) and strong willed, leading female fole, as well as the men in her life and how the story began to unravel, but soon it got too repetitive for me. The constant sex, the same damsel in distress over and over again, the slightly unbelievable plot line; I don’t know, it just couldn’t sustain my interest. Really great writing overall but ultimately I had to retire it half way through. As well as the other adjoining book to this series .. might as well ditch that one too if I can’t even finish this one. I hear it’s been turned into a show though, so maybe I’ll give that a whirl when I’m on maternity leave. For now I’m starting my next book: The Zookeeper’s Wife.

Cheryl, Projects

30 week baby bump + a mani

In case I haven’t really said it – I’m pregnant again and now 30 weeks along already! I may have thought my second pregnancy was a whirlwind but this one is taking the cake. Well, first off, we weren’t really planning for this one, it was a total oopsie on our part. After the first pregnancy test I took in September, the first words out of my mouth were literally What. The. f%#k. But as the weeks went on and the morning sickness faded, we started accepting the inevitable and started envisioning what a three-kid household would look like. Like, we’re going to have to squeeze another crib into our 2-bedroom California rental, and trade our sporty 4Runner in for something that fits 3 car seats (yes, that means a van for me). And above all, just 3 months after having Walker I’d have to do the pregnancy thing all over again, with the back and rib pain, roids and indigestion. All the annoying things I was so happy to have behind me were here all over again. But with every surprise life throws you, there is still so much good to overcome it. Like the fact that I’m hella fertile, and Rob is super hyper, if ya know what I mean. Obviously the romance is still there ;) And there must be a reason God keeps blessing us, as we seem to take on parenting in an optimistic way and do a great job of loving the crap out of our babies so, really, what’s one more? Nothing but bring more love into this house and more memories to make. And also, it’s another BOY, so now I feel warm in my heart knowing we’ll have a little brotherhood within our house. Boys for life! And for me, I’m eating everything in sight. Mainly peanut butter and jelly sandwhiches and chocolate ice-cream … And occasionally something healthy because my doctor says my iron is low.  I guess I don’t gain a lot from French toast and pizza as I would some leafy greens and red meat. But hey, this isn’t my first rodeo. I try to cover all the basics the best I can. Last thing, we’ve picked a name already and I can’t wait to see him and share it out with the masses. 10 weeks to go, a lot more growing to do (ugh) and a lot still to prep the meantime I’ll be enjoying his little kicks and bops, and obsessing over his ultrasound pictures.

P.S. I’m convinced that gel manicures make everything better. There is nothing I can’t conquer in life or in a week without one. Sounds silly but it’s true for me for some reason. I should really be saving for Paris or Ireland or these kids’ college funds, but for some reason a gel mani is what I need to get through the pregnancy ups and downs. And maybe my monthly Birchbox ;) who’s with me?!