Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Few Weekend Things

We had a great weekend, I hope you did! 
On Saturday our church hosted Charleston Oktoberfest and it was a such a fun time.  My girl got her face painted!
Prost!
On Sunday I took EB to have her silhouette done by Lena Bengstrom at Tiny Tadpoles.  She will be there again this Sunday if any Charleston mom's are interested.  
All good things!
xLaura

Monday, October 16, 2017

EBN is ONE

I have been slow on this post because I have been scouring around for any of our guests that took photos at our daughter's birthday party last Sunday, October 8th.  I think my number one suggestion for a mom going into their babies' first birthday would be to designate a person (or heck, even hire someone) to be the photographer. I feel like I missed capturing some of the special guests, not to mention the effort that K and I put into the afternoon.  SO...I am going to write a lot about the party and what we did to celebrate our precious baby girl.  Close your eyes and imagine it, will ya.
*The picture below is the only photo I took on the day of her party*
The party was at 3:00 p.m.  We ordered bbq and macaroni and cheese from Hometeam. My parents made baked beans and my in laws brought a salad.  The buffet was set up using this chafing set which I purchased for the party and would 100% recommend.  Now, while I'm on the subject of recommendations, I probably would not order the pork from Hometeam again.  It was very expensive ($13/lb) and we actually prepared an additional pork butt in the crockpot (just in case) and felt like they tasted so similar.  But the mac n cheese was worth every penny.  
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EB's birthday outfit is from Smock Candy on Etsy. 
She also had a special birthday bib made at B Picky in Mt. Pleasant.  No photo of that :(
It was a really warm afternoon.  I set up a festive harvest scene with hay and pumpkins and little scarecrows in our yard.  I also had cornhole set up, and an inflated baby pool (empty) with some toys that was meant to serve as a corralling station, but it was simply too hot out.  Oh, we also had a bubble machine going, which I thought was a whimsical touch.
For her big Happy Birthday moment, my brother and uncle played a special mandolin/guitar duet.
My mom made both her smash cake and a sheet cake for the party.
The streamer "canopy" over her highchair was a bit of a pinterest fail.  
After her cake we went inside where my father-in-law, "Opa", surprised us all with video montage of some special family photos.  Video linked here.
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Thank you to all of our family and friends for coming and helping us celebrate our precious baby girl.  
It is our greatest gift watching  her grow and experience the world.  We are grateful to be able to share her joy with so many loved ones.
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"This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine"
xLaura

Friday, October 6, 2017

Friday Highfive

Happy FRIDAY!!
Here is a highfive for making it through the week!
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Our baby girl turned ONE YEAR OLD on Tuesday.  I have a very long winded post coming next week, along with pictures from her birthday party on Sunday.  I can't wait!!
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EB got her first pair of shoes this week.  Size 3!!
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We had lunch with my mom out at her work this week and I took this photo on the grounds.  Such a peaceful scene, much needed after the Vegas news.
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While I love all of the produce at the West Ashley Farmers Mkt and it's definitely more photogenic, I must confess that the fresh pasta tent is my favorite. ;) 
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I got to see one of my best college friends this week, whom I haven't seen since our wedding!
We had a great time catching up.
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I hope y'all have a great weekend!
xLaura

Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday Highfive

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EBN is turning ONE!!!
Next Sunday we are celebrating with a backyard bbq party.  We have a lot to do between now and then, but I'm certain no matter how it all comes together, it will be perfect.
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Sol is our favorite after-church spot downtown.  I had to snap a pic of my huevos rancheros last week because the presentation was great:
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A few months ago, when everyone was hyped up on the Nordstrom sale, I saw this top and really liked it, but $50 on sale is not really a great deal to me, so I searched around and found a dupe.
Ok, this top one is the nordstrom original...
And this one, which I purchased and I'm very happy with, is $11 from Shein.  The colors are slightly different and, while I haven't felt the Nordstrom top, I think the material is different also.  I'm thinking this will be comfortable and festive for Thanksgiving this year.  
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But first, Halloween!
We are ready, I finished up our family costume this week and can't wait to share.
No hints!

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Besides the fact that it is 90 degrees outside, we are feeling the Fall vibes around here.

I am hoping tomorrow the temperature dips and I can actually comfortably wear jeans outside.
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Have a great weekend!
xLaura


Friday, September 22, 2017

Philadelphia Recap

Hey guys!  Highfive for FRIDAY!!!
I am going to share photos from our long weekend in Philly today.  I would say we crammed a lot into the three and a half day trip.  So we've got LOTS of pics from our first time away from the babe.  I am so grateful to my parents for watching her and giving me the peace of mind and confidence to switch into total vacay mode.  
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First off, upon landing we discovered that K's luggage was in Dallas and would "hopefully" arrive within 24 hours.  This put a little kink in our afternoon plans as we had to schedule in time to find something for him to wear to the Rehearsal that night.  After checking into the hotel, we immediately hit the streets looking for lunch and shopping in Old City.
 We had lunch at The Little Lion.
 My sandwich was HUGE.  Poor K got shafted again when they told us they forgot to put his order in...but it worked out as we ended up sharing this delicious short rib concoction.  
 Cute little Philly.
 Ok y'all this is my biggest regret of the trip, possibly one of my biggest regrets EVER IN LIFE.  After our lunch we stumbled upon a storefront called People Prints. It's a 3D Printing shop where you literally have yourself printed three dimensionally, sizes starting at 3 inches tall.  WHY WHY WHY didn't we make this a priority to return???  I will forever feel like our china cabinet is missing a tiny statue of us.
This is a terrible window shot but you can still see some of the glorious composites.
 There's Independence Hall.  This was taken on our walk to Century 21.
 Rehearsal Bound!
 Rooftop chillin'.  The breeze up there was great.
 The Bride!!  Her dress for the rehearsal dinner was her mom's wedding gown.  LOVED IT!
 Later,On our ride back to the hotel we saw a crowded restaurant that we wanted to revisit, but upon further inspection was a BYOB and we felt like that would be a hassle.  But, if you are in Philly, Radicchio Cafe looked awesome!  Oh, and K's bag had arrived once we returned from the dinner.  Phew!
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 Wedding Day!!
I started the day bright and early with hair and makeup in the Penthouse Suite.
BTW, we stayed at the Hilton Penn's Landing,  5 stars!!
Our table was a lot of fun.  Too much fun! 
...which is why I'm not sharing after-party photos! ;)
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The next day we had brunch at the Hotel and then hit the town.
I took K to Reading Terminal Market, which I fell in love with when I first visited.
 
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Then we had THE MOST relaxing happy hour on the deck at our hotel.

After which we got cleaned up and walked to dinner at Panorama, upon the recommendation of our happy hour bartender.  I said "give me pasta and give me wine"...
 And they delivered.  Look at this wine list, every single one is served by the glass!
We each ended up doing a wine flight.  We were also delighted to learn it was Philly Restaurant Week and that we could choose three things from the existing menu for $35.  
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We ended the trip eating their delicious chocolate cake in our King Size hotel bed.
It was a wonderful weekend away and we came home feeling refreshed and ready to see our baby.
Congrats to Patrick and Abby and thanks, y'all, for such a fun celebration.  We love you!
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Have a great weekend!
xLaura

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Out of Order

Things have been all out of order over here since we returned from our Labor Day getaway.  
On Monday we felt the effects of Hurricane Irma.  Here is our backyard, temporary waterfront!  We were very lucky that it wasn't worse for us.  
Early tomorrow we are heading up to Philadelphia for my girl's wedding.
I'm thinking sometime mid next week things will finally be settled down around here, and I'll touch base then.
Hope y'all are doing good.
xLaura

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Labor Day at Lake Lure

I wanted to share some photos from our long weekend at Lake Lure.  
This was EB's first vacation and it was so special...and SO NICE for this mom to have so many helping hands...I am missing them this week, for sure.
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On Saturday we took a pontoon cruise around the lake, it was gorgeous! 


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Later we watched the football games:

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On Sunday we went into Asheville for the day to visit with some of my family who were also in town for the long weekend.  We met up with them at Wicked Weed Brewery.
The weather was perfect.
We stayed at the cabin "Dancing Falls", which I would 100% recommend.  
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I hope to create and share a video montage of our trip soon!  Right now, all focus is on Hurricane Irma.
I have been scouring the web to try and find any info on how our beloved St. Barths faired, but it's not looking good.   
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We may be headed back up to the mountains again this week, except this time I'm hoping we won't!
Stay safe, y'all.
xLaura