lelia’s baby shower

Two weekends ago, we took a little road trip to attend Lelia’s baby shower. As a bonus surprise, my brother and sister-in-law, Kevin and Tori, flew to Virginia from Utah the night before the party. Kevin came out here for a job interview, but I’ll take any reason to spend time with my entire extended family.

I’m so glad that we could have all the sisters-in-law and our mom-in-law together at the shower! These are some truly amazing ladies. One of Lelia’s friends from church put this all together. The decorations were adorable and the games were truly fun. I even won the baby boy name race game (whoever can list a boy name for every letter of the alphabet the fastest wins… hello “Yusef!”, haha)! Everyone knows what Lelia likes pretty well: penguin jammies……a “this baby needs a pony” onesie in Hokie colors…
…and a lot of baby dinosaurs! (“Baby Dinosaur” was Lelia’s nickname when she lived with Michael and me for one semester of college, so it’s only appropriate that her little guy has some dinosaur outfits!) I’m so grateful that we could be there to celebrate Lelia and her sweet baby boy. I can’t wait to meet him in just about two months!

summer weekend

Summer weather is finally here, and we spent the whole weekend soaking it up. I’m behind on so many things I need to do (like blog all about our beach trip from 3 weeks ago now), but the sunshine, warmth, and whir of the window fans seem to inspire relaxation rather than productivity these days.

We kicked off the weekend with an afternoon of blowing bubbles out on the porch. I have never seen anyone get so excited about something so simple. I love her excitement over the littlest things!

On Saturday, we went to a baby shower for our neighbors! They had it down at Claytor Lake, and we had a prime, waterfront picnic spot. We got to paint onesies for the sweet new baby girl- I did a giraffe, and it turned out so cute! (I just won’t show you the heart onesie I did that looked more like blobs of paint instead of an actual design…) By the way, I can’t believe my babies ever fit in something this tiny!

We had some delicious food and some of the best lemon cupcakes!

We had one of our awesome Young Women from church over for dinner, a web coding lesson, milkshakes, and pictionary! We had a great time, and Kaya got to stay up waaay past her bedtime. Both girls ended up waking up a few times throughout the night, but thankfully, they slept in on Sunday morning. (Don’t be fooled, Kaya tucked herself in, pretended to sleep, and told me to take her picture after I told her this was cute. #definitelyaphotographerskid!)
_MG_7891Kaelyn cried a lot at church because she was so sleepy… but her cute smile and baby blue eyes make up for it, right?
_MG_7888 We ended the weekend the same way we started it… with more bubble blowing! Kaelyn caught a few and was thrilled!_MG_7893Happy Monday! 🙂

friday favorites: baby shower style!

Thursday night, Brittany, Bianca and I threw a baby shower for Katherine! We’ve been planning this party for a while, and I was so excited to see it all finally come together (and celebrate our sweet friend and her little baby BOY)!

Can you guess what my main responsibility was? CUPCAKES, of course! We went with an orange and aqua color scheme, so I made some pretty swirled icing on both homemade funfetti and classic chocolate cupcakes. Seriously… that funfetti recipe might be what I use for my birthday cake for the next 20 years. It was that good!
Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetKaya and I baked the day away (well, I baked, and she taste-tested, read books, and had her Kitty and Sheep nearby to keep her company)! I love having two little girls in the kitchen with me._MG_4981We ended up making WAY too much food… I snapped this picture before the chips, dip, and veggies were even put out! We now know that we could probably feed a whole army… but this was too much food for just a dozen or so ladies.Processed with VSCOcam with a8 preset We came up with these adorable, super-easy finger sandwiches: cut a baguette in half lengthwise. Spread Caesar dressing over each half. Lay down slices of Swiss cheese, lettuce, turkey, and Roma tomatoes. Insert toothpicks and cut into sections. Ta-da!Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetWe played some games- and I even won the make-a-baby-name-from-the-parents’-names game… “Meerkat” had everybody laughing!

I’m so lucky to call these girls my friends! (photo credit to Katherine for this one!)
Processed with VSCOcam with a8 presetWe can’t wait to meet baby Meerkat! 🙂