Baby Shower Brunch

Happy Thursday!!

Last weekend was literally the fastest weekend EVER!  Let’s do a recap… Friday was the longest thing ever with  my 3 hour glucose test.  THEN I came home and felt crappy since I didn’t eat for like 16 hours plus I was just SO tired so I took the rest of the day to relax and wait for my results..

I waited, waited and waited more and never got a phone call! So I worried all day and night as usual.  Logan took me for some chori queso dip that night in case I got the word that I didn’t pass and chips and queso wouldn’t quite be in my diet for the next 11 weeks..

Just looking a little bit tired after my day 🙂

Y’all.. he is not a huge fan of getting Mexican so that was so sweet of him 🙂 #itsthelittlethings And if you saw my Instastory, I mentioned that I rented a dress and unfortunately our pictures were cancelled due to the rain and we couldn’t reschedule before the dress had to be back… Logan kept saying “let’s just take one or two to see if you even like the type of dress and you could rent it again…”

These might not be the most flattering pictures for non-pregnant people but I worked really hard to have this bump!

…so I obliged finally and his photography skills isn’t too bad! #husbandoftheyear

My in-laws arrived late Friday night in time for the shower Saturday!

We woke up Saturday and got ready for the shower…

how cute are these invites?! The theme was definitely little pumpkins 🙂 My favorite!

One of the sweet hostesses! 

And the other hostess!

The shower was SO nice! It was laid back, fun and nice to visit with so many great friends!

My sweet mother in law!

Both grandmas to be!

I LOVED the cookies – they were SO sweet and they tasted amazing too!

Gift opening time!

Baby G is definitely loved!  It was so sweet to see so many people excited for us and to meet Baby.

Baby G’s aunts!

And Baby G’s other aunt and cousin ❤ 

Y’all know my LOVE of Paris after our trip last year and Elaine just came back from there and brought Baby G this onesie! I’m officially obsessed! 

Does anyone else feel extremely awkward opening gifts in front of people? Also please note my sweet sweet niece helping me open gifts 🙂

Next up this week in Baby related news… our first childbirth class was last night! 🙂 Crazy to think we’re down to 10 weeks on Saturday already!

aKristi

Fall Bucket List.

Happy Wednesday!! I had every intention of blogging about my bridal shower on Monday but life happens and somehow I came down with the flu! I don’t know the last time I was SO sick… it was bad! So I’ll share my shower with you tomorrow instead 🙂

We’re already into the second week of October and I just can’t believe how quickly it’s flying by.  I feel like I say that often but this year has just gone… swooooooosh! I mean, I’m not complaining.. it’s almost Christmas (and baby) time but it’s just crazy when I think about it.

I made a short bucket list for things I want to do this year before the snow comes:

Bucket List 2018:

– Drink as many Pumpkin Spice Lattes as possible yessssss. Decaf of course but still perfect. favorite time of the year!

– Visit a pumpkin patch.

– Bake Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Muffins  I‘ve already made them twice and don’t see it being the last time!

– Watch as many Hallmark fall movies as possible

– Watch Hocus Pocus

– Burn fall candles  all day.everyday.

– Make s’mores

– Dress up for Halloween; Logan wants to paint my stomach this year so we’ll see if I let him… 🙂 

– Eat Candy Corn

– Decorate for Fall

– Carve pumpkins

– Visit Pumpkin Nights

– Wear #allthescarves and get cozy!

There’s so many more that I’d love to add but I need to be more realistic since we only have a few more weeks without snow… or maybe we’ll get lucky like last year – and the snow will stay off until December 🙂

I’ve also started Christmas shopping… I mean, I bought a few things in August and now am starting my lists and crossing things off.  It’s the best way for me to truly enjoy the season without having to run out for gifts at the last minute!

What’s on your bucket list this fall?!  What am I missing on my list?!

heartKristi

TBB Asks: Fall 2.0

Gosh, I love fall! I really love summer but there’s something about the crisp air and the changing leaves in the fall that I just love! And also, the fact that the PSL is back only during fall might have something to do with it too 🙂

I haven’t done a linkup in forever, but thought this was a fun little way to get into the fall spirit, so today, I’m following Emily with this fun questionnaire!

Favorite fall color: This is hard but I just LOVE the orange and maroon colors! The trees, the mums, the pumpkins… just all of it!

Apple cider – hot or cold: In all honesty… neither! I’m not a fan in the slightest…. but sometimes I wish I could be. But nope, not my thing!

Caramel apple – yes or no:  Yes! I used to not like these a whole lot but Logan took me to a place closer to his hometown called Little Farmer and their caramel apples were SO good! They’re already sliced so it’s a little easier to eat with all the toppings! They’re so hard to bite into with the caramel on a stick otherwise!

Pumpkin or apple cider doughnut: Pumpkin all the way! 

Long or short cardigan:  Hmm.. it depends! I don’t like short ones as in right up to my hips but I also don’t love the really long ones that go to my ankles! So somewhere in between is more like it 🙂

Favorite football or fall party food:  #Givemeallthedips No joke… I live for dips 🙂 Queso, Taco, Spinach and Artichoke…. all of them!

Orange or white pumpkins: For decorating, white.. but there’s something about seeing all the orange ones outside.  I just love seeing all those colors since it’s more “fallish” to me!

Hayride or bonfire: Well the bonfire consists of s’mores so that would win out over just about anything!  I always wish we had more in the fall but we just don’t! I don’t love smelling like smoke after but the s’mores… those are more than worth it!

Favorite fall baked good: These Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl muffins… I’m legit obsessed. My SIL made them a few years ago when we visited and I’ve loved them ever since! To be honest, I hadn’t really cared much for pumpkin before I tried these and now I’m hooked!

Most anticipated fall activity: Pumpkin patches! I can’t wait to have a little one to bring with us  next year! I always make Logan go with me to one and every year, we feel so goofy without a little one (especially all those years, we were trying and praying for one!) so next year will be extra special with all the firsts! Also, in college, I used to love October because I would watch all the scary movies and Halloween movies with Michael Myers with my Grandma.  Loved all that time with her!

That’s a wrap! If you fill one of these out, tag me so I can read all of your responses! Or let me know in the comments below because I’m always SO interested in other people’s favorites!

aKristi

Bumpdate 28 Weeks!

I can’t believe I haven’t done a pregnancy update since weeks 14 and 15!! I started off so strong and then clearly, didn’t quite document throughout this journey! I do plan to do so for the remainder of my pregnancy though – I just need to decide if I do them every 2 weeks or keep with every week….

For the first time, we missed week my 27 picture and we’ll take my 28 weeks one on Friday (even though I’ll be 29 weeks on Saturday!) so this is the most recent pic I have!

How Far Along? 28 weeks

Size of Baby:
 An eggplant or bowling pin; whichever you like better 🙂

Gender:
 Still waiting to find out… it’s been SO hard! We had our big 20 week appointment at the specialist downtown and it took everything not to say “yes, we want to know!!”.  I really feel it’s a boy though – I don’t know why, since most things point to a girl but I do feel that I will be a boy mama first 🙂 We will be happy no matter what though as long as Baby is healthy!

Weight Gain: 
Ugh… I was up 22 pounds at my last appointment which was at 24 weeks.  We’ll see what they say today… fingers crossed it’s only 4 more pounds (like they’d like) and that I pass my glucose test!

Maternity Clothes:
 I’m definitely wearing some maternity and some non-maternity clothes!  All pants are maternity for sure – surprisingly i’m enjoying below the bump leggings versus over the belly though!  When they go over my belly, it’s just itchy!

Nursery: 
We officially have the nursery started – we have wallpaper on one wall and the rest of the walls painted 🙂 Oh yeah, and curtains hung!  Otherwise, Baby’s room is pretty empty aside from Baby Shower gifts!  We are going to shampoo our carpets so have been waiting for a few things before we schedule that – because we figure we might as well do the rest of the house while we have someone here! We are doing gray, cream and white though with some elephant and pom-poms!

Movement:
 Baby G is definitely moving around!  More sporadic still but definitely gets in some kicking fits! The doctor said around this time, it’ll start to be more consistent though so I can’t wait! Logan has officially felt Baby G twice and both times, I cried watching his eyes get so big and happy 🙂 I love when I wake up to a kick too in the morning. It’s like Baby G is saying “Good morning Mama!” already!

Symptoms:
 The nausea finally went away for the most part at 18-20 weeks thankfully! I’m still pretty exhausted most of the time and I have some back aches from my chest as well as my lower back! Also, acid reflux and heartburn have been killing me lately! My oh my… it gets bad!

Sleep:
 Sleeping is getting a little tougher – Logan ordered me a pregnancy pillow because I was trying to hold out and I can’t say I love it… it’s the Snoogle or whatever it’s called, after having friends refer it to me but it’s just awkward.  I reallllly don’t love having to use it for a pillow as well – I’d prefer to use my own pillow then use it for back support and stomach support but that’s not how that works. I’m hoping I get more used to it! OH yeah, and I think i’m up at least 2-3 times peeing so that doesn’t help either! But some nights I get a whooooole lot of sleep and it’s amazing! 🙂

Cravings:
 Still not craving too much!  I definitely want #allthesweets but that was before as well! ha! And I’m loving pizza which I wasn’t obsessed with before but now I’m a happy camper when I get any!

What I Miss: I miss mimosas (that everyone got to enjoy last weekend!) and loving the way everything fits!  I feel like when I try things on that are maternity or other things I own, it just doesn’t look as good as I’d like! But I’ll do anything for this little one and am so thankful to be pregnant that I shouldn’t complain! 🙂

Best Moment This Week:
 My baby shower last weekend with my Dad’s side of the family! It was just so nice to get together and chat and love on Baby G! This little one is already so loved and I just can’t wait to share him/her with everyone!

Looking Forward To:
 My baby shower this coming weekend and maternity pictures! And finally doing more in the nursery! We need to get that carpet done ASAP and I really need to pick out a dresser for the room – so we can start working my magic in there 🙂 I can’t wait to put it all together!

Baby Shower time!

I had my first official Baby Shower this past weekend and it was so sweet!

img_7139

Missing a few ladies but they were there in spirit! 🙂

My cousin and aunts threw it for me at my cousin’s new home and it was such a good time! We don’t have very many of us on my Dad’s immediate side, so we’re all really close and any time we get together, is just great!

img_7138

Love my aunts!

My sister threw a bridal luncheon with them back in 2015 and I recapped our craziness here. 🙂 This time, it was a little different seeing as how I couldn’t even indulge in one of my favorite drinks; mimosas!

img_7136

Thanks to my cousin for a nice and laid-back shower!

We chatted, ate yummy food and opened presents!  Perfect afternoon that turned into evening.

img_7160

img_7161-2

Reminder to Kristi: close your legs when you have a dress on!! Oye vey!!

img_7159

My cousin’s little girl, Collins loved helping me open gifts and seeing everything!

One of my good friends from college (and one of the first friends I made at UWEC) was able to join and I can’t believe it’s been so long since we’ve gotten together!

img_7133

How cute is her little girl, Lily?!

Everyone got me such wonderful gifts that I can’t wait for Baby G to get here so we can use them (but please stay in at least 10 more weeks, Baby! :)).

img_7134

Love my sweet sister!

It was a perfect way to welcome my third trimester!

img_7140

My sister’s best friend joined us for the festivities and she’s just so sweet!! Thanks for coming, Paula!!

It was extra special because my Grandma was able to come! I lived with my Grandparents in college for two years (as well as the end of my senior year) and we lost my Grandpa in February of this year.  It’s been hard.  My Grandma has Alzheimers and it’s just been so difficult for all of us to see such a decline in her.  I will always cherish the times when she was so spunky and full of life!

Baby_Shower

Now, I’m just happy with any time I get with her and this past weekend I got so much time! My heart is definitely full after spending so much time with my family!

We have such a busy week this week; we have our maternity pictures Wednesday, pending the thunderstorms they’re predicting (please oh please change!) and my Baby Shower with friends on Saturday! I can’t wait!

aKristi

30 things that make me happy!

I was reminiscing about so many things lately; college, living in FL, etc and thought I’d make a list of things that just make me SO happy!’do you ever do that? On a bad day, I like to think of at least 5 things in my life currently that make me happy to try to lift my spirits!

Do any of you do this?! Here’s 30 things that make me happy:

1. Sitting on the beach with a good book

2. Pumpkin spice lattes – of course 🤣

3. Countdown to Christmas on the Hallmark Channel 🎄

4. Feeling Baby G move around throughout the day!

5. Sweater Weather and Winter Candles burning throughout the house

6. Holiday baking 🍪

7. Chips and queso

8. Dressing up with Logan for any event

9. Watching Instagram stories

10. Decorating my front porch

11. Blue Powerade slushees at Sonic

12. All things monogrammed

13. Going to the movies and eating #allthepopcorn 🍿

14. Dropping off a fun surprise gift to a friend

15. Snuggling with our pups!

16. My grandma’s house and grandparents old house

17. Talks with Logan on a long car ride (not too many in a row!!)

18. Manis/pedis with girlfriends

19. Watching murder mysteries on ID Discovery

20. Enjoying fresh french baguettes and wine on the streets of Paris

21. The leaves on the trees changing colors in the fall

22. The crisp air in the first few days of fall

23. Seeing Baby toys around the house – it still doesn’t feel completely real and I love seeing them! 😍

24. Windows down in the car and screaming at the top of my lungs singing lyrics from the 90s and early 2000s on the radio

25. Any type of photo shoot!

26. Fresh flowers on the kitchen table

27. Decorating for ANY holiday but especially Christmas! 🎅🏻

28. Black Friday shopping with family!

29. Exploring new PGA golf courses with Logan

30. A clean house with a breeze from windows open!

What are things that just make you so happy?! I feel like my list could go on and on! 🤗

Kristi

Weekend Shenanigans!

Somehow, it’s already Monday and time to work again! I swear these weekends get shorter and shorter! I think we skipped fall weather and jumped right to winter because it’s been in the 50s and SO chilly! Where are our 70 degree days?!

Onto this past weekend and just a little bit of life lately.. it’s been busy with a little bit of relaxation which helps because I’m tired 99% of the time!

We celebrated Logan’s birthday last week and enjoyed dinner at Pig Ate My Pizza!

It wouldn’t be a “logan picture” without a goofy face now would it?!

If you’re from this area, you definitely need to check it out in Robbinsdale!

Ashton and I hit up a “big baby sale” but unfortunately came home with only 3 things – all Christmas related of course 😊

She’s so sweet to come with me to these things!

I’m sure Baby will come after Christmas so they won’t apply (read Baby’s first Christmas jammies) but just in case!

I met one of my BFFs from college for some Mexican before they head out on their love to the west coast!

She’s a few weeks ahead of me in her pregnancy and it was fun to talk about #allthingspregnant especially the weird things no one likes to talk about! 🤣

I went to Bachmans Fall house with Jess and for the first time ever.. was SO disappointed! The theme “watercolor harvest” wasn’t my favorite and basically nothing was really decorated for fall!

I only took a few pictures because there really wasn’t anything to write home about…

I did love the little shed – which I usually do! It’s a cute set up and different!

The garage was made into a man cave/beer area and that was pretty sweet too!

Then we went into the house and it went a little down hill…

See what I mean?!

I just didn’t feel the “fall vibes!”. It was just a bit disappointing and I’m hoping they redeem themselves with Christmas this year!

We celebrated my littlest nieces’ first birthday with family and it was so good to get together!

They had Nothing Bundt Cake Cupcakes & they were
SO good!!

She is such a doll, seriously and was obsessed with her cupcake!

I love ALL my nieces SO much! They’re also one of the reasons I think Baby G is a boy.. because I only have nieces! 🤣

Fast forward to another year or two when we’re ready for Baby 2 and this will be us…. 🤣🤣🤣

I have my first shower for Baby G this weekend with my dads side and I’m so excited to see them! There’s only a few of us on that side and we’re very close so I’m excited to catch up with them and visit 😊

That’s a bit of life lately around here! What fun fall things did you do this past weekend?!

Kristi

Fall Maternity Wear!

Happy Thursday!

The weather here is definitely Fall like around here!  It’s been in the 60’s all week with rain and it’s been nice to have a little bit of a cool down.

I polled you guys on Instagram and y’all definitely were ready to see some more fashion posts this way, especially now that I’m pregnant!  I did a try on session at Old Navy and do plan to do more because I know you guys really enjoyed that – but I finally have bought a few more maternity pieces!

img_6824

And I’m ready to put those to good use (as my belly is definitely getting bigger and bigger!) however, I still enjoy wearing some non-maternity/pre-pregnancy pieces too!  I bought this dress during the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale but it’s still available here in both black and olive green!

img_6825

I love any “body-con” style dress that can show off my bump during this pregnancy! This shawl, I got last year before going to London and Paris but I love this one and this one with pockets!  I like this price point a lot more though!

Are you a body-con girl or more into flowier dresses?!

aKristi

Happy Birthday Logan!

Today is Logan’s birthday and last birthday we’ll celebrate as just the two of us!  He hates when I mention “this is the last holiday just us two!” because according to him, we’ve had plenty of holidays just us two over the last 9 years!  And I totally agree!

2010

His first birthday together – 2010

I feel like I truly never knew what unconditional love was until I met Logan.  From the beginning of our relationship, it’s always been just us two – through the good and bad.

2011

2011

We have never lived super close to family (my brother lives closer to us now though!) so we never depended on family throughout our relationship.  If we needed something, we figured it out together.

2012

2012

So many times, anytime we got in a fight, I’d think it was over.  I was so used to everyone always “giving up” or “walking away” throughout my life that I didn’t know what it was like to see him stay.  He’d always laugh (after the fight obviously!) and say “No, it’s not over because we got in a fight….”

2013

2013

Throughout the last 2.5-3 years, our infertility journey has certainly tested us and our marriage.  Through so many years of trying, our miscarriage, fertility testing, treatments and ultimately IVF, it was so disheartening every month.  We didn’t know if this was going to work for us (having a baby) – and if we’d be blessed enough to be parents but he always had the faith.

2014

We got engaged on his birthday in 2014 – at our First Annual Crawfish Boil 🙂

When I’d cry to him and say “will this ever work for us?! will this happen for us?!” He always reassured me that it would, it had to! And if it didn’t, we’d figure it out because we were meant to be parents.

2015

2015

He’s been my rock through SO much and truly is the love of my life!  I can’t wait to watch him become a father – he really will be the best!

2016

2016

I always said, the best thing I could do for my children, is give them a good father and I’m so thankful I am able to do so starting in December!

Romantic Paris Portraits

2017 – We did our pictures ON his birthday and while he wasn’t thrilled to get up at 6 am for sunrise pictures – they sure turned out beautiful 🙂

I love you more than words can say, Logan and am so excited for our BEST year yet!

aKristi

 

Weekend Recap!

Ooph! I swear this weekend flew by even though we had a somewhat relaxing weekend! The more pregnant I get (26 weeks right now!) the  more tired I am! And I thought this was supposed to be the trimester of energy?! 🙂

Let’s chat about what we did this weekend:

We didn’t do a whole lot Friday night – Logan golfed and I got some stuff done around the house.  Boring night so clearly no pictures were taken! Ha!

Saturday morning, I got up early and went to get ANOTHER sample (yes, another! 9 times a charm!) from Sherwin Williams for the Baby’s nursery.  You might have seen this on my Instastories but I was having the hardest time finding a light (barely colored) gray for the walls!  I finally decided on Agreeable Gray – down to 60% color!

img_6845

We hung around in the morning after trying more paint samples and finally deciding on a color before getting ready for my Cousin’s wedding.  Her wedding was in Wisconsin (about 2 hours away) and we went just for the day because we have two doggies at home!

img_6860-1

The ceremony was beautiful as was my sweet cousin!  I can’t believe she’s old enough to be married!

img_6944

After the ceremony, she had a “backyard barbecue” wedding and it was nice to hang with family and catch up a bit!

img_6945-1

It’s this sweet sweet girl’s first birthday party this weekend and I’m so excited! She is SUCH a doll!

Did I mention it was 90 degrees?! Woof it was hot but thankfully the rain stayed away!

img_6917

Bummed my other two sweet nieces couldn’t make the day!

After the wedding we headed home and watched more Diners, Drive ins and Dives – this is literally Logan’s FAVORITE show. IF it’s on TV, we’re watching… even if we’ve already seen all the episodes!

img_6939

Sunday, we prepped Baby’s room for paint and got on it!  We moved everything out of the room into the other guest bedroom and it literallly looks like an episode of Hoarders!  There’s literally 2 beds leaned up against the wall in there along with EVERYTHING else from the office.  It’s a treat 🙂

Logan did the majority of the painting – I helped with any areas that needed a little more paint but that’s about it! I kept offering and he’d just say “no, that’s ok!”.

He was really hoping for more color in the nursery because he’s literally insane all about colors but we compromised with a light gray (I wanted white and he wanted a dark slate gray).

That’s it! We smoked chicken for dinner and “enjoyed” the Packer game! Ugh, not too happy with that outcome!

If you have kids, tell me if you found out the gender ahead of time! Or did you do all gender neutral until Baby came?!

aKristi