It’s a… (17 Week Bumpdate)

How far along: 17 weeks.

Size of baby: Turnip, pomegranate, game console controller, toilet paper roll (not sure I believe this one) or chipmunk. 5 inches long and 5 ounces.

Wearing/Maternity Clothes: Still leggings and sweaters because, baby, it’s cold outside.

Sleep: Still great! Just lots of crazy vivid dreams.

Cravings: Nothing really this week.

Baby movement: Nothing yet – too early.

Gender: GIRL!!

Challenges this week: Being hungry but not really knowing what I want to eat. So it usually ends up being cereal.

Best moment this week:  Sharing that we are having a GIRL! I must say I was rather surprised when Loren and I opened the envelope – I thought we were having a boy but I’m excited about having a girl. 🙂

Holiday Party 2016/2017

As I mentioned yesterday, we had two parties this weekend. As soon as Abby’s party was over, we headed home to finish setting up for our annual holiday party. I usually like to have a party sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but between weddings, new job training and the holidays themselves, it didn’t happen until now. Which turned out just fine and I may start doing it every January instead of December. It’s all just a plot to keep up my Christmas decorations longer. 😉

Anyway, we squeezed 4 other couples around the table for a Raclette dinner and chocolate fondue. Raclette is a Swiss meal that involves lots of melted cheese and potatoes. We used to eat Raclette regularly in Germany while I was growing up, and when my parents sent me my very own Raclette grill for Christmas, I knew we had to have it for the party.

After we were stuffed, we exchanged white elephant gifts and played a few other games before taking awkward family photos. We had such a fun and laughter-filled night, and once again, I am so grateful for the friendships we’ve established here!

Happy Thanksgiving/Merry Christmas/Happy New Year!

Dreamy Birthday Tea Party

This was quite the weekend with two big parties! Therefore, I’m going to split them up into 2 posts.

On Friday, my sweet niece Abby turned 6 and Loren and I headed to Cincinnati Friday night to help out with her party on Saturday. Carrie planned the most enchanting dress-up tea party for Abby and a few of her friends and it was nothing short of amazing. We had fun setting everything up late into Friday night and all the giggles and smiles during the party were totally worth it.

When the girls arrived, we helped them make fancy fans then get all decked out in hats, jewelry and a little makeup for their fancy tea. They dined on mini sandwiches, dipped wafers, petit fours, strawberries, scones and eclairs while sipping tea and pink lemonade. After a break from eating to open gifts/notes and play several games, it was time for cake and ice cream!

I will let the plethora of pictures do the rest of the talking. 🙂

(photos all shot by Loren)

Happy Birthday, sweet Abby! We love you!

16 Week Bumpdate

How far along: 16 weeks.

Size of baby: Avocado, action figure, Blackberry or Philippine tarsier. 4.6 inches long and 3.5 ounces.

Wearing/Maternity Clothes: Leggings. I haven’t bought any maternity jeans yet (what are your recommendations!?) but since I work from home I practically live in leggings.

Sleep: So far I’ve only had one night where I couldn’t sleep. I’m blaming it on the large amount of coffee I had that evening.

Cravings: Mostly watermelon slushes from Sonic. Happy hour is my best friend!

Baby movement: Nothing yet – too early.

Gender: We found out yesterday and can’t wait to share with everyone!

Challenges this week: My nails. They’ve been growing ridiculously fast the past couple of weeks. While some people love this pregnancy “perk”, I prefer to keep them short and have to clip them all the time.

Best moment this week: Finding out what Baby Crisp is. 🙂

What’s your guess on baby’s gender?

Oh, Baby!

I’m finally sharing 2017’s biggest goal:

Loren and I are super excited to welcome Baby Crisp this summer, due July 2, 2017.

I’m 16 weeks along and have been very blessed to not have any morning sickness or really any symptoms other than not liking coffee (so sad!!) and eggs and being tired all the time. We got to see our little tyke for the first time the beginning of December and can’t wait to meet him/her in person!

2/52 Pizza, Donuts and Games

So far, 2017 has been just as busy and fun as ever.

Friday {date} night I was craving pizza (even though I had had it for lunch), so we looked up the closest and highest rated pizza joint in our area and ended up at Brozinni Pizzeria. We ordered wings and pepperoni pizza, and I must say that people rave about this place for a reason. Perfect place for a fun date night!   Saturday morning we got up earlier than we usually would on a Saturday and hit the gym. To make up for the calories we had burned, we picked up a few of the world’s best donuts (Long’s) while running some other errands. We spent the rest of the day checking lots of things off our to-do lists.

Sunday afternoon after a blessed and refreshing morning at church, Caleb and Chelsea came over for our monthly meet-up. We always have a grand time and this time was no difference. We played several games (finally beat Pandemic!), drank lots of coffee and enjoyed good conversation. I’m so thankful for all the good friendships we’ve been able to cultivate the past couple of years!

Five on Friday [winter essentials edition] // 1-13-17

I was hoping after the snow and low temps we’ve had over the past couple months, winter would soon be over. But alas, it’s still January and we’re supposed to get an ice storm tonight, so it looks like winter is still here for a while.

Here is how I cope with the cold:

ONE // Boots. I live in boots and booties all winter. I’ve got my eye on this pair that I probably need for the snow. 😉

TWO // EOS lip balm. One thing I cannot stand is chapped lips. I have some form of lip balm in almost every room and every purse.

THREE //Hat & scarf. I’ve got my eye on this cute pom pom beanie that I should probably just buy while it’s still so cold. This is currently my favorite scarf I got for Christmas and wear ALL THE TIME.

Besides warmth, our parka provides extra weather protection with exclusive StormRepel® durable water-repellent (DWR) finish. Water beads on the nylon/polyester/cotton shell rather than soaking into the fabric. 650 fill Premium Down for exceptional warmth without weight. Metallic cross dyeing process gives the fabric a subtle, iridescent sheen. Two-way front zipper adjusts easily when you're active or sitting.: FOUR // Puffer coat. After moving to Indiana a couple of years ago, I invested in a puffer coat. It’s been my best winter purchase and I couldn’t survive without it. Mine is similar to this one.

FIVE // Fleece blankets. I have several of these blankets that I could probably not survive without. I even keep one in my office because it’s the coldest room in the house.

What are your most important winter essentials?

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Layered Taco Dip

This taco dip is an old family favorite and one we used to take to youth group and other events all the time. Even though we always hoped there would be some left, the dish was usually licked clean. It’s the perfect appetizer or snack for any event – time to start planning that Super Bowl party!

Layered Taco Dip

1 (8 oz) can refried beans
hot sauce, to taste
1 tsp cumin
1 cup  guacamole
1 cup sour cream
2 cups salsa
1 cup Mexican cheese, shredded
1 (6 oz) can chopped olives
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1 tomato, chopped
tortilla chips

Throw the refried beans in a small pan over medium-low heat. Add a few dashes of hot sauce. Stir well. Add the cumin.
Spread the beans in the bottom of a 9×13 glass dish. Next, layer the guacamole over the beans, then the sour cream. Spread the salsa over the sour cream.
Sprinkle on the cheese, olives, green onions and tomato. Refrigerate 1 hour before serving with tortilla chips.

Enjoy and try not to eat the whole dish yourself!

1 Down, 51 to Go

This first weekend of 2017 was pretty quiet and quite nice.

Friday {date} night, Loren and I had dinner at home then decided to go out for a fancy dessert. We got a recommendation from a friend and headed downtown to Tinker Street Restaurant for their famous S’more Pot de Creme (chocolate mousse with marshmallow creme) and Tinker Street Layered Parfait (mango and raspberry sorbet). Both of the desserts were fantastic and we definitely want to go back for dinner sometime. It was so fun to have this little date and explore a little more of Indianapolis!

Blurry phone pic, but proof that Loren was also there 😉

Saturday Loren was in Cincinnati all day shooting another wedding, but I stayed home this time to get random projects and cleaning and errands done. Nothing too exciting to report there.

Sunday afternoon after church, lunch and naps, we decided to get out of the house for a couple of hours and spent some time at Quills Coffee reading and journaling. We closed out the weekend making dinner together and preparing for a busy week ahead.

I hope you had a lovely first weekend of the year!

January Goals

Normally on Friday, I would post my Friday Favorites, but since it’s still the beginning of January, I’m going to share my January goals instead. While I’m not big on New Year’s resolutions, I do like to set monthly goals for myself.
So here goes:

January Goals
~ write lots of thank you notes
~ read 3 books
~ host a holiday party
~ blog 3-4 times a week
~ post a home tour
~ make a wreath for the front door
~ organize the pantry

Cheers to 2017!