2017 in Review

Even though we are now a couple weeks into 2018, I still want to review a few highlights from 2017. Obviously, having an adorable baby girl was the biggest highlight (as confirmed above by bestnine), but here are some other highlights of the year I don’t want to forget:

January – Abby’s tea partyraclette holiday party, revealing baby’s genderIndy coffee date w/Heather & Marcus

February – brunch at Milktooth, weekend in Columbus OH

March – Loren’s 25th birthday, my family came to visit, new camera

April – bought a car, maternity shootE’s family baby shower, ladies retreat

May – Anniversary/babymoon trip to Michigan CityTaste of Cincinnati, Joy’s visit

June – church baby shower & Stayer visitmy 26th birthdaysurprise work baby shower

July – Emberly born

August – weekend at the grandparentsVashti’s wedding, got passports

September – roadtrip to SChike at IMA

October –  fall morning at Apple Works

November – movie datemurder mystery dinner, Thanksgiving in Cincy

December – Christmas in Germany, touring France (posts to come soon)

What were some of your favorite moments of 2017?

10 Random Facts About Me #3

I’ve noticed a few new faces around here, and since I always love learning random facts about other people, I figured I would share a few of about me today (#1 and #2).

  1. I love the comforting sound of the dishwasher going in the evening – it means the kitchen is clean & closed for the day.
  2. I always forget to clean off the dryer lint, despite my mom trying for YEARS to train me otherwise.
  3. I currently have at least 5 grey shirts in my closet and they all serve a different purpose.
  4. I rarely exactly follow a recipe when cooking and often substitute items when baking.
  5. My first car was a manual VW Beetle. I had never driven manual before and had to learn very quickly.
  6. Loren’s sister was my roommate my senior/her freshman year in college, and whenever we would all hang out together people used to think she was his girlfriend and I was his sister.
  7. I played the violin in high school, but haven’t really touched it since then.
  8. I love having pictures, but hate being in front of the camera (as the above photo can testify).
  9. I obsessively close all my apps on my phone when I’m done using them. Except iMessage and my baby schedule app.
  10. I can’t keep plants alive. I got 3 succulents for my birthday last year, and the last live one is barely hanging on.

What are some random facts about you?
Share in the comments below!

Life Lately

I’ve been rather absent from the blog since baby’s arrival, but it’s time to pick things up again! Starting off my official return with a few recent life highlights:

Emberly had her first Dr. visit and wasn’t a huge fan of getting naked for that.

We broke out the stroller and had our first family walk, which also happened to be daddy’s first day back at work.

I took Emberly on her first Starbucks and Target run – teaching her the important things in life! 😉 Also, why can’t all stores have grocery carts as smooth as Target!?

We had a Friday night family ice cream date and walk along the Canal.

Several family members and friends came to meet Emberly.

My cousin Dennae and her husband Daniel all the way from SC
Blake warmed up to the idea of holding a fresh baby. 😉
Cincinnati cousins & aunt & uncle
Joanna & Jeffrey also came all the way from SC to meet E
And of course the grandparents

When Loren’s parents came for a visit this past weekend, they babysat Emberly for a couple hours and Loren and I snuck away for a baby-free coffee date.

This past weekend, I had the privilege of helping host a bridal shower for my friend Vashti. It was so much fun (and these are all the pictures I got)!

And one more baby picture because she’s just too cute.

That’s about it for now!
We’re are taking our first roadtrip (just to Cincinnati) with baby this weekend, so we’ll see how that goes!

Thursday Confessions

I confess
 …that this should actually be a recipe post but I failed in the meal planning and grocery shopping department this week and didn’t have what I needed.
 
…that I’m excited to see my family from Germany next week! There will be 7 adults and 2 kids staying in our 2-bedroom apartment for a night and I can’t wait.
 
…that I’ve slacked off working out the past 2 weeks. But that changed this morning.
 
…that I’m super excited about our maternity shoot tomorrow, even though it’s probably too early for one. Baby bump, grow some overnight, please!
…that renewing/applying for passports is slightly daunting.
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…that I have a new-found love for coconut milk. It makes our morning smoothies so much better!
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…that I wish we had a beach vacation planned, but gotta save for our Christmas Europe trip! #priorities
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Happy Thursday!
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