Thanksgiving 2017

This year, after the past 2 Thanksgivings down South, we had another one in Cincinnati with Loren’s family and it was such a good time.Β  Since we packed in so many fun things this holiday weekend, this post is chock-full with pictures of all the things I want to remember.

We headed out for Cincinnati after Loren got off work on Wednesday evening and arrived in time for Emberly to hang out with her aunts, uncle and grandparents for a little bit before she went to bed. After putting her down for the night, the rest of us played a fun game before going to bed at a semi-decent hour.

Emberly had a pretty rough night (not being used to sharing a room with her parents), so Thanksgiving morning Loren let me sleep in aΒ  little bit before a leisurely breakfast with everyone. After breakfast, we visited the grandmas (E’s great-grandmas) and then came back home to relax and finish getting dinner ready before the rest of the family members showed up (there were 30 of us!). Once everyone arrived, we snapped some family pictures, stuffed ourselves with all the delicious food, sang a few Thanksgiving songs and caught up on each other’s lives. So many wonderful family members to be thankful for!

Real life moment – cleaning up spit up during a family pic

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Cousins, Murder Mystery & Bogo

This weekend was another full and good one!

This actually happened during the week, but Emberly finally met some cousins on my side of the family! Her cousin Pepper is a little over 2 months old and they have already decided to be best friends. πŸ˜‰

Friday evening we left E with our babysitter, then headed out for a Murder Mystery Dinner (last year). It was so much fun to dress up, eat a good dinner, laugh with friends and solve the murder.

Loren was the Butler and I was the young rich widow
The Gypsy (and guilty one!!) and Dr.
The Chauffeur and Cook

Saturday morning we slept in, then Miss E got a little morning bath while I finished my coffee.

Later that afternoon, we took advantage of the Starbucks holiday drink bogo (carmel brulee latte, anyone!?) before heading out to a photoshoot we did for some friends.

Carmel brulee lattee – the only speciality drink I really care about

After the photoshoot we hurried home to get ready for dinner w/Smiths. It had been way too long and it was so good to catch up over dinner and dessert.

Sunday evening we had a teen activity at church and Emberly was being hilarious entertaining the teens and being entertained by them. She loves people!

November Weekend at Home

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done a weekend recap, but Loren was finally home all weekend so this past one was documented. Here are the highlights!

Friday late afternoon, Emberly and I kicked off the weekend with a sunny fall walk. I mean, who can resist those baby blues!?

Later that evening, Loren’s sister Carrie came to spend the night and graciously stayed with the sleeping Emeberly so Loren and I could sneak out for a late night movie date. It was so fun and we got home super late, but it was totally worth it.

Saturday morning we had a leisurely breakfast before we headed downtown to cheer on Carrie’s boyfriend as he finished the Indianapolis Monumental Marathon. After the race, we had a late lunch/early dinner back at our house before they headed back home to Cincinnati.

The rest of the evening and Sunday pretty much looked like this:

I hope you had a great weekend and enjoyed that extra hour on Sunday! We did, but then it’s caught up to us since then (babies and DST are no joke).

A Morning at Apple Works

We have so many apple orchards/pumpkin patches in our area, but this past Saturday, we decided to check out Apple Works with some friends. Apple Works is perfect for kids – they have a petting zoo, trails, horse rides, a playground with a zip line, tractor rides and a huge pumpkin patch. In addition to the fun things for kids, they have a pretty decent country store with everything from preserves & jellies to all kinds of baked goods to fudge.
Our first stop was to get a huge apple fritter from the Ice Cream Shoppe, and it was amazing. We then headed to over to the petting zoo to check out all the animals.

After the petting zoo and horse ride for the 2-year-old, we hopped on the tractor for a ride to the pumpkin patch! The pumpkin patch was pretty big, and we took our time selecting the best pumpkins.

The cutest pumpkin. πŸ˜‰

A little change & lunch break.

It was such a beautiful and fun morning, and I can’t wait to take Emberly back next year when she will appreciate the animals a little more.
Thanks for all the fun, Apple Works and H family! πŸ™‚

Saturday in Nature

This past weekend, we wanted to get outside for a hike, but all the good hiking locations around here are a little bit of a drive and we didn’t have a whole day to devote to it. But then we remembered that the Indianapolis Museum of Art has a nature park and we had heard that it was pretty awesome. So, Saturday afternoon, we headed to IMA’s 100 acre parkΒ that is made up of woodlands, wetlands, meadows and a 35-acre lake that also features several pieces of modern art. It was a beautiful and perfect afternoon and we will definitely be going back someday soon.

Can you spot the baby toes?

Weekend in the South

A few weeks ago, we decided to make our way down South Carolina for Labor Day weekend so Emberly could meet more of relatives (finally some on my side!).

So, this past Friday, Emberly and I packed up and picked up Loren after work around 3pm, then we headed out of town with the rest of the Midwest. Or so it seemed between the rain and crazy traffic. Emberly did great at first, got fussy during the heavy rain and traffic, then eventually fell asleep for pretty much the rest of the trip. We pulled in to my aunt’s around 2:30am, exhausted, but so glad to be there.

One of her happier moments on the drive.

We spent the weekend visiting and catching up with so many relatives and a few friends, and since we took so many pictures, I’ll just let them do the talking.

Meeting Opa (my dad)! Just sad that Oma wasn’t there.
Skyping with Oma (my mom).
GG (my grandma) – E eventually decided to take a nap with her. πŸ™‚

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Weekend Catchup

I totally failed in posting anything last week, so let’s catch up a little. We spent most of last weekend celebrating Vashti and Andrew. We had the rehearsal & dinner on Friday night, then the wedding on Saturday. I was a bridesmaid and Loren was the photographer, so Emberly got to spend the day with her Aunt Carrie and had the best time. This wedding was seriously one of the sweetest I’ve been to/in. Many happy tears were shed and we are SO happy for Vashti & Andrew!! I didn’t take any pics that day (left that to Loren πŸ˜‰ ), so I just stole a couple of his.

Aren’t they just the cutest!?

Last Monday we celebrated 5 years of dating. I can’t believe it’s been that long! We had dinner at Cheddar’s to celebrate, since that’s where it all became official. And this time around, we didn’t mind our little third-wheeler one bit. πŸ˜‰

This past weekend, we got out for a little evening walk at a nearby park on Friday. It’s been cooler in the mornings and evenings, but Miss E was quite content in her little cocoon.

Saturday, Loren headed out early for Dayton to shoot another wedding, and Emberly and I had a girls’ day. She had gotten a cold a couple days earlier, but was still her usual happy self. πŸ™‚ We did a little consignment shopping (yay for Once Upon a Child!) and had story and nap time on the patio.

Sunday afternoon, we hit up a downtown coffee shop to get some work done.

How has your week been?

Waiting in Line

This weekend was somewhat busy, tiring and wonderful. The highlights:

Saturday morning, we gathered all our important documents necessary for passport applications, then headed to the post office, hopeful that the submitting process wouldn’t take too long. But when we got to the post office, the passport line was pretty long. We decided to wait it out anyway. Two hours passed and we had barely moved and it was 10 minutes till closing time…I thought for sure we would be told they couldn’t process the rest of our applications and we would have to come back a different day (I’ve seen this happen before). But then one of the workers came out and told us to not let anyone else in line, and started taking passport pictures for those who needed it (we took ours on our own last week) and Β things started to pick up. 3 hours from getting in line, we finally left the post office after submitting the applications. We were so happy to get out of there! And for those of you wondering why we even need passports, we are planning a trip to Germany to visit my parents & some other countries this Christmas!

Saturday early evening, we headed downtown so Loren could take some headshots for me. Of course, he got some other great pictures as well. πŸ˜‰

Love him!!

And just to prove that Emberly wasn’t in her carseat ALL weekend, here she is on Sunday after church just relaxing. πŸ™‚

Sunday evening, I hosted a bachelorette party for Vashti (she’s getting married this weekend!!), and it was so much fun. I’m just a little mad at myself for not getting any pictures other than this one (thanks to Neah for this one), but the food was good and the games were funny and we all had a great time. Now, to get this girl married!!

How was your weekend?

Weekend at Home Sweet Home

This past weekend was the first one we were able to actually get some stuff done since baby was born. We’ve loved the past few weekends with family and friends, but sometimes you just need a quiet[er] Saturday.

Friday night we put Miss E to bed, then had a date night of dinner, a short card game and movie.

Saturday morning we slept in, then had a late brunch on the patio while Emberly napped. Later on, Loren gave Emberly her first bottle, which she took like a champ! Loren and I worked on random things that we had been putting off for the rest of day, including a run to Sam’s to get our passport pictures taken.

Shopping cart passport photo op.
Her old man hair cracks me every time.

Sunday we had a wonderful morning at church, then invited some new friends over for dinner, which was the perfect way to end the weekend.

 

Over the River

Our first roadtrip with baby is in the books! Even though the trip to Cincinnati is just under two hours, it still counts since it was an overnight trip. πŸ˜‰
We got to Loren’s parents Friday evening just in time for dinner and for Emberly to meet her great aunt, uncle and cousin.

Saturday morning, Emberly got in some snuggles with her grandma before we met up with Carrie (Loren’s sister) for a delicious breakfast at Half Day Cafe.

After breakfast we met back up with Loren’s parents and headed out to meet Emberly’s great grandmas. First up was Grandma Monnie, who loves newborns and was so delighted to meet Emberly.

Next, we stopped by to see Grandma Joan (she is 93!!), who was also very happy to meet Emberly.

Four generations!

All worn out from meeting the great grandmas.

Later on that evening after we all took naps, a couple other family members and close family friends came over for dinner and we had a lovely evening together.

Find the baby – taking a break from all the people!

Sunday we went to church with Loren’s parents, then headed back home after lunch.

Early morning snuggles with Grandpa before church

Happy to be back home

Even though we were pretty tired by the time we got home, we had a great weekend and were glad Emberly did so well and was able to meet so many special people.