Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The big 3-0!

Well it has come and gone and overall, it was manageable!  I am 30!  Wow, it feels weird to type that!

My day started at work where I got these beautiful flowers from my friend, Emily!  Random aside: can anyone identify that flower on the lower left?

Then after work, CJ, Anna, Kristi, Elaine and I meet up at Elaine's office before going to Innsbrook to see The Band Perry!  Kathryn and Paul  meet up with us there for the show!

It started a little bit rainy, here we are under the umbrella!

But it ended up clearing up nicely and cooling off which made for a great show!

Then on Thursday, Anna, CJ, and Kristi took me out to dinner to celebrate my birthday and I got a yummy cookie cake!  Plus some sweet swag! 

Friday-early Sunday, CJ and I were at Lake Gaston to celebrate our friend, Emily and Kevin's marriage (which happened in March but they just had the party to celebrate it now). 

Then Sunday night, I closed out the birthday week with a fantastic cookout with family and friends.  It was a great time to gather together and share a meal!  Overall, I feel so blessed to have such great family and friends in my life.  I can only imagine the next 30 years will be just as great :)

30 is only as old as you feel and obviously I don't feel too old!

August Reading Update

Reading Update - August

Books I have read:
1. Because I said So by Ken Jennings
2. Mary Mary by James Patterson
3. The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
4. When I Don't Desire God by John Piper
5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
6. 40 Love by Madeline Wickham
7. The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
8. The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin
9. She's got Issues by Nicole Unice
10. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella
11. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Books that I plan to read:
12. The Guernsey Literacy & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer
13. Private Berlin by James Patterson
14. Private London by James Patterson

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

The best birthday present of all...

My friend Amanda said it right when she said the best birthday present I got came two weeks ago!  I am already counting the days until I can get back to see these little guys!  And since I promised loads of pictures, here are a few more for you all:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Nautical GIRL baby shower

It is such an uncommon theme in our world here lately, a GIRL baby!  But my dear friend Kristi is pregnant with a little Miss due in just about a month.  So I was excited about the chance to throw a baby shower for her AND for a little baby girl this past weekend.  My friend CJ and I got to work weeks in advance planning for this one and I think it came together nicely.  Allow me to show you in pictures :)

The invitation---certain info has been whited out since this is the internet after all!

Since this is her first baby, we asked people to bring a favorite book instead of a card to stock the library!

Basket - o - favors!


Nautical pennant!

Nothing says sea like sea shells!

Pink and Navy throughout!

Thank you Vineyard Vine for the cute pink whale!

Favor with tag!

We had BLUE anchors....AND....

Pink whales!
Kristi & Natalie!

Mother in Law, Kristi, and her mommy!

Kristi, little baby girl, and her "Aunties"

In case people did not bring their own book, we had extras (from goodwill)

Someone brought a diaper cake and I got excited!

Baby girl clothes!

The crowd!


Of course I would find a baby to love up on.....
And my mom found one too!  

More gifts!

CJ: The gift note taker!

More presents, I think she will be stocked up for baby!

Drink table!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Cuteness Overload

Since a pictures is worth a thousand words, let me do us a favor and say no more.....




Mom, Corbin, and me


Corbin AKA big brother!

Future Construction worker!