Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Low Key Weekend with Lawtie (and video clips)

This past weekend was about as low key as they come and I loved every minute of it. 

We had friend time Friday night and despite not having carried on any adult conversation that lasted longer than 2.5 minutes, it was a blast, hanging out with our friends and our wild (and loud!) toddlers. 

The rest of the weekend was spent snuggled up at home, eating too much, listening to the wind and rain, and enjoying the heck out of our sweet and incredibly fun little girl.

Lawter was absolutely awesome all weekend and I seriously enjoyed her so much that my heart ached coming into work yesterday morning. I always love my kid, duh, and it was so easy to just be smitten with her when she was being so funny and lovable and fantastic.

Sometimes I feel like we lose our connection during the work week, when I see her for 20 minutes in the morning and 2 hours or (usually) less in the evenings. Daycare makes her tired, work makes me tired, and it's so great to reconnect on the weekends and rebuild the warm and fuzzy bond. It was perfect. (I also admit that I speed read "The light between oceans" this weekend and that may or may not have influenced by ability to ignore the toddler-esque things in favor of smothering her with hugs and kissses!)

I'm not going to share some of the funnier videos from the weekend, as they involve her favorite new past time, which is putting about 7 pairs of mama's undergarments around her neck, infinity scarf style. It's hilarious, but not hilarious enough for me to share my underthings on the internet for all the world to see : ) 

Her other new hobby -which I absolutely adore -is singing. Oh that sweet little voice. It's hard to catch her on video when she's sitting by herself just singing in a soft little voice so to film it, we usually have to start singing and she'll join in. And our singing isn't something the internet should be subjected to either! So I'll just have to keep trying on that one, this is the best I could get:


Here are some other random snippets from the weekend: 



Hope you had a great weekend (and that this work week goes fast!)!

Friday, October 2, 2015

Five on Friday

Happy (very) wet Friday!


The pregnancy sweet tooth is a thing again. I really can take or leave sweets in my normal state of life, but it seems that I once again am loving the sweet treats. This week's pleasure has been Fall S'mores. Cinnamon graham crackers, pumpkin marshmallows and dark chocolate.

(I also have a culinary torch that I got as a Christmas gift one year so s'mores making is super fun in our house ... and a little dangerous...)


This past weekend Anthony and I were whining about our house not having any showings lately, and about 3 hours later- when we were in Richmond for an overnight - we get a call from our realtor that someone wants to see the house asap. Umm... our house was a WRECK. Lawter had been a total toddler that morning and pulled out anything and everything she could get her hands on while we were packing up and getting ready to leave and we'd left it just like that. Embarrassing. My dear friend Holly hopped over to our house with about 5 minute's notice and did some straightening up for me (thank you Hol!), but it was enough to rattle me into action and this week I've been determined to run a tight ship. I've been on a decluttering rampage and have been getting everything cleaned up, packed and ready for the next day before going to bed at night. Not sure how long this initiative will last, but I must say, the tidiness and organization feels pretty phenomenal for now. 


My parents came over for pizza this week and Lawter, who had already eaten her non-pizza dinner in her highchair, pulled pizza out of her toy kitchen set and insisted on sitting at the big table and joining in for pizza night.

Funny little person.


Preferred coffee combo of the moment: Pumpkin Pie + Coconut

I only really have coffee at home on Friday and Sunday mornings, if that, and we haven't used our keurig in a while, as Anthony prefers a stronger concoction from the french press. When I partake, I mix up these grounds for mine. Delicious.


We have long overdue group friend plans this evening (complete with lots o' toddlers) and I'm so looking forward to it. Especially since it seems likely that Saturday and Sunday will be spent largely at home, thanks to this fabulous weather! (just a little sarcasm there)

Not that I can't enjoy some cozy time at home. We have a full fridge and a decently stocked up dvr, so as long as we don't lose electricity, we can work with that. (speaking of dvr and new tv, we watched the first episode of Limitless and Quantico and enjoyed both!)

I've made our favorite Southwest Eggrolls (I use wonton wrappers for more bite sized snacking) and Christina's yummy pumpkin dessert dip to take. 

Linking up with the Five on Friday link party, with ChristinaDarciApril and Natasha.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

Scenes from the Weekend

As I mentioned on Friday, rainy weather thwarted our weekend travel plans (and is looking to keep everyone close to home again this coming weekend!) so we made the best of it and came up with some new fun things for our agenda!

L and I enjoyed a girl's (stripe wearing) lunch with Holly. In case you can't tell, someone was ready for a nap by the end of it.

We went to cousin Sailor's 2nd birthday party. 

We ditched Lawtie with the grandparents to enjoy date night out (at our usual/ favorite sushi place!)

And hit up Sugar Shack Donuts for dessert. Yum!

And finally, Lawtie and I were able to join in the celebrations and attend my soon-to-be sister-in-law's bridal shower! We so enjoyed showering LeAn and spending time with our family girls!

L and Gram

This photo is less about LeAn and more about documenting my Mom's stellar gift wrapping skills. Do you SEE that corner perfection? Her talents are endless, I tell you.

We'll wrap up with this video clip of Lawter using a Disney music playing thing as a phone and just chatting away in the funniest little voice. Where's a heart eyes emoji when I need one?!


Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Photo Dump

The less than stellar quality phone photos just keep piling up, and I've nothing else to do with them so enjoy!   

(or just come back tomorrow to check for new content : ) )

The rare occasion when she stays still long enough for a family snuggle. 
It was lovely.

women be shopping.

and driving around the grocery store. The absolute highlight of her day.


Kid had a death grip on my Cook Out milkshake. 

My little helper.... sometimes.

Celebrating Sully's 1st birthday!

The diva, purse on arm, as always.

"I feel like sommmeeething's different here..." 
(when Mama sneaks spinach into her pops)

And finally, Lawter does the baby sign for "more" and we've been working on "please". 

This is her version of please. Hilarious. I guess it's like "Please get in my belly" to her maybe?? 


Friday, September 25, 2015

Five on Friday

Happy Friday friends!

I hadn't planned on a post today, but due to a change in plans, I've found myself with some (not unwelcome) downtime! 

We were actually supposed to be headed south for a weekend road trip right about now, but thanks to a 100% chance of rain all weekend and some other weather factors that aren't conducive to a weekend in coastal North Carolina (especially one that included a fishing trip), we've cancelled all reservations. Bummer, but after the work week I've had, I'm certainly not complaining about a lazy, dreary day at home with Lawter to rest up a bit. (and it will be a lazy day... 12 hours of running around from event to event in heels yesterday has done me in!)

So here are five things on my mind today!


This little person working in her kitchen is so funny. 

I'd been on the lookout for a kitchen for L and had mentioned it in passing to a friend. Said friend saw this at a yard sale and SO sweetly thought of me, texted a pic and offered to grab it for me (...did I mention she lives a state away??). I thought she was crazy but she kind of insisted and I got on board and it all worked out! (thanks to Jess and Luke for transportation help too!) Lawter loves it, it came with a TON of accessories (total hodgepodge!) and I think we'll get a lot of mileage out of it.

We've already covered how to "cook eggs", and sometimes I see her adding milk to the pan. Perhaps she's a little chef in training and is creating a pretend frittata?

It came with a tea set and she's good at "pouring tea" and pretend drinking out of her little tea cup too. So stinking cute. 


I've raved on here about my love for the Oscar Blandi texturizing volume spray and while it's fantastic, the $25 per can price tag keeps me on the constant lookout for cheaper varieties. I just finished my first can of Fructis Texture Tease and at $3.47 via Amazon Prime, I just ordered my second can. It smells nice and seems to do the trick much more affordably.


Since it's been feeling fall'ish in the evenings this week, I broke out the crock pot during a fridge/pantry clean out for our first chili of the season. White bean chicken chili is one of our favorites and I really just used what I had and subbed in some ingredients and it turned out wonderfully. (Used up halves of peppers that were close to needing to be tossed, didn't have a jalapeno so I just went a little heavier on some chili powder and cayenne for a kick, I only had one can of Great Northern beans so used garbanzo beans for the other can)  

I feel so guilty when I toss food from fridge/pantry that went unused so bonus points that this fed us for a few meals AND made me feel good : )  


I picked up L's Halloween costume several weeks ago when I came across an easy pick at a kid's consignment shop. (Minnie Mouse!) I felt a little overzealous, as I'm not the type to do something like that more than 6 weeks in advance, buuuttt they were already out, the price was right and it just seemed easy to grab it and go and be done with it. We tried it on her and it's really cute. Now to figure out how to get her to keep the ears on...  


Last Friday evening, my awesome Dad received a much deserved honor and was inducted into the Gloucester High School Athletics Hall of Fame. He has had such an impressive career and given so much of his time and dedication and himself to that program and it was so special to be there to see him receive this recognition. 

We're so proud of you Coach! 

Have a great weekend!

Linking up with the Five on Friday link party, with ChristinaDarciApril and Natasha.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Expecting Baby #2

So Lawtie is going to be a big sis, and we're going to be a family of four!

With a March 5, 2016 due date, I'm currently 16 weeks along. 

This baby, which we refer to as "new baby" most of the time, was planned but only just barely! ha We'd just decided the timing was right for another babe, and next thing we knew...  

As for finding out we were expecting again, that part was actually a pretty big surprise. In preparation for our family beach trip, I took a test before we left just to be sure. It was negative, no big deal, bring on the beach cocktails. A few days later while on said beach trip, it dawned on me that I might need to retest, if you know what I mean, and POSITIVE! 

So there we were, smack dab in the middle of family vacation and knew there would be no hiding it from my happy hour loving family all week so we shared with my immediate family and called Anthony's right away. I wasn't exaggerating when I said how this year's Myrtle Beach trip was one that would go down in family history. We were still riding high on the newlywed's one week anniversary, Ant and I found out (and shared) our news one night, Jack proposed to LeAn the next night, and Luke got a much hoped for job offer call the next! My Mom said someone in our family should have been playing the lottery that week.

How it's going:

Since probably around 6 or 7 weeks, I've felt a lot like I did with Lawter- kind of awful!

I actually think I've felt worse this time around than I did with L, but because of Lawter, I have much less time to dwell on it. The same goes for feeling tired. I'm not sure if the first trimester exhaustion didn't hit me as hard this time (of course I still COLLAPSE into bed at night), or if it's just that I'm accustomed to being tired now, after 16 months of parenthood. 

With L, I felt normal and great every day up until evening time. This time around, I could feel bad at any point during the day, and still always felt pretty yucky in the evenings. Much like with L, dinner didn't (and still doesn't) sound great to me, and again this time- fruit and cereal are my best friends. I especially don't have much interest in cooked vegetables and meat in the evenings. I finally feel like this is subsiding. It took a while during the first pregnancy for the "first trimester" yucky stuff to go away too. 

Exercise wise, I'm still doing RIPPED twice a week. I'm not pushing myself to increase the weights I use for the workouts, but otherwise I'm still holding my own halfway decently in class.

Clothes were tough for a bit around weeks 10-14 or so, perhaps more due to bloat than baby, because I haven't felt like dressing has been as challenging in recent weeks. Of course, it also helps that we've now shared with work and such so I'm not as worried about people just thinking that I'm looking hefty : ) I'm not opposed to breaking out some maternity gear for comfort soon - I don't know why I waited so long last time. I'm just going to own it this time ha.

We've felt very laid back and low key this time, and buying L her Big Sis shirt at Target one day on a whim and snapping some pics of her in the backyard is really the only evidence you'd find of our impending addition (other than prenatal vitamins and ginger candies ha). Oh, and I busted out the snoogle pillow a few weeks ago. I kind of have a love-hate relationship with it right now. It can be soooo comfy but since I'm getting up at least 3 or 4 times per night, it's really kind of a pain to fight it out of my way to get out of bed.

I've even felt more calm and relaxed about my appointments and scans. I guess that's not unusual though. It's still funny/strange to me how much I read, checked apps, etc. the first go round and this time I honestly couldn't tell you baby's estimated size or approximate fruit comparison of the week.

Appointments have been fine, we saw baby as a blob at 8 weeks, then again around 12.5 weeks (photo at beginning of post) and there's a strong little heartbeat and all tests are coming back normal so we're thrilled, and remaining and hopeful for smooth sailing the rest of the way!

We'll learn baby gender in another month or so. Our anatomy scan is on the later side, but like with L, we're not in any big hurry to find out. 

Lawter is such a joy and I think I can safely speak for both of us when I say that our hearts expand every day that she grows and learns and there's more about her little person to love. We are so grateful for the opportunity to experience this all over again.

Thanks for your sweet words of congrats on blog and Instagram. I'm excited to finally share this news with you all and start documenting this great time in life!

Friday, September 18, 2015


Hey yall, check out my cool new shirt. It's pink and day glow and glittery. Groovy, right?

 Ummm I don't read yet... it says what?

....and that means....

Toy sharing?! Hmmm...I'm not so sure about this....

Baby Marchetti #2: expected arrival March 2016!

We are so excited!
(even if Lawtie's still on the fence about it...)