Thursday, July 24, 2014

this & that/photo dump

It's been a busy few weeks, with being back to work, shuttling Lawter around amongst her various AWESOME babysitters, celebrations, send offs, dinner parties, and having some good old summer fun.

Our first Friday home together! I so look forward to my day at home with her. I miss her so much now that I've been back to work for a few weeks!

Big girl sleeps in her crib like a total champ.

Sometimes we wake up once around 3 or 4 am to eat, sometimes we just sleep til somewhere in the 5:30-7 neighborhood.

She's perfected her pouty face. The bottom lip she can pull is ridiculous.

ADORABLE monogrammed crab onesie from sweet Keli!!

Swinging in our sweet mamaroo. Sometimes she just takes a nap in it but that's ok too.

Dinners on the porch when the moon is high and the humidity is low.

Sunday brunch overlooking the water.

River/pool day

Our second Friday home together, this is what I woke up to. Not sure it gets much better.

Historic Christ Church Craft Beer Festival.

Partying with Chris

Happy days at Mimi's

Greek Hummus Pizza.
{pizza crust, roasted garlic hummus, tomatoes, red onion, feta, oregano- yum!}

BBQ pizza- one of our faves!
{pulled pork, heated in sauce, cheddar cheese, caramelized red onions, pickled jalapenos}

We're not always happy during our photo shoots...

But we're still cute!

And of course, we're happy and smiley when Mom has crummy lighting and an iPhone to try to capture it!

Summer Corn Salad

This has been a FAVORITE at our house this summer, making weekly appearances, sometimes as a side, sometimes as a main dish.
When I was on maternity leave, I'd have all the ingredients washed/roasted/chopped in containers in the fridge so that when I had a free moment for my own lunch, all I had to do was grab a handful of each ingredient and throw it in a bowl and this would be my go-to lunch for days. 

 {Recipe from Designer Bags & Dirty Diapers}
|| S U M M E R  C O R N  S A L A D ||

- 6 ears of corn, husked
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes cut in halve
- 1-2 cups arugula
- 4 green onions sliced
- 1/2 yellow bell pepper diced
- 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco cheese or feta
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3-4 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
Take the husks off the corn and wrap in foil.  Bake in oven at 350 degrees about 20-25 mins just to slightly cook corn,  you still want it to have a crunch.  Let cool then slice the corn off.  Mix in bowl with tomatoes, arugula, green onions, and bell pepper.  Whisk together olive oil and red wine vinegar with salt and pepper.  Drizzle over salad and top with cheese.  Best served at room temperature. 
(I just like the ingredients list, I do my own quantities and sub out whatever I have on hand- lettuces/mixed greens, chives for green onions, etc.)

Burma Ben

Last week we had a pretty festive week attending celebrations for Anthony's brother Ben, as he sets off for yet another incredible adventure, this time, to teach in Burma for two years.
Since graduating college, Ben has been quite the jetsetter and the family had kind of gotten used to him joining family occasions via Skype. However, since coming home from Thailand a little over a year ago, not only did Ben stick around but he actually chose to make his home right here with us in the Northern Neck. It's been great having him close by. Anthony's had a business partner and recreation buddy, and it was wonderful having him here to get to know Lawter during her first months of life.  (not to mention super useful things like someone to help move furniture when I was pregnant, paint Lawter's nursery, and meet the DirecTV guys at our house because we went into labor and were at the hospital : ) hah)
We didn't anticipate him sticking around forever (despite the guilt trips we'd lay on him to convince him to stay...Lawter was our best argument) so we knew it was only a matter of time before he set out again.
We enjoyed a nice dinner out at Trick Dog, just the three of us, leaving Lawter at home with her first non-family sitter for a bit.
Mmmm... salmon tartar

Shrimp Matamoras... this stuff is awesome

Celebrated with friends, family and amazing food over a cookout at Jum's.

And of course, enjoyed a big family gathering, to bid him farewell.
Lawtie got decked out in her watermelon party dress for the occasion

This was also her first sleepover at Granley and Pappy's!

We're definitely going to miss being neighbors but are excited for all of your adventures Beno!
See you next summer!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Shower for Baby June

So there's something I haven't shared on here before, out of respect for our friends' privacy during a difficult time.
Back in March, I mentioned in a blog post that we'd attended baby education class with our local friends Davy and Ivana, who were expecting a baby girl, to be due mid-June.
Well one week after that blog post, their baby was born at 20 ounces.
 They named her June.
She's lived in the NICU at St. Mary's ever since, with Davy and Ivana traveling to spend as much time with her as possible. When Lawter was born, they were right down the hall with June and Anthony and I were able to visit her in the NICU with them before we were discharged. Since then, they've been wonderful friends to us, always checking on how Lawter is doing, bringing us dinner, etc.
It hasn't been an easy time for them with lots of ups and downs, which makes me even more thrilled to share pictures (with their permission, of course) from a baby shower I had the pleasure of attending recently, to honor Davy, Ivana and the SOON TO BE HOME in the Northern Neck, baby June!


Hilarious game: guess the number of stored milk containers!

Answer was in the 500's. Crazy.