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Sunday, October 30, 2011

They have my heart!

For the past 12 years I have had the honor of being an auntie.   It has been one of the best things in my entire life.  The love I feel for these two precious kids is incomprehensible.  It is huge.  They have my heart and they always will.

They spent the night with Jer and I this weekend.  When I went to pick them up, I was greeted before I even made it all the way out of the car.  They both had handmade birthday cards for me.  I am loved and it is wonderful.

I have been so quick to fast forward through the Fall this year.  I have something big taking place this winter and I guess I'm anxious to get there.  Having Livi and Grant over this weekend gave me the chance to slow down and enjoy the Fall, which is my favorite season, and have a little Halloween fun. 

We made mummy dogs for supper and sipped apple cider.  We got in our jammies, stopped at the corner store (Corner House Store, as Grant calls it) to grab some snacks, and the four of us set out to Romeo to see all the cool Halloween houses on Tillson Street. 

After a fun night, we settled in at home.  I woke up early the next day to make everyone breakfast.  I love these two kiddos so much.


Sunday, October 16, 2011

Our Baby Shower

It was a lovely day.  We were surrounded by friends and family.  Friends and family that love us and will love our precious Nella just the same.  Jer and I are blessed to have each other and blessed to have a collection of amazing people who fill our lives and hearts with goodness.

My mom and my sister, again, put together a beautiful shower to celebrate another milestone in our life.  Last year it was our wedding... this year, our sweet baby Nella.  We are so grateful!  I love you, Momma! I love you, Beck!  Thank you for an amazing day.


Sunday, October 9, 2011

Our First Anniversary

Let the love flow.  We've had a good year, praise God. A great year, actually.  We celebrated by going to Frankenmuth for the weekend.  We originally planned on going back to Traverse City and staying at the Cherry Tree like we did when we got married.  Plans change.  We roll with it.  Frankenmuth is our special little place and we've never actually been there during a Fall weekend (we go in the winter, during February, when Jer proposed.)  We thought it would be a nice change of scenery...and it was.

We started our day at home.  We exchanged traditional paper gifts, some handmade wall art and a 52 Reasons Why I Love You card set for Jer and a gift certificate for 4d Ultrasound Photos for me, and we guaranteed another year or more of happiness in our marriage by eating a piece of our wedding cake.  What?  Of course eating year old cake guarantees happiness!

We headed out late morning/early afternoon.  Our room was not ready for check-in so early so we spent a couple hours at Birch Run.  We have a baby girl on the way, of course we need to shop.  I bought a dress for the baby shower, Jer got some new jeans, and we searched for the perfect coming home outfit for Baby Nella.  We didn't find that, but Daddy did buy her a dress that he loved and we picked out two new sleepers for her too.  After shopping we went to our hotel, checked in and got ready to head to downtown Frankenmuth.  We just relaxed.  We enjoyed each other.  We walked and talked and laughed and loved.  We're pretty good at that. 

For dinner we decided to venture out a bit.  Neither of us are into the whole "chicken dinner" thing and we weren't feeling the other two restaurants that Birch Run offers.  We realized that there was a Los Quatros Amigos about 20 minutes away.  LQA was one of our home town favorites...before they closed up and turned into a Buffalo Wild Wings.  Being so close to one, we had to go back.  It was delicious!  Even without my usual raspberry margarita.  On our way back we ran into a little road block.  The highway closed due to a detour and we hit a dead end.  However, that dead end was of FIREWORKS!  It's our inside joke, and a fact, that Jer always finds us the best viewing spot for fireworks.  Sometimes it is skill, sometimes it is pure luck.  Either way, he never disappoints.  This time was no different.  He pulled over right on the side of the highway and we enjoyed a birds eye view of a local arena's fireworks display.  It was the perfect ending to our evening.

After a good night's rest we were up early (me before him for a change...that's a pregnancy thing for me) and ready to start our day.  We spent the day doing things we've not done together before.  We went to the Animal Wildlife Park and to Huckleberry Railroad for their Halloween trick-or-treating event.  We had a great day filled with more walking, talking, laughing (a lot) and loving.

We had a fun day.  One of my favorite little parts was when Jer and I were looking at stuffed giraffes.  He said "well, we have to get her something!  You know, because she is on this trip too."  He was referring to baby Nella in my tummy.  God, I love that man! 

We did get her something.  We went to Bronner's (something J and I never do) and we bought her her Baby's First Christmas ornament.  I can't  believe we'll have a baby by Christmas!