Courtney's Bridal Shower

This past weekend a few of Courtney's friends and I hosted a bridal shower for her at my parents house.  We had so much fun planning all the details of the party and everything turned out beautiful.  I can't believe their wedding is in a month but I'm looking forward to all the festivities between now and then.  Enjoy the pics!

When you walked in the front door...

Delicious spread!  We had a tortellini salad, rosemary skewers, bruschetta and cheese and crackers...

A close-up...

We served peach Bellinis :)


And fresh fruit tarts from La Madeline

 The bride to be with her beautiful mother and sister...

Courtney and her friends...

Courtney and I.... can't wait for her to officially join the family!

All the gifts :)

And lastly, a picture of Courtney with all the hosts...

It was such a fun day and I'm looking forward to these next few weeks!


Weekend at the Beach

This past weekend we loaded up and headed to the beach with some of our friends.  We rented a house in Port Aransas for the weekend and we were looking forward to getting out of town for a few days.  The boys wanted to spend some time golfing at a new course down there and the girls wanted some time in the sun.  Some of us arrived Friday afternoon and Ryan, Tyler & Mark were able to get in a round of golf.  Alison and I rode along as well and enjoyed the scenery.  I think I overestimated my ability to be out in the heat that long as I didn't feel so great but I will say the ice cold mango towels they had out every few holes definitely helped!

That night we ate in town and called it an early evening.  We're definitely not the same crazy bunch we were back in college but I don't think anyone minds :)

The next morning the guys got up early for another round of golf and Alison, Nicole and I headed down to the beach for a walk and to set up chairs and an umbrella.  We laid out for a few hours and then came in to cool off and to figure out our lunch plans.  We ended up grabbing burgers at a local spot and had lunch once all the guys came back to house.  We then set out for an afternoon on the beach!  We lasted a few hours but I couldn't take too much time in the sun and everyone was ready to head in at that point.  We enjoyed some time on the patio of the house with a few snacks and then all got ready for dinner.  We ventured over to a nice seafood restaurant in town and enjoyed waiting out on the back porch for our table.  We had quite a view of the boats and enjoyed watching everyone come in.

Later that evening we hung out at the house, listened to music and played a little poker.  Again, not a crazy evening out on the town but I think everyone was content.

We headed back home this morning but I think we all agreed that it was a nice break from the norm and we all had a good time.  May even be a new tradition we'll continue year after year.  Hopefully with some babies in on the fun next year ;)

I also wanted to mention that today is Benny's 4th birthday!  I can't believe he is 4 years old already and he has truly been such a great dog to us.  He stayed with Ryan's parents this weekend and they celebrated this milestone by giving him a special treat this morning with a candle!  We received a text with this picture and it  made me smile.  Glad to know he is in such good hands :)


25 Weeks!

This past Saturday I hit 25 weeks and it's hard to believe not too much longer and I'll be in the third trimester.  So far pregnancy has been going very well and I really don't have anything to complain about.  I know things may change as we get closer to the due date so I'm trying to soak it all up now and enjoy this time.  A few highlights...

  • Bedding and furniture have finally been decided and ordered!  I know Ryan was sick of me asking his opinion on colors, fabrics, etc. but we've finally decided on something and I'm really excited about.  I haven't set anything up yet but I will share details and pictures as we get closer.  
  • Running is no longer a part of my exercise routine.  I just wasn't comfortable anymore and I have since moved to walking.  Ryan and I have been able to take longs walks on the weekends with the pup and I really enjoy this time together.  I wasn't able to carry on a conversation during our runs anymore so this has been a welcome change.  I'm still going to my cardio classes at the gym though and I think I'll be able to keep this up for some time. 
  • Shopping for maternity clothes is fun.  Yet my wallet has taken a beating... I am still struggling with finding clothes for work though as there seem to be so many cute options for casual weekend wear.  I'm trying to find items that I can wear for both and of course the items I do find tend to be pricier.... 
  • Shopping for baby clothes is even more fun.  I have quite a few cute items already that I can't wait to dress our baby boy in...
  • Prenatal massages are a must during pregnancy!  Ryan gave me a gift certificate for our anniversary in June and I just used it last week.  I had a 90 min prenatal massage and it was pure bliss.  I think I'll definitely be making another return before November. 
  • Weight gain has slowed down in the last few weeks.  I'm actually a little surprised as I find myself eating large cookies in the afternoon at work but I guess I should be thankful for now.  I hear that about this time it can really pack on so I'm sure my time is yet to come.  Let's just hope it holds off for another few weeks since we're going on a beach trip with our friends and I am still hoping to wear a swimsuit without completing scaring everyone...
25 weeks :)

And just because I haven't shared a pic lately of this cute guy... Regardless of the heat he still wants to be outside playing with the ball!

Have a good week!