Sunday, January 17, 2016

Baby showers & reunions.

Between my girlfriends in college and my girlfriends in Albany, I am 1 in 3 that has not yet had a baby.

Want to know the total number? 11, the number is 11.

It might not seem like a large number but it is to me and it's getting rather interesting when I see my girlfriends and they're holding babies; being mothers. Like when the baby cries they're able to soothe them quiet, it's just mind blowing! ;)

Yeah, this post might seem somewhat random but it's not necessarily as these are the thoughts that ran through my mind when I uploaded yet another girlfriend's baby shower pictures.

I attended a baby shower for one of my girlfriends last weekend and it was fun. I got food, played games, was able to oooh and aaah over tiny, pink baby clothes and see Norina, Colleen and Nicole that weekend. Major bonus.

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- When we arrived at the shower each guest were advised to cut yarn that equaled the measurement of her pregnant belly. It was so much fun because so many of us were way off (including me!) but her mom was right on the money. I'm talking exact!

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It was also so nice to catch up with Nicole and meet her son for the first time. Talk about a good baby!
He was so quiet, smiled so much (except when he saw my camera pointed at him) and was just so cute. And his eyes just got me!

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After the baby shower, Sean and I headed over to see Colleen and Eric for a couple of hours. I was sad when I arrived because baby Joey was sleeping but being able to see his sweet, sleeping, baby face almost made up for it.

It does something grand to my heart to be able to see my best friend in person. I miss her so much and when I see her I feel like a little kid all over again. We talk and talk and it's so hard to shut us up (not that you'll want to!) because we're basically making up for lost time. By the end of our visit we made plans to visit again and let's just say that next month can't get here fast enough! Oh and I hope the next time around I'll remember to take pictures.

I hope you are all having wonderful weekends! ♥

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Adele: 1, Sean: 0

I received Adele’s album for Christmas and I’ve been wearing it out. I absolutely love it.
Track number 7 and 11 are on constant repeat but I love listening to each track.

Sean listened to Adele’s song “Hello” while we drove to Bonefish Grill for dinner and he looked at me and said “that’s horrible”.

Um, babe. You have NO idea what you’re talking about.
You’re lucky I love you because we would have had to throw down if you were anyone else.

I mean, you can’t take anything about music seriously from him anyway considering he finds that metal, head banging, mosh pitting, ridiculous loud crap, music. Because of this very important fact, he is still chilling and his neck is intact. You're welcome, Sean.

However, there are two things that we both agree on and that is we love getting gift cards to restaurants for Christmas and free date nights. We received a gift card to Bonefish Grill and our food was delicious! I really love their bang, bang shrimp and basically eat it like a shrimp salad. Sean's steak meal (not pictured) that he ordered well-done was also really good; which is often hard for us to say because I find that a lot of restaurants bring out a dry, tough and chewy steak to the table when it is ordered well-done.

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So in the big picture, 2 out of 3 ain't bad, but Sean no points for you! ;)
I hope you're all having a great week!

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

2015 in Review.

I intended to do this the first few days in January but the days are already moving so quickly.
I should probably stop and not make any excuses considering we are still only in the first month of the new year.
Procrastination so early in the new year is not ideal, ha.

JANUARY

Celebrated my niece's 2nd birthday!

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* Moved into our new home.

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* Took our yearly trip to Vegas and consumed a little too much food!

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FEBRUARY

We adopted Walker.
It's crazy how small he looks in this picture compared to how he looks now!


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* Celebrated Sean's birthday and our 8th dating anniversary.

MARCH

Colleen came for a visit and shared her beautiful pregnant self and helped me figure out our mantel.

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* Celebrated my "little" sister's 30th birthday.

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* Took my family to Crayola Experience.

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APRIL

Attended Colleen's nautical themed baby shower.

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* Began brunch dates with Cinthia.

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* Celebrated Sean's mom last chemotherapy session!

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MAY

Began many trips to our local farmers' market.

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* Celebrated Mother's Day.

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* Took our yearly trip to Atlantic City with my in-laws.

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* Went to a music festival with my co-workers, turned great friends.


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* Found a little beach in PA and spent a quality day together. Just us.

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JUNE

- Consisted of Farmers' market
- Rugby games
- Stuffing our faces outside
- Date nights
- Celebrating my nephew graduating from high school.


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JULY

Celebrated the 4th with my in-laws.

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* Went to Saratoga Springs for the weekend.

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* Took a mini trip to Myrtle Beach.

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AUGUST

My sweet mother passed away from cancer and it's the hardest thing I've ever dealt with but my family, husband & friends are proving to be huge supports and I'm surviving.

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* Sean booked a surprise trip to our favorite place, Vegas. It truly helped to throw some much needed happiness back in my life.

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SEPTEMBER

Celebrated my "little" sister's 27th birthday.
It was also our first gathering with all of us present since my mom had passed away.


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* Began to place some much needed attention into our new home and I'm excited to continue in the new year.

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* My sister visited and we did all the fun things.
Winery, Celtic fest, eating and of course the good ole Farmers' Market.


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* Took a trip to Seattle.

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OCTOBER

Sean threw me a surprise party and my family and closest friends were in attendance.
This day I was in higher spirits than I had been in a long while.


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* Attended a 1st birthday costume party (Snow White Themed) and went as a 70s gal.

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* Colleen visited again but this time she brought baby Joey with her!

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NOVEMBER

Celebrated 6 years of being happily married (with food!) to the love of my life.

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* Went to the city (NYC) to celebrate my sister's 36th birthday with brunch and pedicures!

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* Celebrated Thanksgiving which was bittersweet as it was the first one without our mom present.

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DECEMBER

Went to the Christmas tree farm with Cinthia to help pick out her tree.

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* Decorated our house for Christmas.

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* Celebrated my nephew's 6th birthday.

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* Celebrated Christmas Eve, just Sean, me and our furbabies.
Oh and Chinese food and wine.


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* Celebrated Christmas with my in-laws.

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* Said goodbye to 2015 together and welcomed the new year.

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2015, what a life changing year you were and to be honest I was a little too happy to leave it all behind.

Not noted in this recap was the million times I went to see my mom and my unpredictable emotions but of course I'm sure you all know this by now. One thing this review of 2015 showed me is that life does move on and it's not just a cliché saying anymore.

It is up to me to decide how I'm going to respond to life when it throws huge curveballs my way.
I can either choose misery or happiness. I've chosen happiness and truly hope that 2016 translates that.