Spring Showers

I’ve said it before but sometimes I feel like the longer I go without writing here, the less it feels like it makes sense to come and write here.  And I never wanted this space to feel like an obligation, to feel to me like something I “should” keep up with for any other reason other than I feel the pull to get over here and write and share and connect.  And it’s not that I’ve not felt that lately, it’s just that, holy shit is time flying by, and when I think “oh I have some time to blog tonight!” I think that maybe instead I should be doing other things.  Other things like organizing stuff around here, you know, researching daycares or something because I’m 33 weeks pregnant now and where has the time actually gone?  And if I’m being really honest? Sometimes I would just rather snuggle up on the couch and watch The Bachelor than actually take the time to compose a post of substance.

But yeah.  Anyway, here I am and like I said, 33 weeks pregnant all of a sudden and, woah baby, there’s actually going to be a BABY here in seven weeks, give or take! (#shitsgettingreal) It’s baby central over here after a really sweet shower that my mom and a few girlfriends threw for me last weekend.  Here’s a few pictures that captured the day…

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(I’m not really sure how to insert images in posts to make them look like the actual size they are and not these little thumbnails, but you get the idea.)

My baby shower was so sweet!  Since we aren’t finding out the gender of little Baby M&M, it was a neutral themed shower, with baby animals and yellow and grey colors, with lots of really sweet, thoughtful details from the onesies to decorate, the cake pop rattles, the “Baby Kennedy” sign Matt and I are standing in front of up there, M&M’s for favors, “Team Stache” and “Team Lash” cups (not pictured here, but so fun!), and so many other unique and thoughtful little details.  My mom and girlfriends did such an amazing job and planning everything and it was so evident how much thought and planning went into the day!  Baby M&M is so loved already, and he/she isn’t even here yet!

Oh!  That floral dress that I picked to wear is from Pink Blush!  Have you heard of the website? I had gotten a handful of items there before at the beginning of my pregnancy, and had my eye on some dresses leading up to my shower.  This one that I chose I picked because I felt like it still had a “springy” feel even though it was a chilly March day, and I love all the colors!  The website is really great too, and it’s NOT just maternity!  This dress for example, even though it’s from the maternity section of the website, is totally something I could wear post-baby-in-the-belly, because it has that flowy kind of material and not the typical “I’m pregnant” side ruching that a lot of pregnancy clothes have.  The other thing is, they have a whole other section of their website that is totally non-maternity related, and the clothes are really stylish and fun!

Because I’m such a big fan, I reached out to Pink Blush, and they offered to sponsor a little giveaway on here to a lucky lady (or dude, if a dude is reading this post?, and may be interested in a gift for a gal in his life!).  For the rest of this week, whoever comments here, I’ll add to a drawing and pick a name by Friday night to win a $75 gift card to the website for some spring shopping!  Sound fun?!

I hope that everyone is enjoying their Monday so far, and the start of spring where you live. Today it’s gross and cold and rainy which feels like the exact opposite of an ideal spring in my mind, but here’s hoping for some sunny days ahead!

What’s one of your favorite places to shop for new spring styles?  I miss shopping!  I’ve done pretty much hardly zero shopping over the past several months because I’m only getting bigger and I’m getting kind of sick of maternity stuff to be honest.  Looking forward to the summer and getting back into shape post baby and getting back into some non-maternity styles!  Good thing I have a new go-to website to hone in on some good deals!

A little glimpse of of an update…

Hope all my internet family and friends are doing well and enjoyed a happy Thanksgiving and are getting in the holiday spirit!  It has been a while since I’ve checked in over here, and I’m hereby vowing to change that as of now!  The truth is, life gets hectic, and there are times when I think of coming here to write, but then I think my words are a little boring, or I don’t have too much inspiration to come up with anything of too much substance.  But honestly?  The best part about having a blog has always been about the connections I’ve made with others, sharing our lives and experiences and all of us being true and genuine and authentic together.  So.  I’m going to make more of an effort to be present here.  Because it feels good!

And now for the biggest of news happening over here, I’ll share with you the little announcement we made over Thanksgiving…

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So excited to publicly share that we’ll be adding another little turkey to our family come next May!  We’re beyond thrilled and can’t wait to welcome our little M&M (a mini version of Matt and I- M&M, get it?!) in the spring!

Falling for fall…

I awoke to a distant, cool, familiar breeze on my exposed skin.  Tucked under my covers with a growing puppy at my feet and a husband to my side, I was snuggled in a warm cozy bed, and I could feel it…

Fall.

Lying there, slowing working my way out of a foggy slumber, I pulled the covers down and let the sun and breeze peak in on me.  I turned to my nightstand and turned on some music, the sweet tunes of Van Morrison filling the room.

Fall.  I could feel its presence, its hesitant, reluctant entrance in the air outside.  Autumn.  My favorite season and time of year.  I closed my eyes and contemplated the upcoming season, the wrap up of a great summer.  Later that day I would be spending the afternoon with friends, relishing the last warm days on a patio, soaking in the sun for as long as we could, the warmth on our skin.  And soon, things will begin to cool off.

The weather, the calendar.  Things will become less hectic, weekends with fewer obligations and plans.  A summer that has so effortlessly flown by, jam-packed, filled to the brim with sun and fun, heat and humidity, cocktails and patios, road races and adventures, long weekends and weddings- it will slowly fade away.  In will creep a new season.  My favorite season.

Soon we’ll be in long-sleeve shirts, an extra blanket at this time of morning.  Reflecting on new plans.  For Columbus Day and apple picking excursions.  Cider, and pies, apple crisp and hayrides.  Pumpkin flavored everything.  Red wine, pumpkin beer, butternut squash soup, and crock pot meals.  Leaves changing, and falling.  Sweaters.  Fall tones, crisp sounds and smells outside.  Wood stoves burning, football.  Thanksgiving.

Around the corner, new plans and new memories.

New possibilities.

 

 

Things I know to be true

Ernest Hemingway once said: “write one true sentence.”

You may know of my affinity for Hemingway, and with Paris just around the corner, I was thinking of his writing and his life recently.  And then I thought of some of his most poignant quotes, which led me to thinking of things that I know, deep down, to be true.

  • I know that if I skip a run or a workout in the morning, putting if off for after work, 80% of the time I will come up with some excuse to not do it.
  • I know that I seldom can get out of Target spending less than $50.
  • I know that I have a true, legitimate addiction to chocolate.  Not just in a “oh I love chocolate and can’t get enough” kind of way, but in a way where if I have one piece, I pretty much can’t help but have two or three and unless I go cold turkey on it, I have trouble with moderation.
  • I know that every time I see cinnamon Trident gum, I will always think of my grandmother.  And smile.
  • I know that being by the ocean makes my heart happy.
  • I know that even if I’m not feeling it, a run almost always makes me feel better.
  • I know that I am terrible with directions.  I just got lost on walk with Charlie girl tonight before dinner.  And I went South instead of North on the highway the other day on the way to work.  I’m not exaggerating when I say I hands down suck at directions.
  • I know that I compare myself to others way more than I should.
  • I know that I’m far too judgey of myself.
  • I know that tequila and I do not mix.
  • I know that I can’t go more than a couple days without hearing my mom’s voice.
  • I know that I have a tendency to be all or nothing on a lot of things.
  • I know that I love a man in a blue shirt.
  • I know that I’m a morning person, but like to have the chance to sleep in and have no plans.
  • I know that I ask a lot of questions.  And that can annoy my husband sometimes, particularly.
  • I know that I have a tendency to stir the pot.  Not necessarily pick a fight, per se, but I don’t always let the small things go, and I know that I should be better about this.
  • I know that I can get sucked into YouTube videos for hours and not realize where the time went.
  • I know there’s not much better than an evening spent with my girlfriends, talking about adult things, or random things, being silly, and feeling safe knowing you’re with your people.

What about you?  What do you know to be true?