Tuesday, January 24, 2017

May showers bring...

Renee's madness!!

For some reason, I have thrown a lot of showers...and I was  kind of excited for this baby shower for Karen, since I knew that it would be perhaps my last, or at least one of my last, showers ever!

Because honestly, even when I have had help, it is always at my house.  Plus, I have had people (like bridesmaids) offer and beg to help, only to then not even show until the shower started.  Fortunately, with this shower, I asked Karen's best friend to help, and I knew she wouldn't let me down, and she did not.  She did tons; made cookies, got all the balloons and extra decorations; picked up stuff for me, came over and helped beforehand and helped clean-up.  I would throw a shower with Shari again anyday!

So, I did do some experimenting with this shower, as I always like to try to learn something new.  I thought I would do a cute watermelon basket/bowl.  The weekend before the shower I did a test run of it, since we were heading to a friend's house for dinner and a swim in there new pool...



I thought it turned out so well!  Messy to scoop out all that watermelon, but you gotta do what you gotta do...

Our friends new house was neat, and had a very big pool in their backyard...




We had a good time; and thank God all ended well that night.  After dinner, we all were dressed and relaxing and Jeffrey was driving his truck around the pool.  I told Chris it made me nervous; but he said it was okay, since we were watching him...but Chris then went inside to get me a glass of water.  I was talking to a friend and I glanced away for one second and there was Jeffrey, in the deep end of the pool flaying!

All I remember is jumping in the pool, swimming to him, and by then, our friend Chris had run over to help pull him out.  Holy shit!

I was soaked so I had to borrow some clothes...it was our own damn fault, we should have never allowed Jeffrey anywhere near the pool without his lifejacket on....we did better the next time...

That night, when we were all safe and home, I couldn't sleep...every hour or so I would creep quietly into his room, up to his crib, and give him a kiss.

the next weekend was the shower; of course, Chris was going on his fishing trip, so he wasn't around to help.

I brought in fresh lilacs!


made Karen her most favorite spicy little donut holes...

got the baby food tasting game ready!  I don't normally do games, but Karen actually loves eating baby food, so this was perfect...



My new cushions I ordered came just in time! I was so excited...they looked so good that weekend!

Along with the fruit basket, I wanted to do something I have never done at a shower, so we had a baked potato bar!  Boy, did I have a TON of baked potatoes left over...some of the toppings were:

broccoli cheese soup!  And it was so good; unfortunately, I have no idea what the recipes was...

And bacon of course...baked to a crisp in the oven...

Evan helped me make baby cookies!  I had to make some unfrosted ones for Karen...

Gigi was naughty...she is never out, but she was chewing up the ballooons!






Shari insisted we not do a basket, but instead, do a baby stroller.  So, I let her go at it...

It was pretty cute!



Desserts!

These are my favorite people pics of the day....




Shari made all these cute little bags of popcorn for people to take home on their way out; it was perfect again for Karen, since she loves all things popcorn...so, as you can see, she got a huge bag!

I took a picture of my mom's potato...because, she couldn't leave a single topping off and I can't even see the potato!!  classic!

I had also made a Cincinnati Chili to top the potato...a friends recipe, but I couldn't make it as spicy as I usually do...overall, I think I would love to do a potato bar again...





Tuesday, January 17, 2017

too much may...

May was insane.  Seriously, it was.

When I was going back through these pictures I am wondering why Chris and I weren't just exhausted all the time....maybe we were?!

May is the end of the school year, so lots of changes there; soccer started (Chris coaches, and Nathan and Evan play); my brother got married, we had Karen's baby shower....Oy!

Let's just do a quick post on the wedding here, shall we?

We had the rehearsal Friday afternoon and night, as most weddings do.  I got my hair done that morning, but my appointment was late, so I couldn't go back home before pictures to help with the kids.  So, to help Chris out with dressing three little boys and himself, Karen dropped Cory off at our house that morning, and then they carpooled to the church and Karen and I carpooled to the hair place.  

I didn't really care for the hair place whatsoever (although my stylist was friendly);  they didn't allow tips on credit cards, so they barely got one from me, and my sister wasn't about to go to the ATM, so she didn't even give one since we weren't carrying cash.  Isn't that ridiculous?  Not that Karen's stylist deserved a tip; she was making some snide comments about her hair while she did her updo!  

They had good food before the wedding, Jimmy Johns.   I should have tried to eat more, since that is all the food I got for the day...



We took some family pictures outside, which was nice, since no others were taken...   




Karen looked really pretty that day...she had that pregnancy glow...

Jeffrey was exhausted but did really well!  He walked up and down the aisle, and that's all I was hoping for...

This is the only family picture I have of all of us...

done!  yae! 

After that we went to the farm; although, we didn't take many professional pictures there, so we did a lot on our own...

This picture makes me laugh:




I got a picture of Kevin spilling his drink...haha...

Uhh...whoops!





Grandpa and Grandma took Evan and Jeffrey home, but to my surprise, Nathan wanted to dance!  He danced for hours.  They had this HUGE area of candy, so I think he ate candy, danced, drank pop, and repeat.  At one point we had to go out and get some air since he said his tummy hurt...gee, you wonder why?