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Baby Girl’s Tea Party Shower

The darling shower invitation poem was written by Cindy's daughter, Kelsey

The darling shower invitation poem was written by Cindy’s daughter, Kelsey

A couple weeks ago, my wonderful boss Cindy and my friend Linda threw us and Baby Girl an incredible Mad Hatter/ Alice in Wonderland-themed baby shower in Seattle. When we revealed to our friends last summer that we were expecting, the first words out of Linda’s mouth were, “I want to throw you a Mad Hatter baby shower!” Cindy offered to help host and the event came together pretty quickly after that.

I’m used to being on the other side of planning, and was so touched to see how hard they worked on pulling all the personal details of the shower together to make it special for us. Cindy has the perfect house for entertaining and everything from the games, mimosa bar, bib station, and food and drinks (and the signage!) was so thoughtfully laid out. Linda even made hats for all the girls! My parents came up for the weekend and we celebrated BGW’s upcoming arrival with our Seattle friends and the people who have become our family here over the past few years.

Baby showers are usually a pretty female event, but I really wanted the shower to be co-ed so Nick’s fellow residents could come. We all got such a kick out of seeing our guy friends decorating bibs at the bib station and it was fun to see them get into the games, like measuring the girth of my belly and Nick’s as we hugged, or guessing the number of jelly beans in the baby bottle. (Guess who guessed the belly girth accurately? That’s right, the boys.)

We asked that instead of signing cards, if guests could come with their favorite children’s book with a note written inside. It was so meaningful for us to read these personal messages afterward, and I know we’ll be thinking of the individual whenever we read a particular book to our daughter in the future. We are lucky to be blessed with such thoughtful and generous friends and family.

Here are a few photos from the day. Thank you to my talented friend, Elyssa Freeman, for the photos!

Photos by Elyssa Freeman Photography

Bib station, beautiful cake- Photos by Elyssa Freeman Photography

Photos by Elyssa Freeman Photography

Yummy bites, an amazing mimosa bar, and tea of course! Photos by Elyssa Freeman Photography

Photos by Elyssa Freeman Photography

Games- Photos by Elyssa Freeman Photography

Photos by Elyssa Freeman Photography

Gifts- Photos by Elyssa Freeman Photography

Photos by Elyssa Freeman Photography

Photos by Elyssa Freeman Photography

Photos by Elyssa Freeman Photography

Photos by Elyssa Freeman Photography

 

 

Lake Chelan

Lake Chelan

Lake Chelan

Several people who follow my Instagram account have commented on the summer we’ve had. Not only was it our last summer in the Pacific Northwest, I was also hell-bent on taking advantage of Nick’s free time (and weekends) while he was on an easier schedule at the VA, knowing that starting October, he will be working long hours and days again for the next five months doing his trauma rotation. We were warned ahead of time that chief year would be rough during trauma but figured if we survived 2nd year of residency, we’ll get through this, knowing that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Check back on us in a couple months though to see if we’re still retaining our sanity!

OH boy, it’s been awhile since this trip in early July but wow did we have fun. I had planned a secret getaway to Lake Chelan and told Nick to keep the weekend available on his calendar. The Lake Chelan valley is about a 3 hour drive away, and is known for its 300 days of sun. It is also the perfect weekend escape with lots of small-town charm, recreational activities, dining and shopping options, and wineries to keep year-round visitors occupied.

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Morning coffee

Morning coffee

We reached our destination late Friday night so didn’t get to see the view until morning. I actually love doing this because it’s always a fun surprise when you open your curtains in the morning and see the view outside your window.  Luckily our room was right in front of the water! We spent Saturday in our swimsuits reading by the lake and swimming. When it got too hot, we went jet-skiing later in the afternoon, whizzing by beautiful lakefront homes and imagining the people who lived in them. In the evening, we strolled through the small downtown area window-shopping, and grabbing pizza and gelato before watching the sunset fireworks over the lake (this was the 4th of July weekend).

Ok, people come to Lake Chelan PREPARED- look at these floaties!

Ok, people come to Lake Chelan PREPARED- look at these floaties!

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Waiting for fireworks

Waiting for fireworks

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On Sunday, after more lazing by the lake, we packed our things and visited this to-die-for hamburger stand with the most spectacular view of the water and surrounding mountains. After our gut-busting meal, we visited a beautiful hilltop winery where we fell in love with more views while sipping wine on the patio before heading home.

Now we know why the Seattle locals rave about Lake Chelan! I wish we could return more often!

Burgers and shakes by the lake

Burgers and shakes by the lake

Winery views

Winery views

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Headed home!

Headed home!

Oh Vail

We are at a pretty interesting time in our lives. The fourth year of orthopedic residency is supposed to be low-key. I don’t know about that, but at least Nick’s not working around the clock as per usual! I’ve been grateful for the weekends Nick has been able to spend home, instead of at the hospital, but things have been picking up lately with fellowship interviews. We find out where we match April 2, and in July 2014, we will once again pack all of our belongings and move to a new city, this time for a year as Nick participates in a foot and ankle fellowship program. (We can live anywhere for a year, right?) Another adventure, and then hopefully we’ll settle down somewhere after!

I’m so proud of Nick. His hard work and diligence these past few years in residency has paid off and he’s procured interviews at several prestigious foot and ankle programs (in the East Coast and Midwest areas where most of them are located). He’s been flying all over the place these past couple months, but I was fortunate to tag along with him this past weekend for an interview at the Steadman Clinic in Vail, CO! Not a bad place to interview, babe!

We landed Thursday evening and drove the two hours to Vail from Denver. The hotel prices in the area were astronomical, and because we’ve been loving VRBO lately after a great vacation rental experience in Sayulita, Mexico, we decided to stay at a condo in West Vail this trip. It was a sweet, cozy space literally next to a creek, 2 mi. from Vail Village, and perfect for a weekend getaway. We gravitate towards boutique hotels generally but I like how vacation rentals give more of a “local” and personal experience when we travel. I highly recommend it! (Another vacation rental site I’ve been wanting to try is AirBNB. Next trip maybe??)

Here are a few photos from our quick weekend getaway- life has been so hectic lately, it was exactly what we needed to refresh from the daily grind and reconnect! Vail is just gorgeous. We may not end up here, but will certainly be returning, perhaps in the summer, which the locals say is even more beautiful than winter!

Reading material in the condo

Reading material in the condo

Gore Creek view from our front door

Gore Creek view from our front door

Vail Village

Vail Village

Cozy evenings in the Village

Cozy evenings in the Village

We didn't wear helmets when we skied growing up!

We didn’t wear helmets when we skied growing up!

Nick heads to the Riva Bahn Lift, it's powder time!

Nick heads to the Riva Bahn Lift, it’s powder time!

View of the Back Bowls

View of the Back Bowls

I love the sunlight in this one

I love the sunlight in this one. Let’s be honest, I just love the sun!

Aprés ski: my favorite part of ski days

Aprés ski: my favorite part of ski days

Snapped in the car driving back to the airport- bye Vail! Until next time.

Snapped in the car driving back to the airport- bye Vail! Until next time.

Tuesday Repeat?! Yes Please!

You ever have those days where you want to start over?  I have plenty of those, but yesterday was quite the opposite!  In fact, I’m cool with having yesterday repeat itself anytime.  Too often I don’t take the time to fully appreciate or be thankful when things go so well.  What made yesterday so great were these wonderful events:  beautiful weather on my walks with Nola, CJ having a great day at work, loving my pineapple tea from David’s Tea, homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner (I am obsessed w/ soup, like eat 4 bowls obsessed!!), CJ surprised me with treats from our local bakery, had a laughing session with Nola & got to watch the New Girl and Mindy Project w/ the hubs.  I am so spoiled with blessings and thankful to God!

nola treats