Lord of the Rings Bridal Shower

I'm so excited to share this post with you guys! I'm gaining a new sister-in-law this Saturday, and let me tell ya, she deserved Pinterest's first ever Lord of the Rings bridal shower. We - and I mean my mama-in-love, Miss Hannah and the fabulous Emma - had a blast throwing together this last-minute ("unexpected") woodland party.

What's a party without an over-abundance of Lembas bread? I'm not sure what recipe Emma used, but they turned out just adorable and yummy.
 Stuffed mushrooms - a subtle nod to the movies. :) I heard they were delicious and didn't last long! Hannah displayed the mushrooms over some lettuce and parsley (?) which really made them pop!
Yes, that is the cutest cupcake tower ever, handmade by a really sweet brother of Hannah's. Emma saved my life by spending the night and baking cupcakes in my ancient gas oven. She also makes the best blended iced coffee and willingly does dishes. Like. Yes. Come stay with me forever.
The table center pieces really came to life with the greenery. It was worth the mess of 1,000,000 pine needles. The lantern cans were recycled from my wedding rehearsal dinner my mother-in-law threw a few years ago.
 Well, we couldn't resist that, could we? :)
 Adeline had some fun things on her registry, one of which was Jenga. We decided to use Jenga blocks instead of a guest-book.
I am completely not responsible for this beautiful masterpiece. Credits to Miss Hannah and her creativity.
Speaking of food, our "light refreshments" were anything but! Yum. yum. yum.
This old window screen, which I used in my wedding, really came in handy for displaying photos of those cuties.
We did a unique bridal shower game called, "Guess the Bride". We had a list of famous grooms and then had the guests write down the groom's bride (if they could remember!) It was a smashing success, although Odysseus and Penelope stumped most of the group! Ella and I made these little signs to go along with the game.

I wish I had more photos of the actual shower, but Ella Bug and hostess duties kept me busy most of the evening. We live quite a bit from family, so it was a long night of driving for us (even longer, since I suddenly caught Ella's fever from earlier that week. Yay.) But the shower was beautiful, the turn-out was uh-mazing, and I think Adeline loved the theme that reflected something she loves. Totally worth it!

Pardon my absence. But I'm still alive, by a thread. :)


See that door?
I'm painting it. Along with everything that ever existed in this house. If you see the guy who slapped on a coat of sloppy paint all over the original wood trim, walls, and floor of our abode - please stop him and punch him in the face for me.

In other news. I'm napping with my baby right now and trying to figure out how I'll paint that door, finish all my projects, plan a bridal shower, and weed the really ugly front garden. I can probably scratch off the garden, because the plants I bought are definitely going to die anyday soon.
Let's end on a happy note: baby Ella's fuzzy hair. This picture makes me die. :)


My 6 Month Blessing

Crazy how six months ago I was drinking castor oil and walking up and down five stories of stairs in incessant impatience to meet you. We interacted through kicks at 4am and rib jabs at noon. I was technically a momma, but I still had my own side of the bed and could shower alone if I wanted to.

Then one day we finally met! I got to kiss your wet head as you grasped my fingers for the first time. I changed your first diaper in the dark and fumbled with the velcro because this was my first diaper in a long time. You slept all night on my chest, and pretty much have ever since. Those first few months were tough! You were just a baby girl and I was just a baby momma. Ellie, you really were a grouchy baby and I had a lot of trouble keeping you happy and doing anything besides nursing or holding you.

Eventually, you discovered how much fun bath time is, but now you will only sit in the bath tub (because lying down is for babies, of course!) Your army crawl is in full swing, but you're not very happy about getting stuck under tables, or when I leave the room. If I need a second alone, you'll be a happy camper in your high chair and even happier if I let you squish a banana.
But you're so messy, I usually don't give you bananas. :)

We call you our little velociraptor because you screech when you wake up in the morning! You also take it upon yourself to wake up daddy, usually by slapping him in the face or spitting up all over his arms. That really gets him out of bed, doesn't it?! Tickle torture is your favorite, but I think you love kisses almost just as much. Either way, they make you squeal like a piggy.

The other day, you were flirting with a group of boys at Wendy's. It's pretty hard to say no to your gorgeous blue eyes. You're gonna give me lotsa grief, girl!

So stay little.
Keep being your quirky cute self.
I'm so glad I get to be your mama. ♥♥♥