a last minute soiree

hc, last minute, put together a petit party for his former colleagues.

he invited his friends jeri, max, and dave {and their spouses and kids} to our house for a saturday night dinner. i was throughly impressed by hc’s efforts. he killed it. he went grocery shopping, prepped all the food, set up extra tables, decorated the kitchen, got creative with the place settings, dressed olive, took care of the kids, and pretty much remembered all the details. very much like i would do! kudos hunny! that was pretty awesome!!!!

i came home and just made a guac dip. a very important job. hahaha!

jeri was first to arrive, then dave, then max {much later}. we served apps, drinks, and ran after our kids. oh, to be a parent. you can hardly finish your sentences or barely remember your train of thought. i was talking to jeri about how hard it is to balance it all. women are programmed different then men. we multitask the shiznit out of everything. we remember so much. we plan, we accomplish, we follow up, and we get it dooooooone {well, most women}. sometimes i’m exhausted by the thought of what i do check of my mental list!

what was so good was that most of the kids were older, so they played together. took care of themselves, and were independent. yes! ellie was still napping, so i had my hands free for a second and jeri had baby g, so it was a bit relaxed and less chaotic. jeri and i could visit with each other without too many distractions.

soon, hc fired up the grill and cooked up a storm. all of the food was delicious! burgers, brussels sprouts, tater tots, corn, and so much more. seriously, the hubs did such a good job hosting and coordinating this all!

the kids played, the adults hung out, and we called it an early evening because, yep…you guessed it, we all have kids and they need to go to bed! it was a great time, even though it was only several hours, it was good to catch up with everyone and share our stories. the kids were adorable and played so well together. thank you maggie for being such a good big ‘sis’! she was sooooo good with the girls and especially great with little miss ellie.

after dessert, everyone gathered up their belongings and went on their merry way. we were left with crumbs on the floor, toys everywhere, and great memories. it was so wonderful to have everyone over. we don’t get to do this very often with this group so it was very appreciated. plus, miss jeri and john are moving soon, so this was very needed!

thank you to hc for putting this together, instigated by jeri! it was a beautiful evening spent and hopefully, we can do this again soon.

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[dave, maggie, and dana]

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[hc set up a ‘bar’ area, or more like a glassware area for drinks]

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[john, jerry, and giuliana]

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via tandeminlove.com[ellie loves babies…although i feel like she’s still a baby! i can’t remember if guiliana is 9 or ten months old but ellie weighs one pound more than her!]

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[he’s so sweet with his sister{s}]

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xoxo

new play set!

oh baby olive. she loves the swing. she loves the swing at her sitter’s, she loves the swing at gramma’s, she loves the swing at home…oh wait, we had no swing for her until now!! woo hoo!

we were so excited to have received this fabulous swing set! it is made out of cedar and has all the components we wanted in a play set. a swing, a slide, a ‘picnic’ table, a sand lot, a ‘fort’, and it scored bonus points with us for it’s aesthetically pleasing color combo. i am very into color, balance, simplicity, and clean lines. this applies to pretty much everything in my life. whether it’s clothes, house decor, or playground sets! haha!

hc would show me set after set after set and i would promptly have an opinion. my eyes would settle on the picture and i would expeditiously say yes or no. it was driving hc a bit crazy but i was adamant on what kind of play set would permanently live in the yard. if it was going to be a fixture out back and i would have to look at it everyday, i wanted one that would aesthetically pleasing!

so lo and behold, we finally {after much arguing} agreed upon a set that we both loved! it arrived and hc was set on building it by himself. and by george, he did an amazing job putting it all together. it stated that the workload would be 14 hours with two people assembling it. hc did it by himself in nine hours!

when he finally finished, we waited for the perfect moment to show olive! we brought her out to the front yard and opened up the gate to have her walk into the backyard…as she took a few steps into the back, her eyes locked onto the play set! it was priceless! her eyes lit up, a sheepish, sweet smile spread across her face, and she started running! she was so happy and excited. i melted. my heart just melted watching her elated reaction. it was such a great moment!

she immediately wanted to go on the swing and there she sat, swinging on the swing set…refusing to get off. it was pretty awesome. olive’s summer was just made.

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[she gasped when she laid eyes on it!]

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[cedar play set]

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[she started running immediately!]

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[shirt by lemonteeshop // boho crown by hellomissgorgeous // moccs by mylittlebeautifulshop]

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[first things first…the swing!]

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[so excited!]

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[both our tees are from lemonteeshop]

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we are so grateful to dick and jane for their continued support of olive’s happiness, future, and care. many kisses and hugs to two very caring, gracious, awesome people.

xoxo