Happy Birthday America!

I hope everyone had a spectacular Fourth of July. For us the holiday gave a well needed excuse to go out and socialize with our long lost friends! Little Bear, Hubby, and myself spent the day at our friend’s house with them and another couple who also have a new baby.

It was so nice to just get out of the house and spend time with friends that it didn’t even matter that it was a holiday. Seems like forever since we’ve had any semblance of a social life. Of course, with another baby at the party most of the conversation (for the girls at least) centered around our children…how they’re developing, what labor was like…you know, typical party topics!

It was the first time Little Bear had ever seen another baby that was close to his age (she was five months old). He isn’t quite to the “other babies fascinate me” stage but she sure was! The little miss attempted to have several “baby stare downs” but my little man was much more interested in flirting with her mommy. Apparently, he likes the older ladies.  And when the other mommy took a turn holding him, he sure was a happy boy!

Little Bear and Little Miss were so adorable in their matching outfits! Everyone looked very patriotic. A good time was had by all, and we managed to be out of the house from 11 to 5pm before Little Bear decided that this party was over and he needed to go home NOW!!! Unfortunately we did not make it to see any fireworks, but Hubby and I were exhausted by the time they were starting to go off anyway. I have a feeling…due to someone’s early bed time…that it might actually be another year or two before we get to enjoy that particular part of the Fourth of July! There were snaps and blow guns at our friend’s house though, so Hubby did get to shoot something at least (ah, life in the South, where a day with friends isn’t complete without shooting a gun!).

I hope everyone had as good a day as we did!

Leave the Cheese and Bring on the (real) Love

I love Valentine’s Day.  I mean, I’m a fan of most holidays but V Day is on my short list of favorites (right after Christmas and my birthday (it’s election day every eight years or so…it counts)).  But Valentine’s Day isn’t everyone’s idea of a good day.  For a lot of singles it’s a day to bring attention to their singleness, and not in a good way.  For guys it’s a day where they have to live up to unreasonable expectations of gifts that sparkle, or will be eaten in a matter of minutes, or die several days later.  And for a lot of girls it’s a day to be let down, because said guy didn’t deliver enough sparkle, or decadence, or allergy inducing beauty.  All over the world there are women crying today because they’ve been let down in the romance department.  It is, without a doubt, the most commercialized of all the holidays; given a bad name by the big card, flower, and confectionary companies looking to make a buck.  But that is not what Valentine’s Day is about.  It’s about LOVE!!!! Pure, true, uncommericalized love.  And if we all came to realize this fact there would be a lot less complaining about and hating on St. Valentine!

And that’s what I love about this day…ALL THE LOVE!!  Not just the love Hubby and I share, but the love I have for the special people in my life.  Because, as First Corinthians says: Love is the greatest of all.  And it’s important to share that love and spread it around like it’s strawberry preserves.  To me, a perfect Valentine’s Day is surrounding yourself with as many people you love and who love you.  Of course what would V Day be without a little snuggle time with your honey??  Once the sun goes down it’s time for some quality time with the one nearest and dearest to your heart.

This year is an especially special Valentine’s Day.  It’s the first we’ll be spending as a married couple…and the last that we’ll be alone in the house for.  That means lots of quality time, just the two of us tonight.  And nothing says love like a homemade meal prepared together.  Jesse is making his specialty, steak and twice baked potatoes (yum!!) and I’m in charge of dessert.  On our cruise we ate Molten Chocolate Lava Cake.  Since then Jesse has been begging me to make it at home, so tonight I’m giving it a try.  I’m not the best baker in the world so there will be a prayer said before I attempt this…hope it turns out well.  I’ll let y’all know tomorrow!!

Have a good night!!!

Tis the Season

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas and are looking forward to a festive New Years!!  As of Christmas Day Jesse and I have officially been married for a whole week and I’m looking forward to many many countless years of holidays ahead!  This year we spent Christmas with Jesse’s family, in Central Florida, and then will be traveling down to Ft. Lauderdale on NYE.  We’ll be boarding a cruise ship on the 1st and then our honeymoon will really begin!

I’m not used to it being 80 degrees at this time of year and I’ve been defiantly wearing sweaters and, appropriately, sweating my tail off.  But to me it’s worth it, I love my winter wardrobe and will rock it in December no matter the temperature.  Plus sweaters show off my baby bump!!

Before we left Charleston my mom, step mom, and the rest of my family sent us off with all of our presents from them; which made opening presents at Jesse’s parents just a little awkward.  Everyone else had about six or seven presents in front of them and Jesse and I have this huge mountain of gifts to open!!  Santa (and our families) were EXTREMELY generous to us this year.  The best gifts, by far, were Kindle’s from Jesse’s parents…one for each of us so neither can steal the others (good thinking)…beautiful monogrammed bath towels from my step mom (I’m obsessed with monogramming!!!)…oh and that whole wedding thing my amazing mother threw us a week ago!!!

All in all it’s been an amazing holiday season and I feel so so blessed to have such wonderful friends and family around us.  The only disappointing thing was that I completely forgot and left our stockings in Charleston…and didn’t realize it until we got about a block away from his parent’s house!  All that time hand making and embroidering our names onto those stockings and I up and leave them!  I blame it on pregnancy brain!!

If our first married Christmas is any indication of what future holidays hold for us, I can’t wait!!!