Can you believe it’s taken me this long to post?

Officially, I am the last to blog about last weekend of several people who not only attended the events, but flew to get there.  Apologies!

Last weekend was commemorative, to say the least.  I headed to Alexandria Thursday evening after work so that I could cook with Mom and my aunt Leanne all day Friday.  We were on soup duty for my brother’s wedding reception.  We made 5 gallons of each of the 3 soups and holy crap, 15 gallons is a lot of soup!  By Friday evening, Tim was there to help, the tables were set up and nearly decorated, the food was mostly done, and the entire family was pretty much pooped.  Early to bed!

Saturday was a big day.  We had a baby shower in the morning and a wedding reception in the evening.  I know, you are thinking we are insane for scheduling two things on the same day.  The shower date was decided and then the reception venue was only available for that day, so we did it anyway despite the recommendations of several people.  It made life a little simpler for people who traveled long distances (we had people from Seattle, Florida, Michigan, and all over the state of Indiana) and it also was nice to have two happy events on the anniversary of my Grandma’s death.  How she would have loved celebrating a new baby on the way and Logan and Vanessa’s Alaskan elopement and honeymoon!  Despite the fact that it was sheer chaos for much of the weekend, I am glad we had them both on the same day.  Both events were totally enjoyable and beautifully put together.

My baby shower was so darling!  The food was gorgeous and delicious, the company was divine, and the presents were generous.
This is one lucky kid!





I had several long distance surprise guests who were so sweet to come. Kendra and Kenley came from Orlando, cousin and co-host Maggi came from Pittsburgh, Misha came from Seattle, Megan and baby Wade came from not too far but I haven’t seen her in over a year, and a former nanny mama, Elaine, came with the absurdly tall Amelia from Michigan!  This was a huge group in addition to the always present and supportive family and friends I am lucky to call my own.  Thank you to Abbi, Maggi, and Yaya (Sharon) for co-hosting with my sweet sister, Kait.  It was absolutely perfect!

(Photos courtesy of Kendra’s blog, Misha’s blog, and my Mom’s camera since I have zero pictures from the entire weekend!)






Later that night we had the wedding reception to celebrate Logan and Vanessa’s August Alaskan wedding.  It was beautiful!



As the reception was in winding down, the newlyweds and friends started dancing and having arguably the best night of their lives, but then Vanessa fell and broke her foot just before midnight.  Poor Log and Nessi spent most of the night in the ER and the following day in severe pain.


She has seen the Ortho people since then and is in a very becoming boot with better pain meds, so she is on the mend, thank goodness.

What a weekend!  We are so grateful for the gifts Mister Baby Ballard got this weekend, but even more so for the love of friends and family.  This guy is going to have quite the support system when he makes his appearance.


Hello, 29th week!

Can you believe this thing?  I really can’t.

Our weekend was half frustrating (weird electrical glitches after simple light switch swaps, but Tim got it figured out eventually) and half really relaxing (after church, Tim took a three hour nap in the hammock while I cooked and watched Alias.)  Hope you got to enjoy the gorgeous Fall weather!

our (homeowner’s) wekeend in photos

Well, we resumed our homeowner duties this weekend after a few months of ignoring our little home in the woods.  Tim and I had several pep talks this week to gear ourselves up for a productive weekend doing some things on the pre-baby list.  Since cousin Mario and his wife Blair welcomed their new baby boy Gavin a month early today, I am especially motivated to get stuff done just in case!

We were up early (read: Meg’s bouncing bambino was up early…  like before 6) and Tim was out of bed by 7, sort of against his will.  We putzed around for half an hour and then got down to painting.  Tim tackled the beams in the kitchen at long last.  Goodbye, dungeon kitchen!

Before (with a terribly messy kitchen–sorry!):


It really highlights the exposed wood in between the beams, which used to look clashy and dark with the reddish stain of the beams.  We dig it!

While Tim was perched with his paintbrush for the beams, I worked on painting the nursery and bathroom doors at long last.  We sort of got used to them and I forgot how much they bothered me initially until I uploaded the before picture from this morning.  Wow.

I know it doesn’t look very impressive (thanks, brass knobs) but they are so refreshing in person.  See the missing door trim around the bathroom door?  Don’t worry, it’s coming.  Someday.  This isn’t a mirror, by the way.  It is actually a shot of the nursery door (I am standing in the nursery) looking into the hallway/bathroom.  Previously two dark, gross doors.  Freshly whitened and brightened.  Doorknobs to be addressed shortly.  Or much, much later.  We’ll see.  We used our white woodwork paint, which is a latex enamel in a semi-gloss finish.  We got 5 gallons of this stuff because it’s a paint and primer in one and we knew we would have a ton of dark, dark, reddish stained wood to paint over.  This stuff covers in two coats despite going from dark to white.  I have been really happy with it.

Tim also caulked the woodwork in the nursery so that I could trim it out with white paint.  It looks shockingly better.  I was impressed.

Pretty, no?  Poor Baby GB was almost destined to have a dull, lifeless nursery, but thanks to my Seattle pal, Misha, this kid is going to have some poppin’ color in this nursery.  I will stop there so we can have a little bit of a reveal later on, but I am feeling really excited about it.  I am feeling really excited in general these days.

Hello, 28 weeks this week!  It is officially the third trimester and my belly is feeling huge these days.  I am gaining weight finally and he is definitely growing enthusiastically.  Go, buddy, go!

The highlight of the week for me was this pair of maternity yoga pants from target for $6, while Tim’s highlight was this terribly colorful tank top (he asked me to wear more color since literally 90% of my wardrobe is gray or black.)

Happy rest of the weekend!