Apr 28, 2014

Expensive Wine. Cheap Pizza. And Favorite Things.

It's a fancy day. Two posts in one! Weekend wrap up and favorite things linkup. Together. In one post. Whoa.

With my love at his 30th birthday party!
I'm not a huge fan of the weekend wrap up posts on blogs, mostly because I don't take enough pictures over the weekend to make it interesting! But I have to at least give a shout out about Casey's birthday party. I didn't plan a big elaborate party like I have in the past, but we did have a few other couples over on Saturday night for "expensive wine and cheap pizza." We sent out invites (via paperless post, the greatest online invite site! and a few via text for folks who I guess don't check their email often enough) pretty last minute so didn't expect a huge turnout. Shows us! Even planning the party just days in advance we ended up with 14 people! It was bigger than expected, but we had a great time!
Before I get too far into the party, let's start back on Friday. So, our weekend...
I posted TWO blog posts on Friday. Serious overachiever here. But it was the end of National Infetility Awareness Week and I felt that I should catalogue all of the facts I had put on Instagram and Twitter all week. I know you are all so sick of me talking about infertility but until women stop disminishing this true medical condition and telling friends to "just relax" or "go on vacation" it is clear that MUCH more education on the subject is needed. My second post was part of a link up with www.TwinTalkBlog.com to celebrate Multiple Birth Awareness Month. It's really fun to see all of the other twin blogger moms and Instagram moms and "meet" their twins. (Link to first post. Link to second post.)
Most of my blog posts are written a few days in advance or the night before posting after the boys go to bed. I was able to squeeze the Twin Talk post in during nap time! Unusual for me! The boys fell asleep in the car on the way home from MOPS (where we had an incredible speaker deserving of a full post of its own!) then after lunch fell asleep for an epic nap.
The clouds parted and the angels sang. Because my boys are amazing nighttime sleepers but not such amazing nappers. So a 2.5 (almost 3!) hour nap is an absolutely unheard of luxury around here! And some days they seem to think a 20 minute car nap is all they need. It never is.
Also on Friday, I posted my latest pregnancy comparison photo. The further into this singleton pregnancy I get, it gets even more apparent just how HUGE I was carrying twins! (Comparison at 20weeks. Comparison at 23weeks5days. One of these days I'll see if I have any others that line up in progression for the earlier days of pregnancy!)
I was nervous posting this photo
-comparing a professional maternity photo to a selfie can't work out well for me!-
so I really appreciated all the sweet comments!
Saturday we got up and out of the house to run errands. I needed to go to the tailor (because next weekend we are leaving our sweet boys for the first time ever and heading to NOLA for a wedding!). We went to a woodworking store, where we picked up new floor mats for the sunroom. We went to lunch. We went to my moms to grab our folding chairs (which have been living in her garage for a while now) so we'd have enough seating for our 16 RSVPs. We ran by the grocery store to get a few party things. Busy morning!
While the boys napped, Casey and I straightened the house up, moved a second table into the dining room so we could seat 16 (our dining room table holds 12 and can fit 14 well but 16? not so much), and laid down our new floor mats. Our sunroom looks a lot less childish with an iron gate and "wood" floors instead of the brightly colored foam we had previously with the multicolored fencing. Since we'll have it like this for a few years, it's nice to feel a bit more adult!

Our invite. Photo taken in Napa at Chase Cellars during our 5 year anniversary trip.

After the boys went to bed, we finished party prep and guests started arriving at 7:15. We had a five year tasting flight of wines from Chase Cellars and it was so fun to taste the same wine, grown in the same place, same vines, just different years. When you taste them side by side the subtle differences aren't so subtle! We really love Chase Cellars. We had a great experience when we visited them in Napa and have loved being members of their wine club these past years. We had fresh fruit and veggies. Ordered pizzas. Simple fare. It was a great night! Fun conversation and easy to host!
Because of all the party prep and fun, I completely forgot to take my nighttime anti-nausea meds. And paid the price. I was sick ALL night. Really sick. So today, Casey took over a lot of the parenting and I slept in. Then I napped when they napped. And we all had a jammie day. Actually the boys had a diaper baby day. I love a little dude in a cloth diaper!
They look so cute in diapers!
And I am serving as a reminder of why this will NEVER be a fashion blog.
Jams and a t-shirt that doesn't quite cover the belly is certainly not a fashion statement!
Today I'm also linking up with Andrea at Momfessionals for a Favorite Things Party. I thought a lot about my favorite thing (or two) under $10 for April and it was a challenge for me!
(1) I bought this Sandra Kashuk Velvety Matte Lip Crayon in Coral Nude at Target the other week and I get compliments every single time I wear it. Anything resulting in compliments = automatic favorite! For $7.59 you can buy yourself some compliments too.
Rockin the coral lips.
(2) I am also loving the start to our not so babycentric sunroom. The anti fatigue mats we bought were on sale for $9.99 on Saturday at Rockler Woodworking and Hardware. They said it was a one day sale, but if you hurry they are still marked down online! In our house you can see the sunroom from the front door so upgrading from bright primary colors to wood grain is a huge improvement. The new iron gate instead of the plastic primary colored one also helps a lot. And so far the boys haven't defeated it!
Sunroom with new wood-look foam.
I kind of miss the orange 70s tile but it's much more practical.
And nicer than the primary colored foam.
The old foam and gate
on the day we I stalked the twins newest greatest nemesis:
The Permanently Affixed Iron Gate.
A week in and they haven't escaped yet!


  1. That lip crayon is so pretty! Officially added to the Target list :) Thanks so much for linking up!!!
    :) Andrea

  2. I like the coral nude color! Remembering it next time I'm at Target!

  3. I'll have to try that lip crayon!