Friday, April 29, 2011

Inspired by The Royal Wedding at 24 weeks!

Well, only slightly. I really wanted to dress up today  or wear a hat (there were some awesome hats at that wedding) .. but instead I went with the color yellow in honor of the queens beautiful suit (I wasnt really feelin the hat.. it wasnt quite my style,lol. But it looked nice on her)
cardi and tee-OldNavy; cargo pants-Motherhood; shoes-Avenue
And here is my Preggo Produce pic at 24 weeks. Yup, Im still pretty small. (atleast I think I am, and the scale says that I havent gained any weight).  In any case, Baby Hall is doing well. At my sonogram appt this past monday he weighed in at 1 pound and 5 ounces. I didnt ask the Nurse, but babycenter says at 24 weeks he's almost a foot long (picture an ear of corn).
So yesterday I mentioned that I bought a few things while I was on vacation with the Book Club.  And one of my loyal readers (and sister in greek) asked about the shopping bag in the background of my pic.  Well here it is...
... I got a Coach baby bag from the outlet while we were in Rehobth.  This was my first baby purchase!  Ofcourse I bought this on the first day.. and then the next day we went out shopping and I bought a few things from Gymboree and The Children's Place. So Baby Hall has a few outfits in his closet.  I also got a few things for the other babyshowers that I have coming up (I have 3 baby showers, other than my own, to attend this summer).  So actually, in that bag are the gifts that I bought for the other moms.  Baby Hall's baby bag was actually in his room.. which I am still in the process of cleaning. Whew!! its alot to purge in preparation for a baby!!

Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Its almost the weekend.

Its almost the weekend ... and I am excited to relax tomorrow after work.  Yea, sure, I have plenty of things that I could be (and need to be) doing. But naaaah, I think I will just relax on the couch.  Unless I get a random burst of energy.. who knows.
top-Old Navy; pants-maternity from my coworker; necklace-??
Then on Satruday, I get to hang out with Cousin Nikki's children.  She has an event to attend, so I get to play "babysitter". Although, Im sure that My Little Ladybug - Taylor, will be babysitting me. I dont have much planned for the visit yet. But I think I want to go to the mall and pick up a few gifts for all these babyshowers that I have to attend. So I may take her along to do that. Her brother may not want to do that, but if he is with me, he might not have a choice, lol!
Im still not absolutely thrilled with this outfit either, but it was raining outside (yea yea, more excuses) so I didnt really feel like hunting for clothes nor did I feel like putting on anything fancy... Maybe tomorrow, lol!

OH, and yesterday - one of my loyal readers :) L. Michelle, asked what I bought from the Coach store.  (she could see the shopping bag in the background of my pics)... I picked up a few things when I was away with the book club.. I will show what I got tomorrow... so check back!!!!

.. one more thing... I have not forgotten about my Preggo Pic for this week, Week 24.. I will work on that tomorrow too. See ya then!!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Not my best work

Im not to happy about this outfit today.  I dont think that peasant skirt works well with loose fitted shirt.. and then preggo belly.  It just came out a little sloppy to me.  I like the top.. and I like the skirt.. but just maybe not together.
top - JC Penny; skirt/shoes - Avenue

Friday, April 22, 2011

9th Anniversary - Ebony Bookworms

FRIDAY - April 15
For our 9th Anniversary, The Ebony Bookworms traveled to Rehoboth Beach, DE for a few days.The group gathered at my house on Friday morning. Half of us left in the van, the other half met us there on Satruday because they had other commitments that came up since the planning of the trip.
 When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised at our home for the next few days. There were 6 bedrooms, and 4 bathrooms. A lovely backyard with a pool. The house had a nice open great room, with access to the kitchen, the dinning room and the living room.  The outside decks were filled with places to relax, eat or just listen to nature. It was really a nice place. 
We didnt get to spend much time outside because the weather was a little chilly, but it was nice to wake in the morning and open the windows to let that fresh, crisp morning breeze into the house while we cooked and ate breakfast. Lovely indeed!

This was my room for the weekend.
And my bathroom.
Everything was so beautifully appointed in this house. The decor was part beach house (laid back and chill), part chic hotel (polished and clean lines), part grandma's house (comfortable and welcoming with knick knacks everywhere)

SATURDAY - April 16
We didnt do a thing.  We layed around the house relaxing and talking. I think we may have watched a tv show or two but for the most part, we just chilled out and waited for the rest of the ladies to arrive.

SUNDAY- April 17
We spent most of the day shopping at the outlet.  I was able to snag a Coach Baby Bag for my new little one.
tunic-FashionBug; leggins-Loop18; jean jacket-OldNavy
Later that evening, a few of the ladies (Dawn and Debbie) went out for a few drinsk and went to a show. I was to tired from walking all day.  But they had a blast.  If they send me any pics from the show, I will see if they let me post them.. we'll see. 
MONDAY - April 18
We spent the day again, shopping at the outlets. This time I showed off a little more.  I bought the baby new clothes from Gymboree and Children's Place. And I got myself a few items from Motherhood Maternity.  I decided then, that I will only shop for maternity clothes at outlet prices. I got some good deals.

top-OldNavy; khaki pants-gift from coworker; necklace-Burlington
 TUESDAY - April 19
Time to travel back home.  We left the vacation house about 1p and we were headed back tp Baltimore.

tshirt-OldNavy Maternity; jeans-Motherhood Maternity

Group Photo, but Debbie was taking the pic.

Cruise Vacation - April 2011 (pics heavy)

This vacation was a good balance of rest and relaxation along with fun times with family and friends.
SUNDAY - April 3:
We left Baltimore on Sunday for a wonderful cruise vacation. Hubby and I were all smiles when we boarded the ship and we were able to have a nice lunch on the Lido Deck!

tank-OldNavy; sweater-LaneBryant Outlet; jeans (cuffed as capris) - Motherhood; necklace-Burlington
 The girls and I had drinks by the pool.  Little Miss Taylor was excited about the pool and she would have stayed there all day.  The guys were busy at the arcade on the ship.

MONDAY - April 4
We spent the day on the ship. I slept and ate most of the day. But that was fine with me. For the evening, Hubby and I went to the Steak House for dinner. It was a lovely evening. We watched the sunset - very romantic. Hubby ate a huge steak, and I really enjoyed my dinner.
dress-Ashley Stewart
TUESDAY - April 5
Tuesday was another full day on the ship. I think I got dressed only for Bingo this day. But for the evening, we got dressed up for the Captain's Dinner.
WEDNESDAY - April 6 Our first stop was Port Canaveral, Florida. We chartered our own van and spent the day at Disney World. It was a lovely time. I am always amazed at how much I enjoy Disney.  They make you feel so special there.. definitely the "greatest place on earth"
tshirt-OldNavy; cardi-Torrid; khakis-maternity pants from a friend

 We had a glorious time. And Miss Taylor wanted to meet all of the characters in the park. She was very excited to meet The Princesses. And they were very nice to meet, indeed.
But the highlight ... was actually being able to meet Mickey and Minnie!!!
 Miss Taylor got autographs from everyone she could.. and then she bopped Mickey on the nose as she ran out the room ... hilarious! I had to laugh at that one.
 We rode the carousel.. yup, me too!
 And then we watched a 3-D/4-D movie... it was fun.. dont we look silly in those glasses? lol... and we finally got a pic of Big Bro - Little Garnet!

THURSDAY - April 7
We docked in Nassau, Bahamas. It was a cloudy day and there was even some rain when we first got off the ship. That wasnt to much fun.  But, we made the best of it. Hubby and I ventured to the Fish Fry which is an area of town where the locals dine.  We had the best lunch at Twin Brothers. They make the best smoothies in the WORLD.. yup, you read that correctly.. the world!!! After our lunch, we did a little window shopping in the downtown area. Then we went back to the ship, and relaxed near the adult pool. It was a nice day! definitely a change of pace from our previous day at Disney.
I had on my cute polka dot bathing suit under my dress, but I never even got to show it off.. to chilly for me to get in the water.  Dress is from Lane Bryant.
 FRIDAY - April 8
We docked in Freeport, Bahamas and it was a lovely day! We went to the Port Lucaya area with my friend Jamaica, her husband, Stan and thier son, Amir. Ofcourse on this lovely day, I decided not to wear my bathing suit. What was I thinking!!??? The day was beautiful.. hot, but beautiful. We went to the beach for a little while. The water was ice cold, and that made me feel a little better about not having my bathing suit.  Then I put my feet in the pool. Still cold, lol.  Then Hubby and I went to the Casino to get out of the heat.  We dropped a few pennies in the slots and at the tables.  We didnt win any big bucks, but it was still fun.  Then we went to the small shopping area, and window shopped a little more. After all of that, it was time to head back to the ship.  Friday was a short day at port. The ship left at 1:30p.  We all wished we had more time in Freeport. Mostly because it was such a nice day.
dress-TJ Maxx
SATURDAY - April 9
We were on the ship for yet another full day.  I didnt do much other than buy a few things from the gift shop. I got the cutest charm for my charm bracelet. 
The weather was really windy. And that evening we decided to have another dinner at the steakhouse with Cousin Nikki and Garnet.  Oh we had a blast!!! We have a similar sense of humor which made the dinner so much fun! 
dress-Rainbow Plus

Truly, this was the funniest part of the entire trip.  Hubby ordered the cheese plate for dessert.. and it was filled with various "stinky" cheeses.  Well just look at the faces on these two - a picture is worth a thousand words ... HILARIOUS!!!!
Sunday - April 10
We docked in Baltimore about 8am or 9am ... we were back home by 11am!

a little late ... Preggo Produce

 At 23 Weeks, our baby is "more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), " I know that I am a little late with this Preggo Produce pic, but I figured I would still add it anyway.  I say that its late because, I gain a new week on monday, which means that I'll be taking yet another pic, lol. But since I havent taken a pic in sooo long.. I thought I would add one. Not to mention.. mangos are easy to find, lol!
cardi-Avenue; jean leggins-Loop 18; dress/tunic-NYandCo; shoes-Nordstrom

This weekend, Im spending some time with my mom.  On Saturday, we are going to the Cirque du Soleil show Totem.
And then on Sunday, I will spend time with her for Easter Dinner at my Grandma's house. I plan to stop past and see Ron's mom too on Sunday.  She likes to cook for us on holidays too. This is really going to be interesting when we have to take the little one to two houses also.  But Im sure we will figure it all out!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Its been a long time, but Im back again!

Yes, once again I am back to the regular program. I had an excellent time on my various vacations for this month.  But sad to say.. its all over.. now is time to buckle down and get ready for baby.  I have so much cleaning to do. And nursery decor to work on. And then ofcourse I need to work on a baby registry and a baby shower (yup, im all involved with the planning of this event. No surprises!)
tank-LaneBryant; cardi-Nordstrom; skirt-Motherhood; shoes-Ross

The weekend was really nice. I will post a few pics and details of the trip in a folloaing post. But for today, Im back at work and it was a pretty nice day today.  Hubby saw me this morning, and he loved myoutfit. He mentioned that you all would really like my shoes, lol! I got a good laugh at that.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Wax wasnt HOT.

So the Saturday before I left for the cruise, I went with my BFFs to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum in Washington, DC.  We were celebrating the birthday of BFF Court's youngest son. 
Here are a few highlights of our day. FUNNY - BFF Yolanda and I were dressed alike, and we didnt even know it until it was time to walk out the door. 

The boys didnt really want to take alot of pics. But I did manage to get them to take this one with their Mom.

smiling with Hillary and Bill

This is your next President speaking, lol!


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Back to the regularly scheduled program ... work week

Back from vacation ... and this is what I wore for my short work week ... cuz Im off again this weekend.
cardi-Kohl's; dress-??

Although I am just getting back from vacation ... I am off this weekend for a trip with the book club.  I will post a few pics from the cruise last week. Fun times with family and friends!