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Beautiful wedding weekend

1 Nov

This past weekend I was lucky enough to participate in my great friend, Mary Beth’s, wedding. Here are a few snapshots from the weekend.

She was such a beautiful bride and the entire day was full of love (even though Hurricane Sandy was right outside). Mary Beth put on a strong, sweet face and didn’t let a little lot of rain phase her.

It was the perfect day.

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Mama Sashi’s 70th Birthday

4 Sep

Our boys are super lucky to have two great grandma’s…one of whom just turned 70. W & H are her 10th and 11th grand-children (I know…insane. The Perrys love having babies :)).

My sister-in-law wrote a FANTASTIC article about my mother-in-law. You can find it here.

Mama Sashi (her name is Sally) is a grandmother that any grandchild would want: caring, generous, and a little crazy…in the best way ;).

This was our first big trip out of town and it went SO WELL WE COULDN’T BELIEVE IT. We drove in the evenings so the boys would sleep and slipped them into bed when we reached our destination. It worked out so well. It also didn’t hurt that that same sister-in-law (and the hub’s brother and their four children) opened her house and made everything so convenient. We didn’t even have to bring pack-and-plays! It was such a help and made traveling so easy.

Here are some pics from the day:

Mama Sashi and her boys and grandkids:

One of the gifts we gave her was “Seventy Things we Love about Sashi”. Same sister-in-law organized that…yes, she is a superwoman.

The birthday girl!

Happy Birthday Mama Sashi!

twin time!

23 Jul

If you can believe it, the boys have twin girl cousins that are only six months older than they are.  It’s crazy and really awesome.

The girls (and their parents) came down for a week of vacation and we got all four of them together for a little photo shoot.  Even though none of them are smiling, we SWEAR they’re having a good time :).

This is Ainsley…and she is in charge :).

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I have absolutely no idea how to photograph kids that aren’t super familiar with me (they live 6 hours away and with both families having new twins, this is only the second time I’ve spent time with them)…I can barely get smiles out of my own two.  So…any good or funny pics were completely by happenstance.  I just kept clicking and hoping for the best.Image

 

 

Sweet Holt!  Doesn’t it kind of look like he’s looking in a mirror?  

 

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Isn’t Ainsley just a doll baby?

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This is Carson.  Both of these girls know how to rock the pensive look.  They are such sweeties!

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And…my jokester Win.  Cutie-pa-tootie!

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And…that was about all the good shots I got, haha!  It was a first try and nobody screamed…so I call it a success!

 

{Edit} So sorry for all the exclamations. When re-reading this post, I annoyed myself I was so…happy. I also forgot to mention that I made the letter onesies for them using the freezer paper fabric paint method. I can see me using that for many years to come. It really does make super crisp graphics and only took about an hour to do all of them. I had to dye the boys’ onesies…do you know how hard it is to find colored onesies that aren’t baby pink, baby blue, or $11.50 a piece? A 5-pack of onesies from TJ Maxx for $10 and a box of Rit Dye for $2.50 and you’re set. It was super easy.

{Edit again} Make sure to wash the dyed onesies in hot water a bunch of times by themselves before you wash them with other stuff. Some of the boys’ clothes now have blue splotches on them…oopsie. Good thing they don’t care what they wear, haha.

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4th of July and FIVE months

4 Jul

It’s the fourth of July…my boss’ favorite holiday (there are no expectations for gifts or requirements to spend any time with family…we call him Bob-humbug around Christmas time).

It also happens to be 2 days after the boys five month birthday.

I know I say this every month, but I just can’t believe they are five months old!!!

We had all sorts of lofty plans today…go for a run, try out the baby pool, walk on the beach, maybe even try out the big pool. But alas, sickness has struck the Perry household again. So, we’ll just be hanging out indoors for now. It’s super hot, too! That doesn’t hurt the urge to stay inside. So, instead of being outside, the boys will nap…and I MAY just get some of those things done on my to-do list…hopefully!

For now…some updated pics of the boys.

They have both learned to ROLL OVER! And they both love their new exersaucer. It’s very exciting to see them in that crazy contraption learning how to play with all the toys.

Win

Holt

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34 weeks

23 Jan

Do you remember when this shirt…

fit like this?

Yeah…me too.

34 weeks today! It’s a great milestone. Dr. appt tomorrow. Hope everything stays the same…as in…all good.

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32 weeks flashback and bed rest

21 Jan

Hello internet!

It’s been a little while…and don’t worry, I’m still pregnant, thankfully. I’m also late with the weekly pic update, but I’ll try to get two up this week (now that the week is almost half way over), hee hee.

I would like to say that I’ve been busy, haha. I’m really really funny.

So…here I am last week at 32 weeks. This girl is getting big. And I only have bigger to go. My face has exploded a bit, so I’ll save you from that mental actual image.

You might be wondering what I do all day. Thankfully, bed rest has not been quite the beast that I had anticipated.

First things first…the bed rest apron. If I could have gotten out my sewing machine and made a prettier one of these, I would have. Luckily for me I already had this handy dandy nail apron available. It’s leftover from my architecture school days when we worked with habitat for humanity. This was the result of one of those awesome moments when you knew you kept this one thing for a reason (knowing you would need infor SOMETHING one day) and as a complete bonus…I knew exactly where it was. I was pretty excited.

So in my bed rest apron, I keep the following items:

My cell phone (which operates as phone, texting machine, and email…score!)

The house phone (yes, we still have one of those. But, this is super helpful because we have digital phone, so we have free long distance. This ways can call family and work for free with having to use cell phone minutes…score again)

A couple of pens and a pencil

A miniature moleskin notebook (yes, I’m a bit of a snob about what I write in…this one is small, red, and lined on the inside. This is the first moleskin I’ve had that is lined…and because it’s so small, I like it). I use this even more than I thought I would.

With all these things literally tied to me all the time, I always have what I need, for the most part, wherever I am in the house. Luckily I am not confined just to one space, so whenever I have to pee (which is quite often) I try to change locations in the house so I don’t get too bored.

I’ve been able to work from home.

And when I work, I get to look out at this.

(unfortunately, the day I took this picture was kind of gray. I promise there is water out there. The water is super relaxing and makes me feel like I’m not cooped in all day long.

That’s not too shabby I have to say.

Something else that keeps my spirits up is my creativity with beverages. I have to drink about a gallon of water a day (yesterday I drank 2!) and sprucing it up with a bit of sparkling water and frozen fruit goes a long way.

I feel really lucky that I can work while I’m home. That has made the days go by much more quickly than I thought they would. I rarely turn on the tv…mostly I just listen to podcasts or Pandora (all of that makes me feel like much less of a lazy bum). I know my job right now is to incubate the boys as long as possible, but I have to say that the thing I was most upset about when I had to go on bed rest was being lazy and not being able to contribute (I know my contribution right now is to keep the babes inside…but still…I had some issues). This isn’t nearly as bad as I thought it would be.

And don’t worry…I’m still crafting as much as possible, but that is for a different post.

Happy Saturday…next week, I’ll catch up…I swear.

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33 weeks and car seats

19 Jan

Here we are at 33 weeks!

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Every week is a big success at the Perry household. All things at the Dr. are going well. Babies are good and mama is good. As soon as we get to 34 weeks, we are in a much better spot. Their lungs will be developed enough that they could be born at my local hospital and possibly not go to the NICU. That, of course, is my hope.

Another fun thing is that the hubs installed the car seats! Woohoo! I’m very excited about that. The nursery is on its way, pictures to follow very soon.

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31 weeks

3 Jan

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Getting ready for the doctor’s office…my only allowed trip out of the house. I’m glad we have so many windows in our house.

I’m sorry to keep you waiting for the second part of the hospital story.  I wrote it…on my iPad…when I went to add a picture…the app quit…I lost the entire thing…It’s now time to get back on that.

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27 weeks

7 Dec

This may be the closest I’ve gotten to posting the babies project picture to the correct week. I took these last Saturday. It’s been harder and harder to get outside since the days have become shorter. So, this time I took the pictures in the future babies’ room. I think they turned out ok. The babies’ project picture is a little strange because I didn’t really have any depth to work with in the room. But I wanted to try to take pictures of myself indoors because I’m going to be doing that once the babes are born.

Just a couple more. It’s kind of like I gave myself a photoshoot.

This one was modeled after one I love of Diane Keaton, in The Family Stone. I lerve that movie. And I absolutely lerve that picture that the well-meaning, yet completely annoying, Sarah Jessica Parker gets framed for the whole family. That’s when I start sobbing in that movie.

It just hit me that all the pictures on my blog have become of me. Oopsie! I promise I will get more pictures of crafts and such up here. I’ve got a ton to take and post (babies’ room, Christmas gifts, wedding paper, etc). Just time to have a photoshoot for things instead of myself :).

Happy Wednesday!

baby project – 23 weeks

6 Nov

Well…the day got away from me today.

I had a lot on my mind. I was finishing up the changing table, only to figure out that the “white” trim paint I had gotten was really a base for tinted trim paint. This makes the paint look much more creamy than it does white. I figured this out AFTER I had primed and painted two coats on that thing. Thankfully, the paint man at my local ACE hardware was super helpful (I didn’t get paid for that…but I L.O.V.E. ACE Hardware. They are smaller and don’t have EVERYTHING, but ALL of their staff is knowledgable. AND…if they don’t have what you’re looking for, they know where you can get it in town. I love that.).

So, I got more paint;

I put ANOTHER coat on the changing table (that actually looked white!);

I went swimming (yay!);

I vacuumed the house;

I went for a walk with the hubs (extra points for me);

during said walk, we planned our dinner tonight which was to include my FIRST glass of red wine in FIVE MONTHS (I was so excited. It was delicious, the wine and the food, and it made me very very hot…more on that later);

I bought all the Christmas presents for the nieces and nephews on my side (there are seven, nine on the hub’s side);

I went to Ross and found a maternity sweater, a shirt, and two more pairs of maternity leggings for a total of $30 (score!).

It was a busy day for me. I loved it. I loved that I had enough energy to get it all done and feel good about it. I loved that my husband cooked me one of the best meals I’ve ever had in my life. I literally could have eaten another entire meal right after.

And, in the end…the day got away from me. I forgot that today was the first day of regular time (not daylight saving time) and that it would get dark starting at 4:30 :(.

So, I had to make do. I didn’t want to wait another week to take more pictures. So…here it is. Please excuse the heavy photoshopping. As I said, all the moving around (and probably the wine) made me super hot and it looked like I had rosasia. I don’t, and I looked funny to me, so I wanted to not have that.

AND, for your enjoyment (I know…get on with the picture) I have actual bare belly shots….whoa! It’s a first for me! Also, check out my shoes if you can…I dressed up for dinner!

I had to move a TON of artificial light into our “sunroom” (haha) to get it bright enough. And I STILL had to use the flash.

There it is…this is the last thing I’m doing today. Right now, I’m going to finish my glass of wine, probably have another glass of milk (I’m up to a gallon a week!), drink some water (can you tell I’m thirsty?), and watch some TV. Very exciting for me!

Have a happy start to regular daylight time!