Upcoming Events: Five on Friday

It’s quite possible that this blog will go a little radio silent in the next few weeks. With next week comes the end of tax season (halle-freaking-lujah!!!), and the last two weeks of this month are just JAM-packed. So as a nice Five on Friday twist, I thought I would share a few of these events!

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{one} Blog Beautiful Boston: I signed up for an all-day workshop on how to better use photography for blogging, and I am so excited. I joined the Boston Bloggers network, and have started to make some great connections. I’m looking forward to meeting some of these lovely ladies in person, and learning a few tips!

{two} Pre-Cana Marriage Prep classes at our church: This class covers two weekends (Friday nights and Sunday afternoons) and is a big time commitment, but we loved our class so much, we didn’t hesitate when we were asked to participate. We have parts on a discussion panel on “the decision to love, and a 7 minute talk about family, what it looks like, is and means to us.

{three} Eric Church: For Valentine’s Day, we bought tickets to see Eric the next time he was in town. We have never missed one of his shows – he is our absolute favorite and our wedding song was to his song “Like Jesus Does”. My mom is even keeping the baby overnight (only her second sleepover ever!) since it’s on a weeknight and the concert will likely end late. Not gonna lie, looking forward to a mini date night!

{four} September 2012 Brides Aquarium Day: Let me explain :) Before I got married I joined theknot.com and found my “month board”. Eventually we branched off to a Facebook group and for the past four years, we have been involved in each other’s lives on a near daily basis. Since everyone is spread across the US and Canada, we don’t have much of a chance to meet in real life! But every now and then we’ll plan more regional meetups, and there are several girls who live near me that I’ve become great friends with. We are planning a meetup in the next few weeks and bringing our kids to the aquarium for the day, and then going to dinner. I can’t wait to see Gracie’s reaction to the fish and penguins!

{five} Chicago the Musical: A few Fridays back, I posted about my friend Meghan, who is an amazing singer. She is playing a lead role in Chicago at a local theater, and a few friends are getting together for dinner and then the show. I know she is going to rock it, and I can’t wait!

Above and beyond all of this, a month from today is Gracie’s first birthday! We have special plans for her actual birthday, and then her birthday party and a cake smash photo shoot! So if I’m a bit scarce around these parts for the next few weeks, I hope you won’t forget me! I’m always on Instagram, so follow me there for updates! @gentelly

Anyone have a crazy busy spring planned? What’s going on in your world?

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Gracie’s First Easter Basket

I remember last year when I was pregnant with Gracie, I thought for sure that she¬†was going to be born before Easter. Easter was late, on April 19, and I couldn’t imagine still being pregnant. So I did what any other normal pregnant woman does – went out and bought her a Newborn Easter outfit and basket!

Sadly, April 19 came and went – with me still very much pregnant – and so I returned the adorable newborn dress. That makes Easter this year, Gracie’s very last first holiday.

In typical female fashion, she owns several Easter dresses of which I cannot decide what she will wear. You never know with the weather around here – we could have snow, or 70 degrees. But hey, at least she is prepared :)

I had a lot of fun picking out items for her Easter basket, and I kept it pretty simple since I doubt she will really understand the concept this year :)

I chose a personalized basket from Pottery Barn Kids. I then added a bathing suit, headband, pacifiers, a stuffed bunny, a sippy cup and some snacks. I really wanted to get her the Pottery Barn Kids Anywhere chair, but I think I will wait until her birthday for that!

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What are you putting in your littles Easter basket??

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Tuesday Talk

Can I just start out by saying how much I love having Monday’s off!!! I’m officially dubbing them #mamagracieday

We started our day with an ear check at her pediatrician (clean bill of health and perfect ears – yes!) and then a visit to her chiropractor for her weekly adjustment. I truly credit her adjustments with what has cured her ear infections.

I meal prepped for the week, made Gracie “yogurt melts” (thank you Pinterest!), cleaned and did laundry.

We picked up some Annie Sloane Chalk Paint in “Duck Egg Blue” for the new buffet I bought on Sunday! I love home DIY projects, and know this one will be a fun one :)

We then stopped by our neighbor’s house and spent a couple hours – us moms got to chat and the babes played. I love that our two babies will grow up together and go to school together.

Our weekend was filled with lots of family and play time. Play group with the class of 2032; lunch with the inlaws and Gracie’s Easter photos!

I am now completely exhausted and crossing my crossables that Gracie sleeps allllll night.

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Happy Tuesday friends!!