Sunday, August 11, 2013

Babies & Bye Byes

No Sunday Dinner this week... But I do have a lot of good stuff to share!

Today was my sister in law's baby shower! My nephew is due the end of next month & we are SO excited to meet him! It's been such an exciting 8 months & I just cannot wait to kiss him & love him up!

Unfortunately, I didn't get much of a chance to help with the planning. I gave my ideas to my mother-in law when she asked, but she did a wonderful job with everything from the decorations to the food. The weather was perfect. The location was fantastic. Being surrounded by such a loving family during times of joy & sorrow just makes everything more special. I feel blessed to be a part of this family. I couldn't have married into a better one!

Now for pictures! I can't take credit for the majority of these pictures. I got them from my sister-in law as I was a little busy & didn't get a chance to take any. Hubby & I bought this sign for Mason's room from It turned out perfectly & may have brought a few tears to the momma-to-be's eyes! Because this baby is our nephew, I wanted to get a special, personalized gift. I STRONGLY suggest this website for personalized gifts! We also bought Mr. Mason an adorable, jungle-themed jump-a-roo, a Superman bib with booties (& a cape!) & an outfit that says "I'm Awesome Like My Auntie!" We also bought the book "The Giving Tree" which is one of my absolute favorite books. We spent an embarrassing amount of time hanging out in the book aisle of Buy Buy Baby reading books. This classic by Shel Silverstein has always brought tears to my eyes & it truly has such an amazing message. It's always represented family to me. The tree is always there for the boy through all life's changes, no matter how much time has passed & no matter the cost. I want our nephew (& ALL our nieces, nephews & eventual children) to know that we are ALWAYS here with love & support! Definitely a beautiful book!

Here is a picture of the momma to be with her cousins & me! It was such an honor to be a part of the day & it makes me so happy that she enjoyed her shower! There are few days in a woman's life when she gets to be the "bell of the ball" so to speak. Bridal showers, weddings & baby showers are those days & should be a special experience for the guest of honor. Ashleigh was glowing the entire day. So many wonderful family & friends turned out to celebrate. Isn't she the cutest little preggo ever? You seriously CANNOT tell that she's only a month & 1/2 from her due date! She looks fantastic. By the way, the matching blue was SO not planned. Haha.

Anyway, I'm sorry about the lack of posting! I've been meaning to post our Sunday Dinners at the VERY least, but things have been crazy. As I mentioned before, my bank has been taking on a new business venture & I've been working a whole bunch of OT. The money is fantastic but I'm not getting much free time these days. This coming week will be SUPER full of overtime as this is the first full week we'll have all of these new mortgages. I hope to update as soon as I'm able! There are lots of exciting things happening in the Breen household & I'd love to have the chance to blog about them in more detail! But, here's the quick list:

We looked at a house on Thursday that we'd kind of fallen in love with online. Unfortunately, it was not quite as fantastic in person. We left feeling very disappointed, but kind of relieved. We JUST started looking at houses & I don't know that we're exactly ready to commit yet. Everything happened so fast with this house & it was a bit overwhelming. I'm almost glad it didn't work out so we have more time to figure this out.

Also, we've had some serious discussion about expanding our family to include another 4-legged critter! I've always had dogs & I miss having one! I think we may start looking for a brother or sister for Teddy at the end of the year. We've discussed possibly getting a Bischon or a Poodle. Our place is pretty small & I don't think a big dog would do well here. I'm super excited & really enjoying the process of looking around for the next 4-legged Breen!

& speaking of Teddy, I haven't posted pictures & in my "About Me" I promised pictures. I haven't been posting them as often as I'd like. Considering I take more pictures of this freakin' cat than most people take of their children, you'd think I'd be on it. Not so much. Just a warning, he's the cutest freakin' cat on the planet. Eat your heart out, world.

& last, but not least... I touched on this in a previous blog post but here's a bit more on the subject... My best friend is moving to NYC next weekend. I'm so excited for her but I'm also really, really, REALLY sad to see her leave. We've been best friends for 8-ish years & through college & wedding planning, high school, finding big girl jobs & pretty much all life can throw in the way, she's been there. She's been one of the most consistant, positive forces in my life for so long & we've laughed our way through so many rough times. This has been her dream for as long as I know her. She has worked SO hard to get to this point & I know she is going to do amazing at anything she does. & it certainly won't hurt having a place to stay for free when I visit the big city in a couple months! Haha. By then she should know all the city well enough to give me one hell of a tour! That's silver lining, isn't it? I threw a party to celebrate her big move on Friday. It was a ton of fun. We started with appetizers including dips with chips & wine punch. Then we moved on to pizza, wings & booze. It was a lot of fun. We played some games including darts & beer pong in our basement. My brother-in law who is working on becoming a DJ, played some music & kept the party hopping! It was pretty cool having a DJ set up in our basement. It made the party a lot more "underground club" & less "Frat Party" Haha.
Then we went to the a couple of the bars in the area for one last night out. A night out with our friends was pretty much exactly  I'm excited for her to come home & visit in a few months so that we can have a repeat & drink lots & lots of wine to make up for lost time. I'll definitely miss my best friend, but hey, if she has to leave, at least it's to make all her dreams come true!

There's so many exciting things happening right now. I'm so excited for what the future has in store for us! <3

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