Hey sista, surprise!
Sister just had a baby January 11, and we all know I was saddened to miss out on the special delivery day. So I came home from work that very day and booked a flight to Florida to go meet my beautiful niece. But I decided to keep it a secret ..until I walked in the door Thursday night to surprise my sis and nieces :) My brother-in-law was able to keep the secret as well, so thanks for helping out!
It was nice to just have time to relax. I started off the trip watching planes take off during sunset while sipping on a Blue Moon. Vacation time is a wonderful time!
And as you can expect, I tried to hit up my favorite places. The places that bring back those nostalgic memories of childhood. You know, the places you spent days and nights at -- the places you knew you were sure to visit after your older sibling's football and lacrosse games when you were little; then continue visiting after your boyfriend's football games and your own lacrosse games in high school; the places you'd go every Sunday after dinner for a sweet little treat with the family. Those places -- they are great, especially when revisiting in adulthood!
oh hey Dad, you gonna share? Yesss! Aw, thanks Dad, you're the best!
Aside from spending time with my husband, spending time with my family is one of my favorite things to do! Friday night was spent with cousins and pizza. I did miss out on seeing some of my other family, but we literally didn't leave the house much at all. We can partially thank the AT&T guy, who spent an entire day installing cable/internet, for that! But time spent in the house with cute babies was nothing to complain about.
I got lunch with my mother-in-law at Bru's Room - where we had our rehearsal dinner - and it was such a beautiful day to sit outside in shorts and a shirt in February while sipping on a beer and enjoying delicious food.
And I spent hours upon hours soaking up some love from sweet little babies. My niece and I exchanged moments of staring, kisses, lovin', and funny faces. I held her in my arms while smelling that soothing little baby scent and lightly running my fingers across her soft little cheeks while telling her how stinkin' cute she is. Oh, how in love with her I am!
Mom, no bows and no clips! It's not happening. "Is there one in my hair? Hmm, is there?! Yup, I got it, haha Mom!"
You know I couldn't leave without a little newborn/sister photo session!
If you can't tell already, I absolutely love my nieces! And family, and Florida! I've got my fill of baby lovin' til next time :)
Last night I came home to my husband and puppy and spent some quality time with my little family. They give me all the fuel I need until it's time to be with our families again :)
p.s. -- If you're interested in making one of those crochet flower headbands as seen in the newborn photos, check out Hobby Lobby (or any craft store) and purchase a pack of various sizes of crochet flowers. I layered and hot glued multiple flowers together in descending sizes and hot glued an alligator clip to the back of it. Then clipped it to a plain white headband :)