I turned 35! If you know me at all you know that birthdays are a big deal and I love celebrating them. This year I was not as much up to the task. I was scheduled to watch my nephew on my birthday and it was the middle of the week so I was not too into it plus PREGNANT. After few friends asked me about it I finally decided to host a small brunch at my house with a few of my close girlfriends. It was lovely, and pretty nice and relaxing and in the comfort of my own house. I made simple things, a coffee cake (https://lilluna.com/recipe-tip-deal-and-video-of-the-week-quick-coffee-cake/) crustless quiche(which is one of my go to recipes for brunch for a crowd mix 1 cup bisquick, 2 cups milk, 5 eggs, 2 cups cheese and salt and pepper then pour in a 9×13 pan and bake at 400 for about 45 min then when it comes out I like t top it with fresh chopped chives so easy and so good), caprese salad, and prosciutto wrapped asparagus. Well right after my birthday brunch Em was home from school and the girls were down for a nap. After nap time we went for a mani pedi and the girls absolutely loved it. Brock stayed home to take care of dinner.
The girls said they felt like princesses and it was so nice there was no one else there. Violet had a little mishap or more of a Violet moment and decided she did not like the color she picked after they had already panted her nails so she tried to wipe of the paint #ohviolet well they ended up letting her pick another color and repainted her nails. The ladies were so sweet with the girls and gave them candy and put on the trolls soundtrack so the girls were in heaven. I just loved having an hour long pedi and foot massage. Well we headed back home for dinner and then we went out for donuts to finish the night.
Just because my actual birthday was over did not mean that celebrating me was over! That weekend Brock took the girls and I to afternoon tea which I love doing. We feel so fancy and girly and Brock humors us. The girls and i got dressed up and they even picked a bunch of accessories.
This year I did not do my typical girls wine trip of even a vacation but maybe next year I will feel more up to a big celebration.
This year for Halloween we did not do a family group costume, instead I let the girls pick whatever they wanted. This is what happens when you are pregnant and not feeling great, I pick my battles and what I have the energy for. Costumes this year was not one of them, lol. So Brock told me not to worry and he would handle it all. He ordered Violet a Ariel costume and she wanted one with a tail this time and Emerald wanted a Jasmine costume and she wanted one that showed her belly like how Jasmine wears it. He bought both costumes online (I think from China which took a month to get) when the costumes arrived neither of them fit, but thank goodness my mom and Brock sewed them and they ended up working out great. (I was very skeptical of the entire thing)
We started the morning off with spider pancakes (I usually try to have something fun and festive for breakfast it just adds to the excitement of the day) And yes I started them off with a super sweet breakfast, well the spiders were made out of blackberries.
Violet had a party at her Tiny Tot class and she was so excited to wear her costume and show her friends. It was really cute the class got to go trick-or-treating with the other staff offices in the building and the gym was decorated with a bunch of fun halloween decor.
Emerald had a costume parade at her school (same as last year) Emerald had to wear a shirt to cover her tummy for school so that the costume was appropriate for class. Brock came left work to come to this and so did the girls uncle and grandma, Em had a big crowd watching her in the parade.
After all the school activities we headed to Brock’s brothers house for dinner and trick-or-treating, this year the girls had a another kiddo, their cousin to go with them even if Tenley did not walk it was so much fun all of them together. I made a spider trifle all organic from a couple of boxed cake mixes and I was not a big fan, I have yet to find an organic mix that turns out well and taste good, if you know of one please drop me a comment. I also used an organic pudding mix again not so great its like there is not enough sweetness to them. Anyway, the trifle looked pretty lol. There was plenty to eat and I girls loved trick-or-treating and all of the candy they got. (I still have a bag of candy from halloween in the pantry that i should probably throw out)
This year I felt like most things I have been pretty low key about especially since I have just not had a bunch of energy growing a tiny human and all. Maybe next year we will go back to a family themed costume, you will just have to stick around and see.