movie night: the witches.

This movie night was a little different since I was out of town in Lil Nashville, so my in-laws took over! I wrote down all the instructions of how to do everything, etc. They did a fabulous job and the kids thought so too! The movie The Witches is an old favorite of mine.
They had pumpkin paper plates and our normal pumpkin cups with straws. I bought little fake witches fingers and hand cut some little mice to put around the table. For the snacks I had little reese cups with pretzel rods stuck in the middle so they looked like little broomsticks. For the drinks, they just had regular strawberry lemonade but I made a little sign that says "Formula 86". If you watch the movie you'll know what that means.
I heard that Brady was a little scared of the witches, but Natalie loved the movie!
See previous movie nights below by clicking on the links:

lil nashville trip 2014.

Usually every year my Mom and aunts and cousin go on a trip to Little Nashville, Indiana. We didn't go in 2013 because I was busy getting married, but we did go this year and it was so much fun!
On Friday we head to the outlet malls to shop shop shop. It was a little different shopping all day 8 months pregnant, did a lot of sitting for sure, but it was still all good. Bought the baby a few things, and of course the kiddos, saving it for Christmas presents. We all rode in my new ride which I keep wanting to post about but keep forgetting.
Once we are done with the outlet malls we head to Lil Nashville, get settled into the house we rent, and then find somewhere to eat. This place pictured above is 2 places down from our house and we usually always eat here but this night was terrible service all around. The tea was cold, the soup was cold, ran out of chili, just not fun. 
After dinner we headed back to the house, and decided to take a selfie on the couch. We took mass selfie's this weekend it was pretty funny. My cousin Lauren would hold the phone out and we'd all snuggle in behind her. We had a little wine bottle decor thing happening. We were supposed to decorate a wine bottle with a wine saying but some of us brought empty wine bottles lol I brought sparkling grape juice to enjoy after we looked at everyones bottles. My aunt Lori won for best saying, wish I would've written it down it was pretty cool. 
Saturday turned out to be a nice day, sun was shining and it wasn't too cold just cold enough to not really need a full jacket. We stop at this coffee place and I always get the hot chocolate, it is soo good!
These selfies were cracking me up but everyone always smiled and was willing to take them. My Mom and Aunt enjoying some beers.
For dinner Saturday night we ate at this brewery, and pictured above are these pink leather bracelets my Mom bought for her and I. They were really cute! 
Saturday night after shopping and eating all day, we played minute to win it games at the house. Oh my goodness it was hilarious. The photo above was my cousin Lauren trying to stack 3 golf balls on top of each other while I held her pump lol At the end of all of the games, my Aunt Amy made everyone gold medals made out of mini candy bars. So we pretended we were gold medalist and had two of my aunts stand on chairs pretending to be on the podium (they won 2 games each) and then my Aunt Lori and I won one game each. While everyone sang the National Anthem we stood there pretending to receive our medals, it was so funny. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time, my stomach and face hurt!
Sunday was another good day weather wise and another good day for group selfies lol 
I love this picture only if Linda's eyes were open!!! It was a great weekend and we were all glad Aunt Cindy could make it this year. We laughed, shockingly no crying, and had the best time!  Until next time ladies!

You can read about our previous trips by clicking on the links below:
2012
2011

fabrics.

#1: My goal is to try and make a quilt for the baby. I haven't started yet and almost afraid to start, but I need to just dive into it and do it. Who cares if the lines aren't perfectly straight, or the measurements are not even. It will be something that was made with lots of love for sure!

#2: This set of fabrics is for our reading nook we are making in the baby's room. It will cover up the area that Kevin built, stuffed with comfy blankets and pillows. Shouldn't be too hard to make straight pieces and hem them together.

Picking out fabrics is really fun! It takes me awhile to pick them out, but it's really fun to put different patterns and colors together and see how it turns out. I can't wait to dive into these and see the outcome!
36 more days and counting!

grandma gail's baby shower.

Over the weekend my Mom threw a baby shower at her house. It was filled with bright colors, lots of chevron, and cute little details. As you walked in the front door you came across this welcome sign with a chevron background. And in her plant area she had stamped little baby girl buggies on baby pumpkins. It was the cutest thing!
She had a sweets table as you walked into the kitchen, lemon cupcakes (my fave), a tropical trifle from my future sister-in-law's mother, rice krispie treats, hershey kisses, and little chocolates. I loved the little touches of bright colors everywhere, and those yellow flowers as decoration were just so pretty.
As you walked into the living room where the main action was, she had a few of my favorite foods! You can read the above photo to see all the food items she made. The white cheese was a crack up, and everyone loved the mostaccioli's which was a favorite my Grandma June always made for holidays. I love how she incorporated a little bit of both families to the menu, Grandma Merz's famous pretzel dip yum yum!
All of the decor was just so cute, a mix of chevron, polka dots, and bright colors. Natalie and I had our spots where we'd open gifts at.  
Thank you for all the sweet compliments on being pregnant, it is nice to hear positive sweet friendly things when you feel as big as ever!!!  I appreciate it so much! 
By now, everyone should know I love to play games at showers or wherever. We played 3 games but only captured one game on camera. The last game we played was "Team Brady" and "Team Natalie".  You had to partner up with someone, and only use one hand each, and dress the baby. We had two teams for Brady's baby and two teams for Natalie's baby. Natalie, Lyla, and Anna got to be the helpers behind the table as everyone took turns dressing the baby. You had to put on the hat, onesie, bib, socks, and swaddle the baby, all while using one of your hands with your partner. It was hilarious and "Team Natalie" won!
During the opening of the gifts, Natalie was just as good as she could be. She patiently sat right next to me, handed me which ever gift she chose, and helped me open some of them. She was a trooper because we had lots to open. We received lots of handmade gifts and a few special ones with my Grandma June's fabric. I will definitely write a post on those for sure, it is so sweet to think our baby girl will have a little piece of my Grandma with her.
For favors, my Mom had sweet pea hand sanitizer with a little saying that said "thank you for celebrating the mother to be and her little sweet pea."  So sweet!!!
My Mom did an amazing job and I am so very thankful for all her hard work, time and energy she put into this shower. Everything was amazing and beautiful! I'm so grateful to have a Mom like her and how excited she is for this baby's arrival. 
Thank you to all my family and friends who came to celebrate and shower this baby girl with love!!! ♥♥♥

movie night : the haunted mansion.

For the month of October, we are doing all Halloween related movies! The kids were super stoked to find out what the first scary movie was going to be. I picked Disney's The Haunted Mansion. For every movie that I haven't seen, I sort of skim through the movie before the kids watch it just to make sure it's okay for them to watch. The majority of the movies I pick are rated PG anyways.
Another busy weekend...so preparation for movie night is getting harder and harder but we still make it work.
These cupcakes are not supposed to look so mangled! lol I bought them at Kroger and on the way home they fell over in the car making the frosting all messy, but it sort of worked out because they look really creepy. I threw on some of my edible eyeballs to give them a little more scary look.
Simple plastic cups with candy corn thrown inside, along with an eyeball or two. The plastic spider rings were purchased at the $1 bin at Target.
Spooky spiders were made the night before because I knew they'd take a little more time than anything else for the night. I bought Halloween themed oreos, stuck pretzel rods in the sides of them to make them look like spider legs, then used icing to adhere the edible eyeballs to the tops of the oreos. The kids loved em!
For the drinks, I wanted to make green Koolaid but ran out of time to look for some so I just used the kids favorite drink "huggies" as we call them.  The pumpkin plastic cups and pumpkin straws, were purchased from the $1 bin at Target. The cups/straws will be used for October for sure!
For the ghosts and images from the movie, I just googled them and cut them out and put them on the table. I always try to print off something from the movie to have them try to guess what movie it is. Fortunately, they had not seen this one before! Score!!!
To check out previous movie nights click on each link below:

around here.

around here George hasn't been behaving very well...I'm thinking he senses something is up with the baby coming since his former room is now everything baby. 
around here the washing machine has gotten it's first taste of baby clothes.
around here been playing solitaire on my phone every night after I do my nightly pinterest searching.
around here Kevin built what will be the start of our little reading nook in the baby's room.  
around here we celebrated our 5 year dating anniversary at Wild Mike's. A wild night of lemonade and iced tea!

Another week down! This week has been operation #babymerz for sure. Kev and I did lots of running around together and got lots accomplished and crossed off the list. He was able to move the dresser from the basement to the baby's room with the help of our neighbor...thank goodness for him! Next, is to start filling the drawers with clothes and items! Poor George, he's been chewing everything in site the moment we leave the house. I think he senses things are changing on the home front and might need a little more lovin than normal.

We still acknowledge our first date every year, I think it's something special to remember. (You can read more about our first date in this post).

Looking forward to this weekend, it's baby shower time! Here's to hoping we get items off of our registry instead of more clothes! The weather forecast is beginning to look like fall now!!! Happy Weekend!

5.

Five years ago today was our first date!

I love you, Kevin. Happy five year dating anniversary.

Cheers to you and welcoming all the changes and milestones we will undergo in the next 50+ years.

*first photo by Sadie & Jess.