Baby Szed’s Gender Reveal Party

Good morning, y’all!  Ryan and I are hurrying to get out the door this morning because we’re headed down to Richmond for a wedding.  It’s a quick 24-hour trip, but we’re thankful to have the opportunity to attend this wedding because it’s for a very good family friend…  She has known me since the day that I was born and is the pastor who married Ryan and me almost 2 years ago.  So many wonderful memories!

We’re also thankful for friends who generously offer to come watch Charlie while we’re away because he can be a real buddy sometimes.  Always wanting to cuddle, go for long walks, play, and do tricks for treats – it can get exhausting ;)

Oh Thursday I shared my first Bumpdate: 24 Weeks and thought it would be fun to rewind to our Gender Reveal Party, almost exactly a month ago on June 28th.

Ryan initially thought that I was crazy when I told him that I wanted to have a gender reveal party, some of our friends laughed out loud, and others had no idea what we’d be celebrating at a “gender reveal” party.  They said they first thought that Ryan or I were going to reveal a secret about our gender…  HA!

At the end of the night, everyone had a fun time.  It gave Ryan and I a chance to celebrate Baby Szed with our friends together since we’re planning to have separate showers – a traditional baby shower for me and a diaper party for Ryan.  Diaper party, another party that Ryan has never heard of.  I blame Pinterest for putting all of these silly party ideas in my head.

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Question:  What’s your favorite wedding memory?  I’ll always cherish the beautiful memories from my wedding, but one of my earliest wedding memories is from when I was a flower girl for one of my childhood babysitters.  As I approached the end of the aisle I turned around and scanned the crowd for my parents, simultaneously shouting “I HAVE TO PEE!”  I wish I could remember the look on my parents faces.

Question:  Have you ever attended a gender reveal party?  Or a diaper party?

— Allison

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Thinking Out Loud: 94 Years of Friendship

THANK YOU all so much for your messages and support the past couple of days!  It still feels like a dream – like I’m gonna wake up one morning, go to school, and find out that it isn’t real.  Oh gosh, I hope not.  Also, thank you for emailing me your interest in guest posting on LAB.  If you haven’t already contacted me and are interested, email me at lifesabowlblog@gmail.com.

Last night I fell asleep while staring out the window, watching the snow fall and a dusting start to coat the ground…  This morning I woke up to a fluffy, white, winter wonderland!  I know that many people are eagerly awaiting for spring to spring {admittedly, I was too a couple of weeks ago}, but the snow is so beautiful and peaceful!

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Thanks Amanda for hosting another link-up!

Thought #1:  Farmers are very smart people.  Their predictions were accurate this week…  I wonder if we’ll get a second snowstorm later this month?

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Thought #2:  I’m curious if this nut butter really is “wow” worthy?

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Thought #3:  Running in new sneakers is one of the best feelings.  Pure comfort and joy!

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Thought #4:  We’re crazy no matter what.

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Thought #5:  A wonderful Walmart find.  Except, I’m not allergic to chocolate…  Or diamonds.  *Cough, cough.*

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Thought #6:  I don’t make egg {or chicken or tuna fish} salad often enough.  Peas and diced carrots/celery are my favorite veggies to mix-in.

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Thought #7:  Current favorite jam…

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Thought #8:  My BFF sent me this video this morning {read more about their story here}.  It immediately made my heart melt and makes me think of us when we’re 100-years-old!

Thought #9:  Breakfasts this weeks have all included cottage cheese + peanut butter + honey {sometimes raisins too}.  On top of pancakes, slathered on a bagel, or mixed into oatmeal – a delicious combo!

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Thought #10:  I’m still so excited that it happened!  Good timing too, because now I’m paid regardless of whether we’re in school or at home for a snow day ;)

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Question:  What combos are you currently craving?  Peanut butter with jelly? Or honey? Or chocolate?

Share the 94 Years of Friendship video with your BFF!

— Allison

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Favorite Finds: Healthy New Year

Call me crazy, but I’m counting down until Monday morning.  Usually we’re all looking forward to the weekend, but I’m eager to get back into the classroom.  After a two week winter break I can’t wait to pick up where we left off…  Multiplication tables?  Oh yeah!  The solar system?  Hey there sunshine!  Jamestown?  We wouldn’t be here without you Captain Smith!

Thursday afternoon I finally met Sarah from Passion & Laughter.  She and I had been exchanging messages about meeting for a run/walk/coffee/anything date for months.  I joked on Twitter just before we met that blogging is a lot like online dating…  You meet someone virtually and if you like what you see you plan a date.  It’s hilarious but totally true!  Thankfully, I didn’t have to fake any emergencies because we had a fabulous time chatting for over two hours.  If I didn’t have to study I’m pretty sure that the conversation could have continued through dinnertime.

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Friday morning we woke up to a light dusting of icy snow, below freezing temperatures, and whipping wind.  Nothing compared to the blizzards up in New England, but it was bitter.

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While growning up in Northern Virginia, I learned to drive on winding roads (the ones that make you feel like you’re flying out of your seat if you go too fast), but I didn’t learn how to drive in the snow.  I’ve never been in a major accident, but ever since I fishtailed in Ryan’s car a few years ago, almost crashing into two other cars, I’ve let him be my snow chauffeur.  Unfortunately, my chauffeur had to work yesterday so I was on my own to get to my test.  The major roads were treated so it wasn’t as bad as I had envisioned, although I did pass by two minor accidents.

In college I was required to pass a series of MCAS (Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System) subtests in order to graduate and receive my Professional License.  Some states will honor out-of-state licenses if you have a few years of experience, but since I was straight out of college Virginia issued me a Provisional License valid for three years.  Three years will be up in June so yesterday I took the VCLA (Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment) and I’m excited to share – assuming I didn’t completely bomb the free response – that I passed!

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It has been a while since I’ve done a Favorite Finds post, but what better time is there to get back into the groove than the New Year?  I continue to add new boards to my collection so rather than posting my favorite pin from each board, I’m thinking that I’ll share 5-10 of my favorite pins from the week?  And with it being the New Year, this week I’m focusing on a healthier approach.  New Year, new start, fresh ideas, lots of (p)inspiration!

Favorite Pinterest Finds

Homemade Healthy Butterfingers by The Sweet {Tooth} Life – one of my favorite candies, second to Reese’s Pieces!

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Breakfast Cookies by Sally’s Baking Addiction – a great grab-and-go idea for weekday mornings

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Stuffed Pepper Soup by diethood – thick & hearty, perfect for a cold winter day

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Quinoa Quiche Muffins with Spinach and Cheese by diethood – sneak in those healthy ingredients

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Top 13 in 2013: Workouts by Peanut Butter Fingers – a mix of treadmill, elliptical, circuit, & strength workouts

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50 Tips for Healthier Living by Lauren’s Latest – baby steps towards a healthier lifestyle

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“Look, I eat really well and I workout, but I also indulge when I want to.” – Jennifer Aniston

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11 Healthy “Hippie” Ingredients Everyone Should Cook With via BuzzFeed – healthy can be tasty

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Dark Chocolate Hot Cocoa by The Lemon Bowl – dark chocolate is full of health benefits!

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Printable New Year’s Resolution by The Girl Creative – write as many or as few goals as you want *free*

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Question:  Do you enjoy driving in the snow or do you have a snow chauffeur?

Question:  What’s your favorite healthy ingredient?

— Allison

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