27 October 2013

Monster Munch & Pumpkin Fluff

Sundays are my favorite.

Lazy mornings, big ole breakfasts, and some football to holler at all day. It is also a time to relax and recharge for the week to come.

We kept ourselves busy this past weekend with lots of fun with family and friends. Friday night, Parker and I spent the night at my parents house and had lots of laughs while playing card games. Last night, we went over my best friends house for a pumpkin carving party.

The results:
Mine is the little kitty and Parker's is that scary creature in the top right.

She also revealed that she is PREGGERS!!!!! We are so excited for her and her husband and can't wait to meet their little baby this May :)

We had brought over a few munchies I thought I'd share on the blog!

The first snack I made for the party is called, Monster Munch, which I originally saw on A Pumpkin and a Princess' blog. You can click {here} for her original recipe. 
 I decided to make a few changes to please my palette and this is what I ended up with:
So simple to make!

All you need is:
Popcorn
Reese's Pieces
Peanut M&Ms - I picked out all the red, orange, yellow and brown ones from the package... which means Parks and I got to eat all the blue and green ones :)
Chopped Pecans
Candy Corn
Candy Eyeballs (we got a small pack at Target)
Some melted chocolate to drizzle on top!

Let the chocolate dry for about 20 minutes, throw in a bowl and chow down!

The other dish we made was Pumpkin Fluff that I saw last week on Cara Carroll's blog, Pearls, Handcuffs and Happy Hour and I had to try it!

It is definitely for those with a sweet tooth, but I followed the recipe straight from Cara's blog and it was delicious:

Wishing you a peaceful Sunday :)
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22 October 2013

Patience

What have I been up to lately?!

A whole lot of this:
 

oh... and this....
every morning at 5:05AM, in case you were wondering.

 Creating a child is hard work as it turns out. Who woulda thunk?! 

Without going into an overshare of detail, things aren't exactly "normal" in my body, which means pinpointing the exact 48-hour window in which we can conceive a child, is a bit difficult! (Read: still very possible, just a bit more difficult!) Hence the ovulation kits and the charting of my basal body temperature at the same time every morning. I then take the temperature each morning and record it on a chart and try to decipher line plots and temperature spikes that all vaguely remind me of some crazy calculus problem!

This will only be our 3rd trying month (gasp! Yes, we tried before we were married!) and in these past months, I have discovered a whole new world of "trying" mommies. It brings me comfort and a sense of peace to read about the stories and journeys of all these other young, trying couples. I have also discovered a plethora of new acronyms that have become a prevalent, new part of my vernacular.
TTC, BBT, OPK, CD, DPO, CM, etc.

 We are in the beginning stages of a journey we have no control over. While that is scary and I am not one to let go of control, this is out of our hands and we are just going to enjoy the ride.
  
In the meantime, I will be practicing patience.

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13 October 2013

Fall & Some Awkward White Lady Dancing!

The air is crisp and the leaves are all shades of oranges, yellows, and reds.

I am a happy lady.

It is Sunday morning and this is the view from my 2nd floor apartment:

A storm might be brewin' but I will gladly listen to the rain and thunder on this long weekend - I have missed Fall in New England!!

I had said in my last post, that I would share some of the FUN we had on our honeymoon. It was the best vacation I have ever, ever been on. Cruising is the perfect vacation for Parker and I, as a couple. I could lay on the beach for 7 days straight, but Parker would be bored in 7 minutes. The cruise had so many things for us to do together and separately!

We chose our cruise based on the boat. We had seen a documentary on the Royal Caribbean's Allure of the Seas a few years ago and we were sold. It is the biggest cruise ship at sea and has SO much to do. It has its own central park, a Starbucks, the Broadway show, Chicago, a mini-golf course, zip-line, and more on board.

We stopped in:
Labadee, Haiti
Falmouth, Jamaica
and Cozumel, Mexico

I will confess..... we were having so much fun ON the boat that we actually didn't get off the boat in Mexico... woops! We don't regret that decision at all - we could've spent another week on that boat and still not have seen or done everything on the boat!

Here are a few highlights from the cruise:
Our ha-uge boat!

Labadee, Haiti:
One of our excursions was a 30 person catamaran to the private island above! We spent a little over an hour just lounging in the crystal clear water of our own, little paradise. Heavenly.

 
The theater onboard.
We saw Chicago, Star Trek 3D, The Newlyweds game show and played BINGO here in the big theater.

 
 
Falmouth, Jamaica
We went on a 5 hour excursion in Jamaica to explore the Dunns River Falls and the Green Grotto Caves. The falls were gorgeous, but packed, as we climbed all the way to the top! I got to be the "line leader" and felt like the coolest kid in class. The highlight of the caves was seeing the grotto at the bottom, it was crystal clear. However, I could've done without all the bats along the tour.

 A little putt-putt on board.
^we did A LOT of this^
Champagne was my drink of choice throughout the week and we ate lots of "fancy-shmancy" 5 and 6 course meals. Our motto for the week was "YOHO!" You only honeymoon once.... so we kinda went all out... :)

Onboard ice-skating rink!
We didn't actually skate during the week, but around 11:30PM, they would cover the rink and have some "late-night" variety shows that were absolutely hilarious.

One of the "districts" on board. This is one side of the royal promenade. Just a little glimpse of how huge the boat was!

Lastly, I thought I would leave you with a little dancing....by ME! Each day there would be a public dance class in the royal promenade and I just happened to walk by during the Beyonce dance class. Obviously, I had to get in on that!

Tehehehehehe....No shame, here!

There are over 5,000 people on this boat and the theme of the cruise is that you're never going to see them again! So we all let loose, danced our bootys off, ate and drank everything, sang karoake, and participated in so many fun events!!

We are already planning a family cruise for the summer of 2014 on the same boat!
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