Wednesday, February 22, 2017

What's Up Wednesday (2/22/17)

I can't believe its already the last Wednesday of February!  This month went by so quickly, and it is time for What's Up Wednesday!

On the last Wednesday of every month I'm linking up with Shay to answer these questions:

1.  What we're eating this week...

I'm heading to Oklahoma City for work, so I plan to eat a nice Oklahoman steak while I'm out there.  This week we'll probably also be eating birthday cake, celebrating my Dad's birthday on Sunday.  

2.  What I'm reminiscing about...
My baby's first birthday party!  Did you see the post about it from earlier this week?  Soon enough I know I'll be planning her second #timeslowdown

3.  What I'm loving...
I took Arianna to her first Mommy and Me yoga class this month.  It was a great way to stay active and incorporate her into something that I love.  Mom guilt is a struggle, and with this type of class, I can bring her with me and not feel so guilty!  Can't wait to do more yoga with her.  

Also loving watching my babies grow!  Time flies when you're having fun!
Sports Day at school

Reading a story at Barnes and Noble

4.  What we've been up to...
This month we were busy celebrating a very special girl's first birthday.  We also spent time with my brother and his family that came to visit from Austin, TX.  We took the big kids to Hollywood Studios and Epcot and had a blast!  I love seeing these sweet cousins together!  I miss my brother, his wife and their family so much, can't wait until the next time we are together. 

5.  What I'm dreading...

Last month I posted that I was dreading going to the dermatologist, well one of my biopsies from the dermatologist came back pre-cancerous, so now I have to go back for an excision.  An excision is where they go back to the biopsy site and take off more skin, to meet required margins, and make sure that all of those bad cells are gone.  Not looking forward to that, but glad we caught it before it actually turned cancerous.  With skin like mine (I got it from my dad) I can't stress the importance of having routine skin checks!  

6.  What I'm working on...
Transitioning into a new role at work, so that's why I'm heading to Oklahoma City this week.  Looking forward to meeting my new team and starting to feel my feet under me again.  Trying to be patient and remind myself that starting a new job always takes a while to get ramped up and back in the groove of things.  

7.  What I'm excited about...
Next weekend we are heading to a baby shower for Mike's cousin and his wife!  Can't wait to see that side of the family and shower them with love for their sweet baby girl joining the Florio clan this May.  

8.  What I'm watching/reading...
Still watching The Bachelor!  #hometowndates

This month I finished reading (listening on Audible #truth) Cancel the Wedding.  I really enjoyed this book, the character development, and the happy ending.  I would suggest it to others, it is an easy and quick read. 

9.  What I'm listening to...

Obsessed with Ed Sheeran's new song, Shape of You.  It is on repeat on my Spotify list. 

10.  What I'm wearing...
'm not wearing them yet, but I can't wait to wear them soon!  I ordered these cute swimsuits from Cupshe a boutique shop that popped up on my Instagram account.  Thanks sponsored post for making me spend more money, but they are so cute and the black one was only $23.99!

11.  What I'm doing this weekend...

Running the Gasparilla 8k and celebrating my dad's birthday!  Also, squeezing on my babies since I know I'll be missing them like crazy when I'm gone for work this week.

12.  What I'm looking forward to next month...

In March we celebrate my mom's birthday.  My aunt and uncle are also coming from Cincinnati for a visit, and I'm excited to see them at the end of the month.  We also got tickets to take the kids to Disney on Ice, so that will be fun!  Might even try to fit another trip to Disney in there before it gets too crazy for Spring Break.  

13.  What else is new...

Mike was recognized at his broker's excellence event as a Century Club member and Rising Star within his organization.  I could not be more proud of him and his drive to make real estate a successful career for him.  It certainly is not easy, and there were a few times when he wanted to give up, but he didn't.  To see him recognized among his peers was amazing, and I truly am so proud!



Monday, February 20, 2017

Arianna's 1st Birthday

I wanted to share some of the details of Arianna's first birthday party with you all today.  

I actually started planning the party in August, when I stumbled across this picture on Pinterest (so many wasted hours looking at pins on Pinterest :)  

When I grew up, I was into dance.  My mom saved a pair of my old pointe and ballet shoes, and when I saw the picture, I knew that this would be the theme I wanted for her birthday party.  When we found out last year that we would be having a little girl, thinking about taking her to dance classes one day is honestly one of the first things I thought about (crazy, I know).  Even if Arianna decides later on, that she's not into dance, I'm so glad we had this unique theme to celebrate her big day.  

I found the perfect invitation on Etsy

The details don't look exactly like they did in the inspiration picture, but I love the way everything turned out.  

Planning around one and three-year-old nap times, is challenging, so we decided to do an early morning party brunch theme.  It turned out great.  Who doesn't love brunch?! Especially mimosas!! We had egg casserole, yogurt parfaits, fruit, donuts and all of the fixings!

Here are some more pictures from the special day!

Sweet cousins from TX

We had a decorate your own cookie and craft station set up outside

I got the perfect outfit for her to change into to eat cake.  Daddy wasn't exactly thrilled, but I couldn't help myself!  Having a little girl to dress up is so fun.

I have to admit, that her first birthday was not her first taste of cake!  We had a birthday celebration with our neighbors in January and she got a little preview then.  Either way, she loved the attention, and had a great time playing with her smash cake. 

Love this picture of our little family!

A picture of what happens after a first birthday smash cake! 

I've said it before, but one of my favorite things to watch over the last year has been the bond between brother and sister grow.  I created this collage of some of my favorite pictures of them over the last year.  My heart is so full!

Thank you so much to our family and friends who helped make this day so special for our little goose!  I think someone enjoyed her special day!




Thursday, February 9, 2017

Arianna is ONE!!

I can't believe my baby is O-N-E!!!  I have been real emotional about this one friends.  Savoring all of those baby moments before they are a fond memory has been one of my focuses over the last year.  I can't even put into words how much having this little girl in our lives has changed us and completed our family.  

Looking back at Arianna's birth story, it feels like it was just yesterday, and all of those emotions come right back.  I am so glad that I have the story documented to come back to.  This weekend we're having a small celebration with our family and friends to celebrate her first year of life!  

Height: 27 1/4 in

Weight: 19 1/2 lbs

Teeth: 6

Favorite Things: Her Brother, The Wiggles, Music, Her Brother's Toys, Her Puppy Dog

Favorite Food:  Tomatoes, Cheese, Puffs, Cheerios (really, this girl eats everything!!)

Some of the names that we call her:  Goose, Gooser, Baby Sister, RiRi, Goosey Girl, Little One, Mommy's Baby, Baby Girl, Ari

Can Say: Mama, Dada, Baba, Bubba, That, This, Dog, Go

Here's a look back at her last 12 months!!

Happy Birthday my sweet girl!! I love you to the moon and back!