Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Halloween Crafts 2013 - with the nieces and nephews!

WOO-HOO...... next week is Halloween!! 
This is just a short post sharing some pictures from Halloween craft day 2013.  We had so much fun.....the kids are always entertaining.  I'm happy that next year we will have baby Vincent to share this experience with his cousins.
It was such a nice day out, I decided to do the crafts out on the patio.
Let the Halloween crafting begin...
This years pumpkin theme was "Swamp Thing"!  I'm glad I decided to do this craft outside...can you imagine the mess in the house.  It was so much fun seeing the kids get crafty with all the eyes and giving their creations hair cuts.  Silly kids! Baby Vincent got his very own swamp thing pumpkin too!! 

We also made mummy lanterns. Even made one for baby.  His is the 1st one with the googly eyes.

We or should I say my sisters were in charge of making the yummy Mummies, I'm in charge of adding the eyes!!  Well someone wasn't keeping time....we'll just blame my brother for that one.  They were still delish because there were none leftover.
Here are the kiddos inside, hands washed, shirts off....why, I have no idea, lol!  But they were all excited and ready to make their own pizzas.
Awesome afternoon with the people I love!


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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Words and Pictures Wednesday....on a Thursday, lol!

** Well this was yesterdays post....I don't know why it didn't post. Oh well here it is!
Seems like this month is flying by just as quickly as last month did.  Here we are the 16th of October and I'm already wishing it was Thanksgiving already.....I blame the baby and Guy Fieri of the show Diners Drive-ins and Dives. I don't remember which day but the hubby and I were watching a rerun and they had the most delicious, the most mouth watering open faced turkey sandwich you have ever seen.  With all the fixings....okay I'm making my mouth water again, LOL!
Any who things are getting done.  This past weekend was Halloween Craft day with my nieces and nephews.  If you don't know I have done Halloween/Christmas craft day with them every year since they were little toddlers.  I remember when it was just the two nephews, now those same two are 9 and 8 years old.  Plus, next year I get to do crafts with our little boy!  I definitely can't wait for that day.
Planning is happening for the baby shower, almost 2 weeks away, eeek!! The invitations have been sent out.  RSVPs have been trickling in.  I think I've changed the registry up for the last time.  It was so over whelming. 
TheHubs and I will be getting the dresser this weekend. So we can finish up the nursery.  It's all coming together now.  I can't believe it, there will be a baby in there in a few short months.  Next month we will also have a maternity photo shoot done, I'm really excited about that, so is theHubs.
Well here are a few pics that I have to show you on the Pics and Words Wednesday......
This would be Ms.Betty FurPants, she believes she is human.  She is spoiled and thinks everything we eat she has to taste test. This is one crazy cat!
Fall has begun, which usually means so does baking....Sadly being pregnant, tired and even more tired - Anything that needs to be in the oven has to be easy.  So, sadly no baked goods from scratch right now. This momma is exhausted!!

Here is baby Vincent and myself... 26 weeks which means 6 ½ months.  My ankles look swollen but they're not.  I sprained my ankle pretty bad a couple years ago....it's never looked the same, lol!!

Pregnancy Questionnaire
How far along: 26 weeks
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 3.6 lbs.....

Maternity clothes: Definitely

Stretch marks: Nope

Sleep: I'm up to 5 pillows now...but I can sleep through the night without getting up to pee!!

Best moment last week: Just feeling him move around.

Movement: lots of punching and kicking! 

Food cravings: Spicy, Spicy, Spicy.....I can't get enough!
Food aversions:  lettuce & sweet or sugary stuff (boohoo) < still all the same!
Gender: BOY

Labor signs: I've started having Braxton Hicks contractions....I hope they stay light until it's really time. 

Belly button - in or out? still in
What I miss: Seeing my toes....they are officially gone from my view.
What I am looking forward to: My baby shower.

Milestones: Almost reaching the third trimester.  Time has flown by.

Thanks for stopping by!!  Have a fabulous week!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Words and Pictures Wednesday!

Well September was here and now it's on its way out!! That is fine with me......since on Sunday we were able to say hello to wonderful FALL!!  We had the most beautiful day.
Last week theHubs and I were on vacation. We didn't go out of state, since we already took a vacation to New Orleans earlier this year.  So we did a lot of local stuff.  Which was fine with me, I can only walk so much at the moment.  I'm a big walker....but this baby thinks it's fun to lay really low in my tummy. OUCH!
One of the days we drove out to Galveston!!  It was very relaxing...the only complaint I have is the new parking system now.  You have to pay to park at the seawall!!  First you call the 1-800 number, then confusingly enter your license plate number,  enter the special location code, then you have to use a cc or bank card to pay.  Why don't they just install the electronic parking meters?  After a frustrating 15 minutes of dealing with the phone....looked up the web page and downloaded the app., much easier than the phone number....but you have to enter the same things....plates, code, and cc number.  Oh well, we finally figured it out and got it done.   Then we enjoyed the day.
We relaxed at Murdochs......ocean views, nice breeze, rocking chairs and if you wanted to get a drink they sold some inside.  Murdochs is like a gift shop - lots of stuff to buy: shells, shirts, trinkets, postcards, drinks and more.

After relaxing we walked over to the Pleasure Pier.  It's closed during the week, that was fine.  Like I was going to get on any of the rides.  We had dinner at the Bubba Gump restaurant... we've eaten at the one in NYC and the one at Universal Studios in CA.  The food was yummy!

After dinner we walked off some calories on the beach.  Here is Mommy, Daddy and baby Belly with our toes in the sand!  I'm starting to not see my feet anymore  (*_*)

Pregnancy Questionnaire

How far along: 23 weeks
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 2lbs....Dr. said the baby and I are sharing the weight gain.

Maternity clothes: Definitely

Stretch marks: Nope

Sleep: Sleeping is more uncomfortable.

Best moment last week: We were able to share the awesome news that we are having a "BOY" and theHubs was able to finally feel the baby move.

Movement: lots of kicking! 

Food cravings: Seafood, spicy foods, plums, and chocolate milk
Food aversions:  lettuce & sweet or sugary stuff (boohoo) < still all the same!
Gender: BOY

Labor signs: None, thank goodness.

Belly button - in or out? still in
What I miss: breathing like a normal human being, lol!
What I am looking forward to: I just want to have the baby in my arms already.

Milestones: I will be six months next week.  Dr. said everything is progressing normally and she is very happy with how I am doing.

Thanks for stopping by!!  Have a fabulous week!

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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pictures and Words Wednesday! A couple of pregnancy questions too!

Today is the day....I've finally hit the half way mark in this pregnancy!!  I still can't believe this is really happening, then I get a nice swift kick to my guts to bring me to reality.  Those little toes are too active.
Most parents have dilemmas and these are some of mine...
They range from stressing out over kids clothes sizes....which I shouldn't have to worry about just yet...but I do.  I worry about if I'm going to be a great mom.  Will I cry if the baby is crying....see I'm nuts.
Here are some of the more important issues that are currently on our brain.  My doctor has given me a due date in the 3rd week of January!  I have a question for other moms that might happen upon today's post.  Since I will be a first time mom,  should I expect to deliver before or after my due date?  I do plan on working until I can't waddle through the front door anymore.  The Hubs has asked if I would like to be a stay at home mom......which I would guess is most moms wish to do.  Don't get me wrong I so want to stay at home with baby, helloooo I'm not carrying a tiny human for almost 40 weeks just to have someone else take care of them.  But, even though I want to stay home I feel guilty....why...because I wouldn't want to put all of the responsibility on the Hubs.  Financially we are great, that's not the issue.  It's hard to explain how I feel, I was raised by a single mom, who taught us to be very independent, so sometimes I want to take charge of things and situations. I have the most amazing husband, he has provided me with all of my needs and has given me most of my wants.  I definitely have no complaints.  I just feel that I am capable of working to provide for my family as well.  I guess I'm just thinking too much.  I have some decisions to make pretty soon.  What do you think?
Sorry this is not the best picture....but here is my belly at 5 months!

Pregnancy Questionnaire
How far along: 20 weeks
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 2LBS

Maternity clothes: Definitely

Stretch marks: Nope

Sleep: Sleeping is uncomfortable

Best moment last week: Feeling the baby's movements more and more!

Movement: lots of swishing going on! 

Food cravings: Seafood, spicy foods, watermelon, and chocolate milk
Food aversions:  lettuce & sweet or sugary stuff (boohoo) 
Gender: Still a secret.....though it has slipped to a few and they have sworn secrecy until the day we announce!  This is sooooooo hard, lol!

Labor signs: None, thank goodness.

Belly button - in or out? in, but the bottom half is starting to stretch. GROSS!

What I miss: energy and sleeping on my stomach
What I am looking forward to: Finally revealing the baby gender.

Milestones: I've finally reached the half way mark in this pregnancy!! 

Everyone have a great week!
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Words and Pictures Wednesday

Dear August.....why are you leaving us so soon?  Yes you've been a hot one, yes summer will come to an end but time is moving too quickly.   
For me anyways....
I'm almost at the half way point in my pregnancy, I remember just wanting to reach the 8th week, then the 12th week.  Now I'm half way there.  We've been preparing the baby's room.  We put the crib together....I almost cried!!  I can't believe that I will have a tiny little person in there, that will need me for everything. <tear>  Soon, I will start sewing for the baby....I just have to decide on fabrics! (",)
Here's a quick pic from Instagram......
I wonder how much longer before I can't see my feet anymore!

Pregnancy Questionnaire

How far along: 18 weeks
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 0 lbs.... still no weight gain!

Maternity clothes: Definitely

Stretch marks: Nope

Sleep: Taking forever to fall asleep

Best moment last week: Being able to see my grandmother for her 76th birthday.  This was the first time to see me since I told her I was pregnant.

Movement: lots of swishing going on! 

Food cravings: Seafood, spicy foods, watermelon, and chocolate milk
Food aversions:  lettuce & sweet or sugary stuff (boooooo) 
Gender: We found out on Tuesday!!  We are beyond excited, annnnndddd I have to keep it a secret for 3 more weeks!!  I told theHubs I don't know if I can do that!

Labor signs: None, thank goodness.

Belly button - in or out? in 

What I miss: energy

What I am looking forward to: Finishing up the baby's room.

Milestones: 18 weeks and loving every minute of it!

Thanks for stopping by.....everyone have a fabulous day!

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Words and Pics Wednesday! With a side of pregnancy info......

Hi people!!  Today is definitely a good day!  I feel good, I'm blessed and have so much to be thankful for.  My only complaint is this dang heat!  The heat dome over Texas needs to pop....or just go away somewhere else...lol!!  Houston we have a problem - I'm melting.
I thought I'd share some quick pictures from Instagram for today's Pictures and Words Wednesday!!
Bought the paint for the baby's room!!  I love eggshell, easy to clean - I have to think ahead, before I know it little chubby fingers will be touching these walls. 

It was painting time!!  I even had my mask on - which is very uncomfortable.

I love me some watermelon, but now that I'm pregnant it's watermelon time alllllll the time! This was being chopped up at 5 in the morning, lol!

Eeeek!!  This just became real!  The hubs and I went to go buy the crib on Monday! 
Monday afternoon traffic.....after buying the above crib!  Houston traffic sucks pretty much all times of the day...at least we were in the HOV lane and it was our day off.
While I'm in the sharing mood, here is some information about how my pregnancy is coming along.
Pregnancy Questionnaire

How far along: 16 weeks

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 0 lbs....but the baby is definitely growing.

Maternity clothes: Definitely....but I'm mostly wearing dresses and lots of leggings!! 

Stretch marks: No

Sleep: Getting harder to stay comfortable.  Sleeping on my sides is getting awkward especially with all the pillows I'm using.  Waking up 3 times a night to pee is no fun!

Best moment last week: We had our regular check up and the hubs was able to go with me.  We heard the baby's heart beating loud and strong!!

Movement: I believe I'm starting to feel the flutters! 

Food cravings: Seafood, spicy foods, watermelon, and chocolate milk
Food aversions: Salads mainly the lettuce, I can't have too much of anything sweet! This baby apparently does not have a sweet tooth or gum!  Which is a good thing I guess.
Gender: Don't know yet, we will find out in about 2 weeks. Hubby wants a boy, I want a girl - but I have a feeling that we are having a boy.

Labor signs: None, thank goodness.

Belly button - in or out? in.....outies gross me out!!  So I'm hoping I don't get an outie, lol!

What I miss: Energy, moving quickly.

What I am looking forward to: Finding out what we're having!

Milestones: Getting to 16 weeks without any troubles.
Thanks for stopping by, you all have a fabulous week!

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Sunday, July 14, 2013

Mini me aprons!

Why is it that everything that comes in a tinier version of something is so cute?

Here I'm sharing some child aprons that I made for my nieces.  I do holiday crafts with them and we don't want to get their clothes all dirty.  These aprons are just simple plain cotton aprons, no sewn on flowers or ribbons or anything fancy. They will be and have been stained with paints, glues, glitters, inks, flour, frosting.....everything.  I didn't want to make them where I would be worried or upset that they had gotten them dirty.  I made these aprons last year, I just hadn't had the time to make any post about it.  Since I don't have anything else ready with pictures and such, I thought I would post it now.  Sorry for the awful pics., these were the only ones I had for this project.  Plus I like to sew in the dark with just my lamp on, lol!!

 Mini me Aprons

I had an apron from the dollar store, which was used by my nephews but they have since outgrown them.  So I just used that one as pattern.

I selected the fabrics I wanted to use from my fabric stash and got to work.  

1. I folded the fabric in half and the pattern in half.
2. I then aligned the folded edges together and pinned the pattern to the fabric.
3. With chalk/marking pen I made dashes all the way around the pattern, I used a 1/2 inch allowance.
4.  Then cut out the piece that I would use.

Now to make the bias tape.  I really wish I had one of those handy bias makers.....I think I need to give some hints to hubby. 

1.  I used the left over fabric and cut about 3 x 170 inches of strips.  
2. I just cut the strips ironed and sewed them all together to get the 170 inches.
3. Then fold the edges into the center, ironed and then folded that in half then ironed again.

Now to sandwich and pin the bias tape onto the edges. So basically 4 pieces of bias tape will be sewn onto the apron. Top, bottom and the two arm sides.
1.  Pin along the bottom, you can see I got a little pin happy!  Cut at the edge.
2. Pin along the top neck area and cut at the edge. 
3. Now sew these two part onto the apron.  I used the regular foot and sewed as close to the edge.
4. Now using the left over bias tape, you want to make two even pieces.  So fold it in half and cut.  These will be used as the neck tie and waist tie.
5.  Arrange these two along the arm area of the apron. 
6.  Starting at the very end sew along the edge and continue around the arm area to the other end.

Here is the finished product. 

These are very simple to make, and one could make them more festive or fancier.  Add pockets or ribbons.  You could do anything.

Everyone have a fabulous week.

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

I'm baaaaaack..... kind of!!

Well, well, well......seems like forever since I've been on here.  I know my last post mentioned I was taking a small break and working on some stuff.  I promise you I was!
One of the projects I was working on was my very own personal project......
Growing my very own little baby!!
These past couple of weeks have been a non-stop exhaustion, eating at all hours of the night, drinking lots of water, and peeing about 100 times a night! But I know it will all be worth it.
We are extremely excited and can't wait to meet him or her.  Of course I want a girl and theHubs wants a boy.  I have a feeling I'm having a boy, but I had a dream the other night that the doctor told me I was having a girl.  Either way we are beyond happy to be starting our family.
After we find out the gender I will sew more for baby.  I'm ready to start on those projects.  Time is moving too fast.  Before we know it, it will be January and the baby will be here.
I hope to be getting my energy back soon, it's sad how tired I am.  Honestly I'm just too tired to think straight much less post on the blog or even Facebook.  One thing I have been doing is playing the devil of a game Candy Crush.  It has been there on those sleepless nights when I just can't seem to sleep.
I hope everyone is having a fabulous week so far.  I hope to do more posts this weekend. 

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Words and Pics Wednesday!

Hello to all of you lovely readers that still follow along.   I took a small break from blogging.  I had to finish up the semester, which I finished with a super awesome (A) in the class!!  These last two semesters were very stressful.   But I did it!

I've also been sewing- working on some new stuff and also a little project that I'm doing for my niece.  She asked me to take her daughters crib bedding set and make it into something more "big girl".  Her room will still be the same theme, sooooo I'm just trying to figure out what I should make.  I'm sure I'll come up with something.

Well since it's Wednesday I'm sharing some pictures off of my Instagram. 
"Words and Pics Wednesday"
These are just a couple from the past weeks....

This is theHubs grilling for us on Sunday, we had a great Memorial Day weekend!

What a great Memorial weekend to have some of my nieces and nephews over for some fun in the shade....lol!!  The sun was hiding on Saturday!

A few pics from my craft room.

Okay, I live in TX and we have Buc-ee's and I love their banana/wafer pudding!!!! There I confessed it!

These are the fur-babes and they are always having staring contests!
Crawfish season is almost to an end.....soooooo I am getting my fill whenever I can.  Which is usually every weekend and 1 day during the week!!  I'm the Crawfish Queen!

This is Stella and as you can see she isn't too thrilled to be taking a picture!!
My crazy family!!  We were having a crawfish boil out on our brand new patio.
I have the most amazing Hubs in the world!! He made us breakfast!

This is Ms. Betty and she LOOOOOVVEEESS ketchup.  Not any ketchup but the fancy ketchup from Whataburger!!  Yup she's crazy!
It was great to post, I'll be sure to get back on here soon! 
Everyone have a fabulous week!


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Friday, May 3, 2013

Happy Friday!!


I ♥ some ecards!

It has been one loooooooooooong week.   I'm so ready to relax this weekend.  Well kind of...I have some studying to do since next week I have finals.  Who's ready for a break <ME>!

I want to wish everyone a happy and safe weekend.

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Shame on me.....

The winner for worst blogger (me)!

Yes I have been missing in action.  I know, I know I have been a very bad bloggerista.  But I am happy to say I only have 3 more week till the end of my semester.  Thank goodness. 

Again, I have a lot of half finished projects just waiting to be finished. I've also kind of been in a crafting funk.  Too much studying is going on.  I even told theHubs that I was in a crafting funk.....his reply was "babe you deserve a break, you have too much going on right now." So that's exactly what I've been doing "breaking", lol!  Not breaking stuff just taking a break.  Don't worry the breaking is almost over.  I went to JoAnns last Friday to browse/shop.  Picked up some new thread, a couple of fat quarters for 99cents- woohoo, some fabric remnants and a new plastic box thingie to hold my bobbins.

I will try to post again soon.....I just wanted to catch you all up on what was going on.

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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

This is what's been going on in my world......

Hi everyone.....yes I'm here.  I've been so busy with school and work I haven't had time finish any of my latest project or to even write a post.  School is crazy busy....lots of studying and tests - my brain really hurts.  And work....oh my!!  Thank goodness this is a short week, plus the hubs and I are on vacation next week.  Yay!!  

I want to thank everyone for visiting and staying with me....I haven't lost anyone yet. ☺

Well here are some pics to share what I "have" been up to lately.....if you follow me on Instagram then you've probably already have seen some of them.  Sorry this post is picture heavy and some pictures are not the best.

My b-day was on 2/20 and my besties b-day was on 2/15, her gift to me was a night of painting and drinking....well not so much drinking of alcohol, more water.  We were driving separate cars so we couldn't drink. 

My gift to her was half of the "Best Friend" charm from JamesAvery, this is my half.  I had a few charms put on my bracelet this past month.  The "I♥Crafts" was from my sweet hubs.

These two charms were from my brother and his family.... "PreciousAunt" because I am the coolest auntie around and "SweetTea" because I do brew a pretty darn good batch of tea! (",) 

Yes, I got my birthday crawfish boil with all of the fixings!!  Thank you hubs they were sooooooo delish!

Here is my niece Milan at the crawfish boil.  Isn't she the cutest! She's 2 1/2 going on 18, the little diva.  

Glad to spend time with my sisters! I love them! 

and my lil "big" brother!

All the hard work in the back yard is paying off....look at all the flowers that are blooming. 
Knock out roses, dianthas, poppies, Yellow Ladybank roses and lots of other stuff too.  We are currently having our patio built, so I can't wait to be out there hosting something or just relaxing with the hubs. 

Weekend watching movies and eating icecream....could there be anything better?

Sunday morning breakfast for the hubs and I - making pancakes from scratch.....yummy!

Thanks for stopping by! 
I'm trying not to be a blog slacker, lol!!! So I'm attempting to come up with a blog schedule.  Key word "attempting".....we'll see how it works out.


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Thursday, March 14, 2013

Hey Peeeeeps!!!



I'm here.....I've just been super busy.  I'll be sure to post stuff later today and this weekend.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Tasty Tuesday - Chocolate covered strawberries & pretzel rods!

Welcome everyone...I hope you are all having a great day.
Here are some yummy treats that I made for Valentines day....but one could definitely make them at any time.  I know I'm all late with my V-day goodies, lol!

Two thumbs up from theHubs!

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Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Favorite

This is the current song that theHubs and I are really digging right now!!

Alabama Shakes - Hold On (Official Video)

Everyone have a fabulous and safe weekend!!

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

It's my party and I'll cry if I want to......

Well, today is my birthday!!  I feel like I just celebrated it last week.  I can't believe it's been a whole year already. 

Here I am.....lil ole me!!  Honestly how old do I look to you? 

I look 21 huh.....if only that were true, lol!

Is it me or what, but as I age I feel like I have no patience,  I get annoyed easily,  I get grumpy when I don't have my Sunday afternoon nap.  I forget everything - the Hubs says because my head is already full with too much information.  He's so sweet. 

  I just want to say that I am so thankful to be here and that I am able to share this day with my friends and family.  I'm thankful for the sweetest hubby in the whole wide world.  I tell him that he's lucky because I don't ask for much, even though he would gladly fulfill my every want.  This year for my birthday all I "want" are 5 things:

1.  A bicycle - yup I've been wanting a bike for a while!

2.  A darning foot for my sewing machine - I have quilts that I want to finish up with some fancy designs.

3.  Amazon gift card - $25 bucks should do it! I like to buy books for my kindle fire and since I'm a cheap-o queen I like to buy the books that are 99 cents.

4.  Since I have class tonight, I want to have a dinner date on Friday at our favorite Mexican restaurant.


5.  A crawfish boil with my friends and family this weekend. YUMMMMMM!

See....not too much right?

We'll see what happens!

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

Another gift......Tote/Baby bag

Welcome everyone....thanks for stopping by.  I want to also say hi to all my new readers glad you are here.  

Okay, here is a new tote/baby bag that I was working on.  I also made bibs and burpies but you've already seen what I can do so I won't show you them, LOL!  This gift set was for my niece.  One tote, two bibs and two burpies.  

Here are the fabrics that I used for the tote.
The pink and orange were used for the inside of the bag and the pockets.

Here is the finished product.  I just love this bag.  It's big enough for all the baby items that she will need to carry around.  A big pocket on the inside, two big pockets on the outside and a magnetic snap to close it up.

Sorry I didn't get enough pics or any of the inside.  I was in a hurry and was already walking out the door.  As you can see it was all ready to be given away.  We had to drive all the way to the other side of town.  Since Houston was hosting the NBA All-Star Game, it was a nightmare getting anywhere with all of the traffic, plus we're already dealing with construction everywhere...so you can just imagine.

We finally made it to the baby shower.  The tote and the bibs & burpies were a big hit.

Well, everyone have a fabulous week.

Linking up to the awesome parties on my party page and also to these amazing parties:

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