Merry Christmas, you wonderful old Building and Loan!

How are there only 4 more days until Christmas?!

It is hard to believe that at this time last year I was 6 months pregnant and now (fast-forwarding to this year) I have a 9 month old baby! Bryan and I are so excited for Lucy’s first Christmas! We are looking forward to spending time with our family, all of the delicious holiday meals, and even though Lucy doesn’t understand much this year – she is just the perfect age to be showing interest in toys. It also doesn’t hurt that we will be off work through the new year, which will mean so much more time with our sweet girl.

I must admit, the past two years I have been a slacker on decorating for Christmas. Last year we set up only the tree (no decorations), and two years ago we didn’t even put up the tree. It’s not even that I was a Grinch about it all, per se, I just ran out of the time and energy. I know, I know, no excuses! This year and hopefully every year going forward, I knew the slacking had to stop and I finally decorated the house for Christmas again. It’s a Wonderful Life is not JUST my favorite Christmas movie, but my favorite movie movie, and it played as inspiration for part of my Christmas decorating this year. I also had the cutest little photo subjects to snap some photos of in front of our tree, enjoy!

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Wishing you all a VERY Merry Christmas and a beautiful New Year!

love & lots of whit – jen xo

 

 

Happy Halloween from the Ricardo’s

“He’s baba’d his last lu!”– Lucy Ricardo

Dressing up for halloween has ALWAYS been a highlight in our family. When my brother, sister, and I were young, our Dad made us our costumes by hand and he would take us out trick-or-treating till the last porch light in the neighborhood went off. Over the years, i’ve tried to think up fun and creative costumes for myself (i’ll admit there were definitely some dud years: last minute cowgirl anyone?). Ever since our frenchie, Rooney, joined our family, it has been customary that he and I have costumes that go together and this year was no exception:

Now this year someone else joined the family – and let me tell you, the thoughts and anxiety of: “WHAT WILL LUCY BE FOR HER FIRST HALLOWEEN???!” hit me as far back as mid-June. It turned out her costume came naturally to her…from her name, to her red hair, baby Lucy was the inspiration behind our family costume! This year I am proud to say that I will carry out my dad’s halloween spirit in my own family – check out the adorable mini Lucy and Rooney Ricardo!

Rooney’s adorable suit and tie was from Petoga Couture and his Ricky Ricardo style hat was found on amazon. I made his little bongo drum out of a cardboard flower pot and a canvas bag. Lucy’s sweet “I Love Lucy” dress and my matching apron (below) was purchased from LoverDoversClothing.

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Now on to some more fun! Since Bryan and I’s halloween celebrations consist of changing diapers, putting a baby to bed by 7:30, and diving into the bags of halloween candy that are supposed to be for trick-or-treaters, I was able to really admire what creative friends/family I have! I want to highlight my favorite halloween costumes that I saw over the weekend and today from some of my favorite people! Enjoy!

Groups/Couples

Sesame Street Martians: Aka the Yip-Yips

SO lets just start out strong. This is by far my FAV group costume ever. My friend Ashley (the blue yip-yip in case you couldnt tell ha!) goes all out with her costume on halloween, so much in fact that I look forward to her costume every single year. This year was definitely not a let down, I present the Martians…BONUS: watch them in action in the video below!

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Hey Arnold and Helga G. Pataki

Our friends Danielle & Dillon are the first of the awesome couple costumes I want to highlight. The cardboard head, locket, pigtails, and that unibrow of perfection makes this such an amazing costume!

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Marv & Harry from Home Alone: Aka The Wet Bandits

Next on the awesome duo costume, my friend Jess and her friend Chantal knock their Marv and Harry from home alone costume out of the park! The details are spot on, from the feathers to the awesome iron imprint on Harry’s face!

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Wayne and Garth: Waynes World

Another couple whose costume I always look forward to our are friends Tim & Chelsea. This year’s Wayne’s World get-up was totallyyy tubular! Party on, Garth! Party on, Wayne!

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Kids/Family

Baby Bee

Little Jasmine is making the cutie-pie meter go off through the roof in her sweet bumble bee costume. Jasmine is celebrating her very FIRST halloween and couldn’t be more beeeee-autiful in her costume!

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Paul Revere, Hollywood Starlet, and a member of the Rockford Peaches

Hello there adorable neices and nephew of mine! These three cutie’s always go all out with their costumes! From the adorable lantern and tri-cornered hat, the satin gloves and sparkly dress, and the amazing League of their Own uniform, these kids (and their super crafty/creative mom) always have the perfect accessories and costumes!

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The Cast of Little Red Riding Hood

Remember how I said my sister, brother, and I always went all out on Halloween when our dad took us out trick-or-treating? Well, my sister has been carrying on the tradition with her family for years now and this year her whole family looked as if they came straight out of a fairytale with their adorable Little Red Riding Hood costumes. Is that not the most fierce Big Bad Wolf you have ever seen and the sweetest Little Red Riding Hood? Melting.

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Raggedy Ann

Can you spot the real baby? Another first halloween for this sweet little rag-doll, Cora. Cora’s mommy and daddy are OBSESSED with halloween and always do-it-up with their own costumes and house decorations. Baby Cora is in for a lifetime full of great costumes, that is for sure!

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The WINNER of Halloween

Girl with the Pearl Earring

Remember my post about having some amazingly talented classmates in art school? Audrey has won halloween. When I was scrolling through my feed I almost skipped past this photo thinking it was an actual painting! Audrey, who is an incredible fine artist and graphic artist, was able to so perfectly transform herself into Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting of the Girl with the Pearl Earring. Prepare to be amazed…

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And with that, I bid you all a Happy Halloween! Tonight we plan on passing out candy to the neighborhood kids and/or eating all of the rest of the candy we bought for them. Hope you all have a spooktacular and safe halloween night!

love & lots of whit – jen xo

 

Our Little Pumpkin

‘Tis the season, fa la la la, FALL!

Bring on the perfect weather, pumpkin spice everything, and autumnal decor. As you can see below, the house is slowly but surely making its way to the orange spectrum. Even Rooney is getting into the spirit with his pumpkin sweater!

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It’s hard to believe that this time last year, I was sporting a little pumpkin growing in my belly, and this year that little pumpkin is sitting up all on her own and calling me Mama! Another perk of fall is the constant reminder to stop and think about what you are thankful for, and this year my thankful meter is going off through the roof! Lucy is our absolute JOY and I hope these sweet little pumpkin pictures below bring you some joy as well! Happy fall, ya’ll!

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love & lots of whit – jen xo

We Love Lucy

This past weekend I attended my one-of-a-kind, extraordinary, family- and friends-filled, I Love Lucy themed, baby shower!

This past weekend I attended my one-of-a-kind, extraordinary, family- and friends-filled, I Love Lucy themed, baby shower! Together, my sister, mother, and mother-in-law (with help from other family members) planned the best shower I could have ever imagined. As you may remember in our name-revealing post, Bryan and I are naming our daughter-to-be, Lucy. Using one of my favorite TV shows, I Love Lucy, as the inspiration behind the baby showers theme was a no brainer! The creativity my family had in executing the theme was represented perfectly in the décor, games, and food.

The favors at the shower were grape juice and chocolates which go hand-in-hand with two of the most popular I Love Lucy episodes, ‘Job Switching’ and ‘Lucy’s Italian Movie’. There was a game to take the most creative Instagram photo using one of many photo props such as a chocolate conveyor belt, a grape stomping tub, and an insert your face here baby that my sister painted! In addition, there was a banner that hung over the main entry way which said “We’re having a baby, my baby and me” and throughout the rest of the space the lyrics to the full song that was sang by Ricky to Lucy on the ‘Lucy is Enceinte’ episode were displayed.

Even the food played on the I Love Lucy theme with the adorable punch bowl with the “Vitameatavegamin” signage from the episode ‘Lucy Does a TV Commercial’. Various finger foods were set up for guests to enjoy as well as an adorably pink cake and heart shaped cookies.

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Just call us Lucy & Ethel!
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A preview of what Lucy is going to look like if she takes after her Daddy…

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Adorable diaper cake made by my sister-in-law!

My fabulous shower planners came up with a ton of great shower game ideas which you will see some of pictured below! They were original and I hadn’t ever seen any of them done before. My FAVORITE game was one that required each guest to make a baby out of Play-Doh. Near the end of the shower I was tasked with choosing my top two favorite Play-Doh babies! Another game was called “Tinkle in the Pot” which simulated being pregnant. Guests had to hold a balloon in front of their belly, place a ping-pong ball between their knees (to create a waddle), and then rush to a jar placed on the ground as fast as possible to drop the ball. Let’s just say I was a pro at this game because I waddle daily! There was also a calendar displayed on the wall where guests had to guess the date, time, weight, and length of baby-to-be (details on who wins that game will be decided once Lucy decides to show up)! At one point during the shower for another game, each guest was given a sign with a photo of young Bryan and young Jennifer on each side and asked questions to determine “What Kid Was It?” Our mom’s came up with a lot of great memories about each of us that stumped many of the guests!

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“Tinkle in the Pot” Game

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This kid poured a full baby powder bottle into their crib and covered themselves from head to toe.
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This kid’s first word ever was “clock”.

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Here is where I THANK EVERYONE again that made it to the shower and made me, Bryan, and Lucy feel so LOVED. Between the words of wisdom and advice, the adorable books that helped to build Lucy’s library, the mountain of gifts, and the genuine excitement and support from our family and friends – our little growing family could not feel more blessed. To anyone who was not able to attend or who we were unable to invite, we also thank all of you for your kind words as we have started this journey into parenthood.

Lastly, the loudest THANK YOU to my sister, mom, and mother-in-law, grandma, dad, step-dad(s), step-mom, brother and anyone else I am missing, who all came together to put this shower together. The memories from the day will live on forever and I cannot wait for Lucy to have you all in her life!

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My mom, sister, and I
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Bryan and Grandma

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love & lots of whit – jen xo

What’s in a Name?

Ever since I was young I knew that If I was having a daughter, I was naming her…

Lucy /lucy/ [2 sylls.] as a girls’ name is pronounced LOO-see. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Lucy is “light”.

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Adorable burlap banner from: The Glittered Barn

Ever since I was young I knew that If I was having a daughter, I was naming her Lucy . Bryan and I were blessed with the news that we were having a little girl and baby Lucy became a reality. There is just something so pure and sweet with the name and luckily Bryan was on board too. We are going to hold off on sharing her middle name until she is born to have at least one surprise left!

The name is playing a big role in our upcoming baby shower. Once the invites were sent out, I knew that the name would no longer be a secret – so now I can finally share it with everyone else! As you can see below in the invitations I designed, the name Lucy is inspired by one of my favorite actresses, Lucille Ball. The location and RSVP information has been changed for privacy purposes, but if you are an “I Love Lucy” buff you will notice the location is Lucy & Ricky’s street address in the television show and the phone number includes the NY area code followed by our little one’s due date. The front artwork on the separate card that accompanied the shower invite was purchased from CozyReverie‘s Etsy shop and I incorporated the colors and design elements throughout the rest of the invitation.

Baby Shower Invite

love & lots of whit – jen xo