Weekend Wrap Up

Good Morning!! I hope you all had a wonderful long weekend. (& if you didn’t get a long weekend, I am sorry, but hopefully your day was still nice)

Craig & I celebrated our two year anniversary yesterday! It was VERY low key- we didn’t do anything for it. We just enjoyed our time off from work and played with Gabriella. She was enjoying some extra Daddy time this weekend. 🙂


Does it get any cuter?! I mean really.

We actually ‘celebrated’ earlier. I gave Craig his gift on Wednesday only because he was having a really rough week and I knew he could use some cheering up.

This is what he came home to:


I got him the ‘new’ Ray Ban Wayfarer


and a HUGE cookie, recipe courtesy of Sally, of course. 😉


As big as a PLATE! All I did was use a 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips total, instead of the 1/4 cup of Reese’s pieces. Look at how THICK this thing was:


Insane, right?!? He LOVED it though. I had a ‘hunk’ of it too & it was DELICIOUS! That Sally, she sure does know how to make amazing recipes, can’t wait to order her cookbook!!

My hubby got me pretty good too. Friday afternoon I got a text around 5:30pm telling me that he would be late, he was super busy at work because he was catching up on stuff for the long weekend. So I went ahead & fed Gabriella dinner (we feed her solids at night before bath time and then I nurse her before bed) and gave her a bath- both of which Craig normally does when he gets home from work so that I can make dinner. We planned on having leftovers, so it actually worked out perfectly, since I didn’t need to try to entertain Gabriella as I got dinner together.

Craig got home right as I finished giving Gabriella a bath, so he got to say goodnight to her, which she LOVED. Then I fed her & rocked to to sleep. As soon as I walked out of her room, I looked down & saw a post it that said ‘I Love you H Dub.’ <—what Craig calls me because my maiden name is Williams. As I continued down the stairs there was a little path of them leading to the dining room table, with the final one saying, ‘I made dinner.’ I looked up & saw a big plate of sushi from my favorite sushi restaurant, Shari.


And three of our favorite rolls. From the left, my VERY favorite Chiquita (topped with bananas, I PROMISE it’s so good- Craig doesn’t even like bananas & he likes this roll), Drama Queen (tuna tartare) & Ceviche. (just like the appetizer, and topped with cilantro & lime juice- perfect combination of flavors) Just looking at this picture makes me want to go to Shari right this minute!

He also had some wine for us and a candle in the middle of the table- a ‘Sugar cookie’ candle- haha! I thought he was baking cookies when I walked down, totally threw me off- sneaky guy. 😉

It was such a perfect night! Since we couldn’t go out, he got it for us at home!

Saturday we spent looks of time with Gabriella, since the little lady is against sleep (she still gets up 3-4 times a night- I typically only sleep in 2 hour chunks, if that) she was up bright & early at 5am to hang out.


Shirt says it all. 😉 Craig and I also watched Django Unchained- SO GOOD!!!!

Sunday was spent at Craig’s co-worker’s house- he was having a birthday & memorial day pool party. It was a fun time, and Gabriella enjoyed the pool (she is SUCH a water baby!)- sadly we couldn’t stay for the actual cook out because the little lady was ready for bed time. But it was still nice to see everyone & socialize for a bit.

As you know, yesterday was our two year anniversary & Memorial Day!! Thanks again to all of those who serve & have served in our military- you guys ROCK! We didn’t have any plans and just hung out with our favorite girl. Best part of the day?

Watching her spend about 20 minutes trying to crawl FORWARD, not just backwards.


And we got to see her move one of her knees forward! I know, I know, you are probably like ‘really Holly, you two were excited over ONE KNEE moving forward?!’ Well, yes, yes we were. 😉 It’s a big step in Gabriella’s world. 😀

For dinner I made Shrimp Scampi, some sea scallops sprinkled with Old Bay & summer squash and zucchini.


The shrimp scampi recipe I followed is found HERE, I just halved everything- actually only cooked 3 servings of pasta, instead of four- and we probably only ate HALF of that. The recipe was really good, I think I would just add a bit more lemon to it, but overall a nice light scampi sauce, instead of some of the recipes I saw that were LOADED with butter & oil, which would kill my stomach.


A little bit of a ‘fancier’ meal for our anniversary.

We also topped off the night with some frozen yogurt and a milk shake for Craig. Can’t think of a better way to end our special day!

Anyone do anything special this past weekend??

This week I PROMISE a new workout coming your way, and I am also going to write about the status of my Crohn’s disease 6+ months after having Gabriella.

Enjoy your TUESDAY! Yay for not being Monday!!


Everything Happens For a Reason

Good Morning!

Happy Friday eve! Sorry I have been M.I.A from the blogging world. I’ve been enjoying lots of family time!!

Craig’s parents came down just to spend the week with little Miss G. They don’t get to see her often, since they are in Maryland & LOVE spending every second with her. I enjoy having them here, not only because it’s fun to watch Gabriella with them, but also because I can have some stroller free runs. 😉


Her Papanote (Craig’s Dad) can really get her laughing, she loves all of his noises.


And Gabriella just adores her Grandma, she lights up when she sees her. She really enjoyed her nightly meals being fed by Grandma too!


Craig & I were also able to have a date night last Friday. MUCH needed. We ended up going to Sushi Pop and really enjoyed it. We can recommend the Ceviche roll & PMS for dessert. (yes, it’s really called that)

Nothing like a nice date night, and the best part was that I got Gabriella to bed before we left (she went to bed around 6:45pm) and then she didn’t wake up while we were gone. The GOOD thing is that she has actually been taking a bottle (the Medela Calma– it’s the only one that works) every day- typically about an ounce- but it’s getting better every day!!! Soon enough I may be able to leave the house for longer than 4 hour chunks! Yay! We have even talked about possibly doing something for our anniversary, like go away for a night, IF she will take a bottle.


^me & my little G Marie

Craig & I were actually supposed to go to a wedding last Friday (we were going to leave Thursday) in North Carolina, but we had to cancel because Gabriella was not taking a bottle. But since we have been working with her more & more- and THANK GOODNESS we found a bottle that she likes- she is slowly coming around.

You know the saying ‘everything happens for a reason’?’ Well, I can honestly tell you that I don’t think I would have been able to go to the wedding even if she was taking a bottle. Definitely NOT because I thought she wouldn’t be well taken care of (Papanote & Grandma would have completely spoiled her….well, they did that anyways 🙂 ), but only because I personally could not have gone that long without seeing her. It would have KILLED me.


I am VERY much attached to her. Going three nights without seeing her would have been too much on me. I think MANY Moms out there can relate! 🙂 I was talking to Craig’s Mom about it too, and she completely agreed.

For now I just need that little lady in my life every second of the day! Even just spending a few hours away from her makes me miss her SO SO SO much. It’s truly amazing how much love you can have for a child. A mother’s love is like no other. It’s the best kind of love in the world!

I can’t get enough of this little raspberry blowing…


cell phone loving, drooling all over (major teething)…


precious little baby girl. ❤