Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Nashville Part Deux

Hi everybody! Guess what, I was sick again...this time strep throat. The.Worst. While I was dying in bed, I forgot that I never shared second Nashville trip of the year with you!

I love Nashville. This time we were there for 2 whole days, as opposed to one, so we got more in! My friend Mandy and I, along with Mandy's cousin and his friend who lives in the 'Ville got to see the Grand 'Ol Opry which is pretty cool. We wanted to get tickets to see Jamie Lynn Spears sing there but it was sold out. Who knew little Spears was so popular?! We also took a carriage ride around the main strip of Nashville-Broadway St. at night, which was so cool even though Bud, our horsie, kept relieving himself during the ride. We ate at some really delicious restaurants (which is always important on trips) including BBQ place I forget the name of, The Palm, Hard Rock Cafe and an Italian place that was so good I had to be rolled out of it.

We were very lucky this trip. For some reason we never had to wait at any restaurant or for a table at any of the bars. We just popped in and sat down, and for those that know Nashville, that is quite the feat on the weekends. Usually the bars are so packed, there's standing room only. But for some reason the crowds came after we did! #Blessed. My other favorite part of the trip was seeing a baby at Tin Roof Nashville wearing ear phones so she wasn't scared by the loud music. My first thought was "you have a baby... in a bar." (name that movie! Sweet Home Alabama) Buttt then I stopped judging and realized that this lady was just starting her nugget on Nashville's amazingness at a young age. I would not put this sort of parenting past myself when I decide to procreate.

 The last part of the trip was forced upon us by my friend Mandy that is a Kindergarten teacher. She wanted to see Abraham Lincoln's birthplace in no whereville, Kentucky so we took an excursion on the way home. It was interesting but I'm glad we kept it short since it was hot and I am more of a George Washington fan myself. All in all our trip was pretty darn amazing. Till next time Nashville!

Couldn't of said it better myself.

Miss Man Man and I at Rippy's w/ Bridgestone Arena in the background

Grand Ol' Opry guitar

The crew at The Stage

There it is folks.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

She's 5!

    As many of you know, I am a very proud aunt. My first (and only, to date) niece came into the world almost five years ago on July 31, 2009. She was a highly anticipated baby because she was the first grandchild for my parents and niece/nephew for my brother and I. I remember being at the hospital the day she was born waiting for Lexi (who goes by the formal "Alexis" at school). I remember my mom came running out of the OR screaming, "SHE'S BEAUTIFUL!" and indeed she was. She was so small, so innocent, so sweet...and she is to this day.

Lexi, one or two days old

     When I was in grad school, Lexi and I would Skype. I would always be so excited to come home to see my little bundle. When she started to talk, she started bossing me around a little bit, but I used to do that to her mom (my big sister) when I was a nugget too. Since I moved back to town, I have enjoyed watching Lexi grow up. She is the smartest little thing in the world and she's cuter than any other almost-Kindergartner. She has a tendency to be theatric, like her aunt, so we get along great. She finds happiness and joy in everything, which inspires me to do the same. She is imaginative and creative, and loves learning new things every day. She has lots of friends at school and adores her little brother Eli. This past Saturday, we had a "friends" birthday party for Lexi and we all had a blast.   Lexi's friends partied like it was 2009 again and even did a slip and slide that I wanted to go on but apparently I was "too old". Eli and Zack, my nephews, had a great time running around chasing Lexi's lady friends. I have some pictures of this below!

 In like a week when you can read this blog post in full, Alexis Danielle Mendelsohn, I wish you a very happy 5th birthday tomorrow. I love you more than life itself, and having you in my life constantly makes me want to be a better person so I can be a good role model for you. You have made my sister and Ben happier than they ever have been. You bring joy to your little brother Eli, "Cousin Zack", your grandparents, your aunt Liz and Uncle Jeremy, your doggie Kramer, your teachers, Paula, Lilly P., your friends, random waitresses and waiters at restaurants and of course, your aunt Mer Mer. Thank you for inspiring me to find the awe in the world around me. Thank you for being the first of three little babies that I love so dearly. Thank you for being you, sweet girl.
Carseat selfies

The birthday girl!

Bathing suit cuties

Lexi, her brother Eli and cousin Zack

Blowing out her candles

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Lauren's Shower/Bachelorette Weekend!

Hi everyone! Even though it was about a month ago, we had a celebration for my good friend Lauren who is getting married in September! Though Laur is from Chicago, we celebrated both events here in Cincinnati. The shower was put on by Lauren's many aunts and it was a "Paris" theme. The food was great and it was very festively decorated! We played games about what were some things that described Lauren and then her fiancé Mark. I did pretty well at the game and won a pretty candy dish for my coffee table. There is nothing I love more than winning prizes at things.

After the shower, we had a break, gave Lauren her Bachelorette gifts and then went to Via Vite in Cincinnati to eat an Italian dinner, as Lauren is a strong Italian woman. We then romped around the raging metropolis of Cinci creating havoc at local night clubs. (Joke). Enjoy some of the pictures!

Laur at her shower.

Mama Hack helping Lauren open gifts

Night shorts-always a good idea.

The group!

Rooftop Bar @ 21C, I believe this is a yellow penguin.

Lauren dancing with a guy I know from Miami-Cincinnati is a not-small world.