Monday, April 30, 2018

Showered with Magic

My sweet colleagues at the university decided to throw me a baby shower last week, and I have to tell you, it was pretty magical


It was Harry Potter themed! 




The Harry Potter books are a treasured favorite. You can read about how me and Jess came to love Rowling's world of wizardry here. The theme of the shower was a total surprise, but it just goes to show how well my coworkers have come to know me!


Don't you just love these golden chocolate snitches...


The Ollivander pretzel wands...


And the polyjuice potion punch...?


My husband was able to join us for the party on his lunch break. We were so overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of everyone who came out to help us celebrate.


And I think we've decided on a school for the little one... ( ;


~Nel  

Monday, April 23, 2018

A Special Visit

Recently, I had a couple very special visitors fly all the way across the country to see me!



We had so much fun over the course of the week. I made reservations at a charming little tea shop in my neighborhood. Tea for three, please.



And we took a day trip to Savannah, where we admired the twisty Southern trees and wispy Spanish moss...




...drooled over sweet treats...





...and made ourselves comfortable in the historic homes. Can you spot Traveling Teddy?




The next morning, we grabbed a couple hot drinks at the Coffee Fox and took a stroll down the picturesque Jones Street.




We stopped at Forsyth Park for a quick photo shoot...



...and then made our way to the Book Lady to browse the stacks. 



It was raining back at home, so we spent the next day in jammies snuggled up with our books.


To cap off the trip, we had a big Cajun dinner complete with gumbo, jambalaya, étouffée, fried chicken, boudin balls, and jalapeno cornbread!


We don't get too many visitors out here in Georgia, so it was wonderful to spend the week with my sister and little Goddaughter.   


And I know this is just the first of many adventures to come for our baby traveler in training! 


~ Nel

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Happy Easter!

I've been working with the Easter Bunny this year.


Shhh...Don't tell my husband


or Baby Francesca. ;-)



Wishing you a blessed Easter, friends.


~Jess

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Weekend Wanderings


We made a trip to visit family this past weekend.


We did a little shopping and a lot of visiting.


I loved these flowers made of tissues in the storefront. It gave me a little inspiration for planning Nel's baby shower decor. 


The trees are blossoming here, and I can tell spring is right around the corner.


~Jess

Monday, March 5, 2018

Think Pink

Maybe it's just that spring is in the air, but I've been thinking a lot about pink lately. 


It's such a pretty color, whether it's in the blossoms that signal the start of a new season... 



...or in your favorite dessert.



Pink seems to pop up everywhere I look these days. Like this pink porcelain tea cup...


or this pretty pink scarf.



Aren't these little pink ballet slippers darling?



Okay, so maybe there's another reason why I'm noticing so much pink lately...


We're having a girl!


I couldn't be more thrilled. Last year, the three girls at Red Rose Alley became four...and this year we'll become five. Here's a pink cupcake for you to help us celebrate!


~ Nel