Cabrewing

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Saturday was my very first time to leave Luna ALL day and even though it was so so hard, it was good and needed. I joined a bunch of friends (our 6 house guests plus 80 others),for the 5th annual Cabrew Fest on the Harpeth River. I’ve been either out of the country, in another state or pregnant every year so it was my first one to attend. I was very close to making an excuse to stay home with Luna but thankfully Husband convinced me to take the day off.

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Cabrew Fest is just a huge group of people taking their time rowing slowly down the river, having some drinks, chillin’ and basically having a party on the river. We took a two-hour trip that took seven hours to complete. Husband and I typically do everything fast and furiously so it was kind of nice to just take our time, stop on many riverbanks, eat and hangout (minus the whole not being able to pump/engorgement problem).

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I don’t know how we could be so exhausted from barely paddling and relaxing in a boat all day, but that night we had just enough energy to eat and play a couple rounds of taboo before passing out.

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Luna ended up having a wonderful day full of naps, Starbucks and walks through the park. Separation was much harder on me than her! Luckily I get to take her with me most places.

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So far our summer has been pretty perfect! Hope you all have a great holiday weekend!

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cheers!

Our Newest Family Member

Ladies and Gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to our newest little love…

meet duckie

 

Duckie (full name Duck River) had a very sad start, but seems to have hit the jackpot this week. While canoeing and setting up the bachelor party on Duck River this weekend we found dear Duckie. Uncle Michael actually heard a screaming sound coming from the bank right after we passed a big bridge. After pulling to the side, Duckie was found screeching and crying while hiding and hanging onto some large rocks.

It took some team work and some pretzel and cheese snacks, but we managed to catch her, wrap her in my sweater and safely hold her in the boat. Her chin and nose were scraped, her front left paw was cut badly, she was skin and bones and her tail had been cut off. We are 99% sure someone tossed her off the side of the bridge.

Riding in the boat, wrapped in my sweater
Riding in the boat, wrapped in my sweater
Getting ready to snack on some cheese and pretzels
\ Getting ready to snack on some cheese and pretzels

The very nice people at Higher Pursuits Canoe Rental gave us a box, a shirt to use as a blanket and even some cat food to take home.

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Duckie enjoying her first real meal in a while.
Duckie enjoying her first real meal in a while.

Duckie was so scared and skiddish the first 5 minutes, but ever since we gave her a little love she has been a lover and a cuddle bug. She loves to sleep on everyone’s chest and purrs as loud as a motor.

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Sunday morning marked our first vet appointment. Once again, Duckie was surprisingly calm and well-behaved.  The doctor performed every test imaginable, and besides the scrapes, bumps and a few ear mites she is pretty healthy. After a round of antibiotics and a lot of food (she barely weighs over a pound!), she’ll be good as new!

Cuddling up and getting ready for the doc to come in
Cuddling up and getting ready for the doc to come in
Duckie's first vet appointment
Duckie’s first vet appointment

Now, I know what you are all wondering…how did Husband respond? Weellllll, I did not plan on telling him until after the bachelor party weekend, but the workers at Higher Pursuit spilled the beans. However, after hearing Duckie’s story, Husband couldn’t say no. In fact, he seems very happy to have a cat when he is sleeping with the cat on his chest all night.

And, what you should be asking is…how did Belle respond? Belle is curious. She attempts playing with the kitten. She sniffs her butt, follows her, gives her the evil eye and acts a little scared. The cat is not even the slightest bit scared of Belle. In fact, she often tries to cuddle up next to Belle, but Belle just looks away and pretends like the cat doesn’t exist. I think it’s good practice for her before there’s a human baby here.

Sad Belle, she's not the center of attention anymore.
Sad Belle, she’s not the center of attention anymore.
Belle pretending she doesn't see a cat in the bad.
Belle pretending she doesn’t see a cat in the bad.
She's exhausted from all the changes.
She’s exhausted from all the changes.

Duckie is quickly becoming a spoiled pet cat. She already sleeps with us and does basically whatever she wants around the house. Our family seems to be growing quickly and we are excited to find out more about the baby next week!

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Cheers!

I Threw a Bachelor Party

Hello there. I have an entire list of excuses for not writing (this seems to be a trend for this pregnant gal), but lets skip the excuses and go straight to the “I’m sorry!”.  I’ve been in a bit of a funk, but that’s for another post. Today is about waking up early, drinking a cup of coffee (yup that’s right, baby likes a little caffeine in the morning…so does Mommy) and writing. I’m getting back into the swing of things. I am. I am. I am. I am.

Over the weekend, Husband through a bachelor party for one of his very best friends. This particular best friend is a low-key, wedding in the backyard, live in a tent, relax and enjoy life kind of guy. He is not the typical bachelor and therefore would not want a typical bachelor party. Husband, being the awesome guy friend that he is decided a bachelor party-adventure was the way to go. His plan was to take a small group of guys on canoe trip that involved some sort of scavenger hunt expedition, BUT he did not want to do the planning.

Husband wasn’t being lazy, he just wanted to be able to participate in the festivities. So, the decision was made that Dad-in-law and I would be the masterminds behind the great day of boy’s fun. Here’s how it all began…

Husband found this video of the best bachelor party ever, watch it!

Doesn’t it look amazing? And, isn’t it so sweet how these men are all such good friends to each other? They went to great lengths to make sure their soon-to-be-married buddy had the time of his life. Did you get a little teary-eyed too? Or is it just my damn pregnancy hormones?

Anyways, we did not have as much time, resources or people as this video, but we used it as a baseline for our plans. Saturday morning here began with Husband, myself, and the fiance sneaking out of the house at 6:30am. (Did I mention they bachelor and his fiance are living with us this month?) The fiance and I left with a few others to head to the river. Husband met up with his other BFF’s to prepare for the bachelor’s arrival. At the house, we had an entire adventure set up just for the Bachelor… (Husband helped plan this part.)

His alarm goes off at 8am. He woke to an empty house and found a note that lead him to a hidden iPod. iPod began playing directions for how to get through the house with very specific rules to follow. One of my favorite directions was to climb on the roof where he found a bag containing his outfit for the day (a very small short tanktop with “bachelor” painted across the front, and a matching neon pink headband. After finding clues in our loft, garage and crawl space he ended in the woods behind our house where he found a bike and was told to ride it down our street. His friends were waiting for him in the car at this point. (If only someone was taking pictures!)

Meanwhile, Dad-in-law, myself, fiance, Grandpa and Uncle Michael drove to Duck River*. Our plan was to set 10 challenges along the river. We started by tying bright pink flagging to a branch hanging over the water to mark each challenge/clue.

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When the boys spotted a flag they knew to pullover and look for a clue/directions. Near each flag (maybe in a crack, maybe in a branch, maybe in a bush) was an envelope holding the rules and often a large zip-loc containing supplies. After completing each challenge, another envelope would be opened to reveal the prize/punishment for winning/losing the challenge.

All the liquor I supplied for the games.
All the liquor I supplied for the games.

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Confused? Just imagine setting this up. I actually made all the clues until little rhyming riddles. I was so clever and funny…until about the 5th clue. By the end I was just writing do this and win this.

A few examples of our awesome games?

-Be the first boy to find and capture the flag at the top of a nearby tree. The winner of this challenge got to take the paddle from any opponent.

-Be the first to find “hidden treasure” 10 feet out into the water. The treasure was a bag with four mini-liquor bottles. The winner got to divvy them up.

-Build a popsicle motor boat (popsicle sticks, super glue and rubber bands were provided) with a team mate. The team with the slowest boat has to pull the winner’s boat.

Etc. Etc. They had to stack rocks, race, flip each other’s boats, play basketball, drink too many little bottles of liquor and basically act like themselves. We hid lunch at one of their flags, provided snacks and drinks and did everything we possibly could to make this party successful. I was so nervous that they would miss the flags or that someone else on the river would find our supplies, but everything worked out perfectly!

They took 6 hours to complete the expedition and when they arrived home the house was full of chips, dip, beer, moonshine, Monster energy drinks, pizza, video games and no girlfriends, wives, fiance’s or pets to bother them.

I stayed at my in-laws that night and got a call from Husband at 11pm. I answered by saying “Well, I’m surprised to hear from you!” After all, he was hosting his best friend’s bachelor party. I wasn’t exactly expecting a call. He told me he just really loved me and wanted to thank me for helping make the party so awesome. I couldn’t stop smiling. He then followed with….”I am very intoxicated.”

I think my first bachelor party planning was a success. Only 4 days until the beautiful wedding!

Oh, AND, we found a little something special while setting up the events…

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Cheers!

*This was my first time on Duck River and we rented boats from a Higher PursuitsI am telling you this because they were by far the nicest, friendliest, most informative company we have ever rented from. They felt like friends and were able to help us in numerous ways. I loved them, if you ever plan on floating down Duck River, you should definitely rent your gear from the awesome people at Higher Pursuits.

They even have a nice dog named Sweetie!
They even have a nice dog named Sweetie!