Sunday, September 15, 2013

The Grand Finale

As of today, I have officially been unemployed or "retired" for almost two weeks. That being said, I thought I would take some time and reminisce about some of the trips I was able to through work.

I'll start with the most recent trip (aka The Grand Finale)... Paris!

I went to Madrid for work, but a few of my co-workers and I decided  it would be a good idea to stop in Paris on our way home for a long weekend. We made a wise choice!

After catching an EXTREMELY early flight from Madrid, we arrived in Paris. All we could think about was getting to our hotel and taking a nap. Unfortunately... this was not possible. When we arrived at our hotel, we were told our room was under construction, so we would need to stay down the road.

Let me preface by saying Abby, Stephanie and I had decided to get a room with a double bed and a couch to share instead of getting two rooms - to save a few bucks.  This would have worked out perfectly if we were in the original hotel, but... our new Hotel Paris Paix was TINY - big enough to fit a double bed and that was IT.

Objects in picture are smaller than they appear
After one night of cramming three girls in to a double bed, we decided to research other options. We ended up renting a spacious apartment near the Eiffel Tower from It was perfect!

After we dropped our bags off at the hotel, we decided to grab a cappuchino and croissant. We couldn't have picked a better/cuter/more Parisian place if we tried. It definitely got the trip started off on the right foot!

Our first day we did some sightseeing and shopping and ended the day with dinner in the park overlooking the Eiffel Tower.

We did more sightseeing on day two, but the HIGHLIGHT of my day was going to RALPH'S. It is the CUTEST little cafe owned by Ralph Lauren. So, of course, we had to stop in for a glass of wine!

Love Lock Bridge

Notre Dame

Drinking St. Germain in St. Germain!

On our third and final day in Paris, we had breakfast on Rue Cler, drank wine in The Tuileries, had the world's best hot chocolate & macaroons from Angelina's and capped off the trip with another dinner at The Eiffel Tower.

 I LOVED the little cafe where we ate on Rue Cler. They had chalkboard menus, rustic tables/chairs and had fuzzy blankets in case we got cold!

Rue Cler Flowers

Rue Cler Fruit Stand

Macaroons at Angelina's

"I left my heart in Paris"

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Week 17 & 18

Here are my bump updates from week 17 & 18!

17 Weeks: Baby is the size of an ONION!

18 Weeks: Baby is the size of a SWEET POTATO!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Week 16

Baby Gries and I spent week 16 at the beach...

This week I broke down and got a body pillow to help me sleep, since I can't sleep on my stomach or back. I've only had it one day and it's already changed my life. I have a feeling we will be bffs for the next 6 months!

Week 16: Baby is the size of an AVOCADO!

Off to the Beach

Every summer, we go to North Carolina (The Outer Banks to be specific) with Jeff's family. His dad rents a beach house, and the whole fam (all 16 of us) head out for a week of fun, relaxation, sun - and hopefully no hurricanes.

This annual trip will always hold a special place in my heart... it was 4 years ago on the beach in N.C. that Jeff proposed!

Here are a few pics to recap the vacay...

1st stop: Grocery Store
One thing for sure... we did not go hungry!



The whole fam

We spent the week:
Playing games (headbands)
Eating Sno Balls... and tracking down Marshmellow cream
Cheering on the boys in softball
Watching movies
Relaxing by the pool/beach

Until next year...

Week 14 & 15

Week 14: Baby is the size of a LEMON!

Week 15: Baby is the size of an ORANGE!

I am a little late on posting these, but here are the bump pics at weeks 14 and 15. Still feeling great - just looking a little more pregnant at this point!