Monthly Archives: October 2011

Girls Weekend

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Mom came down for the weekend to celebrate the 30 year old! We had a great time – shopping, talking, laughing, arguing, painting, traveling, shopping and being together. We went to Chattanooga for a quick day trip. Such a fun city!

This picture is hilarious to me . . .

 

Me smiling, Mom trying to smile . . . Ashley not at all amused by getting up early on a Saturday to go on a road trip.

We stopped at a Winery on the drive over to TN. It was nice, and it was a beautiful day.  But, as Ashley and I are getting out of the car, we look and see Mom snacking on grapes from around the door of the winery.  Oh my. Too funny.

Of course, one of our stops on the road trips was Chattanooga Cupcakes – so yummy.  We tried key lime, strawberry, and chocolate ganache cupcakes. Oh. My. Goodness.

Ashley and I did the tourist thing and rode the “Duck” tour.  It’s an old WW2 vehicle that’s a truck, and then it goes into the water.  This smile here was taken after we were already in the water. Moments before, however, I had a mini-panic moment.  The tour guide described our descent into the river by asking the kids if they want to “let the brakes go, and go really fast!” And then he said “when we hit the water, it will feel like we hit a telephone pole, so everyone bend forward and brace yourselves.” Um, no one told this pregnant lady that was part of the deal.  I was panicked! But it really wasn’t that bad at all. I was sure enough ready to jump ship, though, if he had given me two seconds to get out!

It was a beautiful tour.  Very fun.

We had a great weekend.  Tons of eating, lunching, shopping and catching up.

The Robinson women!!

So, after a road trip, we came back home and, of course, ended up at the craft store. If you know my Mom at all, you know she is super artsy and crafty. There’s pretty much nothing she can’t make or “create.”  If you know my sister, you know she is equally crafty, she just prefers to steer clear of any pattern. And, there have been many a craft project, beaded necklace, scarf, etc. left in the “development stage” as Ashley finds other things to occupy her attention. Me? Not an artsy bone in my body. Love art. Love crafts. Love beautiful, homemade things. Just really terrible about creating them.

So, when Ashley announced that we would be purchasing art canvases “so we can all paint a painting” I was a little nervous.  It was one of those kits like the ones used at the “paint it with your friends” kind of places. I’ve always wanted to go to one of those places, so I thought, how fun would it be to just do this in our living room with Mom and the sis?

See? Theirs looks like an actual painting. Mine, not so much. My painting looked like someone had given a kindergartener a paint brush and said, “Go for it.”

You can see here that Ash is beginning to get distressed. A little too much pattern.

So, Ashley scrapes off all of her original painting, said it’s too much “following the tracing” and began squirting random paints.  And it STILL looks good. It looks like art.

Alas, in the end, Mom fixed my painting. I came home from work to find that she had painted this flower, from something she saw on the cover of a Real Simple magazine. How did she do it? She’s just Robin. That’s what Robin does. She makes any beautiful thing out of a complete mess.

Hers  . . .

So much fun! We had a great weekend.

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Celebrating Ashley style!

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We celebrated my sister Ashley’s big 3-0 with a surprise party.  Her fabulous friends Brad, Brandon and Jonathan helped throw a fun surprise.  She thought she was just coming over the their house to see the Alabama game, but instead . . . an Ashley celebration!

the birthday girl and me!

I made her favorite – caramel cake cupcakes – and a new one: Guinness cupcakes. Very yummy!

So, when my sister cries she tends to get a little vulgar. She does not like to cry. But, she sure enough DID cry at all her gifts . . . hahahaha!

Ashley had “30 gifts for 30 years” from people around the country. This was one of the most hilarious gifts, from my brother Bryan in NYC. He went to the Broadway Yard Sale and got a bunch of old headshots. But that’s not the funny part. The funny part is that he “autographed” each of them with very “Bryan” sayings. He is hilarious!

We had a great time with the birthday girl.  And her “nanny kids” surprised her too – they left this surprise in her yard! So cute!

 

A whirlwind week

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We’ve made it to 8 weeks!

This week has been a roller coaster of emotions, but the most exciting thing was seeing our baby’s heartbeat.  I’ve been in a kind of unbelief about this whole pregancy thing until that appointment. We both looked to that first ultrasound as a milestone . . . is this real?

It was so real, and wonderful, and miraculous.  Our baby was there on the screen, heart beating away, just as strong as you please. It was simply beautiful.  The doctor said everything looked good, and said, “This little one has been studying the textbook – it’s textbook perfect at this point.”  I said, “Oh, Jake, we have a little nerd! I love it!”  My doctor and nurse, who’ve been with us through this infertility journey, were so excited, and then my doctor began to dance.  She calls it her “smug dance” and I loved it!  She said she always waits until this point and then does this dance.  I don’t care. We are so thankful for her skills and expertise – she can dance on!

We left the doctor’s office and shared the news with a couple of dear people, and my sister.  And then, at home, we couldn’t stop looking at the ultrasound picture.  I am simply in amazement of what a miracle life is.

The rest of the week has been a whirlwind of drama. Still thrilled at the update on our baby, Jake and I received news that his father is in the middle of some very serious circumstances. This was very upsetting to Jake’s siblings and family. To put it simply, the relationship between Jake’s father and all four of his children has been . . . difficult. In Jake’s life, there have been extended periods of no contact from his father, years at a time.

So, the worry and concern for his father this week brought with it a wide array of emotions and conversations between his siblings. I’ve said before that Jake is the strongest man I know (like, literally, he can lift ridiculously heavy things like a refrigerator, and in the ways he handles everything in our lives- he is so strong). So, because he is that kind of man, Jake made the decision to go see his father.  It was a difficult but good thing. They got to connect, and talk briefly.  Jake got to tell his father that he has a new grandchild on the way.  I believe that was a moment of grace and hope, for both of them. I’m overwhelmed with the way this week has unfolded and how Love has worked in all of our lives.  Redeeming, wonderful Love.  Love that creates and restores and makes all things new. At this point, we don’t know what will happen with his father –  the outlook is not good.  But, we trust in that surprising, redeeming Love to makes things whole.  Even broken relationships like this.

“Finish then thy new creation, pure and spotless let us be.

Let us see thy great salvation perfectly restored in thee . . . lost in wonder, love, and praise.”

To top off the week, a totally different celebration of life: my baby sister’s 30th birthday. We always say Ash is like a tornado – she’s a whirlwind of grace, irreverence, style, laughter, and fabulousness! So, tonight we celebrate the tornado! Perfect in this whirlwind week. She has no idea that some of her ATL friends have planned a surprise party for her.  I’m SO excited.

And now I must finish the cupcakes.