Stump Free since..... April 29, 2012.

Remember these guys?

And then we got them down to these guys?

With the help of Papa Donnelly, a truck, and a chain....

We freed stump #1 easily!

 Stump #2 was a little more tricky..

He needed a little push.

Some more pedal power.

Tying it a little higher.

And success!

And now, for the final reveal!

Tada! A dirt patch! And a mighty fine looking one indeed. If next weekend holds out with the rain, we may have some planting to do!

So again.


Oh yes! We do have windows in the sunroom! 


The buzzzzz.

 As many of you know, I've been busy preparing for my older sister's baby shower since February. Above, you can see the invitations I created and sent out. We had a good number of family & friends come out for Kelly. Today, I'll show you the before the scenes party preparations.

My family (& myself) are not really into games as much - we like to drink, chat, catch up, and eat. But I did sneak in a little game if anyone wanted to do it...Aunt Theri was the only one to actually do it which is OK by me. It's still cute...

It was an I-SPY game where you use the card to take pictures of the items listed. Then you can keep them or send them to me and I could make a book for Kel from them. I think if used next time, I'd just set a camera there so people can use that one camera to take the pictures if they wanted to play. Though I bet in a few years, everyone will have an IPHONE which will just make it easier.

 The "Mommy to Bee" got her special rocking chair seat, front & center.

On the side table when you come in, I had the party favors with a sign as well as a "wear-your-guess" game.

The favors were made by Mrs. Karen Spina & Myself and were lemon nail & hand butter. Delicious smelling.

 A lot of people waited until the Mommy was there to make their guess (to see how she was carrying.) I  think we have a split vote.

The center table in the dining room was the gift table which later turned into the dessert table. I made the handing bee "garland" & the diaper cake was the center piece.

Behind the gifts were the onesies I embroidered. Cute. (More on that process at another time).

The diaper cake was made by the April Heisey. It is the cutest thing on the planet. Seriously.

She even printed a list of what is in it so you don't have to open it up and ruin the cuteness.

 And if you are interested and need one, here's a shout out.

A last minute addition to the gift table was an envelope basket that was Britt's from when she was a babe. I actually want to keep it...

I had gotten flowers and handmade a few recycled vases/starbucks bottles/pasta sauce jars to add some flair.

Of course, I just "had" to make menus. Dinner was awesome - and Uncle Ed's baked mac & cheese was as good as promised! (and even more!) 

We had a ton of yummy desserts (and baggies to take some home which many did). Thank you to Karen for the delicious Lemon-Blueberry Cakes (heaven!!) & to Mary Grace for the cookie selection! (Baby Noah will be a cookie connoisseur for sure)  

 We had plenty of options for drinks. My favorite was the bee-hive lemonade.

Overall, it was a successful event & one I was proud of completing. More on the actual party later - though I have to admit, I don't have a lot of pictures because I was also filming with Mom's video camera at the same time - a jack of all trades if you will.

Oh, and I still think it's a boy.