With Our Family

st. patrick’s day treat

I know we’re still a few days away from St. Patrick’s Day, but I had to finish these early so they make it in the mail to my favorite little leprechauns {also known as, my nephews and nieces}!

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Every so often, I try to send things {usually candy} in the mail to family.  I love getting things in the mail {as told here} – but even more than that – I love getting videos of my nephews and nieces opening surprises in the mail, while their parents usually comment on the excessive amounts of sugar the children hold in their hands. What else are aunts and uncles for? 🙂

I saw the idea of a “rainbow seeds” a few weeks ago on Pinterest and decided to create some of my own.  Once I finished creating the label, I printed on cardstock, folded down the middle, and secured it to a snack size ziploc bag of rainbow seeds {chewy sweet tarts}.  A sweet, colorful, inexpensive treat from Aunt Rachel & Uncle Gary {which hopefully they will remember for and ever when asked who is their favorite}!

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Do you send surprises in the mail?

With Our Family

40 hours in macon

This past Thursday I made a quick trip to Macon {where most of my family lives} and like any quick trip to see 20 people, it was busy!

On Friday night I got to celebrate my niece Addie’s first birthday!  This little girl loves seeing herself in the camera, and I love seeing her love herself in the camera!

Addie Selfie

After carb-loading on pizza Friday night, some of us woke up Saturday morning for a 5k.  Clearly, we were the top five finishers.

Finish Line

And a 5k with family wouldn’t be complete without a post-run trip to Starbucks. {photo not included but just imagine a beautiful caramel macchiato’s with two of my four sisters} #TreatYoSelf

Before I drove back home on Saturday afternoon, the stars aligned and I got to see Sara! Sara and I worked together my last year in Macon, and although it was only a year, it was a big year in my life {dating G, engagement, wedding planning} and Sara was a “fabulous” friend through all that chaos.  This was the first time we’ve been able to see each other since July – and bonus – this was the first time to see her since her and her husband announced they were pregnant!


I love weekends like this 🙂 Thankful for family and friends that make life so sweet!

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our first overnight guest

Yay for a visit with family that didn’t require US being in the car {another bonus to being back in Georgia}!

On Saturday we welcomed our first overnight guest into our home – my baby sister, Ruthie!

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Ruthie made her debut here on Saturday and stayed until this morning – after we visited Starbucks, of course.

It was a low-key weekend {except for almost getting in a fight with a stranger at The Apple Store 🙂 } and fun sharing our new little world with her.  Saturday night we enjoyed dinner at Farmhaus Burgers in downtown Augusta, which didn’t disappoint in taste or atmosphere.  Yesterday we spent the morning at church, out to lunch, and here at the house baking cookies and watching the Golden Globes. We are a party for sure 🙂

Thanks for being our first visitor, Ruch! ps – we’ll try to have an actual bed ready for your next visit 😉

How did you spend your weekend?