Saturday, October 10, 2020
So we have been receiving quite a few requests asking about Baby E's registry; so I figured I would make it (hopefully) easier by posting all the links here!
I created a bablist registry that actually contains all of our other registries inside one- it is super cool because it actually lists multiple places you can purchase the item and the list of various prices! Most of our items are registered at BuyBuyBaby and Amazon. If you click the Amazon registry it will take you directly to our Amazon link, same with the BuyBuyBaby link! Both actual registry links will contain more items than on the babylist website- because I wanted to post the larger/more expensive items on the babylist for everyone to see..
Babylist website; other registries on the site!
Example of pricing and locations to buy
I also opted for group gifting! If you wish to contribute towards a certain item, please visit the actual registry it is listed on, either BuyBuyBaby or Amazon to finish that process. You can also send them directly to us if you are unable to make it to the shower or want to give sooner, our address is linked to all registries!
I did not really put diapers, wipes or clothing on the registries because I kinda figured that is a no brainer? Please feel free to buy whatever sizes in any of those items you wish! We are using the Pampers Brand for diapers and wipes!
If this does not make sense or you have questions, please reach out to me or Eric!!
Thanks in advance for all the love for Baby E ! We love you all!!!
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
|Photo credit: Heywood Hospital|
Saturday, February 1, 2020
This post is very near and dear to my heart. I know this person won't be expecting a post about them, but I think they totally deserve this recognition.
Some/most of you who know me in person have either met or heard of this person in my life, because I am obsessed with them..
Everyone, meet the most caring man ever, my boyfriend, and my future, Eric James Ickes Jr.
Some things you may not know about Eric and I; we have been dating for a little while. We met while we both worked at the mall. Our love story is quiet the story. But I am going to tell it briefly and just tell the world how special Eric is to me.
I remember the first day I saw Eric. I worked at Sunglass Hut in the mall at the time, and as some of you may recall it's kind of like working in a giant fishbowl, all the outside walls are glass. Eric worked as a security officer for the mall. I saw him making a scan by our store and literally almost gave myself whiplash with the double take I did to look at him. I worked there for about a month or so before I saw, him, so I was talking to my boss and asked her what she knew of the "new" security guy. Turns out he wasn't new at all, I just had never seen him. He worked at the mall doing this job for about 3 years... Long story short word got to his supervisor that I was inquiring about him, and she came to chat with me. She had nothing but good things to say about the boy, she was right with everything she told me too. I truly don't remember how we got to start talking, but I had heard some things through the grapevine that he was recently out of a long term relationship, some drama with that as with any breakup. I agreed to go on a date with Eric.
|2nd trip to Castle Noel, 2019|
I remember the car ride back we listened to Travis Scott's Sicko Mode, singing at the top of our lungs together. It was like we already knew each other. He dropped me off at my apartment, and we hugged goodnight. He should have kissed me, but he didn't. He was a true gentleman.
I soon made the mistake of telling him I just want to be friends due to the drama that was still happening with his ex. He was very persistent that the drama should not affect my decision towards him because honestly, it wasn't fair of me to judge him based on that. He was absolutely right. But I was scared, I could tell I already really liked him and could see it going somewhere special. And I am not the best with changing my mind after it is made up. He was still a gentleman and persistent about pursuing me. He approached me at the mall one day after and told me he was going to respect my decision and move forward. And just like that, I was saying never mind in my head, I wanted to be with him. It was so weird.
We started officially dating in February, and have been inseparable since.
|Medina County Fair 2019|
I love you Eric James 💖
I decided to not continue this post in a story telling format, and instead list a few of the things I love most about Eric.
1.) I love his eyes, the color is so different
2.) I love his jokes, he is the funniest & silliest
3.) I love that he is down to Earth, balances me out
4.) I love that he is an awesome dog daddy
5.) I love this certain smile he gives me when he is being silly or trying to hide a surprise, he hides behind a pillow or blanket to conceal his smile
6.) I love that he supports my Rae Dunn & other silly habits
7.) I love that he listens to my "girly" music with no problem
8.) I love that he would do seriously anything to see me smile & make my day
9.) I love that he likes me enough to maybe want to marry me one day..........
10.) I love that he is my soul mate
A snap shot of our first year together:
|Eric took me to my first Cavs game! 2019|
|Ira Trailhead, Akron, 2019|
|Family camping trip to Mohican State Park, 2019|
|Hinkley Reservation, 2019|
|Birthday Concert! Blossom Music Center, 2019|
|Our first house together! Cleveland Heights, 2019|
|First picture EVER! 2019|
|Trapped! Date Night! Cleveland, 2019|
|First Family Christmas photo! 2019|
|Mohican State Park, 2019|
|My best friends wedding, 2019|
|Birthday Steelers game! 2019|
|Cleveland Orchestra date night! 2019|
|First New Years together! 2020|
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Introducing Caroline Celine, my niece!
Born December 16th, 2019 at 4:29 PM.
My baby sister (who is 22 and not a baby...) is the first of the kids to have a baby, and my oh my have we been excited. Our mother has always said she wanted to be a grandma, I think the first time she told me this I was in high school and freaked out by her confession. She always said in due time, but that she couldn't wait. Around Summer of 2018, I think, I can remember my dad talking to his brother, who has several grand kids already, that he was never going to get to be a grandpa.. well now look at them! They are thrilled. My middle sister is already an aunt to her fiance's nephews, but is excited about being an aunt to a girl.
I remember the day I was told my sister was pregnant. I thought my family was playing a joke on me. They do that a lot, and I fall for it a lot, I am not proud of it lol..... I was at my Coach job, my baby sister called a family meeting, but I was unable to make it home due to work. Calling a family meeting from her was not uncommon, normally it was to watch a movie together or something like that, not really what you would expect a normal family meeting to be about. But this was one different. My middle sister texted me at work and said that baby sister is pregnant. I was instantly like, " haha that's not funny..." well, she wasn't lying. I was both upset and happy at the same time. I asked my manager if I could make a phone call, and she agreed. I called my family and was put on speaker phone, I asked, "are you really pregnant??" to which my dad replied, she really is. My dad doesn't joke about stuff like that, so I knew this was real. I cried, again of course I did, I am a big baby and was so, so happy!!! The reason I was upset at all is because I couldn't be there for this life changing moment in our family.
I think my sister being pregnant brought us sisters together in a different way than we ever thought possible. All 3 of us. It is bigger than just us now.
Okay, enough already. Please enjoy pictures of my GORGEOUS NIECE!!
|Caroline and Aunt Torrie|
|Caroline and her "brother" Cooper|
|Christmas Eve, little family|
Dear Caroline Celine,
I love you, to the moon and back. I love to the ends of the Earth. I will always have your back. I will always be here for you. I will always lend you my shoulder to cry on, my ear to listen, and my car when your mommy and daddy say you're grounded. You can always come to my house to stay or play, you can always count on me for anything. Just know my name is Cool Aunt Torrie though, that's the deal here kiddo. I will love you forever. Now stay little, and stay imaginative.
Aunt Torrie 🧡
Tuesday, December 3, 2019
I did have to alter the recipes slightly, I will mention that within the recipes with ****
It was my first time making all of these items, and I will definitely be making them again in the future! My personal favorite were the Brussels sprouts! Also, using the image that was shown on Pinterest for the butter, it took me so long to make it and I forgot to take a picture of it... 😅
I recommend making this first, as it takes a total of 6 hours. ****I had a little bit of a harder time with the consistency due to not owning a food processor, and it failed to mention that in the beginning of the recipe, or in the ingredients/what you need section- my only call out to this recipe, other than that, it made more than enough and is delicious!
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