“What will it Bee? ” ~ Gender Reveal Party

With me and two of my close friends being pregnant, babies have been on the brain and topic of conversation lately. Last night, I went to my first “gender reveal” party for our friends Matthew and Lauren. It was the cutest party EVER and no detail was left out! The whole theme was bees and they included everything from beehives to honeycomb cereal.

 

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As everyone came in they had to vote weather it was going to be a  boy or girl and then pin on a pink or blue bee.

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All of the grandparents had embroidered shirts with what they will “bee” called. Even the daddy-to-bee wore one!

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To go along with the bee theme, they had a Bar-“Bee”-Que dinner.

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I loved the lantern centerpieces that they had turned into beehives!

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After everyone indulged in the wonderful dinner, we gathered around for a little Q &A with Lauren and Matthew to try to figure out if it was a boy or girl based on old wives’ tales. According to the answers she would have a boy… (oh the suspense!)

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Everyone was gathered around waiting for the big reveal!

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They had an adorable cake topper that either had a pink or blue center. Lauren and Matthew had dropped off a sealed envelope from the doctor to the bakery so they found out what they were having when everyone else did. That added to the excitement!

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What is it going to bee?????

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It’s a GIRL!!!!!

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Next, they had everyone who had picked a pink bee at the beginning to look on the back for a number. Matthew picked a number and had that person come up and open a wrapped gift. Inside was an embroidered onesie with the  girl name they had chosen!

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Alexis Kate will be here in July and we all can’t wait to meet her!!!!

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And when I say they didn’t miss a detail, I am not joking! As everyone left they had a Bit-O-Honey bar for the road.

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And here are a few other pictures from the night…

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Congrats to Lauren & Matthew and thank you for such a wonderful night!

XOXO,

Sara Beth

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Peanut Butter Bars (from my childhood)

When you think about elementary school, lunch time has to come to mind. Whether it was the square pizza, little milk cartons, fun with friends or sitting next to a boy that would make all sorts of concoctions with his food that made you want to gag!   I started at a little school down the road from my house. I was the last one to be picked up by the bus and the first one off. A couple of years ago, I ran into one of the ladies who use to work in the cafeteria. I was telling her how I loved the Peanut Butter Bars they would make and wished I had the recipe. The next day she had called our house and had the recipe out of a 1963 school lunch cook book! She even took the time to break out the recipe into a family portion instead of making it for 100!

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Last week I started thinking about them and decided to make a batch. (I guess I was having a craving 🙂 ) They turned out like I remember and I will keep them in my favorite recipes. I especially loved the peanut butter glaze. It would be great on a cake or chocolate bars.

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Peanut Butter Bars

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/3 cup + 2 tsp. creamy peanut butter (I use Skippy)

1/2 teaspoon soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cup flour

1 cup minute oats

6 oz package chocolate chips (optional- I didn’t use)

Glaze: 

1/2 cup confectioner’s sugar

1/4 cup creamy peanut butter

1/8 cup evaportated milk. (I used 3/4 of a small can to make it creamier)

Instructions:

Cream butter and sugars

 Blend in egg, peanut butter, soda, salt and vanilla

Stir in flour and oats

Spread in greased 9×13 baking sheet

Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes

Combine the confectioner’s sugar, peanut butter and evaporated milk. Drizzle over the bars.  Let cool and eat. (I ate one when it was still warm and it wasn’t as good as when they are cool.)

I don’t even drink milk but it made me want a glass.

Enjoy!

Sara Beth

The Big Christmas Day Reveal

Wow, it has been a long time since my last post! Being pregnant and with the holidays I have just not found the time. One of my New Year’s goals is to get back to writing. I have truly missed it!

Our holiday was full of family, friends, excitement!! When we found out I was expecting, I thought it would be fun to find out if it was a Boy or Girl on Christmas morning because I would be at 18 weeks and they would be able to tell. I always thought that I wouldn’t want to find out what we were having but since we moved into our new house last year and it came with a pale pink nursery, we figured we might as well (and once I was pregnant I was so anxious to know!)  I went for my first ultrasound on December 20th and had them write down what we were having and put it in a sealed envelope. It was hard not to peak but we wanted to find out on Christmas with family. One of my sweet and dear friends, Lauren, offered to make something special for us to unwrap. On Christmas Eve, Lauren and Matthew showed up at my parents house with this huge box that was so beautifully wrapped with the cutest poem on the front.

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Once the box was there, it was so hard not to unwrap! We weren’t getting together with family until Christmas day afternoon and it seemed like it was never going to get there.  Zach and I would just walk by the box and look at it in anticipation!

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Everyone was gathered around ready for the big reveal.  I had already started crying because I was emotional all day about finding out what it was going to be. I opened the box and it was full of balloons… blue balloons! Zach is color blind and couldn’t tell because they were light blue. I finally yelled “It’s a boy!”  and everyone was so happy!

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Lauren had also put lots of blue candy canes, a cute plate and an It’s a Boy ornament inside. My nieces and nephews had so much fun with all of the balloons and the box. We should have just skipped gifts and given them that!

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  I have started feeling him move a lot this week. On Thursday night, we were laying down watching TV and I told Zach he might be able to feel him because he was moving around a lot. Right when he put his hand on my stomach he felt him kick or move or something! It is an amazing feeling. On Thursday, Zach’s mom had been gone 10 years, so it was a bitter sweet day thinking about her passing but then being excited about what’s to come. She would have loved being around all of her grandchildren and I know she would have been a wonderful grandmother. Sometimes God has a plan that we just don’t understand but trusting in Him and the fact that we will one day be reunited with the ones that have gone before us makes it easier to cope.

Now that we know that It’s a Boy, it is time to start planning and getting the nursery ready. Those pink walls are going to have to be painted!

Until next time,

Sara Beth

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