Saturday, October 29, 2011

Sneak - A - Peek

At week 27 and Avery's room partially complete, I decided that now would be a great time to show off some pictures of what we have done in her room. Since the room is not all the way done, I am not posting full pictures of anything. Some pictures will be obvious and some will not.

I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I enjoyed sharing them. It's CRAZY that we are only 3 months away.... AAhhhhhhhh!







Monday, October 24, 2011

What's In A Name?

Last night I wrote about how we told our family that we were having a GIRL.  Now I think it is time to share the name to everyone.  We have been telling people as they ask, but haven't done any kind of formal announcement. 

One night during the summer when Matt was working on our new fence, I went out with a chair and name book.  As he put in screws, I read off all the names that I thought could be in the running.  Of those that he liked, I wrote down.  So we had a list for a girl and if it were a boy we already had a name picked out.  So really, it was all about finding a girls name.  So when we found out that it was a "she" and not a "he", we pulled out that girls name list.  Every night before bed we would discuss our opinions of the names.  Once we had a first and middle name that we liked, we used it for a bit to make sure we really liked it.

The name we choose was:  AVERY JUNE LOVELADY

We choose Avery because we liked the name and it was different enough.  June is my Grandmothers name and we thought it was perfect for a middle name.  Not only is Avery a great name by itself, but we can also call her A.J.  My Grandmother, June, is my only living Grandmother.  Anyone that knows June Harter knows that she would do ANYTHING for you.  She is always entertaining, always making something sweet, and has been one of my biggest cheerleaders in life.  I could never think of anyone else I would rather name our first daughter after.
We are SOOOO ready to meet little Avery!

(These are the letters I made for her room.  So sweet and so PINK)

Sunday, October 23, 2011

"It's A Girl" Pink Sopapilla Cheesecake

It has been a CRAZY past few months and those crazy times have kept me away from baking and posting on my blog. 
I am currently on week 26 (27 weeks on Tuesday) and am finally posting on the week that we told our parents the sex of Baby L.

Two weeks before my parents came to town, Matt and I found out the sex of Baby L together.  We decided that we would not tell anyone because I really wanted my mom and dad to be at the appointment with us.  This being their first grandchild and the fact that I am my moms only daughter, I did not want to deny them that exciting doctors appointment.  So, 2 weeks later during Labor Day weekend, we had both sets of parents over for dinner.  Of course, my family came for the long weekend, the whole time Matt and I having to make sure we didn't slip with "she" or "her." 

That Saturday night for dinner, I had to figure out some way to break the news in a creative way.  With all of the baking that I have done in the past I knew that the dessert needed to show boy or girl in a creative way.  Again, Pinterest is one of my favorite websites and apps right now.  On there I found a recipe for Sopapilla Cheesecake.  It had nothing but great reviews so I decided to make it.  But, I had to change it up in some way to have PINK!

Here is what I did:

-3 cans pillsbury butter crescent rolls
-2 (8oz) packages cream cheese (softened)
-1 cup sugar
-1 teaspoon vanilla
-1/4 cup butter (melted) - I used less
-Cinnamon & sugar

Spread 1 1/2 cans of crescent rolls in your pan.


In your mixing bowl mix together the cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla.

I put in red food coloring to make a PINK filling.

Spread the cream cheese mixture on top of the crescent rolls.  Then add the other 1 1/2 cans of crescent rolls on top.  Melt the butter and brush onto the crescent rolls and then sprinkle on the cinnamon and sugar.

Bake at 250 degrees for 20-30 minutes. 

Before we even pulled out the yummy dessert, Matt went into the other room and got the PINK outfit and that is how we told our parents.  We were then able to have dessert and pull out the first pictures of our little GIRL.  (We were NOT wearing the pink shirts when family came for dinner.  My mom had told everyone to wear what color shirt they thought the sex of Baby L would be.  After we told, my mom had us go put on PINK shirts for this picture)

That tuesday was the doctors appointment that we scheduled just so that mine and Matts parents could go to.  They were all able to see her in action.  It was such a fun weekend and we were so blessed to share it with our parents.