Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Celebrating the arrival of Baby Ratelle...

I felt like the luckiest pregnant woman alive on Saturday to have such great friends and family celebrate the upcoming arrival with this beautiful shower. Thank you so much to Kelly (hostess/pregnant mama), Melanie (master graphic designer/photographer/pie baker and to my wonderful cousins Shalynna, Megan and Elisa who all came with full hands of delicious food! These photos are also courtesy of our new toy, our new Canon 7D camera that we are super psyched about it (don't even ask Mike about it unless you want to hear a sales pitch on its technical aspects worthy of a time-share villa!)...I am no expert photographer yet but it's a lot of fun to play around with -- let's hope we can get up on that learning curve fast with baby "blowing in"...

I loved how the invitations turned out -- all thanks to Melanie's Fifth and Hazel skills. 


Yummy Zupa's salad, mini quiches, raspberry lemonade and Provo bakery sweet rolls...

 Adorable handmade hot air balloons to match the invites -- thank you Courtney and Kelly!

Kelly - my favorite pregger cousin who will be right on my heels welcoming her own little one in a few weeks. 

My Aunt Cheryl, Megan, baby Sophie, and my Mom -- wonderful women and moms in their own right. It was a very special treat to have both my Mom and my aunt there to celebrate. 

Our "guessing' candy jar -- since we are all about guesses and surprises with this baby...and the bookmark favors Melanie designed for the guests. 

The best kind of "green" wrapping paper -- using linens from around the house!

 Mel - the ever-able photographer. 

My Mom -- who guessed my circumference (that does make me sound like a planet...huh...) exactly at 41.5 inches! She didn't cheat -- I swear!!

 Mom and Mallory. 

 Emily and Kelly. 

Onesies decorated during the shower. They turned out really cute. 

My law school buddies, Nate, Heather, Erica, Danae and Brittany -- a great group of girls who have been able to survive (so far) the highs and lows...we're almost done!

Vintage wall decor. 

Thank you again to all who made it such a special day! Love -- B

Friday, October 22, 2010

37 weeks

34 weeks

We got a little rained out on this shoot -- but Melanie has awesome skills and managed to get some great shots while navigating the irrigation ditches and the oncoming rainstorm. She's amazing.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Will one of you guys come out here and comment on the meat I'm grilling?

You can't fake a grin like that. This birthday boy finally got his smoker grill. You can fit a whole pig in there...apparently. So useful since our pork farm has really taken off.

Love you babe-- and Happy 26th!!

p.s...I was looking through our wedding slideshow to look at what a Brittany/Michael Baby combo might look like and stumbled upon this photo...couldn't resist throwing it in there since obviously some things don't change. 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Burgeoning Bump

My alien baby literally trying to bust out of my uterus -- it gets exciting around 1:00 -- and the rhythmic up and downs going constantly are just me trying to breathe...don't worry about it -- I can get more oxygen later. 

Mike being cute with Maggie at a Sunday dinner. Not going to lie...the hormones were loving this. 

Posing with my brother at his soccer game. While Utah State didn't win against the Cougars...I now have to say that ashamedly quiet since our own embarrassing loss to the Aggies... Don't know what the world has come to....