Monday, April 27, 2009

Green coats, baseball, shopping, and a lot of sunshine!

This weekend was super packed and the weather could not have cooperated more. The cornerstone of the weekend was the annual Green Coat tournament at our club that Andy was asked to participate in. While he was a little nervous going into it, he had a great time and was glad he was asked to play.

The tournament started with a practice round on Friday followed by a "boys only" dinner. Andy had a great time getting to know his team and working on their strategies for the weekend. During the "boys only" dinner, I met up with the other wives (most of whom I play golf with in WGA events) and we had a "girls only" dinner. It was a great start to the weekend.

On Saturday, Andy had a 9:30 tee time, so while he spent the day golfing, my mom and I spent the day shopping!! It helps knowing that Baby Gribble is a boy---and while we didn't go crazy, we did get two cute little pajama outfits and spotted several cribs that we liked.

After spending the morning shopping we headed to my nephew, Andrew's, baseball game. Boy was it hot out, but it was fun to get to watch him play. His team is the Orioles and while I didn't get great pictures, I did snap a few to capture the moment. He even got to pitch and struck out the first 3 batters--nicely done!

Saturday night Andy and I got all dolled up for the Green Coat dinner. I had my mom take a few photos of us beforehand, and while my dress does a good job of hiding the baby bump, I think you can still see that Baby boy Gribble is growing!! :)

Since Andy's team finished tied for second on Saturday, his group got the second to last tee time of the day for Sunday, teeing off at 1:00. Most of the wives follow their husband's team around the course on Sunday, so I took advantage of the sunny weather and decided to do the same. It was fun to be part of Andy's "gallery!"

By the end of the day their team tied for 4th, which is actually really great, but sadly they did not get to sport the super fashionable green coats at the end of the day. There's always next year!!

Friday, April 24, 2009

Baby Gribble is a.....




We shall call him Tiger for now, since he helped his Mom get her first hole-in-one!! (That and it will keep us from slipping and calling him by his actual name, which is our little secret!) :) :) :)

Monday, April 20, 2009

A Hole-in-One!

Saturday was the kind of day that any golfer hopes for. The sun was shining, the bugs were still hiding, the breeze was comforting but not detrimental, oh...and I got a hole-in-one!

I was playing in our annual WGA Azaela Classic, the first tournament of our golfing season, and on our par 3 #2, my tee shot landed about five feet from the hole and rolled right in. Amazing and still unbelievable to me! It was perfect timing, especially since I had three great team mates to cheer me on (including our current Club Champion).

I happened to have my camera with me as I was planning on capturing shots of the day to promote attendance in future tournaments--little did I know it would be used to capture the shot of my life!

In addition to the perk of being able to gloat for your entire life, I also get $250 to spend in the Pro Shop (I think I smell a new driver!) and another $250 goes to the bar so everyone can enjoy a beverage on me. Of course that was a diet cherry coke for me, but I still enjoyed toasting with everyone after our round.

Oh, and did I mention that my team also won the tournament!? Tiger Woods, eat your heart out!

Friday, April 17, 2009

A (very) early Christmas present...

It's never too early to start celebrating Christmas right!? Well, at least in my world it isn't. So I could not have been happier when my sister presented Andy and I with a "baby/early Christmas" present last week.

Some of you may know that my sister has crocheted Andy and I stockings, and she even made one for Liddy's first Christmas! So it was only fitting that the first gift Aunt Kathleen gave to the baby was in fact a beautiful stocking to add to our holiday line-up.

Now we'll just have to wait and see what name we're going to put on it!! Mum's the word! :)

Merry (early) Christmas everyone!!!

Monday, April 13, 2009

A great Easter weekend...

We had a pretty busy, but fun, Easter weekend. It started with a big dinner party at Andy's parent's house to celebrate his dad's birthday. We got to meet up with some old family friends, some old colleagues, and of course our family.

Andy was the head chef, cooking up two turkey breasts (one roasted and the other smoked), roasted potatoes, green beans, rice stuffing, and a yummy chocolate cake with raspberry filling! I had a great time chatting with everyone and neglected to snap any photos--suppose that's a sign of a good party!

On Sunday we had a great Easter breakfast cooked up by Andy's dad. He pulled out all the stops and made sure everyone had their favorite dish--including lots of opportunities for me to slather Nutella on various pastries!!

We then spent the rest of the day at my parent's house, where we spent the majority of the time watching the final round of the Masters.

My mom did a great job getting the house set up for our Easter feast, including a community Easter basket filled with chocolates and even a little bunny for Baby Gribble. Even Liddy was sporting her Easter scarf.

We had a great feast and topped it off with a carrot cheesecake that I made, though I did not take pictures as the top got a little browner than I would have liked. I'll have to try again another time.

It was great to be able to spend so much time will both of our families this weekend, we are so lucky to live so close to everyone.

Friday, April 10, 2009

A valiant effort...

A few weeks ago while clipping coupons (something I've gotten very good at) I saw this adorable idea for Easter cupcakes. I knew they'd be perfect to bring into the office and couldn't wait to give them a try.

Well, try was about all I could do. Granted they don't look that complicated, but as I started decorating the cupcakes last night I realized I wasn't really up for all the tedious work that was going to go into creating 12 little bunnies and 12 little chicks (I figured I could improvise and do some chicks as well).

Alas, I ended up with some more simple cupcakes, although Andy got into it a bit and had fun piping some Easter eggs onto a few of them. The ones he did turned out great!

I'm sure my co-workers will still enjoy the Friday treat, including the jelly bean filled eggs that I'll have on my desk.

Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter weekend!

Monday, April 6, 2009

First purchases for Baby Gribble

I can't believe it has taken me 18 weeks to actually buy something for the baby, but I guess I was just waiting until we knew if we were buying pink or blue. However, considering we don't go back to the doctor for another three weeks, I broke down this weekend and bought the first of MANY things for our little peanut.

Of course with a September due date, this baby is going to be coming right in time for football season, so what better item to add to the wardrobe than a Virginia Tech onsie (or two--they came as a set!) I also couldn't resist these cute pajamas with the little airplanes on them. Since I travel so often, and considering the baby has been on 12 plane rides already, I felt that while it is a little boyish with the blue, it was still too fitting to pass up!

I also bought a set of baby clothes hangers, so now the closet in our soon to be nursery is looking rather official!

While the first purchases seemed to take some time to figure out, I'm pretty certain that purchase 2, 3, 4, 5....won't be so challenging! :)

A beautiful day on the golf course...

Yesterday Andy and I hit the links for our second round of golf for the season. After our first round I was a little nervous about playing again as I truly felt like I had lost all sense of how to swing a golf club during the winter hiatus. Well fortunately, the rust is gone and my game was back in full swing (pun most likely intended.)

Not only was the golf great, but the scenery was awesome. We never made it to the Cherry Blossom Festival downtown, but we did get our fill of blossoming trees and flowers on the course.

Of course I think my favorite picture I snapped was of my tee shot that landed nice a close to the pin setting me up for par (just missed birdie). Ah, golf is great when you are playing well isn't it!? :)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

The streak has ended...

You'll recall from a previous post that I am a loser. However, I've recently been on an unprecedented streak where I've traveled and returned home with everything I took. I've been quite proud of myself...until this last trip that is.

That's right folks, I lost something on my trip to California. Now the good news is, it was just the case to my Blackberry (rather than the Blackberry itself, which come to think of it, was lost on my trip to San Diego last August, California is not a good destination for me.) But I would be remiss if I did not mention it, since I took such pleasure in gloating a few months ago about my good fortune (and good memory for that matter.)

Can I blame this incident on pregnant memory!? I think I just might!

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

April Fools!?

It had to have been an April Fool's Day joke, right? I mean, how many people can honestly say they got in a cab to go to the airport only to find out that the cab driver has no idea where the airport is? That really has to be some kind of cruel joke!

Well, if it was, I didn't find it very funny! I left my hotel at 6:00 a.m. this morning to make my trip back east, and realized about 20 minutes into the cab ride (about when we should have been arriving at the airport) that my driver was totally lost!!!

All I have to say is thank goodness for my Blackberry. I was able to chat with Andy the whole time on my phone, and he was kind enough to text me the address to the airport so we could find our way. However, to make matters worse, my cab driver had no clue how to use his GPS system! So I had to actually grab it from him and enter in the address myself.

Needless to say, I did make it to the airport, roughly 45 minutes after I had planned to be there, but fortunately I had given myself plenty of time so was able to get checked in and through security with enough time to still grab some breakfast (missing that opportunity would not have made me a happy camper.)

On the bright side, I got a free ride to the airport!

Happy April everyone, here's hoping you had less foolishness to deal with than I did.