Sunday, August 19, 2012

We're Moving!!

So I tried to have it all...I wanted to be an amazing wife, a full-time employee, a stellar Mom-to-be, a super cool cat Mom, and a blogger (who doesn't).   In fact I loved the blogger role so much that I got a little crazy and started 2 of them.  This one, the McGee McBlog, intended to be full of personal updates.  And the Mommy McBlog, intended to be geared towards the Mom audience.

But somethings gotta give, and I just can't be SuperWoman.
Let's be real, my prego bump could never squeeze into this tight spandex outfit
So the McGee McBlog has been merged with Mommy McBlog and I'm moving all my updates and posts there.   The merger is a good thing.  It's the equivalent of Disney merging with Pixar; Wendy's fries meeting with a Frosty; Carol Brady marrying Mike Brady.  (Perhaps I'll go back to 2 blogs someday but for now I need to simplify my life, especially with a Beanette on the way).

Moving Day for McGee McBlog
But please calm down... No panicking or rioting please.  If you haven't tuned into the Mommy McBlog yet, it's not too late...  You can still jump on the bandwagon!!

I promise that I'll still include many pictures, lousy attempts at humor, and random ridiculousness.  In fact, I'm drumming up a corny little post right now about our birth class trilogy and it will include all of the above.  So stay tuned for the post this week on the Mommy McBlog.

So now the question you must all be asking... How do I get to Mommy McBlog?!?!

It's quite simple because Mommy McBlog even has it's very own domain.  It is
Yep, it's that easy!!  Just click and go.  If you missed it the first time, its

AND, there's more to it (no I won't add in a free snuggie), but you can also Like Mommy McBlog on Facebook and follow more updates and comments there.  Click HERE, Like it, and make my day that much better. 
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Hope to see you all soon at Mommy McBlog.  We'll be throwing a blog-warming party shortly complete with tours of the new pad, hots dogs, cold beer and even free balloons for the kiddos. 

Thanks for following and see you soon! 
Much McBlogging love,

Monday, August 13, 2012

Picture of the Week *32 Weeks*

For the picture of the week I thought I should do a Bump Update aka Bumpdate!

Well, here she is...  Not me, Beanette (she's not able to be in a picture without me, so you get me by default).  Then Lexi heard that we were taking a picture of the cutest little girl in the house and she jumped in too.   

Beanette is growing and growing (aka I am growing and growing, eek) and getting closer to her big arrival day. 

32 Weeks!
Up Close 32 Weeks, whoa! 
Apparently the camera does add 10(ish) lbs    :)
I've been getting all kinds of questions from friends and family so I thought I'd do my best to answer them all in one post.  Here goes...

The Good: Mostly everything!  I have really loved being pregnant.  It's been pretty cool to feel her move around and know that there is a little girl in my belly.  She kicks the most in the morning and late afternoon.  I think I even felt her hiccup the other day.  So cute!

The Bad:  Other than a few regular trips to the chiropractor for some back pains, I've been feeling really good still.  Let's hope it continues.

The Ugly:  My sausage feet.  They don't hurt but they some nights they get quite puffy.  Gotta love Denny for being an amazing hubby and making me foot baths with Epsom Salt.  :)

The Name:  Still a secret (mainly because we still have not decided on it).  You can keep asking us, but we won't say a word until she's here.

The Heat:  Still not bothering me, but I get asked all the time if it does.  Luckily, I'm fine with it.

The Prep:  Maybe I'm biased but her room is looking SO cute!!!  Some days I sit in there and get teary imagining the first time we get to bring her in there and all the nights we will read her books and rock her to sleep.  Just a few more projects to go and I think her room will be totally Beanette ready.  I'll post lots of photos once it is complete.

The Waiting:  We've had a lot of people ask us if we are ready to meet her.  Honestly, I don't mind being pregnant and we are enjoying these last few months with the two of us.  We would love to meet her if she surprises us in September.  If not, we are fine waiting for a little October baby.

Nesting:  Yes, Yes and Yes!  I'm getting a little nuts with the organizing, but I guess it's all part of the fun.

Cravings:  I haven't had too many crazy cravings during the pregnancy, but I definitely won't turn down a Popsicle or ice cream.  I also have been loving those neon gummy worms.  Perhaps Beanette will glow when she arrives?
So stay tuned and we'll keep you all posted during the next few weeks as the countdown continues to parenthood!   

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Picture of the Week *803 Day*

Friday was One of my favorite days of the year!
August 3rd, AKA 8/03!
803 was the house number of my grandparents for over 60 years!!  Their little house on Sullivan Street was the location of some of my favorite childhood memories.  To this day I still miss the magic of 803 and I often think about how much I would love to go back for just one more visit with Grandma and Grandpa.

So in honor of 8.03 day, some fun Quilty pictures to walk down memory lane...

Q Family Reunion (1985 I think)
Melissa and I were the kiddos in the front wearing sandals with socks

This picture was taken in front of the tree in Grandma and Grandpa's backyard (they are seated in the middle).  They both got very dressed up for these occasions.  Grandma always looked so pretty and Grandpa always looked very handsome. 

This was the original 803 number on the light pole in front of Grandma and Grandpa's house! 
This did not make it to the new owners when we sold the house (sorry new owners).  The numbers are currently spending some time with the Q's in PA.

Just a few phrases of memories that took place at 803!  The stories behind these phrases would fill at least 10 blogs, but each mean so much to our family.
It's an understatement to say that Melissa and I had a great childhood.  And being a few blocks from Grandma and Grandpa had a huge part of this.  They were so special to us! 

One of my favorite memories with Grandma and Grandpa was eating popcorn along with a huge glass of Country Time lemonade.   Such a small thing  at the time but looking back we had so many great conversations over this late-night snack.  I haven't had a chance to enjoy my lemonade and popcorn yet in honor of 803 day but I have big plans to have some this week. 

Hope you all have a great week, and maybe even take a few minutes and enjoy a stroll down memory lane. 


Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Good-Bye to Hospitality

Today was the day; my final day as a hotel employee! 
Very bittersweet.  I can't leave the last 7 years of my life without a little ode to hospitality and events.  It is where I met some of my best friends and had some of the most fun times.  So without sharing too much incriminating information, here are
My Top 5 Most Memorable Moments of Hospitality
(Drum roll please)

#5 - While working as an events planner for 84 Lumber Company, I was responsible for planning the Annual Ten Year recognition Weekend at Nemacolin Woodlands.  The crazy 4-day affair  in 2006 started with about 25 broken awards, which had to be re-made and re-shipped from Chicago in 48 hours, but the craziest part of the weekend came as I was leaving.  I was finally on my way home after barely sleeping for the four-day affair when I got a call that the 84 Lumber beaver head was missing.  (I can't make this stuff up).  It had been wrapped in a trash bag to be shipped back to the office and it was inadvertently thrown away.  I had the pleasure of digging through the trash for hours but never recovered that darn beaver head.  RIP 84 Lumber Beaver Head! 

#4 - It was very fun to come in contact with famous people while working in hospitality.  I saw Nicole Richie (barely) eating lunch, greeted NHL & NFL teams, booked rooms for Tommy Lee and Motley Crue and watched Keanu Reeves during his morning smoke break. 

#3 - Lots of fun travel!   Over the past seven years I've been able to travel to NYC a few times, Phoenix, Chicago, LA, Boston, San Diego, Dallas, Toronto, Albany, Saratoga Springs and lots of other places.    Saratoga Spring never failed to be the most exciting -- Enjoy Saratoga Springs, Always have Excedrin from the next morning.   

#2 - A highlight reel of my time in hotels would not be complete without a recap of some crazy MOD memories that included:  trying to have a rational conversation with wasted Long Island cops (not on duty fortunately) at 4 AM, dealing with guests that pee their pants in public, calling the cops on abusive husbands and handling a hooker that claimed she was assaulted by "clients"!  And you wonder why people in hospitality tend to drink a lot.

#1 - The A-M-A-Z-I-N-G People!!!!  I had great co-workers that are now my great friends!   It wasn't a day at office without morning bagel breaks, covering co-workers walls with birthing pool ads, turkey bowling, co-workers that wear Shape-ups, and even a bomb threat.  But I think that one of my favorite nights had to be when the Hyatt girls took me out for a "few" drinks before Denny and I tied the know.  Yikes, I'm not sure how 1 drink led to 10+ drinks, but it was a super fun!
Cheers to the next chapter in life.  If I meet half the amazing people as I have met in the last seven, I'll be one lucky lady!

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Baby McGee Shower ~Pictures of the Week~

Last Sunday Denny and I attended the most AMAZING shower for our little girl!! 
Our Moms, Melissa and Sara worked really hard to make it perfect, and it was!  

It's hard to find the words to begin thanking everyone that made it so special.  Beanette is one lucky little girl!

The decorations were gorgeous, and the room was beautiful!  Sara and Melissa even had a Price is Right game complete with music and props.  So cute!

Here are some of the pictures show exactly how cute everything was!  It went so fast that I didn't get to take any pictures but luckily a lot of our friends and family shared pictures.  Thanks to those who sent these our way. 

Adorable invite (with Beanette's picture on it).  Everyone brought a book to help grow our little girl's library!
The shower was held in a room called the Mama Q room at Caffe Capri, so perfect!
Super cute banner 
~Welcome Little Lady!~

A~M~A~Z~I~N~G Desserts!!   The dark ones were Peanut Butter Cup.  Beanette loved them!
Dad with the adorable drawing her did for Beanette's room.  It was such a great surprise!

  ~~~  Some of our Wonderful guests!!  ~~~

Sara & Kelly, the best Aunties ever!

Jenn and Fynan even made it to the shower from Germany!!

  ~~~  The Proud Grandmas!  ~~~
Aunt Kathy, BJ and Soon-to-be Grandma McGee

Melissa, me and Nana-to-be
~~  We were so lucky to get so many wonderful gifts for Beanette, and Denny helped me to open everything.  He is very excited for his little girl.  ~~ 
Proud Dad!
  ~~~  Some After Pictures   ~~~
Just a few snapshots of Beanette's room with some of her wonderful gifts!  More pics to come as we finish her nursery.
Poor girl has nothing to wear!

 She has so many cozy places to nap, lots of blankets for snuggling, and tons of stuffed animals!   Can't wait to read her all these books too!
We can't thank all of our friends and family from Ohio and Pa enough for all you did to make us feel so loved!!  We can't wait to make the trip to visit everyone once she arrives!!