Wednesday, September 6, 2017

B-A-B-Y Baby Shower time!

I have been SO incredibly lucky to feel love from all over recently.  Baby Hatch is coming soon and we are preparing for this little one every free chance we get; I have gone into full fledged nesting mode over here. I love that our family and friends have been feeling the excitement too! I want to document these memories, so that I have them to look back on and can share them with our little Hatch-you are loved baby, that is for sure.  We have been showered by the masses, and I am thrilled to be able to share the celebrations from our showers!

-First Shower-
I came back to Los Angeles to visit friends and family in April and while I was there we were showered by a great group of hostesses.  We celebrated with a beautiful brunch at Ysabel. The best part about the shower was getting to be with the people that matter the most, and spending time with all of them in the same place.  
Mom & Me
My Savitch Ladies, I love my grandma at 91!
FOUR generations right here:
How lucky am I to have married into such an amazing family-my mother-in-law and sister-in-law drove from Arizona to be here for this special day!
We may not all look alike, but we are sisters!

My mom, and my second mom: Shellro.
It was so fun to celebrate with friends who have been in my life I was a baby, so special!
This is one of my first friends, curly Carly; she helped the ladies with the shower, she is amazing!
And my closest friends from high school, whom I am so grateful to have kept in contact with for over 10 years...We have known each other for about 16 years-crazy!
Sister love came in from New York
The tables were decorated with such thought: gardening and the very hungry caterpillar.  
Did I mention the food was amazing too?!?  We had delicious pastries and enjoyed Spicy Fried Rice, Smoked Salmon Flat Bread and Moroccan Pepper Stew among many other things!
We got so many great gifts.  Lots was pre-mailed to us from our registry since it was going back to Germany, and it was so fun to see all the other surprises we got.  Shopping for babies is so fun and cute!
I put together little "thank yous" for all the hostesses. I am so grateful for all their hard work they put into the day. 
The L.A. baby shower was undoubtably amazing.  I felt so special and it got me excited for baby (although at this point you can see the bump, but can't feel it!)

-Second Shower-
I have never had a party planned here in Germany where I didn't help contribute.  I have always been a planner, doer, helper, but with this one my friend Bethany kept me completely in the dark-all I had to do was show up and pick my jaw up off the floor after I took in all the sweet details of the day. 
 Bethany made all of this delicious food, and a beautiful table too: 
 She even went strawberry picking and made homemade strawberry jam for everyone.  I have to admit, I ate it right out of the jar it was SO good.

My sweet friend Allison went out of her way and made the most adorable cookies!
 She needs to go into business-they taste as good as they look.
We had so much fun together laughing as girls, and playing baby pictionary.  It was so nice to be around all the dental wives, dentists, and close friends from work celebrating our little Hatch.
It was a great day celebrating with these girls, I am so glad I got to be with good friends.  Baby Hatch is going to "hatch" soon!

-Third Shower-
There are so many GREAT children's books, and a book themed shower hosted by my good friend Jeana from our church was so awesome.  The ladies from our church gifted us their favorite children's book and it was so great to receive such good books-both classic and new.   
Adorable Decorations
The food was themed after baby books:
We played "How Familiar are you with Children's Books" and apparently I am not familiar with any!
I had so much fun opening playing games and discovering great books with these girls~
My cup of love is overflown by all the great literature and love and excitement I was showed for the joys of new motherhood.  I am so fortunate to be around such great examples and support.
We have done all we can do to prepare, and after being showered with love from all sides we are so enthusiastic and excited to welcome this baby into our home.   One week away, two weeks...? Time will tell!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Gozo, Malta

I didn't realize in our planning that Malta was more like an archipelago of three islands-Malta, Gozo and Comino.  Malta is the largest and most developed, Gozo is more laid back and peaceful, and Comino is the smallest of them all with only one tiny hotel inhabiting the entire island.  We spent 3 days in Gozo and there were enough beaches and activities to keep us busy while still offering plenty of peace and quiet.

We stayed at a wonderful true "bed and breakfast".  It has been a while since someone has made us a delicious homemade breakfast everyday of travel, and our stay was topnotch at Ta' MatMura farmhouse.  Mark and Jackie were the perfect hosts; they know all the great swim spots (they love to scuba dive), and always had suggestions on places to eat!  I really loved that there was a pool for us to swim in, because after long days at the beach, nothing felt more relaxing than taking a dip in fresh water!
The highlight of our time in Gozo was enjoying the beautiful natural scenery through a full day of kayaking with Gozo Adventures, our tour guide Ted and he was very entertaining.
We took off from Hondoq Bay and paddled across the water to Comino Island where we explored the Blue Lagoon.  We did the tour during the week, when the crowds of Maltese were not crammed like penguins along the shoreline, and we got to enjoy the beautiful views with minimal people.
We climbed up a little mountian for some seriously gorgeous scenery
We had an amazing time, and while it looks like I am doing most of the paddling here, it's just an illusion. 
A beautiful place to stop for lunch-turkey sandwiches and fruit:)
We spent lots of time exploring tunnels, kayaking through sea arches and gasping at the beautiful scenery. Who knew sea kayaking could be so gorgeous?!?
After a really fun day in the sun we took a swim in Hondoq with our tour group, not a bad place to swim!
One of the highlights of Gozo, that makes it so famous is the Azure window.  Yes...we were planning on seeing it...before it plummeted into the sea.  We still went to its resting place, enjoyed more swimming, and a beautiful sunset. Jordan was excited because this is where they filmed some of the Game of Thrones scenes:
Jordan got a good swim in the blue hole and was also stung by a jellyfish in the face.  I guess you win some, you lose some, sorry Jord.
The lighting was so beautiful as the sun came down
 R.I.P. Azure Window
 ...but were still happy to be here!
...and I am still pregnant...
We cleaned up pretty good for our last nights dinner and went to Xlendi Bay for dining on the waterfront
We ate at The Boat House and enjoyed lots of things.  For starters: 
Portabello mushroom with blue cheese and prawns// Grilled calamari 
Main dishes:
Seafood Pasta// Lobster Ravioli 
I should make a shout out to the Granola Ice Cream bar in Xlendi, we each had two GENEROUS scoops for dessert, and it was some good ice cream. On our last day before heading home we checked out the salt pans along our drive to swim.
We took a swim in Wied Il-Ghasri, which was beautiful, but really rocky... we went to one last destination: Ramla Bay.  We would recommend it for relaxing in the sand, swimming in the bay.
We really enjoyed Gozo, it was very laid back, relaxing and gorgeous.  We spent a perfect amount of time exploring and although we were not ready to leave this beautiful place, it holds lots of fond memories for us.  We hope one day to come back for some Rest and Relaxation. 
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