Sunday, November 23, 2014

#simmondsbabies2015

Hello Lovely Readers!

As I relax on my bed watching the AMA's, (and grow two babies) in my belly I wonder how I got so blessed with so many wonderful friends and colleagues. 

Last Thursday, my fellow orchestra teacher friends threw me an incredible mid week no less shower for the babies. I had such a lovely time eating delicious food, visiting with my friends about all things baby, our upcoming week off, and opening some amazing gifts!

My hosts included the 2 high school orchestra teachers that my school feeds into, and a fellow middle school teacher and her daughters. I will let my pictures do all of the talking :)


How fun is this cake?!

All my orchestra teaching colleagues

Delicious Moldovan spread


Adorable gifts for Ford and Sloane

I chose this high chair because the color is Catalina Ice, I couldn't resist a high chair with a color that's my name!

We got a ton of diapers, and funny enough, we read our babies could use anywhere from 900-1400 diapers in the first 2 months! I think we are good on at least that, but geez!

I have my fifth and final baby shower at school with my fellow teachers and coworkers the week we get back from break, and I am so excited.

I can't believe tomorrow I will be 30 weeks! We go tour our potential hospital tomorrow, and I go see my babies on Wednesday to make sure everything is good. I feel them moving all day long I cant wait to actually see them again. 

Stuff we still need to do/take care of:
Install car seats
Get rug/curtains for nursery
find a pediatrician
Arrange pregnancy leave paperwork
and so much more...

AHH!

Please pray for me and my babies/family these next few weeks,

and I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

~Mrs. S



Wednesday, November 5, 2014

#simmondsbabies2015

Hi lovely readers!

It's been a hot minute, and although I could do bumpdates, and update y'all on all things Simmonds Babies, I have been too busy teaching lessons, having concerts, and trying to spend as much time resting since I am so tired by the end of the day.

Anywhoooo, enough of the excuses, I want to share with you the awesome baby shower my husbands aunts threw for me in Tulsa.

I didn't expect to get so many lovely gifts, especially from my mother in law who outdid herself on about 10 outfits for each baby, plus hats, bows, shoes, bibs, basically any accessory that can be worn by a baby. These Oklahoma ladies sure know how to spoil an expecting mother, here are some pics of the day.

This was me by the beautiful cake :)


My MIL on the very left, and her two sisters who threw me the shower


As you can see from all the gifts around me, the Mr.'s family is very giving.


This is one of the 2 beautiful quilts that one of the Mr.'s aunt made for me.


I had a lovely time celebrating the coming of my babies with the Mr.'s family, I am so grateful to all these ladies who showed my babies so much love!

My orchestra teacher colleagues are having a shower for me in a few weeks, so excited to celebrate my babies with loved ones!

Thanks for stopping by,
~Mrs. S





Sunday, October 26, 2014

#simmondsbabies2015

Hello Everyone!

The past few weeks have gone by pretty fast. 

Performances at school, countless lessons and Saturday's spent at orchestra related events have made time go really fast!

This is why I was so excited that today I finally got to spend some time celebrating my little babies at my TCA shower. My husband is a football coach at a high school and the other coaches wives decided to throw me a shower. 

It was such a lovely afternoon spent eating ice cream, playing games and opening some great gifts for the twins. 


I loved the beautiful banner my hostesses made


The ice cream bar was complete with delicious toppings for all to enjoy


One of my besties Kursten


This gift was actually for the Mr. it was a basket full of goodies including this apron titled "Daddy's Diaper Dooties" :)


One of the coaches wife made a quilt for both Ford and Sloane


The whole crew.

Feeling very blessed these days.
So much love coming our way,
thanks to these wonderful ladies for a lovely shower.

~Mrs. S










Monday, October 13, 2014

#simmondsbabies2015

Hello everyone!

Yesterday was my first baby shower and I couldn't wait any longer to share it with you all.

My family helped host this shower and although the decor and details turned out beautiful, I was most impressed with how many people came to show my little babies so much love and support.
Not only did my aunts from McAllen come up, but so many other loved ones from my high school viola teacher to several of my student's parents to old babysitting bosses were also there to shower my little babies.

I am literally speechless about the whole event so I will just recap with pictures to describe the wonderful time I had. 


My sister had been to a party at this venue before, so after we settled on it, we decided to make the baby shower rustic/burlap themed.

From there we went crazy with all things blue/pink/burlap


We decorated mason jars with burlap ribbon and put candy in them as favors. Since we knew we would be able to find both pink and blue hydrangeas we went with those colors for the flowers. 


My sister saw this project on pinterest and made it for me.


My other sister Aby made me the beautiful "Ford and Sloane" signs. By the way, that's the babies names! My sister also made the darling diaper cake, how cute is it??!


We went with two different cakes and cupcakes as the desert, and they were so delicious!


This is all of my sisters and mom, and my aunts and grandma from my dads side.


We thought of doing a fun photo booth type backdrop with props, we all had a blast taking photos.


My student on the very left, my silly niece and my cousin's girl :)


Another one of my favorite students and her mom


I babysat for the two ladies next to me 14 years ago and taught the one on the very right's 2 kids.


My precious family


My sis who is expecting in a month and my cousin who is expecting in 4 months!



No baby shower is complete without some games, so people had to guess how many sheets of TP measured around my belly, obvi my aunt thought I was way bigger than I actually am...


My sis doing her hostess duties and writing down gifts I received


These premie onsies were a trip, they were soooo tiny and cute!



I loved all my gifts, these two babies are going to have so much stuff by the time they arrive!

It was an amazing time, I feel so lucky to have such loving family and friends.

I still have a few more showers left over, which I am excited about and can't wait to recap with you all.

Thanks for stopping by, and taking a glimpse into my pregnancy, its been a beautiful ride so far!

~Mrs.S 











Monday, September 15, 2014

Dallas Symphony Orchestra Gala 2014

Hi all!

I had been looking forward to September 13th ever since I found out that world famous violinist 
Itzhak Perlman would be playing at the DSO's annual gala.

I wasn't sure how much fun I would have considering I am 5 months pregnant and I knew the Mr. would not be able to go with me. I was sooooo glad I ended up going because unlike the past two years I attended, this year was more special for several reasons...

1. My babies got to listen to one of the best violinists in the world, from the womb
2. This month marked the 25th anniversary of the Meyerson Symphony Center which is a very special place to me considering I played countless concerts there in my youth, I got to play a solo my senior year of high school on that stage, I worked there as an usher in high school, my students now get to perform on that stage, and it is one of the original Dallas Arts district buildings!
3. My sister, who had never been to the symphony before got to come with me
4. I got to see my old viola teachers and tell them the news about my babies
5. Before the symphony played their first piece, they played the Star Spangled Banner and the audience in the hall sang along, it gave me chills it was so cool.  

But enough of the talking, here are the photos I took starting with the master himself

Itzhak Perlman and Maestro Jaap Van Sweden

The entire DSO, crazy because there are so many members!


The dinner part of the gala set-up, stunning!


After Party deserts, from The Original Cupcakery


More sweets and gorgeous table-scapes


Me and the bump


Michelle, Tiffany, and I


Me, Tiffany, and Kirsten


My loubies were killing me by the end of the night, so foot massages compliments of the Ritz was just what the doctor ordered


It is tradition in the Mexican culture to take flowers from a party, so I did.
I dont think anyone minded since there were thousands everywhere!


Amazing night with amazing music.

So glad I got to experience it!

Thanks for stopping by,
~Mrs. S



Monday, September 1, 2014

#Simmondsbabies2015

Hello all and Happy Labor Day!

The first week back at school was a great success, 
but having today off is a nice treat if I do say so myself.

Football season has started, and I am so disappointed in the SMU loss that happened last night against Baylor. Nevertheless, I can't wait to cheer on my Ponies this season. 

Today's post is dedicated to all things Simmonds babies since at 18 weeks we have been preparing and buying stuff getting ready for their arrival.

We started on their nursery already and although I would love to show progress, I am more of a "get to point and show me the finished product" so I will wait till its done. I will tell you that we went with a light yellow as a gender neutral color, the window wall has horizontal stripes, we changed out the light fixture for a gorgeous IKEA chandelier, and we started on the board and batten walls that we are slowly taking our time with. 

Although we will be grateful for any gifts given to us at our baby showers, we don't expect people to purchase certain items since there will be two babies and we wanted to get started on buying stuff right at around 8 weeks.

So far anything we have bought has been because we got a great deal, or received an additional item we would need for free.

The first big item purchased was a Fisher Price Snugamonkey Baby swing from Target


I read on my FB newsfeed that Target was offering a free sleeper or rocker (a $60 dollar value) if you purchased a swing, so we dashed there and were able to snag both for the price of just the swing!

We went with the rocker...

Next on the list was a stroller, we decided to spend a pretty penny on one since we knew we would have it for a long time and we didn't want one that would wear easily.
We researched and found the Contour LT at Buy Buy Baby, and went ahead and got it.

A few weeks later we were at a Burlington in Tulsa and found the exact one for $70 less so we purchased that one (which was a better color anyway) and took the Buy Buy Baby one back. 
We love it!


With all the Labor Day sales going on this weekend, we knew there would be sales for some car seats. 
We went to BabiesRus first and found some beautiful Graco car seats at $25 off, plus we would get a free color monitor with each one (a $100 value)!
These will actually last till the twins are 2 years old, and we loved all the extra padding, and the colors!
How adorable are these!

 

The Mr. and I paid separately so that we could get the 2 free monitors, and of course he couldn't wait to try them out, and they are awesome!


So anyway, that is the latest update on all things baby in the Simmonds household. Stay tuned for some bumpdates and pics of my ever growing belly!

~Mrs. S






Sunday, August 24, 2014

Back to School Year 29...

Hello Readers, 

That post title sounds crazy I know, but it's true!

I spent 14 years in grade school, 5 in my undergrad, 2 getting my Master's degree, and this will be my 8th year of teaching! 

School starts tomorrow, and I can not wait to get this school year started, 
I have almost 140 students both in orchestra and guitar and I can 
already tell after all these years, this is going to be the best school year yet.

I also have some exciting news to share, 
we finally know the genders of our babies!

Ta Da!


We didn't do a big gender reveal for several reasons. First off, school starts tomorrow so a big shindig didn't really make sense this weekend. Second, we kind of already had a feeling it was going to be a boy and a girl, so we pretty much told everyone we knew our guess, it didn't seem that fun to tell everyone the same thing we had already told them... Third, we would rather spend our time and energy on a fabulous baby shower. I won't have to do it myself or anything, but I want to be as involved as possible since my sisters will be throwing it, and I am a control freak :)

Either way, we thought using our fur babies would be a fun idea to reveal the gender 
on FB, Insta, and all other necessary social media.

Last week, we had our inservice and all teachers got ready for the school year.
We are trying to improve our school spirit this year, so the Fine Arts department decided to 
go in on our photo booth picture together, and this is what we came up with.


That's me in the big yellow glasses. The assistant band director looks thrilled, huh?!

Today, I met my sisters for brunch at my favorite restaurant in the burbs', Bonnie Ruth's
I wanted to share the big news about our genders and Sunday brunch seemed like the perfect time!


It was my three sisters with their families, but we were missing my parents, my brother and his family, and my last sister and her family.  
It literally has been 4 years since we have all been together (since my wedding to be exact)
With so many of us, 22, it is hard to get all of us in one room.

One of my favorite moments was seeing my nephews walking to the car together, like best buds

I can't wait till my little ones are added to the fun and for them to all play and hang together!

Hope you all have a great week, 
whether you are going back to school, your kids are going back to school, 
or you are teaching tomorrow,  just remember, 
in 1 week we get a 3 day weekend, in 13 weeks is Thanksgiving break, and in 17 is Winter Break!

Oh yeah, and in around 19 weeks there there will be 2 babies in the Simmonds house!

Thanks for stopping by, 
~Mrs. S