A Beach Lover: Pregnancy Announcement & Gender Reveal!

Holy crap, is it seriously September already?  I have had one crazy busy summer and am so glad that things have died down a little.   Here are some updates for you:
My former company got sold and I was laid off in July, I had a feeling it was coming and had a few other things in the works, but I was lucky enough to obtain a job within 2 weeks of being laid off!  Literally unheard of and my job is so much better now.  Everything really does happen for reasons we will never understand.
My husband also got promoted at his work….woo!
…AND…
In case you missed the big news, Steve and I are expecting a baby in January!  We announced we were expecting on July 4th to all our social media friends.  In case you missed it, here are the pictures.




I ordered the PDF off Etsy from Joyful Art Designs, found HERE and then brought the PDF to a local print shop and had them mount it on thicker posterboard.  
We also had a gender reveal party at our house with our closest friends and family.  I was too busy to take pictures and completely forgot.  One day I will be prepared when our guests start arriving, but until then this is all I got.



I purchased pink and blue leis from a local dollar store and had our guests wear their guess
I had a dream a month before the gender reveal that the baby was a girl and the ultrasound tech accidently told us. So, as much as I was convinced that Baby H was a girl, I opted for both the pink and blue leis.
Since my husband is obsessed with golf, I just knew we had to do a golf ball gender reveal.  
The Dr. called us a week after our lab tests and she asked me on the phone if I wanted to know the gender.  Ekkk....as much as I did, I regrettably told her "no" and said that I would be by to pick up the results in a sealed envelope.
Looking back, I'm not sure how I drove from the Dr's office to my moms office without peeking inside, but I did it!   I don't know how people wait until they give birth to find out the gender, but props to them!
I didn't want any of our close friends and family to know the gender at the party, so I had my moms co-worker who is a family friend order our gender reveal golf ball.  She ordered the ball off  Etsy from Poof There It Is Reveals and it can be found HERE  If you have someone else order the ball for you, make sure that it ships to them and that they open it before, because my moms friend said that there were a few different hints on the outside.
If you want to watch our Gender Reveal video, you can check it out below:

I was a little excited with the outcome, in case you can't tell.

A Beach Lover: A Trip to Portland Head Lighthouse

I recently took a trip to the Portland Head Lighthouse in Cape Elizabeth, Maine and the views were seriously to die for.  This lighthouse has been on my "bucket list" for a long time, because it is just so picturesque.

The lighthouse is located in a little park that has tons of walking paths and gorgeous ocean views. Unfortunately, we were pressed for time, so it was just a quick stop, but I hope to go back someday soon and do the cliff walk.

Here are some of the shots I snapped while we were there.










I hope to visit a few other lighthouses this Summer too!  What is your favorite lighthouse?