2010 Ultimate Blog Party!

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

Party! I love parties. My definition of party has changed quite a bit since 1. becoming older and 2. becoming a mom. Pre-baby, my idea of a party was beer, music, a warm summer night and more beer. Now my idea of a party is getting someone to watch the babe, arriving a little late, having one beer, TWO at the most (I’m an effing lightweight now) and then stressing about when we should leave to get the baby.

Actually, I haven’t BEEN to a party yet since we had the little one so that’s just my guess as to how it’d go.

Ok enough rambling. Ultimate Blog Party! There is fun, friendliness and PRIZES. Yup. PRIZES.

If this is your first visit, HELLO AND WELCOME! This is me:

Miraculously, I HAVE MAKEUP ON.

This is my husband:


And this is our 11 week old, Nellie Rose:

Why the name Hope Springs Eternal? Well, in December of 2007 we lost out first baby to miscarriage at 7 weeks. We were devastated and I started this blog as a place to vent my feelings and frustrations where no one knew me. I slowly let a few people in on the blog and by the time June of 2008 rolled around we were trying to conceive again. I had hope that things would be okay, and the old saying, “hope springs eternal” just popped into my head. I didn’t anticipate really ever going anywhere with this blog.. I slowly got more followers. After almost a year, I still wasn’t pregnant and decided to throw in the TTC Towel.
On May 9th, 2009 this happened and our lives changed forever.
We welcomed Nellie Rose into our lives on January 20th, 2010 at 4:15 PM.
Motherhood isn’t always easy. But it is beautiful, breathtaking, and the greatest job I’ve ever had the honor to have.

Outside of my life as a mom, I also love to sing in my barbershop chorus + quartet, quote movies, say the “F” word a lot and read Sookie Stackhouse books. Music is a huge gigantic chunk of my soul and I share some of my favorites here on my blog every Monday with my new Monday Melodies feature.

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  1. Yep, that's pretty much how parties go once you're a mom. At least adult parties. All other parties you will be involved in will involve cupcakes and children.

  2. Your sweet girl is so adorable!!! So cute! Congrats!

  3. Amydeanne says:

    hey there! thanks for the visit! and I hear ya! end of the list love! lol
    Thanks for sharing your story so openly. I've lost 3 babies and it was 8 years after that I finally had my first daughter born… a rough road.
    anyhow! Enjoy the party! It's fun and hope you win!!

  4. I LOVE parties! :) You have such a beautiful family and it is wonderful getting to know a little more about you!

  5. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    Stopping by from the party! Babies are such a blessing. I had JDaniel at 43.

  6. Rachel Boldman says:

    I haven't been to a party since my son was born….TWO YEARS AGO! Your little girl is adorable, and a great mix between your husband and your faces. I look forward to reading more of you soon and getting to know you better!Rachel

  7. Soookkiiee!!! OMG Yay! I am going to have a ball reading your blog! And Nellie.. oh geeze.. maybe I do want a girl someday..she's absolutely breath taking! Congratulations!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog & I look forward to reading yours!

  8. I haven't partied, in the college meaning of that word in years either, maybe now that my kids are 21 and 18 I will, nah, too old now (LOL)

    Your little one is absolutely adorable.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and after reading your great introduction, boy I can see how people are going to be a little stunned when hitting my blog post (LOL)

  9. Inspired2cook says:

    Congrats on your baby…she's adorable! Enjoy the par-tay!

  10. UBP 10 visitor…and I had to stop in because I say "hope springs eternal" ALL THE TIME! :)

  11. My twins were born on May 9th! So it's a great day, indeed. I also don't' remember what going out to a real party means…been 6 years. lol. maybe again someday. Nice to "meet" you! Have a great weekend.

  12. Brooke from The Blue says:

    Oh Nellie Rose is so cute! I'm glad you were able to have her. I'm visiting from UBP! Hope you can drop by my Party!!

  13. Favorite picture of Nellie Rose…ever.

  14. The Local Cook says:

    cute family! Hope you're enjoying the party.

  15. Deana Birks says:

    Stopping by from the UBP. Sorry to hear about your miscarriage. Congratulations on the beautiful new baby. Hope you're having a great weekend.

  16. Just Writing says:

    Sorry, forget partying until she's 18,at least, the ones that don't have princesses, cupcakes and all that jazz.Stopping by from UBP10http://histreasureddaughter.blogspot.com/

  17. Bridgette says:

    Dropping in from the UBP to say HI! :)

  18. Julie {Angry Julie M says:

    You crack me up! Congratulations on your baby girl. She's precious!!! I say the "F" word a lot too….:) Let's be friends.Here's my post, if you want to stop by:http://bit.ly/9mzFMnOr, you can read more of my randomness on my blog.

  19. joeandbridge says:

    Hi there! I'm popping in from UBP to be your newest Google Follower! Hooray! Hope you're having an awesome weekend! You have a lovely blog! Hope you can swing by mine!

    Bridgette Groschen
    The Groschen Goblins

  20. Mz. Jazie says:

    Congrats on finally getting your bundle of joy!! Thanks for sharing your story.

  21. Tamara B. says:

    Blowing in from the UBP to say hi :)

  22. Hope you are having fun at the UBP!

    Jenni ("Miss Tutu")
    My UBP blog post: How to Make a Tutu blog – hope you will stop by and say hi! :)
    and Mom Blogger $100 Cash Contest

  23. Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend says:

    I love the blog name and look forward to reading more

    Party hopping and having a blast…..so many great blogs….I have a Fun $100 Gift Basket to give away and all it takes a comment.
    I am number….294 and 295…..Stop by and see me at either blog…Happy Saturday!


  24. Your little one is so precious. I'm so sorry for your loss though.

    Post-baby, it seems that most of my parties revolve around little one's birthdays. I'm not even sure grown up parties still exist out there!

  25. Puanani503 says:

    Hi there!! stopping by from the party..you're the first one..so I'm still trying to understand this whole thing..lol..anywhoo..you have a beautiful family and it's great to know more about you! Have a blessed weekend:)

  26. Natalie Catherine says:

    how stinking cute are you guys!!! love the photo of you with the baby swing in the back haha i have plenty of those shots. :) glad i met you through the blog party!

  27. Just stopping by from the UBP at Five Minutes for Mom. I love your site and am subscribing to your RSS feed. I would appreciate it if you visited my blog and did the same! I'm looking forward to reading more and getting to know you better.Cascia The Healthy Momshttp://www.thehealthymoms.net/2010/04/welcome-to-healthy-moms-blog-party.html

  28. Can't wait for the UBP! Love your site!!

  29. Wife to the Rockstar says:

    Beautiful family!!!!!!!

  30. I'm stopping by from UBP10! You've got a lovely blog! :) And a beautiful baby girl! Thanks for having me over. :)

  31. Hi there~ Happy Monday! What a refreshing blog you have and a beautiful family! Thanks for stopping by my site. I'm so happy to 'meet' you and I'm following you on twitter too. I hope life blesses you with happiness and good health. Peace :)

  32. Hah, love your definition of a party after motherhood…same here!

  33. Hi, thanks for the visit :) And oh my WORD Nellie is just DELICIOUS!!! Oh soooooooooo cute :) I've enjoyed reading a few of your posts and I'll be back for more!!

  34. Stacey says... says:

    Passing you a beer! I'm also a lightweight now when it comes to drinking, which my husband loves because now I'm a "cheap date"! Have fun at the UBP!

  35. Still Blonde after a says:

    I just wanted to say Hi! I've never been to your blog before but I admire your quest for a baby–many congratulation on your success. I am visiting all the people from the Ultimate BLog party that are on the "Not Family Friendly list!" Come and visit Still blonde after all these Years at http://www.stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com . We are giving away Some awesome frames from Ceiva valued at $248 in celebration of the Ultimate Blog Party! Also, at the Blog Party Prize Page, I am giving away a prize. A $450 Foot and Calf massager! Read about it here on my blog: <a href="http://www.stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com/2010/04/450-human-touch-foot-and-calf-massager.html.http://www.stillblondeafteralltheseyears.com/2010… />Hope Springs Eternal, Please come visit and talk about your blog, either at my blog or my facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/stillblondeafterallthesey

  36. Tina Hollenbeck says:

    Hi, Natalie. Your daughter is beautiful! I have two daughters…and also miscarried my first (at 12 weeks). Your title is so apt because hope does abound even in tragedy. I hope you might visit me (#225), too: http://tinahollenbeck.blogspot.com/2010/04/2010-u….

  37. Well congrats on the little girly :)I can appreciate the f-bomb. Been there. Wait until your little one turns into a teen; f-bombs everywhere.At least that's been my experience.Maybe you'll have better luck lol!

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