Last Thursday, Juniper and I headed out on our longest journey yet. We took a cross-country flight to Sacramento, where we met up with four of the most amazing women in my life. My college girlfriends and I have a tradition of meeting up for a reunion in a different spot every year (see previous reunions here and here). Since we all live in different places, and life has gotten even crazier with babies in the picture, I love how we've collectively made the intention to find time for these reunions. This year, we wanted to be sure to see each other before Baby Z, or "the noodle" arrives sometime around late February. My friend Trisha is expecting, and I'm so happy I was able to see her and that beautiful belly. Juniper was a rockstar traveler. I was so nervous flying solo with her on a cross-country flight (and a red-eye home!), but she was the best traveling partner. I think she loves all the lights in the airport and a plane is a perfect place for her favorite activity — staring contests with strangers.
Every morning we got to eat breakfast with this view from outside Trisha's door — beautiful, right?! I wish I'd taken more photos of Trisha's home because it's such a gem, and everything was designed with an eye for sustainability.
We threw Trisha a little sprinkle to welcome the noodle and give her some love. The theme was tea and scones. Erin made an amazing batch of scones (and it was her first time baking scones!) and she even whipped up some homemade lemon butter. I was in charge of favors and decided on these Juniper Ridge soaps. The packaging felt so in tune with Trisha's laid-back style, and I love how the scents are indigenous to California. Plus 10 percent of the profits from the soaps actually goes back to helping the mountains of California. (You can pick up the soaps here.) Since Juniper is the first baby of the group, I thought it felt so perfect — a little luck from the first baby to give to the second. Terah picked up teacups, saucers, and dessert plates from a Salvation Army. Together with a sheet as a tablecloth, the table had just the right balance of sweet and unfussy. We also gave Trisha a copy of the classic, Oh the Places You'll Go, and we all wrote notes on the inside cover about why we think Trisha is going to be one amazing mama. (The idea for this started with my sprinkle.)
Terah's recipe for the yummy scones..
And just for fun...
Juniper and I had a picnic by our JetBlue gate in JFK before heading off to California.
Before we surprised Trisha for her sprinkle, Erin and Juniper and I had an impromptu dance party. So much fun.
ps. I promise the babywearing post will go up next week! Keep finding more to add :)
Have a great weekend!