FAMILY | weekend update: housewarming party + happy heart

This weekend kicked off a string of busy weekends for the Martin family! This weekend a housewarming, next weekend a wedding shower for my sister and then the weekend after that we have the first birthday (WHAT!?) of a pretty special little girl + Easter to celebrate! Busy + blessed over here, that’s for sure.

So like I said, we hosted a housewarming party at our new home for family and friends to come and see the new little space we have been settling into. I will say that setting a date on a calendar, when you know people are going to be looking around your house, is a great motivator to unpack the mountains of boxes that come along with a big move. I am pretty proud to say that we only had one box that we had to hideaway for the big event and we didn’t have to stay up too late unpacking the night before.

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We were sipping on a Lemon Berry Rum Punch while we chatted with everyone and I would say it was a hit! A nice little fruity beverage to welcome in springtime and warmer weather. I think it would be a great sweet cocktail to drink by the pool this summer as well.

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Recipe: Lemonberry Rum Punch

  • 1 – 3qt bottle of Lemonade (I used Kirkland Signature – Costco has my heart forever)
  • 1 – 64oz bottle of Cranberry Pomegranate Juice (I used Ocean Spray Cran-Pomegranate Juice)
  • 1 – 1L bottle of club soda
  • 1 – 12oz bag of frozen mixed berries
  • 1-2 cups of white rum (or rather, to your taste)
  • 1-2 shots of either berry liquor or orange liquor (I used some Guavaberry Liquor we got on our honeymoon)
  • 2-3 cups of ice

Mix all of that fun stuff up in a large punch bowl or pitcher, serve and enjoy!

tableEverything went so well on Saturday. It was great to see friends we hadn’t seen in a while, catch up and just hang out in our new place. My mom was a lifesaver and showed up early to help ready a few things while I was able to get ready (not entirely sure our guests would have appreciated me still in my jammies upon their arrival;). It was such a great day and after the last guests left Eric and I were smiling from ear to ear. There really is nothing better than spending time with those people that just fill your heart up in all the right ways. After our little shindig we ventured out to the mall and did a little shopping. Got a few end-of-season deals on sweaters for both of us and I found a dress for Easter – so all around a winning day only to be topped off by coming home, putting a sleepy baby to bed, and watching the rest of Game of Thrones Season 4.

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Sunday was our usual grind of planning for the week + practice and mass in the afternoon. We were able to go out to eat with Amanda and her boys after Mass and it was such a wonderful little family date (that hopefully we can have more of in the future;)!

Happy Monday! On to another week, living this good life.

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