I went to visit Melissa and her new baby Elle on Wednesday.  Melissa and I are good friends that met on a photography forum.  We live about 1 1/2 hours away from each other so we try to get together several times a year.  Even though the internet can be a shady place at times, I have found many good friends there.  And it is so fun to meet them in person!

So on Wednesday I headed down to Cincinnati to see Melissa, totally ignoring all the weather advisories about snow.  I’m a “believe it when I see it” kind of person when it comes to weather.  Well, turns out they were right!  We did get a lot of snow where I live and that made the roads very slippery.  That meant I had no choice but to spend the night in Cincinnati with Melissa.  We kept saying it was like a fun girls’ sleepover!  I had a great time intruding on  her daily schedule.  🙂  Her entire family were such gracious hosts.  And I was so glad to be put to good use feeding and holding baby Elle.  So sweet!  Owen, her 3 year old, let me sleep in his bed while he crashed on the floor in the big boys’ room.  In the morning when they were all getting ready for school, I heard Owen say to Melissa, “who is STILL sleeping in my bed???”  I laughed .  It reminded me of the story of Goldilocks and the 3 Bears.  So funny!

This is a picture of Melissa and baby Elle.  So sweet.  And I just LOVE the way babies smell.  I really think it should be made into a perfume I can spray on my 3 children.  My 5 year old son would just love that.  🙂


And the other interesting part about my little adventure was that I went to IKEA.  I don’t get to go to IKEA very often so I made the most of it.  My van was so jam packed with stuff, I literally thought it was going to drag on the ground.  I even had to fill the tires up with air.  It was a sight to see that is for sure.  My van (a 1993 Toyota Previa) already looks like an egg.  So this pretty much made it look like a lopsided egg that was about to crack at any minute.  But I made it home.  And I will post before and after images of our dining room as soon as it is done.  All those boxes loading down my van contain the cabinets and shelves we’ll be assembling and putting up.  I’m so excited!  But first I have to get my taxes done.