Tuesday, August 31, 2010
My little brother got married this last weekend. We are thrilled for him and his adorable wife. We couldn't be happier that Avery married way above his paygrade! (smiles) The wedding took place at a chapel across the street from our historic home we grew up in. Then, the reception was held at our family home. I was way too busy to take pictures of everything and am totally regretting it. We had about 160+ people to feed though, so the pictures had to wait. My brother Ryan created an amazing meal, with the help of my other brother Eric & BIL Zac. The food was to die for & about 1.5hrs into the reception I was able to snag a bite or two. We had steak and chicken with fabulous sauces I can't even pronounce. A pasta salad like you've never known. A tomato and mozzarella salad. A spinach salad. They sound basic, but my brother puts amazing fresh herbs & spices (and if my mom is nearby about 2lbs of butter) into these dishes and they are as good as any 5 star dining! We had cake balls that we made into topiary trees that were coconut and chocolate. YUM! We had sorbets served in real coconuts, pineapples & lemons. We had a chocolate fountain, it's a tradition you know & it's a whole lot prettier than hooking ourselves up to chocolate I.V's! A party basically comes down to food when you come to our house. And my parents didn't disappoint! My job was refilling the dessert table, and boy did I refill. Probably around 30 times, I can't judge though, that is my favorite spot as well! So unfortunately, I didn't get pictures of the table decor & flower arrangements that we spent 2 days on, or the food that was ridiculously awesome and mesmorizing to look at, or the beautiful yard that my parents spent all summer working on. You'll just have to picture in your mind the prettiest, dreamiest, tastiest wedding you've ever seen and then times that by 10 and you'll come close! (It's a sad dog that can't wag its own tail, right?) I am happy that I actually pawned my camera/4th child off and jumped in some pictures with my siblings. Here's a little sneak peek of our day. I'm just itching to be a wedding planner. It's so much fun dreaming of things and then sending someone else the bill!
Isn't that the cutest 6 month pregnant girl you've ever seen? And the pregnant one is Mandy (in purple), mine doesn't look much smaller though, hence the disclaimer!
Either Avery knows what fabulous sisters he has or he's incredibly excited to marry his highschool sweet heart. I'm pretty sure he's just so stinkin excited to have us as sisters though! (wink, wink)
I loved that they have a sense of humor and played Johnny Cash "I'll walk the line" when they got married. And at the reception they played "Take a chance on me" but it starts out "If you change your mind!" Humor as corny as it gets always wins me over. Have fun in Hawaii you two. Don't worry about me. I'm just sitting here in a pile of laundry, with children who were rarely bathed while I was gone, combing out ratsnests in hair, and trying to figure out where the stink is coming from in my car. Jealous anyone? By the looks of my house, children, fridge, car & husband, I am certain I've been missed!
Monday, August 23, 2010
I've been searching for a rug for 2 years for this room & I finally picked one out. I love zebra print, but to be honest, it can often look cheap & tacky. Let's have a flair refresher course: Zebra accessories=GOOD, zebra shirts or skirts=lame! Basically, it has to be a bold punch of subtle or you look like a floozy. So when I found this rug online in very neutral gray & cream I squealed like a 13 year old meeting Zac Efron! I mean, I calmly ordered it before they sold out and I had to cry myself to sleep. And then I waited, and waited & checked the tracking record daily, then hourly, and then I took a 90 second shower so I wouldn't miss the delivery man coming and rescheduling the delivery. I put off blow drying my hair, which is always a mistake. I didn't look my best when Zebra showed up! But then she arrived. The exhilaration of ordering a big purchase online is about all the adrenaline rush this mother of three can handle!
So what do you think? Do you love it? Do you want to be my new BFF so you can come visit it? It's fab right? My little one thinks so! Even he has good taste!
Monday, August 16, 2010
Isn't she perty? I've only had this blank wall for the last two years, yeah, that's all, haha. Problem with this wall is the thermostat is smack dab in the middle of it and there's no good way to decorate around the thermostat, so we built a 2 inch frame around the boards and drilled some holes in the bottom and top so hopefully we can still have a functioning thermostat. I'll let you know if it works this winter:) The best part about this art to me is that instead of stapling the felt onto the boards, I used industrial strength velcro and that way I can change the color of the felt anytime I want (This brown was my safe color choice, I think I'm already ready for something wild)! Am I super smart or what?! Anway, so glad this huge project's over, I can check this off my before-baby comes list!
Sunday, August 15, 2010
Please ignore the ugly child lock on the armoire. Here is a closer look at the pictures I used. Remember: I was going for an orangy look.
So do you have any boring walls? Blow up a picture and make a HUGE impact. Change a snapshot to black & white and instantly make it look sophisticated. It's really inexpensive and completely original. It will make you smile everytime you walk by.......
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Monday, August 9, 2010
Penny Race: Get some pantyhose, preferably new. (or dirty and watch people squirm faster!) Place a penny in the foot of each leg & have someone hold them to start. See photo below. You can't have your hands touch anything while you retrieve your pennies. Much harder than you think and requires much concentration. (or a funny expression works too!)
Oreo Race- This is my favorite! Place an oreo on your forehead and without using your hands, get the oreo into your mouth. I challenge you to do it gracefully. It looks more like an excorsism when I do it. Of course, I looked like that in every challenge!
Skittle challenge- Two bowls per person needed. Place ten skittles in one bowl and with a straw move each skittle to the other bowl. Then do a happy dance. Preferably IF you win. Rich won this round & Renee's hopes and dreams of becoming a professional skittle sucker were dashed. Then she took Mandy and me on. Not much of a challenge as you can see.
We had so much fun playing these games. The best part is looking at the pictures afterward and seeing the hilarious facial expressions that come as people are trying to concentrate! So keep your camera handy!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Well, this little guy and his little brother that's on his way due in December! Suddenly after 5 months, my laziness has turned into EXTREME nesting! I have a whole new room to decorate for my new "big boy" and my craft room is now going to be compacted into the craft/guest room. It'll be a tight squeeze! I've been throwing away stuff left and right and it feels AMAZING!! So hopefully I'll be posting some of my projects that I'm determined to get finished before this little boy arrives!
Sunday, August 1, 2010
The few things that saved me from laying my body across a train track waiting for the light, were the coconut icecream bars at a Route 66 truck stop in New Mexico. Finding 43 different State liscense plates. Seeing funny businesses like "It'll Do Motel" located next to the "Nuttin Fancy Cafe" just up the road from "Jesus is Lord Travel & Souvenier Shop". We lost our stomachs, we lost our sense of smell, we lost ALOT of sleep, but we did NOT lose our sense of humor this trip. Will we ever do this again? I don't know, ask me after I take this Rufie.