Thursday, July 30, 2009
Last summer after my dad passed away and June being so hectic... I relaxed. I read, cooked, cleaned, gardened and read. In amongst renovations, kayaking and family gatherings.. I rested, I mourned my loss, and I reveled in my free time. It was my first summer, ever, that I wasn't taking care of someone. It was foreign, yet comfortable.
This summer has been very different. We have planned for a year for Scott and Michelle's wedding... sewing, creating, cooking, renovating, gardening, phone calls, MSN'ed, surfing the net and networking with friends. When I finished work this summer, I slipped right into 24/7 wedding preparations. I was surrounded by friends, three young wedding helper nieces (seen here making autograph books) then, the real fun began with all the arrivals.. which took place over the week preceding the wedding.
The wedding was only a weekend long, but it felt like a week, all in itself. Understandably so, with over 50 people dining here on Friday night, after the rehearsal, and another 20 having lunch here on Saturday before the wedding, and then 30ish people having brunch on Sunday morning. By Monday evening, it was just my Ontario family and Terry and I (oh, and 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 guinea pigs and 2 praying mantis). We relaxed, we talked, we laughed, and even played a few games, but mostly we relaxed. Just 5 days ago.. everyone was gone, including all the extra pets..and it was quiet.
The first day, we kayaked, the second day.. Terry went back to work... and I was home alone. I was positively giddy. No kidding, I had soooo many things to do... but I puttered. I did very little other than laundry. It was foreign but fun at the same time.
I am on my 4th day home alone. It is starting to feel like last summer and it feels nice but I can't help but feel guilty for laying out on my bed, listening to the rain, and read my new book from Paula (via Donna D). What is wrong with me.... guilty!!! I know, but its there... and I didn't feel it last summer. I must be going mental!
Post wedding confusion... it has to be that... ugh. It better go away! I want to enjoy this!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
As a little thank you gift for the kids who were flower girls and ring bearers, Michelle and Scott gave each child a webkinz. My wedding helpers (Aubrey and Caleigh) chose them, and gift wrapped them for Michelle so on the evening of the reception, she simply had to hand them out.
Well, go figure, out of 7 kids and 7 different webkinz, one of the kids got a double of something they already had. We didn't know about it right away, but soon after, and we promised to solve that as soon as possible.
Caitlyn was a real trooper about it, but I know how disappointing it must have been when all the other kids got these new treasures and she got a double (and actually, it was a triple).
Once all the dust settled from the wedding, I contacted my sister (her grammie) and asked what she would like to have.
After a day on the website she made her choices...
Where do I find out how to find the stores that carry these little prizes... FACEBOOK... and my friends. I put the question out there and bang... within minutes I had 6 locations, all within a half an hour of here...
Monday, July 27, 2009
Some questions they answered very quickly... and they answered the same... other questions.. they had to think about and then answered the same... and the crowd was in stitches the whole game.. and we all learned some very funny facts about this very funny couple!!!
-who's the better driver
-who's the faster driver
-who spends the most time in front of a mirror
-who is in control of the checkbook
-who is most likely to eat desert for breakfast
-who wears the pants in the family
-who is in charge of the remote
-who spends the most time getting ready to go out
-who will be doing most of the yard work
-if you haven't already... who is most likely to pass gas in front of the other first
Thanks Ashley, for a very funny speech and a great way to end the supper.!!!
there are about 300 pictures now on the website linked below... the reception, the dance, the church, etc.... if you feel like having a look!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
The day was special for everyone involved. Michelle and Scott wanted all the family in their wedding and even though I thought it wouldn't work, it worked beautifully and was a wonderful experience. What a great way to bring two families together.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
It happened for sure...... and it was a beautiful wedding full of fun and laughter. I can finally blog about all the fun wedding things we did.... but as for pictures, I don't have any right now, but if you go to my sister's blog, she has posted the ones she took.
She decorated 3 of them in chocolate icing and sprinkles so that our houseguests to test the cupcakes before wedding... and the girls approved.
At the beginning of the last week before the wedding, Michelle gathered butter, icing sugar and pure vanilla and created 10 batches of icing which she stored in the fridge. Her plan was to assemble the cupcake tower on the friday night while we were setting up the reception hall. She took the icing out of the fridge on Friday afternoon so it would be soft enough to pipe....
Poor thing, during the dinner, and clean up, someone put it back in the fridge where it turned into concrete. Not a spoon, nor electric mixer would soften the problem. So, all the cupcakes, pink flowers, and icing were hauled back home for a "morning of the wedding" assembly party. Michelle got up bright and early, and she and her aunt Kelly started piping a big fat swirl on each little cupcake and they were all iced and packed in boxes within an hour. At noon, when the reception hall was unlocked, Kelly, Marie, Aubrey and I headed to the mess with the fondant flowers, the tower, the trays and the cupcakes and we assembled the whole thing for Michelle. She wanted to be the one to assemble it all herself, but time ran short and she had a hair appt with all her girls at noon. The top part of the cake when through two setbacks before a piece of fondant covered the tall topper good enough, with the help of some decorative flower patches. Humidity is a cake decorator's enemy! All in all, the tower was cute and tasty, and they enjoyed serving all there guests. There were less than 20 left over, leaving enough for the caterer and barstaff to share in the treats.
Sorry it took so long to get this out, but I didn't take one picture, so I had to gather pictures from friends and family. Michelle and Scott will be back on Friday.... I will blog a few other fun things we did before I can actually get some pics in.. remember.. please go to my sister's site to see some of her pics.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Today is raining, and the forecast for tomorrow is cloudy with sunny breaks. Perfect for a wedding day, in my opinion. But today it rains. Today we have about 60 people coming to my house for a family BBQ. They say rain til noon.
All the big stuff is ready, the little things are waiting....and everyone is on the move. My sister, her three daughters and their families are on their way here. A 6 hour drive. The decorations move to the reception hall, and decorations move to the church today. The wedding cake gets assembled.
Arrivals continue now that parents and grandparents have arrived, we are waiting for groomsmen, bridesmaids, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. Who is driving with whom, and where is everyone sleeping.
Phone calls to make.... reception hall, florist, priest..... groceries to buy (and find room for). Those insignificant meals to think about, like breakfasts and lunches for many.
Here I sit, 5:45am, thinking about the flowers that didn't flourish or bloom, in my garden. The carpet on the steps that didn't get replaced, the recroom walls that didn't get repainted... the pictures that won't get postered and displayed....
That is what today is.......the day before.
Sunday, July 12, 2009
That being said, the girls and I drove to the beach in Margaretsville, on a very hot day this week, to enjoy the rocks and the cool breeze. We walked the beach (with much difficulty, as crocs are not the best footwear for a rocky beach) and then we stopped, sat for a while and snacked. then the girls ventured off to the waterfalls and Mollie and I stayed behind. The kids are a dot on the shore line. Mollie kept a watchful eye on them, as they explored the rocks beyond the waterfall.
We are so lucky to have a cooling off place to go when the weather gets above 30 Celsius.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
sorry about the double picture.. I can't see to delete the double. Anyway, we did, we petted him and the girls fell in love with his big brown eyes, soft nose and gentle manner. He was a bit drooly, and that was gross.. but other than that he was pretty cute. I have never seen a camel so friendly.. it was a fun night for sure.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Michelle received so many awesome gifts and great ideas for gifts too.
Lyndsey and Cricket are getting ready for Lyndsey’s wedding which is two week after Mick's and we hosted a shower for Lyndsey last week…. Michelle came up with some really fun games and cute prizes. There was tons of laughing and story telling, and Lyndsey got the boobie prize in one of our games which was a sort of Yankee swap.. and although the other 3 prizes where pretty cool, our little bride to be scored the Pink Sunglasses.... what a hoot.
the snacks were a challenge to come up with because we wanted this spread to be friendly to people with food sensitivities... We had lots of crackers and veggies, and a few dips that were gluten free (thanks Karen Brewster for your recipe) a very nice gluten free carrot cake and a fancy fruit display. Below are a few pics of the building of the fruit bouquet!