Wednesday, April 9, 2014

doings | but mostly, wedding cake

first wedding of the year with Brooke  |  photo by my favorite Kathryn Grace


Remember me?  I'm the one over here who claims to write a blog.


The past few weeks have been busy.  My life is usually pretty quiet, and then there are those times when everything that could possibly happen, happens in the same two week span.
a tiny glimpse into our styled shoot...
The styled shoot I've been planning with friends for several months was last saturday.  I was so excited to finally see it all come together.  Our theme was "Wedding Brunch at the Hunt Club" and I "promise promise promise" there will be photos but in order to publish them there is a lag time due to exclusivity rights.  Unfortunately, when it comes to that, the stylist is at the bottom of the food chain...  I can tell you that I am so very pleased at the results and can't wait to see the sneak peek from our photographer.
celebrating a successful styled shoot with, what else, wedding cake!
My great uncle passed away last week.  It was a sad day for our family.  All ten of us kiddos were close to him and have the best memories of spending time with him over our lifetime.  He was diagnosed with cancer in January and lived exactly two months past that.  It was just enough time for him to say goodbye.  We made a special trip to Indianapolis about a month ago and even though he was very near the end, we were so blessed to be able to have one last time sitting around his hospital bed laughing as he told some more "Uncle Charlie stories"!  The man was always a nut!  And we miss him.

The next morning, Dad and I left at dark o'clock in the morning and drove up to the factory.  He had some meetings and I was helping to arrange a few things for the luncheon that afternoon.  We also brought along some friends to tour the facilities while we were busy.  And I got to spend the night at my Mimi's house, which is always a highlight.  I'm twenty five years old and I still love drinking root beer floats on her couch.
grand entrance!
I spent Friday and Saturday helping with the wedding our our dear friend Susan!  She'd asked me to be her day-of coordinator back in January and I was happy to do it.  My word did she make it easy on me!  Everything flowed along so smoothly!  Except for the poor pew decorations.  Note to self: hydrangeas are fickle, and very thirsty, arrange them the day "of" the wedding.  Even that problem was solved quickly!  Brooke helped with wedding hair and our friend Madisson, who was in town for the wedding, was a huge help to me as we worked on all of the final details!  We had the best time catching up while blowing up balloons and picking up ice and trying to remain calm.  The Lord was good to us and Neil and Susan looked so happy.  She wore her mother's wedding dress and the best cowgirl boots I've ever seen!

That's about it, weddings, a funeral, work and life in general.

But mostly, wedding cake.
Neil & Susan's delicious cake!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

doings | mom's night out movie!

Several weeks ago I received a email from the folks at Provident Films asking if I'd like to attend a prescreening of their new movie "Mom's Night Out".

Um, let me think about that for a second... YES!
My friend Josh Walsh just happens to be the associate producer for this movie.  (Friends in high places, y'all!)  It was an absolute blast finally getting to see a movie I'd heard so much about!  The fact that a bunch of friends starred as extras only added to the fun.

The Erwin brothers, who also made the incredible film "October Baby, are behind "Mom's Night Out" and they did not disappoint.  I can't remember the last time I've laughed so hard during a movie!  It was that funny.  And heartwarming.  And funny.

There was even a representative from the MNO team at the theater to hand out goodie bags (yes! yes! yes!) and to emcee the evening.  She had a great sense of humor as she talked a little "behind the scenes" with us.
I absolutely loved the MNO nail file, which we were informed was NOT a tongue depressor. Haha!

And make plans to take your mom to the theater this Mothers Day weekend!

Friday, March 7, 2014

doings | happy birthday dr suess!

We love a good excuse to throw a party.

And when you have a house full of Suess fans, and the dear man has his 110th birthday, its more than a good excuse.

My sister Elle has taken it upon herself to throw a yearly birthday party for the dear, Dr Suess.  She is 13 years old and her party planning skills are already shaping up fantastically!  Elle planned the whole thing, hand-illustrated the invites, planned out the menu and decor, and created her own games (draw a "who" in two minutes and a trivia quiz, thankfully no rhyming was involved).

We had appetizers and mingled for a few minutes before the meal.  These are caprese skewers (get it? they look like his famous hat!)  We also ate goldfish crackers.  Of course!
It Poor Miss Grace is cropped out of this photo and Cal is the lone male at the table, but at least the decorations are cute!

 The centerpiece of Truffula Trees.  They're made of pompoms and sitting in a bed of truffula seeds (ahem, skittles).  I died of the cuteness!
I wish I had a full shot of the buffet.  We feasted on "roast beast" sandwiches, "one fish two fish" blue jello, brussel sprout "who hash" and had "yurtle the turtle" sundaes for dessert.
 And its the little Cal-boy.  He absolutely adore it when we throw parties.  Food everywhere!  And he can snack for hours without anyone telling him to stop.  Oh and the sugar, he's also a fan of the sweet treats that we serve.

Bravo Elle on another snappy party!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

quotable | no, never

Cal: "If I was a girl, I'd never grow a mustache."

He just turned five, and apparently has ten kinds of opinions on life.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

doings | yerkes observatory

I love getting the opportunity to play tourist in my own town.  And despite my best intentions to tour Yerkes Observatory, it's just never happened.  I've grown up hearing stories and wondering about this famous refracting telescope that sits on a hill overlooking the lake and decided that Saturday looked like a great day to go.

My little sisters are fascinated with stars and astronauts and such.  I figured they'd be up for an adventure.  

They absolutely were!  

I'm just plain crazy about museums, architecture and other things that most people find boring.  The three of us were practically giddy when we left the house at 9am.  The rest of our family told us to "have fun!" and rolled their eyes.  Oh we will, thank you!
The tour didn't disappoint!  Our guides were funny older gentlemen who've spent waaaay too many years here at Yerkes.  We learned all about the beginning of the observatory (lots of money & Chicago politics involved).  

And there is it, the telescope!

I affectionately call these girlies my "space cadets", even though they're actually brilliant.  The building that houses the telescope is unheated, it was a toasty 17 degrees inside, but it was worth it to be on the floor as our guide raised and lowered it for us (and whistled a sic-fi theme, bonus!).  

We stood in the very same spot that Einstein once stood.

The architecture was surprisingly ornate.  Terracotta exterior and painted plaster inside.  The pillars had celestial designs and very funny characters hidden throughout.  It reminded me a bit of Rosslyn Chapel, one of the strangest places I've ever been.  
And then we bought postcards and astronaut ice cream in the gift shop.

Because I believe in supporting great museums.  And where else are you going to find astronaut ice cream?