Friday, April 29, 2011

Celebrating the new Marriage!

The party for my sister and her new husband was this past weekend.  Here are a million pictures from it.

The theme was woodland/eco-chic.  The decor consisted of moss, rocks, and tree branches, mostly. 
Mini moss balls and branches in the chandelier

branches and candles in the fireplace (I know, you can't really see it in this picture)

branches (and little lovey birds) in the money tree

moss balls and ripped fabric "streamers" on the ceiling

moss and fern-wrapped votives

rocks and moss mounds with candles

burlap and moss on the food table

Everyone pitched in for the food, and it was delicious!  We had compostable dishes to eat on.  There were stuffed mushrooms, roll-ups, cream cheese and sprouts on bread, a chocolate fountain with various things to dip, birdnest cupcakes, devilled eggs, water with a decorative ice ring, and spinach dip with bread.  Mmmm, thanks to all who contributed!

We did two games: the newlywed game, featuring the bride and groom and we all bet on how they'd do (they did badly, but really, who doesn't?!).

This was taken during the pre-Newlywed game questionaire.
It looks like it's about to come to blows
but to the best of my knowledge it did NOT.
and "A to Z" with Melinda & Robert/wedding/love themed topics.  The winning token was on "Y Honeymoon location: Yemin."  Because we all want to go to Yemin on our honeymoons.

The game prizes were plants in burlap bags.

Everyone seemed to have a good time.


Everyone had feet.

It was even fun when Moose threw up on my nephew Jake  (who was a good sport about it).  (Moose also threw up on Grandma during the party set-up.  And on Daddy the next morning.  He's the one that got the ball rolling...we've had vomit ever since, but lets focus on the party, shall we?).

Special thanks to my friends: Heidi for the AtoZ game, Rachel for the chocolate fountain, and Denise for the branches!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Eating a Rainbow

The other day I thought it would be fun to add a bit of artistry to our smoothies.

We made a rainbow
(though we didn't exactly have B.I.V.  because I only had blueberries and grapes for that end of the spectrum).
The girls loved it.
Of course, when all blended together it was brown,
because that's what you get when you mix all of your watercolor paints together, right?
Tasted good though.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


I only have a minute, but I miss blogging : (

I mentioned in my last post that I was working on the downstairs.  Still no "after pictures," but today I did some of the color painting.  It's a light avocado color (I don't think the swatch shown is green enough, but maybe it's just my computer?).  It'll be paired with a robins egg blue.  The actual color names are: Greentree and Wintergreen Ash.  Whatever.  Anyhow, most of the room is a creamy white, but there are accents in these colors.  I'm pretty excited.

I knew in my head that I wanted a blue-green-(slight)yellow palatte (I like the peaceful analogous combination--it reminds me of an impressionist pastoral painting).  I found fabric for the curtains, but hesitated.  Now the fabric is nowhere to be found.  I bought solid fabric and am going to paint the stripes on.  Wish me luck.  Seriously.  I'm nervous.

The party for my sister...oh, I haven't mentioned that.  My sister recently got married and isn't having a reception.  So I volunteered to throw a family party for her.  I didn't want it here, but for lack of a better space.... Anyhow, that's what started all of the work downstairs-- if we can fix it up down there then we'll double our party space.  Anyhow, here's the invitation that I designed for it:
Ok, so the party, is in less than a week and a half.  eeeeee.  I'm excited, but have much to do before then.  I'm actually considering hiring a cleaning lady for a few hours.

I haven't started teaching the kids Italian yet, but I have exposed them to more Italian than before, and it's been fun to hear some Italian "jibberish" being spoken.

I found a compromise for the recliner.  I'm replacing the missing spring, and I ordered a slipcover today.  Cross your fingers.  I hope HH appreciates my efforts : )  Stay tuned for "after" pictures of that too.

Since it wouldn't be a proper post without pictures of my kids:
Monkey stuck a bobby pin into an electrical outlet and burned her fingers (& a spot of the carpet).  I'm really glad that that's all that got damaged and that she's fine otherwise.  Scary.  We now have the annoying plug covers on all accessible outlets.
Speaking of bobby pins: Chick was holding a bobby pin and said that she was going to pretend that it was a "smoke stick."  She said the girl on "The Trouble with Angels" had a smoke stick.  At another point in the day she said, "I'm going to kill myself."  Turns out it was a quote from that same movie.  The movie is now banned.
I'm just waiting for Moose to choke on a bobby pin, and then I will ban those too.

The kids had a tent and fort set up while I did my monthly layout.  I always think their play is cutest when I'm supposed to be working.

To redeem the above stories about Chick: she gave her first talk in primary on Sunday and did a fabulous job.  She's a good public speaker.

(Next year Monkey will be a sunbeam, and I'm dreading when she is assigned a talk.  There's no way that she'll do anything of the kind.)

Well, I guess I gotta get to bed.  Tomorrow is a trial day at the gym, shopping for stuff for the party, making soup and bread, and a blue painting day : )