Wednesday, October 22, 2014
My parents had their 40th wedding anniversary in September. 40th! My sister and I wanted to do something special. Mostly because we really do like them, and heck, 40 years is not nothing. After much consideration we decided to keep it small, just our immediate family, because our parents also celebrated their 60th birthdays over the summer and we had done some bigger celebrations for those. We were going for an intimate affair. Or as intimate as you can get with 4 kids, ranging from about 1.5 to 11.5 years old. (So not very intimate, but a few girls can dream, right?).
Enter my longtime gal pal (nope, I'm not gonna say that ever again... but sometimes you gotta try things out), Kristin, who recently started an event planning business and blog. I wrote about it some here. Party planning is just not my best thing, but Alice and I hoped to put together a dinner that was different from our usual family gatherings. Something that showed it was a special occasion. Something that really commemorated our parents and how thankful we are for them and the example they have set for marriage and a life well lived. Kristin lives far away (waah!), but one of the services she offers is a virtual inspiration board. This is right up our alley. I'm a visual learner and Alice is super crafty and creative. The inspiration board was the perfect thing for my parents. She planned for a bohemian wine and cheese party (I know, right?!), incorporating lots of fun colors that started with ruby, which goes with the 40th anniversary. She provided a Beatles quote, the idea of flower crowns, and old pictures hanging about. These things, along with the pictures she included on the board all helped to inspire us. Alice was in charge of the pictures. She made a really cool accordion card that included old pics of my parents and quotes about love, including the Beatles quote Kristin had used. The board helped give us direction, and kept me from falling back on something ho hum. We could not have done everything without Kristin! (Well, Alice probably could have, but certainly not me... I write things and eat things, not so much on the planning pretty event things.)
Dinner was so fun. We ate and drank delicious goodies. We listened to the Beatles Pandora station, talked about the songs, and sang along as well. We planned s'mores for dessert, because Alice is a genius. We had some fun ingredients but also the tried and true ones. The weather was just lovely for stepping outside, under the twinkling lights, and next to a fire. It was like so many nights before, together as a family, but just enough unique to set it apart as something special. It felt like a real celebration. And 40 years of marriage is great cause for a real celebration! I don't have the right words to honor my parents and their marriage. I have thought over and over and searched for such words. I just can't find them.
Mom and Dad- we love you so much and are infinitely grateful for you, and just plain happy to be your kids. Happy 40th Anniversary!!
I wish the pictures did better justice to the night. I have trouble photographing my dining room, because the lighting is a little weird. But here are lots and lots of pics anyway :)
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."
E&C: Oh, how I am loving the weather. We have been spending many afternoons in the backyard. E uses the time to find his friends (bugs) or play with sticks, rocks, and dirt. Cora goes down our slide, follows E around, and keeps busy as she always does. (She has started running lately or at least is trying to.... As I've mentioned before, she's got a lot to do and not near enough time to do it.) She has also been going after the soccer ball the last few times out. She has great body smarts and I bet she'd kill it on the soccer field. Although, I may need to throw a basketball out there, and see where her heart really lies. But no pressure, little one.
There's been a lot of black and white photos in this series lately, huh? Just the way it goes, I guess. Hope you don't hate that. We just got back from a great family reunion and are currently enjoying some time with Jaron's mom. I'm sending lots of love, positive energy, good vibes, and prayers out into the world today. For you and yours.
Monday, October 13, 2014
"A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014."
Emmitt: This kid's newest obsession is bugs, specifically going outside to find a worm or roly poly to bring back inside and put in a bowl, up on the shelf between our kitchen and breakfast nook. Fairly weird. But even weirder is that he also likes to put a bow tie in the bowl. I'm not sure what the bow tie's purpose is, but I'm clearly very stupid when it comes to these things, so I'll just trust him on this one. I am wild about the fact that E seems to have such interest and affection for all God's creatures (even the ones that I think are icky). Hope I can help encourage this as he continues to grow.
Cora: (Guys. I love muffins so much. For one thing, they're the perfect vehicle for butter. And they're the only thing I really feel comfortable making in the kitchen. I've been thinking a lot about muffins and sometime I just need to write a whole essay about how they act as an important metaphor for my life, but that's gonna have to be for another day.) I made whole wheat oatmeal muffins one afternoon last week and while we were waiting for them, Cora sat down in front of the oven and peered inside. It was the sweetest thing and I quickly ran to grab my camera, hoping not to disturb her, but by the time I took a photo, this is what I got... she had turned around and was coming for the camera. Still pretty cute though.
Oh friends, have a good week, will ya?!
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
For my 32nd birthday, Jaron and I got to stay a night away, without the kids. It was actually the first time I've been away from Cora, so I was a little nervous about it, but the kids did really well (or at least that's what Jaron's sweet, sweet parents told us). We stayed in a newly renovated hotel, the Ambassador, in Midtown. It was fabulous and beautiful and comfortable. We ate a delicious meal at Red Prime steakhouse on Friday night. And another delicious meal for breakfast on Saturday at Waffle Champion. And another delicious snack at Browns Bakery while on a walk, approximately 30min (maybe less) after eating breakfast, because... donuts. I mean, what're you gonna do? It was all so good (Okay fine. It was perfect.) and I was sad when it was done, but glad to get back to our rot bots. Got to celebrate again with the fam at my parents' on my actual birthday. It was a great birthday, and I'm looking forward to tackling some resolutions for myself this year. I'm still working them out, but will probably write more about them at some point. Here are lots of phone photos from our night away, including an unreasonable amount of selfies, but again, what're you gonna do? You start to act crazy when you eat a full meal without being interrupted and sleep through the night. So many thanks to my husband, who always makes my birthday so special. He's my favorite husband. Love his guts. Times infinity.
^^new jewelry from Jar^^