Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Mother's Dresses

Out of all the attire we had to choose for the wedding, the most difficult person to dress was my mom.  I bought my wedding dress the first day we went looking.  My mom took months to find that special dress.  My mom's biggest hinderances in choosing a dress were probably her coloring and my pickiness.  My mom has very fair skin and red hair - which results in a limited number of colors that would complement her natural beauty.  Which leads us to the second hinderance - her own daughter.  I didn't just want my mom to look pretty or nice for my wedding, I wanted her to look gorgeous.  And I wasn't going to stop until we found a dress that really had the wow factor I was looking for. 

We finally decided on a teal gown by Patra.  We purchased the gown at Nordstrom and there is currently a similar gown available in a lilac color.

(Doesn't she look FABULOUS in that color?)

Patrick's mom looked stunning in this Tadashi Shoji two piece set also available at Nordstrom.  I really loved this look for fall.

These two women are truly the most beautiful women I know.  When I was young, I always thought "I want to look just like my mom when I grow up"....until I realized that I don't have her gorgeous red hair and ultra fair complexion.  Hopefully I will age as gracefully as she has in my own way. 

So here they are - the Mother of the Bride and Mother of the Groom wedding looks.  Stay tuned for more wedding attire looks next week.

Photos by WhiteKlump Photography

Super Easy Fresh Fruit Salad

This weekend, I made two tubs of fresh fruit salad to take to Patrick's aunt's house for a pool party.  I love fruit salad in the summer - it is so refreshing!

Here is what I created:

And here is what I used:
Canned Fruit
2 cans of pineapple chunks
2 cans of sliced peaches (which I sliced down even further)
1 can of mandarin oranges
1 can of sliced pears (which I sliced down even further)

Fresh Fruit
2 kiwis
2 apples (not sure what kind - I stole them from my mom's house)
1 large banana
2 handfuls of red grapes
6 large strawberries
2 handfuls of blackberries

Even though I love fresh fruit, I always use some canned fruit mainly for convenience (I hate cutting pineapple) and to get a good juice base for the fruit salad.  I choose my fresh fruit based on availability and price.  For example, this weekend at the grocery store, the small cartons of blackberries were on sale 10/$10 so I bought one small carton.  However, the same size carton of raspberries were $4 each - so no raspberries for my fruit salad.  I like to provide a good mixture of flavors and colors.  This combinination was a sure winner! 

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Weekend Recap - Memorial Day 2012

Wow!  What a weekend!  Patrick & I kept plenty busy during this extended holiday weekend.  We both took off work Friday for my baby brother's high school graduation.  Remember Josh who just turned 18?  Now he is a St. Vincent High School graduate.

Friday morning, we went up to the high school for the awards ceremony.  This is where they gave out scholarships to the seniors attending college.  Josh won a $1,000 scholarship from the local VFW Hall.  Yay!

I had fun holding Gavin during the awards....

Josh processing out of the gym with his partner in crime, Emily Fair.

Josh & I after the awards and before the graduation Mass.

The St. Vincent High School class of 2012!

Josh waiting in line to get his diploma.

Josh shaking hands with the school principal (who also taught me geometry when I was in high school at SV).

 He did it!!

Family photos after the cememony....

On Saturday, we all spent the day relaxing....especially Gavin.

Being a baby is so rough....

On Sunday, we went to a pool party hosted by my cousin Jennifer.

My friend Racheal's little girl Madi loved the water!

White swim suit cover-ups must be the hot summer trend...

The guys playing ball in the pool...

Me with the beautiful hostess...

On Monday we went to another pool party hosted by Patrick's aunt Cindy.  I made two containers of fresh fruit salad for the BBQ....yum!

Patrick's cousin Dana's girls hanging out in the pool.  They are so cute and just LOVE Patrick.  

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Memorial Day weekend.  We were so blessed to be able to spend so much time with family and friends this weekend.  Now, back to work - have a great week everyone!

Friday, May 25, 2012

NOLA - Sunday

It's been long overdue, but I am finally filling you in on the last day of our New Orleans vacation.  In case you missed the other days, please see my posts about our adventures on Friday and Saturday.

Warning:  This post contains WAY too many pictures!

On Sunday, the group gathered at Brandy's house for a crawfish boil and to celebrate Blake's 2nd birthday.

Excited for my first crawfish boil!

Trey helped Patrick rinse off the crawfish in the cooler.

Crawfish ready to be boiled.

Uncle Tommy trying to scare someone with the crawfish.

Yes, I touched one!

Lowering the crawfish into the pot.

Cousins Trey & Beau just swinging.

When the crawfish turn bright red, they must be done!

Close up of our little friend....

Adding the vegetables to the pot.

Close up of goods.

Crawfish cookie cake for Blake - too cute!


Kids getting ready for their dessert.


Aunt Faye telling me all the ways to prepare crawfish.

The gang hard at work...


Even Beau helped!

After the boil, Katie entertained the kiddos on her guitar.

What a fun day and wonderful weekend in New Orleans.
I can't wait to go back!   Love y'all down there!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Living Room vs Family Room

Remember some time ago when I posted about our new house purchase?  We are still about 3 weeks away from our closing date, but so far everything looks good as far as all the paperwork goes.  I have started planning the look and feel of our new home, and it is a tough job!  I used to dream of the day when I would have more than a 1-bedroom apartment to decorate...and now that I do, I don't know where to start!

One thing that has really been puzzling me is the concept of having both a living room and a family room.  I have never lived in a home with this type of set-up and I tend to use these terms interchangeably.  I'm sure you can understand why I have no idea what to use these spaces for.  So, can you please help a girl out??

Here is our living room:

This photo was taken from the dining room.  When you walk in the front door, the living room is to your immediate left and the dining room is on the right.

Here is our family room:

 The angle of this photo would be if you stepped into the family room from the kitchen.  To the right of the lamp is a large window and to the left of the fireplace is a door that leads to the deck.

I have read numerous articles on the different uses of a living room and family room.  From what I gather, the living room is more formal with no TV (gasp!) and the family room has the comfy furniture with the entertainment. 

Do you have a living room and a family room?  How do you utilize these spaces?  Do you have any great ideas for these blank slates?  I appreciate all input!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Wedding Wednesday - Flowers

When I first started thinking about wedding flowers, I was clueless as to what I wanted.  I knew I wanted to incorporate the fall colors and I wanted something with different textures.

When I found this photo online, I knew that this was it.  I was sold.

The thing that really caught my eye was the seed pod.  I absolutely loved the sense of nature it brought to the bouquet.  I took the photo to my florist and told him this was the inspiration, however, I wanted a little less yellow and a little more orange.

This is what he delivered:

Bridesmaid flowers

My bouquet

Groom's flowers

Pretty good, huh?

Stay tuned for my top tips on getting the most out of your wedding flower budget.

Photos by WhiteKlump Photography
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