19 10 / 2012
(photo credit to family members, photographers glen and wolf, andy)
it was everything you love about weddings.
it was romantic and heartwarming and emotional and fun. so fun.
for months, stephanie would call/text me and say they had nothing done or they needed to do more, blah blah blah. she lied to me. they had every detail covered down to placing teeth wipes for red wine stains in the restrooms for the guests. i didn’t even know they made those! all joking aside, zan and stephanie’s preparation and personal touches made their wedding day unforgettable for all who attended (and even some who couldn’t- they provided a live feed of the ceremony for family & friends far away. very cool).
the festivities kicked off at noon on the grounds of the mountain terrace in woodside, CA. it was an intimate ceremony, officiated by a close friend. there was laughter… and tears! definitely tears! following the ceremony, guests dined on the most delicious brunch menu and a bloody mary bar. a bloody mary bar, y’all. my only regret that day was not taking enough pictures of the smaller details- the grass-covered “F” guest book, the tree-trunk place-holders, the rope swings hanging from the trees, white parasols on the back deck. i obsessed over the flowers- gorgeous- and that cake!!! throughout the wedding process, zan had only 2 requests for the reception- lawn games and his beloved karaoke. steph said something along the lines of “lindz, i need you to talk to your brother…” but in the end, there was bocce, croquet, corn hole, ladder golf and a dj. i don’t think he had to campaign too hard though :) either way, it was all a huge hit!
the entire event was natural and organic with a rustic beauty that captured zan and stephanie’s personalities perfectly. we spent the afternoon dancing, SINGING, embracing one another under the shade of the redwoods. it was such a joyous occasion and i am so blessed to have been a part of it.
zan and steph, a million congratulations! we love you!
((steph, you know how excited i am to have a sister- i’ve been asking santa for one since i was 2. welcome to the family, ferris!))
19 10 / 2012
zan & stephanie’s rehearsal dinner in palo alto/my brother’s getting hitched!
mexican fare (+ grapes for the kiddos ;)
madeline and aunt/cousin katie being silly
cousin jen with the bride and groom
the shoe game- always a good laugh for the guests, and a great sign that almost all their answers matched <3
back at the hotel. tuckered out, but excited for the next day- wedding wedding wedding! my brother is getting maaaaaaarried!
**photo credit to my cousin jen and a few cell phone photos. so mad i didn’t pick my camera up all night!**
a few weeks ago, our family traveled to california to celebrate the marriage of my brother and my new sister-in-law!!!! let me just start out this series of posts by saying that i’ve dragged my feet on writing these because (my) words will never do this trip justice. california is magical.
my love affair with palo alto began instantly- how could it not? the weather, the houses, their commitment to clean living, the people, stephanie’s family… it was perfection. all of it.we arrived on friday, but the rehearsal dinner wasn’t until saturday evening. zan and stephanie met in seattle and currently live there, but stephanie was born and raised in palo alto and her mother hosted the RD in the backyard of the house she grew up in. we spent the majority of the evening outside, listening to music and catching up with friends and family. the party was catered by a local mexican restaurant and the food was sooo good. toasts were made to the happy couple, we played the shoe game, but my favorite part of the night was spending quality time with stephanie’s family- my new family.
19 9 / 2012
this past weekend, andy and i took the kids to coverdale farm reserve for DELAWARE FARM FUN DAYS! our nature society was gifted this 229 acre farm to use as an educational resource for the community- they provide a hands-on experience by letting the kids milk cows, feed the animals, and assist the farmers with their daily chores.
this was our first time participating in one of their programs so i wasn’t sure what to expect but we had such a fun time! i’m kinda bummed that we’re just finding out about this farm- we missed out on a whole summer of classes! our favorite course they offer is called “farm to fork” where they teach people how to live off the land by using only the resources available at coverdale to prepare meals. very cool.
after learning how to milk a cow, we bottled up the milk that we collected and fed the calf and the pigs. we also fed the chickens/hens/roosters and held baby chicks. i was pleasantly surprised at how hands-on we were actually allowed to be. madeline was very reserved during the group activities and had more fun wandering off and exploring on her own. charlie, on the other hand, thrives in big groups and was wiggling out of his carrier to play and get dirty with the big kids every chance he got!
madeline is currently obsessed with the wizard of oz so when we came across a scarecrow, we had to go say hello. we tried explaining to mads that this scarecrow wasn’t going to come to life but she wasn’t buying it. ((i don’t blame you, sweet girl. scarecrows are… SCARY!))
madeline insists on picking out her outfits these days. i found the leg warmers on her arms very amusing on this particular morning so we just went with it. our allergies started acting up not long after we arrived and when i asked madeline if she needed a tissue, she just held up her arms and said “i have my own tissues, thank you” and wiped her nose with the leg warmers. BUILT-IN TISSUES! pure genius, right?!
andy and i have wanted a farmhouse with some land for quite some time now, but only recently entertained the idea of actually running a (small, very small- 4.63 acres with 3 barns and creek frontage to be exact ;) mini-farm with animals and crops. we know it takes work- lots of work. HARD work. and time we don’t have. or money. or resources. so for now, we will continue living our dream through day trips out to the country with the kids until the time is right for us.
19 9 / 2012
::taps the microphone::
anyone out there?
madeline started her second year of “preschool” last week and it occurred to me that while i have two adorable baby books crying for attention, the only documentation we have of this big event are three IG posts and a handful of photos on my phone. not cool, lindz. not cool at all.
so here i am, back on tupelo honey, hoping to bring this little space back to life. my goal is to BUY SOME INK CARTRIDGES (finally!) and hook up our printer (gasp!), print each post from home and bind in a book to give to the kids someday. we’ll see :)
no song and dance, i’m just gonna jump right in…
MADELINE’S 1ST DAY OF PRESCHOOL, YR 2
((i originally wrote this cute little post about her 1st day back but the internet ate it so i’m just gonna post a few pictures, add some captions, and move on))
september 12th, 2012
madeline is clearly excited to see her teachers and classmates again! this is her 2nd year attending the same church preschool that andy went to when he was younger. we drop her off 2 mornings a week for 3 hrs a day. they read stories, have art and music class, play on the playground- nothing fancy but she loves every second of it.
charlie was not happy that madeline was leaving him! last year, madeline went to school for 1/2 a day on the days that i worked. my work schedule recently changed so this year, madeline goes to school on one work day and one of my SAH days. this allows me some one-on-one time with charlie, which i really appreciate.
madeline is the best big sister- she comforted charlie as we got ready to leave. poor buddy- he was so confused!
off they go! andy works right next to madeline’s preschool so he dropped her off on her first day back. there were tears (mine), lots of hugs and kisses and “share!”, “be sweet!” “have fun!”. i must have texted andy 15 times that day- LOOK OUT YOUR WINDOW. ARE THEY ON THE PLAYGROUND YET? CAN YOU SEE HER? WHO IS SHE PLAYING WITH???? i’m already looking for school nurse positions for when the kids enter grade school.
helicopter moms forever, y’all.
13 2 / 2012
it snowed twice (!!) and i was on-call so we spent a lot of time indoors. here’s a little peek into our weekend…
fingerpaint on plywood
a technicolor mess for my darling em
post-laundry basket race reading to her bitty baby molly
a little popped toe action
writing briefs & filing motions in daddy’s office
my early drive into work
view from work
play time on mommy & daddy’s bed instead of napping
slow dancing to amos lee’s sweet pea
my little man in his sister’s old bouncy gym
tiny little footprints
sunday lunch @ our favorite spot- pizza by elizabeths
this is what i get for asking her to say “cheese!” while eating
no shower, beers at noon kind of day
the grover fan club’s newest member
10 2 / 2012
***if this entry seems a little rushed it’s because i wrote this post already and tumblr deleted it. so annoyed.***
since having charlie, i’ve come to realize that i don’t need our crazy life to be perfect. i need it to be manageable.
it’s my new word.
about a month ago i found myself knee-deep in creative party idea pins on pinterest and i was thisclose to ordering these gorgeous custom made paper dolls from england (that were made to look just like your child, too cool) when i finally snapped out of it- what was i doing?? madeline doesn’t need some fancy party, she wouldn’t get it. she needs balloons and a cake and family and a few close friends… that’s it. lindsay, make this party manageable i thought to myself. so i tucked the paper doll party theme in my back pocket for when madeline would appreciate it and went with something a little more modest. i was very pleased with the results and the best part? we only spent one afternoon/evening putting it all together. operation: manageable birthday party with minimal stress was, IMO, a success…
sweet little banner i made with twine and scrapbooking paper from michael’s
since the super bowl fell on the same day as madeline’s birthday, we decided to host a brunch so everyone could make it to their super bowl parities on time- this spread (with extra in the kitchen for backup) served about 30 people. we made scrambled eggs (my late grandmother’s recipe), bacon (my dad’s, it’s the best. the secret is the bacon press), brie and crackers (threw that out there at the last second)…
donuts, fruit salad, mini pancake stacks w/mint and blueberries (idea from pinterest)…
a little birdie filled w/syrup and french toast & strawberry skewers sprinkled w/powdered sugar (idea from pinterest). the quote on the chalkboard was also an idea i stumbled on while searching pinterest for inspiration. it comes from one of our favorite books and the second i saw it i knew it would make the perfect backdrop for madeline’s party.
i have to laugh at this picture- this was all stuff i had leftover from previous parties that i found in our kitchen cabinets. my newest obsession is infused water. i chose cucumber for this particular occasion but i’ll throw anything into water and drink it- blueberries, mint, basil, peaches, oranges, strawberries. so yummy.
(remnants of) the adult beverages station
aunt stephanie was more than happy to help madeline learn how to ride her new “bikecycle” that grams and grandpa (pop pop) gave her. she hasn’t stopped riding it since!
this picture makes me so happy! i love how ben wrote “food store”- i refuse to erase it. the kids were having so much fun ringing up groceries with the cash register and baking goods in the kitchen for the market.
ahhh, the leaning homemade (with love!) 4 layer strawberry shortcake i made at the last minute because the icing was melting and the strawberries were slipping off and we had no more room in the fridge to store it… but it was good. soooo good. and it finally tipped over after the last person was given a slice.
make a wish!
look at the lean on that thing!!!! what a mess.
madeline didn’t seem to mind though.
08 2 / 2012
the past 3 week(end)s have been full of celebrations. i turned 32, we took a trip to nyc to say goodbye to a dear friend before he embarks on a yr long trip to south america, and madeline turned 2!
andy testing out the new treadmill he put together with beer in hand//birthday treats//1.21.12 6am birthday snow//a virtual birthday text of my favorite breakfast from the turys
2012 is the year that i get back on track in taking better care of myself. i’ve devoted the last 3 years to birthing and caring for these sweet, sweet babies of ours but somewhere along the way i stopped making myself a priority. i’ve declared 2012 as the year of me and will not apologize for marking out time each day to focus on being the best version of me. this includes minor changes- working out more, reading an hour a day, spending that extra 15 min to dry my hair instead of pulling it back straight out of the shower, and focusing on my biggest insecurity- my skin.
when andy asked me what i wanted for my birthday, i threw out a suggestion that would help me meet one of my goals for this year. he knew that i was having a hard time making it to the gym so he was supportive when i asked if it be possible to bring the gym to me. after some googling, we found a treadmill for a great deal (HALF OFF) online. i usually have buyer’s remorse after purchases like this- they feel so selfish these days, don’t they?- but i refuse to let myself feel guilty about this one. i’ve been exercising every day while reading my new magazines (gift subscriptions FTW) and watching tv… it’s a little chunk of ‘me time’ each day that i
really look forward to desperately need.
you loyal readers out there know how much i love me some snow… i couldn’t believe my eyes when i woke up to snow on my birthday! once the kids woke, we bundled them up and walked over to our neighborhood coffee shop for breakfast.
i have been hoarding a box full of gift cards and decided that my birthday would be the perfect time to use some of them. in sticking with the year of me theme i scheduled an appt with my hair dresser here in delaware, then drove to philly for an afternoon of facial pampering at a spa in rittenhouse square that specializes in skin treatments. i have sun damage from 13 years in the FL sun and acne scaring on my face that i’m super sensitive about, so my facial also included microdermabrasion and a chemical peel. i still have 2-3 more treatments left before i can get the result i’m looking for, but this was the start of something big for me. my skin has never felt or looked better and i can’t wait to share my before/after pictures with you when i’m finished with the process.
my birthday happened to fall on the same day that our neighbor friends were throwing a going away party (they’re moving to the ARTIC CIRCLE, so cool) so we all got dolled up and spent the evening with some of our favorite families that live on our street.
the next morning we went to a birthday brunch with the in-laws and headed back to their house afterwards to play in the snow. andy had promised madeline that he would build her a snowman and she couldn’t stop talking about it- she carried her carrot nose around for hours! unfortunately the rain had set in earlier and the snow had a thin layer of ice over it. andy got creative and used some snow from the birdbath to make a mini snowman. so precious.
a few pictures of us goofing around// playing with some of the premium picnik features before it shuts down- booooooo.
the state/carolina game. pictures on the left were taken before the game. pictures on the right were taken shortly after tipoff… needless to say, it was ugly.
baking rainbow cupcakes/learning our colors. i’ll accept the side eye from you for letting mads have a few licks of the batter- i know better ;)
play date at the children’s museum. another gift certificate we received- membership for a year and the best part? we can bring friends! thank you grandma and da! we love it and go at least once a week.
the weekend after my birthday was spent in manhattan with some of our most favorite people. our dear friend eric is traveling around south america for a year+ and our group of friends wanted to send him off in style. we drove/flew in from all over the east coast- boca raton, wilmington (nc), raleigh, dc, new jersey, and delaware to say goodbye. this group is pretty special to us- fraternity brothers, roommates in college, the ones responsible for introducing andy and i, people that have seen andy and i at our very worst and very best and love us unconditionally. i can’t even begin to tell you how amazing that night was- as excited as we were to get back home to our babies, we didn’t want the weekend to end. i laughed until i cried, my cheeks hurt from smiling so much.
my favorite celebration of all though took place this past weekend- madeline’s second birthday! i took a lot of pictures so they deserve a blog entry of their own, which i hope to post tonight or tomorrow.
i’m secretly happy that things are slowing down around here for the next few weeks- all this celebrating has left me pleasantly exhausted! i’ve said it before but it’s worth repeating- weekends like these are good for the soul.