Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Family Blessings

We are so lucky.


I went looking for 2Flowers after an aborted bedtime routine and found this scene; 2Flowers snuggling her great-aunt, who was singing Primary songs. How many kids know their great-aunts well enough snuggle with them?

This particular great-aunt lives with us part time because she manages Grandpa's business now that he is gone. She is easy to talk to and fun to be around. She tells me stories about the family from before I married into it. She relates to my struggles as a young mom and is encouraging and uplifting to talk to.

She does the dishes. She holds my babies. She talks to me. She recommends books to me. She has a bajillion other things to do, but she spends time with me... and with my kids.

I love when she comes to stay.
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Cookies and Milk

You know Lost Boy loves you if he shares his Oreos with you.


He is a bit of a purist; he will eat Mint or Double Stuffed Oreos and other "abominations," as he calls them, but he much prefers the plain Original Oreos. I was deeply disappointed by the Orange Creme ones, but I love Double Stuffed and Mint!

What kind of Oreo do you like?




05.04.2013

Thursday, August 08, 2013

The Wedding Day Kit

My brother-in-law got married last Saturday. I volunteered to be his fiance's Personal Assistant / Event Coordinator and I like to be prepared, so I looked around on Pinterest for some ideas for Wedding Day Emergency Kits and I put one together. Here is what I put in my kit (and whether it was useful):



  • safety pins (We used them all! We had to pin most of the bridesmaids' shrugs to their dresses.)
  • a mini sewing kit
  • painters tape / masking tape (We used this the night before the wedding while we were setting up the decorations.)
  • extra make up utensils
  • feminine products
  • hair spray
  • white shoe liquid (polish type stuff - the bridesmaids all had white shoes or sandals)
  • eye drops
  • my own makeup kit (the bride had a makeup artist, but I didn't have time to do my makeup until we were in the car on our way there)
  • drinking straws (I didn't have bottled water, so I didn't use these as much as I wanted to, but I did manage to get some water into the bride and groom while their reception line was winding down.)
  • white chalk
  • a Tide-to-Go instant stain remover pen
  • snacks: raw almonds, granola bars, mini raisin boxes, fruit snacks (the raisin boxes helped two cranky toddlers while we were taking family photos, and later I gave a granola bar to one of the bridesmaids to hold her over until she could go to lunch)
  • zip ties (we used these for decorating, but we didn't need them on the actual wedding day)
  • extra hair elastics and mini hair rubber bands (the mini rubber bands got used on 2Flowers, whose hair was hanging in her face during family photos)
  • spare deodorant (trial size)
  • phone charger (my phone died by the end of the night, but I knew it would, so I was prepared!)
  • baby powder
  • hand lotion
  • toothpaste
  • double stick tape (we tried to use the tape on the bridesmaids' shrugs before we decided safety pins were better. The tape didn't stick to the fabric, so maybe next time I need fabric tape?)
  • extra favors to tuck into the wedding night picnic we sent with them when they "slipped away"
  • scissors (these got used by a few different people. Definitely useful.)
  • tums and ibuprofen
  • band-aids
  • clear nail polish
  • lip balm
  • nail files
  • tweezers
  • extra pens (the best man needed one at some point)
  • a sharpie marker (I used this to label a box with my name so no one would throw out my supplies)
  • rubber bands

There were a few things that I didn't pack that we needed:
  • socks for the bride to slip on when she was tired of wearing her heels
  • ... I can't remember what this one was. But I remember thinking "I need to remember this for next time!"

the beautiful bride

Disqus for a home for my heart