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My Name is Zoom and I live on the Moon…

October 5, 2012 Leave a comment

But I came down to earth just to sing this tune, cause hey! It’s my birthday!

Or something like that…

Since we celebrated our wedding for four months, it only makes sense that my birthday gets at least a month, right?

My birth-month began at Nationals Park with the Nats clinching the NL East. YAY!

On the second day, our good friend’s mom had us over for a fabulous fall dinner. Apple crisp. Yum!

At Monday’s game. Michael Morse included us in his champagne celebration.

On the third day, the Nats closed the season leading the entire league.

And yesterday, one of my super-fun cousins had twins!

I can’t wait to see what’s in store tonight…

 

 

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2011 in review

January 3, 2012 Leave a comment

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 10,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

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The trials of Doing it Yourself

October 24, 2011 1 comment

Before (on the left), and after getting the right punch (right)

There’s a lot of debate in wedding-world over making things yourself. Is it really any cheaper once you buy all the supplies? Is it worth your time? Do things ever really look like Martha made them?

I ran into my first trials over the past few weeks.

Remember my “Guess what I’m making?” posts?

Yeah. I scrapped all of those flowers I made.

Why? Because for the paper pomanders I was planning for my flower girls, the flowers were just too small. The balls looked like balls of pin heads, not balls of flower. I tried several different techniques to see I could make them better and after showing them to Charles, I finally realized I simply needed bigger flowers. The poms were looking much more kindergarten than Martha.

After buying the right sized punch yesterday, things went much better (and quicker!).

First, I punched petals in two shades of yellow. I spread the lighter shade of petals (the one I wanted on top) on a circle of Styrofoam I had from when I made cake pops. This made it much easier to put the pins through their centers.

Then, I’d hold a darker flower onto the Styrofoam ball and push a previously pinned flower through the center. By pushing the pin in firmly, the petals would naturally pop up, creating a more three-dimensional affect.

With bigger petals, it took much fewer pins and punches to create a ball. I ended up making three of them in about 5 hours.

My biggest tip of advice on the project…although I don’t normally splurge for the name brand…buy the Martha Stewart punch. because you want to see what you’re punching in order to save paper, hers are much easier to hold and punch and watch. Most punches are made to be used on a flat surface and you can’t see what your punching. Hers have a handy lever system that’s easy to hold in one hand and saves your thumbs from a ton of soreness!

What I used for this project: 5 inch foam balls, cardstock, Martha’s hydrangea punch, yellow-ball tipped straight pins.

In the end, for me, doing it myself was worth it. I probably spend about $30 all together on the balls, but I like that they’re something I made myself, and something the flower girls can keep after the wedding if they want to. Flowers die. These balls won’t even need watering!

Wait a minute, Mr. Postman

October 18, 2011 Leave a comment

About a month or so ago, I got that wedding itch. The itch to purchase something or do something.

I did what only seemed logical to me at the time. I bought 400 “Garden of Love” postage stamps.

Stamps are a big decision for many brides.

Do you get something that reflects the taste of the couple like pets, movie stars or other famous people?

Do you go “bridal” and get the white rose wedding stamps that look so proper and formal?

To me, one thing was more important than anything else.

It had to be “forever.”

Like our love or perhaps diamonds, I wanted postage that would last for more than a year.

Good thing.

Today the postal service announced rates will go up 1 cent next year (3 cents for postcards. I better figure out what we’re doing for RSVPs soon).

Believe it or not, buying stamps was perhaps the most bitter-sweet wedding decision I’ve made so far. For 20+ years of my life, it was a rare occasion to purchase a stamp. Instead, when I went home, Dad would ask me what I loved from the latest Philatelic catalog and sure enough, a few weeks later I’d have stamps and a note on a random scrap of paper to add to my binder of stamps Dad made for each kid one Christmas.

I’m sorry, Dad. I know you’d be ashamed to see my binder so nearly empty. And I feel ashamed every time I add a second stamp to an over-sized letter. Dad would have had the exact extra postage required. Thankfully, since I bought forever stamps, there will be no need for a second stamp on the wedding invites.

Is it real yet?

October 3, 2011 4 comments

Yes, I took another much needed break from blogging for a while. Sometimes life just gets so hectic and I don’t want to spew it all for the world (or my small part of it) to see!

Mr. Finn is doing much better. After a second surgery he’s starting to get up and moving so he can be home next weekend to celebrate my birthday (yes. Of course that is his only motivation for getting out the hospital. Aren’t I that important?). He is completely through with chemo and thanks to the second surgery, they were able to see that he is completely cancer free. Yay!

This weekend Charles’ family threw an engagement party for us. I’ve never really been the type of person that thinks engagement parties are necessity…but now I understand their purpose. Being so completely celebrated and praised by his family helps me know even more (although I didn’t doubt it before) that I am being welcomed with loving arms into his family. It’s an amazing show of support to have those that love us do something like this for us.

When we finally set our wedding date after months of being engaged, I said to Charles, “Isn’t this exciting?! This makes it so much more real! This is a huge step!”

To which he said, “What, me putting that rock on your finger didn’t make it ‘real’ enough for you?”

Sometimes guys don’t get it.

But after the party this weekend he said “This is so huge. It’s like we’re *really* getting married in less than a year! Isn’t it exciting? Doesn’t this make it more real?”

To which I had the chance to say… “What? You putting a rock on my finger didn’t make it real enough??”

Touche.

But the party was more than either of us expected. Yes, we knew there would be a party and we knew who was invited, but we had no idea that there would be speeches by both of our families or why the party was planned.

Charles’ sister had talked to their dad just before he died and they were both excited at the possibility of Charles proposing to me. Their dad wanted to make sure they had a chance to get to know my family and to start our marriage off right…and it was his idea that a party be thrown in our honor.

Special thanks to cousin Jill who came all the way from Philly just for the party!

Well, both of our fathers would  have loved the event and would have loved sharing in the love present for us that day.

Now we just hope our wedding can be as good of a party as that one!

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Life is like…

I do not love summer…but I do love me some cherries!

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Happy holiday weekend all!

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