Monday, July 28, 2008

How to have a fun bridal shower

1. Have a beautiful spread of food, like this:

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2. Have an equally beautiful spread of dessert, like this:

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3. Have fun games, like this one: you mix a box of closed safety pins into a bowl of rice, and have your guests see how many they can fish out in 30 seconds, blindfolded. Very very difficult.

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4. Cool refreshing beverages. I made fresh squeezed lemonade, iced tea, iced green tea w/ lemon, and I served pitchers of water w/ lemon and cucumber slices as well as punch, all in beautiful clear pitchers. I then gave the bride a couple of the pitchers on the condition that the next time either of us needs six pitchers, we can share. :-)

5. Have an absolutely awesome mother-of-the-groom who makes crazy fruit sculptures and delicious egg salad there. She will basically do everything and clean your house too!!!

6. Send the men and boys in your life to the National Air Force Museum for the day!

7. Don't make the guests play too many games.

8. Have someone write down the bride's comments as she's opening her gifts. At the end of the shower read them back to her saying legend has it these are the things she will say to the groom on the wedding night. Some of our bride's were things like "Aw, it's so cute!" and "I'm really not very good at this" and "maybe if it doesn't work we can use this one."

9. Have a lot of really cool and fun people over.

10. Have the sweetest, prettiest sister in town as the bride.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

Our Town

Took the boys to COSI today for a little playspace time, and just to get away from the house and all the work I am still embroiled in with this wedding and shower (thankfully that will be over soon enough!) Turns out it's the Jazz and Rib fest this weekend so the boys and I headed to the riverfront after lunch. Sadly we arrived between bands, but we got to spend some time by the Scioto River. I realized I'd never before taken any pics of my town, so if you've ever wanted to see the hilights of Columbus, here you go!

Zack in front of the Broad Street Bridge

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Riverfront

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The LeVeque Tower

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More skyline/ Courthouse

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Our very own replica of the Santa Maria:

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Ain't it sweet?

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Sunday, July 13, 2008

My sister's wedding flowers are done!

I completed the whole ensemble!

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I even made this table runner for the shower, which will also work for the head table at the reception:

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I think I'm going to make a complete set with the leftovers (there is a lot leftover) and sell it on ebay. Anyway, if you know anybody who's getting married...

Salad!!!

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Have to brag a minute. This was our first salad comprised entirely of our garden veggies. Lettuce (which was a little bitter but okay) a few leaves of arugula and swiss chard, tons of sweet peas, basil and one small but lovely tomato each.

Monday, July 7, 2008

Bunnies

In gardening news, mostly everything is coming in great. The corn is hit and miss. Some was knee-high-by-the-4th-of-July, and some of it isn't going to make it. The zuccini and squash are doing fabulous, as well as all the potted tomatoes and peppers. I even have edible lettuce and peas now! And a rose I had written off finally came in. I owe this all to my bunnies, lol. Last year I put these two tiny bunny statuettes in my garden out front...hid them among the ground cover. And suddenly a few days ago we realized there is a bunny nest in our bushes! Now, I keep telling these little guys, that are brown and no bigger than your hand, to keep out of the next door neighbors' yard. They not only don't like creatures, they keep a trap out back and drown whatever they catch!!! They claim this is to keep their own garden safe, but still every year their garden seems to fail, or at least is not very productive. In the meanwhile, ours is doing great, and we haven't even finished the fencing. I have a theory on this...Mother Earth will NEVER bless anyone who drowns God's little critters. No, in this I have to agree with my MIL's lovely philosophy of wildlife and vegetable gardens: just plant enough for everyone.
(Hopefully I can catch a pic of the bunnies...they scamper around while I'm watering every evening.)

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