Saturday, April 30, 2011

A Fancy Night

A couple months ago at our Life Group, some of the girls and I started talking about Prince William and Kate Middleton's wedding and whether we were going to watch. I knew I was going to, and several others were as well, so I decided to throw a royal wedding-watching tea party! We had it last night (we recorded everything so we could pick and choose which parts we wanted to watch) and it was fabulous!! We had tea, scones, cake balls, English cookies, chocolate-covered strawberries, nuts, chocolate, and even had a champagne toast! We all enjoyed watching the beautiful ceremony and commenting on the unique and daring hats the spectators wore. We also had fun playing a trivia game to see who knew the most about the Royal family, and voted on which party attendee had the best hat. Most of all, though, we enjoyed getting to dress up (dress code was Sunday best and a hat!) and have some girl time! I think we may not wait for another royal wedding to have our next tea party!

the spread
table close-up
lovely ladies in their lovely attire: Emily and Amanda...
...Julie (winner of best hat!)...
...Wendy (who won the trivia game and the prize: a $5 replica of Kate's ring!)...
...Becky's crazy hat...
...and Becky's real hat!

Thanks, ladies, for a fancy, fabulous time!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from us! Even though Easter was really late this year, it seems like it kind of snuck up on me. Last Saturday we went to our church's egg hunt, which the kids LOVED, as you can see...
Cotton Candy

Egg roll! Amelia's broke...
But Andrew's didn't (well he did cheat a bit, ha)!
My purple bunny
Andrew only picked up blue eggs, for some reason. Hmmm.

Amelia had Friday off of school, so we dyed eggs! Both kids had a lot of fun watching the eggs change colors and decorating them with stickers.
lots of options for colors
Amelia's favorite...the purple one
Andrew's favorite...the "red" one

You know how when you're a kid, and even when you are an adult (before you have kids), there are things you say you'll never do to your kids? of those things for me was making my daughter sleep with her hair in sponge rollers. Every Saturday night (for church the next morning), my mom would roll my wet hair in sponge rollers while she watched M.A.S.H. and Fantasy Island. I hated sleeping in those things because they hurt!! The next morning my hair would be very cute and curly, but I decided that was something I wouldn't need to pass along. Fast forward to the present, and I have indeed sponge-rolled Amelia's hair. However, I think the few times I've done it, it's been in the morning for something later that day. So...guess what I ended up doing last night??

Ah...memories!! However, at least I participated in her pain (well, sort of):
But look at the results cute! Oh, and Andrew's not bad himself. ;-)
Excited about the toys in their baskets
my beautiful girl
my handsome (goofy!) boy
I hope your Easter was as great as ours. We had a great day celebrating the resurrection! Blessings to you on this great day!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Signs of Spring

Well, I just noticed that all of March went by with no post. Such was March! There wasn't a whole lot exciting going on last month, just our day-to-day stuff, and after looking at my picture folder for March, it's pretty sad...almost no pictures last month! Oops! I guess a late return to the blog is better than never, no?

I've said many times that I really like the weather here in Michigan...until about the end of February. By then, I'm just DONE with cold and snow, and I know there are still a good two months or so where it's not only a possibility, it's the likely forecast. Well now it's April, and things are looking up! Sunday it was 83 here (practically summer!) and everyone was out. Our Life Group meets Sunday nights; all the kids were playing outside and the adults enjoyed hanging out on the deck. It was such a great reminder that it does eventually get warm here! Of course those warm temps didn't last long, but at least we're warming up. This week I noticed some sure signs of spring!
Rain gear: it's been very wet here! By the way...
doesn't Andrew look a bit like the Gorton's fisherman?

A little windy, but still a great day for the park!

Buds on the lilacs!

Buds on the hydrangeas!

Fletcher is SO enjoying going outside to wiggle around in the grass.

For some of you it's probably been springy for a while, but please accept our very heartfelt greeting: happy spring!!