Thursday, May 22, 2014

May Days

When I flew back to Wisconsin a couple of weeks ago, my dad picked me up at the airport and then brought me to his work.  After all of these years of him working for this company, I had never been there before.  Here he is in his office!  And in less than a year now, he will pack up his stuff and RETIRE!  My dad works SO hard and we are all so excited for that day. 
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I was still in Wisconsin on the morning of Mother's Day, so I actually got to see my mom this year. 
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Then I flew home to see my kids (and Andy).  A full and complete Mother's Day!
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Found a couple of selfies on my phone. 
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Our first spinach harvest.  Now we can just go out there and pick some whenever we want a salad.  Loving it!
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We had a lot of documents in need of shredding.  Each of the kids helped out with this fun (to them) chore. 
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Andy brought in the recycle bin for easy dumping.  And we completely filled it!
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This past Sunday, we went to an event on a historic property called 'Victorian Times'. 
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I felt like we were in 'Alice in Wonderland'. "Painting the roses red. . . " kept running through my head.
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We sat in on a lesson in tea etiquette, saw juggling jesters, puppeteers, and dancers. 
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Bella played 'The Game of Graces'.  Each player gets two wooden sticks and they toss a wooden hoop decorated in ribbons back and forth.  This was, apparently, a good game for little girls back then as it didn't involve lots of running around and getting dirty.  Bella really enjoyed it and wants to make one for herself. 
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Free face painting!
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Monday was Graydon's preschool class field trip to a nature center. 
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And today the boys' playgroup went to a local fire house. 
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Busy, but wonderful days. 

Friday, May 16, 2014

Mary's 50's Housewife Bridal Shower

I enjoyed flying solo (literally) last weekend when I went back to Wisconsin for Mary's bridal shower. The theme was "50's Housewife".

These invites went out at the end of March. (Contact info obviously blocked.)
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We drank from mason jars and guessed how much different items cost in the 1950s. 
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This shower made it so easy to come up with practical prizes and decorations that will be used beyond the event.

Wooden spoon centerpieces (went to each of the bridesmaids).  
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Wash cloth party favors. 
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Cleaning product prizes thanks to my cousin Bridget!
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Nora was the youngest "housewife". 
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And Simon was the only boy.   
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Mary and her bridesmaids.
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Our authentic 1950s housewife - Grandma Helen!
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I loved seeing all of the different outfits that the ladies came up with!
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My mom made all of our aprons. 
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All the housewives!
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Thanks again to all of the bridesmaids for helping to pull this off! (And thanks again Bridget for the majority of these pictures!)

Next event: Mary and Andy's wedding!!!