Brian and I hit up VA Beach for Thanksgiving with the parents and the kiddo this year.
We ended up driving up that way on Thursday morning instead of Wednesday night. Someone was a little cranky that we woke him up so early though..
He forgave us when he saw this…
Our pretty tablescape courtesy of Mama Marr
Cranky backseat driver.
Another week down. How come when I was a kid, the year took foreverrrr to go by…and now that I am an “adult” it’s New Years eve before I can even blink?
Oh. I was wondering what that was!
Everything’s upside down Miss Jane!
Cat-sitting my favourite Pimp!
Decorating for Halloweeeeeeen!
Thats a great starting shot. Every week should start with a glass of vino!
Lady Georgia in a rare “pretty” photo.
Sir Dig-a-roo..this is his road bump/frog leg pose. He’s very good at it and does try to get in a lot of practice daily.
Proof that the heathens in our house actually use some of the things we make for them!
Had such a great weekend! Brian and I hit up some stores first thing on Saturday morning – Walmart for passport photos (and a new cell phone case – tinkerbell hollaaaa!), World Market for a little work research and some Violet Crumble! I also managed to pick up a jar of Birds Custard Powder – yum! The rest of Saturday was spent cleaning up outside, a little light gardening and some work on the never ending cross stitch, yo.
Sunday B and I headed out to Baltimore to meet up with an old High School friend of his. We met up at the American Visionary Arts Museum and stopped in at Mr Rain’s Fun House for lunch. Delicious food, great friends and an awesome museum to wander through. A perfectly spent Sunday
Only lucky girls get to have gelato while they work
So. I got married. Um…last year. In September…yeah. About that. Wanna see some pictures? (insert sheepish grin here)
Before we get to the good stuff…i have to gush a little bit first about how truly awesome our day was. You see, both the Wee-b and I have been married before and we figured as this time it was for keeps (no takebacks-pinky swear) we should create the wedding we REALLY wanted. My first wedding was a doozy. In fact, to be completely honest, I should really say, my ex-mother-in-laws second wedding was a doozy It was nuts, over the top and full of people I have never met in my entire life. I think my friends took up about 1/32nd of the entire headcount. But enough about that.
Goal #1 for our dream wedding was making sure it was full of our closest family and friends. Goal #2 was making sure that the location was TOTALLY AWESOME and Goal #3 was to enjoy. Luckily my parents decided that they would come over this side of the ocean and give us a hand reaching our goals. Oh who am I kidding…the aussies totally slayed our goals and ticked off new ones we didn’t even know we had.
So..Goal #1 – we invited about 35 of our closest friends and family .
Goal #1a – one of our closest friends was ordained as a minister just to marry us! And we created our own, totally goofy, definitely us, wedding vows.
Goal #2 – Awesome location? Our backyard (we even got to enjoy two of the cutest mini photogs in the world – thanks Hencat!) – CHECK!
Goal #3 – Best. Day. Evar.
Goal #3a – OM NOM NOM
Additional Extra points
- Take classy wedding photos - √
- Have the best best man and the most awesome best gal - √
- To be loved by some of the most awesome, giving people in the world - √
- Create the most awesome wedding cake(s) ever - √
- Make fun of the drunkest guest at the party - √
Honestly? Our wedding totally rocked. There is nothing about it (other than perhaps being able to fly in more of my Aussie family) that i would have changed. Thank you EVERYONE for making our day so brilliant and for reminding us once again how absolutely blessed we are to be surrounded by the most caring, generous, smart and loving people.
You know those perfectly awesome weekends where everything is just as it should be? That was my weekend. It was way too short (some of us have to work today!) but the best weekends always are.
We spent most of Saturday with several of our most favourite people, playing nerd games and terrorizing the kitties. There was also Jersey Mike’s which was OUTSTANDING.
Sunday was more of a lazy day around the house , but we did manage to hit up Lowes for some supplies (a new door handle and longer screws for the kitty climbing wall), Target and the Petstore for some…dun dun duuuuuuuun….cat shampoo.
I wish i had pictures of Sterling getting a bath. He was super cute, incredible relaxed and quite strange looking whilst all wet….as most long haired cats are. Now he smells strangely of pina coladas and is avoiding that bathroom at all costs.
Tonight I am planning on beginning to learn how to run. And now that i have posted that to the interwebs I guess i have to follow through with it. I am not the worlds most uncoordinated person, but I am pretty close. We’ll see how this goes
My parents are two of the most caring, warm hearted, giving people that you would ever meet in your whole life. When i tell people that my parents are coming to visit and that they will be living with us for 3 months, most reactions I get are the same…
ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!
GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!
Heh! But it’s different for me. My parents are quite honestly the most non-parents you could possibly meet. My mum is that cool mum who can hang out with my friends and all of them love her. My dad is a riot who tends to yell things like SHITBAGS! when things go all wonky. Having my parents stay with us for 3 months? I love it. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.
But having to say goodbye? I hate that shit. My parents live about as far away as possible. If you stuck a long needle directly through the globe from where i live, you’d just about hit my parents house. This time around it took them just over 40 hours to get home, last time I went home it was 36 hours travel time. It sucks. Two of my most favourite people in the entire world live as far away as you can possibly get.
But while they were here, Nanna Margie and Poppy Jack helped with a whole TON of things around the house…
We met some of the neighbors..
They made sure that Gizmo was always dressed to impress.
My father showed me some of the sights I was not aware of..
Nanna Margie re-arranged the kitties every day, after Sterling had finished playing bowling with all of them
Some wildlife was smuggled through customs..
Poppy Jack instructed us on the correct way to mow the lawn
So the Wee-b and I wanted to say Thank you. We miss you and we hope you come back soon! Your room is waiting for you and Sterling said he would keep the blankets warm for you.
Well…no one ever said I was quick on the uptake…so here goes nothing (a little late, but just as loved!)
Look Ma! I got an award!
Jessica at Little House. Big Heart.
thought that I was special enough (hee! My mum thinks im special too
) and passed on the Versatile Blogger Award to me! It’s been a rough couple of weeks here in the Strewth household, and while I haven’t had lots of extra time to spend on my blog or reading all my favourite blogs….when i get a chance to catch up and I come across something like this it really puts a big smile in the middle of my noggin. Thanks Jessica!!
So here’s the deal. The fun part of the Versatile Blogger Award is passing on the happy. I get to choose some of my other favourite new-ish-type blogs who I think are awesome and could use a little pep (like everyone needs on a cold morning!) So here are my choices..
Martina & Jesse at Adventures in Building Beauty
I *adore* this blog – I love that Martina doesn’t hold back on truly describing the trials and tribulations of a DIY-er.
Girl – i feel you!
Elisa at The Self Life
Another of my very favourite blogs. I love watching the projects that Elisa creates, come to life and i absolutely love seeing all the pictures of her furry family
Melanie at Mailbox Journey
This is one of my new additions to my reading list. I’m still new to her blog, but i wanted to pass on the well wishes and say hey! Keep doing what you’re doing…it’s awesome!
The second part of the versatile blogger award is to share 7 things about yourself, so here goes nothing…
- I was born in Perth, Western Australia and I moved every two years for the first 16 years of my life. I was an army brat! We lived all over Australia and even moved to Ft. Benning GA for two years. In 2002 i left my home in Perth and moved to Washington DC. I’ve been here ever since.
- I love the Outback Steakhouse (as do my parents – we always go there for dinner when they visit) and I love collecting their little coasters with the fun ‘aussie-style’ sayings on them. I have a bunch at home that want to frame.
- I have a ridiculous sense of humour. I love to laugh and I am definitely not above having a (small) giggle at fart jokes. HEE! FART! It’s even funny when you type it. Okay…sorry. *cough*
- My real name is Leanne but I go by many other names – Tinkerbell, Mac, Lala, Air. Take your pick. I love them all!
- I have a degree in Environmental Science, but I work full time in the Interior Design field. Which i LOVE.
- I love watching horror movies, but I FREAK out when i watch those true haunting stories on TV. Yes, i am a wacko. It’s okay I’m well aware of this
- I love to knit. I am currently working on my crochet skills, but it’s just too easy to pick up my needles and knit up quick and easy mice toys for the kitties in the house. I’m also working on teaching myself to quilt. Slow and steady wins the race, right? I might be finished last years birthday present by sometime next year…or perhaps that’s wishful thinking
So thanks! This was fun…this week needed a smile