Tuesday, April 8, 2014

it's been too long, my friends.


I remembered my password! Only took a handful of tries before I 'guessed' correctly! ;)

And that is why I haven't posted in well.. forrrrever.

Ok let's get down to business.. MY BEST FRIEND IS GETTING MARRIED!!
I know, exciting stuff! Beyond exciting stuff! (& she's a blogger too - check her out y'all!)

So what do all best friends do? They plan a party, of course :)
Waaaay back in May, I surprised my 'sidekick' Kristin and her fiancĂ© Jeremy with a beach themed engagement party. Fun, right? The big engagement happened on the beach, so while I couldn't actually convince everyone to head to Florida just for an engagement party, I wanted to bring the beach to everyone here in Indiana, or at least try to. Okay. So let me just tell you - this theme was so easy.. bright colors, sand buckets, beach towels, shovels, sunscreen, beach balls.. let me repeat: so easy :)

And with any themed party, dressing up was a must.. I mean, right? {Although I'm still a little bitter that most didn't actually dress up - psh party poopers!} But me? I was all about it! I wore my bathing suit - Ok, I might have taken it a bit too far with that - but covered up with my favorite black beach dress, a fedora, and flip flops.

I was so comfortable. Cha-ching badda bing!

What's the best kind of party? In my opinion, A surprise party! 
{although I think someones mother (no names...mavis edison) spoiled that surprise haha!} 
The couple knew of the party but not of the theme or any details so in keeping them included in feeling like true Florida vacationers, I surprised Kristin and Jeremy with fun airbrush tshirts to wear. ;)

Aren't they so cute!
Remember going to Florida way back in the day and getting an airbrush tee with your name on it in front of a picture of a beach setting? no? well I did that every spring break, and then wore it to school that Monday after break. cool right! & since Kristin is my sidekick and often did it with me, I just haaad to get these made for this party. (which by the way, did you know no one does airbrush around here? must be out of style or something. who would have guessed! big thanks to a small company down in Greenwood for making these must-have tees!) 

With any beach party, you must serve easy beach style food right? The party goers stuffed their bellies (hopefully!) with mini cheeseburgers, potato chips (served in sand buckets of course), goldfish, veggie kabobs, flip flop cookies, fruit cups...

...Oh! And a yummy cocktail :)
(Can't wait till the warm weather returns so I can make this summer drink again!)

Lets talk decorations. My favorite might be the centerpiece. For the actual proposal, Jeremy wrote 'will you marry me?' in the sand during this memorable spring break trip. {And rumor has it, it took him a couple tries to get it just right. So cute!} So, while trying to bring the engagement back to Indiana, I got my creative juices flowing & wrote the big question in store-bought sand. :) My other favorites were the beach towels used as tablecloths, sand buckets used for snacks, sunscreen and floatation devices surrounding the food, beach balls hanging from the ceiling, and the list goes on...

A little fun fact - prior to the engagement, Jeremy teased poor Kristin with Ring Pops and insisted he would use those for the ring.. what a dude. so naturally, I had to have those around during the party. :)

I had so much fun planning this & I really appreciate everyone coming to support one of my favorite couples! I am soooo happy for Kirk & truly believe she has met her other half! Their big day is this June and I am beyond excited! Too soon to start counting the days? Nah! We're at 74 ;)

Now on to plan the bridal shower with Aly - the MOH! :)

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

30 before 30.

Well, it is officially my last year in my 20's!

I honestly didn't imagine I would be single, living with my sister, and working as a nanny as I round out my 20's but I am happy with the way things are and okay with where I am. 100% okay with it! I am actually excited to start my 30's - most probably think I'm 100% weird for saying that!

So, I thought I would have some fun in this last year & make a list of 30 things I am to complete before I turn 30! I know, right?
{ok - one of my sisters good friends gave me the idea & I am in LOVE!}

Ready, Set, Rock & Roll...

1. teach myself how to knit
2. visit casie in denver
3. mail five letters to five dear friends
4. visit a winery (can you believe I haven't been to oliver?) - done! visited oliver with my sister. :)
5. travel somewhere new
6. travel somewhere alone
7. sign up for a yoga class
8. continue to lose those ugly pounds
9. hike a mountain & take glorious pictures
10. start my own garden (haven't determined veggies yet!)
11. attend a music festival
12. cook a meal for friends
13. write a letter to myself to read in 10 years
14. learn something new (thinking a foreign language)
15. read five books
16. run three 5Ks (who wants to join?)
17. get another tattoo
18. treat myself to a full body massage
19. take a ballroom dance class
20. gamble at an actual table (slot machines are not allowed - ha!)
21. go deep sea fishing (must do this with my dad!)
22. parasail :)
23. weekend trip to canada
24. journal more often
25. attend an opera
26. teach myself to do a handstand
27. go to a shooting range
28. watch the sunrise and sunset on the same day
29. go an entire weekend with NO internet (I think I can, I think I can..)
30. learn the thriller dance

(and just because.. 31. update, change, and blog more!)

So, what do y'all think? Please share any other suggestions!


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