Feeling a little under the weather this week, so instead of getting ahead on a few projects this weekend, I’ll probably be catching up on sleep and increasing my intake of soup and tea. Thankfully it’s supposed to rain tomorrow (really, it’s the only kind of weather for being sick). So enjoy these links and I’ll see you Monday!
This squid costume cracks me up, and totally reminds me of the year that my little sister and I decided to be endangered species for Halloween. Lora was an Ozark big-eared bat, which made perfect sense as a Halloween costume, and was something people would be able to recognize on at least some level. Me, on the other hand? I got stuck on the idea of being a dwarf wedgemussel. Yes, it’s a mollusk. Don’t ask me why I thought that was a good idea. And instead of trying to encourage something a little more recognizable like, say, a Hawksbill sea turtle or maybe a Delmarva fox squirrel, our talented mother went ahead and cut foam into the shape of mussel shells that I wore like a vest over an orange turtleneck. As you can probably guess, not a single person could determine what I was supposed to be. Someone asked if I was an ear. I think one person might have come close and guessed I was a clam. Admittedly not my best costume idea. Although I suppose if nothing else, I educated dozens of Halloween candy distributors about the existence of an obscure endangered shellfish.
I love my in-laws. They are kind, generous, family-oriented people who raised an amazing son and then they let me marry him. Of course, four years later I’m still hoping to impress them in some form or another, and I still feel mildly insecure about my housekeeping skills whenever they come to visit, but maybe that’s just the nature of the in-law relationship? Since they’ll be in town this weekend that means golf for my hubby and his dad, grilling out if the weather stays nice, possibly shopping for better pillows with my mother-in-law (the woman is a pillow aficionado, with at least 12 to choose from anytime we stay at their house), and if we feel like braving the traffic, we might head to the city for a picnic and the Blue Angels.
So what about you – weekend plans? In-law insecurities? Share!
Not much to say today except we’re going pumpkin picking tomorrow and I can’t wait to see my own little pumpkin toddling around the pumpkin patch! Pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin! (I’m imagining it will be just like this photo from The Artist and The Architect except that instead of evening sunlight we’ll be going as early in the morning as we possibly can – such is life with a 16 month old.) Have a happy weekend!
This week I shared some pics of Caroline’s first birthday party over on Oh So Beautiful Paper, and as you can probably tell from the photos, I had a lot of fun with planning and crafting for it. I spent hours making paper flowers, and then making party hats, and then attaching paper flowers to party hats. I messed up the malted chocolate pots de creme, but had my heart set on serving them (in the cute little yogurt jars I’d saved!), so I made them twice. I took great advantage of my mom and sisters’ help in finishing up the dessert table and setting everything up. I totally forgot to change into my cute shoes so I’m wearing beat up ballet flats in all the photos. And, as I said over on OSBP, it turned out to be a really special day, which had little to do with all the details I planned, and had everything to do with the friends and family who helped us celebrate our daughter.
paper flower party hats | photo by Leah McCormick
There are two takeaways I hope I can convey here. The first is that, with any party or celebration, big or small, the people are the point, and the details matter only inasmuch as they contribute to the experience. The second is that, details are totally fun, but don’t freak out if you can’t finish every DIY project you had in mind, or if you can’t afford to have 100 custom picnic baskets made, or garden roses are out of season and therefore unavailable, or whatever it is that you have your heart set on for your wedding. Because your wedding is not the last party you’ll ever get to throw. It might be the biggest, at least in terms of number of guests, but it certainly doesn’t have to be the last. There will be birthdays, anniversaries, holidays – lots of opportunities for fringe-topped swizzle sticks, hand-written menus, or maybe a vase overflowing with garden roses. No need to make yourself crazy trying to cram them all into your wedding day! Do as much as is fun for you, and save the rest for another time.
And with that, I leave you with a handful of weekend links!