Tiaras and Mimosas, Oh My!

A royal wedding does not happen every day, therefore, my friends and I rang it in with style! Mike had D and I over to his and Donโ€™s place for the festivities. We arrived around midnight and Mike had delicious Mimosas and asparagus cheese muffins that Don made waiting for us. We began our little party for 3 by decorating Dโ€™s and my tiaraโ€™s with pretty gems and hot glue. As our tiaras dried, we admired Mike’s Princess Diana doll that was displayed for the evening and browsed through his Diana scrapbook. Next, we donned our lovely tiaras and watched pre-ceremony chatter followed by the guests arriving. I know itโ€™s been said a million times at least, but can you believe some of those hats?! I was really cracking up at the ones who were wearing their hats on their foreheads! hehe

The regal Lady Michael

Mike didn’t quite make it for the actual wedding ceremony- he fell asleep sitting up in his chair before it started! D and I tried to wake him and he responded with a mumbled, “It’s ok, I’m taping it.” Prince William looked just like a handsome Disney prince and Kate’s dress was so elegant and timeless… simply breathtaking! It was so much fun sitting in our tiaras, sipping our champagne Mimosas with orange juice ice cubes with little strawberry pieces inside while watching history in the making!

Candlelight Chats

I am back on track and feeling good this week. I’m pretty sure I’ve taken off what I gained last week. Last night D and I went with our friends Mike and Don to their bowling league practice. The three of them shared a pitcher of beer and I had a Malibu with pineapple juice. Yum! ๐Ÿ™‚ Shortly after we got home, the power went out for about an hour. We four sat in the living room and chatted by candlelight. We decided it was fun and we should have candlelight chats more often.

Right now I am sitting here listening to Alison Krauss and Union Station. I’ve loved them for years. Now “Bella Donna” by Stevie Nicks is playing. Ahhh… Ya gotta love shuffling through iTunes. ๐Ÿ™‚

I have a question for anyone reading this who has lost a lot of weight. Do you show your upper arms in public? I have a lot of loose arm skin already and I am still wearing tank tops a lot. It looks a little weird but I am ok with that… I think. I tend to get hot all the time so I would be pretty miserable in 3/4 length sleeves, which is what I would need to sufficiently cover my “wings”. I know… I’ll buy those tape things that they were selling on QVC that go on the sides of your face to give it some lift and I will tape up my flaps. Sweet, I’m on it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Haha, just kidding! Speaking of QVC, D and I watch it a lot, especially these days since we had the cable downgraded. Why is it that we want to order just about everything we see on there? Don’t worry, we pretty much never order anything. We just really want to! lol

Glasses

I think of you as I sit here in my living room, holding your glasses in my hands. I think about how you wore them everyday. They are a part of you… or at least they were. I don’t want your empty glasses. I want them to be on your smiling, laughing face.

Adventures in Tennessee

Laura, Wally and I made it safely to Tennessee and back and had a really great time while we were there. Praise the Lord! It was so awesome to be able to spend time with Emily, Cameron and Caleb. Speaking of Caleb, he is a riot! He is 2 and a half years old and cracks up laughing more than any other kid I’ve ever met. When you ask him what his name is, it sounds like he says “Jeb”. He has the most expressive little face and is so full of personality. He and I had a ton of fun when I watched him for a bit while Emily and Laura ran errands. We watched “The Bucket List” together. He literally sat next to me on the couch and watched the movie. Too cute!

We arrived at Emily’s house in Clarksville around midnight or so Saturday night and went to sleep shortly after. Wally’s friends came and picked him up Sunday morning to take him to the church he attended when he lived in TN. He then stayed with a friend for the remainder of our trip and Laura and I stayed at Emily’s. That afternoon we took the boys to a park in Dover where they played with their cousins while we adults sat in the shade and visited. I was somehow able to talk Laura into swinging on the swing set there with me. It was the first time either of us had been on a swing in years. I felt free swinging high up in the air and reminisced about swinging at the park in the neighborhood where I grew up. I took a video of Laura swinging and sent it to her husband Josh. She taped me swinging and yelling, “Non-scale victory!” It was an accomplishment for both of us.

Lunch at CiCi’s Pizza followed by a fun-filled afternoon at Chuck E. Cheese was the agenda for Monday. It was a laid-back, mellow day at Chuck E.’s, the first of which I have ever experienced. “Jeb” had just as much fun playing the games without putting any tokens in, which is nice. He kept climbing into the little jeep in the Toddler Zone and looking at the plastic man inside who was slightly reminiscent of Woody from Toy Story. “Woody!”, he exclaimed and leaned in as if to give him a kiss. Auntie “Lala”, as Cameron and Caleb call her, said to him, “Give Woody a squeeze.” Caleb wrapped his arms around the little man in the jeep… and needless to say, our hearts melted.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Cameron was having a blast making new friends and playing all the games. He came and asked me if I wanted to play with him, and, of course, I obliged. Then he lead me to a game with two leaned back seats and handles on the sides. There was a screen above each of the seats and several numbered button options underneath. Cam put in his token and chose a number. Our seats began vibrating and tilting and moving about. On the screens, we were coasting through a railway in a cave or mine, weaving up and down and turning corners. It reminded me of the 3D roller coasters at the old Science Center’s laser light shows. I always loved those. Speeding down a race track was our next adventure and then that was about all I could handle of that game.

That evening Emily and Laura made taco salads and homemade guacamole. Yum! After supper, Cameron and I had the greatest conversation. He told me about school and read some of his words to me. He asked how I’ve been and how D has been lately. He asked about my dog and then had me remind him what her name is. When I told him her name is NdNd he said that we should change her name. heheย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Tuesday morning I woke to Laura making strange noises down the hall. I found her trembling in the bathtub and saying, “I can’t get warm!” I sat on the bathroom floor in front of the tub and talked to her while she tried to warm up. When the water started to cool, she got out and laid on the couch. I piled several blankets on top of her for a few minutes so she could try to retain some warmth. After that we decided to take a couple of the blankets off and she took a short nap. When she woke we took her temp to find out that she had a fever of around 102. She took some Aleve and it helped bring her fever down some before she and Emily went and took care of some errands.

We spent the afternoon and early evening visiting with Emily’s sister-in-law Melissa and her little girl Raven. After they left, Emily made a delicious pot roast in the crock pot and baked potatoes with sour cream, cheese and turkey bacon. Laura made her cheesy corn casserole and, as always, it was out of this world. I ended up eating way too much that night.

It stormed overnight and we woke to find that there was no power and Emily’s lawn chair had blown away. Wally’s friends brought him back to Emily’s and we had brunch before we set off. Saying our goodbyes Wednesday morning was hard, especially for Emily and Laura. It was hard to see the pain they felt as they hugged for the last time until Emily and the boys move here to Iowa in about 6 weeks. We headed out on the road and found that the storm had done a lot more damage than any of us had realized. There were phone poles and power lines down and trees uprooted. We even drove past a building or two that had been damaged and a truck with some sort of structure on top of it. We were then thankful that the worst of the storm that we had gotten was losing power and a lawn chair.

The drive home went by a lot quicker than the drive there, thankfully. We stopped midday and shared a pizza at Pizza Hut for lunch. That was our only stop that day. We were determined to get home as quickly as possible. We had a lot of fun on the road by keeping ourselves entertained and laughing a lot. By the end of the day, we were all very ready to get home and relax. Another successful road trip!ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Makin’ Our Way Down to Tennessee

Tomorrow afternoon I am leaving for Clarksville, TN with Laura and her brother-in-law Wally. We are going to visit Laura’s sister Emily and her 2 boys, Cameron and Caleb. I have not finished packing, however, I have written out a list of things to bring, so that will come in handy. I always like to have candy on road trips. Laura and I figured there is nothing wrong with having a little candy as long as we are responsible and count the points. So, I went and bought some low-point candies and portioned them out into ziplock baggies and wrote the points on the bags with a sharpie. We are also bringing roasted red pepper hummus and baby carrots (let’s hope that Laura found a cooler to bring because I certainly have not) and plenty of bottled water. We’ve already decided that for our supper stop tomorrow night we are having Subway. I read today that Subway is having a BOGO footlong sale tomorrow too, which works out rather nicely. I am going to attempt to pack all of my things (except the snacks) in a backpack. We are going to be there until Wednesday, so this should be interesting trying to fit everything in a backpack.

I am just about out of contact solution, so it looks like a walk to the grocery store is in my very near future. Perfect weather for it. Ha. It is freezing outside but I have my air conditioning running. If it weren’t, it would be way too hot and stuffy in here because hardly any of the windows open and there are no screens on either of the doors. Anyway, I had probably better get going to the store before it gets dark and even colder. Then, I shall come home and make roast chicken with potatoes, carrots, onions and chicken broth. Yes, it will be late when I make supper. Don’t judge me. hehe ๐Ÿ˜‰

Sprite and Magazines

Mommy & Me

I don’t really have anything to write about tonight. I just feel like blogging, because, well, I like it. Ok? heheย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I woke up today with a miserable chest cold. I am weazing and gasping and all of that fun stuff. It says that I spelled “weazing” wrong, however, it is not giving me the correct spelling. So, it shall remain as it is. Today has been a rather “blah” day. Nothing exciting to report. I made a comment on Facebook about how I was thinking of not doing dishes anymore. Well, per usual, I broke down and the dishwasher is running at this very moment. Oh well, not exactly a resolve I need or want to stick to.ย  ๐Ÿ™‚

Tomorrow Laura and I are going to visit her grandma to help do a little spring cleaning. She is picking me up bright and early, so I really should be in bed. If this coughing and such doesn’t go away soon, I may very well lose my marbles. Considering it all just started today, chances are I am in for the long haul. I want to crawl in bed and sip Sprite and read magazines and watch movies with my mom like when I was sick as a child. She would always bring home Sprite and magazines. So, to this day, even as a 29 year old woman, I wish I could have Sprite and magazines… but, more importantly, I’d trade all the Sprite and magazines and movies in the world to have my mom back.

Teatime in the Secret Garden

Last Sunday I had the pleasure of attending a grand tea party with some dear loved ones. The tea was held in a lovely little tearoom in New Virginia, IA called Miss Spenser’s Special Teas. This was my second visit to Miss Spenser’s, my first having been last year’s Christmas tea, “Teatime with Mrs. Cratchit”, based on Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”.

The theme for our most current tea adventure was “Teatime in the Secret Garden”. Miss Spenser’s portrayal of Frances Hodgson Burnett, author of “The Secret Garden”, was delightful. She donned a beautiful dress that she had sewn from a 1919 pattern. Frances told of a bond that she had developed with a robin one summer and how that relationship impacted her life and inspired her robin character in “The Secret Garden”.

The menu was just as delectable as the Yorkshire Blend loose-leaf tea (I take mine with 2 sugar cubes and a splash of milk. Yum!). The first course was “Misselthwaite Strawberry Soup”, followed by “Colin’s Cucumber Tea Sandwich” (my personal favorite), “Mary’s Sundried Tomato on Toast”, “Martha’s Egg Salad on Rye”, and then “Dicon’s Blackberry Turkey Croissant”. After that we had our “Yorkshire Scones” with rose jelly and clotted cream. Next we started in on the dessert tray. First we had “Ben’s Chocolate Strawberry Bars”, then “Robin’s Nest Buttercream Cookies” and finally “Orange Blossom Teacakes”. We savored every single bite and were left feeling very satisfied.

Spending this special time with family and friends enjoying delicious tea, delicacies and tearoom theater was an experience of a lifetime and I am so very much looking forward to our next tea party!