Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Summer in the Hodgepodge

Hey, Y'all! Come on down to Charleston for a visit. Because misery loves company. Ha! Summer has kicked it up a notch or 50 and we're having full out August weather in June. The last few weeks we at least had thunderstorms every day but those have slacked off so it's just hot. Terribly hot. Unbearably hot. As a matter of fact, this is my relationship status on the Facebook. 

Luckily, I don't have to go outside for the Hodgepodge. I can sit right here in the AC and enjoy Hodgepodging with the rest of you! 

From this Side of the Pond

1. Summer is upon us this week in the Northern hemisphere. Tell us three things on your summer bucket list. I don't 'do' bucket lists so this is just my summer to-do list.

Stay inside where it's cool.
Celebrate 3 birthdays- TeacherDaughter, Bug, and Baby R!
Stay inside where it's cool.  
2. Something fun you used to do as a kid in the summertime? Go to the pool, play with the cousins, catch lightning bugs, going to the beach, 4th of July celebrations, hanging out at my grandparent's house, putting up fresh veggies with Grandmother, churning homemade ice cream, cookouts, camping, going to the lake, eating watermelon, the sounds and smells of afternoon thunderstorms, coca cola in a glass bottle with peanuts inside...I can't stop at just one thing. I loved everything about summer when I was a kid!  

3. Rooftop or backyard? Backyard. Why? Because you cannot fall off the backyard. 

4. Do you read food labels? Yes. Place importance on them? Yes. Make an effort to find out/care about where your food comes from? Yes. 

5. A song you'll have on repeat this summer? My listening preferences are totally dependent upon my mood of the moment but I have these guys (The Wild Feathers) on repeat because they're super talented; I like their music; they have a new album out; the drummer will officially be a part of the family in May. Here's a new one from the new album (release is June 29th):

6. Insert your own random thought here. Heat. That's about the only thing on my mind because it's FREAKING HOT down here. And then there's a bit of disbelief that this kid is going to be 2 in a little over 2 weeks--

and this kid is going to be 1 in another month---

and this kid is going to be too old for me have a kid "that old" or 27. 

Have a great rest of the week, Y'all!

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Wedding Fever and the Hodgepodge

Wednesdays are flying by, aren't they? I'm enjoying daily thunderstorms and some excellent books which I'll get to later in the post. Also, this little cutie is about to turn the ripe old age of 2! 

That's her school picture and it just melts my heart every time I look at it. I love that kid. Can Y'all believe she's going to be 2 years old? Goodness. 

Ok, it's on to the Hodgepodge! 

From this Side of the Pond

1. What happens to the mail at your house? It gets brought inside and gone through. If it's junk mail it goes to the shredder if it's a bill or 20 they get paid. Of course, it gets more exciting if Tucker hears the mail truck because he goes NUTS about it and if the grandkiddos are here we sing this:

2. Something you always splurge on? Anything for the grandkiddos. Any guilt associated with the splurge? Only when I check the bank account. Ha!

3. There are many, but what are two important questions you think every bride and groom should ask/answer before they plan their walk down the aisle? How do you expect financial issues to be handled? Can you comfortably and honestly communicate about all issues that will come up?

4. What's the best advice your father ever gave you? There are three- always be open to communication, fix a problem before it becomes too big for you, look for the laughter in every situation. 

5. Your favorite movie where a father features heavily in the storyline? FATHER OF THE BRIDE- all versions!

6. Insert your own random thought here. I'm reading one of the most fascinating books I've ever read, FERAL: REWILDING THE LAND, THE SEA, AND HUMAN LIFE by George Monbiot. Next on my summer list is, JUST MERCY A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION by Bryan Stevenson. These may very well turn out to be the best books I've ever read. Anyway...

Wedding plans are ahead of schedule so far. NashvilleDaughter has her dress, the venue, the invitations, save the dates, and engagement photos which Y'all can see HERE. Just a few more things to do before we start tweaking the details. 

Have a great rest of the week, Y'all!

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Monday, June 11, 2018

Two Words: Engagement Photos

Ok, three words because let's add, LOVE to the mix because that's what you can clearly see in the photos. Also, the title should have served as a warning that there would be a photo or two in this post or 20 because Y'all know what a hard time I have narrowing down photos for blog posts or any other reason for that matter.

The photographer who took the pictures is one of my favorite photographers ever! And not just because her hubby is a member of The Wild Feathers (DrummerBoy's band) but because this girl can take some pictures, Y'all. Rachel captures the spirit of her subjects and gives a light that draws you to the photos.

I can't tell Y'all how much I'd love for Rachel to take the wedding photos but NashvilleDaughter and DrummerBoy want their friends there to celebrate and enjoy so another photographer it shall be.

Just click the links above or on the photos to visit Rachel's website--Rachel Moore Photography. She's so talented!

And these guys are so stinkin' cute! They are without a doubt one of the happiest couples I've ever known.

Both of them are so sweet and kind-hearted. Caring and compassionate. Hard-working and fun-loving.

Blessed with friends and family but we all know we are blessed by knowing them.

True love. Soul Mates. A match made in heaven. It may sound mushy but it's all true of these two.

It does a mama's heart good when someone makes her daughter smile like this guy does--

But I also love that she makes him smile, too.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Hilarity and the Hodgepodge

It's hot down here in hell...I mean, Charleston. Goodness but summer came early and doesn't appear to be leaving any time in the near future. I know, I talk about the weather a lot. But Y'all do not want to hear what I have to say about a recent social/political issue and the morons running for governor, etc... so I'm sticking with the weather. You're welcome. 

And now, the most wonderful thing of the day, the Hodgepodge!   

From this Side of the Pond

1.Describe your 30's in one sentence. If you're not yet 30 tell us one thing you hope to accomplish once you hit that particular decade. Ok, it's more than one sentence but this was my 30s--just focus on the last sentence:

2. Is it harder for you to exercise or eat healthy? It's harder for me to exercise. I've lost my motivation but I am trying to get it back. Usually, I just wait for it but I really feel it needs a nudge because I feel ready but I just can't do it. Helpful hints welcomed. 

3. June 7th is National VCR Day. Huh? Anyway this reminded me of something I saw on Facebook listing household items we no longer have and the VCR was on it. I couldn't put my hands on that list, but found another list here of 21 items we all had ten years ago, but which are now obsolete-

bookshelves (WHAT!!???), drip coffee makers, alarm clocks, file cabinets, desktop computers, printers, printed phone books, answering machines, fax machines, paper shredders, a Rolodex, CD racks, CD burners, china cabinets, home phones, entertainment consoles, DVD players, calculators, takeout menus, incandescent light bulbs, and cable TV

Your thoughts? Ah, the evolution of junk... er, uh...I mean technology and the crap it leaves behind.  How many on the list do you still have? I have bookshelves in every room in my house except the bathrooms. I also have a printer (how else would I print out shipping lables when someone buys something from my Etsy shop?), a home phone (just in case), a DVD player, and takeout menus (but only because they're stuck in a drawer and I haven't thrown them out.) Still use? I use the printer and the DVD player, although rarely and the bookshelves because they hold my gazillion books. 

4. What's something you see disappearing in the next ten years? keys? Jobs that can be done using AI? Our privacy? 

5. How did you celebrate your birthday this past year? By enjoying the SNOW! Is that typical? I live in Charleston, SC so, NO. 

6. Insert your own random thought here. I went out with some of my friendlies yesterday to see, BOOK CLUB. I'm still laughing, Y'all! So funny and I loved the cast. We had the best time. Oh, NashvilleDaugher said yes to her wedding dress which I wrote about HERE

And this person whom I LOVE:

Did you see him watch the Royal wedding?

Kaylen, you crack me up!

Hope your Wednesday is filled with laughter!

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Monday, June 4, 2018

Saying YES to the Dress

The whole finding the dress thing is not for sissies. It's a process that goes by quickly for some and not so quickly for others.

When ArtistDaughter got married she knew what she wanted, drew the dress, gave it to Mother who made a pattern and then the dress. When AthleticTrainerDaughter got married, she found her dress at our next to last stop on our first day out. NashvilleDaughter hasn't been quite so lucky in the speedy quick finding of the dress. But she has found it.

When you're nine hours away from your daughter who is planning a wedding you find ways to 'be there' without being there. This is where you become quite grateful for technology. Especially when she's trying on wedding gowns.

This girl looked all over the place in Nashville, around Nashville, Atlanta, and even thought she might have to fly out to California as well as come home to look. The good news is, she found her dress. The bad news is, she won't need to come to Charleston to look. Ha!

I have to say this about the places she visited in Nashville- the buildings themselves were incredible. I love old, exposed brick and rustic design and that's just what you get if you're shopping for a wedding dress in Nashville. She sent hundreds of photos of each dress and we could see the building interiors in those shots. So nice! And I heard the girls helping her were amazing which is great because I don't have to let someone have it next time I get up there. Ha!

My advice to looking for the dress when mom can't be there?
  • Take several friends with you. And make sure they're honest. They need to be able to let you know when a dress is lovely but maybe not that flattering on you. There are nice ways to do this and you want to know, trust me. Let them help you with the pros and cons of each dress.
  • Take loads of pictures from every angle possible and spin for the videos. I'm not kidding when I say you can't take/send too many pictures/videos. This makes you feel your long distance family is close and it makes us feel a part of the process. We loved every single one of the 5 gazillion photos/videos we got. 
  • Take your time. If you find your dress on the first try, great! If you have to try on 150 dresses, also great! The thing is, take your time and find YOUR dress. 
  • Try on several different styles. Sometimes, what we think will look good on us doesn't OR something we thought would never look good on us, does. You never know for sure until you try it so try on what you like and what you don't like as well as several different styles.
  • Don't settle. If you feel you're in a time crunch or feel pressure from others about the dress search going on too long, stop feeling that way. Take a break and go back in a week or two. If NashvilleDaughter had stopped before that last dress (no it didn't take 100 but she was darn close to it), she would not have been completely happy with it. 
  • Take your time. I know I mentioned it before but it's important. 
  • Don't get discouraged. Try on as many dresses as you need to. YOUR dress is out there and not everyone will find it the first time out. There is no such thing as trying on too many dresses when searching for the right one for you. Plus, trying on wedding dresses can be a lot of fun. 
  • Try not to have a stroke when you see the cost. Seriously, they do cost a whole lotta bucks when your grandmother is no longer around to make the dress or you don't get lucky and want a short dress. Yet another good reason to try on 100 dresses if that's what it takes.  
  • Moms and Dads, if you're paying for the wedding let her have the dress SHE wants. You're very generous but that doesn't mean you should dictate what she wears or which venue or caterer or who gets invited. Regardless of who's paying, it's THEIR wedding. Not yours. That doesn't mean you can't make suggestions. Just make sure they aren't unsolicited suggestions.
  • Trust your gut and don't be talked into something especially if your mom isn't there to run interference for you. If you're unsure, it's. not.your. dress.
  • If you don't live close but your daughter's future mother-in-law does, make sure she's invited along. Especially if she loves your girl the way Nashville's future MIL loves mine. You'll know for sure someone has her back. Also, DrummerBoy's mom only has sons so getting to do some girl stuff is even more fun! (LOVE you Susie!)
I've probably left a few things out but my mind is now on photographers. I'll be talking about those contracts soon. Contracts. UGH.   

How long did it take you or your daughter to find THE dress?

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