Monday, May 23, 2016

Lexington's Baby shower.

Between my sis-in-laws baby shower and Charlie's birthday party, I feel like I've been partying all weekend! Just throw in some cleaning and really it was a productive one.

This shower has been in the planning for about a couple of weeks and we are SO pleased and excited with how it turned out!
I love seeing a vision come to life- there's just nothing more satisfying.

My {other} sis-in-law and I did a fantastic job working together on this event. Mostly I just drive her crazy and she lets me. Maybe thats why we work so well together? You decide. 

I told her she needs to quit her day job and we could go into business planning parties. I was serious, she thinks I'm joking. 

I'm warning you, I took LOTS of pictures, so bear with me as I ooooh and aaaah over how pretty it was, all over again…

Since this wasn't a surprise shower, the three of us kind of came up with a "theme". 
We went with a woodsy tea party soiree- almost a take on Alice in Wonderland, if you will.

There were lots of flowers, tea pots and pretty cups involved and it was absolutely stunning.
We added touches of rustic wood, like wooden mushrooms and little branch confetti and it balanced out the feminine details so well.

This fun barrel was the first thing you saw when you walked in. 

I love his nickname spelled out in blocks…

And then the table, sigh…

Too many pretty details. 
I love the lace banner Natalie made above the table. 

And the simple tea cups hung from the chandelier.

We used wood rounds, tea cups and books to give the table decor some height.

Most everything we used we already had, but we did get some extra tea cups with saucers and other small details to complete the look we wanted. 

Thankfully we didn't spend a penny on flowers- They were ALL from my garden!!! 
Flowers are always my favorite detail of any party, so to be able to use something we wanted to purchase anyway was a huge plus.

We actually had so many extras, we were able to place them all around the house, in small vases and tea cups.

I love that all three of us divided and conquered responsibilities and really, not knowingly.
Amelia {baby mama} took care of the food…

And actually, she and I spent 4hrs the day before, making macaroons. Because she's ambitious. 
You guys, I don't know how people make these for a living- so stressful! ha! 
BUT, even though they weren't the prettiest, they for sure were so good!

Natalie {her sister} hosted at her house, made the banners and purchased whatever extra we needed..

And I did most of the decorating. 

 I think any successful party should be credited to the team involved. It's much easier when everyone has a part they play.

I know this isn't everyones jam and not everyone appreciates decor and details, but I live and breath this sort of thing. It's my happy place. It's my therapy.

I Love this girl. She's going to be an amazing mom to her two boys!

 I ended up coming home to a silent house that evening and was gonna nap, but decided to clean instead. And I'm so glad I did, cause little did I know I was gonna plan another party at OUR house, in less than 24hrs…

Thus is life. 

 xo, Vera

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Peony garden.

It's that time of year again- Peony season. Most definitely one of my favorite times of year.

Last week was rough and I really needed a day out of the house, so after dropping the kids off at school, I headed straight to the peony garden. 

The weather was absolutely perfect and although only about half were blooming, it was enough to get my fill.
I can't say it was Charlie's favorite place ever, but he managed to enjoy himself, too.

Every time I go, I just wanna stay all day, but I think the ladies that work there would think I'm weird. Or maybe not. 
I mean, how do you not wanna be amongst these insane beauties!!!

I don't like to play favorites, but those pastels and the Coral charm definitely stole the show. And that pooch- how dapper is he!

Also, this pretty yellow one, that was as big as my head!!!

 Normally I would go home with at least 2 bouquets of those stunners, but I've got 14 bushes at home that are full of buds. #eeeeeek

The garden is only open for a month, so I'm thinking I'll take another trip either this week or next for sure. I always like to go by myself and then with a friend.
Although, all those pictures of me, Charlie took with the big camera! I trained them well, haha!

Have you yourself any peony bushes?? Oh, I hope you do. I'm positive they'll put a smile on your face every time you walk out the door. 

xo, Vera

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Lilac gardens.

This last Saturday, I finally carved out time to drive up to the lilac garden with my mom and Isabelle.
I'd been planning on going for a couple of weeks, but other things kept coming up and the weather has been so unpredictable. 

Unfortunately, when we had 80 degree weather a couple of weeks ago, it cut the lilac season short, cause the heat just scorched them. Such a shame…
But because it was an hour and a half drive for us, we made the most of our trip and there was still plenty to see, making the trip worthwhile.

If your ever near woodland, WA during this time of year, I highly recommend a visit. Not only are the gardens beautiful, but the history of Hulda Kilger is interesting and being able to tour her beautiful home is icing on the cake. It was Isabelle's favorite part. 

It amazes me how much she takes after me. All of my passions are hers, and not because I force them on her. I just love her…

 And the scent, you guys. Ooooooh, the scent…

 There is hidden seating through out the garden/property and picnic tables and I seriously could have stayed all day and just sat. 

After walking around as much as we could {considering most of the lilacs were done for the season} and on the way out, a kind lady offered to take a picture of the three of us. 
This picture makes me so happy. 
After she took the picture she asked if this was 3 generations and I told her yes, I continued "but actually 4, counting Leah, the American girl doll." 
Isabelle treats her dolls as if they're her babies, so it was only fair, haha!

Afterwards we headed to lunch, where we ate yummy food and then made our way home. 
My mom was even gracious enough to come over a couple of hours later and babysit the kids so hubby and I could go out for a date night. Love her.

Ending my weekend with a full heart and I hope you are too- Enjoy your week, friends!!!

xo, Vera