Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Sister's Bridal Shower

Last weekend I hosted a bridal shower for my sister who is getting married August 16th.
I was anxious about hosting but excited to have some family over and decorate bridal again!!
We had a brunch with egg bakes, frittata, fresh fruit, and mimosas.

It was so nice to be on the other end of the game playing!
Guests answered questions on how well they knew the bride, while I put my sister on the spot to answer questions that her groom filled out.

They also played Guess the Gadget- 10 kitchen items were each placed in a paper bag and they had to guess what it was by feeling through the bag only.  They destroyed our tea ball but other than that it seemed to be a big hit!


We also had wooden kitchen spoons and guests had to write their "recipe" for a good marriage for Sena & Lee.

Sena & my mom

Sisters- we aren't all that close but we somehow always seem to end up wearing the same color scheme!  It's a little annoying actually and reminds me of growing up always fighting about what the other was wearing.
Sena's Bachelorette Party/Sena's Bridal Shower...
All in all I think my first shower hosting was a success-and we were all exhausted by the end of it!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

DIY: Citronella Wine Bottles

Here in the Midwest the mosquitos are crazy.  With all the rain we've had this spring & summer it seems they are more vicious this year-my legs are proof of that.  All we want to do is hang out on the deck on a warm summer night and we'd like to not have to deal with the pesky buggers at the same time so we made our own 'squito repellant bottles that look a little nicer than some of the pre-made buckets/candles you can buy at the store. 
You'll need: Wine bottles, a jug of Citronella oil, a washer, and fiber glass wicks.
Step 1: Drink 2 bottles of wine (hellooo, you need some empty wine bottles!)
Step 2: Pour the citronella in to the wine bottles- the wicks really aren't that long so you'll need to fill the bottle almost full.
Step 3: Put the wick in the bottle and thread the washer through the top of the wick to hold it in place in the bottle so it won't fall through.

Then you just light the wick with a lighter.


For the most part they seem to work pretty well.  If we're outside at night we'll light 2 or 3 and it seems to keep most of the mosquitos away, and they add a touch of ambiance!

Sunday, July 13, 2014


This weekend was full.  I went from not having much planned for my birthday on Saturday to spending time with friends on Friday night, all of Saturday, and then seeing family for my Sister's bridal shower on Sunday.
Originally I planned to attend a local movie in the park for their showing of Grease-one of my favorite movies, followed by going out for drinks.  But not many people were able to come and quite a few had to cancel last minute so I pouted and canceled the whole shebang.
Instead we had an impromptu (aka hubby had to convince me) get together at our house with a few friends.  We had drinks and sat out on the deck, ordered B-dubs, and finished the last of our sparklers.
The girls surprised me with a late night ice cream cake and we enjoyed wine, a Harry Caray music video (HEY!), and laughing about Drunk History (side note- this is a show on Comedy Central that I rolled my eyes at when Pete put it on the other night.  It literally is a drunk person narrating something in history to pretty famous actors portraying the story.  Not only is it incredibly amusing, but I actually learned a lot!)


On Saturday, we headed north-about an hour and a half to the Chateau St. Croix Winery & Vineyard.  Pete & I went here for our anniversary last year and watched polocross and we knew we wanted to come back.  Unfortunately, they did not have polocross and they ran out of white wines.  So we could only drink reds.  Poor us.  We did our best to get through a bottle or two. ;)

It was a cloudy muggy day, but perfect for sitting on the patio with a bottle and your besties.

We made our way about 30 minutes south to Winehaven winery & vineyard, and lucky us- it was their Raspberry festival and they were offering a sampling of 9 wines for free.  That was awesome.  We also bought a glass, joined a tour and ditched said tour, and again hung out on their patio.

Britt had to head back home for a family thing, so Blaire and I continued on to Stillwater.  We had a nice non-third-wheel-ish dinner at a nice Italian restaurant downtown, bought a couple Christmas ornaments at one of my favorite little shops, and then walked around since the weather finally turned gorgeous.

Unfortunately with the flooding this year we couldn't get very close to the water.

This was me and Pete in Stillwater about a year ago-
And this is how much the water has risen this year-
We ended the night at the Candyland candy store for some goodies and headed home.  Pete & I finished cleaning & decorating for my sister's bridal shower and then crashed. After hosting the shower today we had a Harry Potter movie marathon and snacked and lounged with the equally-exhausted kittens.

For initially not having much planned-it turned out to be a pretty fab weekend.  I wish I had a day or two to recover from the weekend, but hey (HEY!)-this is 29 and I gotta go to work in the morning. 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

4th of July Weekend on the North Shore

Our weekend for the 4th did not start out as planned.

We left home Thursday night to head to Two Harbors to spend the weekend with Pete's fam and while on the highway the car decided to just....stop going. 
This has happened a couple times before-it's an older car with over 212,000 miles on it.  But we've always been able to restart it.  3 hours and $300 dollars later we got the car towed, my stepdad came and got us, and we went back home and tried again in the morning with my car.  We knew Pete would be needing a new car at some point, but we are not completely prepared for it to be now. Mr. Toyota had other plans.

Once we got to Two Harbors all was good.  The weather was beautiful and the whole fam was able to be there.  We spent the 4th of July afternoon sitting outside, playing lawn games, and eating.  It was nice.  And I finally got to wear my 4th of July shoes I bought on clearance last year :)

Pete's Brother, Andy and our niece big K.
In the evening Pete & I did some sparklers and fireworks off of the deck.  We got to see some big fireworks across Lake Superior in the distance.

The next morning we went for a walk through Two Harbors and again the weather was beautiful.

Grandma and Grandpa stayed home with the little kids so the big kids could go hang out.  Pete and I went with his brother, sister, and our brother in law for drinks and afternoon appetizers on the patio.  We never get to hang out like that so it was super fun.

Afterwards we all met at the beach to play with the kiddos and skip rocks.

our nephew, little G.

Sunday morning I really wanted to go fishing- we hardly get to do it here in the cities because the fishing just isn't that great and we don't have a boat.  So Pete and I went out to Stewart Lake (aka, absolutely no cell service lake) with his dad for a few hours to see what we could catch.  Again, the weather was perfect. 

I ended up catching quite a few that we mostly threw back, but we did keep a couple for our fish fry lunch :(

We got some sun and had a really fun weekend with the Ortman clan-it feels like it was almost like our first real "summer" weekend since the weather has been so cruddy. The rest of the month is going to fly by-I hope we can have more time for stuff like this!