I thought we'd start off with some nice soft colors before we leaped into the red, white and blue. And I hope all of you here in the states had a great Independence Day. I have to say it was different this year in the city after having spent the past 20+ holidays at the lake. I was not disappointed a bit. We have parks all around and they have the most awesome displays, and we have several parades in and around our neighborhood.
Abby came home Thursday for the holiday weekend and in time for the big parade that we had always gone to as the kids were growing up. Both my boys were in Little League and The Husband coached for many years. They proudly walked in this parade every 4th of July so it's sentimental. Abby's Tom lives just a few blocks from the parade route and the park where they have a big fireworks display at nightfall. We were invited to an after-parade party at his house where we could see the fireworks from his backyard deck. It was a great evening for all. And popular! We had to park the car about 6 blocks away. The streets were crowded with happy revelers and it was just a great night to enjoy city. And this was just Thursday!
Before I get too far ahead of myself, I had an appointment to look at dresses for son Jeff's wedding next month. Yes! It's upon us for real. I look back at Kevin's wedding 4 years back, and Emily's 2 years ago and I think---wow! I was such a wreck and I think I documented that pretty well on this blog. I'm not going to say I'm a whole lot more laid back now, but I do know that after all is said and done, it's the occasion that counts and what remains in your heart after. Not all the worries and fussing before.
I found my dress at the small bridal shop where Emily found her wedding gown and I got my mother of the bride dress. I like the personal attention and that you are not paraded around in front of other women to get a look in the mirrors. These ladies are pro's but they are also the sweetest, calling everyone 'Hon' and 'Dear'. It almost makes you feel warm and fuzzy inside while being in nothing much more than your bra and panties. Anywho...this is and isn't my dress. Okay, it's the dress but not the color. I really wanted navy, just sort of had my heart set on it. It's elegant and a step away from black. And I find dark colors so forgiving. This color was called Blue Willow and it just wasn't right. So I ordered the dress in Smoke, which is a very pale filmy gray. I really love the sheer sleeves with a bit of embroidery, the empire waist and the sparkles just on the bodice---just the right amount of bling. The pleat down the front is slimming and shows a little leg. It's floor length and the ladies recommended I not have it hemmed to tea length as it would mess up that ruffled seam. I'm happy. It will be in in one week (sigh of relief here), and then I have alterations. Oh, and I have to look for shoes. But I'm calm. Very calm.
I wasn't sure how Milo was going to do with the loud noise on the 4th. At the lake I usually stay behind with him when everyone goes out on the boat for the fireworks. Surprisingly, he was pretty chill considering that he now takes the phenobarbital for seizures. Our family BBQ and romping with cousin Tulo wore him out and he conked out about 9 p.m. right on the patio in the midst of all the bangs and booms. :)
I never could have done it without The Husband and Abby. They did a lot of the heavy stuff because I'm still having issues with my injured hand. We had three folding tables and our picnic table as well as the umbrella table on the patio. We ended up with about 30 guests. Looks pretty fancy, eh? Shhhh...those are not tablecloths. Think sheets and a few shower curtains, all of which I had in my linen closet. Each table had flowers that I dismembered from one grocery store bouquet and an elegant citronella candle from Home Depot. All other decorations from the Dollar Store. I'm such a big spender.
I always tint the vase water like this on the 4th at the lake. I had to sniffle a little when I thought that the daisies would be blooming up there now. I always used them in my vases in and out of the house for this holiday. I didn't let this take away from the day, we had a blast.
Abigail made a wonderful sangria and the drinks and appetizers flowed. Everyone brought such great dishes but I simply forgot to take get some snaps. The Husband manned the grill and along with the hamburgers and hotdogs I made a potato salad and pasta salad. My sister in law made a tossed salad with an awesome dressing. We had chips and pickles and everything 'All American'. The desserts were in abundance; apple pie, cookies, two beautiful cakes, cupcakes. My daughter in law, Mary Clare, made some sort of toffee treat with Heath Bars, graham crackers and vanilla chips that was so fantastic I texted her at 11:00 p.m. for the recipe. I will share that soon.
Here's our little Elsie in her cute Star Spangled Banner outfit. Isn't she precious? Her eyes really lit up over the brightly colored decorations. And she is amazing (I know, we all say that about our grandkids), she absolutely doesn't fuss or cry...not when we've been around her. Gosh---we want to eat her up!
I'll end with a parting shot of Abby putting mosquito netting to a new use. Leave it to the "Me" generation to figure out how to protect the baby and oneself at the same time.
So there you have it. We're good on holidays until Labor Day. We will be going to Louisville in less than 3 weeks for my niece's wedding. I'm so looking forward to that---it's been years since we've been down there and I always love catching up with my brother and his really sweet family. We're making a 4 day weekend out of it so we can relax a bit. And then Jeff and Deirdre's wedding is two weeks later. Their wedding is at the church in the parish Deirdre grew up in not far from here. The reception is at the country club Jeff belongs to. I understand it's going to be huge...250 invites mailed the other day. Yikes, that's almost 500 guests. I can honestly (and a bit proudly) say that they both have many many friends going back a lifetime, as well as colleagues and family and they didn't want to leave anyone out on this special day. I'm happy for them and I'm calm. Calm, calm, calm.
I wish my hand was doing better. All the activity in the past week has not helped. I keep it wrapped in the long tight bandage thing at night and as much as possible during the day. The main issue is in the wrist. With my good hand I can hold out my arm and bend at my wrist to make a sort of claw shape with it. With the injured left hand I can't bend the wrist a millimeter like that. I have thought about making an appointment with the doctor that did my carpal tunnel surgery in November. The Husband thinks I should give it more time, maybe the tendons and ligaments need more time to heal. Just not sure what I'll do.
Okay, I'm off. Thanks for listening to me drone. Have a wonderful week!