Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Mr. and Mrs.

I fear that I have no words to describe July 25th.  Maybe it was a culmination of now being married and knowing what this wonderful couple has to look forward to, maybe it was the way the groom broke down into tears the moment beautiful Ashley entered his line of sight, or maybe it was the way they giggled at the altar, but this wedding was amazing. 

Maybe it was the way Bethany avoided Ashley for most of the morning until she did her make-up, for fear that she would start to cry again.

Maybe it was the rain, and you better believe we were checking the weather every 15 minutes.  Despite a favorable forecast, the wedding had to be moved at the last minute to inside the tent.  But you know what?  Rain is beautiful.
Maybe it was the way her Dad (my step-dad) was shaking as he saw her for the first time, maybe it was the way he started to cry as he handed her the bouquet.

Maybe it was the fact that, to compensate for the rain, we bridesmaids made sure to laugh, cry, toast, and cheer as we piled into the back of my Trailblazer (all EIGHT of us) to make our way from the Bridal room to the  reception tent, where we were walked, one by one, to the altar under a large black umbrella. 

(taken from Facebook)

Maybe it was the way, an hour after the ceremony, the sun broke through the clouds and gave us one of the most beautiful evenings of the summer.
Whatever it was, this wedding had a special feel to it.  The kind of feeling that makes you reach over during the first dance and hold your own husbands hand.  The kind of feeling that makes you thank God for marriage, for love, for commitment. 

I couldn't be happier to welcome Brett into our family, he completes Ashley in so many ways.  Where he is introverted, she is bubbly and sweet.  Where is she of the moment and spontaneous, he is intellectual and more thought out.  And I think I know a few more guys that are over the moon happy to have a new 'brother'.
So happy, in fact, that they felt the need to do some crowd-surfing. 

The party was so fun, even the DJ stayed longer to play a few extra songs.  Thats the kind of wedding this was.  No one wanted to leave, even the staff.
To the new Mr. and Mrs. - I love you both so much, I wish you all the best.  It's not always easy, it won't always be this fun, but it will always, always, always, be worth it. 

Monday, July 26, 2010

Is This Normal?

First of all..the wedding was amazing.  INCREDIBLE.  I promise many pictures to come, but I am unable to sort through them and find the appropriate words right now. 

On that note...would you like to know why I am a little distracted?

Oh, because my house is, once again, filled with smoke.  I told you I was a holy terror in the kitchen...I did not exaggerate. 

It all began innocently enough.  I filled the dishwasher, spun the dial to normal and walked away.  Thirty minutes later the acrid smell of burnt plastic began to fill the house as we got ready to head out for the day.  We followed the smell to the kitchen and what do you know? SMOKE!

Matt opened the dishwasher to find...
...this. What the heck did I even do here?

It appears that a bottle and a spoon fell through the rack (I am, admittedly, not great at loading the dishwasher) then melted??

I mean, does this kind of thing even happen to other people, or am I alone in my inability to accomplish a simple task?

Friday, July 23, 2010

And So It Begins...

My little sister is getting married this weekend.

That's so weird, to type that sentence feels very strange.  It seems like just last year  we were playing dress-up on the front porch and trying to open our own animal rescue shelter.  Never mind the fact that the only 'animal' we rescued was a dead snake that had been run over by a car.  Ew.

ANYWAY, we are about to head off to the rehearsal, and I am so excited! (It doesn't hurt to know that I will have a day to clean myself up as well! These hands haven't had a manicure since last year!)

'Til Monday, here is a little collage of details from her bridal shower to tide you over!

Maybe you can be praying that Jack doesn't cry during the ceremony, causing my milk to come in?  Wet boobs are not quite fitting with the decor.

Thursday, July 22, 2010


I am excited to tell you guys that Matt and I are being featured today over on Meet The Newlyweds!  Somehow Jenna not only manages to keep up with her precious twin boys, her garden, her chickens. and her delicious cooking, she also writes a fun blog and regularly introduces newly married couples to the rest of us! 

And as I am sure you have noticed, I never miss out on an opportunity to gush about my handsome baby-daddy, so head on over to read all about how we met and started this whole thing!

If you are just visiting for the first time from The Newlyweds Blog, welcome!! Feel free to dig around, and if you want to leave me a comment so I can 'get to know you' through your blog as well that would be great!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Buckle Up!

When your mom tells you she will strap the baby in the car...

take it with a grain of salt.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Dirty Ice

Now that Jack is crawling and working hard to not only dismantle all the lower cabinets in our house, but also to rewire our outlets(see Exhibit A), I find that by the time 2 PM rolls around I often feel the need to brew a second pot of coffee.

However, in the sweltering heat of summer there is absolutely nothing refreshing about a steaming hot cup'o'joe moistening my already sweaty forehead.  So what's my solution? ICED COFFEE. 

Revolutionary I know.

In an effort to save the $2.48 that I was spending (daily!) at Dunkin' Donuts to get a cup of iced coffee that, while delicious, was mostly ice, I decided to make my own iced coffee.  In the process I have found that watered down coffee is really gross.  Like...REALLY gross.  I could brew my coffee twice as strong, but I was really burning through coffee at that rate. 

So, we found a solution, and it's pretty awesome. 

Coffee Cubes!  (I'd love to be able to give credit to whichever genius first thought of this, but Matt came home with the idea, which he thinks he read in a magazine...but he can't remember which one. Just know, we read this somewhere.)

We take the leftover coffee from our pot each day, and we pour it in an ice cube tray.  Let it freeze, and voila! No more watered down coffee!

Genius I tell ya!  It will change the way you caffeinate!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Chief Rotten Teeth

A few weeks ago I relunctantly dropped my son off at my sister's house, and drove sullenly to the One Place I Hate Above All Others.  I got out of my car, and trudged slowly through the door into...

...The Dentist's Office. 

I can't really articulate to you how much I detest going to the dentist.  It's so invasive and weird.  I'd rather go to the gynecologist.  Really.

Add that to the fact that a few years ago I didn't have insurance, so I COULDN'T go, and it has been around three years since my last visit.  At least.  PLUS I have weak enamel and mild TMJ.  It was an all around GOOD TIME.

With the arrival of Jack's teeth (he is now up to four!) I started thinking about when to start brushing with him.  I want him to learn healthy teeth habits, and I knew that that would start with me.  So, with only a LITTLE prodding from my husband, I went.  My old dentist had retired, so this guy was all new to me, but as far as dentists go...I guess he's pretty awesome.

SOMEHOW my old dentist had managed to miss the fact that I must grind my teeth something fierce when I am asleep.  Dude took one look in my mouth and was all "You have the teeth of a fifty year old!".

Everytime I replay that scene in my head all I can picture is that in 400 years there will be some display in a futuristic museum featuring my skull and a label that says "From the wear on this human's teeth we can see that she was at least one hundred and fifty years old when she died.  Also, she ate a lot of jellybeans and was socially awkward."

Horrifying.  Just horrifying.

And as if that weren't bad enough, I have to be fitted with a NightGuard.  SEXY. 

I mean...that's just plain hot.

With the help of the NightGuard, Jack might just be an only child. I wonder if they come in purple glitter like the retainer my friend Nikki had in Jr. High?

Monday, July 12, 2010

Da-duh, Da-duh...

On our vacation we took one marvelous morning to charter a boat and head out into the bay to do some fishing.  Now, this may surprise you, but I'm not much of a fisherperson. 

I know, I know...WHAT?  Bekah?  Not like trying to get a wriggling minnow onto a hook? SHOCKING.

Lucky for me though, we had Captain Bill, who was more than willing to bait my line for me.  I had caught several fish throughout the morning, and at one point I cast in my line and was surprised to feel a pretty decent tug almost immediately.  I had been catching catfish all morning (NOT what we were going for, but I still thought it was fun), so I fully expected to see yet another 8-inch catfish on the end of my line. 

Imagine my surprise when this emerged from the water!

Oh yes...that is a SHARK!

Captain Bill helped me land the sucker, and even though he wasn't a big shark, I was pretty stinkin' impressed with my fishing skills.

Heck, I'm still impressed with my big catch!

And don't worry, despite the fact that I COULD have kept it, after a brief photo session, my shark was gently released back into the bay.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010


I'll be back soon, but for now, we are enjoying some surf, sun, and squishy baby legs.
 Oh and P.S. the beach?  Totally loved it.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

The Great American Road Trip 2010

Once again, I left you hanging.  I'm sorry! I haven't been able to get to a computer lately, but now that we are on VACATION, I stole my husbands Mac for a few minutes. 

On Wednesday evening, we packed up our bags, loaded into the car with our baby and my in-laws, and set off on a little trek. And by a little trek I mean a nineteen hour road trip from Pennsylvania to Florida!

What's that you say?  Are we insane??

Why yes, yes we are!

Want to know the icing on the cake? 

Jack has a double ear infection...again.  He was beyond amazing though, really. He had two major crying jags, but for an almost eight month old with ear infections, I think that is pretty darn good!

Hopefully I will be able to secret away with Matt's computer again soon, but until then I will be snapping pictures of my little boy seeing the ocean for the very first time, seeing fireworks, seeing palm trees and tasting mangoes. 

I do love vacations! So tell me about your summer plans...will you be taking a vacation?  A staycation? Camping trip?  Trip to the dentist?

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