Sunday, August 30, 2009

Keeping up the crafting.

This weekend my only plan was to purchase the paper for our programs as well as some ink for the printer because I used so much during our RSVP cards! I did get a few more things done though I started the save the date cards and I even got a mock up finished up!

Here is a sample of the process.

and because I love our formal invitations I can't leave them out! Here is a teaser of those as well.

Has anyone else started on invitations super early and regretted it just because you can't wait to share them?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Gifting the girl with the flowers.

I have been looking at gifts for my super lovely flower girl lately. Ms. Flower Girl was one of my first kiddo's at the 4th "R" Program I worked at in California and I can remember her little kindergarten face hiding behind mom her first day (over 2 years ago now!) She was and is the sweetest and most adorable little girl I have ever met in my life so of course she needs a gift as equally as awesome as she is. After looking at a few books little nick nacks I came along this:

Which can be purchased from:

I am totally buying Ms. Flower Girl something adorable from this site!! How will I ever choose though a tutu, a beanie, a headband, all of the above? Check back in a few weeks for a photo of the final product. XOXO

Monday, August 24, 2009

"You don't want a head table?"

Okay the truth is I think head tables are super awkward. I mean what about if a bridesmaid wants to bring her boyfriend or fiancee who am I to say sure bring him but he can't sit up here at the table with us. So strange to me. After looking it seems that there are three options

A) A head table: the bridal party hangs out at table in the front of the room together.

B) A sweetheart table: just the bride and groom sit together and cuddle. With all eyes only on them yeeps!

C) A kings or family table: where the table is set down the middle of the reception and not only the bridal party but close family and friends sit together as well.

Okay the family table is by far my favorite choice and Casey James loves it as well. What option do you think is the best?

Friday, August 21, 2009

Okay so this is totally not really wedding related. Although I can say that I look forward to relaxing on the car ride back home from the wedding and reading.

Books I've read are bold. Books I've read in part are italics.

1 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
2 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
3 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
4 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
5 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
6 The Bible
7 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
8 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell
9 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens

11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott

12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy
13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot

21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell

22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck
29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame

31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen
36 The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan

51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Tootie! Did you see this movie)

61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding
69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville

71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett
74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession

81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton

91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery
93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

Just to give credit I totally swiped this from the blog "cross country wed" which can be viewed @

Monday, August 17, 2009

Fill this out?

I am sure everyone is getting sick of the many emails and facebook postings that all start with "can you fill this out?" If you did follow that link you would have been directed to a website asking questions like your name and address and a bunch of other pretty reasonable questions. This information is then placed into a delightful spreadsheet by the ever amazing google so we have everything ready to go in one place!

(click on me to make it bigger)

So even though I covered others personal information you get the gist. Isn't it amazing! (okay well I think so at least)

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

"Oh Moose"

Everyone once in a while I begin to think about the idea of having the dogs in (some) of our engagements photos. I love them both and I really love that for the first time in my life I have my own puppy. Now in case you happened to find this site after google searching something like "crazy gocco woman" Moose is just over a year old and is a HUGE beast. He also tends to get really excited about things which leads his tail to wag and in turn to break things. It's not his fault really he is just big and kind of dorky sometimes... need proof? check these babies out!

So what do you think? Should we have a few pictures with our beasts or leave them at home?

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Lemon Cookies!!

So I have been searching for easy peasy cookie recipes that I can make ahead for the wedding for the favor tables. Last night I whipped up a batch of lemon cookies with a simple powered sugar frosting that were great!! Even better the dough can be kept in the fridge up to 48 hours before cooking. In case you want some before the wedding here you go:


* 1 (18.25 ounce) package lemon cake mix
* 2 eggs
* 1/3 cup vegetable oil
* 1 teaspoon lemon extract
* 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar for decoration


*Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).
* Pour cake mix into a large bowl. Stir in eggs, oil, and lemon extract until well blended. Drop teaspoonfuls of dough into a bowl of confectioners' sugar. Roll them around until they're lightly covered. Once sugared, put them on an ungreased cookie sheet. ( I always grease my cookie sheet shhhhh)
* Bake for 6 to 9 minutes in the preheated oven. The bottoms will be light brown, and the insides chewy.

Helpful Hints: I cooked them only for 6 minutes and then set them under the broiler for about 2 to make sure the tops were nice and done.
I also think I would make a simple raspberry frosting for the tops if I did them again.