Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sisterland Book Review

I had an opportunity to read an advance copy of Sisterland by Curtis Sittenfeld through NetGalley. I had read Sittenfeld's other book, Prep a few years ago and I was really looking forward to her newest novel. 
Sisterland is a story about twin sisters, Kate & Violet who grow up and discover they have "senses" about future events. Kate tries to ignore these senses but Violet fully tries to embrace them. 
Kate follows a traditional path of marriage and family while Violet lives on the fringe of society. Everything changes when one day Violet goes on the news to warn people about an impending earthquake that will take place in the future. While Violet doesn't know when this will happen, it's Kate who gets the confirmation on the date, much to her chagrin.
This book is one of my new favorite books. It definitely keeps you on edge, wondering when the earthquake will happen. The whole book you are waiting to see the outcome of this huge event. But really this book is more than the earthquake, it's about the dynamics of siblings and their families. You get a glimpse into two lives who are drastically different but the love and sometimes hate that follows these sisters their whole lives. 
The only thing I did not like about this book was the way the ending played out. It took a turn that I didn't see coming and it just seemed uncharacteristic and a little ridiculous the way it ended. But overall, it's a great read and it will keep you guessing. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Wedding Memories...


I thought it would be fun to share my wedding day now that it has almost been 3 years. Tim and I got married on August 8, 2010 after being engaged almost 3 months. After we got engaged we were ready to get married. So no stopping us! I have always wanted an outdoor summer wedding, so we picked a date in August and we were off. I decided to keep costs down by DIYing almost the whole wedding. I made my own invitations, programs, treat bags for the candy buffet  decorations and even the handkerchief my husband wore in his pocket. 

Location (church/outdoors/destination): 
I knew I wanted an outdoor wedding, so I started looking at venues that were outdoors in beautiful locations. I wanted a very country\shabby chic\vintage feel, so when I found Gale Woods Farms, it was a done deal.  The ceremony was held outside overlooking a beautiful lake and the reception was held in the big barn. 
My colors were Fuchsia, Gray & Yellow. The men wore gray suits with fuchsia ties and gray Converse Allstar shoes! My bridesmaids wore fuchsia dresses and silver shoes. And my shoes were hot pink awesomeness! And of course all the flowers were pinks\yellows and some gray filler. 

Flower for the wedding
Flower for the reception
Bridal Party:
 My three dearest friends were in my wedding party. They were from all different parts of my life and I wanted each to have a title. My Matron of Honor was my friend Rachel, who I had met 15 years earlier when we were working in New Hampshire. My Maid of Honor was my friend Shannon who I had known since the 4th grade. And my Cousin of Honor was my dear cousin Kelly, who I have known since I was 9 months old. Kelly's husband Kyle also officiated our wedding since he is a Reverend\Chaplain and also a great friend! win win! 
My husband had two collage buddies and his brother as his best man. And 2 other pals from college as the ushers. My brother Buddy walked down the ring. 
I had two other girlfriends of mine do the readings. My friend Liz read, The Prayer of St. Francis and my friend Ellen read I carry your heart. 
And the musicians were the choir teacher and orchestra teacher from the school my husband and I both worked at. 

First Dance Song: 
We danced to Make you Feel my Love by Adele. It was hot and I barely remember dancing. 
We waited 5 months and decided to go to Hawaii in December, when we could really enjoy a warm climate honeymoon since we live in Minnesota and we are always looking to get away from cold! The honeymoon was awesome, but I was 21 weeks pregnant, so it was a very low key time. We sat by the pool and read, ate a lot and did a lot of snorkeling. It was perfection! 
What would you do different? 
I wouldn't do anything differently, except the weather! It turned out to be really HOT!!! It was the hottest day in August in 100 years!! Someone even passed out and I wanted to pass out too. I had a hard time enjoying myself because I was so overheated. I just felt yucky. But everyone said it was one of the best weddings they've been to, so that makes me happy. 

DIY programs\fans. They came in very handy! It was blazing hot outside! 

Converse All Stars for the dudes

Me and my brother Buddy

The ceremony site. The flowers were purchased the day before at the Farmer's Market.

My amazing husband! 

Photo Booth guest book

Stylin in our kicks! 

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Monday, June 17, 2013

6 Months!

 Deacon Elliott is half a year old! It's hard to believe that 6 months ago I was on hospital bed rest awaiting his arrival. He has been nothing but pure joy. Always smiling, talking, and loving life. He is slowly catching up on all the cool things 6 months olds do. And I am have "DUH" moments when I worry that he should be hitting a milestone and he isn't even close. Because had he been born on his due date (January 28th) he would only be 4 months old right now. DUH!  So he is just where he should be and we love him so much! Next month he has to have surgery to fix a birth defect. It's a simple procedure and he can go home the same day. But I do worry about my little guy having to go under and being away from me. He has been through a lot with being in the NICU and has proved to be a fighter, so I trust he will be just fine. He'll probably wake up smiling, as he does every time he gets up. He rocks! Love!

Peony Love

I was pleasantly surprised to find that I live 2 miles... YES, 2 MILES from the world's largest organic peony farm, Swenson Gardens. Once a year in June they offer a walking tour of the peony garden, and of course I drove right on over. To say it was gorgeous, amazing, breathtaking, would be an understatement. I had a very peaceful time walking around and snapping pictures & smelling the blooms as I walked along the paths.
They sold individual cut flowers to take home or you can also purchase plants now and pick them up, or have them shipped in the fall. I'm still trying to narrow down the plants I want.

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