Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Have you read:

I wish I were an avid reader, but I am not. I often have a hard time finding books that capture my attention, but this one caught it and kept it for all 500 + pages.  I was fascinated by the culture and the civil rights injustices of only 50 years ago. It seems we have come light years since then. 

Publishers weekly synopsis:
"...set during the nascent civil rights movement in Jackson, Miss., where black women were trusted to raise white children but not to polish the household silver. Eugenia Skeeter Phelan is just home from college in 1962, and, anxious to become a writer, is advised to hone her chops by writing about what disturbs you. The budding social activist begins to collect the stories of the black women on whom the country club sets relies and mistrusts enlisting the help of Aibileen, a maid who's raised 17 children, and Aibileen's best friend Minny, who's found herself unemployed more than a few times after mouthing off to her white employers. The book Skeeter puts together based on their stories is scathing and shocking, bringing pride and hope to the black community, while giving Skeeter the courage to break down her personal boundaries and pursue her dreams. Assured and layered, full of heart and history, this one has bestseller written all over it. "
It was refreshing to read a book that didn't need to be censored or feel like my heart was being torn out due to the horrific images words on a page can paint in my head. Although the book addressed many of the heartbreaking discriminations of the times, it was somehow kept rather light, beautiful, and poignant. I didn't want the book to end.

Now, as many of you know they are making it into a movie. I can hardly wait! Although the books are always better than the movie, based on this trailer, it looks Hollywood has done a good job of capturing the picture of the 60's country club  housewives, their children, their neiborhoods and their "help."

If you haven't read the book, I highly recommend it!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Portrait of a Lady Wedding

I loved how this wedding turned out. Based on a wedding we saw in a local wedding magazine, we recreated a similar feel for our bride, Dayna. The pinks, yellows and whites were so fresh and the feminine accent elements including lots of lace made it simply beautiful.

This was a collaborative effort between my Aunt Kim, her friend, my mom, and me.  The only pieces I can claim were mine alone were the bouquets (bridal and bridesmaids) but I feel we made a pretty good team as each of us were able to shine with our own elements.

Each centerpieces was uniquely stunning


I was impressed with how beautifully everything came together. Hopefully the bride was pleased too.

Wedding tips for 2 receptions/events:
1. I don't know if you could even tell, but the all the centerpieces were done well in advance as they were all done in silks. From there the rest of the flowers including the bridal party flowers were a mix of fresh and silk. It is really a nice option if there are 2 reception sites, to be able to plan ahead, and to ensure the right flowers come in the right colors (as we often find challenging)

2. I love the banner my aunt had printed. It was printed on canvas and then my mom sewed up the edges and added tassles. What a statement piece that is once again reuseable for their 2nd event. Yay!

Monday, June 27, 2011

Life on the Ship

I'll tell you what, I think Cruising is THE way to vacation. This was our second cruise and it is so amazing! I don't know if I could ever tire of it.

The beautifully cleaned rooms, towel animals, next day's itinerary (this is my favorite, planning out the next day), chocolates, and even a window this time. Yay!

Late night games and 24 hour pizza with friends...

Formal nights

Dance competitions. Mike and Mason participated in an air guitar off. How could we choose who was better as they were both hilarious!! Later during the Michael Jackson dance off, we could not have been prouder of our Bishop tying for 1st place. Who knew he could bust a move like that. Wow!

The Midnight buffet was exquisite. Along with the yummy food I appreciated the artistry

Mason laboriously collected these awesome Luchador masks for him and my brothers to have as souvenirs.

Who can resist the chocolate bar? Note that fuzzy face...

As we splurged and got him a mens facial from the spa complete with a barbering lesson. He got it just in time for our final formal night. Isn't he handsome!

The last day they we went on a tour of the kitchen and had to capture them working on our beloved chocolate melting cakes. Those are seriously the best dessert I have ever had!

P.S. Thanks Hollie for sharing your pictures with me without your permission. You are the best!

Friday, June 24, 2011

La Paz

This may have been my favorite stop. It was a clean, darling little town with lots of color and history. After a little exploring...

...we went on a history tour. First up a Catholic church

The inner sanctuary which seemed to resemble what some might call a Holy of Holies.

It possessed lots of elements that surprised us. Like this piece of art depicting Father, Son and Holy Ghost. It was a pleasant surprise for us to find this in the Sanctuary of the ancient (by our standards) church.

Authentic pottery makers and other artisans keep this small town thriving. 

We finished up the day with a swim with the sea lions.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


I love the movie, I love the musical, and I loved our choir performances in High School to a couple songs from the show. So I don't wether I feel it is sacreligious that there is a remake coming out or whether I should be thrilled. Either way I will probably go see it.


(My how those dance moves have changed...)

P.S. Is it a sign that I am getting old when I think the Dad/Preacher (Dennis Quaid) is hotter than Ren?

Cabo - Day 2

Although we were scheduled to go to Mazatlan, the port was cancelled due to the violence. Once we learned of the reason, we were a-okay with that decision. So it was back to Cabo for another day.

Beach Day!!!

We spent the morning on Lover's Beach on the Sea of Cortez

And on the other side was Divorce Beach. The Pacific Ocean was really violent that day and we weren't allowed to go in. It still beautiful though and quite majestic.

One of the most adventurous parts of our whole vacation was dismounting an mounting the boat. There was no sand landing here.

After playing in the waves at Lovers Beach our suits were FULL of Sand. We tried to wash out as much as we could in the community showers, but I think we took half the beach back to the ship with us.

We were starving by this point but wanted to find real authentic Mexican food. We wandered until we found the perfect taco joint as recommended by one of the local ex-pats.

We were serenaded by the cook, who may have been the biggest Beatles fan alive

Then I walked away from Cabo with the most amazing pewter tray. That alone made the trip totally worth it and everything else was icing on the cake!