Friday, April 19, 2013

country roads, take me home.

Last weekend was spent at my parents ranch, helping get it wedding ready (again!) for my Sister's wedding in July. You can find stories about all the crazy things to get it ready for my wedding last September here, here and here.

At this point is mostly upkeep and a few projects. One being a divider/entrance between the cocktail/bar area and the dining/dancing area. My Mom saw this picture on Pinterest and wanted to re-create it.

She put the boys in charge of figuring out how to make this project, work, for lack of a better word. It always looks easier than it is is reality. But the boys made this DIY project their b-word. And they loved every minute of it. I'm pretty sure if they hear the words "pin", "pinterest", or "pinned" ever again they are going to lose it. Or maybe they already have? I kinda feel bad for them. My sister's soon to be husband said that when he finds the person who created Pinterest he is going to hit them over the head with my sister's laptop. Which makes me curious, who created Pinterest? One word. Genius. And if the Pinterest creator ever reads this, I'm sorry about my future B.I.L, he really wouldn't hurt a fly. And I love you. Thank you for making my life so much more awesome.

Just a little bit of awesome information: the boys are using reclaimed wood that my mom took (sorry, she's not sorry) from Saugus Speedway, which is a race track that my Grandpa used to race at back in the day. Saugus Speedway has been turned it into a swap meet and is no longer used as a race track. A few months ago they were disassembling the old wood stands. My Mom was driving by and decided to take some pieces of the cool old wood. So now we will have a piece of my Grandpa at the wedding site and his spirit will be with us.

Jesse and Somkey Joe are my parents horses and they also happen to be besties

On Saturday morning, my Sister, Mom and I got up early and headed down to the LA Flower Mart. Which might be one of my favorite places in LA. We wanted to make some mock flower arrangements for my sisters wedding. I did this for my wedding as well. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is planning on doing their own flowers for their wedding. It gives you a chance to play around and see what flowers you think you want to use and ultimately what flowers you actually can use. The last thing you want is to be stressing out the day of your wedding trying to put together flower arrangements and realize that some flowers just don't work the way you want them to.

We did a few different looks when we made up the arrangements so my Sister could decide what she really wanted her centerpieces to look like. Making them ahead of time gives us the chance to see what flowers last the longest. That way, we can make the arrangements 2 days before the wedding, as opposed to the day of. We just have to make sure that we store the arrangements in a cool, dark place. 

This has nothing to do with weddings but it was one of the peaks of the weekend. On Sunday morning, this handsome little guy flew into a nice, clean, big window at my parents house. We thought he wasn't going to make it because he stayed in the same spot, didn't look like he was breathing, and wouldn't move. He even let me get this close to him to take these pics, which,  now I'm no bird expert, but I don't think that's a good sign. But, after working outside all day, we came back in the afternoon to find that he had flew away. I was so happy.

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