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Friday, December 5, 2014

This Was The Coolest Thing (!!)

So, if you know me personally, you probably know that the Wizard of Oz is my favorite movie. Of all time. Forever and Always.

So when my sister, Shannon, discovered this interactive Wizard of Oz exhibit at the Holland Armory, we grabbed the closest kids under the age of 10 and took them with us! Just kidding...but really, we needed kids so I wouldn't look totally out of place :)
Put on by the Holland Museum, this exhibit led visitors through the original Frank L. Baum version of the Wizard of Oz story. From Kansas to Munchkin Land, then down the Yellow Brick Road to meet the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and Glinda, and ending at the Wicked Witch's Castle.
Each stage had something "learner related" to each place or character. For example, at the start of the Yellow Brick Road, the kids were able to piece together foam puzzle pieces to build a road or different shapes. Then at the Tin Man, you could press a button and feel the difference of your heart rate at rest vs. walking vs. running. And at the very end of course, you had to click your heels together three times and say, "there's no place like home!"
I seriously loved this as much as the kids did. If you're local to West Michigan, head to Holland before January 3rd to check it out!

P.S. Thanks to Shannon and Luke's friends, Amanda and Marc, for letting us borrow their adorable girls for the day!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Fall Women's Event

Well, my mom did it again. Her fabulous decorating and hosting and making-other-people-feel-loved skills were all evident at the fall women's event she held for dear friends and women at her church.

We're talking seriously gorgeous decorations!
 
Side note: my brother-in-law Luke MADE that cross. So cool, right?!

With special details, like the vintage hankies and broaches that each of the 50 women got to take home as a favor.
Each woman made a Fall banner of their own. All supplies were pre-cut and ready to go in adorable gift bags. 
We listened to the wise words of Joyce Landorf and Sandy Patti. We dined on delicious soups and homemade breads and sweets. We laughed and cried as we spent the morning together in fellowship with each other and God.

My mom never gives herself enough credit for her wonderful talents. She'll never brag, so I'll do it for her :) I've got a prettttty sweet family if you ask me!

Friday, November 7, 2014

A Beautiful Wedding Weekend

It's always an honor to be asked to be a part of a friend's wedding, and this time was no exception. I was really humbled when Julie asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding over Labor Day weekend. I was humbled because I really love how close we have become post-college. It's not easy to keep a friendship going, much less strengthen it, when there are several states dividing you and "real world responsibilities" consume your time. A 40 hour work week can really mess up your social life, right?!

So that makes me extra thankful for friends like Julie, who is intentional in everything she does. I'm super glad I had a moment to tell her this at her rehearsal dinner, because I so admire the way she intentionally listens when you speak and invests in her friendships. And whenever she speaks - to me or to a group of people - I always want to stop what I'm doing to listen because what she says is truthful, sincere, and wise.
In her relationship with her new husband Andrew, I see her being the best version of herself. It's easy to see how much Julie and Andrew adore each other. And on top of that, they have so much fun together and with their family and friends.
The wedding venue for the ceremony and reception was absolutely gorgeous! Vintage pieces and family heirlooms decorated a large, but quaint barn. There was homemade jam as favors for the guests. Julie asked me to write the place cards and labels for the sweets table. There were two outdoor bonfires for s'mores. Everything was perfectly beautiful.
Mike and I both so enjoyed getting to spend time with them and be a small part of their wedding weekend. Congrats again, Julie and Andrew!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Fall Y'all!

It's really feeling like fall around here lately...from the cooler temperatures to the beautiful fall colors. Here's a look at a few fun fall projects I've made in the past month. So cute, so easy, and yes, you can do this, too!

A handmade sign for our front door to greet our (few-and-far-between) guests. If you're not into just free-handing it, here is an already compiled list of free printables you could use instead.
At the end of the summer, my friend Caitlin sent me home with a whole box of yarn and strict instructions to "make wreaths and sell them on Etsy." :) Well, the Etsy store is still to come, but one wreath is done for my personal collection, and with a new wreath stand I found on sale at Hobby Lobby, it's looking preeettttty cute on our front porch!
We didn't get any pumpkins this year, but I'm happy that these porch decorations will carry me through Thanksgiving. Do you decorate for the fall season or decorate for each holiday (Halloween/Thanksgiving)? Kudos to you that take the time to do both!