Showering the Bride

September 14, 2016 at 2:45 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

Holy hell, I’m getting married soon! To help me celebrate, my wonderful and amazing little sister threw me a Bridal Shower and Bachelorette Party in our hometown this past weekend. And it was a success!

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My sister did ALL of this!

By success, I mean no one went to jail and I didn’t have to ride the Megabus with a MegaHangover the next day. Nothing got too crazy which is good considering how my mom, a couple of aunts and my cousins were all among the guests! I only have a handful of friends who still live in the area and they made it out too, which was great. There were also a few family friends and a few of my sister’s friends (whom I’ve known forever too) so we had a pretty good mix of people. As you can see, my sister really went all out decorating her new house and everything was so tasteful and tasty too! She made meatballs and queso (with veggie options for me!), vegetable pizza, food for the meat-eaters, fruit, veggies and tons of amazing desserts. Which included these cupcake cake pop things that were simply divine! There was also a mimosa bar with three different flavors, each one more delicious than the last. I was seriously impressed with her ability to throw a party. She’s a pretty great hostess and I’m counting on her to throw every birthday and anniversary party for both Scott and myself until the day we die. Ok, sis? Thanks.

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For some reason I can’t put this right-side up. But it looks even more racict when I do.

The Bachelorette Party was fun too and we did a wine and paint night at a local studio, which is something I’ve never done before. This is evidenced by my painting, which you can see here. I am not artistically inclined (at ALL) but I thought I did pretty good with this painting, considering I was drinking and whatnot. Until my mom told me that my fleur de lis looked like a Ku Klux Klan hat and now that’s all I can see any time I look at it.

Thanks, Mom.

But really, thanks to Mom and Sissy and everyone else who came out to help me celebrate. I’m lucky enough that Scott’s family is throwing me a Bridal Shower in the suburbs up here next month and my Chicago friends will be coming together the week after that for a Bachelorette Party that some of my cousins probably wouldn’t approve of. But it’ll be fun!

Then I get to marry my best friend! Bring on the rest of 2016, I’m ready!

 

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Ode to My Sister

May 29, 2013 at 12:46 pm (Uncategorized) (, )

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It’s been 28 years since you came into the world

so I don’t even remember a life that doesn’t include you,

sometimes I wonder what it would have been like to be an only child

College may have been paid for but it would have been kind of lonely, too.

Growing up in the country, we didn’t have many neighborhood friends

and were made to play mostly with each other,

we shared games and sports and stories and more

though sometimes I wished I had been given a brother.

It would be an understatement to say we didn’t always play nice

and some of our fights were pretty ugly indeed,

for instance, remember the first time I was allowed to babysit us both

and tried to stick you with a fire poker until you would bleed?

Of course you could be vicious right back to me too

like the time that you broke my arm,

you can’t even say it was just an accident

let’s face it – we both tried to do each other some harm!

We weren’t too close through our high school years

as we both were trying to figure out exactly who we were

but then in college we managed to hang out and actually have fun

and I became much happier that I had a little sister.

You surprised me with your schooling and now you’ve got yourself a career

You’re constantly doing things that make me proud and leave me impressed,

You’ve come a long way from the kid with the worms in her purse

who ran away from me in the Atlanta airport, leaving me stressed.

We’ve been through a lot and hopefully have much more heading our way

and no matter what lies around the bend,

I don’t think we would be who we are if it weren’t for the other

and I can honestly say you’re not just my sister but also my friend.

Awwww – Happy Birthday Sissy!

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Ode to My Sissy

June 1, 2011 at 12:24 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , )

My little sister turned 26 last weekend and I since I wasn’t around to give her a present, I figured I’d write up a little something here.  And that’s all she’ll be getting for the next decade or so (just kidding, sis!).   Also, I’d like to point out that when I turned 25, she made a big deal of telling me how old that was.  Who’s old now?  Anyway, my sister was the bane of my existence for something like 18 years and we were notorious amongst our friends, family and babysitters for getting in vicious and torturous fights as children.  She broke my arm, I have her a concussion…you know, typical kid stuff.  We outgrew our fighting around the time I went away to college, when we quickly learned that we can actually tolerate each other as long as it’s in small doses.

About as nice as we got - also, hello early 1990s

Over the last ten years or so, we’ve actually grown pretty close (awww).  We’ve visited each other in various cities and can now manage to have a fairly good time without shedding blood.  Well, there was that time she passed out in my dorm room after donating blood, but it’s not quite the same thing.  The point is, my sister somehow grew into someone I actually enjoy hanging out with and while I’m not entirely sure when or how it happened, she’s also my friend.  One of my best friends, in fact.  She’s much smarter than I used to give her credit for and she’s in a profession that I honestly respect and could never, ever do myself.  She impresses me and I’m proud of her.  Which does not mean that we don’t revert back to our 13 and 14-year-old annoying and bitchy selves if we spend any more than about 5 days together, but it does mean we can make it that far without wanting to kill each other and that’s gotta count for something.  Seeing as how I’ve always been a bit of a dork and a bit of a writer, the below poem isn’t the first I’ve written for my sister.  It is, however, the latest (and please excuse the inside jokes):

Sure, we used to drive each other insane

In fact, we quite perfected the art of the fight

So now it’s nice that you’re not such a huge pain

Thankfully we no longer get mad and whisper threats of “Midnight”

Either way, you’re stuck with me until the very end

Remember – you can’t see where you’re going, you can only see where you’ve been.

So to my one and only sissy – I hope your 26th year on this planet was as good as mine was.  Also, while it’s true I’ll always be older, I still look way younger than you.

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Mother’s Day Thanks

May 9, 2011 at 12:02 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , , , , , , , )

There were many things for me to be thankful during Mother’s Day.  I’m lucky enough to have the absolute best mom of all time and she’s been proving that to me on a daily basis for nearly 30 years.  She has always encouraged me in everything I’ve ever wanted to do (well, except for ballet lessons…) and I know that she has my back if when I screw things up.  She was strict enough while I was growing up that I thought she was a horribly oppressive tyrant but as I’ve aged, I’ve realized she was pretty much always right.  And if you know me, you know it’s not easy for me to admit that.  My mom is awesome and my only regret on Mother’s Day was that I couldn’t say that to her face.  Though there’s always next year!

Hi Mom!

Something else  was thankful for yesterday is the fact that I’ve got plenty of other amazing mother-type figures in my life.  My aunts, grandmothers, even cousins and sister are all beautiful, strong and empowering women that have helped me through thick and thin.  Same goes for my fabulous lady friends, some of whom are now mothers themselves.  Which is weird, but seems to be happening with more regularity.  This brings me to the final thing I was thankful for this most recent maternal holiday:

The fact that I’m not a mother myself.  I’m pretty sure I’d be fairly decent at having a kiddo of my own but it’s just not something I’m ready for yet.  Maybe ever?  I don’t know that but I do know that I’m extremely happy to have a uterus that’s never been used.  I think motherhood is a beautiful and wonderful thing but so is staying up until 2am watching cartoons and eating candy.  Wait – perhaps having children won’t be so different from my everyday life after all?  Though I think throwing dirty diapers and breastfeeding into this mix would alter things a bit.  So until I’m ready to spend my free time thinking about cribs and crusty snot, I’ll continue to marvel at the astonishing things that the mothe’s I know have done and continue to do.  Thanks for being such an inspiration and if I ever need a babysitter I’ll know who to call!

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