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the wedding train, all aboard

As I have mentioned before, one of my closest friends and favorite people is getting married this January and I have the great pleasure of hopping on the wedding festivities train bridal-party style.

First stop: bridal shower.

I’ve been weighing options and ideas for this baby for quite some time. As the only bridal party member within the state, I had a lot of freedom to throw this thing however I saw fit. In the end, I decided on a Christmas themed December shower in the back bay of Boston (hooray for generous friends and their incredible back bay brownstone offered as a hosting ground!).

Despite the rainy, dreary morning, we had a stellar turn-out to celebrate my one-of-a-kind friend. There was typical eating, drinking, and mingling, a fairly raucous and quite frankly, HILARIOUS game of adapted fishbowl (think charades meets taboo with a Christmas/Steph theme), a mother flown in from Cali to celebrate, and no present opening until the after party (great call Steph…does anyone really enjoy that part of showers anyhow? So long and boring).

All in all, I consider it a success. A positive precursor to what will no doubt be a stellar wedding, and more importantly, a killer marriage.

Looking forward to the next stop on this festive train…bachelorette party, baby…

December 11, 2012   6 Comments

entirely full and entirely pleasant

A couple weeks ago I was exchanging emails with a friend of mine who works at a church and happens to have Mondays off. She is getting married in January and we were ironing out some details and questions via email. It was a Monday morning so I knew with her day off, it would be a good time to catch her for some answers. She responded promptly to my email and essentially said, I’m heading out now, but I’ll write back later today.

Well that day came and went.

The next day I got an email from her saying, Sorry I never wrote back yesterday. The day turned out to be entirely full and entirely pleasant and it slipped my mind. Something about this simple sentence made me smile. Entirely full and entirely pleasant. Not a pairing often heard in tandem, it elicited a peaceful sigh.

And that’s the exact pairing I would use to describe this past Saturday.

Jerry and I were up and out early, having breakfast with a dear friend at an old-favorite-turned-new breakfast joint in the lovely seaside town of Newburyport. After stuffing ourselves with every variety of delicious pancake, we strolled along unencumbered by time or agenda, free to simply explore. We popped into shops, perused for Christmas gifts, supported the local boyscouts who were bold enough to ask, and put our money where our mouth is to support the local bookstore–always tough to do when you know you could get it on amazon for half the price (literally), but I must say, it felt good. ‘Twas the cutest little bookshop.

Following our glorious breakfast, we swung through my favorite farmstand, checked out our alma mater’s women’s conference championship soccer game (sadly they lost), and spent the late afternoon watching football, putting together bridal shower invitations, and running errands. I fell asleep on the couch to football by 10. My kind of day.

Entirely full and entirely pleasant (and to bed early!).

November 6, 2012   1 Comment

Fall updates 2012

This fall has been characterized by:

1. Baby Haven (and me as a crazy pseudo-aunt).

This little delight was born on September 22. I adore her. Her presence has made me realize that I am becoming a little crazy with the baby stuff though. Quite literally. I have a “baby section” in my closet. I’m not pregnant; I don’t have a baby; and yet I have a baby section. In fairness to myself, a number of those items are designated as gifts for certain people who have recently had babies, but still. The section is growing too large. And the pinnacle of craziness came when I bought that raincoat for a 2 year old. A TWO YEAR OLD. My reasoning was that it could go to Haven, but still, the girl wasn’t even born yet when I purchased it. I mean, it’s not like I’ve started a fake baby registry or anything, so it could be worse, but really, I’ve got to watch myself.

2. Sports, studying, and walks

Jerry is teaching two courses this semester at our alma mater and I am taking a class this fall so a number of our Saturday mornings have involved us, our books, and the library. I’m lovin’ the routine.

Sports in the fall is always a mainstay in the Logan household, but as much as I LOVE watching football (and I truly do), I also LOVE being outside in the fall. So Jerry and I have come to an agreement–he can choose one football game on Saturday and one on Sunday to prioritize and plan around. Otherwise, we are outside enjoying the lovely (when not raining) weather. None of this in all day both days watching football business. It’s worked out well thus far. Ocean walks, woods walks, I love them all. And this cemetery, with its lovely turning leaves, is my personal favorite.

3. Crock-pot cooking and de-cluttering.

I have been experimenting with new crock pot recipes this fall. Some were winners and as always, one was terrible. Dry and flavorless. And then I was stuck with that one as lunch for three days. It’s just the risk you run with the crock pot.

I am one bag away from this goal and it’s felt amazing. A new person is emerging within me. An organized, de-cluttered being. My husband rejoices.

4. Apple picking and homecoming.

No fall in New England is complete without apple picking. We went with our friends Keith and Sarah on an overcast September day and it was glorious. One of my favorite fall traditions.

Early October homecoming. A weekend with my friend Steph, a beautiful fall day to hang out on the quad and watch the soccer games, and just quality time with friends. Loved every second.

5. Cape Cod weekend with the Krasses.

Believe it or not, I have lived north of Boston for 7 years now and have never made the trek two hours south to Cape Cod. People literally come from all over the world to visit the Cape and yet I’d never stepped foot on its lovely shores. Well that was remedied this year with a wonderfully low key and restful journey with Keith and Sarah. Highlights for me included a delightful breakfast joint serving both pumpkin coffee AND pumpkin pancakes, an impromptu stop at a local park simply to play and explore, the JFK museum in Hyannis, and the flexibility of no schedule to simply do as we pleased on a whim. Oh and also, I was reminded this weekend that Jerry’s (big ball) bowling style is HILARIOUS. It had been YEARS since we had gone bowling together and wow, made me laugh. I should have taken a video. It was effective, but yeah, it looked ridiculous.

October 20, 2012   1 Comment

baby love.

We had a fun little photo shoot yesterday with the hottest ticket in town, Miss Haven Camille.

She is the daughter of some of our best friends and a real heart stopper. A total trooper, she was awake for the majority of the two+ hours we were there. Although it was VERY hard to narrow down, here are some of my personal favorites…

After seeing this little munchkin, along with this one (his best friend from high school’s daughter), Jerry has been pestering me for not only a baby, but a little girl. He is smitten. With both of his best friends having little girls in the month of September, it’s overpowering. I’m not there yet, but I sure am loving cuddling with baby Haven!

October 8, 2012   5 Comments