My hiatus from the blog was unintentional, but necessary. My normal work week entails a daily grind from 8 am to 5 pm, quick dinner with the family, clean up (sometimes), and then opening up my computer to work on the blog. My weekends are filled with a mix of family and blog work. This week however I had a work trip. My days entailed 12 to 14 HARD working hours and at the end of the day when I finally got to the hotel all I could think of was Netflix and bed. This weekend was spent entirely with my boys, family, and friends. I only opened my computer for an hour. This next week is looking to be similar since I have another work trip coming up. Busy, busy, busy.
I left the Portland airport at super early in the morning on Tuesday last week. I had to take an obligatory #pdxcarpet photo of course. Don’t mind my ragged looking shoes. These are my favorite work flats and boy are they getting worn.
The trip didn’t start out wonderfully. We had to wait for two hours for our rental car (one we had reserved) and it ended up being a bit of a dud. The next day it got a flat tire which ended up with us sitting at a tire shop next to this lovely establishment (pictured). Thankfully there was somehow a really amazing independent coffee shop right next to the tire shop. Why I took a photo of the run down inn rather than the amazing coffee shop? I have no clue. If you’re in Aurora, Colorado I highly suggest Jubilee Roasting Company.
The purpose of this work trip was to help with a grand re-opening. This required a lot of wine–two carts full of wine to be exact! I did not get to partake in much wine this week. Though, I was sure to pick up a can or two of Union Wine for a nightcap in the hotel.
While the trip was very successful… I couldn’t wait to get home to my boys. This was the longest I had been away from either boy. I don’t know if I would have made it through the week if it hadn’t been for nightly FaceTime calls. I loved seeing my boys light up when they saw my face. It was also essential to ease my worries a bit. I love FaceTime (or video sharing in general) and don’t know how people with families traveled away from their loved ones with out it!
My husband and I got married right after I graduated college in 2006. We didn’t have much of a budget or really any clue what we would really want in a wedding or large party. It was pre-Pinterest after all. We had a beautiful low-budget wedding with our friends and family that sparked my interest in throwing events. This party was ten years in the making and I am so excited to share the photos by Mary Boyden of our 10th Anniversary Party Decor!
Over the course of the years we grew our family and became close with new friends who didn’t know us back when we got married. We knew that when our ten year anniversary came along that we’d like to take a moment to not only celebrate us, but to celebrate our friends and family a bit. We wanted to say thank you to those who had helped us make it the past few years as we have experienced the ins and outs of life. We believe in love and romance. But, we also believe in working on a relationship and the importance of a great support system. This 10th anniversary party was really our way of getting to say thank you.
The look of the party has changed in my head over time, and didn’t really get solidified until I chose our venue, but I couldn’t be more thrilled with the way that it turned out. It was everything I had dreamed it would be and so much more. I still sit and dream about this day at times!
We picked Andina for our party venue for a variety of reasons, one of which was that we LOVE the food and the other being that the Tupai room is a gorgeous space that fit our party perfectly. Once we chose Andina, with their clean modern venue space and bright dishes, I knew that we wanted to have a bold, clean and whimsical design.
I LOVE paper goods. Designing digital goods for events has been a huge passion of mine. It honestly was the most exciting part of the event for me as well as the most difficult. Once I finally nailed down the invitation designs that got me excited everything else fell into place seamlessly. I designed all the paper items and printed and trimmed them through a local print shop. I then put together the details by hand. It helps that this was a party for 35 rather than 300!
My second favorite detail were the flowers. I knew I wanted to order some bright, slightly whimsical arrangements, but hadn’t landed on a style until I found these fun geometric terrariums at Target. I then found the perfect mix of blooms through FiftyFlowers.com and built my arrangements using floral foam to help keep them sturdy. The larger arrangements featured blooms inside and outside of the terrarium. (Post coming soon!)
At our wedding I had created newspaper programs about the two of us since I had gone to school for journalism. For this party I created small magazines featuring our story, photos, order of events and our vows. We featured the newspaper on one of the tables so that guests could look through the past a bit. (Post coming soon!)
We wanted the party to be fun for our guests so we chose a “party animal” theme to help guide guests to their tables. We spray painted toy animals and gave the centerpiece animals a bit of a party upgrade with hats and bows. Each table had a different animal and the escort cards had the corresponding animal on them to let guests know where to go as they entered. We also had a fun photo backdrop created by using black and white 4X6 photos. Guests used an Instax camera to take pictures of themselves in front of the wall of photos from the past ten years. (Post coming soon!)
Our favors were bright yellow tote bags that read, “By the way, I’m wearing the smile that you gave me.” They had a tag that read, “Enjoy a midnight snack. Salty and sweet, just like your friendship, an absolute treat!” We included a LaCroix flavored water along with a bag of chips and homemade sugar cookies. (Post coming soon!)
I knew from the beginning that I wanted to have a photo booth. I also knew that I wanted to commemorate the many memories and people in our lives somehow. I decided to pull the two together and create a photo-wall photo booth. It is perhaps my favorite backdrop I’ve done yet. I can’t wait to share more… post coming soon!
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A long time ago I had a series on the blog where I shared more personal items with no real intent behind them other than sharing myself with readers and recording history. I’m getting back into that habit as I feel that it is a great way for you to get to know me! I’d love to hear about what YOU did this past week as well. Share a link or comment in the comment section below!
This weekend was a whirlwind weekend and it looks like the rest of the month is going to be the same.
Saturday we went to a wedding for a friend of my husband. It was set on a campground in Oregon. The weather was perfect, the beer was delicious, and the crowd was laid back and friendly. We enjoyed the sweet ceremony and delicious BBQ dinner afterwards. The couple even made a custom flag that they put up the flag pole after they wed. Sweet touches like that make me happy.
Mainly, we loved getting to spend time together as a family while celebrating someone else coming together as family. There is just something really special about that!
Today was the busiest day our little family has had in a long while. We started the day working the Walk to End Alzheimer‘s in Portland.
I work in the senior living field and this walk is always a big event for us. My personal experiences combined with my work really make the cause of fighting Alzheimer’s a bit of a passion project for me. I love that my family and friends support the cause as well.
I painted around a ton of faces today and I’m pooped! But, it was so worth it!
After we ran home to get cleaned up from the walk we hopped back in the car to head to one of our favorite play cafes in Portland, Pied Piper!
Catherine, of Ten Thousand Hour Mama, hosted a little blogger and kiddos meet-up at the cafe. I met many local bloggers (and mommas) that I had only met online in the past. They were all so lovely. I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it after such a long morning, but I’m glad I made the trip!