Monthly Archives: June 2009

Backyard Summer Baby Shower

My lovely neighbors are having their first baby and this weekend I had the honor of throwing them a baby shower. Honestly though, I couldn’t have pulled it off without my awesome husband. He helped me make the favors, get the yard ready and dry off all the tables and chairs after it poured just before guests were set to arrive.

This spring we totally landscaped our yard, front and back. We layed sod, put down a path and filled in flower beds. Since we’d gone to all that work we thought the backyard would be the best place to hold this baby bash. Here are some of the highlights.

The Invitations

The Invitations

I found the perfect invites on a really cute website. But they were pricey. So my friend David designed these, which I think are even cuter than the expensive ones. He did it for free and I got them printed locally. Total cost was less than $15.

The Favors

The Favors

These are the favors. I took seed packets from Walgreens and dolled them up using wax paper envelopes, wrapping paper and ribbon. Sadly I forgot to hand them out.

The Backyard Set-up

The Backyard Set-up

Some of the brown table cloths were used in our wedding. The mom-to-be is using chocolate brown in the nursery so it worked out perfectly. The rest of the baby shower color palletet was light blue and goldenrod yellow.

Baby Shower Tables

Baby Shower Tables

Each table was decorated with two jewelry trees. I found the idea on this blog and thought it was super cute. But instead of using them to hold necklaces I used them as centerpieces. The goldenrod yellow table runners are made from wrapping paper. I wanted to use fabric, but couldn’t ever find what I was looking for.

Baby Shower Flowers

Baby Shower Flowers

Those vintage polka dot glasses came from my kitchen cupboard. They worked perfectly to hold the little bouquets of white and yellow flowers that I picked up at Costco.The wrapping paper with the blue print was used for the head table.

Baby Shower Game, Help Name the Baby

Baby Shower Game, Help Name the Baby

Using a ten-pack of bibs I picked up at Target for $2.50, I decorated a corner of the yard and made a game at the same time. The bibs say the words “Girl or boy?” Guests were asked to fill out a ballot guessing whether Jenna was having a girl or a boy and to help her name the baby. Jenna picked a winning boy name and a winning girl name and each person got a prize.

The Baby Food Challenge

The Baby Food Challenge

We also played the Baby Food Challenge. Have you tasted baby food? Yuck! The winner got a nice prize, though.

Baby Shower Scrapbook

Baby Shower Scrapbook

I also made a mini-baby shower scrapbook for Jenna. Inside I put one of the invites and a few other momentos from the party. We also listed her gifts in this book so she can reference it when writing thank you notes.

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes

The food was kept simple. I made (with my husband’s help) slider-sized burgers, potato salad, pasta salad, fruit skewers and bunch of desserts. A couple of other sweet ladies brought some food as well.

A Baby Shower By Candlelight

A Baby Shower By Candlelight

After the sun went down we lit a bunch of candles and enjoyed the white lights my husband had put up around the base of several tree trunks. I think it turned out to be a relaxing and fun backyard summer baby shower.

Jenna Picking Her Favorite Names by Candlelight

Jenna Picking Her Favorite Names by Candlelight

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I Think I Saw Governor Sanford Running in Greenville

Was Governor Mark Sanford in Greenville?

Was Governor Mark Sanford in Greenville?

It was one of those moments you don’t think much about at the time. We were driving home from Target Sunday evening and as we traveled down Augusta Road we approached a runner. Maybe the man saw that I was staring at him because he waved at us.

“That looked like Governor Sanford!” I exclaimed to my husband. “What he would be doing here?”

“Wonder why he waved at us,” my husband laughed. “It must be the Audi.”

We recently became the owners of a 1998 Audi A6 Quattro with 160,000 miles on it. We always joke about being posh now that we have an Audi because in actuality it’s the cheapest car either of us have owned in our whole lives. We continued joking about our car and didn’t think much of the Sanford siting, until today.

Apparently Governor Sanford was missing for four days. He claims he was hiking on the Appalachian Trail, but other people say they saw him at the Atlanta airport by himself. His staff admits it’s not uncommon for him to disappear for a few days after a busy legislative session, but now people are questioning whether the Governor should ever be allowed to skip town without his security detail.

My Sanford spotting was just blocks away from where the late Governor Carroll A. Campbell lived for many years of his life and not far from where state Senator Dave Thomas grew up so it’s no stranger to politicians. But did I really see the Governor? Who knows. Keep in mind that I once swore I saw Saddam Hussein working on a road crew in Fort Myers, Florida. I was so convinced it was him I drove by three times to get a better look. I didn’t make my husband turn around to see if this runner really was my Governor. No matter what he was up to, I just hope the Governor had a good, relaxing time.

Image courtesy of Montwerx

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The Inspirational Power of Ultra Marathon Man

Need Some Inspiration? Check Out This Movie.

Need Some Inspiration? Check Out This Movie.

Last week I checked out Ultra Marathon Man from the library. It’s a documentary about a man who runs 50 marathons in 50 days in 50 states. I’ve run two full marathons and one half which makes running 50 consecutively even more unimaginable. But Dean Karnazes‘ story was just so inspirational.

It was at his 30th birthday party that Dean realized his life wasn’t going how he had planned. He wasn’t accomplishing anything. He was just spinning his wheels. So after taking a 15 year hiatus from running, Dean left the bar where he was celebrating with friends and started running. He decided to run 30 miles in honor of his 30th birthday. He did it and  he’s been running pretty much ever since.

Now my husband has never been one to back down from a challenge. So when he said, “I feel like I could run a marathon without training,” and I replied “so why don’t you?” I should have known what was going to happen next. “Well, where would I run to?” he asked. “How about Furman,” I said, referring to Furman University, a campus that I had cycled to before. Turns out Furman was 18 miles from our house, not quite a full marathon but still a challenge. “Ok. I’m doing it. This Saturday,” he resolved.

My husband works out at least five days a week, but he’s not a regular runner. The last time he ran with me was our five mile jog through Manhattan to the Brooklyn Bridge back in mid-May. But Saturday came and his alarm went off at 5:40am. We both set out before the sun was up. We ran for at least a mile before we saw another person. My plan was to run about ten miles so an hour into the run I kissed him good-bye and turned around. But he kept going.

Forty-five minutes later my cell phone beeped. It was a photo of the entrance gate to Furman. He was half way done. An hour after that there was a text. He was downtown, barely moving above a walk. I decided to drive to where he was with some Gatorade and hopefully offer a little motivation. I found him less than a half mile from home, struggling up a hill. When he saw me he started to lose it. “I can’t do this,” he moaned. “My whole body is in pain.” I knew exactly what he was talking about, although every time I’ve run 18 miles it was after at least a couple of months of training. It reminded me of a story from Ultra Marathon Man. Dean said he was running a 100 mile ultra marathon and when he reached mile 99 he had nothing left. He told his dad he had to quit. His dad told him, “Run if you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must.” I told Tim how close he was, how celebration was just a few blocks away. It was obvious how much pain he was in. A woman driving by stopped, rolled down her window and asked if we were ok. “Yes, he’s just finishing up a 18 mile run,” I told her.

Slowly Tim started moving again. I got back in my car and drove next to him, cheering out the window. Just ahead there was a group of about a half dozen women walking. I asked them to cheer for my husband, who was on the home stretch of a long run. They shouted and hollered and clapped, encouraging a complete stranger to keep pushing. About ten minutes later Tim crossed the imaginary finish line, running further than he had ever gone before, all thanks to the inspirational power of Ultra Marathon Man, Dean Karnazes. I don’t know too many people who would attempt something like that. Tim spent most of the weekend hobbling around on sore legs. Sunday night as we relaxed on the couch he asked, “I wonder if I could run 100 miles.” “I’m sure you could,” I told him. “But you might want to train first.”

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Thrift Store Finds and Furniture Rehabs

I love making old furniture look cool again. I wish I could do it more often. I picked up this itchy beauty at a thrift store like, oh, four years ago.I loved it’s shape and the price wasn’t bad: $40.

My Thrift Store Chair Before its Make-Over

My Thrift Store Chair Before its Make-Over

To be honest, I never sat in it. It felt like sandpaper. I decided to finally give it a make-over. I found an upholsterer to fix it up for $145 and I bought a few yards of fabric at a discount warehouse for $4.99 a yard. Here’s how it came out.

My Thrift Store Chair After

My Thrift Store Chair After

Finally! A comfy chair I can actually sit in! (Or probably just lay clothes on if I’m going to be quite honest.) I’ve always loved this chair’s clean lines and now I think I’ll keep it around for a while.

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Garage Sales and Mountains: What a Lovely Weekend

Relaxing on the beach at Lake Lure

Relaxing on the beach at Lake Lure

We had such a jam-packed weekend. Friday night we celebrated a friend’s birthday and on Saturday we got up super early to have a yard sale. Three other couples joined in and all together we made about $700. We then spent some of our earnings on a yummy lunch at Firehouse Subs. After that Tim and I went shopping. We decided to go to Garden Ridge to see if they had any cute modern looking pots for our backyard and we ended up buying a patio set, umbrella and two pots! I’ll post pictures of our backyard makeover soon. On Sunday we went to church and stayed for a covered dish lunch after. Then we drove up to Lake Lure to relax on a little beach by the water. We finished our day trip off with some Mexican food and an evening of watching The Number One Ladies’ Detective Agency. What a lovely weekend!

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I’m a Celebrity Christian! Get Me Out of Here!

I'm a Celebrity! Get Me Out of Here!

I'm a Celebrity! Get Me Out of Here!

It’s our latest summer addiction: I’m a Celebrity! Get Me Out of Here! It’s a new reality show on NBC that put a bunch of semi-celebs into the Costa Rican jungle. Whoever lasts the longest gets a bunch of money for their charity of choice. Two of the celebs are Heidi and Spencer Pratt of The Hills, a reality show on MTV. Speidi, as they’re known in Hollywood, have found God and after Spencer was baptized in the river by Stephen Baldwin (I’m not making this up!) he seemed to be a transformed man. Speidi constantly prayed, read their Bible and praised the Lord. They even announced to the clan that they were fasting in order to have spiritual clarity because the devil was attacking them.

I'm a Celebrity! Praise God!

I'm a Celebrity! Praise God!

I’m a Christian and so were the other three people I was watching this with. On one hand we cringed at some of the things Heidi and Spencer were saying, wondering what kind of damage they may be doing to those sitting on the fence about Christianity. On the other hand, I wanted to admire the fact that they were on fire for God and that He was the one being praised on this network program, not Buddha or whoever. We agreed that while Spencer and Heidi seemed to be missing the theological mark a bit, the show’s editors could have been making their Christianity seem more off the wall than it really was.

It also struck me that Sanjaya, a former American Idol contestant, seemed to be the one with a true heart of a servant. Always cheerful, he was constantly looking for ways to help his fellow jungle-mates. He even quietly listened to a distraught Janice Dickinson, giving her a hug as she cried over a scary challenge that involved being locked in a tank with alligators.

I guess it just proved that as Christians we have to find a balance between demonstrating our faith and throwing it in people’s faces. Since we’re all sinners that can be difficult, especially for reality celebs whose words are being chopped up and reassembled in an edit bay.

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What Happens When You Leave a Camera in Downtown Greenville?

You get some crazy shots! We left a disposable camera along with a note that said, “Take a Picture, but Leave Our Camera.” People listened! We did it as part of the 25/30, our month-long birthday celebration. You can see all of the pictures there. But these are our faves:

This is Tim's Favorite. Doesn't This Guy Look Like He'd Be Fun to Hang Out With?

This is Tim's Favorite. Doesn't This Guy Look Like He'd Be Fun to Hang Out With?

This is My Favorite. They're Just So Darn Cute and Happy!

This is My Favorite. They're Just So Darn Cute and Happy!

We Pretended to be Random Joes and Took a Shot, Too. We're Holding Treats from Blueberry Frog.

We Pretended to be Random Joes and Took a Shot, Too. We're Holding Treats from Blueberry Frog.

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