Thursday, July 22, 2010

Kim's version of Taylor's Bridal Shower

OK, you've already had Jodi's version of Taylor's bridal shower from last Saturday. Now you will get my version.

The shower was held at Eric & Jeannette's house (Taylor's parents), but was given by some family friends.

Here is Taylor (on the right) posing with Jenny (one of the friends who threw her the party). Along with some of the yummy food. Did you notice my salsa?

Doesn't this cake look yummy? One of the girls at the party made it. I don't remember her name, but the cake was very tasty & looked fabulous.

Aunt Andrea & Taylor. Sorry but a lot of my photos are a little blurry. I hate to use a flash & if I am not completely still (which is hard for me to do), you get a little blurriness.

Aunt Kimmy (that would be me) and Taylor. What is up with my funny face? I take terrible pictures. No, Jodi took this photo. She just took it when I was making a terrible face.

But I got Jodi back as this photo is fuzzy. Aunt Jodi & Taylor.

Grandma Dorothy & Taylor.

Taylor's loot before opening presents.

The best part of the shower? The food. We had meatballs, deli meat, cheese & crackers, fruit bowl, grapes, veggie tray (which arrived after this photo was taken), Oriental Chicken salad, chips and my famous salsa. Everyone raved about my salsa (yes, I am puffing up in pride). And we can't forget the awesome cake for dessert.

The food was so tasty that it deserves another photo. I'm getting hungry again just looking at it.

I think Danica decorated for the shower. She used red & black for the colors with some vintage Coca Cola stuff. Here she displayed some red carnations in some reproduction Coke bottles.

The only game that was played was we were suppose to guess how much money this gift of kitchen items cost. I thought it was going to be a trick question so I guessed low. My guess was around $25.00. The actual cost was like $65.00. So needless to say, I didn't win. The gal who did guess the closest won a candle.

This was one of Taylor's gifts. It was from the 3 gals who threw the shower.

Then we were all suppose to write down some marriage advice for the bride to be. I'll bet the most popular advice was "not to go to bed angry at each other". I wrote not to yell too loud at each other or the neighbors will call the cops. Not really. But that would have been funny to write. I wrote something about being forgiving of one another, or something along those lines.

These vases held some more red & white carnations. I think they will be using these vases on the tables at the reception. Hopefully I'm allowed to say that. Otherwise, I might be uninvited.

Here is Taylor reading the card I made for her. Yes, I was crafty. Really I was just being cheap. Cards are like $4.00 a pop now at a regular store. I usually get mine from Dollar Tree (2 for $1.00), but I forgot, so I had to make mine.

Here is Taylor opening up my gift. Again, I went the cheap route & wrapped my gift in paper from Dollar Tree. But it was Kraft paper with a lace overlay. So it was pretty. I then used twine to tie it up & make a bow. I couldn't find my ribbon.

And here is my hand made gift. In case you can't read it, it says "Eternal". I made it by taking photos of stuff around my house that look like letters. If you want to know more on how I made it, you can read all about it on my Starshine Chic blog. And yes, I caught Taylor making a funny face. But she loved it. My gift, not the photo, or the funny face.

Taylor opening up Andrea's gift.

A naughty negligee. She was a little embarrassed getting sexy lingerie. But I would have been too at her age.

And now Taylor is opening up the gift from Grandma Dorothy & Jodi.

A toaster oven.

Jodi also gave her 3 different photo displays (I don't know what you would call them). One with photos of Taylor over the years. One with photos of her fiancee Michael over the years. And one with the both of them together. Another fabulous gift.

Her bouquet made from the ribbons from her gifts. Not that many ribbons as a lot of gifts came in gift bags which don't have ribbons.

Taylor & her favorite sister Danica. Wait, Danica is her only sister. So either way, Danica is her favorite sister.

Taylor with her Aunt Laura (on the left) & her meems Jeannette aka: Mom (on the right). Laura is Jeannette's sister. Can't you tell?

And one final look at the fabulous gift I made Taylor.

I hope you enjoyed seeing Taylor's bridal shower one more time. We all had a good time & Taylor got some fabulous gifts. And now on to the wedding which will be 3 weeks from this Saturday.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Taylor Bridal Shower

Taylor's Bridal Shower

Today was Taylor's Bridal Shower. It was really fun.
Here are some pictures that I took. Enjoy them.

Jodi & Taylor

Kim & Taylor
Andrea & Taylor
Grandma & Taylor
Laura, Taylor & Jeanette

Taylor & Danica
Taylor & Jeanette
Taylor with Ribbon Bouquet
Taylor with her Bridesmaids

Julianna Birthday

On July 9th Julianna Langston celebrated her Birthday!!! Happy Birthday Julianna!!!!

Julianna is Todd's daughter and Dorothy's Granddaughter. She is so much fun.

Which makes her my niece. Hope you had a fantastic Day!!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Happy Birthday Tina!

I just realized that it was Tina's birthday today (thanks to facebook). Tina is Becky's oldest daughter and Joni's grand daughter. So I guess that makes her my 2nd cousin.

Happy birthday Tina!!!

Hope your birthday is a good one!!!

Did you know that Tina has a blog called Trials and Tribulations? Be sure to visit it & wish her a happy birthday.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Emily!

Today we want to wish Emily a Happy Birthday! Emily is Joni's daughter and my cousin. Be sure to wish her a happy birthday today.

Hope you have a great day!!!!


P.S. Sorry I have been so terrible at birthday wishes. I know I missed a few birthdays over the past few months. I didn't do it on purpose. Sometimes I forget to go on facebook (that is how I am reminded of most birthdays in the family). So if I forgot to give you a birthday shout out this year. I am sorry. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Who you gonna call? Ghostbusters!!!

This is the tale of my so called ghost adventure with my niece Danica.

Danica works in the museum at the university that she attends. Now this museum happens to be haunted. Or so I hear. On Friday Danica had to work there alone for the first time. While Danica was working alone on Friday, the fire alarm went off a few times as well as another exhibit that needs someone to walk under to set off (no one else was in the building when it kept going off). When finally someone came to the museum, their flash kept going off when it was turned off. You know, weird stuff like that.

So after work on Friday, Danica asked if I would go to work with her on Saturday as she was again suppose to work alone. She was so spooked from the day before, she didn't want to be by herself.

Now I love me a good ghost story. And I love to watch ghost stuff on TV. So the prospects of going on my own ghost adventure was too much. I had to say "YES". I wanted to be a Ghostbuster.

So Danica picked me up about 8:45am & we got to her work around 9:30am. This was my first time to this particular museum. It has the largest collection of Egyptian artifacts west of the Mississippi river (at least that is what the website said).

First thing I noticed after arriving was that the building itself makes a lot of noise. Lots of creaking, moaning, and sounds like people running across the roof. It would definitely be a scary place to be by yourself just for the noises the building & glass windows made. Even if it weren't haunted.

Next we had to turn all the lights on. A couple of the display cases in the Egyptian section have to be turned on by hand. While we were going from room to room we entered one room in the Egyptian section that felt different than the others. This room definitely had a "heavy, depressing" feeling to it. The first time we went through it pretty fast so I hardly noticed. But the 2nd time I entered & lingered longer, I could definitely feel a difference. Plus I got a headache while in that room. We called this room, the "creepy" room. This is the room that Danica hates to go in the most.

This piece was the one thing that gave me the heeby jeebies the most. It was in the "creepy" room. In fact now, I can feel it's creepiness. Can you?

One of the guys that normally works at the museum came in for a few minutes to pick something up. He is the one who told me that the museum is haunted. He said they have a tape that shows some stuff. Danica says she has seen the tape. This guy said he had opened up a display once in the "creepy" room & took a mask off it's perch & sat it on the bottom of the display case. He walked into the next room & heard a crash behind him. When he turned around the mask was on the floor. No one else was in the room. And the mask had not be placed on the edge, there was no way it could have just fallen. Since they video tape all the rooms, they played back the video tape & it shows the mask turn over & fall on the floor. But no one touched the mask.

Plus there is this small figurine that is only about 1 inch tall & quite heavy. I was told it has turned over on quite a few occasions by itself. They have that on tape as well. But the tape was locked away so I didn't get to see it for myself. But Danica says she has seen the tape.

Can you now see why Danica is a bit spooked to work by herself? I know I would be.

This sarcophagus was one of my favorite items from the Egyptian collection.

As well as these Shabti figures. I loved the blue color.

Half of the museum is the Egyptian collection. The rooms are completely dark except for the display cases. So I think the darkness adds to the spooky feeling of the museum.

In the other half of the museum right now is an art collection by students. There was some weird stuff in here (art pieces, not ghostly stuff). They say that art is subjective. And boy are they right. Most of this stuff I probably wouldn't call art. A lot of it was pretty sexual so I won't show you photos.

The coolest thing was a metal walkway that looked like a metal detector. On the top was a pane of glass that looked like it was broken. When you walked through the detector & under the glass it would make a sound like the glass was breaking & falling on you. It was pretty cool. I have a video of it, but can't seem to get it to upload.

We had quite a few people visit the museum on Saturday. Nothing weird happened while I was there. I was a little disappointed. The ghosts didn't come out to play. I really don't know if I'm glad or sad about that. I sort of want to have a ghost experience. But I know it would scare the crap out of me if it really did happen.

Danica was very happy that I came to keep her company & that nothing weird happened. I don't think she could have taken a 2nd day of weird stuff.

Here is Danica sitting at the front desk at the museum. Is that a ghost in the picture behind her? No, it's just the reflection of me taking the photo. Darn it! I wanted a photo of a ghost.

As payment for going to work with Danica. She took me to dinner to P.F. Chang's China Bistro.

It was my first time eating there. It was pretty good.

Here is Danica as we wait for our food.

And here is me.
We ordered egg rolls & crab wontons for our appetizers. We got there the last 5 minutes of happy hour. So we got $2.00 off each of our appetizers.

For our entrees we picked Sweet & Sour Chicken as well as Lemon Chicken. The Lemon Chicken came with broccoli. I love broccoli!!! Got the brown rice instead of the white rice. Dinner was pretty yummy. I would definitely go back (as long as someone else is paying since I can't afford to go on my own money).

This was my fortune. I think it was wrong as I didn't get to see a ghost. So the day was neither lucky or memorable. I should have had Danica's fortune. It said something about going on a fabulous vacation. She already had hers a few weeks back. I'm the one in need of a fabulous vacation.

I just can't seem to win.