Thursday, July 30, 2015

Bridal Shower

I thought now that I have some time and it is so hot I can hardly do anything but sit at the computer, I would post some pictures of Janae's bridal shower. Chantel (my 16 year old daughter) was the maid of honor at the wedding and she put together the shower, with only a little help from me.

We got the beautiful white cake from Costco and it was so delicious! I am thinking I wish I had a piece of that right now!

Chocolate cookies, fruit salad, lemon bars, and iced tea took care of our afternoon sugar fix.

Sidney's Mom is the one sitting in the white chair. She is such a pretty lady, and hardly looks old enough to have 3 grown children...and several Grandkids! She is definitely hoping to add some more Grandkids with this marriage.

Janae got a lot of nice gifts...of course those who know her knows she loves this Pom Cookie Jar from her Grandma Carolee.

I love the look on Great Grandma's face when she saw the gift from Janae's future Mother in law.

Great Grandma had fun I am quite sure.

Chantel had 2 games--one where she had Janae leave the room and their were questions about what Janae was wearing. The other was how well you know Janae. They were both fun!
Those of you who know me can imagine how badly I am itching to paint that coffee table I found a few months ago. I just haven't had the time! Anyway...

It was good to see some of Janae's best friends from High School. They need to get together more often.

Here she is with her wedding party--Chantel and her other 2 sisters that she shares a Dad with.

You can just imagine how beautiful they all looked at the wedding so I will give you a sneak peek...

I think they are all absolutely gorgeous!

Stay tuned for the actual wedding post...coming soon!

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Saturday, July 25, 2015

DIY Fairytale Wedding

I can't believe it has been 2 months since I have done a blog post. Seriously my life has been 24/7 wedding. Thinking about my daughters wedding, working on things for the wedding, and praying that everything turns out just perfect for her. I have to admit I worried about it so much I almost made myself sick, and now am just elated at how it turned out. The perfect backyard garden was like a fairytale.

This post is going to mostly show the the pictures come back from the photographer I realize there is way too many for one post and this post is meant to be inspiring. It can be done! I may have been a doubter at times myself but you can have an amazing wedding in a small backyard. My daughter had a vision and she made it come true.

Those of you that are familiar with Janae and her decorating know that she does a beautiful job with a lot of mirrors and chandeliers. We brought carloads of her mirrors and chandeliers from her house to our house to use in the wedding. My husband took some vacation time off work and hung all the mirrors and rewired the chandeliers to be able to use them at the wedding. It was worth all the work.

Janae found quotes and things and had me make some chalkboards to set around the wedding. I have to say they looked great!

You can see that there are no candles in the candles holders--that is because it was 97 degrees when we had the ceremony and all the candles melted! Though it was so hot during the ceremony we had water bottles placed everywhere and it wasn't so bad because as soon as the sun went down the temperature was perfect!

Janae and Chantel took all the labels off the water bottles and replaced them with lace tape and jute ties. It looked so pretty!


I was pretty proud of the card holder I made out of a vintage suitcase.

I also was happy with this signing board I made...all of these ideas are things that Janae found on Pinterest.

When Janae came home with a whole lot of flowers she special ordered from Costco I have to admit I may have had a slight panic attack...

But after many hours of arranging them into Ball jars (some painted, some blue, and some wrapped in pretty burlap covers) they were so pretty and everywhere in our house and outside, it smelled like flowers!

The cake was another special part of the wedding decore--made by Janae's cousin, Victoria.

We have so much creative talent in our makes me proud!

Notice the cake topper with 4 Poms on it? Janae had that made through Etsy. I think Victoria could go on one of those cake decorating contest shows--she made those flowers!

The rehearsal was on the thursday night before the wedding on Saturday. That worked out really well because we were really busy on Friday cooking, arranging flowers and generally going nuts trying to get ready. We were lucky the rental company brought all the tables and chairs and so we were able to set up for the rehearsal, other than the flowers, so we really knew how it was going to look. I think it was at this point that we all breathed a little sigh of relief. It was all going to fit and it looked beautiful!

We were able to seat 100 people in our small backyard...yay!

The rehearsal went really well. We then knew Janae's dream wedding was being realized.

Jaxon and Sidney's little niece and Jaxon made the most adorable little ones pulling the dogs down the aisle announcing the bride was coming.

The dogs themselves, who are Janae and Sidney's children, even sat well in the wagon. We had been practicing.

I was so proud of all the kids, human and canine.

After practicing the ceremony we practiced changing the backyard from ceremony to reception seating. I told Janae if we had the guests go in the front for 10 to 15 minutes and go through the receiving line that a small "team" we put together could change it over. I think Janae doubted me. But guess what? We did it!

I painted the chairs at the head table for Janae and Sidney. They sat at the front looking like a King and Queen looking over their kingdom. :) They decided to let their wedding party sit with whoever they wanted too. The dogs were kept in a crib up front, they were the "dogs of honor".

As soon as the photographer (my lovely and talented sister in law, Stacey--I told you our family is so creative!) sends us more pictures I will be posting the wonderful day itself. So stay tuned! In the meantime I will give you a sneak peek of how gorgeous Janae looked on her perfect day.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Rescue of Dahlia

I am an animal lover.  I always have been my whole life. Recently Janae found a dog wandering in her neighborhood and she sent me this picture.

She said she was the sweetest dog. She was dirty, matted, and starving and Janae thought she was pretty young. Little did I know at this point she would become part of our family.

Janae started the process of finding her owner. She posted in the classifieds and found out that the dog lived just a few houses away from her. She lived in a tiny cage full of poop. Outside in the elements no less. Her nose was swollen and hairless from rubbing her nose on the cage. She was so skinny I guess they just didn't feed her.

where she lived
   Janae gave her a bath and she looked pretty pitiful...but so sweet. So not deserving the life she was living.

When Janae found this out she just wanted to hide her away. We realized we had to let the owners know we had her because that was the only legal thing to do. We decided to ask the owners if we could take ownership of her.

Janae already has 4 dogs which is the limit in our town so we decided she would be ours. I left a note on the owners door because they would never answer and they called me. They said they would not turn her over to us. They said they had bought her from a breeder in California and that she was a papered Poodle. They told me she was nine months old. I talked to them about the bad condition she was in and they said they worked a lot. I told them that was not excuse for starving her. They said she didn't eat much-but in our care she gained 2 pounds in a week. I told them I was going to take her to the shelter so her abuse could be documented and they could go get her there. I asked if had her licensed and they said that was none of my business. I let them know it would cost money for them to get her out but I didn't feel right handing her over any other way. They said that was fine and for me to please call them when she was there so she could go get her right away. I told her I would take her to the shelter on Monday morning.

She fit in so well with our family of dogs (Janae's and ours) that we all felt so bad she had to go back. I looked into it and there was really no legal thing we could do. I think they almost always give people a second chance to treat their pets right. It was heartbreaking. Janae still wanted to find a way to "lose" her or something so she didn't have to go back to the bad situation.

I guess our prayers worked because a few hours after the first time I talked to the owner she called me back and said she had talked her her husband and kids and her kids had said she deserved to be in a better home! They realized they were not home enough and didn't have what it takes to care for a little dog. They said we could have legal ownership of her. It was a happy day in our house!

Within a week the poor thing was shaved, spayed, shots, microchipped...she got the works. I am not so sure at that point if she thought being rescued was such a great idea.
She went from looking like this...

To looking like this...

She was not a big fan of wearing the cone. :(

Our other dogs kept hoping she would go back home with most new dogs in our family do.

Daisy seemed extra jealous but I just try to give her extra attention.

We decided to name our new family member Dahlia. All our female dogs are named after flowers and all our dogs names start with a D.

Dahlia's life has changed big time. She went from being caged to being a dog on the go.

She loves to go on car rides...sometimes using a sleeping Ninja Turtle as a stepping stool :)

She recently walked 2.5 miles in the Portland Doggie Dash to raise money for the Oregon Humane Society. That was a big deal because about a month ago she didn't even walk that well.

She is a happy girl living a happy life and we are the lucky family who gets to love her! As much as I don't like how the previous owners treated her I am thankful they were good enough to give her to us and realize she deserved better. Her nose is healing up now, and her hair is coming in and before you know it she will look like a pampered poodle!

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