Wedding Week!

Hannah and Jacob’s shower couldn’t have gone better if I tried.  At first I was a bit hesitant about having an open house type event.  Because the shower was between 3-6 p.m. on Saturday, I thought maybe no one would show up right at three and everyone would come at the same time, but the flow was fantastic.  When guests arrived and left, the way the food was brought out, the server and bartender were super attentive.  

It was perfect!

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My Mom and I were ready first so we to to the restaurant first to set up.  A family friend is a florist and did an amazing job on the flower arrangements for the tables.  Jacob’s grandma paid for the flowers (thanks Vicki!).  We had two things on the table people could fill out if they wanted – one was a date jar, where you wrote down a date idea for them to do later in the year.  The second was “words of wisdom” when things are easy or hard.  Kind of ironic, but almost half of them had something along the lines of “don’t go to bed mad.”

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The day was nice up until about 30 minutes before the shower started and then it rained buckets.  Luckily it let up a bit when Hannah arrived – I was worried she’d get soaked!  

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The food was delicious.  The kadults and I eat at this restaurant probably once every couple of weeks.  Those beef kabobs?  Everyone raved about them – so flavorful.  Shrimp cocktail, then just about every other appetizer on their menu, chicken fingers, pretzel bites, mozzarella sticks, japapeno poppers.  


The top picture below?  The only picture I have with Hannah the whole night – and it’s blurry!   I has having such a great time, making sure to speak with everyone who attended (55 was the final head count).  I never got a picture of me and Jacob together, or him and his Mom and Dad.   I didn’t get any pictures of Jacob’s grandparents either, so I need to pay a bit more attention to photos on their wedding day on Friday. πŸ˜€


About a dozen family members came back to the house and they opened their gifts, I had more food and drinks for guests.  I think the last person left around 12:30 – so much fun!!   Since it rained, we did not have our outdoor bonfire, but I still used some of the decorations my WW friend Chris loaned me – I put her battery operated lanterns aroudn the house and earlier that day when I was at a thrift store, found a giant bag of silk fall flowers and decorated the house with those.


Jacob’s Mom makes the best cupcakes, but because of health code violations, they couldn’t be brought into the restaurant, so we enjoyed these after the party.  Um, in case you were wondering, these were insulin worthy!

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Hannah is going to let these flowers dry and then make some sort of shadow box with them.  So gorgeous.

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And as we were leaving the event?  A double rainbow!!  Just a sign of the amazing things to come as they join hands and become husband and wife this week.  

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A friend of theirs lives in Denver, so they are going on a long weekend honeymoon to Denver in early November.  

I could not be happier for them!  They met at the bus stop in 5th grade, have been dating for 8 years and I know they are anxious to continue their life as Mr. and Mrs.  #love

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  • Bonnie
    October 9, 2017 at 7:24 am

    I love the fact that they are getting married on Friday the 13th–and in October!! Very best wishes to them. Can’t wait to see wedding photos.


    • Biz319
      October 10, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      The date totally fits them!! And I think Hannah said that Hannah said it’s the last Friday the 13th in October for like 7 years πŸ˜€

  • Pat Hills Cottrell
    October 9, 2017 at 7:25 am

    So happy for Hannah and Jake! Sure wish we lived closer so we could enjoy family occasions together.

    • Biz319
      October 10, 2017 at 8:40 pm

      Me too Aunt Pat!! I love you – I need to email you soon to catch up. Hugs and Love!

  • Helen
    October 9, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I hope you can designate someone to take photos for you on their wedding day (if they have not chosen a photographer). You need to just be “mother of the bride” and enjoy yourself! When Mr. Helen and I got married, we couldn’t afford a photographer so my BIL who had a good camera took photos for us (and back then we got them developed). If I remember correctly YOU have a good camera that you could hand off to someone.

    Everything looked lovely for their shower and I would have been tempted to try one of each flavor of those cupcakes!

    • Biz319
      October 10, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      Luckily Helen other people took pictures at the shower, so I have a pretty good representation, but yes, Hannah’s friend is taking over the camera duties (although I am charging my Nikon to take pics I want) πŸ˜€

      Oh Lerd, the cupcakes were insulin worthy!!

  • Shelley B
    October 9, 2017 at 7:59 am

    Glad everything went so well – and I agree with Helen, put someone in charge of photographs for the wedding (and give them a list of people/groupings to capture) so you can enjoy the moment. The shower looked great!

    • Biz319
      October 10, 2017 at 8:44 pm

      Thanks Shelley – luckily the wedding is a lot less people, so I know we’ll capture some good shots between me, and Hannah’s friend πŸ˜€

  • Jacky
    October 9, 2017 at 8:00 am

    It all looks wonderful! Great job, mama.

    • Biz319
      October 10, 2017 at 8:46 pm

      Thanks Jacky!! I am so happy I decided to not handle the food – I would have been a wreck, instead I just enjoyed myself – and the kadults did too! πŸ˜€

  • Carrie @ Season It Already
    October 9, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Yes! Yes on the photos! I always forget to get certain photos at events like these because I am either too busy or having too much fun. Before the event, make a point to write to down the exact shots you want to get. (i.e. with bride and groom, with x family member, etc.) I wish I had so many pics from my own wedding, my brother’s wedding and even from a long distance cousin’s wedding most recently. I really wish I would have done this!

    As for the “Don’t go to bed mad advice,” it’s always the advice at showers! (But truthfully, I’d argue the opposite!) I think people don’t always know what else to say without going into detail or giving an example.

    For simple advice, I’d say, “Always kiss and/or hug each other good-bye.” But I’m sure they probably already do that. πŸ™‚

    Congrats to your kadults! xoxoxo (And to you, too!)

    • Biz319
      October 10, 2017 at 8:48 pm

      Awesome advice Carrie – I actually went to my trusted Pinterest to get some ideas of some shots I want to get.

      Here’s the funny thing – I want to say in the 2.5 years since the kadults have lived with me – they may have disagreed a total of three times πŸ˜€

  • Kym
    October 9, 2017 at 8:16 am

    Glad it went as planned. I’m sure you have another busy week with the wedding this Friday. Love that it is on the 13th ! Can’t wait to hear all about it. I agree with everyone, put someone else in charge of photos so you can enjoy the moment.

    • Biz319
      October 10, 2017 at 8:49 pm

      Thanks Kym – yep, between work and everything, it’s been so busy – but I will fully enjoy this weekend!!

  • Emily @ Pizza & Pull-ups
    October 9, 2017 at 8:48 am

    What a beautiful shower, hope you all have a fun week of wedding festivities!

    • Biz319
      October 10, 2017 at 8:50 pm

      It’s all going by so fast – I will enjoy every moment though!

  • Charlie Hills
    October 9, 2017 at 9:26 am

    What a great day!

    • Biz319
      October 10, 2017 at 8:51 pm

      The only thing that would have made it better is if your family were there! Looking forward to celebrating Sarah’s wedding next month!!

  • Lisa
    October 9, 2017 at 10:35 am

    What a cute love story!

    • Biz319
      October 10, 2017 at 8:53 pm

      Thanks Lisa – the best part is that I’ve gotten to know them as a couple these last 2 1/2 years they have lived with me that I probably wouldn’t have seen – they truly are each others best friend – the best way to start a marriage! πŸ˜€

  • Lisa Wilton
    October 9, 2017 at 10:43 am

    I love the open house shower idea! I can’t stand showers usually because you’re trapped for hours playing some ridiculous games. This is a great way to prevent that kind of torture. ha ha.
    Hannah looks awesome in polka dots too.

    • Biz319
      October 10, 2017 at 8:55 pm

      It was perfect – people were able to come and go according to their schedule – and no one had to wrap Hannah in toilet paper!!

  • Kris
    October 9, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    Congrats to all of you and kudos to Hannah and Jacob for keeping everything in perspective. It seems like they truly understand that a wedding is one day but marriage is a lifetime. Here’s to them and a wonderful life together xxooxx.

    • Biz319
      October 10, 2017 at 8:58 pm

      I couldn’t agree with you more – it makes it so much more personal when it’s not overshadowed by some many tiny details. Hugs!

  • Fran
    October 11, 2017 at 3:55 am

    What a great and fun wedding shower! Looks so much fun and beautiful. Perfect start of their wedding week.

    I’m jumping in back here after a hiatus, my to read list was so long that I decided I couldn’t catch up on everything and make a fresh start. Sorry I haven’t been reading your blogs for a couple of weeks, life is crazy at the moment.