Sunday, July 31, 2011

Goin' To The Chapel

I received a call last week from my beautiful niece, Elizabeth, letting me know that she and her adorable fiance, Grant, had finally chosen a date for their wedding...October 7th (that's her engagement ring pictured above...good job, Grant!).  That's the kind of call that doting, childless aunts live for.  In fact, I'm hearing wedding bells all over the place.  Two darling girls that used to work in my California office after school, still in their plaid school uniform skirts and knee socks, are both getting married in the coming weeks and months.  Congratulations to Kaysie and Alison, please post lots of pictures of both your weddings on Facebook.

Elizabeth also worked for me during the summer, along side Kaysie and Alison.  I can still see those three laughing together and having such a good time.  Little did they know then as they talked endlessly about "boys", they would all become brides within months of each other.  So, just as I presumed you girls needed my advice back then (stop snickering!) I have a few words of wisdom about your impending stroll down the aisle.

1.  Remember to smile in all your bridal portrait photos.  I took my portrait photos the morning before the ceremony and I was so nervous I couldn't eak out one smile.  I have forever since been called the Great Unsmiling Bride, although I'm grinning like crazy in every photo at the reception!  Geez!

2.  Do not...I repeat, DO NOT "gator", "sprinkler", "hitch hike" dance at your reception.  I know it's almost impossible to keep the groomsmen under control, but $2,000 wedding gowns deserve respect.  You can break out those moves once you are on your tropical locale honeymoon with a pina colada in your hand.

3.  Make sure you thank your parents (and amazing aunts) in your toast at the reception.  Oh yea, those folks are all smiles and happiness now, but they went through hell getting you all grown up and they've earned a hearty THANK YOU.

4.  Send photos of your wedding to elderly relatives who could not attend (or slept through the whole thing).  It will make their day and they will send you money (I'm just sayin').

5.  And, most importantly, spend more on your honeymoon than your reception.  Save to buy a house....think Open House vs. Open Bar.  Your friends and family love you, wish for you every happiness and would show up to your wedding if it were held  in a pup tent and we had to bring our own sack lunch.

In other words, you don't need my advice.  You have all grown into smart, accomplished and amazing women and you have chosen your future husbands accordingly.  I can't be in California for Kaysie's or Alison's weddings but I'll be there in spirit (did I mention post lots of photos on FB?), but, come October 7th I'll be thinking about all three of you girls when I watch Elizabeth take her vows.

Alison & Ken

Kaysie & Kevin

Elizabeth & Grant

Aunt Sally

Friday, July 15, 2011

We Have A Winner!

The votes are in (all three of them) and we have a winner in the caption contest.  Congratulations to Linda C. for her hilarious caption for our photo below:

"I swear I have never seen such a long nose hair in all my life!   Ewww!"

Linda, you are truly twisted.  Thanks to everyone who entered the was a tough decision, they were all so clever.  And, many thanks to Kai Drobish, the wonderful artist who supplied our prize.  If you are interested in Kai's work, be sure to visit her website at

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Shopping Trip to Sunset

Went to the little (and by little I mean itty bitty) town of Sunset a couple of weeks ago and found some fun vintage "pretties" in their antique/flea market, warehouse district.

Pink depression-ware pieces...$8 each.
I put these on my dressing table,
Q-tips in one and jewelry in the other.

Pair of twin chenille bedspreads w/pillow shams
in a pretty ivy motif...$35 for the set.
I have just the perfect daybed to use these for!

Total shopping excursion cost:  $51.00
Girls' morning out in Sunset:  Priceless

Oh, and we topped the morning off with lunch at Des Amis in Breaux Bridge.  Crawfish Pie!!  Yum!!


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