Saturday, July 23, 2011

MYO Basket!!!

Who doesn't love a good gift idea?  I know I do!  Sometimes I put a ton of pressure on myself to try and give the perfect gift.  I hate the feeling of giving someone something that I am pretty sure they are not really that enthused about!  I also hate to give gift cards...I think the main reason for this is that I struggle when I am given a gift card.  I still have a few gift cards that I was given for Christmas that I haven't even touched!  It is like the curse of the gift card, the minute you get a gift card to a particular store is the moment you dislike everything in that store!  I have a really hard time spending gift cards on myself...unless, of course, it is a starbucks gift card!  I have always been a big fan of gift baskets....whether it is a baby shower, wedding shower, bachelorette party, house warming or birthday, a gift basket always seems like a good idea!
Last week, I went out to dinner with a group of my favorite ladies!  Over the past year I have developed such a great relationship with my bootcamp buddies and we try very hard to get together every so often outside of our sweaty bootcamp sessions!  This particular evening we went out to dinner to celebrate our girl Shelly's birthday!  After tossing around a few gift ideas, I threw out the idea of a gift basket....and knowing how much my girl Shelly likes mojitos, I had the perfect "theme" for our gift!  A "make your own" (MYO) mojito basket!!!

"The Ingredients"

 Cute little Mojito cup that I found at World Market!
One side says "Mojito" and the other has the recipe on it!

Vodka, Simple Syrup, Fresh Mint, Lime Juice and fresh limes, club soda, mini shaker, mini muddler, basket, ribbon, shredded paper and cellophane!


 The Birthday Girl...I think she liked it!

I was actually pretty proud of this creation...can you tell?  I am looking forward to making more fun little baskets like these...maybe a MYO margarita basket????  or a MYO ice cream sunday basket? hmmmm...I also made a cute little housewarming basket for my bestie, Nicole and her hubby, but I failed to take pictures of it so I am waiting for another friend to buy a beautiful new home so I can make another one and blog about it hehehehe!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tiny Miracles!

I have said several times that I have some really amazing friends! I really don't know where I would be with out my girls!  They are always there for me regardless of how many miles separate us.  I have been so fortunate to have so many amazing people by my side to support me through the hard times and to share in all of the amazing moments through out the years.  I truly believe that the sign of a genuine friendship is when your friends treat your success and happiness, as if it were their own...and now to my point!
I am over the moon happy, excited, and thrilled for my best friend Courtney!  I truly feel like my heart and my head are about to burst with excitement for her.  Without going into the personal details I will just say that my girl has been through a lot.  She was born with a "broken heart" and has had countless open heart surgeries.  Today, Courtney and her husband Clint, welcomed a beautiful, perfect, tiny little miracle into the world.  John Wyatt was born at 10:59 am weighing 2lbs 15.5 ounces and 14 inches long.  He arrived 9 weeks early but is PERFECT!!!
Happy Birthday Wyatt!!!
Proud Daddy!!!

With all of the joy I feel today, there is a tiny bit of sadness!  These are the moments that make being away from your friends and family so incredibly difficult!  I wish I could be there to give my girl a big hug and to witness this amazing little miracle!  I try my hardest to let all of my friends know that I am just a phone call away but in moments like this, a phone call just isn't good enough!!!
To my best friend Courtney,
You were born to be a mother and the Good Lord knew it!!!  Wyatt is so lucky to have you as his Mommy!  You are the most amazing person I have ever met!  Thank you for being such a great friend, always being there for me and inspiring me to be a better person!  I am so grateful that you always include me in the important moments of your (and your family) are the best!  There aren't enough words to express how happy I am for you...this new chapter will be the best yet...and you deserve it!!!  I love you so much and I will SEE YOU in a week!
He's Here!!!

Friday, July 15, 2011

The New Mr. and Mrs.

I LOVE WEDDINGS!!!  I doubt that I am the only one!  To be honest, I really haven't been to that many weddings!  My wedding was only the 3rd wedding I had ever been to, but since then that number has increased! Weddings and babies kind of come in for today I want to share some moments from a very beautiful wedding that the hubs and I had the honor of attending!
The wedding of our very dear friend, Matt and his very beautiful bride, Melissa!
My hubs and Matt have been friends since probably before high school!  We had the same circle of friends throughout high school and even into our college years...Matt lived in Charleston our first time here back in to say we saw him often would be an understatement!
To spare you all of the details about Matt meeting Melissa I will just say that I remember him telling us he met a girl...he was smitten and he didn't even have to say it (although he did say it...multiple times hehe).  Over the past few years of their relationship, we have had the pleasure of getting to know Melissa and it has been so great to add another addition into our circle of friends, a very exclusive circle, if I do say so myself!
Fast forward to the wedding....It was held at the Sheraton Town Centre in Columbia, MD...a Beautiful hotel...perfect for a beautiful couple!  If I have said it once, I have probably said it a million times, I am a cry baby....I honestly could not help but to tear up when I saw Melissa and her Dad walking down the aisle...
The look of pride on her dad's face was priceless...and Melissa looked beautiful!!!  Her dress was gorgeous...she is the cutest little thing anyways but that dress was really perfect for her!!!
The ceremony was perfect...short, sweet, and to the point!  So for the highlights in pictures...
Matt waiting patiently...

The Vows...


Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Voelker!
Now onto the PARTY....if you run in our group of friends you know that we LOVE a good party!!!  There were so many wonderful things about this event...
 Spending time with my best girl friends
The first dance...


The speeches...

Daddy/Daughter Dance

Cutting the cake...

Mother and Daughter!
The reception was a amazing...the food was yummy, the dessert was decadent, the people were a blast, oh and did I mention the PHOTOBOOTH....

Welcome to "The Girls" Melissa

After we danced the night away, we decided that the party wasn't over...after a short walk we arrived at the after party....the fun continued....(obviously)
With the Groom


Do we look like we are having fun???

Best Buds!!!
Matt and Melissa,
Thank you so much for including us in your special day!  Not only was the wedding beautiful but the "party" was one to go into the books!  We had such a wonderful time and felt so privileged to be a part of your special day!  We want to wish you eternal love and happiness in your marriage and hope that the you remember the excitement and love that you felt on your wedding day, each and every day of your marriage!  Congratulations and may you always kiss each other good night!!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What just happened???

This is how I feel about the past 2 weeks.  We made a trip to our hometown in MD for a wedding and a baby shower and ended up spending the entire week on the road running around like chickens with our heads cut off.  I crammed more activity into the 10 days we were there than I can even wrap my brain around but I will give a synopsis in pictures and then give specific details in future blogs (I hope)...

Drive 500 miles from SC to MD...

Visit my best friend, Courtney (and her baby to be Wyatt), in the hospital!

Spend time with my hubby's brother and wife and my adorable nephew Elijah...

Attended the fabulous wedding of our high school best friend, Matt, and his beautiful bride, Melissa...

Our Group...Hubby and I with 2 of my best girlfriends and their hubbies!
Had a MD Crab Feast with my family...I hadn't seen my brother in almost 6 years!

Spent the 4th of July with our amazing friends, Krystal and Matt, who just moved to Annapolis, MD from Charleston in March!  (I miss my partner in crime, Krystal)
Navy Wives stick together!

Navy Buddies...
Happy 4th of July...Home of the Free because of the BRAVE!

Luck was on our side and our sister in law, Sara, gave birth (while we were in town) to a beautiful baby girl...
Andrea Reese
I met up with my Dad (at Chick Fil A)...I don't see him much so it was nice to spend a little time with him!
I had the honor of taking maternity pictures of my BEAUTIFUL best friend is a sneek peak!!
I took my Nieces and Nephew swimming...with all of the craziness of watching after my 3 nieces who are 12, 8 and 5 and my nephew who is 2 1/2 and Aiden who is 22 months...I only snapped 1 picture...
My very best friend, Nicole, and her amazing husband, Jose, bought their very first home...and it is beyond beautiful!  These two have worked so hard and waited so patiently for this day and I could not be happier for them!  Welcome Home Nicole and Jose!!!

Champagne is a MUST!
We attended my niece, Kasey's 6th Birthday Party (she isn't 6 until Thursday hehe)
I also attended Courtney's baby was so nice to spend the day with 2 of my very best friends, Courtney and Nicole, and celebrate the impending birth of this amazing little boy, Wyatt!!

Cute cake...Cuter Momma to be!

My 2 besties from High School!

How Cute is she?
And if that wasn't bestie Alison swung by late Saturday night so that our handsome boys could play together....
Aren't they adorable....dancing machine!
Drive 500 miles back to SC...
Are you tired yet????  I sure am!!!!