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Sunday, August 3, 2008

Fun Monday


Our wonderful hostessess this week are the Mothers of Brothers...and their assignment is the following:




This Fun Monday assignment was to choose your favorite words or words. And the trouble is - it’s hard to choose. We bloggers love all words. But luckily, these are words and not people so we don’t have to worry about offending the words we didn’t choose.



My favorite word today is relaxation....that is what I am planning to do for a long time....relax. Relax, relax, relax....that word is wonderful! Yesterday we had a wedding reception at our house for our cousin and her fiance...they are en route to Hawaii as we speak to officially tie the knot on Friday. Since we were not flying to Hawaii, we planned a pre-wedding reception at our house. We have been preparing for this day for months, and months, and months. Every day off, every weekend....getting the house and yard ready.


We had family flying in from New Hampshire and Southern California. It was also a family reunion....we have never been together, all of us, ever...this was the first time. It was a huge occasion....and we had so much fun.



This is actually my husband's family, but I claim them also. I have been in the family for 25 years now, I call them mine. Friday was a whirlwind over here, setting up and getting things ready.

Saturday morning was a blur putting the last minute touches on everything. Luckily we opted to have the food catered, it was delicious.



One of my dear friends is a chef and she created all the fruit art...she is amazing.



Since they were getting married in Hawaii I ordered traditional leis for them. Our neighbors are Hawaiian and they helped me order the leis..they were beautiful.



I love these kids...they are fun, and cute, and kind. I love spending time with them. I was sad to learn that they are planning on moving to Hawaii. He was raised there and they would like to live there while they can....I am happy for them..but sad too.





They did a practice run at cutting the cake...

...and smashing it into each other's faces...


This is the whole gang.....we are actually missing one spouse and 2 grandchildren...not bad though!!



The aftermath....I loved planning it...I loved setting it up....I loved the actual party....

...I hate cleaning up!!!



The party started at 1:00 and the last guest left at 8:30.....what a great day....

I love this picture of Cassie and the bride, Andrya...it epitomizes what an incredible day it was!!

And that is why my favorite word today is Relaxation....now head on over to Mothers to Brothers to see what everyone else's favorite word is...

33 comments:

Jan said...

What a great job you did. Yes, you deserve to relax. Put those feet up, and relax.

MothersofBrothers said...

Everything looked beautiful -- and hopefully you were able to RELAX and enjoy the party too. I could easily meditate on that word. relax. relax. relax..... I think its working....

Thanks for sharing with us your beautiful pictures and important word.

Big Momma said...

Thanks for the inspiration. I need to incorporate relaxing into my daily routine.

BTW, the fruit art looks amazing!

Sauntering Soul said...

You throw quite a party! I hope you get lots of relaxation in very soon.

Faye said...

I love the photos and accounts of the entertaining you've organized Alison. You have great taste. And I'm sure your family appreciates your efforts. Now enjoy that well-deserved relaxation and best wishes to the new couple.

amanda said...

What fantastic food!
You sure deserve that relaxation after all that planning!

Molly said...

The pre-wedding recption festivites look wonderful. Everyone especially the bride and groom must have had a wonderful time. Yes, now you deserve relaxation. Take care.

DYSFUNCTIONAL MOM said...

I love the idea of a pre-wedding reception. And it was beautiful! You did an amazing job.

Pamela said...

I need to relax after reading all that and seeing the yummy food. wow.

jientje said...

What a wonderful day, thanks for sharing it with all of those gorgeous pictures!
I found a great new word here, "epitomize", I like that!

SwampAngel65 said...

Wow, that was such a nice thing you did for them!!! That cake is BEAUTIFUL, too...wonderful.

Good choice of word and very appropriate!

Irish Coffeehouse said...

Relaxation sounds like a well deserved word after that! What an awesome event- you did such a fabulous job!

lisaschaos said...

Looks like a great reunion/reception!! My kids want to have leis at their wedding. :) My son works for a florist and I was excited to find out he could get them. :)

Congrats to the couple!!

Enjoy your relaxation today, you definitely earned it. :)

ChrisB said...

What a wonderful word. Everything looks perfect, and I love the fruit art, and the cake. It is so lovely to get the family together,I'm sure they will all have very happy memories of this day. Now relaxez-vous!

Sayre said...

Relaxation is an "earned" word - and it looks like you earned every minute. Enjoy!

Tiggerlane said...

I love your word...but after looking at the photos in your post, I'm thinking of "FOOD!"

Ari_1965 said...

Ooh, soak your feet in hot water and vinegar, and read a paperback.

storyteller said...

I certainly hope you have a relaxing day after all this happy celebration!
Hugs and blessings,

tea4two-two4tea said...

my word you need 'time out' to relax - hope you did!

Robocop said...

After a weekend like that, I bet you would have paid money for relaxation. I am glad the weekend worked out for you.

Baba's Blog .. Babies Are Special said...

Hi Alison, your celebration at your home looked wonderful.... the couple could relax and enjoy it all thanks to you....now it is your turn to relax for sure....thanks for sharing..

karisma said...

Relaxation????? Whats that?????

Ha ha!

You sure deserve a bit of relaxation after all that! What a wonderful job you did! I also love the photo of Cassie and Andrya it's beautiful! They both look so happy!

MommyWizdom said...

Will your friend adopt me? That food looked absolutely delicious! I need to relax after seeing all that. Thanks for sharing. :-)

Stella said...

That looks beautiful! The bride and groom are lucky to have you!! GORGEOUS!

Go get in a bubble bath and relax!

Sandy said...

What a terrific send-off you gave them! Now get thee to a bubble bath or a pool, whichever suits your fancy.

marmiteandtea said...

Sounds like a fabulous day, that cake looked amazing!

Hope you're relaxing now!

JennV said...

What a beautiful party you planned! You deserve all the Relaxation that you can handle after pulling that one off!
Thanks for stopping by my site, and Have a Fun, Relaxing Monday!

Beth from the Funny Farm said...

I'd be happy to have left overs! Looks like such a fun time.

karisma said...

Psst.....tag.....your IT!

karisma said...

Psst.....tag.....your IT!

Slick said...

Now that looks like a very fun day.

I coulda been a "wedding crasher" had I known.

The food looks great!

grace said...

there was a time I always used that word, just relax! take it easy. I hope you enjoy your relaxing

Rebecca said...

I hope you've gotten a LOT of relaxation in this week. :) Looks like a GREAT party!