Sunday, May 15, 2011


So except for today's rainstorms, the weather these past few weeks has been fantastic.  It's still chilly at night, but we can sleep comfortably with our window open just a few inches.  The sun has been shining and all the flowers are in bloom.  It's still too early for our hydrangeas, but I brought in some lilac yesterday.  The best part is, they smell even better than they look!  (Forgive the poor quality of the pic from my phone.)

Last year we sort of neglected the lawn.  Maybe that's too generous.  We really neglected the lawn.  Blame it on the massive deck restoration project.  We had dead spots due to grubs, bald spots due to, we think, the acidity from the pine trees, and weeds that were out of control.  From the vantage point of our freshly stained deck the grass looked great, but on closer inspection it was terrible.  To reference one of the best films from the 90s, our lawn was like a Monet.  Green and healthy looking from afar, but a hot mess when you got up close.

Now that Chris is finally done with his Saturday classes, we've been tackling the lawn with a vengeance.  Over the past few weeks we have put down:

- grass seed (in three different spots in the lawn)
- lime
- starter fertilizer
- moss killer
- two treatments of weed killer
- grub killer

The entire backyard gives off the ever-so-subtle scent of chemicals.  Yum.  But hopefully it will do the trick.

We put down grass seed in one area of the lawn a few weeks ago.  When we realized it was actually growing, we did the two other spots.  Chris was in Buffalo all week, so I was in the backyard every morning at 6:00 a.m. in my pajamas...watering the grass seed.  :)  I can't see any growth since it's all covered in hay, but Chris said he's starting to see little tiny shoots of baby grass.  Fingers crossed!

Now that I think about it, we haven't had perfect weather all spring.  Easter weekend was pretty rainy.  I ran a 5K the Saturday of Easter weekend with some friends from church and it poured the entire time.  And it was cold.  But ever since, we've had great weather.  That night, we went to our friends' house for the doggie birthday party.  It's their tradition to give their dogs hamburger "cakes" with hot dog dog "candles"...and this is what that looks like:

Friday, May 6, 2011

I married a prince.

Well, not technically. Not the way Kate Middleton married a prince.

But my sweet husband Chris, after watching me analyze every little news bit leading up to THE royal wedding, agreed to wake up at the crack of dawn with me last Friday to watch the royal wedding LIVE.  How many husbands do that?  He's prince worthy, I tell you.  :)

I really couldn't care less when celebrities marry, I don't watch all those gossipy TV shows or read the magazines.  But THIS wedding, a ROYAL wedding, totally had me at hello.  I was born a little too late for the huge Prince Charles and Princess Diana royal wedding extravaganza...I was not going to miss this one!

The wedding came on at 6:00 here on the east coast.  I got up a little after 5:00, took a quick shower, and ran downstairs just in time to see Princes William and Harry leaving for the church.  So exciting!

I did sort of bribe Chris with the promise of French toast and bacon, but I think he would have gotten up early even without a yummy breakfast.  I thought about doing scones and tea but really, who wants to bake scones at 5:00 in the morning?  And English scones are really more like our buttermilk biscuits anyway, which Chris doesn't care for.

I used our wedding china.  Really, is there a more appropriate time to pull out the Waterford china than a ROYAL WEDDING?!

A different angle...the mother of the bride is arriving!

I ended up replacing those tall juice glasses with champagne flutes.  We had some leftover champagne in the fridge from a risotto and I thought mimosas were in order.  Very weak mimosas, mind you...we did have to go to work.  :)

My very own Prince Charming!

I think Bailey really appreciated all the pomp and circumstance of this royal affair.  He is British, after all.  :)