Saturday, June 27, 2009

Tea Times Two

One joyous, special aspect of mine and Sloan's impending marital union is that the month of June holds SIX BIRTHDAYS between both of our families (no, none of them are ours). And five of them are within one week. Oh yeah, with Father's Day and Sloan's parents' anniversary thrown in there for good measure.




I powered through the first gauntlet of June birthdays using the shotgun approach: mailing gifts to just about every Rehder on Bainbridge Island. I did something similar with my brother Richard and his wife Sarah's family in Alabama (three June birthdays).

The MooreRehderBirthdayMarathon culminated on my niece Hannah's birthday, the 23rd, and we celebrated with a tea party! When I first thought of an adorable family tea lunch, I imagined images like these:

Well...when you only have thrift store hats, miniature tea sets, and not enough time to shower after a day in the pool, you get images closer to this:

It was a rather lively affair: we laughed, we cried, and Sloan spilled his tea at least twice. We ate crumpets (?), chicken casserole (??) and took turns making fun of Dad who was doing yard work outside of our window (!!!)

It was the party of the century! Really! I half expected the Village People to show up or perhaps a rambling and incoherent Liza Minnelli (she seems to show up everywhere). Instead of washed up celebrities, however, we just had these little kids to share a spot of tea with:

Hannah, a picture of sophisticated suprise. And Sam, a dapper Newsies backup dancer impersonator.

AND AS IF THAT WEREN'T ENOUGH, I came back to Utah to have another tea party at work!!

Don't mind the sensitive electronic components in the background. We had no other choice to hold our high tea in the production and assembly section of the building.

I'm thinking about holding a house-warming tea party in August which will probably involve plastic red party cups, stale Fig Newtons, and sitting on the floor. WHO'S IN?????

Monday, June 15, 2009

Color Inspiration

SO. There are two things I love to do on the internets: read the news and peruse design blogs. And, of course, over the past couple of months, I've also been looking at oodles of wedding blogs BECAUSE I'M GETTING MARRIED. YESSSSSSSSS. Anyway, one of the many sites I frequent, 100 Layer Cake, has an archive of color inspiration boards. These are meant for weddings, but I'm discovering that they are also a totally awesome source of inspiration for home decor. And because I LOVE to make collages in MS Paint (the caveman version of anything Adobe), I figured I could finally do something with my collaging it on my small-time blog!

Fun, huh? I just can't decide. I wish I had 15 houses and/or weddings so that I could use these different palates. Ah, and don't fret: these are only a smattering of the color inspiration boards that 1LC has posted. In fact, here's another set I threw together:

I especially love the turquoise and yellow combo at the top of this one. I would try to pull that off in my own apartment, but it would probably end up looking like an army of Lemon Drops laid siege to a mystical underwater colony of glittering mermaids and their mermen protectors. Yikes.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

My Condolences

Hello, all. Because I have just begun blogging, I'm actually writing entries rather frequently.

I'm sure this will not hold up long, so enjoy this while you can. (And YES, it will be enjoyable).

Ahem, moving on, I'd like to dedicate this post to my sister-in-law, Sarah, who is scheduled to deliver her third child (Joshua David Moore) next week.

Sarah's visit to the doctor brought good and bad news.

The GOOD news is: little baby Joshua seems healthy and projected to weigh over 9 and a half pounds!

The BAD news is: little baby Joshua is projected to weigh OVER 9 AND A HALF POUNDS.

Okay, and there's one more personal note of good news: Aha! I have found the single flaw of Sarah's enviably-small is not conducive to birthing behemoth babies!

Now, let me be clear, I've never given birth to a child. And, no, I will not pretend to know what it feels like. But, when the baby's weight is about 10% of your own body weight , I doubt this whole labor and delivery process is going to be as delightful as, say, a Saturday matinee.

So, in short, pray for Sarah, folks. And pray for that linebacker baby, the one who is going to bless our lives with mammoth adorability. The one is going to make our arms sore from cradling him. The one who is going to make the Moore's/Nickel's ache with love for him, something that each baby so far has been magically capable of doing. How DO they do that?

Friday, June 12, 2009

An Introduction

Sloan Landon Rehder

Likes: Seattle, perilous outdoor activities, video games, root beer

Dislikes: Memphis, V-neck shirts, reality television, hipster philosophies

Julia Miriam Moore

Likes: Memphis, V-neck shirts, reality television, hipster philosophies

Dislikes: Seattle, perilous outdoor activities, video games, root beer

And, as is evident from our photos, we enjoy tanning. Quite.

Thursday, June 11, 2009