Tuesday, August 27, 2013

child-sized hangers now available in Brittany's Joy Shop!

It's been a whirlwind of activity in our household the past few weeks (what with the opening of Brittany's Joy Shop, a trip to the lake, our color run, Mammoth, and the shower last weekend), and there are no signs of it letting up anytime soon! That can be both good and bad, of course, but so far it hasn't been overwhelming. Get back to me in a few days and I'll let you know if that changes ;)

At the moment, Tim's away at a meeting in Denver (he gave a big presentation today!) so I have the house to myself. I've been working on a bunch of projects I've been meaning to get done for a long time (we're talking more than a year!) around the house, as well as some shop projects as well.

In addition to the usual wedding-related hangers in my shop, I have added some child-sized hangers for flower girls or baby showers, too! They are 11" across the bottom (as opposed to the 18" of adult hangers) and start at $15. Aren't they cute??

Grab one for your whole wedding party (or as a gift for a bridal or baby shower)! 

Monday, August 26, 2013

showering my *almost* little sister-in-law

Hi All! Happy Monday. This weekend was a special one for our family. On friday night, I drove up to Bakersfield for yet another wedding shower, this time for my baby brother's fiancee Adri!
The wreath Adri made to commemorate her soon-to-be new last name, Schultz!
Adri's sister Teressa had decked out their parent's home in Bakersfield for the shower. There were little gray and yellow burlap banners everywhere, and sunflowers galore! 
The spread! Everything was so delicious. 
The guests all made little button flowers that will make up Adri's rehearsal dinner bouquet. Creative, right? I thought it was so cute!
Adri and Teressa, the MOH and hostess of the shower. Thanks Teressa!
After a brief "how well do you know Devon" questionnaire (on which no one really performed all that well, haha), it was time for gifts!
 One of the gifts was reusable Red Cups. haha
Crock pot ready for all the Pinterest recipes! 
 LOVE their dishes; they registered for teal and coral Pottery Barn dishes and they were gorgeous. These were their serving dishes. Have I mentioned I always want to go shopping after going to a wedding shower? Because I do.
 My aunt has made quilts for everyone in the family when they get married. So special!

Overwhelmed by the generosity of friends and family.  Love this girl and can't wait until she's my seeeeeeeester!

 Adri and her college besties
Aunty Wee-Wee with her brand-new three-week-old niece, baby Elle. Adri had originally wanted to go by Aunty Ree-Ree, but my mom pointed out that baby Elle probably won't be able to say "R's", it'll turn into Wee-Wee. She's embraced it haha.
Lovely if incredibly blurry photo of Adri with her six bridesmaids: Tara (Sister-in-law), Lizzie (college friend), Megan (college friend), Adri, Teressa (Sister), Jessie (College friend), and me (future sister-in-law). So many miles traveled to be there that day!
 Teressa, Adri, Adri's mom (with grandbaby Elle), and Tara (baby Elle's mama)
Devon returned with the dads and brothers from a day of bonding right as some of the last guests were getting ready to leave.
Adri and I 
Adri, we love you and can't wait to celebrate your and Devon's upcoming wedding!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Things to do in Mammoth, part VI: John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails

This is the final installment of the Mammoth Summer series; Catch up on the rest of the series here!
Part IPart IIPart IIIPart IVPart V

Friday was our last full day in Mammoth, so it was a "lets do everything we haven't had a chance to do yet while we're here" day. We made further use of our National Parks Pass and hiked a few miles along the Pacific Crest and John Muir Trails. We were excited for this day and had been looking forward to it all week, since those trails lay outside the boundaries of the National Park, which meant that there wouldn't be many people doing the same thing.  I guess most people there preferred to "hike" along the groomed highway-wide paths inside the national monument borders.
 
Daisy learned from her last two hiking experiences {here and here} and took advantage of any shade she could. She would RUN between patches of shade and camp out in the next one until we had caught up, then she was on to find the next patch. This hike had the benefit of occasional water source, so she cooled off a lot easier.
We even passed by Devil's Postpile and got a much better panoramic view than we did the first time we saw it. Tim was a little peeved we didn't skip that altogether and just seen it from here.

The area is littered with lakes (hence the name "Mammoth Lakes") and they're connected by creeks and streams and rivers, so we spent most of the day hiking the trails that webbed the mountainside from one to the other. It was a gorgeous day at the end of the summer, and we loved having the trail to ourselves.

It wasn't a long hike, but we gained a lot of altitude, so we cut our hike short at Johnston Lake to explore the meadow and play in the river. {We had also dropped the really expensive compass Tim had insisted we purchase and he was pretty bummed about it. The Cracker-Jack compass I wanted to get would have been a lot less painful to have lost, just sayin'}

We popped open beers and the Subway sandwich we'd toted up the mountain for a little picnic, and after about an hour of swimming in the pool of the river we packed up and started exploring the back country surrounding Johnston Lake.  There were no trails, just paths made by animals back there, so we felt like explorers blazing our own trails! You know, just without a compass.
isn't it seriously breathtaking??!?
 After spending a good time jumping rocks and breaking sticks and altogether being children, we made the trek back.
A self-satisfied and content pup, wouldn't you say??!?
Tim, breaking the trusty map back out after we returned to the car to see where we had just hiked.
The next day, we packed up the condo and the car, loaded both animals and ourselves in, and made the drive back to Santa Barbara. It was a great trip, and one that was both exhausting and relaxing at the same time, somehow. This was NOT our typical relaxing vacation, but we still came back mentally recharged. Physically, we were spent though!
Spock had had a lovely time in the condo without us during the day.

We would definitely need a few days to recover, though!

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