Friday, December 8, 2017

St. Nicholas Day 2017

Saint Nicholas Day was a little quieter this year than it has been in the past (2012 and 2014 seem to have been captured over here), because I've been a bit lazy with wrapping and it turned out we didn't want to eat any German food that evening, but it was still fun to mark the day with some citrus and a few gifts.

I actually gave R. most of his gifts that evening because of travel plans, so don't worry—it's not usually this big of a haul! As per tradition, it usually fits in a pair of slippers in the morning.

Our lives have been in such flux the last few years that it's fun to keep a few small traditions like this going. Now that we're more settled (though you wouldn't know it from how much work needs to be done on the house!), I'm looking forward to creating more routines around the holidays like this!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Retweeted by Town and Country

I am stupidly excited about this!

Does it warrant it's own blog post? Yes. Because there isn't enough joy in the world lately and this—the retweet, the article about princesses, the references to a Sarah Lawrence girl, all of it—is bringing me an immense amount of joy and I want to remember that.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Rehearsal to Remember

After decorating the Skiway, we went back to the house to get ready, and things got a little frantic.

Roger had to: A. fix a leak in the water heater in our barn, which suddenly decided to start pouring water all over our rehearsal dinner space about 15 minutes before we had to leave for the hotel, then B. run to Dan & Whits to grab emergency champagne when we realized the Coop had failed to include the two cases we'd order in his pick up, and then C. go back to the house after we got to the hotel when he realized he forgot his belt. 

It was a whirlwind, and stressful, but we made it to St. Thomas Episcopal Church relatively unharmed, and from there on out, things were a lot more relaxed. 

When we arrived, so many people we love were waiting for us outside the church, and it was such a magical feeling to see everyone and to finally feel like things were getting real.

Because people had to travel so far, I was a little worried about people being late, but everyone managed to make it in on time, even Rob and Dave, who must have been driving pretty fast after they got a late start out of Boston that afternoon.

The rehearsal went off without a hitch, with our ushers, readers, and bridal party all working out perfectly. We had gone over the ceremony with our priest about a month earlier, so everything went pretty smoothly, although we had to decide on the spot if we would kiss during the ceremony (a funny moment was when I said no and Roger said yes at the exact same moment--spoiler alert, we did!), and we had to remind him that our friend Christine was reading the prayers at the end of the service.

Not all of the flower children were able to make it to the rehearsal, but about half of them were, including head flower girl Hailey, who, as the only one over the age of three, was able to help her two-year-old cousin Zoe walk down the aisle the next day.

And, in between the rehearsal and the rehearsal dinner, I ran over to my office, to leave our wedding cake and reception sign near the refrigerator, for my amazing friend, colleague, and day-of coordinator Laura Jean to bring over to the Dartmouth Skiway the next day.

Then, it was time for dinner!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Holiday Weekend in Woodstock, VT

We had a lovely weekend of holiday festivities this weekend, starting with the Hanover Christmas tree lighting, hot cocoa and cookies and a gingerbread house at the Hanover Inn, and drinks with friends on Friday evening. On our way home, I commented on how full I was from the appetizers we'd eaten, and then we bought a pizza anyway.

Saturday we spent lazing about, then had headshots taken, did a bit of shopping and then lazed about some more. Glorious!

And then on Sunday, I woke up to a small flock of turkeys invading our back yard. We hadn't seen them in a while, so I was pretty pleased to see the five of them wandering about. Kitty was intrigued.

They made their way out of the yard and I kept reading in bed, until I heard a loud rustling outside, which turned out to be their friends, about 25 of them. The rustling was two turkeys flying into the tree to keep lookout. It was pretty spectacular and an excellent way to start the day.

In the afternoon, we headed to Billings Farm and Woodstock to see some of their holiday displays. This coming weekend is Wassail Weekend, which sounds extremely idyllic, but tends to be quite crowded, so it was nice to spend some time wandering around the empty museum and admiring their animals and holiday decor.

We also stopped briefly at the Woodstock Inn to see their Christmas decorations:

And left with some inspiration for our house. We aren't decorating much this year, but a few festive touches here and there will be lovely.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Decorating the Dartmouth Skiway

The day before our wedding, on Friday, October 20, the Dartmouth Skiway let us start setting up the reception area at 8:00am sharp. My parents, sister, Courtney, Molly, and I arrived as soon as they opened with plenty of decorations in hand, while Roger went to pick up our beer order and handle last minute things at the house.

With all the candles, books, photos, and other ephemera, we had a very full truck:

Our plan was to put together two long tables on either side of the dance floor, along with a scattering of high top tables. All of our rentals came on time, and the caterer and bartender also came that morning to check in.

We didn't quite follow the above plan, but it was close, and we were so pleased with the set up. As you can see below, we moved the high tops to be around the dance floor, and put the cake table front and center.

Things actually went a lot quicker than I expected (many hands make light work), and we were finished with decorating by 11am. I'm so thankful to have had my family and Molly there. They are all much better at decor than I am, and also much better at staying calm under pressure, so they basically did everything while I kind of puttered around giving direction. The best decorating crew a gal could ever ask for!

The best part of the day, though, was when Roger came to drop off the beer, and we saw two moose making their way across the parking lot and up the ski slope! I've wanted to see a moose for ages (since there was one wandering around Mahopac when I was in college), and I finally got my wish. A good omen for our marriage, I think!