12 Things for our Trip Home

by - Wednesday, August 27, 2014

1. The Exceptional Crafting Genius of my Aunt Renee- That woman is a living breathing ad for Cricket. She made a lot of the decorations for our shower (as well as some decorations for us to wear, which I thought was especially cool), and they all turned out amazing. Just gorgeous. I mean, she made a steampunk animal diaper cake. I am going to guess not too many of those have existed in the history of the world, and it was so touching to see all of the work and time she put into our shower. Also, I stole most of it for the nursery, so I will be sure to report back on how I reworked her genius into the Baby’s room.

2. This teddy bear-Speaking of incredible crafters, Shelly whipped up this teddy bear with leftover fabric from decorations. You know what I can whip up with leftover fabric? A small pile of fabric. I love this bear, and obviously Kalila did too!
3. Polly’s Cookie Dough Swirl (with extra Cookie Dough)- The cookie dough at Polly’s (which otherwise must be most notable for a serious bug problem and a giant parrot) is exponentially more delicious than any other cookie dough ever combined with ice cream or yogurt. I don’t know where they get them from, but they are delicious.

4. The Yellow Shoes-I bought these sandals from Mocloth at the beginning of the summer, and I still can't put them on right in one try. On this particular day, I may have even started with them on the wrong foot. Still, they got all kinds of love from peopleand they do look like summer on your feet. Plus, you really feel like you earned those compliments.

5. Fruitbaby- That unsettling feeling in your stomach really just points to the sublime awe that anything could be this awesome. My mother-in-law is the greatest, and I feel like this is the year of the watermelon sculpture. Or maybe this is the beginning of watermelon sculpting, and 5 years from now, we can have out own reality show for our elaborate fruit salads.

6. Facetime- How did people get through life without facetime and skype? My Aunt Ann did the majority of the planning and work for the shower, but because of her chemo schedule, she couldn’t come. I hate that she missed it, but it really makes it easier to have her there in her own way, being passed around to chat with other and watching me open presents. I like that even when we have to be absent from each other’s lives, if we care, we can still find ways to be present. Still, I can’t wait to give her a hug and thank you in person.
7. Sharpie Dinnerware- My Aunt Gretchen made us this incredibly sweet plate for the shower, and it makes me tear up every time I look at it. She raised two sons who treat others and each other so well, so I really appreciate her advice (also, her sass). She said this was a pinterest idea, where you draw and write on a white plate with sharpie and then put in the oven. Such a simple idea, but the finished product looked so nice and I love the quote she picked.
8. Bonfires, S’mores, and Helium Balloons- I like that part of the party where people have started to bail, and whoever is left is there because they are genuinely having a good time. The pressure feels relieved, and I can listen to my cousins sing like Helium munchkins and to my Father in law tell stories of his early years in the States. It felt like an embarrassment of riches.

9. Surprise PymatuMing fish date- It wasn’t a surprise exactly, because it stands as one of our longest traditions, but we were both surprised that we made enough time to go to see the ducks walk on the world’s ugliest fish. The Boy worked hard at keeping that window open. The Spillway claims to be the secondmost visited tourist site in Pennsylvania. I hope they are telling the truth. Key to making the trip exceptionally awesome? ABBA's greatest hits/
10. That it is definitely PymatuMing not PymatuNing- How could we both have had the name wrong our entire life? Truly, how does that even happen? Did one of us make the mistake first 10 years ago, and the other one just accepted it? Or have we both mispronounced the name independently our whole lives? Is this the secret key to our love?My mom tells me we are just saying it with a Western accent, but this news rocked our world.
11. King’s Country Breakfasting- You can't get a cheaper or more magical breakfast. If you are in Western PA, I strongly recommend you stop here and have an awesome breakfast lik we did with my beloved Dale.

from msmagazine.com
12. This- Gah, she may not be perfect (even if instagram says different), but she is just the best. Own it, people. Live your lifelike you are staning in front of a big glowing feminist sign. There is a bunch of great writing on this already.

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