26 July, 2009

Summer Backyard Birds

Red-Bellied woodpecker fledgling and parent ~ looks almost like a mirror image

RB woodpecker

RB fledgling ~ so cute

finch fledgling looking for mama or daddy

feed me!!

22 July, 2009

Wedding Photos pt. 2

Pre-wedding, pre-haircut

Jonathan waiting to escort the moms

Scott and Ashlynn - Here comes the bride!

The vows

Bridesmaids (feet)

Groomspeople's (feet)

Our larger family!

15 July, 2009

Big, busy summer

(jute engagement ring)

Summer has been full to overflowing, ever since Ky's graduation and move, our family reunion and party all in late May, family company in June, and The.Big.Wedding.of.Our.Firstborn. We housed all the groomsmen here at the cottage and so enjoyed getting to know a little bit of J's friends in Omaha.

On the calendar for the remainder of the summer, a.k.a. "What to do next?" Rest. Slowly reorganize parts of the house most used for study and learning. Travel, perhaps Boston. Take more photos. Tend the vegetable garden and the pears.

Whilst pondering the "what comes next," I'll post more than a few photos from the big event of July. More are on Facebook and more are still yet to be given to us by Hubby's parents, also professional photographers.

One of the coolest parts early in the ceremony? The last two attendants to walk the pathway of the ceremony are the photographers whose work is represented here. They each had their Canon Digital Rebels on their shoulders. As soon as the bride entered with her father, they split from the pack and went back to work capturing these moments. Enjoy ~

Our son, Jonathan, our new daughter-in-love, Ashlynn, and their former youth pastor, Alf.

Love those bare feet!

Thumbs up!

photographer on the right is my father-in-law

Prepping for a family photo ~ Holden, Ky, Ashlynn, Jonathan, me

Most of the proud parents with the bride and groom :-). We are looking over toward Hubby who is still working his way over to where we are posing.

The barefoot attendants

Tattoo rings! Pretty smart for the jobs they do.

sisters now!

Successful day comes to a quiet end.

04 July, 2009

Dress for Oldest Son's Wedding

I know it's the fourth, but this year, instead of our usual big fourth cookout with family and fireworks and a boatride on the lake, we are doing final preparations for our son's wedding.

I saw a dress very much like this on sale at Ann Taylor in their wedding shop online. I wasn't sure how the fit would be, since they don't offer the same dress in the local store nearest us. I also didn't want to have to pay $199 (now on sale for $149) if I could make something similar myself.

Yes, I do know that takes time and patience, but I *like* working to get ready for a big event. Well, maybe not all the deep cleaning, but the special preparations, because it is outside the run-of-the-mill, everyday routine.

Here is my project, which still needs a little more adjusting to the bodice to make it fit me in the best possible way:

More on the wedding coming up, and

Happy Independence Day, all!