Monday, July 30, 2012

Word of the Week: Frenetic. Oh, and Finished!

It has been a crazy week! I've not only been a bit delinquent in my posting, but also in my reading! So apologies to anyone who has posted cool stuff recently-- I'm taking a quick skim through things, but am bound to miss a lot.

Backyard Baby Boy FINALLY Finished

First, I did finish something! I actually finished this way back on the 19th, but like I said, things have been a little hectic. Anyway, I have completed pictures of my Backyard Baby quilt! (Apologies for the pics-- I had a haircut the morning of the shower for which the quilt was intended, so I left it with my mom and asked her to take a few pics, with mixed results. But it should get the idea across.) I loved how the finished quilt looked! And it was so soft and snuggly.

Look! A quilt with legs!



With the mama-to-be.

The recipient is a friend of mine who I have known since preschool. Her grandma would pick up her, her cousin, and me and take us to our respective babysitters' houses. Her husband went to high school with us and is a good friend of my brother. He is a high school biology teacher, which is why I loved this fabric so much for them (the nursery is "science" themed.) :) They're a really neat couple and will be terrific parents to their little boy!

A Whole Bunch of Other Stuff

Aside from the baby quilt, most of last week was occupied by one of my best friends' wedding. Wednesday night was the bachelorette party (We did a themed murder mystery, which was awesome. Even if I was the killer...) Thursday involved frosting 480 cupcakes and getting manicures. Friday brought hair appointments and the big day itself!

We were all super excited about it.

I don't know if I have any readers from the Great Plains, but it has been ungodly hot this summer. It is always hot in Nebraska in July-- I think the average high temp for the month is around 95--but this year at least half of the days I've been here have been at 100 or above. So, it's been super nasty. My dear, darling, beloved friend, for reasons unknown, decided that it would be amazing to have an outdoor wedding. In July. In Nebraska.

Well, God clearly loves her, because Friday marked the first cool morning there has been since I've been in the state, and a high temperature for the day of only 88! The ceremony was in the shade (at least for the bridesmaids-- sorry groomsmen!) and was reasonably comfortable. I don't know how she got so lucky! It was nice on Saturday too, but now it's back up to 100 again. Timing is everything, I guess.

I was especially excited for the wedding because my boyfriend flew in from Michigan to attend with me! It was fun to introduce him to all of my college friends and to have a little extra time with him.

The perfectly lovely indoor and air-conditioned space at the botanical garden. ;)

The wedding was a blast, and I loved seeing all of my college friends again. I feel strongly that my friends are among the biggest blessings of my life, and my college friends are essential to that view. Every time I spend time with them, I feel that I hit some sort of amazing jackpot. It's been quite awhile since I've laughed as much as I did this weekend. Yay friends. :)

With the beautiful bride. I met her the first week of college! Friends ever since.

Since it was a Friday wedding, I took the boy around Omaha on Saturday. We went to the Farmers Market, where I introduced him to the pastry delight of my Czech forefathers, the kolache, and then to the zoo. A lot of people are skeptical, but Omaha's zoo is one of the tops in the country. There is a huge indoor rainforest, an aquarium, a "desert dome," and all of the usual zoo stuff too. It's pretty cool, and we had a great time!

In the rainforest.

Freaky giant crabs at the aquarium.

In front of the desert dome. Why yes, I left my updo in. For $50, I always try to get a second day out of them. :)

On Sunday, we toured the Nebraska State Capitol (he's an Art Deco junkie, and the capitol is a great example of that) before he caught his plane.

So yeah, I'm a little tired. :)

Linking up with Plum and June, and catching up on blog hoppers!

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  1. Yay for all of the fun stuff you've been up to! That baby quilt is fantastic (and I love that they are having a science themed room!)

  2. You've been busy! The baby quilt looks great -- I love the backing material. And that sounds like a really fun wedding & weekend.

  3. Your quilt looks great. I like the color scheme. I'm a new quilter too.

  4. Love the quilt and your wedding pics are fab!

  5. Great pics and cute quilt - I just used that same fabric for a project.

  6. Awwwwh. Even though it has been hot there, I am jealous that you were back home in Nebraska. Seems like you had a lovely time and the quilt is darling.