Akron's finest.

Hi friends.

We spent the past weekend in Akron, OH, for our dear friend Jonas' wedding. It was Marianna's first trip to Ohio (maybe last?) and Jonas' first trip down the isle (certainly the last).

He married a super sweet gal from Akron, so the wedding was a mixing of cultures and a mashing of people from all points of their life. We knew Jonas during the Durham point of his life. We knew Dana from the Greensville portion of his life. And we were just pleased as punch to share in the Columbus portion of their lives by seeing old friends, drinking moonshine, and dancing the night away.

Also, while on the road, we got a huge blog mention for Old Try. So, we fielded a boatload of emails and took some orders and found while in Ohio that this crazy idea just might work.


a shower

A few Saturdays ago, I hosted my first baby shower. It was for a friend from church. I was really excited about putting it all together, but a little overwhelmed since I'd never thrown a baby shower or been to one in the last decade. But, with some help from the other hostesses, we made it happen.

Kristin doesn't know if she's having a boy or a girl, so we went with a green-blue-yellow color scheme. I found some really cute ideas on Pinterest and decided to use old-school pinwheels as decoration with some pom-poms and bunting thrown in for good measure. So Karen and I got together one evening to put together 20 pinwheels to line the walkway and planned out the rest of the decorations. Karen would do the bunting and I'd tackle the as-yet-to-be-determined-how-to-make mini-pinwheel cupcake toppers.

We opted not to play any traditional (sometimes crazy, borderline weird) shower games. Instead, I made mustache and bow pins for all the guests to wear at the party - to show whether they thought it was going to be a boy or a girl. The majority, including the mom-to-be, think it'll be a boy - I think it was 7 to 4. We'll see in about a month!
Girls v/s Boys!

We had tons of tasty food and drinks - potato salad, pasta salad, fruit salsa, veggies, chicken salad croissants, mimosas, lemonade, and cupcakes, of course!

She opened some fun and useful presents, and we all talked about how much baby products have changed from when we were kids. There were actually only two moms there that day, but they gave a lot of advice and a few warnings.

The last thing we did was write notes to the baby. We all drew an envelope with a birthday on it (1-16) and wrote a note to the child for that birthday year. It was a great idea, although some of the ages are a little difficult to write to. Hopefully, it'll be something special for Kristin and her child to open each year.