For a few years now I've been talking of doing a wine tasting...
A get together with friends to socialize and talk about and try some wine. finally this year I decided to take action on my idea and I began picking things up on Etsy, Pier 1 and around town.
The first thing I needed to do was pick a date. Sounds easy, but with everyone's busy schedules I knew a weekend would be hard to find open for everyone, so I decided on Thursday, and since May isn't quite "summertime" yet, I found it to be the perfect time!
first stop was to pick up sample wine glasses. I found mine at Pier 1 and picked them up in small bunches since I didn't have an exact count yet.
While searching on Etsy I found my invitations here and she did an amazing job!
Also from Etsy I found little wine books for all my guests to use to take notes made here, she was awesome to work with as I had to add more to my original count!
while I didn't pair food with each wine, I did try and include things I was sure with red or whites, like this chocolate fondue was located by the red tasting section.
other details included gift cards which I slit a wine cork open to hold the card as well as more wine charms.
wine cookies my sister had made
I've already been asked if this will be an annual event and I'm seriously considering it!
my hubby hang out to pour the wines
I had friends who came from Michigan and Wisconsin!
and of course my work out buds!
Other details included wine bottles I painted with chalkboard paint and filled with color coordinating carnations to display by each wine choice, as well as place cards to mark wines and some of the food and water
It was a great night with lots of memories and a reminder of just how blessed I am to have so many amazing friends in my life!
I'm so thrilled with how our kitchen turned out! Although I didn't get pictures of wallpaper removal and repainting or the island before it was painted black. But I think this shows the majority of the transformation!
Painted the island black last year and then the transformation began this year...
Chairs from Arhaus
installing granit and removed drywall & tile backsplash
We are still discovering the awful disease of dementia. Sometimes we can find the humor in things, like this recent conversation she had with my brother....
If the mom asks her son 6 times what kind of cookies he would like, and the son replies six times, chocolate chip. What kind of cookies does the son get???
I had guessed peanut butter, others said oatmeal...
... apple pie, the correct answer is apple pie!
Top Row: Uncle Jim, Grandma, Mom, Debbie, Joe and Jennifer
Bottom Row: Dad, Rob, Tina and Joel
It is our life right now, and we are learning how to deal with it the best way possible with the sadness of a new reality sinking in quickly! I can't help but wonder, where did it all go, and how did it go by so quickly?
Right now I'm learning that spending time with her, even in this state is the best thing I can do for her. And today after taking her to art class and seeing her light up, I knew I was finally heading in the right direction of doing whats best for her.
Spending the early afternoon writing in my journal and reading a good book, which had me laughing out loud Everything is perfect when you're a liar by Kelly Oxford, is what I would classify as a good day. All this occured while sitting in a big comfy chair at Cool Beans with the sunshine warming me through the windows!
To make my day more special, Zach met up with me for lunch and we enjoyed catching up since he has such a crazy school and work schedule, I appreciate our time together. And then to add to my perfect day, I had the perfect cupcake...
of course then I had to take the dog for a run/walk to combat the cupcake guilt. Which was something good for both of us, since our poor dog has gained a few pounds over the winter months.
Chelsea and I ran the Disney princess race again this year! It was the end of February and I was quite concerned about the flight, since the previous time we went it was during one of the worst blizzards in Ohio... They did have to de ice the plane before we left (a term said alone that makes me uneasy) this time the weather wasn't a big factor. Let that be a lesson for the way my fear can sometimes stop me from doing things!
I usually don't get too many of the race photos, or the disney photos, but this time found a few that I thought captured the weekend quite well!
Love the tree of life...
It was a good race and we had a lot of fun! Even after the race as we visited Epcot and decided to have a drink around the world. Trying the drink and food or appetizer in each country.
Mexico - Margarittas and Nachos
Norway - Linie Aquavit Glacier Shot
China - Plum wine
Germany - Riesling
Italy - White sangria and lunch
Japan - plum wine (again?)
We were not able to make it around the world, since we ended up also having dinner reservations for the Hoop De Doo Revue and the time it take you to take the tram, bus and boat to get there, cuts into your fun time. But we definitely enjoyed visiting the countries that we did~
It was a great trip, and I enjoyed the time with my daughter, but I think I've had my share of Disney for a while!