Monday, May 29, 2017

Two bouquets










This weekend, we celebrated family life with two beautiful bouquets. One was a very large one given to me by the Bear for our fifteenth wedding anniversary, which fell on Thursday. That was also the last day of school. I had been at the school all morning, partaking of the parties and picnics, and saying goodbye to the GB's teacher, as well as friends we won't see much of until August. We had the weirdest weather on Thursday, cloudy but broiling hot and very windy, like opening the door on a roasting oven. The picnic was a dusty, sweaty affair; I took a shower as soon as possible when we came home. Then we flopped. All three of us - me and the small Bears - laid around watching episodes of Last Man Standing on Netflix. I made a Campbell's Soup chicken casserole concoction for dinner. The night before had been the GB's dance-recital dress rehearsal and was a late night. The next night, the recital night, would be one too. I just wanted easy.

The Bear came home at dinner time with a massive bouquet for me. I was really surprised because we hadn't discussed doing anything special on the day, what with everything else going on. He'd gone to Peoples' Flowers and told them he wanted something with a "wild garden" look, because that's my favorite kind of garden. They came up with such a gorgeous design. I was blown away when he walked in with this bouquet. There are roses, sunflowers, irises, alstroemeria. There are at least three flowers whose names I don't even know. Oh, it's just beautiful. I felt so surprised and so pleased. So very loved.

The recital was fantastic! Gosh, I love watching people dance. The GB did a wonderful job and she looked beautiful. I wish I could show you her costume, but it's really difficult to photograph. For some reason, I just can't capture it nicely. But I'll describe it: the leotard bodice is a stretchy, red burnout velour with a sort of brocade design. There is a "stomacher" portion, with pink spandex showing through, and red velvet ribbon, with little bows and satin roses, going across horizontally. The skirt is big and puffy, red tulle with a wide, red satin ribbon edging at the bottom, a short red-sequined over-skirt, and layers of pale pink tulle underneath. It's a perfect twirling skirt. But she saved the twirling for home; she's a serious ballerina now, doing more and more complicated things all the time. It's actually amazing. I did her hair in a bun, using a foam donut-bun kit and a bun hairnet, and she wore the red satin rose hair clip that came with the costume. I had to watch a lot of Youtube hair videos to get that bun right, sheesh! She got her own bouquet at intermission, after her class performed in Act I. The LB bought it for her, from the vendors in the lobby at the concert hall. He chose three colorful roses for her bouquet. Partly, this was an attempt to get him handling money, since it seems like kids never have to do that anymore. But I also know he wanted to do something nice for his sister. She deserves it, for a job very well done.

We did celebrate our anniversary properly on Saturday. The small Bears went to their grandparents' house for the night and we had lots of time to relax at home. We went out for dinner, and ice cream. On Sunday morning, we went out for coffee and did a few errands, then we brought the kids home. The rest of Sunday was about housework, yardwork and laundry. I had a lot of laundry to catch up on, having neglected it during the last crazy weeks of school. Upon taking my second load from the dryer, I realized there was something wrong. The clothes were cold and still a little damp. The Bear checked it out and found that the heating element was kaput. We found a new one online and ordered it. In the meantime, we strung up ropes all over the backyard for clotheslines and I finished washing everything and hung it up. We spent the rest of the afternoon in a Tide-scented laundry forest, which was honestly quite pleasant.

One thing I really wanted to do on our anniversary weekend was to try a drink we have never had. When I was in high school, taking French, we used that old public TV series French in Action as part of our curriculum. We also had a textbook to go along with it - the Capretz method. Did you ever watch that, or use it in school? We loved it. We were New York-accented teenagers running around exclaiming "Mystere et boules de gommes!" There were guignols and a mime! Anyway, in the story line, the boy and girl meet for dates at La Closerie des Lilas in Paris, where the girl, Mireille, usually orders un kir - a drink made with creme de cassis (black current liqueur) and white wine. I've always wanted to try this drink! It sounded so interesting to high-school me and never really stopped. So a few weeks ago, when we were at Total Wine, I saw creme de cassis and decided to buy a bottle and finally try un kir for myself. We had it this weekend, to celebrate our anniversary. I think what we had was technically a Kir Royale, because we made it with Cava. It was good! I found it to be very refreshing. Finally, I've tried Mireille's famous drink; it only took me twenty-three years or so, but I'll gladly have that drink again.

Thank you for the lovely comments about Tara's scarf. I'm so sorry to see her go, but we had a wonderful year in her class and I know we're all better for having known such a good teacher. Miss GB will have another good teacher in the fall (we already know her placement), and I'm sure she'll have another great year. I really do love making those chevron scarves, by the way. If you're looking for a quick but personal gift, or you just want to make one for yourself, I really recommend that pattern. It's just so nice to make. I'm very excited to get back to crocheting my Maybelle squares after a couple of weeks off, and I have a few smaller projects up my sleeve for the summer as well. I'll tell you more soon. I hope you're having a good holiday weekend; I know they're happening in a few places right now. Take care and enjoy your week.

20 comments:

  1. Happy Anniversary Jennifer! I am glad you had a lovely time. You must be relieved to be on holiday now, after such a busy time with school and other activities. I am rather fond of Kir Royal, so pleased you finally managed to enjoy one. xx

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  2. How wonderful for the 2 ladies in your family to get beautiful bouquets from the 2 men in your family. That's just lovely! :o)

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  3. Beautiful bouquet! Happy anniversary. Doesn't Poirot drink cassis?

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  4. Happy anniversary, those flowers are quite stunning xx

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  5. Happy Anniversary! The flowers are just gorgeous and it's good you felt loved - I'd say that's what the Bear wanted. :)
    GB looks very pretty and grown up with her hair in that bun.

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  6. Happy, happy anniversary Jennifer! (Just a little late.). Your bouquet is just gorgeous and would be exactly what I would choose too. I'm much more in love with the "wild" garden look over a dozen roses any day! The GB's recital sounds like it was just lovely and the bouquet from her brother is just too sweet. Sorry to hear about your dryer but...nothing smells better than line dried clothes. Just my little opinion. I hope your holiday was a peaceful one.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  7. Happy anniversary to you both, what gorgeous flowers, a beautiful choice. Glad the end of term things went well, it sounds as though your GB is doing brilliantly with ballet. She will no doubt be graceful throughout her life as a result, dancers always move so beautifully. Glad you had a lovely anniversary. Hope you all have a wonderful summer break. We have a week off here, then it's back to school for another six or seven weeks I think. CJ xx

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  8. Ah creme de cassis, I had forgotten all about it - I remember being introduced to it at a wedding and loved it! Happy Anniversary and what a gorgeous bouquet, really special with such variety and colour. The GB has turned into a perfect little ballet dancer, with a gorgeous tutu, and the hair bun is beautifully done. You will do it many times now as I feel sure she will continue with the ballet. A lovely post, Jennifer.

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  9. Happy anniversary, such beautiful bouquets and most fitting that they were from the 2 men of the family for the women of the family. Such a wonderful description of the dress.

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  10. Happy anniversary! How nice of Mr. Bear to bring flowers.
    Dance recitals are tiring. Dancing is so good! I loved it when I was a child.

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  11. Hey Jennifer,
    Happy anniversary to you both! Do you know what strikes me after reading your blog these past few years? How unselfish you are. How you give yourself so selflessly to your family without asking anything in return. Those flowers are well deserved, my friend. I'm sure your Bear agrees with me.
    Leanne xx

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  12. Happy Anniversary Jennifer. Lovely flowers, very thoughtfully chosen. Cx

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  13. Cheers for all your celebrations, Jennifer! I'm glad you enjoyed your anniversary celebration, GB's recital, beautiful flower bouquets and the end of school year activities. We have had wonderful guests this past week and have spent many happy hours in sunny warm parks much to the delight of the young ones in the family, and the adults, too. Our first Joseph's Coat roses started opening yesterday. Wishing you a happy school break. xx

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  14. Happy Anniversary! You did an amazing job on the GB's bun. Many, many years ago my oldest daughter was in ballet. She would have been about the same age as GB. Let's just say that her bun never achieved the success yours did. :-)

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  15. What beautiful flowers! There's nothing like having fresh flowers in the house. It sounds like you've had a wonderful week/anniversary - even while busy with the end of the school year. The dance recital sounds perfect too. Now on to summer -- I hope it's shaping up to be a good one for you and your cute little family!

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  16. those are lovely! your GB looks beautiful! What a thoughtful husband you have!

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  17. Happy Anniversary - we are coming up to our 15th in August :) Jillx

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  18. Belated happy anniversary, Jennifer. What gorgeous flowers; you must have been bowled over. That's a skilled bun in GB's hair – I always struggled to do my daughter's neatly and now she does it herself! Have a great summer. Sam x

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  19. Many Congratulations on your 15th wedding anniversary, and I am so pleased for you that your husnpband made a fuss of you, you really deserve it. You must be so proud of your little girl,too, dancing at her recital, it takes so much courage to perform in public. I am sure she looked beautoful in her costume, the little glimpses of it are lovely. Look forward to reading about all your summer adventures over the coming weeks X

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  20. The flowers are beautiful! A really stunning bouquet, and happy anniversary to you both. Good job on the GB's hair, those buns are fiddly. I love a kir. I have to say I thought it was a kir if made with fizzy white wine (cava, prosecco) and only a royale with champagne. But who cares, I'll drink it as any which way! Xx

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