Friday, April 29, 2011

A Royal Wrap-Up

What a brilliant & glorious day!  Could it have been any more perfect?  Here's a Royal Wrap-Up:

After approximately 3 hours of sleep, my alarm sounded at 2:50 a.m. and I sprung out of bed to brush my teeth, put up my hair, and go wake my guests.  My friends Lisa and Suzanna were spending the night, and we all began watching the coverage at 3:00 a.m, and there were some friends communicating via Twitter and Text messages, and my Mom on e-mail too.  I'll get to my thoughts about the good and bad in a minute, but first, let's talk about my Royal Watch Party!

Here's a look at the accommodations that I provided my guests for the night...

In addition to my guest bedroom, I rearranged my office and brought in the trundle part of my daybed
Not the prettiest, but this way everyone had their own room.

Both guests found that I had left two very important things for the next morning on their bed...
a copy of the official programme...
and of course, a tiara!

Now, for the decorations...

This is probably  the most prominent decoration...
The flag on the mantle and of course, a framed photo of the couple...
On the coffee table, there was some informative information in case anyone cared to polish up on some Royal history or London landmarks including the places where the day's events were occurring...
The buffet was set up with the tableware...
and some decorations...

union jack with some of my roses...

a close-up of the napkins that contained our silverware
Some details of my food table
(had to take these the day before so that I had some daylight!)

Buckingham Palace and Big Ben...
and Tower Bridge
and let me just take this opportunity to mention that a trip over to the British Emporium is totally worth it for this jam and lemon curd!  Delicious!
Here's our food spread for the 4 a.m. breakfast...
The breakfast casserole was super yummy, but we were all distracted & failed to hear the timer go off, so the cheese got kind of brown!

We also had some fruit with fruit dip (cream cheese mixed with marshmallow cream~ yum)
Scones & Petit Fours
Look at these Petit Fours!

Here's a photo of my guest from approximately 3:30 a.m...
Lola was super impressed with the whole wedding.  She was either taking it all in from here...
(yucky iphone photo)

or here...
(another yucky iphone photo)

A wedding isn't a wedding without a present, right?  Well Suzanna brought me a present that she had ordered for me from a lady across the pond...
an adorable little bag made out of that Cath Kidston fabric I love so much!
Later in the day, I realized there were no photos of me from the big day, so I struck an appropriate pose for the day while in Nordstrom...

(another iphone photo)

Now, my wrap up on on the official events:

Here are my Top 10 Favorite Moments of the Day~in no particular order:

(1) The Dress.  Divine, Divine, Divine!  The lace!  The box pleats on the skirt!  Love, Love Love.  We not only bow to Her Majesty, The Queen today, but we also bow down to you Ms. Sarah Burton of The House of McQueen.

(2) William & Harry.  They both looked so handsome and regal.  I adore that you can see the love between the brothers, and that Harry was truly supporting William on his big day.

(3) The Bridal Party~  Loved Phillipa's dress.  What a skinny minnie!  Loved the girls' dresses and that their names had been embroidered on the inside of the dresses.  Love the boys' little uniforms that matched William's. 

(4) "You Look Beautiful"~ Prince William to Catherine.  I tear up just writing it.   Blows "You had me at hello" out of the water!

(5) God Save the Queen-  I Love God Save the Queen.  Should a citizen of the U.S. know the words to God Save the Queen?  Well I do.  I love it!  I kind up tear up about this too!  
God save our gracious Queen.
Long live our noble Queen.
God save The Queen.
Send her victorious,
happy and glorious,
long to reign over us:
God save The Queen.

(6) The crowd orderly fills in on the Mall after the carriages have passed, and then Catherine says "Oh, Wow!" as she walks out and catches her first glimpse of said crowd.
The Royal's View
(7) The double kiss.  One more than we hoped for! #2 was better than #1!

(8) The "Just Married" drive to Clarence House

(9) That Catherine said "I'm So Happy" to William as soon as they were seated in the carriage...

(10) The Weather!  Though heavy rain was predicted, it was perfect.  I read a report that said the sun came out as soon as Catherine entered the Abbey!

Honorable Mention as an enjoyable moment:  David Beckham.  Lord, we all give thanks for the glorious David Beckham. Amen.

The Dislikes or Disappointments of the Day:

(1) & (2) Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.  Why, oh, why girls?!?!  I believe the term "God Awful" was invented for these looks...

(3) The bouquet.  Why was it so teeny tiny?  It was too small!  Just too darn small!

(4) Chelsy Davy~  I did not like her look for the day.  None of us at my party were Chelsy fans.  I think she has a piggy nose, and Lisa thinks she looks like a "dancer".  If she makes Harry happy, then I guess she's okay, but we are hoping she isn't his true love.
(5) Dear Samantha Cameron:  Where is your hat?  You may be the Prime Minister's wife, but who in the heck do you think you are?  How dare you snub your nose at the dress code?
All photos of the wedding came from The Daily Mail.  I wasn't able to attend, as I had a party to host!

I really loved it all.  What a great day!  Congratulations to the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Earl & Countess of Strathearn, Baron & Baroness Carrickfergus! 

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Looking into a crystal ball, I see a vacation in my future!

I'm going on a vacation!  Where am I going?  If you had told me 4 days ago that I'd been going there, I'd have told you that you were crazy.  I haven't really had any desire to go there, but here's how it all played out...

My uncle has these Hyatt points that can be used at the Hyatt Vacation Clubs.  He offered points to me, so I looked online and found that I was in love with this resort in Sarasota, Florida, which was right on the beach.  It appeared that the resort was available, so I got super excited about going on a vaca when I hadn't thought I'd be going on one this year.  Then this morning, I discovered that just because the hotel has reservations available, that doesn't mean it has reservations for people using Club Points. 

Then I decided that I was too sad to give up a vaca that I now had my heart set on it.  I did a search for other locations... I mean 7 nights away is 7 nights away, right?  Especially, if the said 7 nights were free.  So I decided I was willing to go somewhere that I wouldn't have necessarily selected if I was paying full price.

Which brings us back to the question~ Where am I going?

I'm going to Sedona, Arizona
Red Rock Country
Only 2 hours from The Grand Canyon
(which I will visit)
A great pool to relax by while reading my Nook
The only room available was a studio, so my room will look something like this
I'm actually super excited!

And it even gets better than a free room...
My parents were nice and gave me a free flight too.

So my 7 nights and flight have cost me a whopping $44 ($5 for flight taxes, and $39 to covert the Hyatt points)!!!

Woot!  R&R here I come!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter 2011

Easter 2011 = Food, Food & More Food!  Yesterday my grandmother cooked a huge lunch for everyone.  I caught a ride with my uncle and his family.  My grandma made lots of great food, including her annual bunny cake...

After lunch the little kids hunted eggs...

Everyone else went out to my granddad's lake to fish, but I went on to Nocona to visit with my other grandparents.  We got back to Dallas right at dinner time, so we stopped at Taco Diner and had some yummy fajitas (because clearly we needed MORE food!). 

My uncle's wife, Kati, bought me a box of cupcakes at a new cupcake spot in Dallas called Gigi's...
They are so cute with the bunnies, chick and a crown.  They are really good too!  It's hard to have too much icing, but these kind of do.  I just lopped off some and they are perfect!  I tried a vanilla last night and had the strawberry for breakfast.  Yum-O!
As I was leaving their house last night they asked what I had planned for today.  My answer of "laundry" must have seemed pretty pathetic because I got an invite to joining them today for lunch at Fearing's.  I've wanted to try Fearing's ever since Dean Fearing left The Mansion to open his own restaurant at The Ritz, so of course I jumped at that opportunity.

It's a beautiful restaurant and the food was heavenly.  Dean even came out and spent a few minutes talking to us.

For the first course, I had the crab duo (with fried okra too)...
(all restaurant photos are iphone photos...sorry)

For the second course, I had the steak & eggs, which was served with a twice baked potato enchilada...
Dessert was a trio of desserts...
In the lobby they had this spectacular arrangement of tulips, hydrangeas, orchids and other things...

Oh!  How could I forget to mention that THE bunny stopped by our house and left goodies for my sweet Lola! 

Enjoying her little squeeky bunny...
(yes, there are ALWAYS dog toys all over my house...she drags them out as quickly as I can pick them up)

Loving her new bone (a little bit of a blurry action shot for you!)...
I'm so stuffed that I'm not sure if I'm going to feel like eating ever again~but I think that is always a sign of a good holiday!  Hope you had a great Easter!


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