Thursday, April 28, 2011

Emersonisms: The Royal Wedding

It's wedding week here at the Dever household.  Danny and I celebrated our nine year anniversary yesterday and Emerson and I have been on Royal Wedding watch all week.  I was three years old when Princess Diana married Prince Charles.  I remember watching the wedding and falling in love with the grandeur.  Maybe that's why I wanted to be an event planner or wanted to have a fairytale wedding (which I did).  So, it was only fitting that my little princess, who is princess crazy right now, should watch this royal and historical event.

Emerson and I have watched wedding coverage all week on the morning shows.  This morning, among other conversations, we had this brief conversation:

Emerson: Mommy, why is that girl in a carriage? (referring to Princess Diana)
Me: Well, she's a princess and they get to ride in carriages.  Kinda like Cinderella
Emerson: Oh, but why?
Me: It's just how the royals roll over there in Britain.  They have carriages that take them around for special events.
Emerson: Well, Mommy, over here we roll in our cars.

Oh, she's so wise beyond her years and constantly keeps me laughing.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

9 years and counting....

Nine years ago today I married the love of my life.  I certainly can't believe we have been married that long and together for almost fourteen years.  Wow!!  Last year, on this very day, I wrote a blog post about our wedding day.  One day when I actually get around to making my blog book, the post from last year will serve as a great reminder of my wedding day.  I am reposting it this year, so I can enjoy the post year after year.  I mean it's only fitting that I remember and relive one of the best days of my life on it's anniversary.  I love you Danny!!!  Thanks for nine-plus wonderful years!!

Repost from April 27, 2010
*Dates and numbers have been changed to reflect current year

I can't believe that nine years ago today, at this very moment, I had just walked down the aisle for our 6:30 pm wedding, said my vows, kissed my groom, and walked back up the aisle with him as husband and wife.  There are times when it feels like it was yesterday, and then there are times when it feels like it happened light years ago.  I CAN tell you, it was one of the best days of my life, besides the birth of Emerson.  We were very fortunate to have a wonderful and beautiful wedding.  It was so much fun for me to plan and everything turned out better than I could have imagined.  (It won't be hard for some of you to believe that I created 20+ planning word, excel, and publisher documents.)  We had great support from family and friends and were surrounded by love on our wedding day.  It was a heck of a party and we danced until it was time for the band to leave.  It brings a smile to my face just thinking about it.  Thanks Mom and Dad for making all my dreams come true...I truly felt like a princess (gown and all)!!!

I don't think Danny or I could have imagined that nine years, 3 houses, 2 new jobs for Brooke, 4 promotions for Danny, 1 major move (that Brooke never made) and one very special little girl later, we would still be just as in love as we were on our wedding day (maybe even more in love).  Don't get me wrong, things are not perfect (they never are) and we, like all couples, have had bumps in the road.  But, I can truly say, we are a team and we really work well together.  We balance out each other's strengths and weaknesses and we certainly are the best of friends.  It brings tears to my eyes to even think about the thought of losing Danny and having to continue in this world without him.  He is a wonderful husband and an even better father.  I love you with all my heart, Danny!!!

Our Wedding Day
a picture journey

The Church
I grew up going to this church, so it was very special for me to get married here. 

The Dress
I loved this dress...I knew the second I put it on, it was the ONE!!!

The Guys

The Bride

The Girls

The Kids

Our Parents

The Flowers

Almost Time
Here We Go...
6:30 pm, the bells chimed and we were off, down the aisle to get married. 
The Ceremony
We were so fortunate to have my late grandfather, Billy Beaver, as one of our officiants. 
He actually read our vows to us...very special!
We're Married!!
Everyone!!
I loved these pictures
The Arrival
We decided to have a Grand Entrance instead of a Grand Exit, especially since after the reception all we had to was walk upstairs to our room. 
The Cake
It looked great and was very yummy too!

The Toasts


The Guests
The Party
The Band
Katie had a great time dancing with the band. 
Sorry Katie, I had to do it, it's one of the best memories of my wedding. 

The End
Our favorite checkerboard hallway...the perfect place for pictures!

A great surprise from all of our attendants....our photographers did this without us knowing.

This was read at our wedding and I thought it would be nice to remember some of the words spoken to us about love.

On Marriage
by Kahlil Gibran

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

Monday, April 25, 2011

I Heart Faces: Pets

I decided to participate in the I Heart Faces photography challenge this week, because the them is PETS.  We love our sweet, sweet dog Hogan and I try to get pictures of him whenever I can.  Who couldn't resist that cute face?  So cuddly and Emerson just adores him!!  I couldn't decide what photo i liked better, the inquisitive face or the basking in the sun sleepy face...I'll let you guys decide!!!  Hop on over to the challenge and see all the other adorable Pet entries....
I Heart Faces - Photography Challenges and Photo Tutorials
Official Entry Photo

Bonus Photo

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter, Y'all!!!!

Happy Easter, Y'all!!!

The Devers are wishing you and yours a very Happy Easter and hoping the bunny hippity hoppity'd his way to you.  Have a wonderful day with your friends and loved ones!!!

Here's a look back at all the special Easters we've shared with Emerson and our annual Easter hunt with our neighbors, The Hermans!!  It's amazing to see how much these girls have grown over the years!

Easter, 2008
Emerson - 9 months old

Easter, 2009
Emerson - 1 year, 9 months old

Easter, 2010
Emerson - 2 years, 9 months old

Easter, 2011
Emerson - 3 years, 9 months old

Congratulations Herman Family!!!

One of my first blog posts for the Dever Dish was about the Herman family and the arrival of their second child, Macie.  I think it's only fitting that I now blog about the arrival of their third child (and only son), Bryce.  The Hermans are like family to us, we have been neighbors for going on seven years now and we couldn't ask for a better family to live next door to us.  Our girls play together, we eat dinner together, we laugh, cry, help each other out, etc. etc; the list really does go on and on.  We are so excited for the Hermans and their brand new bundle of joy, Bryce Frady Herman.  He was born early Saturday morning (4/23) at 12:23 am weigh an even 8 lbs. and measuring 20 inches long.  Emerson, Mimi, and I went to the hospital yesterday to see Bryce and check-in with Amy.  Bryce is stunning and (in my opinion) looks just like his Daddy.  I know the Hermans are thrilled and we are thrilled for them.  Bryce is going to have three girls to love him, care for him and most importantly BOSS him around.  Welcome to the world sweet Bryce, we are so happy to have you as part of the cul-de-sac crew!!

CONGRATULATIONS HERMAN FAMILY!!!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

School Pictures - Spring, 2011

Emerson had her first round of spring pictures at pre-school on April 5th.   She had three individual poses and one classroom picture.  I hate that all her classmates weren't at school that day, there are usually eleven students.  It's so hard to believe how old she looks in all these pictures.  In just two and half short months this little one is going to be four years old.  My how time flies!!!

Spring 2011 Pre-school Pictures
Emerson - 3 years, 9 months old

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

2011 Easter Treats

I can't believe I am finally blogging about life and not just throwing some picture on the blog for Wordless Wednesday with a one-liner.  Life has finally gotten back to normal after Beach Ball!!!  Whew!  So here's to my first "real" post in awhile....

Since my life has pretty much been a whirlwind lately with an absent husband, and the craziness that is Beach Ball.  I wanted something super simple for this year's school Easter treats this.  I saw this adorable treat on several blogs and decided it was exactly the treat I needed, simple and oh.so.cute!!!  You can find a link here at Tip Junkie.
birds nest candies on silpat

Monday night, Emerson and I set out to make these cookies or nests, if you will, for her to give to all her preschool classmates on Tuesday.  (They don't have school the rest of the week, so we had to get them done).  We didn't have much time before bath, but I knew Emerson wanted to help; good thing these are simple to make!!!  You only need three ingredients: LA Choy Chow Mein Noodles, Peanut Butter Chips (recipe calls for Butterscotch, but I'm not a big fan, so I opted for peanut butter), and Eggs for the nest.  You could use jelly beans, mini Cadbury eggs, or even Whopper Robin's Eggs...I chose Hershey's Candy Coated Eggs. Yummy!!

We melted the chips in the microwave for 30 seconds, and then another 30 seconds until it was liquid but not burnt.  

Can you tell she's ready to start!!

We stirred the melted chips and then added the noodles.

More stirring to get everything combined and coated EVENLY!!

I then sprayed some PAM on my hands, grabbed a handful of the mixture and shaped it into a nest.  I found that one bag of chips and one can of noodles will yield about six nests!!

We then added three eggs to each nest.  A job Emerson helped with!!

Voila!!!  How cute are these???  So easy, so yummy, and so cute!!!

I had to "Brooke It Up" a bit, so I individually wrapped each one in a cello bag, and added a cute Easter card with some ribbon.  They turned are just adorable and were a huge hit with her preschool class.  I love when I find easy projects that give the appearance of slaving hours away.  HA!!!  I'm headed to the store to get more ingredients, as I'm making round two for Emerson's daycare class tonight for their Easter Egg hunt tomorrow at school.  At least I know it isn't going to keep me up 'til all hours of the morning.  Love it!!!