Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Something random for a gloomy Saturday:
Holy moly are these good! They taste so much like pumpkin pie and I mean, who doesn’t love a Pop-Tart?
My husband, that’s who. It’s all good – more for me.
I have the most outstanding husband in the world. I should know because this is my second one, so I must get good at figuring out what works by now.
I had to give a shout out to him because he is my biggest supporter and without him, I couldn’t be the super mom/wife that I try to be. Because I truly believe that behind every great mom/wife is an even better husband/dad.
*2020 Kari is GAGGING.
I wouldn’t be able to cook meals and organize grocery lists if I didn’t have a husband who didn’t help with the kids or clean up after said kids. He knows just what to say to me and when to say it; he puts up with my mood swings and just parents our children in such a beautiful way; it makes me want to cry.
But above all else, he makes the best chocolate chip cookies.
*2020 Kari says it’s the real reason I married him WHAT?
Everything was done with the help of my mom, sister-in-law, or friends. From the decor to our flower arrangements, nothing was more expensive than $10.00 a pop AND it looked so pretty if I do say so myself.
So I am officially hooked on the show My Big Friggin’ Wedding.
I know, don’t judge.
My television viewing habits have always been questionable.
But, I saw that one couple was spending $1,500 on invitations and I was all, really??
My sister-in-law, who is crafty, offered to make our invitations as part of their wedding present to us and all I had to do was pick out the colors and style, fonts, and what I wanted the invite to say.
Here is what it ended up looking like:
I love how these turned out.
I also got to help her assemble them, which I think just makes them even more special. I love that someday my girls will look at these and I can tell them how their aunt and I sat around her kitchen table and gabbed while cutting and gluing.
I actually bought my faux flower wedding bouquet online; I think I got this and all the bridesmaids (and Annie’s) bouquets (five in all) for $50.00 total. Not bad, since it would have cost me over $250.00 at the florist. Plus, I can keep this forever and my maids could keep theirs too if they wanted.
*2020 note- $250 for wedding flowers is a steal now.
Flowers are a big part of the wedding and I love some flowers but fresh flowers are BIG BUCKS.
Maybe if I had a bigger budget, I would have rethought the whole fresh flowers thing, but I still think my fake flowers did a good job that night.
For the tables, I got my inspiration from Martha Stewart Living magazine:
I found the pots at Dollar General literally days after reading this article for only $1.50 each! I bought the hydrangeas at Hobby Lobby during a 50% off sale and a coupon from the Sunday paper. I would probably say I spent more on the fake hydrangeas than the pots and the candles that I put on the tables, but it was worth it.
This is on my nightstand now, and every time I look at it I can think about that wonderfully romantic May evening.
*It’s no longer on my nightstand, but I saved it.
I adore this picture for many reasons, but the biggest is that generations after Rebecca and I are dead, our ancestors will think we hated each other.
Listen, after a long day of putting together the centerpieces, candy jars, and bouquets (thank you, Rebecca, Mom, Kristy, and Laura) we were a little tired.
Also, I am sure at this point I hadn’t had a cigarette in several hours and that Diet Pepsi wasn’t cutting it. You’re lucky I wasn’t flipping off the camera.
Next time, we are eloping.