Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Cali, Cruise, and my best friend's wedding

Did I mention boyfriend's momma (e.g. my best Cali friend) got married? I think it's been in here a few times. Well, I'm finally getting around to the photos and memories of that awesome trip. She got married on a cruise ship - hello, awesome. I'd never been on one. They are like a true vacation. You can't really travel on a cruise ship. You're bound to relax. Literally. So, I just hung out...with awesome people...for 4 whole days and nights. Plus, an awesome weekend in Diego before and an awesome weekend in Diego after.

I decided pretty spur of the moment to make a little bachelorette party, which turned out awesome. I did a quick little crossword puzzle in Excel and a newlywed game (with the groom's help). Then got lucky on the venue. They gave us free champagne and it turned out to be pretty perfect for the crowd. We had women of all ages. It was a bar on top and club in the basement. Later in the night, Elaine got a some dancing done. With her mom too, which was perfect. Afterward we had late dinner/early breakfast at a cool diner. I'm really glad I pulled it together. Especially because the "partying" on the cruise ship was a lot less than I expected. There was an overwhelming amount of 18-22 year olds and a not-so-good DJ in the only real dance club on board. Since when did I get so old that 18-22 seems ridiculously young?? They look so young to me! It's strange. 22 and 28 are just so different. Anyway I think the cruise party would be better on a bigger ship with more options. I'm really glad Elaine got to wear her cool little bride crown and feel all special for the night.

We took a party bus up to Long Beach - so freaking fun. I got to be DJ. Which, if you know me, you know how stoked I was. I love being the DJ! Music can make such a difference to how much fun everyone is having. We had such a great crowd mixed with boyfriend's family, the groom's family, and a couple of stragglers from mine - my two moms of course. Leave it to my boyfriend to get his dance on. He's so fun :)  And there's the happy couple's entrance!

Love this guy

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A letter to my baby niece, Lauren

Cutest baby Lauren,

My name is Michelle and I'm your auntie. Some people call me el, ellie bellie or ellie bean; but most call me Ellie. Your dad is my little brother. When he was a little boy, he was adopted. I held him the day he was born. Because he (and you) are related to my step-father (your papa Charlie), he was in my life before he became my brother. A time came when your dad's mom couldn't take good care of him anymore, so Charlie and my mom made him my new little brother. I was already older. We may not be blood, but I will always try to be the best auntie I can.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Life Lately

*Work desk with my new little turtle from Ensenada (including a rather handsome portrait of my father and little Ellie the Elephant), water show on the Hudson for the 4th of July, Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest, the most beautiful and happiest couple on their 50th anniversary, Hopper's houses - my favorite (MoMA), some awesome ladies, and my silly enthusiasm after winning 2048!

Until next time xo

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Woah woah woah

Where is time going?

My poor little blog.

Oh, summer in New York. It's hot, and busy. There's more fun things to do that I can keep up with.

I recently went to the west coast for one my best friends' wedding. As a bridesmaid, albeit one that lives on the other side of the country, one of my tasks was to make the brooch bouquets for the wedding. She was married on a cruise ship, so she couldn't have real flowers. I made 1 large Bride's bouquet, 5 smaller Bridesmaid's bouquets, and 1 brooch-free one for her to throw. Here's the finished product!