After the fun we had at the jewelry party, it was time to focus on the shower. We had a “Tea Party” theme. The bride’s sister who lives thousands of miles away flew in the night before the shower.Everyone did their part to make things pretty.My little sister did all of the names on doilies by hand. It was a really elegant touch.My SIL used her handy-dandy cricut to cut out all those adorable boxes. To make it even better, they were filled with chocolate covered macadamia nut clusters smothered in caramel.We played some games and ate.Look at all these hand-made prizes! Lucky for us, even if we didn’t win, we still got a prize at the end.Fresh baked bread was filled with different sandwich fillings. We had three “flavors” to choose from. It was delish!This flavor of lemonade was new to all of us. It was a big hit.Spinach salad and these cream filled strawberries on the side completed the meal. It’s great having a pastry chef in the family! She stuffed them with a mix of cream cheese, powdered sugar and a little vanilla. They were topped with graham cracker crumbs.After we ate, it was time for gifts. The bride received a beautiful heirloom pearl necklace from her sister who had been keeping it safe for 14 years since her own wedding! It was a really sweet surprise.She also brought a gift from her son who used his own money to buy his favorite aunty some comfy PJs.We all chipped in while my SIL worked her magic and made this beautiful pearl set (She’s wearing all three pieces) for her. I wish I had a link to her online store, but IT’S NOT UP YET!!! (no pressure Ky…but HURRY UP!).My other sister found a great idea to make a basket of “Dates For A Year” since my brother and his bride lived in two separate countries and didn’t get to “go on dates” much. We thought it was a good idea from the beginning, but seeing everyone fill it up was so fun and creative! For January, they went box car racing. Other dates they will have to look forward to are driving around the island sight seeing with gift cards to various stops around the island. A day at the park with a frisbee and a Jamba Juice gift card. A hammock to take to a beach park and hang out.A DVD for “The Bucket List” with a “worksheet” to fill out their own bucket list.An envelope with two five dollar bills. They go to a mall or superstore and each spend five dollars on the other person that is an expression of love and creativity. I wish I could remember them all. She was really excited about it. I think we all were! My mom also gave her the beautiful simple frame.I almost forgot. My oldest sister made these refreshing fruit popscicles. She used an ice tray as a mold. They look so pretty too!It was a super fun day with the most important women in our life. We were so anxious for the big day!
Yesterday, a few days ago, I mentioned a fabulous event at the bottom of this post. The event I was referring to is my brother’s wedding. It was full of fabulousness and beauty. Almost a week before the wedding and the same day we got to meet his lovely bride for the first time, we had a “Jewelry Night” with all her new SIL’s and the older nieces. I guess it can sort of be counted as her bachelorette party.It was a time to break her in to us. Her new overwhelming family.It was also a time to make some bling for the wedding.My super talented SIL (gray shirt) who makes and sells jewelry set everything up and taught us how to make a few pieces.Other than the fact that the poor bride-to-be (red shirt) had major jet lag (we think she’s a trooper for coming anyway), it was a lot of fun.I didn’t get pics of all the finished pieces, darn it! But here’s one I took on my phone (I really dislike blogging with iPhone pics) that I sent in a text message.Maybe my SIL is reading this post and has some pics she’ll shoot over to me
Back in December, my son was making an ipu in his class. An ipu has a variety of uses in old Hawai’i, but for my son’s class, it will be used as a hawaiian instrument. After they cleaned their gourds on the beach with sand, they cut them open and cleaned them out.Then, they made cording to use as a strap (pretend not to notice the nails that need to be cut and cleaned).While my son’s class was working on this, I was moving from in and out of the classroom depending on the “station” that I needed to be at. My two youngest were moving with me. Without any instruction, my daughter sat down, grabbed a piece of my son’s cording and attempted to make her own.This was a powerful reminder for me about how we teach our children. It really doesn’t matter what we say. At the end of the day, how they really learn is by watching what we do.
My son asked for a wooden airplane. I imagined a simple, sturdy, old style airplane. One that my grandpa Jesse might have made if he were alive. Something like this:But then my wonderful hubby
intervened made some suggestions and this is what we ended up with.I cut out all of the wood on my “I can’t believe it’s still alive” table saw. The “safety” key does nothing. The only way to start it up is to plug it in. The only way to turn off the blade is to un-plug it. Anyway, I was impressed with the tiny pieces I was able to cut without losing my finger. All of the pieces were scraps I had lying around.He is happy and it was handmade with love, so even though it wasn’t the airplane I imagined, he loved it.It’s still lacking a paint job. We just primed it so that he could decide how he wanted it painted.