Again in the category of "better late than never", a quick recap of the One Little Word Reveal from early January...
I'm thinking we were pretty obvious with our "reveal", although we both did walk around for a good 15 minutes wearing our winter coats while unwrapping catering trays, etc. to try to conceal the words. Alas, it got a little too warm and we revealed early.
Yes, homemade t-shirts. As you can see, we looked kind of sloppy next to the other gorgeous wordsters.
Alecia (Enthusiasm), me (Experience), Ellery (Healthy), Tiff (Rejuvenate) and Steph (Shine).
I especially liked Ellery's version of a word reveal...
I mean, just LOOK at the size of that glass! In our circle of friends we call that a "Saewert pour", named after Alecia and Chad Saewert. We like the way they roll.
As always, Mark and Steph were our gracious hosts for the evening. This year we had a few special treats: catering courtesy of a silent auction at school, our own Executive Chef for the evening, Jack Clouatre (who also happens to be our godson) and assistance from his darling sister Caroline. I managed to catch all of the Clouatres in a photo...hard to do when they are cooking, pouring, serving. They treat us well every year.
I'm not sure how we managed to forget our group photo this time (I know, we were having WAY too much fun with the food, wine, and company), so no shots of the 5 couples together. And again we WERE the only ones in word shirts, so with or without a group shot I'd still need to list the other words...
Creig - Grateful
Greg - Evolve
Chad - Shift
Mark - Divine
As always, Mark managed to crack me up with his word choice, although "Whimsy" is still my all-time favorite. Some of the kids get into the word act, including Jack (Enthusiasm -- he and Alecia happened to pick the same word), Caroline (Earth and Environment -- is that right Steph?), and Ripley (Puppy Dog - technically two words but who's counting?).
After seeing our word shirts, Rip decided she really wanted her own, so I made this for her before she went to Ava and Lauren's Puppy Party last week...
Kuddos to Ellery for putting together this amazing (and huge!) 7th birthday party for her girls. The ladies got the chance to adopt their own (stuffed) puppy, name it, make a collar, leash and blanket, take the puppy to the Puppy Salon, get checked out by the local vet Dr. Garren (the Saewert's darling son), all before walking their dogs through the talent show (pictured above). Rip's adopted dog Fiona goes everywhere with her now, including on the ride to and from school where she is passed around by the carpoolers.
Three additional happys to report from all of this:
- So happy to finally have used the $1.99 foam letter stamps from 4 years ago that I just HAD to have -- I can now say I've used them to make 3 shirts!
- Rip has now worn her shirt twice -- once to the party and then the following day to the Valentine-themed "dress of choice day" at school. Pretty good return on investment so far.
- Love that all of the stuffed puppies from the party came through hand-me-downs and Freecycle.org.