Archive for March, 2008
My birthday came early this year, with our trip to Williamsburg kicking things off last Friday, and no shortage of cards and special deliveries arriving in the days that followed. And because today is actually my 26th, I thought it was high time I shared the goods.
First, an adorable (photoshopped) pic of my baby boy (in the appropriate birthday celebrating garb) from my best buddy Heather :
My hubby pulled at my heart strings too with a custom ordered portrait of Burger that was actually cut out of black paper by a fabulous silhouette artist. It’s amazing that Burger’s complex personality (snuggly, squirmy, squishy, sweet) can be captured in a clipping, and no detail was overlooked- even his eyelashes! My amazing one-of-a-kind portrait looks fabulous on our asymmetrical wall of frames.
Thanks to the new kitch, I got a cornucopia of cupcake-related gifts from John’s sweet parents- like this adorable cupcake carrying caddy, some sugared sprinkles in spring-y colors, and a box of gourmet cupcake mixes (in flavors like vanilla strawberry, poppy lemon, and chocolate caramel… mmm). They’re the perfect compliment to my festive cupcake pajama pants (which were also part of the themed gift).
And I unwrapped these gorgeous oversized glass vases from ZGallerie thanks to John’s parents (they’re too generous) and his little sister.
And then came the big reveal. John got me the new silver iPod nano and even loaded it with some photos (some of us, most of Burger) while both of his older sisters and their men got me two amazing Beatles anthologies to add as well. Now this may come as a shock to everyone in the universe, but this is my first iPod. That’s right, I’m the last person on the planet to join the white earphone club. But my super swanky new model can play videos, store pictures, and of course hold music-a plenty, so I can’t wait to break it in during my almost daily three mile walks with Burger. I only hope he’ll forgive me for listening to tunes instead of the pitter-patter of his little paws.
In summary: best birthday ever.
Friday was the start of Sherry’s birthday. Her real birthday isn’t ’til tomorrow, but what kind of husband would I be if I didn’t start the party early?
So we took the day off and day-tripped down to Williamsburg, VA, which most of you probably know as the epicenter of America’s colonial history. We, however, were there to check out the town, shop a bit, stuff our faces and, of course, keep our eyes peeled for home inspiration. But the history’s a little hard to avoid in that town.
For instance, we bumped into our good friend Thomas Jefferson and took his mind off declaring our independence for a little while:
And Sherry spotted one of her favorite exterior design elements – an oversized lantern. VERY oversized, in this case:
We also strolled through this colonial garden with some serious old school charm. We’re über inspired by those big glass jars and the, er, beehive-y things.
And after Williamsburg, we squeezed in a quick side trip to nearby Yorktown where we found more boutiques, some Ben & Jerry’s, a beach (!!!) and a couple colonial-home-turned-antique-shops. Doesn’t this antique display look like it’s straight out of a design magazine?
Check out more photos from our trip on our Flickr page. And stay tuned for continuing coverage of Sherry’s big 2-6.
This is one of the most comparable product features we’ve ever done. And it’s one that’s close to our heart. You see, we registered for two of these chic and totally versatile slipper chairs from Target (where else?) and received them as wedding presents from the fam. Fabulous- and oh so comfortable (especially with a snuggly sheepskin casually draped on top). Here’s one of ours in action.
And thankfully they didn’t set our family back like most upholstered chairs could. Coming in at just $129.99 (with free shipping right now) they’re a total steal. Especially when you compare ‘em to this almost identical slipper chair from West Elm for $599 (plus $35 for shipping). Admittedly, the latter is covered in leather, but I actually like the woven cross-hatched fabric of the Target version better (I’m a sucker for texture, what can I say). Might be a personal preference, but for a difference of around $500, it seems like a no-brainer.