Monday, May 13, 2013

The End of an Era

 My sister and her new husband are in Puerto Rico starting their new life. The wedding was beautiful and so much fun. 

 It was a bittersweet day yesterday. I drove to the airport to see Mary and Andrew off. I parked in front of an airline at the far far end of the airport (are airports not so confusing?) so I walked a ways to where they were waiting for their flight. As we were leaving my parents were in a hurry to make their mother's day reservations with my sisters so I grabbed my suitcase from their car that I had left during the wedding hoopla and made the trek back to my car, rolling my luggage and carrying my pillow. I got so teary eyed as I pulled the suitcase and listened to it clack clack across the pavement. I felt like I'd been on a trip and I was just getting back and everything was very quiet all around me. 
It's been a busy busy season and there's always that time where you finally sit back and have a moment to reflect and pick up the pieces. Like Mary's maid of honor said tearfully, as we waved sparklers and watched their car drive away, "It's just like it's the end of an era." But it's also an exciting beginning for Mary and Andrew. 
And sometimes change is good.




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We spent Mother's Day with Witt's family and traveled to Wendell, NC to see his Grandmother. She fell and broke her hip last week and was recuperating so we spent the afternoon with her in the rehab place and it was good to see her and give our gifts. She has the most amazing and thoughtful memory, she always asks about my family in detail, about my sister moving and all about my nieces  She talks a mile a minute. Falling didn't slow her down a bit and she seems to be recovering nicely. 

On the way back we stopped by some falls and I got some phone photos. 

Where there's water, there is Witt.

I am so thankful for both my mothers. 
And I had so much fun making my mother's day gifts for the mom's, my three grandmother's and my sister Lauren. I was skipping around the house last week surrounded by stamps and ribbons and jars and boxes and Witt was like, you're just so happy aren't you. 
It's true. I am happiest when I am making things.
I bought a soap kit and made little soaps. I wrapped the bars of soap in pretty paper and then used a rose mold for the other soaps. There were goats milk soaps and shea butter soaps and lemongrass oils and also rose and thyme oils to flavor them. I found all the pretty boxes and bags at the dollar store. Everything else came from Hobby Lobby, the store in which I could happily live forever. I also made an easy sugar scrub: olive oil, sugar and for one kind lemon juice and rosemary leaves and for the other peppermint oil and mint from the garden.

Lemon and Rosemary Sugar Scrub:

1 cup or more olive oil
3 cups sugar
1 whole lemon, juiced
4 sprigs of rosemary, some chopped

Mix the olive oil and sugar together very well. Add more olive oil if needed to get a good sugar scrub consistency. Stir in the lemon juice and rosemary. Store in a glass mason jar or other glass container.

Peppermint Sugar Scrub

1 cup or more olive oil
3 cups sugar
4 tablespoons pure peppermint oil
1/2 cup loosely packed mint leaves, some chopped
a few drops of green food coloring if desired

Mix the olive oil and sugar together very well. Add more olive oil if needed to get a good sugar scrub consistency. Stir in the peppermint oil, mint and coloring. Store in a glass mason jar or other glass container.



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Hope to share some photos from the wedding soon!
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