Sunday, December 26, 2010

Wedding Workshop at the Loftus House today!

Thanks to Mom and Erin for helping me finish the invitations (well, almost. They just need to be sealed and the wax stamp put onto the back of them...then mailed out tomorrow!). We spent most of the aftrernoon at the kitchen table working on the vellum envelopes and ribbons and stuffing the whole package into the mailing envelopes. They look so goood! So beautiful!

The table of craftiness..

The stack of invitations to be ribboned and tied.

Erin is being a wonderful help on the invitations!

The ingredients to a wonderful invitation!

The wonderful vellum envelopes!

Putting the last invitation in its envelope.

I then went down cellar and used silver spray paint to put two coats on the backs of the snowflakes which will be out seating cards/party favor for the reception. That stuff is so toxic! I still smell like it and its been about two hours later. 

Two coats of silver spray paint on the backs of the snowflakes.
Oh and it is snowing out right now. Between tonight and tomorrow we are supposed to get 8 inches or so. I have to work tomorrow (ugh if it is crazy slippery with ice and snow)...but the invitations will be mailed tomorrow!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Thoughts on Christmas Day

All in all, Christmas was great. Blueberry pancakes for breakfast that Bridget made. Practical, simple gifts that I will actually use and not just give away six months down the road or have sit in my closet or under the bed until the dust bunnies eat away at it. I can now get rid on some of my heel-holed hiking socks because I have gotten a few new pair. Mom will be taking me out to Petersham to buy an alpaca wool and fleece hat on tuesday, my one day off this week. I have a small new coffee/spice grinder to add to my fascination of grinding my own coffee beans. And a new Tanzanian peaberry coffee to try. Christmas is not complete without a new book, some chocolate, some toiletry items in the stocking, a new DVD (Eat, Pray Love!) under the tiny upstairs tree, four new teas from the wilds of Alaska to try and some wedding scaprbooking items from Bridget to get me going on creating an album to last a lifetime. Dinner at the Gauthier's was excellent and even though it didn't seem like I had alot on my plate to eat, I walked away very full and about to burst. The conversation Grammie, Aunt Sue and I had after dinner was full of laughter which was great to be a part of.
     Dinner at home was fried dough. I know! Fried Dough! Thanks to my mom. It was delicious! I may just have another piece before bed! I also got to skype with Andrew for over two hours this morning as we opened each other's gifts over Skype (as did mom, erin and bridget). It was so much fun even though I called him wicked early to wake him up because I couldn't wait for him to open his gifts from us!

Yet despite all the wonderful times had by all, I know of a few families that are hurting this Christmas. My college friend Jen wrote a personal message to a selet few individuals asking for prayer this Christmas day because her grandmother had to go into the hospital a few days ago and the doctors called today to tell the family she is dying. So everyone packed up and drove down to the hospital to be with her today. It is a blessing that it has happened during a time when the family is all together and can all say their goodbyes, but this sad memory will linger on for Christmases to come for her family.

My own family is hurting in some way or another. Sam not being in the house for Christmas, or even living here. Erin, who lives away at school for most of the year, is trying to deal with everything that has happened since before thanksgiving while she was away as well as trying to find her role in the new family dynamic this all has created. Sam is hurting - he is grieving as he comes to terms with what has happened, what is continuing even now and what could possibly happen in the near future. Mom is hurting because her relationship with Sam has pretty much been severed...especially since he is blaming her for everything. She loves him just as she always has and always will, but she is torn apart this Christmas. My dad is also in some stage of grieving. He has Sam living up at grammie's house with him and Grammie and wants to help everyone find a solution to issues and on everything that has happened in the last couple months but can't please everyone.

Andrew and I aren't necessarily hurting in our relationship, but I know he misses me. I miss him to, but I think it affects him more. Sometimes he is really depressed when he thinks about how far apart we are. But the countdown to the wedding is giving him new hope and something fun to do while he looks forward to the time when I will be back in his arms...and married to him! I know he is giddy with excitement.

And I am sure there are others who are living with ghosts of the past this Christmas season.... Bryan Brogan is inAfghanistan right now. Others from specner had come home injured and are recovering. one of Bryan's friends in his unit recently died while out walking one night.

I guess i just hope that even though everyone has something to hurt about and something painful to remember or get through, that at least there is some good which can come out of it all. Some sort of blessing in disguise.  We've had a very relaxing, happy and peaceful Christmas...on both sides of the family and in both places it was celebrated. Andrew experienced somewhat of a first very real Christmas...with presents under the tree and being woken up too early to be coherent...even though I am a long distance away. And the whole Economopoulos family and beyond is gathered around a loved one to offer encouragement to the passing grandmother. What would have happened if this had been a week later? Would someone have been beside her when she went to live with Jesus?

Friday, December 24, 2010

Revelation song and Christmas Eve with Dad

For the past few weeks in church, we have been singing a song called Revelation Song. Every time I sing it, the words are so powerful it brings tears to my eyes. Not just any tears. Tears stream down my cheeks as I am in full worship of my savior. This song has impacted me in the deepest parts of my heart and is really doing a number of good things on parts of my soul that need refinishing. Here are the words:
Worthy is the, Lamb who was slain
Holy, Holy, is He
Sing a new song, to him who sits on
Heaven's mercy seat

Holy, Holy, Holy
Is the Lord God Almighty
Who was, and is, and is to come
With all creation I sing
Praise to the King of Kings
You are my everything
And I will adore You

Clothed in rainbows, of living color
Flashes of lightning, rolls of thunder
Blessing and honor, strength and glory and power be
to You the only wise King

Filled with wonder, awestruck wonder
At the mention of your name
Jesus your name is power
Breath, and living water
Such a marvelous mystery

More lyrics:
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Today I went to work today and brought swedish meatballs. Apparantly they were very popular because not everyone got some and they were gone in a heartbeat. (don't tell anyone but I just went to the store and bought turkey gravy and frozen meatballs and put them in a crockpot on high for a couple of hours. I had woken up with a really big headache and I took some ibprofen around 12:30 but got dismissed from work around two pm because the medicine wasn't really working and it was making me sick to my stomach. Plus the heat and glare from the sun up at cashwrap was making my eyes hurt more. So mom and Erin came and picked me up and drove my car home for me so I didn't have to drive.

I took a nap and bridget woke me up by calling me to tell me that they (Erin, Dad, Grammie, Bridget and Sam) were opening presents. So I got my things together and went up and spent some time opening gifts from Dad and Grammie and Sam. We enjoyed stuffed shells and garlic bread and salad for dinner. Dessert was traditional: a Friendly's Ice Cream Roll...Delicious!

Christmas is tomorrow and I hope that even after all the gifts and fun things we will be doing and after the time being spent with family is over, that each of us can take some time to remember what Christmas is really all about: the birth of Jesus Christ and the love that came down from God to love us, save us, and give us redemption from our sins. It is a special time of the year, this holiday before the first of the new year.  Let's try to remember it for what it is really worth.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

So, the invitations (for the most part) are folded and the RSVP's are printed and ready to be cut. The vellum envelopes...not so much. I was going to work on them today but I got to bed around 1 am last night after driving home from work and bridget called me this morning at 7 am because mom's car can't park, go in reverse or take the key out of the ignition. So I tumbled out of bed to go to Parson's and pick up mom and get gas and bring her to work. After I got home again, guess where I went? Yup, straight back to bed! I slept until 10:30 am before getting up again and making an omlette for breakfast/lunch.

Since I lost some time and it is offically now in the afternoon, I need to work on my bird book project since I may be going to CT tomorrow to visit my grandparents and drop off that it needs to be done!

Vellum envelopes, you will have to wait.

Schedule for today:
bird book for three hours
Pick up Mom from school/Parson's Auto
Get ready for work
4 pm drive to work
work 5-11 in the kids department (ugh!)
If I am home and in bed before twelve and mom doesn't need my car tomorrow, I will be headed down to the wonderful state of CT!!!


Sunday, December 12, 2010

overdue things...

Yesterday, December 11th 2010, was the one year mark since I met Andrew. And we are getting married in just a few short months!

I must admit, I haven't been very good with this whole online blogging thing. I did make it in good spirits and I have been meaning to write. Not that mnay people read it, follow it or even know it exists! So since these things are long awaited, here are some photos from two engagement sessions we have had: one from Mama Skinner & Samantha Skinner and the other from my Dad, Timothy Loftus.

Sorry, the internet is slow and is having trouble uploading the engagement ring.

Things are coming together as the days tick by. We have the place for the ceremony and reception (same place), all the bridesmaids have their dresses and for the most part their shoes (except for Bridget) and I have all their jewelry for that day. I have my dress, shoes, jewelry, garter, etc. The grooms have their information on what they will be wearing. We have decided on the centerpieces, I am working with a woman named Avra on the flowers for the ceremony. My friend Ruth is doing the photography, my matron of honor is doing the cake....everything major we have basically in place and now all that is left is the invitations (almost done!), seating/favors, song lists, and ceremony stuff...and some other small things.

I'm excited...and not. Alaska for three years?! Okay, it's just like going to college....

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I went ring shopping at the premium outlets in Lee MA at the Zales Outlet Store and instead of just getting one wedding band, I ended up getting TWO instead. I will post a picture shortly. SO EXCITED!!!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Four months and one day from now...

Starting tomorrow, there will be exactly four months until I become Mrs. Caitlin Skinner. I used to have a blog from my senior year of college or so but I deleted an old email address and oops! I can't get into it anymore. So it has become lost in the cyber web. I have been thinking about re-starting another one to document the details of this wedding celebration planning and to continue on as I start a new phase of my life with my fiance and love of my life, Andrew I. Skinner. And so, here it all is. Details you probably didn't want to know, were curious about and didn't want to ask. Or you can read about it and not have to be the umpteenth person to ask me the same question. That works too.