This post began last week as a Five on Friday
and then it changed to A Saturday Chat
and then that fell apart too! So why don't I just try to catch up a little bit, drop in a few photos . . . and choose a title at the end?
Need I say that this is a busy time at our house?!
, this year is turning out to be even busier than I imagined. Bekah is finishing her senior year of homeschool and Kati is getting married in May, both major life events, both worthy of rejoicing and celebration!
We are in the midst of lots of planning, ordering, executing, school work (two of us)
, working (two of us)
, visiting (Kati and Andrew are frequent flyers these days)
, and trying to squeeze in all of the things that we want to do before Kati gets married and moves away.
It is a joyful
season here at Pineapple House! But we don't have time to let any grass grow under our feet.
When Andrew was in Maryland last, our dear friends (the same friends who took our last photos at The Farmhouse
) took engagement photos of the happy couple. Kati shared many of the photos on her blog, along with their story thus far.
I will sprinkle a few in this post.
Some moments from last week:
Re-order wedding invitations that came with a typo. Spend time on the phone to get that corrected.
Borrow cash from Bekah. Purchase an antique bed.
Take my measurements to be fitted for my wedding outfit that I ordered online. Bekah helped me measure. Oy! (She could hold that information over my head and basically she would get whatever she wants.)
Ron and Bekah drive five hours per week so that she can log enough hours to get her driver's license. They pick up the bed that I purchased. They also buy two antique coverlets.
Go to the bank to withdraw money to repay Bekah.
Order Bekah's maid of honor gown. Bekah pays me for the dress with the money that I just returned to her. (Ah, the world of high finance.)
Try to keep up with school assignments and Morning Time
. Take Bekah to voice lessons and choir.
Host our new home keeping group.
Run a Valentine errand. Have my debit card declined. Postpone the rest of my errands so that I can come home and call the bank about why my debit card was declined. (Answer: Vase order was "flagged" as suspicious activity.) Finish my errands.
Plan several activities that we want to do before Kati gets married three months from now. Forget to send out e-vites.
Keep up with laundry.
Cook delicious and nutritious meals.
A follow up to the exchange-of-money story: Bekah also purchased a copy of Gone With the Wind
off of eBay. By the time she paid me for that online order, she only netted fourteen dollars
from the money that she loaned me at the beginning of the week! 🤣
|New (old) coverlets atop the media cabinet|
|Pinky is oblivious to the hubbub of activity. "Just give me a sun patch or a lap."|
|Non-homemade Valentine treats|
Some plans for this week . . .
Write out wedding invitations. Yes, the corrected edition came at the end of last week so we're good to go! Whew! Cue the calligraphy pen and hours at the dining room table . . .
Traditional Christmas luncheon
at Gammy's. There was sickness around on the originally scheduled date in December, so rather than miss it entirely, the girls went to Gammy's today. It ended up being more of a post-Valentine luncheon and that was totally fine!
game nights! This falls under the category of "things we want to do before Kati moves away."
The first one is a Grand Game Night. One night last summer, we invited the grands to play Phase 10 and we had such
a good time that we're going to do it again with a different game.
The second game night is a class reunion of sorts. The mothers and daughters from the homeschool co-op we were a part of when Kati was a high schooler are coming for games and refreshments. We anticipate lots
of conversation and laughter.
Christmas Winter Luncheon with Gammy
Winter decor this year included a new plaid wool pillow and lots of candles. I also scattered pine cones here, there, and everywhere. Inside the lantern on the mantle. On the coffee counter. In the dough bowl on the dining room table. A ginormous one on the drop leaf table in the living room.
But suddenly, I am tired of pine cones. I am not totally tired of winter even. Just those pine cones. So off they will go, along with the pine wreath that is still on my front door.
Buh-bye, pine cones!
I think I'll get a pot of tulips to put on the dining room table for game night(s) . . .
I have not forgotten that I promised (way back ~here
~) to share our house project goals for 2019. I am still planning to do that, although a couple of those goals have changed since the beginning of the year. Life changes mean house changes! Stay tuned.
Do you have whiplash from reading this post . . . as my conversation turned one way and then another and as my photos did the same thing?
Such is life here at Pineapple House right now!
I'll probably continue to be in and out of Blogland this spring. Blog updates, visits, and comments will likely be sporadic. I wish that I was the kind of person who could zip in and out and write a post in a few minutes and make quick comments. But I am not
that kind of person. At all.
I'll leave you with one more engagement photo.