Monday, April 24, 2017

Fashion for a Cause

Last year, I was asked to participate in the Habitat For Humanity Fashion for a Cause Event.  I had a wonderful time and really enjoyed the experience.  I was pumped to purchase tickets to attend this year and watch some fun friends up on the runway.  A week prior to the show, I got a text asking me if I would fill in for a last minute model cancellation. I already had tickets to the show, so she knew I was it's a great cause and who doesn't love to get dressed up fancy for a night??

And so I was back at it again.  Last week was CRAZY.  I had a fitting on Monday, along with a hair consultation, and the show was Friday...!

This was the decided upon outfit:

 Once again, I lucked out in that I loved this outfit and I was totally and completely comfortable in it! I will say I liked all of the outfits this year-- there were some super cute ones!

But let me back up-- gotta document the whole experience here...

Friday (after a CAH-RAZY) day, I pulled into the hair place on two wheels and got my hair done:

 I showed the girls doing my hair a few pictures from pinterest of a low, messy bun.... I thought they did a great job!

After finishing up with hair, it was time to head to the place where the show was being held to get my makeup done. I am not sure I have ever worn more makeup in my life....

 Taylor was another one of the models-- we had a blast together!

Also a model, the character below, Brian.... omg he is hysterical! He and Eddie are good buddies and I loved hanging out with him-- and I got to meet his wife, who is just adorable!

After hair and make up, we had to do a few practice walks to get a feel for the stage.  Brian nailed his walk though. 

And then there was a pre party cocktail thing, so we all got dressed for that (I totally forgot about this part and almost forgot to bring a dress...).  

So we got to go out and mingle and drink for a bit before the show started
 And just like last year, so many sweet friends were there supporting a great cause (and me too!) and it made me super proud to claim them. 

My momma was there also, thankfully.  Love her-
 The overhead lights were really awful and made picture taking not easy! We must have taken 24 of us to try and get a good one!
 Then it was time for the models to head back and get dressed.  This little number I wore was a Halston and it was insanely comfortable-- it's all one piece and it has pockets!

 Taylor and I were set and ready! Her outfit is from Whildon and is super cute! Mine was from Uniquities, for any local peeps. 

And now we wait....and smile!
 After the show, every gathered in the lobby area and chatted and it was so fun! Sweet Katie was there and we were matching in our white. 
 We added Pippa to our white crew:

My Sally was there too in THE cutest dress ever.  Everyone loved it!
And finally, a shot of almost all the models-- not sure who took it, but some people got cut out.  It was a fun group!
It was a really fun night supporting a really great cause! I was honored to be asked to participate again this year.  Even if it was as a fill in! hahaha


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Part Three: Beach with Buddies

I've been playing catch up and posting about our spring break trip to the beach.  All of the schools in our area had different spring breaks-- which is CRAZY! Why could all the schools not get together and plan it on one same week? Too much to ask, I guess. 

So I mentioned to my friend (who has kids at our same school) that we were heading to the beach for spring break and she commented she would love a trip to the beach.  I said well then come on! She didn't hesitate and came down Thursday night with her crew...and a few more! Some of our other friends are trying to get ready for a trip and we offered to take her boys off her hands for a few days so she could get things done-- so add two more boys to the mix!

 The crew arrived and we unloaded and beverages were poured for the moms while the kids played basketball and ran wild.  We headed over to watch the sunset-- of course we did!


Two moms and a whole lotta crazy kiddos--seven to be exact!

They were outnumbered, but they didn't seem to mind... until it got stinky....

 They had to get in the water-- weirdos.  It was COLD and windy, but they insisted!

After the sunset, we finished off the night with a pile on on the hammock-- didn't know it could hold so many people!

 The next morning came.....EARLY.  OUCH.  Bruce found some sunshine and he was a happy guy. 

Eddie took the boys on an adventure-- got this text from him while they were gone:

 And then these pictures-- love !
 love love love
 Out to the back porch for some donut eating!

After breakfast we headed over to the beach! The weather was perfect! The waves were a tad bit rougher than they had been the day before, but it wasn't too bad. 

Eddie brought his board over and everyone was fascinated by it:

 He took turns taking the kids out to surf. 
 Bruce wasn't allowed out there (he gets in the way of the board), so I had to keep him on leash close to the water- he wasn't happy. 

 Eddie also took the crew on a little boat ride! Ali (the other momma) came to town to collect her crew, so Kris and I waited for her while Eddie took the boys on another adventure. 

And we caught this sunset..... sigh!

We did the beach thing again on Saturday and once again it was wonderful.  These two- Andy and Henry- stood on the boards for hours.... so entertained!
 A quick pic of the moms before Ali had to hit the road with her boys!
 Super fun, even if a short visit!!

The set up on the beach! Dad brought his drone over and got this picture-- a mess of a group.  

We left the beach and headed over to my parents for an Easter egg hunt! They invited over lots of fun people and the kids were ready to HUNT for some eggs!
 Post-hunt, I found these two opening their eggs and shoving candy into their mouths. 
 There was a massive baseball game taking place too! (my happy place....!)
 A boat ride to catch the sunset!!!

 Unshowered and gross, but really happy! These kiddos had the best day!

Eddie's boat is loaded down!
 Gretchen and her sweet family came over to the hunt and dinner and we had so much fun together!
 We cleaned like crazy people Sunday morning and headed home. Bruce did a whole lot of what I was wanting to do!
As CRAZY as it is having that many kids in one house, it went remarkably well-- everyone got along, everyone slept, everyone was VERY well-behaved.... kind of shocking, actually, but I will take it! It was loud and at times chaotic, but we made some really great memories for these kiddos!