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Around midnight on Friday, my two little boys and I landed safely and (mostly) soundly back in Portland. I'm really, really glad that we were able to make the trip for my sister's book launch party and to see so many of our friends and family. I was able to meet with a dear, dear friend of mine and also with a blog pal. (And, once again, my coffee date with my blog pal proved to me the importance and value of friendships with sisters in Christ across the United States!) My brother and his family drove from North Carolina and it was so sweet to watch the cousins play together. My poor little Graeme-bear tried with all of his might to keep everyone's name straight. (smile) I wanted to share some of my favorite photographs from Barb's party. It was so beautiful, down to the very last detail and crumb! I'm so very happy for her success and I hope you enjoy these snippets from her party! 









And, just this morning, my sister passed along this video by Carlton. Enjoy!
p.s. I feel honored to be a part of a 'blog tour', set up through Chronicle Books, for my sister's book Furniture Makeovers. I'll be giving away a signed copy of Barb's book very soon!
p.s.s. Here's wishing you a wonderful week!
p.s.s.s. Image credit for pictures || 1 || 4 || 6 || 12 || 14 || 15 || 20 || Carlton Riffel Photos

18 comments:

  1. Ah! I've missed you around here and am so happy to see this post today. The pictures are killer. I love everything about the party! So glad you got to go and so glad for these glimpses. Welcome back!

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    1. Shanna,
      Thank you for the welcome back! It's good to be back and especially back to my Steve. I've missed catching up with you. It's Tuesday, so, yay!, I'll be heading over to your blog to catch up today : ) I am so glad, too, that we were able to make the trip. It was so good!

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  2. Loved spending time with you and your adorable boys :) You are a cherished friend & have been such a blessing in my life!! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics of the party! So sad to have missed it!! Glad you made it back safe and sound!! Hugs!

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    1. Heidi,
      I love you so much, pal! And I'm so thankful that we were able to chat for hours and then also have fun at the zoo with our little ones. Speaking of which, I need to send you some pictures! You, my friend, are a blessing to me!

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  3. oh my goodness, how awesome!!!

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    1. Ruthy,
      I know, right?! So good!

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  4. What a glorious, over-the-top party for a fantastic gal and her book! ;) I LOVE that the cake matches her book spine!!!!!!! SO.MUCH.FUN. And your Grandma was there! Exciting times...and I just hope that her sister might someday also be having a book launch party of her own. If you know what I mean! (wink). *+*+*+*+*+*

    Any last minute tips for flying with kids...send them my way, please! :)

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    1. Erin! I've been meaning to get back to you about the Instagram comment on the flowers-- I didn't do them-- Erin Godbey (think Indie Craft Parade) did them and directed the entire party, actually! She did a FANTASTIC job-- everything was done to the max and so beautifully organized. You would have loved it! And, I would have loved for you to be there!!! Okay, I just heard the news about Turkey! I am so incredibly excited for you! Ack! I can't even say how happy I am for you! Will be texting soon : )

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  5. How fun! I am glad you were able to be with your sister for her special day! I hopped over to her blog and I am very impressed! Wow! Creativity runs in your family's blood! You are blessed! Have a blessed day!

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    1. Isn't Barb's blog and all of her furniture makeovers so great? And, yes!, it was so good to see my sister. It had been far, far too long! I made her promise to come visit me soon : )

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  6. Such a small world. Carlton is John's cousin! The pictures are beautiful! I'm so glad you had a great time with your family and are home safe!

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    1. So crazy! Well, let me just say, if you don't already know Julia and her sisters, get to know them-- you will love, love, love them. I actually can't say enough about them : ) Erin, the middle sister directed the entire party for my sister. Annie, the oldest is the one that my sister collaborates with a lot on her furniture pieces. Annie is an amazing artist. And then Julia-- well, you know she is just so fantastic with all of her photography/styling etc talents! So glad you told me that!

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  7. your red-haired niece kills me! that cake! that ruffle cake! yes, every detail was amazing. Love the one of the boy cousins! So glad you were able to make the trip and that flying solo with the boys went well.

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    1. Kelly! I know! Isn't she a hoot? We love, LOVE, love that little girl : ) And, yes!, the ruffle cake-- it was strawberry and that was the one that I ate. Well, I tasted all of them later, but I still think that one was my favorite. So. Good!

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  9. these are stunning photos. i cant get past the cake table. drooling. i love cakes.

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