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Snakes and a Bridal Shower

I have always been fearful of reptiles and amphibians, especially lizards! My husband always says they will not hurt you they are just as afraid of you as you are them. I know this is true but their element of surprise is what startles me. Lizards are so fast and they can slither on you at any minute, same with snakes (they can truly harm you though). Anyway the reason I am going on and on about this is because THEY ARE OUT TO GET US THIS WEEK! Not really but we have had 2 snake encounters and 6 lizard encounters in three days.

The first snake encounter happened Tuesday here in our very suburban neighboorhood. I was sleeping in until oh I don't know....10:30 8:00 and I heard a bark that I had never heard before. I walked to the screened porch to find Leilah, our biggest lab, barking at the ground. So I called the other dogs in and yelled at Leilah (because she just wouldn't leave it alone) and I went to investigate. I thought it might be a lizard or a small bird but as I got closer I realized it was a plump toad. No big deal I thought until it started to uncoil and I realized it was a snake, right on our deck! Gross!!! I called the husband which of course didn't help because he was at work and couldn't do anything but sympathize. When he came home for lunch we couldn't find it of course and now it is probably in it's cozy snake home under our deck playing football with its tiny snake children, who are someday going to scare me so bad that I will run in terror and tear my ACL again.

Now for snake encounter number two. I am now on a healthy kick since I over indulged at my sorority reunion this weekend and because I like to get happy meals just to make me happy during the school year. Anyway I decided to start exerting myself more than the occasinal run upstairs to my craft room. So I suggested to my hubby that after we run an errand at Lowes we drive over to the nature trail by the lake close by. It sounded like a wonderful idea and was quite fun coming up to the small lake lookout areas. We walked several miles then decided to head back since it was getting dark. Again it was nice but I had my eyes on the ground since I had just seen a snake a few days before. All of a sudden I hear my hubby yell out ( just imagine what might have been said) and start to run with his knees high up. I stop in my tracks to see a pretty decent size snake slither into the bushes. It had slithered right by his foot and he almost stepped right on it. Now, my husband is manly but definitely not a snake person so he lost his cool in that moment. Gross!!!

Okay now on to the bridal shower:

We hosted a bridal shower for my friend Michelle, who is getting married in July.

Here are the details:

engagement photos hung on a small pennant flag banner

fresh flowers in mason jars

The letter B is from our B wall, her new last name will begin with a B as well

another pic of the fireplace pennant banner

Above the pennant flags we put succulents in jars wrapped with burlap. The small heart chalkboards attached to the burlap are from Michaels.

Not a great pic but we had two of these pennant banners. One here and one in the kitchen.

This was the drink station. Water, tea, and "purcell punch".

This is her grandmothers famous punch

small mason jars with chevron straws (straws are from Hobby Lobby)

We used the bar for the food and dessert

I made the fabric flowers and the chevron runner is actually wrapping paper

We had cheese, veggies, fruit, crab apatillas, oreo balls, and s'more cupcakes

The chalkboards are actually picture frames from IKEA, I just sprayed the glass with chalkboard paint.

Her sister Amanda made this B for the front door

This was the invitation

After the shower, her sister threw together some sweets for the bachelorette shower, this is the bride to be.

Here are the decorations her sister put together. It was very cute.

We had a mexican casserole with chips and dip, she had the cutest plates from Anthropologie

Here is a close up of the sweets. 

Here is the bride before our bachelorette festivities. 

We were all in the same sorority which explains this "kite" pose. I wish all these girls lived in my hometown so we could have this much all the time.

Have a great weekend