Saturday, September 23, 2017

A Surprise Vow Renewal

For her birthday, Melina's mom was given tickets to a play.  The event was hosted in NJ and her daughter also included a promise of glam for the day - hair, nails, lashes, the works!   As the day approached, Lucy was told the tickets included VIP access to the event which offered photo-ops and access to attend an all-white party.  The couple headed to NJ for the event and, when they arrived for the party, they were greeted by their children.  Their 4 daughters were dressed in matching dresses.

Mrs. Lucy's husband was guided by his brother to the ceremony site.

All of their family and friends showed up for the ceremony.  Talk about surprised.  The couple was thrilled!

I drove to NJ.  I brought my kid.  I arrived early.  I was supposed to take pictures during the ceremony.  I was supposed to be at the ceremony.


On the ride to NJ, Melina called and told me she set it up and everything looked good.  She wanted me to stop by and check it out before heading to the ceremony site.  I arrived onsite at the reception venue.  It was so nice but I had some concerns.  I needed to make some changes.  Melina arrived.  She was panicked.  On the way the cake was damaged and needed some TLC.  We only had 15 minutes before the ceremony was scheduled to start and so many things that needed to get done.  Then, I said it,

"Go.  I'll set-up.  This needs to be right and done on time.  I'll stay.... it's okay."

She hated that she had to leave.  She hated that I wouldn't be there.  I was in the zone.  Munch and I worked.  We finished with enough time for Munch to change and get her hair done.  As I returned to my car to add a little makeup, mother of the groom tapped on my window and asked a question.  That was my sign.  The ceremony was over and our guests were arriving.

They entered the space and Mrs. Lucy locked eyes with me.  She was so surprised.  She was so excited.  She was -- happy.

Did you see her face light up when she saw me?  She ran over to me and gave the biggest hug.  She was SO happy everyone she loved was in the building for such a special occasion.  The photobooth was a crowd favorite for guests of all ages.

The space was beautiful.  Ambient lighting, tufted white couches, chic striped walls... the decor was on point.

My favorite moment at the reception was when the dances started.  It started with Mrs. Lucy dancing with her son, Kenny.

After a few minutes, each of her children had a few moments to dance with her.  Then, it was her grandchildren danced with her and lastly, her brothers.  Lucy spun into the arms of the people who were closest to her.  It was such a beautiful moment.

Happy anniversary, Mr. and Mrs. Smith.  May God continue to bless your union!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Another Country Heard From

Oh.  Hi there.  Have we met?

I think you might know me.  I mean, I might look familiar.  Hi, I'm Tabby.  Ya know, the person who used to reside here on the most fabulous island on the internet... the person who used to love to share and to bargain hunt and to check in and to chat... and -- and.  There's nothing I can say; I fell off the face of the Earth.

My dad used to borrow a saying from his grandmother when things like this happened.  He would say, "isn't this another country heard from..."  Islanders, I am that other country and today is when you're hearing from me.  I am here.   I repeat:  I am still here.  I am surviving.  It's been crazy but I'm not going to complain.  I still have SO much to share.

We need to talk about the good and the bad (my dog, my kid, my travels, my summer, my crafts, parties, pretties, presents and more)!

I will reduce my post frequency from what we used to do while I figure things out but I will get back to posting more often than I have lately.  This isn't bye, it's a 'we'll talk soon.'

Friday, June 23, 2017

So This Happened: Straight Outta Fifth Grade

Howdy, Islanders!

We spoke about a lot of the graduation details.  I mentioned one of her gift bags were filled with t-shirts.
One of the shirts I had made included a popular logo and saying that replaced Compton with Fifth Grade.

If you'd like the vendor information, feel free to check out the social media post on Instagram.

I got so many great shots, I figured I'd share the moment (and all of her big kid cuteness) with my beloved Islanders.

Additional photos can be found in the Instagram post.  I didn't have a lot of time to take a lot of pictures because it was also the last day of school and thus, the last day Munch caught the bus!

Munch presented her teacher with the pencil, a Panera gift card, and a card from us thanking him for being an awesome teacher.

The kid loved her shirt and Mr. Testman loved his gifts.  Mission accomplished for this mama :)

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Munch's Fifth Grade Graduation

Throwback Thursday (TBT) to the time my kid graduated from Kindergarten.  Do you remember that post(click here to read)?  It was when I had the nerve to think she was a kid... I mean, look at her.  She CLEARLY was still a baby.  How do I know?!  What do you mean?  Look at her cheeks! Little baby teeth.  She is totally a baby.

Here's a not-so-long-ago TBT fo' yo' mind:

It happened.  She kept growing.  And growing.  Until last Thursday, when she graduated from elementary school as in she. is. going. to. middle. school.  MIDDLE SCHOOL?!

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw the day as it progressed in my story.

Seriously, if you're looking for a constant Island fix, check it out.  I try to post something on the Instagram Story everyday.  To that end, I may post everyday but the behind-the-scenes deets are found only here on the island!

I spent weeks preparing for graduation.  We had the outfit planned, I picked up a few gifts, I invited those close to us... we were ready.  Right?!

We scheduled her hair appointment and she started to FEEL like she was ready with her fresh blowout and cut.

Graduation day was finally here.  We arrived to her school and we (even my juicy new nephew) were seated.

The ceremony started and Munch walked out with her escort.

She didn't know her dad was able to make it.  Islanders, if you could've seen her face light up when she saw how many people came out to support (especially Daddy), it really was a sweet moment; she couldn't hold her excitement.  With Pomp and Circumstance playing, I could barely hold back my tears; it got real for a moment. No tears.  No tears, Tabitha.

A Surprise Vow Renewal

For her birthday, Melina's mom was given tickets to a play.  The event was hosted in NJ and her daughter also included a promise of glam...

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