Phew! The past 2 weeks couldn’t go past sooner enough & boy am I glad it is finally over. It was definitely 2 weeks I struggled with this year. We had been preparing for the impending engagement party happening Sat, March 15. The groomsmen came over one Sunday afternoon armed with garden weapons & started attacking our Amazonian backyard. I think they got super excited over Andys new chainsaw that they just randomly
went overboard started chopping trees & bushes. A super special thanks to: Ben & Alvin for braving the swarm of insects to do what you do & much love to Leong, Dao, Andy & Andrew for the hardwork!
I then spent Monday Labour Day
tackling & wrestling cleaning up & weeding our front yard & driveway, which was plagued with these weeds that have those roots that connect to all the way to Never-ever-land. Thank the gods I have awesome sisters with Arnie arms because we literally went from 9am to 5pm just weeding & hoe-ing (haha hoeing) My bro- in- law suddenly became an expert tree killer- chopping down more random branches with his mini rechargeable saw & digging up tree stumps- G on the other hand, just wanted to wreck things. A super special thanks & respect to my warrior sisters: Mimi, Tammi & Delinda. Tammi for being an expert bush trimmer, Mimi for being the ‘snail whisperer’ & Delinda for just being a homie. For a moment we did become a tad delirious from all that weeding & sniffing manure… because we have never been more excited than to find satisfaction of pulling out a weed that lead to more weeds that lead to its weed/root family all the way the other end. Yep… we did go crazy for a bit.
I definitely have so much respect for the guys who do this sort of stuff for a living because by evening all of us had really sore ankles, arms & back.
On top of that, we all had our normal 9-5 day jobs & we recently had a new baby in the Tran household – Oscar the baby Dacshund, who had been crying & whimpering non-stop at odd hours of night & morning. At one point I was on the verge of a mental & physical breakdown from the stress I was coping. I had terrible mood swings & was easily annoyed over the smallest things 😦
[Oscar when he isn’t psycho]
The few days before the forthcoming engagement, we decorated the sheltered part of our driveway/backyard with white lanterns that I bought from Ebay. We bought fairy lights from Bunnings & hung that up too. I sourced cute paper Doilies from Etsy & stuck that up on my window. I pulled out some decorations that I’ll be using at our wedding as well- I figured what a waste if it’s only used just once, so might as well make the most of it.
[Little funny tags I made to name the after effects of drinking too much]
Found an old IKEA mirror in the garage which I ended up using as a message board with a dry erase marker. Started painting that and then got the itch to paint more, so Delinda & I started painting the gate. Thanks Delinda- I’m sure the painting skills will definitely help you in your future nursing career- somehow haha.
“Come as you are, stay as long as you can, we are all family now, so no seating plan”
So the day arrived, we bought a cartload & more of goodies from Costco.
Had a simple game to make it fun. I got the guys to write an anonymous ‘advice’ for me & the girls to write one for G. During the afternoon, we had our speeches & then got each of the guys to read a message of advice for Graham- the ones written by the girls & vice versa. It turned out to be really funny & moral of the story is… The women are always RIGHT. So there.
We also had a dessert competition & everyone was super impressed with the turnout. Congrats to AC for winning hearts with her ‘Green Tea Crème Brule’ & David… I voted for those Smores… wish there was leftovers!
[Watermelon Yoghurt Cake]
[Key Lime Pie- this was my creation :)][The winner of the night- Green Tea Creme Brulee]
[Apple Pie Crumble]
[Triple Choc Fudge Brownie]
[Raspberry & Lemon Syllabub]
[Smores Log Cake]
[Choc-Coconut Bounty Shots]
We ended up giving out mini patron bottles to the boys & mini lavender candles for the girls as a little thank you gift 🙂
What a weekend.