Friday, July 30, 2010

Adios!

Adios Amigos!

I'm headed out manana...

To beautiful sunny Puerto Vallarta!

I'll be spending the next 7 days with the 7 best friends a girl could have.
We'll be eating, drinking, swimming, sailing, ziplining, repelling, hiking, lounging, snorkeling, touring, shopping, kayaking, reading and laughing. 

Living la vida loca!
I promise to take lots of pictures!
And wear SPF 875 sunscreen.
Hasta la vista, baby!


Way down here you need a reason to move
Feel a fool running your stateside games
Lose your load, leave your mind behind, Baby James

Oh, Mexico
It sounds so simple I just got to go
The sun's so hot I forgot to go home
Guess I'll have to go now.

-- Mexico, James Taylor

Lauren & JP - Wedding Video

Back when I was planning our wedding, I stumbled across a little website called Weddingbee.  The site follows and features real-life blogger brides-to-be through the course of planning their dream weddings.  They give advice and tutorials, share ideas and projects, and inspire and encourage others by documenting all the details, events and emotions that go along with planning one of the most special days of their lives.  It's a great website where brides are friendly (not crazy) and helpful (not discouraging).

One of my favorite brides-to-be was just married last month.  Even though I'm no longer stalking wedding websites, I've continued to follow Lauren (aka @fiftyfootbride and Mrs. Scissors), as she made her journey down the aisle with the love of her life, JP because she's so creative and amazing.  She described her wedding as "a fun, funky, over-the-top, whimsical, and technicolored wedding that’s infused with both of our cultures and everything we love. Every color in the rainbow? Check. Art and design galore? Yup. Giant paper cranes? Got it. 1,000 regular-sized cranes? There too. Bratwurst, bruschetta, hunch punch, tuxedos, and dancing? All over it."  And she delivered. 

Check out her wedding video.  Ah-may-zing.



Talk about a beautiful, fun, creative and gorgeous wedding.  The bride wore a Carolina Herrera gown, Christian Louboutin shoes and the biggest, happiest smile I've ever seen.

Until yesterday.  When her wedding video went viral.  It was a huge huge hit.  Ashton Kutcher tweeted about it!  He said: "the best wedding video I've ever seen"!  Really!  It got thousands of hits immediately!  Lauren was thrilled - overjoyed by the amazing video and the warm reception it was receiving. 

Until then the hateful comments started coming in.  I don't want to repeat one single horrible comment.  If you want to know, you can go to Lauren's site by clicking HERE and read them.

I am just shocked by this.  Absolutely appalled.  This is a BRIDE on her wedding day.  A day she'd been dreaming of and planning for years.  More than anyone I've ever seen, she put her entire heart and soul into this wedding.  Into the process.  Into the details.  Into the fun.  And they bashed her.  I am heartbroken.

I know this has nothing to do with me.  And Lauren has absolutely no idea who I am or that I'm writing this.  I saw her post this morning and I cried.  Being a bride is already so hard - there's so much pressure and so many emotions.  I couldn't even imagine if someone said things like that about me or about something I worked so incredibly hard for.  I am outraged.  And I just needed to vent.  The Internet can be a really wonderful place and I'm so lucky that I've had great experiences so far.  We bloggers put our lives out there for the world to see and judge and comment on.  And everyone is entitled to their own opinion.  But why would anyone be so hateful and nasty?  Why tear people down for absolutely no reason other than it's on the Internet?  She did not deserve this.

Lauren, I loved the video.  I loved everything about your wedding.  I thought you were a gorgeous, radiant, beautiful bride.  I really hope this doesn't taint your memory of your wedding day.  Your wedding ROCKED. 

So friends, please go visit Lauren's blog and give her some words of encouragement.  Or tweet her and tell her how freaking awesome her video is!  I'm sure she could use some blogger lovin' right now.  You guys are awesome!
http://iloveyoumuch.com/wordpress/  

Thanks.
Sara

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Fishing at the Farm

Last month, we spent Father's Day weekend here...
...at the Farm...
...on the water.
Enjoying the fresh air...
...the peace and quiet...
...the stillness of the water.
And of course, doing some fishing!

Ryan doesn't spend a waking moment at the Farm without a fishing pole in hand.
It's a serious addiction with no known cure.

Side effects include: loss of countless hours tying flies, loss of any non-fishing vacations, loss of appetite and hearing (your wife's voice in particular) while fishing, loss of interest in doing anything else in the world other than fishing, loss of money spent on fishing gear and could eventually lead to loss of said wife.
Just kidding! 
Maybe.

The Farm is a family place. 
So if you're fishing, it's a family event. 
We all have to be involved.
Even the dogs.
Pippen likes to help. 
He helps pick out the lure.
He keeps watch over your bobber.
He waits for you to catch something cool.
Like a giant tree limb!
And he's so happy.
He gives kisses to let you know.
Mally just watches. 
She could care less.
Lucky for Ryan, he always has a fishing partner at the Farm.
Dad's just about as addicted.
Pippen has to help him too.
But this guy doesn't need much help.
He knows what he's doing.
This ain't his first dog and pony show.
He handles that fish with ease.
He taught me everything I know.

And he's not even embarrassed that his girly-girl daughter has a pink fishing pole that lights up when I reel.
Purple and green flashing lights!
It's awesome.
Ryan likes when I fish with him.
As long as it doesn't take too much time away from his serious fishing.
He doesn't think owning a pink light-up pole qualifies me as a serious fisherwoman.
I disagree.
I can bait my own hook.
Cast my own line.
Watch my own bobber.
And catch my own fish!
Even if they are teeny-tiny fish.
Of course, Pippen has to check out every fish that's caught.
This dog loves fish.
Mally doesn't care, but doesn't want to be left out of anything.
Pippen's happy, so he gives the fish a kiss.
Mally'd rather just hang out with the people.
She's a people-dog, not a fish-dog.
Ryan takes his turn with the pink pole.
Apparently it only catches teeny-tiny fish.
They're cuter anyway.
At the end of the day, it's time to pack up and head back to the dock.

But before we head inside for dinner, Ryan has to set up the "jugs."
Overnight catfish jugging has become one of our favorite things to do at the farm.

Catfish jugging is basically a fishing technique that uses jugs (or any floating device) to support fishing lines.
We use "noodles" instead of jugs. 

Basically, you tie the fishing lines to the handle of the jug and attach your hooks and sinkers to the lines. 
You bait each hook (we use hot dogs) and put the jugs in the water.   Then you wait.

When a fish takes the bait, it'll be pretty obvious. The jug will flip over and begin to bob up and down in the water as the fish pulls on the line.
Ryan and dad strategize as to exactly where the jugs/noodles should go.
They set out to find the perfect locations.
And toss the jugs/noodles in the water.
And here they'll stay until the morning.
So how do you get the jugs/noodles once you have a fish on?
Great question.

You have to take the canoe out and get them.
Dad and Ryan prepare the canoe, which is full of spiders and bugs.
I grew up playing in this canoe and taking float trips in this canoe.
It's seriously ugly, but it has a very special place in my heart.
The next morning, we've got fish on!
Ryan takes off in the canoe to get them.
You can see the jug/noodle bobbing up and down and swimming all over the pond.
It's a nice one!
Great job honey.
That was seriously hard work.
Before we can head home, Ryan's got to catch a few more. 
The addiction is never satisfied.
Mally watches.
Pippen has to help.
Pippen loves the fish.
Sniff, sniff.
Kiss, kiss.
And do it again.