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Door County Vacation + CMJ Reunion

Ice cream at Wilson's

Ice cream at Wilson’s

Last week we spent a nice few days up in Door County with my family. This was Jaylen’s first vacation and I was looking forward to seeing him experience new things and mostly to be able to spend over a week giving him my full attention without having to worry about work. Jaylen was good on the drive up there (about 4 hours) except for the beginning where he started screaming just as we got on the highway for a while before falling asleep.

We stayed in Ephraim, which is a nice little town. It’s interesting too because it’s a dry town so they don’t sell alcohol there. You don’t find many places like that these days. We took a trolley tour and also learned that Ephraim only allows buildings to be white but more recently allowed buildings to be painted off-white and gray.

Some of our highlights were the trolley tour, Nicolet Beach in Peninsula State Park (which Jaylen loved. He couldn’t get enough of the sand), going out on the pontoon boat, the fish boil, and just enjoying some family time. Gerald, Jaylen and I even got out on our own one morning to visit Sister Bay for smoothies, coffee, and lunch.

Vacationing is definitely different with an infant. It’s not as relaxing. Jaylen’s sleep schedule was and still is all messed up. He somehow is usually still in a good mood despite not getting good naps and being overtired. The first morning in Door County Jaylen woke up at 6 am after going to bed around 10 pm. I can’t say I was too excited about that, but he seemed pretty happy. I loved being able to see Jaylen experience new things and he got a ton of attention wherever we went. I think we’ll definitely come back to Door County in the future.

We came home right before the 4th of July, which was good so we could beat the holiday crowds in Door County. My cousin Justine was visiting from Toronto so it was nice to be able to spend some time with her and for her to meet Jaylen for the first time.

Here are a few snapshots from our week!

Family in Peninsula State Park during the trolley tour

Family in Peninsula State Park during the trolley tour

Can't get enough of that sand

Can’t get enough of that sand

Fishing on Anderson Dock

Fishing on Anderson Dock


Jaylen taking a turn at driving the pontoon boat

Jaylen taking a turn at driving the pontoon boat


Fish Boil at the Old Post Office Restaurant

Fish Boil at the Old Post Office Restaurant

Happy Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day!

CMJ + Little J at the Botanic Garden

CMJ + Little J at the Botanic Garden

CMJ Reunion

CMJ Reunion


It was good to see you, Justine!

Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!


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DIY Wedding Decorations

CMJ, the name my sister (Melissa) and cousin (Justine) and I call ourselves, was reunited this week since Justine visited to help with some wedding prep. I’m not the most creative or artistic, so I’m sooo glad I have her and Melissa to help with wedding decorations and other stuff. Melissa’s going to be designing our invitations, the program, and the escort cards based off of a design I found that I liked. Since I was sick on Monday and then back to work the rest of the week, M and J were extremely helpful in going out to buy supplies and starting to put together various wedding projects I gave them. Tiffany, another bridesmaid, came over with M and J last night and they started putting more things together.

I thought I’d showcase some of what they’ve been doing for anyone else who wants some do-it-yourself wedding ideas (CMJ colors are part of the wedding color scheme).

Make Your Own Pew Decorations: Justine became a ribbon and bow expert when she helped make decorations for her friend’s wedding. She’s now using those skills to create pew decorations for my wedding too. We got black and white ribbon from Hobby Lobby, some sheer white ribbon and ribbon wire to make these bows. If you want instructions on how to make the bows, let me know and I can have Justine send me instructions to post up. I didn’t actually do any of them myself, but it’s fairly easy. Then they bought some silk flowers from Michael’s and used a hot glue gun to glue them to the ribbons. These will be hung on the pews in the church and then connected using white tulle.

We measured 10 feet of ribbon for each bow.

Tiffany folding the ribbon. She's crafty too!


These are the types of flowers we used.


Justine practically made all the bows.

Finished product!

One of each CMJ color

For the getaway…I decided to make dowel rods with purple, blue and pink ribbon attached to them for the wedding party to wave as Gerald and I exit the church to head into the limo for the reception. The rest of our guests will have bubbles, which we ordered from The Knot store. I think this will make for some really nice pictures.

These are pretty easy to make. Melissa and Tiffany did all eight of them in about 15 minutes. You just cut the ribbon and we used a hot glue gun to glue the ribbon to the dowel rods.

They glued the ribbons like this.

The finished product!

Very Easter color-ish, but will look nice with the black dresses & tuxes.

Guestbook: I don’t have pictures of it, but Justine was helping me to create our guestbook, which is basically a scrapbook. I bought the scrapbook from Target and got lots of prints of Gerald and me printed from Shutterfly. Melissa and Justine bought some nice paper and are using it and the ribbons to decorate the pages of the scrapbook. We’re going to have all the pages lying out on a table before the ceremony and during the reception so people can sign it. I’m saving some room in it to add some of our engagement pictures too because we’re taking those this weekend. 🙂

My apartment's becoming wedding central

So lots of wedding stuff got done and is underway this week. They also bought a card box and are decorating that with ribbon and tied ribbon to a white wicker flower basket for the flower girl (it’s really an Easter basket). We’ll just have to get some white satin lining to glue in the basket too. It’s exciting though to see all these things start to come together. It makes the wedding more real in a way. I’m looking forward to what the next few months have in store!

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