TEACHER TUESDAY: Wedding on the brain. . .

Right now all I can think of is my daughter’s upcoming wedding on Saturday.  I can’t imagine how I would be handling the preparations and pressure if I was still teaching.  I wonder if I would have been able to take this week off.  There are so many last minute details I can’t imagine how I would have been able to plan lessons or manage classes.  My former colleagues and students don’t realize how thankful they should be that I am not there.  I don’t think I would have been very pleasant to be around!

I’ve seen other teacher/mother of the brides continue to work before their daughters’ weddings, though.  Lots of times!  I don’t remember them acting any differently.  I wonder if they just have it together better than I do, whatever “it” is?  

None of that matters.  What matters is that I am blessed to be able to plan Natalie’s wedding without the added stress of working outside the home right now.  We both have colds at the moment and are hoping that we feel much better by Saturday.  We did venture out of our respective nests this afternoon for a short consultation with the bakery, and then we visited our favorite junk store, Uniques and Antiques, for the most fabulous find!

Get ready. . .it’s an extreme closeup!

Scary, huh?  But that brass hand with the pointing finger was an amazing find!  Amazing because I wanted to have pointing fingers on some of the wedding signs and this little item will enable me to do that!  You’ll just have to wait for the photos. . .

In the meantime, be patient with teachers of children, children of any age.  If the children are preschoolers, mommy is stressed because of child care or illness.  If they are school-aged, mom is stressed because of other teachers, homework, bullying, sports events, etc.  If children are grown, mom is stressed because of college expenses, distance from home, relationships, wedding planning, divorce, grandchildren, etc., etc.  Let’s face it:  being a parent is stressful, and when you are a teacher, you are dealing with other parents’ problems as well as your own.  Give ’em a break!




Aren’t Jimmy and I cute?

When I got married 32 years ago (I can’t believe it, either), standard reception fare among my family and friends was very simple.  You had a three-tier wedding cake, a chocolate groom cake, some mixed nuts, and some party mints.  I don’t recall attending any wedding where we were treated to a sit-down dinner.  We did have a rehearsal dinner the night before where everyone sat down to eat, but we only invited those involved in the wedding.  
Boy, have times changed!

Nowadays wedding guests expect to be treated to a feast complete with a hot meal, lots of cake, and sometimes even a candy bar and a wet bar.  Well, Natalie’s wedding will be bucking that trend as well.  We plan to start the wedding outdoors at 3:00 p.m. quickly followed by a reception under a tent where hors d’oeuvres (finger foods for all you rednecks) and cake will be served.  Guests will find plenty of tasty snack foods and be treated to a wedding cake that really tastes good.  (That was one thing we splurged on!)

Who will be catering the hors d’oeuvres?  We will!  Yes, the groom’s mother and sister will provide most of the hors d’oeuvres with a few thrown in from my family.  The only hitch will be figuring out how to provide electricity for the food gadgets as well as the DJ.  We have ideas for that. . .

I don’t know if we will actually have these foods, but here are some cute ideas I found on Pinterest that would be great for a wedding reception:

They don’t even have to be this fancy.  We are a simple Southern family with simple tastes.  I may even serve my famous creamed tacos which looks a bit like chili but goes over tortilla chips.  It is a perfect cool weather dish, and the recipe makes plenty.

So, how much money are we saving by doing all of the food ourselves?  I can’t even guess. . .
I will close with another adorable picture of my honey and me.
Please forgive the poor quality. . .this was before the digital age!
We were so young but we knew we wanted to be together forever.  It hasn’t been easy, but it has been worth it.  SO worth it. . .