Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Matt's Birthday

Twenty-eight years ago Patsy Supak cried because she brought another BOY into this world.  She was so hoping for a girl this time.  Lucky me, it was my husband Matt!  I'm so glad he wasn't a girl!

Every morning Matt's alarm clock goes off at 5:25.  So this morning was no different.  He slowly crawled out of bed to get ready for his work day while Brazos and I stayed sleeping in our cozy beds.  After he had left I had realized that it was really insincere of me to stay in bed on his birthday.  The night before I had told myself that I was going to wake up early to wish him a Happy Birthday.  I guess good intentions don't count.  I couldn't believe I didn't even tell him Happy Birthday!

Brazos and I had to do something so he knew we didn't forget his birthday.  Afterall, I did have it written really big on the calendar.

I thought about going to the store and buying him a really nice card or a shirt, but Matt's one of those rare people that could go through life without owning many things and be content.  So we didn't buy him anything.  Instead, we had a blank notecard at home and we made him a birthday card.  I traced Brazos' hand on the inside and then let Brazos color the picture.  It was precious!

When Matt arrived home, Brazos walked outside to greet Matt.  In his hand was an envelope addressed to "Daddy".  The moment was priceless to watch our little man take steps towards his daddy to give him the card he had made.  Matt loved the card!

At six o'clock we went to church for dinner and the Lent service.  At dinner my mom surprised Matt with an ice cream cake!  The guests sang "Happy Birthday" to him and Christine (the pastor's daughter, her birthday is tomorrow).  They then blew out the candles together.  (I knew my mommy was going to surprise him with a cake.  He figured it out to when the pastor's wife handed my mom a few candles right in front of him!)

After church we went to Matt's parents' home and they, too wished their youngest son a happy birthday. 

Although we may have forgotten to say something early this morning, by the end of the day Matt knew he was loved by all and had a fantastic birthday!

More of Brazos

Yesterday was another normal day at the Supak household, but once again, Brazos kept us entertained.

First of all, he walked almost the entire day!  He chose to walk instead of crawl throughout the house.  Here's the proud little man.

After I changed his diaper, he wrapped his little hand around my finger and we walked to the trashcan with him carrying his diaper.  I opened the lid and he dropped it into the trash!  Once the lid closed, he whimpered because he wanted to take it back out of the trash, but he couldn't reach it...thankfully.  Later, he decided his wipes should go into the trashcan, too, but he couldn't open the lid and hold onto the wipes at the same time, so the wipes were saved from the can.

While mommy was brushing her hair Brazos decided he needed to brush his hair, too.  Isn't he a cutie?  I think so!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Hafner-Williams Wedding

On Saturday, March 26, 2011 at four o'clock in the afternoon, Lindsey Hafner and Joe Williams vowed to love and cherish one another in marriage.  The wedding day was absolutely beautiful!

As guest arrived at the wedding, they were greated by a whimsical pink bicycle with an arrow pointing to the destination.  (I so wish I had a picture of that bicycle.)  The long dirt driveway was lined by a handmade banner guiding you further along to the one hundred eleven year old Welcome Hall.

Guest were greeted by cookies and lemonade underneath a large oak tree.  Friends of the bride were also passing out handmade programs, hankies for tears of joy, and windmills to entertain the children. 

The ceremony was outside in the beauty of God's country.  The groomsmen and groom, dressed in grey suits with pink ties, quietly stood at the front of the seating, awaiting the arrival of the bride.  The bridesmaids wore black, knee-length dresses and carried a bouqet of pink flowers.  The guests stood as the bride walked out of the hall arm-in-arm with her father, of course, with tears trickling down her face.  She wore a strapless, off-white lace gown that looked perfect on her.  Scriptures from the Bible were read, rings were exchanged, and Joe loudy professed his love to Lindsey with an "I DO!"  Guests joined in excitement as the minister pronounced them husband and wife by throwing rose petals into the air.

After the ceremony, guests were served Aggie Juice (a mixture of wine and vodka) in Mason jars, along with other drink selections, and ushered into the hall for toasts given by the couples honor attendants.  They then shared their first dance as husband and wife.

The bride's wedding cake was a simple two-teired vanilla cake adorned with pink flowers.  It was surrounded by a multitude of tiny cupcakes in various flavors.  The groom opted out of the traditional chocolate cake and shared a slice of bumbleberry pie with guests.  Delicious!

Outside the hall underneath a pavillion, a fajita dinner was being served.  It too was yummy!  We definitely enjoyed sitting and visiting with friends - Kate and Garner, Larkin, Joanna and Brian - outside under the clear blue sky.  Brazos' favorite part of the meal was the lemonade that he drank from a cup by himself, which eventually was poured all over his white shirt.  Later he even enjoyed sneaking a cupcake from the table hoping mommy and daddy wouldn't catch him, but we caught him just in time to snap a picture.

At sunset the dance began with the traditional Grand March.  Couples followed the bride and groom as they marched throughout the hall and grounds to polka music.  The march ended with guests lined up for a soul train!  Laughter was shared as each person danced down the middle of the hall showing off their best moves.  The night continued with two-stepping, line dances, and just-get-up-and-boogie music.

When Brazos began to show signs of sleepiness, we decided it was time to call it a night.  The song "I Like Big Butts" happen to be playing when we walked out, and when we turned the radio on in the car the exact same song was playing!  I thought to myself, Did the Hafners broadcast the wedding on the radio?  No way!  Well, it just happened to be a coincidence.

As we drove off, looking back at the hall was magical.  This old hall that is almost always vacant was full of life.  Strobe lights shone through the opened windows and twinkling lights shining in the trees.  The first day of the Lindsey and Joe Williams life together was perfect!  May they live happily ever after...



Sunday, March 27, 2011


The other day I was wondering Where did all the old stuff go?

Well, I found the old stuff!  It's all at Warrenton, Texas. 

The largest antique sale is currently underway in this small town.  I think this festival actually started out as an antique sale, but now you can find almost anything from antiques, to crafts, to garage sale items, and don't forget the delicious food!

I went searching for an old chair to refinish, because I thought that would be a good way to use two of my favorite things - paint and fabric.  There were thousands of chairs to choose from, but I didn't purchase any.  I only wanted to pay $5, but the cheapest chair I found was $15.

I also wanted to find an old bench, because I have a super cute idea on how to paint a bench for Brazos.  But I didn't buy a bench either.  There were lots of benches, but none in the exact form I was looking for.

Matt went looking for a cast iron pot.  He found many, but purchased none.  When we got home we checked the attic and found one up there!  Good thing he saved his money.

This year Matt and I noticed all the cowboy boots for sale.  They may have been there before, we just never noticed them.  Well, Matt decided he wanted a pair of cowboy boots.  He tried on several pairs and found two pairs he liked.  The first pair he bought for $38, which he thought was a great deal.  Then he became disappointed when he found a different pair he liked better further down the road.  He bought that pair also, but this time for $65.  When we got home, he checked original prices of these boots on the Internet.  Originally his boots would have cost him about $130 for each pair.  So he didn't do too bad.  Although in the back of our minds, we think the venders probably bought each pair at a garage sale for about $5.  Oh well.

Matt's parents work at this festival every year, so we also took some time to visit with them.  His dad owns an antique corn grinder and makes fresh cornmeal on the grounds for people to buy.  His mom works for a lady who sells antique jewelry and luxury anitique furniture.  You have to be super rich to by the items she's selling!

Many of my great-relatives lived in Warrenton during their lifetimes.  My great-grandmother's house is no longer standing and is currently replaced by booths of antiques.  My great-great-aunt rented a home in Warrenton that is still standing.  It is a gorgeous stone mansion.  I was able to walk in and tour the home because it was open and filled with antique venders.  You'll see a picture of the home as you scroll down.  The second story of the home is a ballroom with a beautiful painted ceiling.  Apparently someone shot themselves in this room and blood stains still remain, but I didn't go looking for that.  But there is a neat foundation of some sort standing in front of the house, and I took a picture of Matt and Brazos resting in this area.

Brazos slept during most of our stroll through the junk.

Here's pictures of just a few items you will find at the festival.  And no, not all the items are girly things.  My eye just seems to gravitate towards all the bright and pretty items.  Enjoy junk window shopping!