Monday, March 17, 2008

"Pay no mind I'm doing fine, I'm breathing on my own..."

Happy St. Patty's Day, everyone!

I hope everyone is enjoying this chilly green Monday! I have a sick Anna Banana home with me, and to be honest, I am not feeling so hot myself, so the two of us are having a sick day together while Ellie is at school and ejoying some relaxing TV programing from Nick Jr.!

This past weekend was crazy, with both good, bad, and amazing things happening! I could hardly keep up with it all!

The bad thing is that Greg had to be rushed to the hospital on Friday with what turned out to be pneumonia. Seriously, can you believe that??? Like what he's going through already wasn't enough. But, while it sucks giant gonads, it's not unusual for people who already have compromised systems to get sick, so just keep him in your prayers as he gets through this latest obstacle. Toast him with a green beer today!! :-)

Sadly, since Greg is having his own little party in Cooper's ICU, he missed the AMAZING beef and beer that the staff at Archway Programs (where Greg and Shelly met, Pete and I met, and where Greg has worked for the past almost 10 years). While we ALL missed the guest of honor, over 150 people were able to raise an astounding amount of money to help Greg and Shel cover expenses for anything for medical bills to lost pay. I always liked working at Archway and I was really reminded what an amazing bunch they are. They worked so hard and with such genuine love to put together an amazing event. The food was aesome, the beer was flowing, and there was a Chinese Auction that was completely made up of donated gifts and items! I even won two baskets! There was a DJ so of course, with my sister and Shelly there, an impromptu dance party started up! Even Pete's Aunt Mary Ann (aka Nanny) was out there cutting a rug! Everyone had a GREAT time for an even better cause!! It was so obvious how loved Greg and Shelly are, and it was a reminder of what a blessing that is, even with all of this chaos around us!

Saturday I was able to spend the day with my good friend Amanda, her husband Arjun, and their adoreable son Dylan! Amanda is due to have a little girl in April, but I hadn't seen her since she was about 8 weeks along, so we were WAY overdue for a visit! She and Arjun recently moved from their little NYC apartment to a beautiful home they had built near Marlboro, NJ! Not only is it wonderful to have them so much closer, but the house is gorgeous! Dylan, my quasi-newphew, is just growing before my eyes and is cuter every day! I mean, seriously folks. Check out this face! We all had a relaxing day together (missing Pete, who had to work, boo) and had lunch at a really nice little resturant, then just hung out at the house catching up on everything and letting Dyland run around!

And yesterday, I worked! That was my weekend!

Saturday, March 1, 2008

"It's the heart that really matters in the end..."

It's official! There's a brand-new Mr. and Mrs. DeFusco!! Oh my God! Hangover aside, my sisters wedding was the best night of my life! The rehersal dinner alone was a pretty good indicator of how great the night was going to be! We all gathered at Philomena's for dinner, only to find that the band was featuring the Worst Band EVER! Seriously, I thought it was karaoke when I walked in, but they were serious! So, what do you do when it's your rehersal dinner and the band is terrible? Start a dance party! We were joined by this lovely lady, who busted a few moves with us while the band warbled "Man, I Feel Like a Woman". It was hysterical! Impromptu dance party aside, the mood of the night was pretty mellow- everyone was excited for the next day but not feeling too many nerves yet! Marla and I got a hotel room together so we could have one last night as the Wexler sisters (although Marla's friend Ann has christened her Mrs. Defuxler, which I think I like better!). Then it was off to our favorite spot, Hello, Gorgeous, for some bridal party hair and make up!

The amazing genius Gina took the bag of hair I bought at the beauty supply place and turned it into that beautiful copy of Michelle Williams Oscar hair-do, and my other beauty life-partner, Tina Louise, gave me that amazing face full of makeup! But the real beauty was saved for my sister! She was able to recreate the retro/Christina Aguliera look she was going for and looked stunning. Seriously, I don't think I've ever seen her look that amazing, and that's not just because we are usually in jeans! So, once we were all beautified, we were off to the Wyndam Hotel, where we all got ready and took some pictures before heading off The Merion! We got to the Merion and that's when everything just went up about 15 notches!! We had to get dressed! Get Marla dressed! Get our flowers together!! It was so much fun and soooooo exciting! I think getting Marla into her wedding dress was one of the best moments of my life, even if she was screaming about her "tatters" (boobs). That should make for some interesting video. I kept getting teary, and might have full-on cried if I hadn't kept thinking about how long it took Tina Louise to get my make-up perfect! And besides, there's no crying in Maid-of-Honor-Ville! You have a necklace to fasten! A garter to put on because the bride can't bend over in her dress! It was crazy!! But soon enough it was time to get into the limo (Scuba Steve wasn't our driver this time-he was most likely busy drafting his sexual harassment suit from Marla's bachelorette party- but it was still a nice ride!). And we were off! In about 45 minutes, Marla would be walking down the isle! Cut to 44 minutes later, and Billy Joel's "She's Got a Way" was playing, and suddenly, the doors opened and Marla was being escorted by my parents down the isle!!!! This from the kid who we weren't sure was going to make it to be escorted to her 5th birthday party! And she looked amazing- every inch the retro glamour girl she was hoping to be! Next thing we know, the ketubah is signed, the vows are spoken, the glass is broken (MAZEL TOV!!!) and the kiss is kissed!!! And off we go, following the new Mr. and Mrs. DeFusco (Defuxler) back up the isle! Just like that, it's over! The reception was a BLAST!!! Everyone was dancing and drinking and having an amazing time!! I got a great shot of the Father-Daughter dance! After that , it was a blur of dancing, eating and running around!!

Thanks, by the way, to Shawn, the bartender who took SUCH good care of me all night! The whole night was just a blast, and I could not have wished for a better night for Marla and Steve! The best part is, the amazing people from Kenneth Stillman Video took all of the shots from the ceremony and from getting ready and put together this awesome movie that was shown at the reception!!! Marla and Steve were the first wedding to have "Same Day Editing" done and it was so cool!! And now, you can see for yourselves just how specacular the eveing was!

Click here!!!(You will need QuickTime to see this video! And it's all worth it!! Enjoy!!)