Thursday, June 30, 2011

My Sister’s Bad Day

Please share some love with my little sis, who had a heartbreaking craft room catastrophe the other day. Read her post and then go digitize your old pictures!

R's photos


Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Jealous of Colin Firth

One day on facebook my friend said she’d had a rough day and just wanted to settle down with some chocolate and Colin Firth. From there we started wishing you could buy a box of chocolate Darcys- something I think would be a big hit.

Then my husband disappeared into the den for a while and after a bit showed my this picture he’d made…….Colin Firth photoshop by Jon I think somebody is feeling a little jealous!

Don’t worry dear. I love you and all your awesomeness and NOT Colin Firth. Now if there was a real Mr. Darcy, then you might have a problem.

Or if there was a real box of chocolate Darcys.


Tuesday, June 21, 2011

More New Orleans Pictures

 IMG_4290Inside the Cathedral


IMG_4263 Anyone interested in a fixer-upper?






After a full day of sight seeing My daughter’s fiance’s family threw a big dinner and shower for the couple.

IMG_4326 Aren’t they adorable?

We met a lot of family and got kissed a lot too! It was a whirlwind trip and I think I stayed up till 2 AM every night we were there. That’s tough on my system. I’ve been home for a week now, getting over a cold, and finally feel like I’m recovering, but I had a wonderful time.

I can’t wait to have his family up here and show them a bit of Seattle. Especially the lovely mountains out here where I live.


P.S. I have seen a sample of my daughter’s bridal pictures. OH MY Goodness they are gorgeous. I am so excited. I wish I could show you right now, but I am under orders to keep pictures of her gown off the internet until her wedding. I can’t wait to show everyone!!!

New Orleans Day One

IMG_4259We stumbled off the airplane not long before midnight, but technically it was Saturday, so I’m, including it with our first day.

My daughter’s fiancé is a great young man, so I was eager to meet his parents. They were very nice and we had a great time. After checking in to our hotel we headed down to Cafe Du Monde to get acquainted over beignets.IMG_4181 IMG_4184 My daughter’s future in-laws.

IMG_4186 Posing with my two older daughters. Yes, there are beignets under all that powdered sugar!

IMG_4245 My daughter was very excited to be with her fiancé again after not seeing him for over a month.

IMG_4202 My second daughter also came a long on the trip. Here we are stopping for a photo break.

IMG_4243 My new friend buying us a blackened catfish po-boy sandwich to split.  The food was HEAVEN! Our new family friends threw a couple great bridal showers for my daughter while we were there. Between their excellent Italian cooking and the New Orleans flavors all around it was a foodie dream come true. ( I know, calories! But I figured I compensated by walking in the heat for hours. I earned every bite).

And then………. according to my children I proceeded to take enough pictures of New Orleans to furnish Google maps with their street view feature. But I couldn’t resist all the lovely architecture and overflowing balconies.










On a side note, I did have to come home and buy some flower boxes for my porch. It seemed a little bare after seeing these beauties!


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wedding Plans: Bridals

Yesterday was a big day in the wedding preparations world, which is pretty much the world I exist in right now. We met with the woman making the wedding cake, and she also brought some yummy cake with her.

IMG_4129color editLibrary at University of Washington

  It was also the day for my daughter’s bridal photos. So her hair was done and the trip to Seattle was planned despite it raining cats and dogs. I bought a huge umbrella and prayed for a sun break. It cleared up in time for her late afternoon photo shoot. I took a few photos for the scrapbook of her and the photographer. Joshua from Joshua Gene Photography was great and really fun to work with. Unfortunately for you, all photos of the bride in the dress are under wraps until the wedding day. But I did snap a few pictures of the lovely locations we visited.

IMG_4122 cropped Lovely garden that will remain nameless for the time being because upon leaving we saw a sign that said no commercial photography was allowed. Whoops!

As enchanting as all this looked, it involved rushing around all day, eating nothing except cake samples, and neglecting my other daughters. I’m grateful to my second daughter who stepped in when daughter number 3 was having a bit of a meltdown about her 8th grade project being more lame than anyone else's.  That’s life in the real world. We got home from the bridal shoot at 10 pm, I ate more cake, and then stayed up until 1 am cutting new holes in the album filler sheets for said project because I bought the wrong type of pages and my hole punch was lost.

It’s good that there’s always a little something to keep me grounded.

Tomorrow my good friend down the street is hosting a bridal shower for my daughter, and then the next day we’re off to more showers and parties in ..…….

New Orleans!

Stay tuned,


P.S. The 8th grade project turned out more awesome than anyone else’s.

Friday, June 3, 2011

Intricate and Beautiful


Look at the lovely screen I picked up on my last trip to Hobby Lobby. I fell in love with it the first time I saw it when we were on a trip to Utah. We came home and I dreamed about it for the next two months. When I went back to bring home my college girl I made a trip to Hobby Lobby in Orem with my sister. I picked up a few iron easels for the wedding reception. I also saw ‘my’ screen again, and it was on sale. It’s a lovely green color that looks fabulous in my house, and looks great against white walls too.

Since bringing it home I have tried out several locations. I love this area in my living room, and it’s stayed here the longest, but I really would like it in my family room just so I could stare at it more.

What do you think?