Thursday, March 21, 2013

A Really Fun Barn!

My friend, Linda, has a son getting married tomorrow. She is hosting the rehersal dinner tonight and I was lucky enough to help decorate. Linda has such a wonderful eye and such vision. Everything turned out so beautifully! Her lovely daughter Kaityln was home from Cali. for the wedding, so I got to spend the day with both of them...too fun! Kaityln is getting married in September so she and I were exchanging ideas!

And what a fun venue!! I've really been feeling the need to purge, simplify, get rid of stuff, etc.. I can't get rid of anything...I may even need to collect more!!!!!

An old barn with the upper floor removed. There is a little area on each end with seating and more goodies. The owner has been collecting items for 15 years...he's acquired quit a bit! The daughter used to cater for Bert Reynolds so there are a lot of signed photos of celebrities hanging on the walls. Really cute, rustic, and fun decor!


Now for some decor! Simple and elegant. Burlap, fresh flowers, pops of color, candles and mason jars.


A picture of the bride and groom, Kyle and Ally.

 Mike was doing all the running around, but paused for a picture with his girls!

 Such fun playing with these ladies!!! Love you both!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Love is...

My future son-in-law posted this on Facebook....I thought it was adorable!

What Love means to a 4-8 year old: A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year olds, ’What does love mean?’ The answers they received were broader and deeper than anyone could have imagined.

See what you think:

‘When my grandmother got arthritis , she couldn’t bend over and paint her toenails anymore.. So my grandfather does it for her all the time , even when his hands got arthritis too. That’s love.’ – Rebecca, age 8

‘When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different.You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.’ – Billy, age 4

‘Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.’ – Karl, age 5

‘Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.’ –Chrissy, age 6

‘Love is what makes you smile when you’re tired.’ -Terri, age 4

‘Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him , to make sure the taste is OK.’ – Danny, age 7

‘Love is when you kiss all the time. Then when you get tired of kissing , you still want to be together and you talk more. My Mommy and Daddy are like that.
They look gross when they kiss’ – Emily, age 8

‘Love is what’s in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents
and listen.’ –Bobby, age 7

‘If you want to learn to love better , you should start with a friend who you hate” –Nikka, age 6

‘Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt , then he wears it everyday..’ –Noelle, age 7

‘Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.’ –Tommy, age 6

‘During my piano recital , I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn’t scared anymore.’ – Cindy, age 8

‘My mommy loves me more than anybody. You don’t see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.’ –Clare, age 6

‘Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.’ –Elaine, age 5

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.’ –Chris, age 7

‘Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.’ -Mary Ann, age 4

‘I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.’ –Lauren, age 4

‘When you love somebody , your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.’ - Karen, age 7

‘Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn’t think it’s gross..’ –Mark, age 6

‘You really shouldn’t say ‘I love you’ unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.’ –Jessica, age 8

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman’s yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, ‘Nothing , I just helped him cry’.

I told my husband about the coffee one...he always thought I just wanted a sip of his because I don't really like coffee...just need a little bit. Now he knows the truth! 

LOVE makes the world a better place...who are you going to love this week?

Friday, March 8, 2013


Before all else, I must thank everyone who left me such kind words after my pity party post last week. You are all dears and I treasured every word!!!

There has been improvement. Communication helps and so does time...and coffee with sweet friends! All is well!  My friend Tami had a wonderful post yesterday which captured a lot of what I'm feeling. What's a mom to do when she's no longer in the throws of motherhood? I don't have to cook for anyone, or do laundry for anyone but myself, although hubby brings some home, but he often does it himself! My house doesn't get dirty, grocery shopping is minimal, and I don't enjoy going out just for the sake of going out! I'm not sure where to put my focus now and so I'm not really focused on anything.

I've decided to try and accomplish "something" each day. Some of you are rolling your eyes and some of you can relate. I've started exercising and volunteering at church. Yard work is screaming at me!!  I tackled some painting projects that I've been needing (not wanting...there's a difference!) to do. It's sad how I can look past what needs to be done because I've become so accustomed to ignoring it!

Got out my ASCP and some sandpaper and went to town. It didn't even take me an hour...pathetic that I've put it off for so long!!

An old table that I got at a garage sale...

And an old luggage rack that I can't remember where I found it!

Also, I finally painted the ceiling in our office. If you recall, this room remodel was finished last spring...Now it's officially done!!!

It's a beautiful day here! I've been able to put my clothes on the line again (squeal of delight)!  I really, really love line dried clothes. I hung my sheets out the other day and they still smell so fresh. It's a simple joy that puts a smile on my face! So I leave you with some shirts billowing in the breeze!

Enjoy the weekend!!