Tuesday, June 30, 2009


I am more than a little late at joining Edie's at Life in Grace Painted Patio Furniture Party. She said it was okay. Really she did. She knows what it is like to work outside the home and inside the home and keep up with numerous creative hobbies and numerous family members while reading and blogging and thrift shopping and trying new recipes and even trying to squeeze in some vacation time. That's why she let me come late to the party. I know that it means that most of the visitors have moved on, but that's okay. I gave my word and if nothing else I am a keeper of my word. I also know that my redo pales in comparison to the others, but it makes me smile and feel satisfied, and I'm sure I wouldn't have accomplished it if Edie didn't make the challenge--or send the invitation. So, Edie, won't you come and sit on my porch one evening. I'll serve up some chai tea and take your picture. And please wear something colorful!

Before and After
what a sad looking couple
they remind me of some folks I know

The pillows were Goodwill ugly covered in Ikea pretty.

Honestly, the pillows are a little small for the project, but I used what I had. When I find some *bigger deals* at the GW Boutique, I will replace them. The little ones will look lovely on Tessa's bed since they match her curtains.


This was a fun photo taken at Old Navy in Canton, Ohio. The five kids had a blast hanging out with/in the display while we shopped. I just had to take a shot of it. Another shopper kept trying to get in our photo, but I had to politely ask her to step aside. Yes, she was also cute, but this was our *family* shot. *wink*
We got to meet my niece's baby, Hayden, for the first time. She is a doll baby and the kids just loved her.
kelly kerry
Great-grandma gave each of the kids a patriotic pinwheel which they had so much fun with. The little things seem to thrill them the most.

Casey told us that this was the first time she ever held a baby. She seemed to enjoy it.
The kids spent most of our visit in the backyard. My sister is amazing at keeping her yard looking perfect. I just know she sneaks out at night to trim with scissors; it's that perfect!

Hayden was definitely the hit of the day, but Fluffy came in a close second. My mom has four or five or six little dogs that keep her company. They do a good job! The kids got a kick out of so many little things running to--or should I say away--from them.

Mom can no longer do the things she once enjoyed like nursing, sewing, creating, and thrift-shopping, but she can at least enjoy the thought that I've passed on some of her creative and shopping skills to the next generation. No, I did not pass on any of her nursing skills. That would be scary.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009












The weather finally cooperated to squeeze in some time on the lake before Casey heads back to Florida. The two weeks have flown by!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


Aleshia and Kelly watching a game of horseshoes

Mom and daughter outside of the Gettysburg Visitor Center

Seth, Ross, Aidan, and Nate


Terry, Seth, Conrad, Aleshia, and Ross
I probably should have cropped this shot! Sorry Ross!

Aunt Mary and all the kiddos

Matt giving Nate a head massage and Aidan

Chef Mike

Aidan and Ross on the way to Mount Vernon

Kenzie at Mount Vernon

Michael and Denise at Mount Vernon

Casey, Charlotte, and Tessa



Conrad showing the tooth he lost at Mount Vernon

Tessa at the Washington Monument

Kenzie and Casey at the Washington Monument

Ross at Arlington Cemetary

Casey and Tessa at Arlington Cemetary

happy family at the White House