Saturday, April 30, 2016

Favorite Birthday gifts.......



A piece of art from a favorite artist I follow on Instagram and her website here.



Flowers from friends still going strong......


my mini jcrew bucket bag that matches my wallpaper.


and this hollywood regency style lamp and side table I found in Sun City thrift shopping.  

Thursday, April 28, 2016

It seems often that when you have one fantastic week....it can be followed by a week of craziness with often unexpected out of controls.  This has been my week.  One of my favorite parts of blogging/jourgnaling is being able to look back over time.....like a personal history of sorts.  

It has lifted my soul to go clear back to the beginning of the time I started blogging/journaling!   
This week my Sam turned 4!!!! Wow.....pretty sure those have been the fastest years of my LIFE!  f

He is such a joy in our lives.  He is full of sweetness, joy, mischief, silliness and all things little boys are made of.  We LOVE him beyond.  Life's schedule this week has called for some adjustments.  Life realities have brought a bit of chaos.  All too close to home...to articulate at the present. 

Yesterday for Sam's birthday....I cleared my schedule all for him.  We woke up to the day....just the two of us!  I called him in " a birthday/sick day to his preschool".  I HAD to run an errand first thing to world market and our celebration of  Sam started here.  I told him he could choose a few things he wanted.  They actually have a darling toy section.  

He LOVES stuffed animals beyond, and immediately grabbed a handful.  He found some treats....I got my goods and errand accomplished.  We were both happy as could be.  




It was beautiful weather here yesterday.  Usually it is quite hot by now, but the weather this week has been breezy and PERFECT!  I looked at Sam and immediately new he needed a ZOO day!  He LOVES the zoo and LOVES animals.  

Mike called me and had a few hours to kill in between surgeries.  He buzzed down the road and met us.  Just the three of us at the zoo for Sam's birthday!  


I am not sure who loves the zoo more....Sam or Dad being able to actually take SAM!  




I was obsessed with the pink flamingos...this time around!  

We buzzed home just in time for the kids to get home from school.  It felt like our afternoon was jam packed with activities and work....and errands that had to be done!  

We fortunately were able to squeeze in a bar b q before Dad had to leave for an evening church activity!   


His BIG BLUE eyes!!!! Pretty sure they come from my side of the family.  





Sam requested hot dogs and hamburgers for dinner....so that is exactly what he got.  SODA is his favorite thing in all the world.  I try my very very best to not let him have it.  His birthday it was only fitting for us to all toast to rootbeer....not diet coke:)!



My table setting was a hodgemopodge....but set nonetheless.:)



When we get together with old college friends of Mike they joke and ask if he still likes to walk around all the time with his shirt off any chance he can get.  I ALWAYs answer YES!  He entertains the crowd this husband of mine!



As good as we get.....on a CRAAAZY DAY!



His favorite stuffed animals from the morning escapades...


WE LOVE THIS BOY!!!!  







Saturday, April 23, 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

Happy Birthday to US!

13 years ago Mike came up to me at church and said "I was looking in the church directory and noticed we basically have the same birthday."  True pick up line.  My response....changed the course of my life forever.  Good thing I made the right one.....and I SURELY DID!

We celebrated last night by going out to dinner to our favorite restaurant here in Phoenix.  There are a million and one fantastic restaurants around town, but Capitol Grill has become probably our number one for a special night out.  Our favorite menu items that have won us over is the fried calamari, and lobster mac and cheese.  Heaven on earth in both of our minds.  


This was a big birthday for me....the year of turning the big 4 0!  YIKES....almost hard to type the numbers.  It actually feels quite fantastic to feel so great at 40.  I feel peace, and comfortable in my skin ......a blessing that comes with maturity.  

I loved the day because it included conversations and time spent with the best of friends, and people I cherish!  The older I get the more I appreciate and recognize the fullness in my life comes from those around me.  I am blessed to be surrounded by people who are simply wonderful.  I am so grateful!  

I spent most my day with great girlfriends.  We went for a pedicure and to lunch and some shopping along the way!   

I didn't wash one dish, do one load of laundry, pick up one pair of dirty sock, or even make my bed!   It was a day of indulgence, and I LOVED every moment.  Cheers to the big 4 0 and life ahead.







Monday, April 18, 2016

Cath's room



The spaces I am most happy in my house are the ones that I DARED to do. Dared to paint, dared to wallpaper, dared to just do! 

Cath's room is one of those......













A few pictures of house...finds...projects....and decisions in making.



Trying to decide on which pale green color to paint the walls.  We had greenish blue walls in our house in Pennsylvania.....and I miss a room with just the perfect green wall.  I have it down to three options.  I am putting off my decision in large because I don't want to have to actually do the dirty work and PAINT!:)  



Getting our guest bedroom ready for use!



I have this really amazing and talented friend who happens to also be an interior designer on the side.  She was at dinner here at my house the other night and just happened to have the PERFECT rug she was going to return to home goods.  Instead I was the lucky recipient.  I LOVE IT!  

Caitlin Wilson Navy Kismet rug.....I am in LOVE with in my entryway.  



I have this slight obsession with chinoiserie!  Anything chinoiserie.....I almost can't resist.  I bought these pillows off of etsy (where I buy all my pillows) and I wish my whole house was covered in this as wallpaper.  The pillows will just have to apease.  


Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE thrift shopping.  I thought my days of thrifting were over once I left the East.  However, I have found that to be NOT true at all!  I have discovered some fantastic thrifting here in Arizona and this beautiful orignal artwork is from one of my recent escapades.  


Sunday, April 10, 2016

a few pictures from the other nights senior photo session......

I got to take some senior photos this beautiful girl the other night.  She is truly stunning!  It has to be one of my favorite photo shoots of all time.  She chose the location of a flower nursery.   Brilliant photo local!  

She was the perfect model on a perfect eve!