Saturday, January 7, 2017

Current favorite things ....

here are my current favorite things....
and they are simple things, I'm no Oprah!

I love the candle melts.....even better than burning candles
and it turns out my favorites are from Kohls
We are having a big snow today so this one is perfect
and smells so good

I love working puzzles
and I always wait until after Christmas is packed away
I've done so much cooking and entertaining during Christmas
that I know it will be a while before I'm hosting anything
so the table is free for working a puzzle

I LOVE "All Washed Up" jewelry
Johnny has bought me 2 of them in the past
one is the coordinates to the Outer Banks
and other is 3 ocean waves
So for Christmas, he was going to surprise me with 2 more except our
puppy Khaleesi found them first!
One was undamaged, 3 starfish
but the other one the blue stone was missing and the bar was
scratched up from her chewing on it. The chain was also broken
We sent it back and the wonderful owners repaired it and replaced
the stone. I got it back the other day.
I told Johnny "but you're my anchor"....haha
we decided we are each others anchor

Of course I have to put my new planner on my favorite list
I just love getting a new planner!
and really, I cannot live without this
with all of new technologies, I still like to have a paper copy
for my planning, appointments, vacation notes, birthdays, etc.

My manager gave me one of those new mini polaroid cameras
for Christmas. OMG....absoutely love that camera
and I takes pictures of folks as the come
over to visit and put them up on the kitchen hutch
I guess it might look a little tacky but I don't care, I think
it's fun! 

these are cleaning cloths from Norwex
when first introduced to these I thought wow, pretty expensive for some
cleaning cloths but now that I have used them, I can understand
why. I can't explain them on how they work but goodness, they are
awesome. The dusting mitt for example.....I can dust my TV stands and I
swear 2 days later they have dust on them again. I kind of figured that was 
because the electronics attract dust. Well now I use Norwex mitt and it was 
8 days later before there was dust on the stands!! So apparently all of these
years of dusting I was just scattering it around....haha
No matter what I used on the kitchen backsplash it was always 
looking streaky. Now with the window cloth, no more streaks!!
these cloths are amazing

and my last favorite hair! haha
I did like it short but now that I have decided to grow it out, I'm 
really loving it. I have gotten past the awkward, hard stage and
can now style it better. So it's my favorite right now....haha!!

so that's it for current favorite things!!


Monday, January 2, 2017

Christmas 2016 ....

I think every year I say we had the best Christmas ever
so this year is no Christmas ever!
Though to be honest, it was also one of the hardest. Last year, not
having momma with us was really bad. And then this year
not having daddy with us....well, it just really sucks once 
both of your parents are gone. 

Johnny and I have so many traditions with our kids
we have kept all of the old ones and always adding
new ones. But this year, all of those traditions changed
and that's ok
we always knew it would happen and it was fine.
In the past, the kids all came over at once, it was loud
and crazy and wild and then it was done and they all left
So this year with our changes, it seemed to be more enjoyable
and lasted throughout the day 
But it was the first year since 1981 that we woke up with
no kids in our house so that was very weird

We woke early to go over to Jacquelyn's to watch the kids
see what Santa brought. 
after they opened presents we all had breakfast.
Jake and Kayce joined us 
this was Bucky and Jacquelyn's first time hosting breakfast
and they did such a great job and everything was delicious!

When we left there, Jake and Kayce came back to the house with us
they opened all of their gifts. 
Then we gathered up gifts and went to Tyler and Nicole's
what fun we had with all of the kids opening presents

We came back home and RESTED....showered
and did a little cooking
Then our brother-in-law Tommy came over
Jacquelyn and her crew came over
Nicole and her crew came too
and our niece and her boyfriend came
and we just really had a great day

Santa brought super hero costumes to Declan and Avery

Enjoying delicious breakfast of hash brown casserole, bacon, 
cinnamon buns, fresh fruit

Our 2 little princess' sweet


Sunday, January 1, 2017

Our year in review....2016

We started the new year cleaning up
and then of course I became a weather fanatic watching and
waiting to hear the words I love......SNOW!
There was rumbles of the "big one" coming our way but 
we know how that always turns out, big disappointment
but not this time.....Jan 22nd it started snowing and it didn't
stop for a long time
by the next day, we had 15 inches with 18 to 20 inch snow drifts

and Jan 23rd our grandson John Thomas turned 2 years old


was a terrible month as we lost our sweet daddy only
17 months after losing our momma.
It was heartbreaking but yet we all knew he was ready
to go be with momma again. He struggled to breathe so we
all knew it ended his suffering. But never easy....and we all
miss him so badly. There is not one single day in my life now
that I do not think of momma and daddy


March 8th another grandson, Declan Liam, turned 3 years old
We hung out with my little sister and her husband at the
Irish Festival and we celebrated Easter at our home
the weather was bad so had to have the egg hunt inside
Even though the weather was annoying, hiding eggs in the house
can still be interesting

I turned 60 years old!! OMG
And my sweetheart husband surprised me with
a party at Maggianos
My siblings, kids, grandkids and a few close friends were all
in on the surprise.
I still can't believe he pulled it off!


My siblings and I continued with cleaning out Daddy's house....not
an easy nor fun task. Though we did run across many items
that brought back great memories and laughs.
Our middle child, Jacquelyn Diane, turned 29 years old
And we left for Myrtle Beach at the end of the month
to visit with our dear friends Glenda and Jerry


May 6th our son Jake turned 28 years old
our granddaughter Avery Grace turned 1 year old
Our son's fiancee celebrated her birthday on May 28th
It would have been our daddy's 83rd birthday on May 31st 
and Johnny and I celebrated 37 years of marriage.
just a big old month of celebrations!!


My darling husband turned 63 years old on June 22nd
Our daughter Jacquelyn and her husband Bucky bought their first home
and right around the corner from us!!

We hosted an engagement party for our son 
Jake and his fiancee Kayce


As we do every year, we headed down to the Chesapeake Bay
to spend a week with Tommy and Joanne. By far our most relaxing
vacation each year. Just a beautiful place to be, hanging out 
with the best people and just having so much fun!!


Our daughter Nicole Renee had her 33rd birthday
We picked up our new addition to our teddy bear pack
Miss Khaleesi Rue

We went to my momma's 80th family reunion 
weird to be there without momma but such fun to see all of our cousins


We headed down to our most favorite place on earth.....
the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Hurricane Hermine had been downgraded to a tropical storm
but knowing how bad those can be, we decided to head down one day early
it was crazy but fun
we had one moment of thinking "did we make a mistake" by
coming down. We're driving on Beach Road, a lot of it flooded
then we came upon power lines down and across the road
so we headed over to the bypass highway, so windy it was hard keeping the
car in our lane, ended up hanging out in the parking lot
of the Kmart until things died down a little
the rest of the trip.....AWESOME!!


Always a fun month
and we decided to have our first ever Halloween party
that sure was fun and there will def be a second one in 2017

Our daughter Nicole coordinated the 2nd annual
Walk to raise awareness for Apraxia.
Apraxia is what our oldest grandson Maddox has
we are so proud of the work our daughter does to
help people understand about this neurological disorder


We decorated for Christmas, had Thanksgiving dinner
at our home for 16 people and then celebrated with my
family.....I think it was 32 of us!!
Johnny and I with all of our them so much

our children.....all grown up

we continued to enjoy our newest puppy, Khaleesi Rue
even though we are still dealing with moments like this


We just had the best Christmas ever!
our traditions changed but that is ok
our family is changing and growing so much that we
knew that day would come

And now we just have so many things in 2017 to look forward to
and changes for our children.....Jake and Kayce getting married
Tyler entering his 4th year of trade school on his road to 
becoming an electrician
Jacquelyn starting her new job at Capital One
Nicole experiencing 3 kids in school and only one
home with her now and planning her 3rd Annual Apraxia walk
and Bucky continuing big success in his job

so much to be thankful for


Saturday, December 31, 2016

Mini bedroom makeover.....

We did a mini bedroom makeover
it's the one room we have always ignored 

I'm putting up some pictures even though we still need to
have the room painted. I'm going to have it painted all white
all we did was buy new curtains, new lamps, new quilt and pillows
below is before.....nothing but sheers on the windows

boring beige lamps

Christmas quilt was still on the unmade bed
but normally not even a quilt or comforter
just blankets! haha....

we bought this silver sunburst mirror, love it

new curtains

white on white quilt
I really love quilts better than comforters
and I really love the new silver pillows

pretty new lamps....the design on the shades is done in what
looks like nail heads

to the rights is a little white lamp with a silver shade
that I bought so I can see to pick out my jewelry....haha

I think will look even better once we paint it.
Still need a couple of more pictures and I am getting a different
chair for the corner. That rocking chair I am storing 
for my sister