Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More wedding shower pics.......

here's a pic of Jacquelyn and her almost mother in law...

and here's me with my 2 girls....
and this is Kayla, one of the bridesmaids.....she's Kay-la-la to me!!
this is Victoria Ray....the flower girl

opening gifts is so much fun!!!

hope you enjoyed seeing the pictures from the shower
we are in crunch time now as the wedding is only
10 weeks away!! yikes.......
this Sunday we are having a DIY day
all of the bridesmaids and a few of my nieces are coming over
we have lots of little diy projects for the wedding so they are
all pitching in to help.
I'll have some pics of that too!


Wedding shower.....

I can't believe in the middle of Johnny being in the hospital
we had a wedding shower!
But you know....the countdown to the wedding must go on... :)
Two of the bridesmaids hosted the shower for Jacquelyn
at my house
They decorated, they ran the errands and shopped
but I did do the cooking.
awww c'mon now, did you really think I could let someone have a party
at my house and me not cook! haha
check out below...lots of pics of the decorations and food!

since the wedding is at the beach, they chose a beach theme for the shower

the drink table....

favors for the guest....small yankee candles

we had a full vase of hydrangeas since they are one of the flowers in the wedding

the dessert table......

so many gifts........

check out the next post


Sunday, March 27, 2011


well, I've been away from the blogs for a little while because.....
On March 17th at 1:24 am my precious Johnny boy suffered a stroke
he woke me up and said.....there's something wrong
he suffered an ischemic stroke in the very back of his head, at the brain stem
this is the area that mostly controls your balance along with other things
he had no balance, at all, just fell forward
his vision went
he couldn't move his head without becoming violently sick
the pressue of his brain swelling bruised his precious face
it was awful
and we were both very scared

We are........
thankful for God's grace
thankful for excellent doctors
thankful for friends and family praying for Johnny
thankful for most awesome nurses
thankful that my Johnny boy is recovering

the statistics for the kind of stroke Johnny had is scary
the kind of stroke he had makes up for only 20% of all strokes
40% do not survive
50% survive but do not fully recover....a lot of those that do survive
remain in a vegetative state
10% fully recover
My Johnny.....he is in the 10%

he is now in the rehab center
he couldn't walk
then he used a walker
then he used a cane
and now, well, that strong husband of mine is walking on his own
slow and a bit wobbly but still...on his own!!

the doctors have told us he will make a full recovery
his dr said one year from now, you'll never know he had a stroke!
beautiful words to my ears

we are humble, grateful...and thankful
and overjoyed that he will be home soon


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

More Farmville....

while in Farmville, we visited this coffe shop
I think it was called Coffee Exchange but I'm not sure of that
anyway, it's in an old bank
and the bank vault is the childrens play area
kind of weird huh?

the lights in there were not on so it looks a little more creepy than
it actually is.


Monday, March 14, 2011

Farmville cont'd....

more pics from Farmville

Greenfronts also sells lawn ornaments
like really, really big lawn ornaments!!

this is the kind of stuff you see in parks or hotels

here's Jacquelyn trying to help the fake children climb the tree...haha

and here's Lynne telling the fake little girl to stop taking!

Melissa playing with the fake frogs

and who wouldn't want this big ole lion guarding your driveway!!


Sunday, March 13, 2011


On Saturday we returned to Farmville, VA to the little
bridal shop to have our daughters first fitting

It's been since about October since we saw her dress so it was very neat
to see her in it again
wow....just beautiful.
so we'll go back the first of April and pick her gown up
and take it home for her portraits
Then we'll take it back!

About 3 wks prior to the got it, back to Farmville
hopefully no more alterations needed and they steam it
and have it ready for travel to the beach.

a lot of trips and it takes us about a 1 1/2 hrs to get there
good thing we love going!

Farmville is a very tiny little college town, home to Longwood University
and home to Greenfront furniture.
I think Greenfront takes up over half of the town
I counted 10 warehouses...could have been more
The warehouses are 3 and 4 floors and each are just packed with furniture
and it's really cool stuff....unusual stuff.
I love walking through there
the warehouses used to be old tobacco storage

they'll have several warehouses, 3 flrs filled with just bedroom furniture
then the next few warehouse will be dining rooms
then there's probably about 5 with just sofas, chairs, tables and tv stands

I'll post some more pics tomorrow


Friday, March 11, 2011


Bella Boo = TROUBLE

we love our new puppy so much BUT....woo wee, she can get in some puppy trouble.

like the picture below where she chewed a hole in
Maddox's Nike shirt

here's another....she chewed the insoles out of Jake's slippers

So I had to go out and get Maddox a new Nike shirt
and went ahead and bought another....2 for 1 = good deal


Thursday, March 10, 2011


Bella Boo loves nothing more than to leap through the air

it cracks me up


Tuesday, March 8, 2011

African Violet...

My Africian Violet that sits in my kitchen window is looking great
I'm looking foward to seeing some pink blooms soon


Monday, March 7, 2011


Ignore the wall paper we are still tearing out
and ignore that the other post is missing....Johnny is
currently re-doing those



Maddox and Gabe love for you to read books to them
Here's Uncle Jake picking out some books to read to them!


Sunday, March 6, 2011


I love the angle of this photo
Bella Boo looks much bigger than she actually is
she is right at 10 lbs and pretty much full grown now


Saturday, March 5, 2011

Pretty flowers....

Thursday night I threw out the beautiful bouquet of flowers
that Johnny gave me on Valentines day
see, I told you those mixed bouquets last so much
longer than roses!

But these 3 were still good.......


Friday, March 4, 2011


I have carpal tunnel in my right hand
and no hand is on the mouse from 7:30 to 4:30
all day, 5 times a week!

And I really do not want to have surgery
so when it gets to hurting too bad, I wear my brace
even sleeping with it on
and then after a week, it's all better
until the next time it flares up!


Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Spring is coming.....

Chrissy was looking all over yesterday for her tennis balls
I think she's trying to tell me it's time to get the leaves up

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Bella Boo: What??  I didn't do anything