STAYCATION TIME AGAIN!

 

On my last blog post I wrote about the Staycation invitations that you see below for our 2nd annual Staycation this year.

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And, if you read it you’ll know that inside these wine boxes were some invitations that had little keys attached to each one with a word on it. 

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They were supposed to bring the key (I got these at Hobby Lobby, by the way) so they could find out which room they were staying in….

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Because, on each door I created a small sign reflecting the word designated on each key to show them which “room at the inn” was theirs Smile….

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I glued these little chalkboards onto some burlap fabric (to match the invitations)

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And, and added the little pumpkins – courtesy of my friend, Kathy!  On each chalkboard I wrote the word matching the word on their key…..

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Only I completely messed up on this one and put the wrong word…UGH!….go figure.  I put “treasure” and the word was actually “memory”.  Obviously my memory ain’t so good!

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Inside each room was a welcome bag filled with goodies including one of my corny little poems centered around the word that was on the door and on the key.

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Daniel and Melissa’s room (aka D and Mo)….

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ryans room

Ryan and Katie’s room….

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And, Alyssa and Kaisley’s room. 

Since I haven’t redecorated my college daughter’s room since she moved out this year we thought we’d surprise my granddaughter, Kaisley, with this tent.  She’s a nut about building forts now so we thought she would get a kick out of this.  And, she did, by the way! Her Aunt Aly, spent the night in here with her.  (Of course we added the bedding before they went to sleep.)  If you look inside you can see a goodie bag for each of them here, too.

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When it was time for the evening to begin I set up my kitchen with a little welcome sign….

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An autumn tablescape for our Mexican feast…

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Which consisted of burritos, taco’s, taco salad, queso, guacamole, stuffed jalapeno peppers and all the fixin’s….

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Then we hung out back in our outdoor living area by the fire eating dinner and enjoying the evening.  Fortunately for us the Texas weather was picture perfect for a night like this.

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Of course we had to make time for smore’s….

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And cuddle time with Aunt Mo and Uncle D…..

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After dinner and dessert the ladies went inside to make Mo’s birthday cake for her birthday celebration the following night.  I got each of the girl’s matching aprons like mine and Kaisley’s courtesy of my friend, Shirley.  Each apron has their nickname that Kaisley calls them embroidered on it in lime green.  You can’t see it but, they say:  Mo, Aly, Mimi J, Mommy.  That was a surprise for Kaisley more than anyone, because she loves, loves, loves to bake. And, she loved seeing us all in matching aprons.

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So after everyone donned their aprons we got right to work.  Mo and Katie worked on the giant cookies we were going to use for ice cream sandwiches the next day…..

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And, Kaisley, Aly and Mimi J got busy on the cake batter for the birthday cake…..

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When all was ready KK got to decorate the cake just the way she wanted – with lots and lots of sprinkles and my left over pumpkin picks from Halloween to create a “punkin’ patch”.  Not bad, huh!

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After our “Doogimi-licious Breakfast” the next morning – consisting of pancakes, bacon and eggs – it was time for the kid’s treasure hunt.  (I forgot to print this off so I had to whip it up in my own hand writing at the last minute which is why it looks a bit hokey.) Oh well…she didn’t care…Smile

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To make it easy for her I printed out pictures of where the clues were hidden so she would know where to find each one.  First, the chaise lounge pictured above…..which took her to the next clue…

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This bar stool which took her to….

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The coffee table pictured here….

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She was quite proud to find them on her own…..

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Little brother followed along with the help of his Uncle D…..

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She found the next clue here which finally lead her to….

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Their treasure!

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They were a little excited to say the least.

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When the kid’s treasure hunt was over it was time for the grown up version.

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They each read their first clue which read:

To start today with your surprise….

You must learn to find your way –

To prepare for your excursion

You must now agree to play…

And, even as experienced

As each of you now are -

This time the game requires

That you get into the car.

Each stop requires a picture

And the first is blocks away…

To our friend’s house on the corner….

Where Dan-Man used to play.

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Their first clue led them to our good friend’s home where they found the second clue.  Daniel snapped a picture (just as they were supposed to) then headed to their next stop….

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Which was at their grandmother, Mimi J’s, house.  There they found the clue that led them to the next stop…..

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And, that’s where they found their surprise…..Tickets to a dine-in movie theater for lunch and movie of choice Saturday afternoon.

A fun, little afternoon, especially for mama, Katie, who had yet to venture out without her new bambino.

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While they were away and the little ones were napping, Kaisley and I finished our Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Sandwiches.

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Yummo!  You can see she’s quite proud once again. 

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When everyone returned from lunch and movie’s we hung out, had Doogie’s delicious Pasta Fa-Doogie (Pasta Fagioli – Doogie style) for dinner, celebrated Mo’s birthday and hung out back till 1:00am in the morning watching a movie.  (Failed to get pictures of any of that! I guess we were just having too much fun!)

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Sunday morning, after we had breakfast burritos courtesy of Doogie, it was picture time.  So I set up some of my indoor furniture out in the back yard to create a cozy little vignette for family photo’s….

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Just to record the memories….

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And, the fun……

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And, all the cuteness……

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In a world of constant “busy-ness” it’s nice to just stop in our tracks and enjoy spending time together. 

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Lastly we ended the weekend, as promised, with the kid’s picnic in the back yard….

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And, even though we laugh about one of Daniel’s friends who simply cannot fathom why in the world the whole family would want to hang out together for an entire weekend (Completely perplexed at the idea, he asked Daniel if we were going to play Chutes and Ladders and eat Fiddle Faddles…..hahaha) we do have lots of laughs and lots of fun even if it is a simple “vacation” at our house and not somewhere fancy-schmancy.

When it was all over and they’d all gone home my son, Ryan, texted us to say that when he put Kaisley to bed that Sunday night she said, “I wish we could stay at Mimi and Doogie’s six more nights…..no….fifty more nights!” 

And, that’s what it’s all about.

Happy Decorating!

STAYCATION INVITATIONS!

 

Well…..it’s that time of year again……Staycation time that is.

After a fun-filled weekend last year with the fam they declared they wanted to do it every year which made this Mimi/Mama very happy.  So, of course, oblige them I did. 

And, this year I decided I wanted to do something fun with the “invitations” so I decided to tap into my crafty side and get creative.

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With burlap all the rage these days (and it being fall and all) I thought it’d be fun to do something with a rustic, casual, autumn-like vibe using it for the cover of my invitations.  So I bought some off the bolt at good old Hobby Lobby…..

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And, glued a piece of wheat colored craft paper to one side to give it substance.  Then I frayed the edges a tad just to give it a more defined edge.  After making a front and back cover I hole-punched them with three holes and tied them together with string.

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Next I took the same craft paper and cut a little tag shape with it and tied on a key with string. 

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I added a little note to the tag for the key to their individual rooms.  (They’ve nicknamed us as a couple “Doogimi”, a combination of our grandparent names….Doogie and Mimi. – Kind of our version of Brangelina I guess you could say. Smile )  So that’s what I referenced on the invitations….just in case you’re wonderin’.

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I attached this to the outside of their invitations….

Inside when they opened it up they saw a little dorky poem I wrote (yes, I’m always writing dorky poems) about the Staycation…..

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Which reads:

FAMILY STAYCATION!

NOVEMBER 1-3, 2013

The time has come once again…

For our fun-filled family weekend…

Can’t take you on a glam vacation….

So we offer the “Doogimi” staycation!

Where, fun and games, surprises, too –

Await each and every one of you!

So come prepared for a good ole time….

With family, food and a little wine.

More memories we can all hold dear……

And hope to each and every year!

And, the next page was the itinerary…

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Which reads:

ITINERARY

FRIDAY:

DINNER

FIRESIDE CONVO AND MUSIC

GIRL’S BAKING TIME WITH KAISLEY (MO’S BIRTHDAY CAKE!)

(RAIN) OPTIONAL: GIRLS AGAINST THE GUYS PICTIONARY

SATURDAY:

DOOGIMI-LICOUS BREAKFAST “PAPA J STYLE”

PLAY TIME WITH ELY AND KAISLEY

GRANDMUNCHKIN TREASURE HUNT

ADULT SURPRISE AFTERNOON

THE VILLAGE AT 5:00PM

DINNER AT THE MOVIES (FIRESIDE)

SUNDAY:

MOOGIE WOOGIE BREAKAST SPECIAL

FAMILY PICTURE (AT THE PARK????)

PICNIC LUNCH

CHECK OUT

 

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The third page was a sheet written specifically for each one and what they were to bring.

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Then I rolled it up and tied string around the whole thing…..

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And, slipped them into these cool wine boxes.  (The older ones were required to bring the wine box back with a bottle of wine of their choice in it)

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Next I added a tag to the outside of each box with “Staycation Invitation” on it printed out on parchment-like craft paper.

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And, when they were all done they looked like this.  Each delivered by hand…..

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Just a fun little special way to start off a special weekend.

Come back in a few days and I’ll share our Staycation Vacation pictures and adventures with you.

Happy Decorating!

SHOPPIN’ TILL YOU DROP IN TAOS, NEW MEXICO!

 

One of the fun things to do on our annual trip to Angelfire, New Mexico is a trip to the shops in and around Taos.  And, one of our fave’s is a cute, little shop off the square called Michelle’s.  Quaintly tucked into the corner of the building it pulls you toward the door like a magnet with it’s charm.    You know, one of those cozy, inviting entrances you just can’t bring yourself to walk by without a peek inside.

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Her “casual chic” clothes hanging outside….

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And, the decked out mannequins….

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Just make you feel a little more hip….

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Even if you’re really not.

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Once inside it does not disappoint.

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Special touches everywhere….

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Add to the charm…pulling you through the store.

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Artfully coiffed busts and mannequins….

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Carefully placed handbags….

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Cool clothes everywhere…..

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Make you glad you stopped in.

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And the owner, Michelle, shown here with me is fun, friendly, full of life and as peppy as they come.

If you ever in Taos stop in and take a peek.  And, if not, you can check her out on Facebook here.  Smile 

Happy Decorating!

A HAPPY 35TH ANNIVERSARY IN ANGELFIRE!

 

Just like last year I had the privilege of spending my wedding anniversary with my hubby and friends in my favorite place on earth……Angelfire, New Mexico.  An action packed week of laughs, shopping, hiking, good food, good wine and good friends.

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And like last year my husband brought his Harley so we could enjoy riding through the mountainside.

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One of our all time favorite things to do.

Photo: More bear hunting.

And, of course we set up spots in the woods each night replete with wine and appetizers in search of Elk…..just like last year….

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On our actual anniversary we started out the day with a two hour hike on Elliot Barker Trail….

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He even picked me some Happy Anniversary wild flowers….

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That’s my guy……so sweet….Smile

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Our friends were there to celebrate with us….

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And, together we enjoyed the amazing hike, the beauty and the crisp cool air.

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When the hike was over it was onto a saloon in Eagle’s Nest called Laguna Vista that dates back to 1897.

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 So fun!

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More celebrating, more laughs, more good food, good drinkin’ and good friends.

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Our cute little waitress, Patty, took a likin’ to us and gave us a private tour of the old time “brothel” next door.  Apparently it’s haunted and inhabited by 20 or so spirits (according to Patty) and a great many ghosts have been seen lurking about the place.

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She showed us some of the original clothes worn back at the turn of the century…

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Explained how many pictures of the mirrors at odd angles show ca-reepy things lurking in the background.

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Like the creepy face in the lower right hand corner of this mirror. Eeeek!!   Just kidding….that creepy face is actually my own reflection, but we didn’t realize it at first and it freaked us all out and had us screaming.  Ha!  I know – what dorks!  But see the creepy shadow in the back of the mirror?…….Just sayin’…….hmmmm…..

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And, apparently, according to Patty, some of the rooms are so haunted that people “sensitive” to ghosts won’t even go into them. 

Yep…..ca-reeeeeep-yyyyyy.

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But, for those brave enough, they now will do private dinner parties in some of the rooms.

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Something we surely would have planned for our anniversary dinner had we known.

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Oh well…..there’s always next year. Smile

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As for this year……

Anniversary perfection!

Happy Decorating!

FAMILY TIME: GIRL’S SLUMBER PARTY!

 

With busy work weeks consuming my life and the weeks whirling by so quickly there are times when it’s necessary to stop the madness and have a little fun.  Right?  And, what better way to do it than spend time with the girls. 

And, by girls I mean my granddaughter, daughter and my mom!

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So a sleepover at my moms was in order.  And, since my sweet little princess loves to bake – we donned our matching aprons (beautifully embroidered by my talented friend, Shirley Wood) and bake we did.

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Kaisley was in complete control and more than happy to get the cupcakes going.  She mixed her own batter…..

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Plopped it by spoonful’s into the cupcake holders….

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With just a wee bit of help from her Mimi J.

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Then she added the icing….

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And, finally, meticulously added one little jelly bean to the top of each one.  (Since her great-grandmother, Mimi J, always has a bowl of jelly beans on hand just for her.)

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When all were done she proudly displayed them for a picture.

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Okay so maybe she added a few more jelly beans to her own personal cupcake…..but, hey, what happens at Mimi J’s stays at Mimi J’s…..Right!!!

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When Aunt Aly got off work she came over to join in on the fun….

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KK, always happy to see her…..

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Couldn’t get enough…..

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And was more than happy to share her creation.

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The next morning it was time for crafts…..

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A walk to the park (with the babies, of course)……

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Where we did a little rock climbing…

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A little swinging….

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A little swinging the babies, too (of course!)..…

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Then there was little rope climbing….

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And, other fun stuff…..

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Like going down the slide – babies in tow. Smile

Perfect “girl time” reprieve from a busy work life.

Now Kaisley already has our next slumber party all planned out:  Pizza party, Fort Building, Movie and Popcorn. And, with her grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt as her slumber party pals….I’m thinking she’ll get just what she wants.

And, I for one can’t wait!

HAPPY DECORATING!!!

A HEARTFELT, “BELATED” HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO MY WONDERFUL KIDDO’S!

 

In all my “busy-ness”  I never got around to posting my “Happy Anniversary blog” to my kids.  And, late or not, I just have to take the time now to do it!  Both boys got married the same time of year so since I’m late anyway – I can seize the moment in a 2 for 1 and say Happy Anniversary to both of them!

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Six years ago my oldest son, Ryan, got married to my precious, beautiful daughter-in-law, Katie…..

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And, as I look back at these pictures it seems impossible it’s gone by so quickly….

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And, now they’re raising a beautiful family of their own.  (With one more on the way…..woo-hoo!)

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Daniel and Melissa, my other “amazingly beautiful on the inside and out” daughter-in-law got married just a year ago…

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But the time has flown just the same.

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No babies yet Smile….just enjoying the newlywed lifestyle….

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The blessings I feel with my growing family knows no bounds.  I couldn’t have asked for more perfect daughter-in-laws for my boys.  And, the addition of my grandkids are a blessing beyond words.  (All you fellow grannies out there get my drift!)

Happy Belated Anniversary to my amazing kids!

And as always……

Happy Decorating!

DESIGN MIX 2013! Interior Design Society Extravaganza

 

Okay, so I know how irritating it is to check out a blog you frequent only to find there have been no posts of late.  Boring!  And, I know for many of you that has been the case with my own.  And, again….apologies are in order all the way around!  But, I have my reasons……really I do!  These last few months have been a whirlwind of activity with my moving into my new commercial office space, traveling to High Point Market for a week, installing an out of town model home, and working as an IDS co-chair for a charity near and dear to my heart that took every spare second of my life these last couple of months.  In addition to that I’ve been to two out of town weddings and well, when you work full time and have a dozen or so client projects to stay on top of, there just “ain’t” enough hours in the day! 

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I decided to kick off what I hope is my re-entry into the blogosphere with a blog post on the recent “Design Mix” that the Interior Design Society put on at the impressive E.C. Dicken showroom in the Dallas Design District.  Though I’m on the board I can claim no credit for the extravaganza.  Knee deep in our charity project and no extra time in the day, this event was the result of the rest of the board, primarily Barbara Gilbert, our current president.  Barbara, I must say, did a bang up job pulling it all together, along with the help of the other board members and the contribution of various vendors.

Above is myself with some of my fellow board members as well as my friend and fellow designer Glen Boudreaux of Glen Boudreaux and Associates, and Ashlynn, a much loved IDS member and Sherwin Williams representative.

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Ever the gracious hosts the E.C. Dicken’s staff along with vendors Fiber Seal, Luxe and DeVance AV Design provided us with an array of fab food……

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And an assortment of yummy cocktails.  (Note the line to prove my point.)

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Our respected vendors, members of ASID, and members of IDS filled the showroom for a meet and greet and to peruse the beautiful space.

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Guests were greeted by members of our board, Dot and Alba.

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Sleek, stylish lines and warm hues were prevalent throughout the showroom. 

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Luxurious, impeccable…..

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Interesting details…

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Expansive artwork…

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Did I say luxurious already????  Yes, I think I did…..

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Everywhere you turned there were interesting, detailed pieces to gush over…

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And, for designers….well, that’s like a kid in a candy store.

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It’s always refreshing to meet and visit with fellow designers.  This is my friend Kristy, current president elect of the ASID Texas chapter (and my office partner, design partner and general partner in crime Smile), with some fellow ASID board members I had the privilege to meet.

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Current IDS president Barbara and fellow board member, Christine visiting with one of the guests….

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Friends and fellow IDS members – Alba, Jody, Dot and Denise.

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There were prizes to give out – compliments of DeVance AV Design, Feizy Rugs and Terry Taylor.  Shout out to each of them for these wonderful, generous gifts! 

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And, last, but not least, a lovely speech by the impressive Lisa Robison, founder of the Dwell With Dignity organization (whom I’ve had the pleasure of working with of late); as well as a heartfelt and much appreciated speech from Ashlynn, our Sherwin Williams rep and fellow IDS member.  Both huge supporters of the Interior Design Society.  A shout out to both of them for their kind words and their kind hearts!

It turned out to be quite an event.  Hats off to the amazing and impeccable E.C. Dicken showroom as well as their staff for the lavish digs and “chic” atmosphere.

Happy Decorating!

EDUCATION IMPACT: A TIME FOR CHANGE IN HAITI!

 

I know I’m behind on my design blog of late, and apologies all around!  I do intend to catch up, once I have time to breathe.  I see light at the end of the tunnel so the time is drawing near when I can begin blogging again about interior design.  Soon…..very soon!

But, I had to take a few minutes to blog about a cause very near and dear to my heart as well as my entire family’s hearts.  Today is the official launch of Education Impact, a program designed to help educate and mentor Haitians, and teach them a new way of life, a new way of living.  A life of education, empowerment and self-sufficiency.  Check out their website here. 

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What started out as small mission trips to help small Haitian communities in various ways such as Bible school, etc. has resulted in a rapidly growing program to educate and mentor on a massive scale. 

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Seeing the spirit of the Haitian people along with the need that exists there deeply touched the hearts of those ministering to them on these trips.   And, with this, came a deep yearning…..a deep desire to help these people on a much larger scale.  It was from this heart of compassion that Education Impact was born.

You’ve heard it said feed “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to catch fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” But, I have one step further……Educate a man how to provide for his family and they can, in turn, educate others who can provide for their families who can educate others and so on….and so on….and so on….

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This is the goal of Education Impact:  Education, Independence, Empowerment, Self-Sufficiency.  Please check out the website:  www.eihaiti.org to learn more.  Or you can reach them at the address or email below:

“For Haiti to become a strong nation, it must be rebuilt from within, with leaders built from within.”

FAMILY STAYCATION: THE PERFECT WEEKEND “GETAWAY”……..AT HOME!

 

My husband and I would love to whisk our family off on a wonderful 5 star vacation, but with another child to put through college and the restraints of our adult children’s own work schedules it was simply not possible this year.  So we, along with our kids, decided that a staycation was the way to go.  Everyone would come stay at our house for a weekend and we’d have a our own little makeshift vacation.  I originally wanted to do it in the summer, but before we knew it our summer was over and the first fall weekend our schedules would allow for an entire weekend with all of us together was in November.

So when the weekend finally arrived I got the guest rooms ready….

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One for  Ryan and Katie…

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And one for Daniel and Melissa….

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I decided to have fun with it and put a welcome basket in each of their rooms with a couple of small bottles of wine, some wine glasses……

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And a little notecard…..

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Just for a little fun.Smile

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(And I made a basket with water instead of wine for Alyssa, who’s only 18.)

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For dinner the first night I set my table up for a buffet style meal……

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And dressed it up so it would look a bit like a restaurant buffet for a pizza and salad bar.

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Then laid out all the fixins

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I placed the weekend itinerary on the center of the table….

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As well as instructions for the pizza bar…

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After each pizza was personally “decorated” each family member took a parchment paper flag (that I had pre-cut earlier)  and wrote their initials on it, then marked their slice by adhering it with a toothpick so we could bake them all together.  That way there was no wondering who’s pizza was who’s.

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I had the salad bar instructions on the table as well (not that I needed it)…

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The nice thing about a Pizza/Salad Bar is that most of the toppings could be used for both the pizza and the salad…….the perfect Martin family meal.

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For dessert I decided we’d have a DIY Martini cake contest.

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Each “kid” would create their own martini cake and decorate it with their own unique style….

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They chose their own food coloring for the batter and also for the icing….

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I admit this was something the girl’s were more interested in doing than the boys, but they were sweet and humored  me…..

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They played along.

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Turns out they actually had a little fun with it…

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And they made some very impressive martini cakes!  (Find the recipe here)

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I wanted to create a little game room of sorts in the garage and since I don’t have a ping pong table I bought a portable table tennis set and created one myself.

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This is the table top I use on top of my marble dining room table when I need to expand it which is simply two pieces of hinged particle boards.  We keep it stored in the garage so it came in very handy for a ping pong table.  It was even regulation length – just a little more narrow.  But, it worked like a charm.

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We all played, but Ryan remained the overall winner and we (I) dubbed him the King Kong of Ping Pong. Smile

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I also bought this three game set…..

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And set up the bean bag toss – and, we just sort of hung out and had some no frills fun in our garage turned game room….

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Even our youngest little Martin man hung out…..

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Then it was time for the big “treasure hunt”.

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This is a fun little game my own kids grew up doing every Easter and Christmas.  I write out clues and they have to follow the clues to the grand prize.  Since this was my granddaughter, Kaisley’s (aka KK), first “hunt” I explained the game to her…..

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And, the hunt was on….

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The first clue led to her bookshelves……

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Then the back of her rocking chair…..

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Which lead her to one of my pumpkins……

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And, finally the grand prize – her goody bag. One for her…..

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And, one for her baby brother, Elijah.

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Once the kids were snuggled up in bed…..

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It was time for the adult treasure hunt…..

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The funny thing is…..even as adults they still have fun with this long standing Martin tradition….

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They took turns reading the clues until they made their way to the big surprise….

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Their “grand prize” was individual envelopes of money for each one of them.  The only rule was they all had to go shopping together on Saturday and all the money had to be spent on something fun for them not for anyone else.  (Mimi and Doogie would babysit the grandkiddo’s and take them to the park to feed the ducks between naps)

  After shopping it was church together, then dinner (Pasta Fagioli by Doogie) – which we’ve nicknamed Pasta Fa-Doogie – and, lastly a movie.  (An oldie, but goodie by the way – “Spy Games” with Robert Redford and Brad PittGreat flick!) Dessert was Cookies & Cream ice cream with chocolate syrup.

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The next morning we had a piñata for Kaisley…..

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Which required a little help from Daddy and Doogie.

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And, although she was happy with the goodies that poured out of it….she was none too happy she wasn’t allowed to eat it all at that moment.

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Next it was time to bury our family time capsule….yes, a time capsule.

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Inside the capsule I put a picture of Doogie and I…..

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And a picture of our kids and grandkids. 

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I typed up a little “document” with our names, the year, some current events and a little bit about our family.  We each signed it – including KK.  Then I rolled it all up with our pictures and put it in a jar…..

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And then in this plastic container.  At Ryan’s suggestion I taped it up with red duct tape and marked it so that if someone comes across it years and years from now they won’t mistake it for trash and just throw it away.

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We pitched in and took turns digging the hole….

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Had a little “photo op” as a record of the event……(early in the morning before makeup…..so don’t judge us!)

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Then Doug (Doogie) buried it.

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Hopefully it won’t be discovered for twenty to thirty years or more!  Regardless…..it was just a fun little adventure…..

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As was the rest of the weekend.  It wasn’t lavish, just simple fun….

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We hung out…..

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Had lots of laughs….

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Enjoyed some family bonding….

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And, ultimately isn’t that what it’s all about?

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We weren’t on a beach somewhere…..or at a mountain chalet……but, fortunately for Doug and I our family doesn’t require all that to enjoy each other’s company and have fun…..

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We just enjoy being together….no matter where we are!

And, they’ve all announced they want to do the staycation weekend at least once a year now.  And, that makes this little Mimi very happy!

Happy Family-Time….

and

Happy Decorating!!!

An Extraordinary Ordinary Life

Given the recent unrest in this world which gets more chaotic everyday…..along with my birthday earlier this month and other events in my life – it’s made me a bit reflective, nostalgic and introspective.  It leads me to sort of think about my place in this crazy, volatile world – and the incredible blessings God has bestowed upon me in my simple, quiet little life – one I very much take for granted.   I know I’m right where God would have me be at this stage of my life….and, sometimes, in the midst of all the “busy-ness” (though not often enough) I stop a minute and realize just how precious my ordinary life is.

My Ordinary Life

I’m an ordinary girl

With an ordinary life…

I’m an ordinary mom

And an ordinary wife

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I live on an ordinary street

In an ordinary house

I have ordinary children

And an ordinary spouse

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I’m extraordinarily grateful

For this ordinary life

Which brings extraordinary joy

To this mother and this wife

I see extraordinary things

In this ordinary-“ness”

For I know in my heart

I’m extraordinarily blessed…

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For my ordinary children

Are extraordinary to me –

My ordinary spouse

The best a man could be -

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A roof over my head…

An extraordinary thing

Food on the table

An extra blessing –

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Let me never lose sight

Of these extraordinary gifts

In my ordinary life…

That I so greatly cherish

by Sheri Martin © 2012

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