Tuesday, August 28, 2012

18 Years and Counting...

Eighteen year ago,
Scott and I became husband and wife!
(well...yesterday, was the actual day)

We promised to love, honor and cherish,
until death do we part...

And I told Scott that the the last line...
whether he went naturally or I killed him
was yet to be determined!

Just Kidding!

We were talking the other night
about how it did not feel like we have been married
for 18 years.  It sounds like such a long time,
but has felt like time has just flown by.

In eighteen years,
we have moved into an apartment...
into our first home...
in with my parents...
(to build our current home)
and then into our house we built.

We have had 7 different cars
that we have driven between the two of us...

Two beautiful boys
that keep us moving all the time...

One dog that tested the vow...
for better or worse...
she was an awful dog...
but she also made me realize that 
Scott really did love me!

Lots of Vacations,
never ending Honey-do lists,
some times fussing 
and a few good fights...
but in the end,
a whole lot of love
and that is all we need to see us
through just about anything.

Here's to the next 18...
may they be filled with many more wonderful memories

And may the years not pass quite so quickly...

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A Summer Farewell

Well, It's official....
All school aged children in the state of Alabama
have returned to their studies,
and Summer is officially over.

Austin thought it was totally unfair that his 
school started a week ago,
but, once again we reminded him,
No one ever said life was fair.

I have one more year to keep Jackson by my side,
but he really wishes that he was big enough
to start Kindergarten.
We hope this enthusiasm keeps up 
until next year...

The weather has finally started to cool off around here.
I know it will probably turn hot again, but for now,
I am enjoying the cool evenings and the crisp breeze
 that comes in the garage
of a morning on our way to school.

I have restrained myself from pulling out
fall decor and putting pumpkins all around and about,
however, these stayed out when I was rearranging a cabinet
the other day.
Back to school for some reason always puts me in a mood to 
clean and organize and purge things...

But before I jumped head first into fall and Halloween
(Oh, how I love me some Halloween!)
I decided I would set the table with one last 
Summer inspired setting.

Won't you come and join me...

The table is set for our family of four,
but we would gladly have you pull up a chair

A simple table with one last splash of summer color.
Natural place mats hold each place setting.

The flowers were an assortment from 
our local grocery store...
for $12 you can add a lot of color and it makes
everything seem a little happier.

I pulled out my olive green chargers to top the woven placemats.

and stacked them with my white scalloped dinnerware.

A close up of the woven placemats and the olive charger.
I can't wait to use these this fall...
oh, and wouldn't they be fun with a deep burgundy for 
listen to me...now I have jumped past
 Halloween and straight to Christmas!!
Oh, MY!

I had found this flatware on Ebay a while back
for next to nothing.
I think they were $5.99 for 
four place settings.

I may never find any more to use with 
more than my family, but they are fun for a
family night!

Natural wood napkin rings with a simple green napkin.

I used my acrylic goblets that I had bought
at the beginning of the summer for outdoor dinners,
but then it turned 400 degrees and the thought of 
eating outside was out of the question.
These will be great for outdoor dining,
because if they fall, they won't break.

A quick shot from above...

Thanks for joining me in saying goodbye to Summer.

Looking forward to falling leaves, pumpkins and 
then Ghosts and Goblins, too!

Come back again and visit soon!

Table Details:
Woven Placemats:  Pier 1
Olive Chargers:  Design World (a local floral and home store)
White Dinnerware:  TJ Maxx
Napkins:  TJ Maxx
Napkin Rings:  Tuesday Morning
Cambridge Tortoise Flatware:  Ebay
Acrylic Stemware:  Tuesday Morning 
Woven Floral Container:  Hobby Lobby

Check out all of the other tablescapes this week at

Tuesday, August 7, 2012


OK...where did the summer go??
We just got out of school a couple of weeks ago,
and now it is already time to start back?

I am not ready for early mornings...
Nope, not at all.

But as much as I am not looking forward
to the early mornings, I am ready for some 
sort of routine.

Friday is when our routine begins...

So, today we set out of buy all of Austin's school
supplies and get him set up for the year.

While out shopping for supplies,
I decided that I wanted to try and make 
something that I had seen on Pinterest.

I had seen several people make Pencil Vases
and knew it was time to get my craft on...

I grabbed my supplies from the Dollar Store.
Three packs of yellow wooden pencils,
clear glass vase,
my glue gun and some ribbon that I had on hand.

It took about 40 pencils to go all the way around the vase.

I tool my glue gun and ran it down one side of the pencil from the eraser tip
to the end.  I didn't  try to be neat...I figured the more glue the better.

Then I just pressed them into the glass and worked my 
way all around the vase until ever last spot was filled in.

Pretty pencils all in a row.

The inside is not so pretty... gooey glue... 

I also ran a row of glue around the top of the inside of the vase
just to be safe.

Tied a little ribbon around and now it's done!
Ready for some flowers and a cute back to school
tablescape, maybe.

Austin even said
"Wow, That's cool!"
when I was done...
Then he asked what I made it for and when 
I replied a back to school table centerpiece,
he rolled his eyes and walked out of the room.

Gotta love the compliments of a 13 year old boy,
and then the typical reaction of a 13 year old boy...
related to anything girly...
hee hee.