Wednesday, July 27, 2011

La Mer

The emerald waters of Florida's panhandle - oh la mer

Golf cart cruisin'

Sport showing his "good" smile - he thinks it makes him look sophisticated when he doesn't show his braces - I love his smile any old way!

Me and my mister on the fishing boat

My sweet Fisherman

raft surfing with Aunt Holli

Baby girl

Mumsie and Popie chillin'

Aunt Holli and Uncle G and the sunset

Crack kills

Mini-pearls on the beach

Sport practicing his MMA moves

Fisherman was so proud of this ugly, little thing - a snake fish

Sweet Pea caught the prize of the day - a huge Spanish Mackerel

It's hard to believe that another wonderful trip to the beach has come and gone. We all had a fantastic week full of sandcastles, raft surfing, swimming, beach bocce ball (carnival style - our new game), bike riding, fishing, golf cart cruising and family togetherness. Mumsie, Popie, Uncle G and Aunt Holli had plenty of patience for the mini-pearls and we made some great memories. It all just goes by too fast!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

History Lesson

It is hard to believe that this peaceful, beautiful place was the scene of a bloody battle.

One of the many monuments.

Sport was lost in his own world - I wonder if the park needs volunteer children for their reenactments? I know of one!

My boys were fascinated with the huge assortment of large firearms.

I love this soldier with a fancy camera and hot pink wind shorts!

USS Cairo - Ironclad ship

This is my dad with Mr. P and Fisherman - the boys were amazed by the immense
size of the ship.

Last week, we made our annual journey to Florida. This is the ninth year that we have made this trip with my parents and my brother and sister-in-law. We all look forward to the white sand, blue-green ocean and precious time together as a family. This year, however, we decided to make the journey there part of the fun and stopped in Vicksburg, Mississippi
for a history lesson.
Vicksburg was the site of a crucial battle in the civil war, as the town was one of the last to fall to the Union. Vicksburg sits on the mighty Mississippi River and the Union's victory there opened-up the river to the Union and cut-off the South's lifeline. The town suffered greatly in the siege and the townspeople took shelter in caves. The battlefield is huge and surrounded the town. The entire scene really captured the imagination of the mini-pearls. The close proximity of the two sides, the hilly terrain and historical reenactments made this a day they won't soon forget. In this day of computers and robots, I easily forget that my forefathers fought with their hands and true grit. I can't imagine having to see the enemy face-to-face. The minis got to hear about life on the battle front and even got to taste some hardtack. That is the flour and water mixture given to the soldiers for food. Sport deemed it "not too bad". He was ready to take-up arms and was lost in his imagination.
Another highlight of the battlefield is the USS Cairo. This was an Ironclad ship that was sunk in the war that has been raised and restored. The ship and it's contents were preserved in the Mississippi mud and now serve as a snapshot into life during the 1860's. It was truly amazing. I highly recommend the tour if you are ever around Vicksburg. Next year, we are thinking about stopping in Natchez. My take away - make the journey part of the fun!


Friday, July 22, 2011

Lazy Days of Summer

Here's to a lazy summer weekend!


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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Today, I'm Dreaming of...

The beach - of course. This home is in Seaside, Florida, just down 30-A from our vacation spot on the Emerald Coast. Paradise found.


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Monday, July 18, 2011

Kitchen Love

This wonderful kitchen from House Beautiful has received a lot of press but I love it and wanted to share - just in case you haven't seen it. We are finally moving forward with our remodel and I have pulled this kitchen out of the magazine and saved it one bazillion times from various internet locations. I think it's safe to say that I love it. The wall color looks the same as my current color and it is the most peaceful, robin's egg blue. I love the classic cabinet hardware, farmhouse sink and transfer ware and the pops of modern with the geometric rug and funky yellow chair upholstery. Yes, it is love. I can just taste a cold glass of iced tea from that pitcher right now.



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Friday, July 15, 2011

On the Porch

How is this for a porch? What to do... admire the view? play a game at the table? share a glass of wine with friends? take a nap on the swinging bed? Oh, decisions, decisions.
Have a fabulous one!


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Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Eclectic Fun

This eclectic, quirky and warm home belongs to some friends. They are moving on to a new space and I have no doubt it will be wonderful and fun and I cannot wait to see it. This home has something to look at in every corner and is such an extension of the fun family that resides within. Enjoy the tour!


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Monday, July 11, 2011

Mirror, mirror on the wall...


This little mirror in the kitchen and a glimpse of the fabulous floor mirror beyond
My dream kitchen so looks like this!

Another view

A two mirror dining room - can you imagine candle light bouncing off the mirrors in there?

Every bar needs a Louis Philippe mirror

The next two rooms don't have wonderful mirrors (that we can see) but they are a part of this home and so serene and beautiful

I ran across this home while browsing through a real estate site. I don't know who designed this beautiful refuge but it is wonderful. I have been inspired to go mirror shopping. Mirrors are kind of like can never have too many, right? And chandeliers? That's another post.

Happy Monday!


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