December 31, 2009

happy new year

This last year our family has been though many struggles so I am looking forward to the new year and a new start. To begin the New Year my niece Laci is getting married tomorrow. She has overcome so many trials in her life so seeing her married will be one of the happiest days in our family!
photo: Olivet

December 29, 2009


Noah turned 18 months on Christmas Day and we had so much fun with him this year. He loved everything about it. The ornaments on the tree (trying to take them all off), opening all his presents, playing with the boxes they came in, all the yummy chocolate and spending the whole day having fun with his family!
On Christmas Eve, Noah had one thing to say: I'm Not Sleepy!
He was so fascinated with this toy even though it didn't cost hardly anything. He pressed the button and the little airplane would light up and spin.
Noah's new jammies from his Aunt Danielle
Every year since our kids were little my brother Bob has given all of his nieces and nephews money for Christmas. That 40 dollars each adds up to quite a bit since their are 17 of them. They are so blessed to have such a generous and loving uncle who as you can see in this photo, is their Mr. Wonderful!
My daughters have been cooking up a storm this year so I gave them each one of my favorite cookbooks. Danielle and Matt sharing a Christmas moment.
My mother with her newest little great granddaughter Kenna Mae.

December 22, 2009

wise words

I love this quote I read today from our President:

Barack Obama:

“One of the things that I’ve felt very strongly about during the course of this year is that hard stuff requires not paralysis, but it requires going ahead and trying to make the best of the situation that you’re in."

via: Michael Crowley

December 19, 2009

cookie centerpiece

I was baking Christmas cookies tonight and catching up on Martha Stewart shows when I came upon this adorable idea for a centerpiece. It would also be really cute as a hostess gift. What I loved about it is how easy it is. You can get these pretty jars at Crate and Barrel. Then you just fill it part of the way with sugar. Next use small cake plates to stand up decorated cookies. Lastly add a few peppermint candies and a cute red bow at the top. I love watching Martha Stewart's holiday shows with all her wonderful inspiration!

not loving santa

I guess you could say that Noah and his cousin Liam where not really happy to see Santa this year. They are both between one and half and two which is obliviously not the greatest age to be lovin Santa. I am sure when they get older they will look back on this and get a big laugh!

December 11, 2009

my children's christmas stockings

One of my favorite possessions is these Christmas stockings my mother made for my 3 children. Many years ago when my father was ill and mostly sedentary she wanted to find a hobby so she could sit with him for long periods. She thought cross stitching would be perfect and went to work on these stockings even though she was a novice. I love Christmas time when I can pull out these beautiful stockings and hang them over the fireplace to enjoy!

December 7, 2009

Happy Birthday Matt!

This is one of my favorite pictures of Matt taking his first steps when he was learning how to walk. This week (twenty-two years later) he took another big step when he packed up all his belongings and we helped him move into his own place. I'm always happy for my children when they become independent, but it is oh so heart wrenching when they move out of your house for good. I immediately have flashbacks of them sitting at our kitchen bar visiting and fixing food for them when they get home from school or work. Hearing them calling out Hi as they come through the door. Coming in their rooms and seeing the familiar sights and sounds of their life. Having them come home late at night and enjoying long talks with them about their day. All the million moments that having them in my life has brought me joy. It's not like they are gone for good, you will still be seeing them when they visit. Somehow though in your heart you know things will never be the same again and as they turn and kiss you goodbye, it hurts.

December 6, 2009

cupcake tree

When you don't have room for a real tree, a modern cupcake tree from sweet paul.

December 3, 2009

sweet baby things

Adorable baby gift tags from Deejan on Etsy
Oh so sweet owl top from LittleBlueWren on Etsy
via: My Notting Hill

November 28, 2009

recipe flags

These cute recipe flags a are a great way to tag recipes in a cookbook or magazine. The price is inexpensive too at only 5.95. When I see all the little scraps of paper stuck in my magazines I can never tell what kind of recipe it is. The food titles on these tags would solve this problem and they are so much more attractive!
via: foodforthought

November 26, 2009

happy thanksgiving 2009!

Noah and Liam playing a duet on Turkey Day! We had a lovely Thanksgiving and I am so grateful for my close and loving family!

November 24, 2009

thanksgiving blessings

I love this cute idea from Blonde Designs for a Thanksgiving activity for kids. You have them put together little treat bags with each item highlighting the symbolism of Thanksgiving. For instance, Candy Corn and Popcorn: The sacrifices of the pilgrims first winter. Food was so scarce that settlers survived on just a few kernels of corn.
What a great way to get kids talking about what Thanksgiving really represents. I can't wait until Noah and his cousins are a little older so we can do this with them.

November 23, 2009

Happy Birthday Brittany!

And now.....always bringing me Happiness!

To my sweet daughter, things I love about you

You put your heart and soul into being a good Mom to Noah
You are compassionate to those around you
You don't judge people and try to walk in their shoes
You are open minded and love learning new things
You are becoming a good cook and give me great recipes
You make me laugh
You are excited about learning to sew
You get strength from your faith
You are forgiving
You work super hard in school
and my favorite thing about you
you love hanging out with your Mom!

November 21, 2009

individual sides

I love this idea from Sunset in the first photo of using a creamer as individual gravy boats. This one is only 1.95 from Crate and Barrel. It reminded me of the mini salt and pepper shakers above that I bought several years ago. They are so great to use at times like Thanksgiving or whenever you have guests over. Everyone always loves having their own salt and pepper shaker at their place setting. I'm sure they would enjoy having their own little gravy boat too!

November 15, 2009

stunning design

What beautifully designed rooms by Kishani Perera via Elements of Style. These have got to be some of the most lovely rooms I have ever seen! You can see more of her gorgeous work here.

November 12, 2009

on my mind

Kenna Mae.....Our love and prayers are with her today as she has a Kasai procedure for Biliary Artresia.

Update: Kenna made it through the surgery well and we are so relieved. We are now just praying the Kasai procedure works and that she will be healthy again soon. She is such a brave precious little girl!
photo: sarahhullphotography

November 11, 2009

veterans day 2009

Thoughts and prayers with our veterans and soldiers fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
vt news

November 9, 2009

rules for my unborn son

I immediately thought of my grandson Noah when I come across the book Rules for My Unborn Son by Walker Lamond. Based on his touching and humorous blog 1001 Rules for My Unborn Son, I can see why all his reviews are glowing. What a perfect gift for a new Dad this Christmas.
via: Cup of Jo

November 8, 2009

living room decor

I was reading Coto De Texas.and came across this beautiful space Nate Berkus designed for his living room of his Chicago home. I had seen it before but I had forgotten how much I loved his decor. He also has great design tips for creating a home of your own.
1. Love walking through your front door
2. Your home should feel collected over time
3. Let each room tell a story of who you are
4. Make your home your own
5. Create a space that grounds you
6. Your home is one of your greatest reflections

My favorite #3!

November 7, 2009

shana faust

Beautiful images from Shana Faust website via Oh Joy. She is photo stylist and previous editor of Martha Stewart Living and her work is stunning!

November 5, 2009

small space decorating

We are going to be moving in a couple of months. I am excited about the move because we will be living close to my family and only a mile and a half from the beach! I love the beach weather in Southern California, it is as close to perfect as you can get. The other great thing is I am really familiar with the area because I grew up and lived there for 25 years. One big challenge with this move though is I am going from a house of 3500 sq. ft. to a house of 1200 sq. ft. This is going to require completely different decorating. Since my living dining area is going to be so much smaller I have started gathering pictures for inspiration. The pictures above are a few of my favorites for a small space.
images: home sweet home

November 2, 2009

trick or treat 2009

This was Noah's first year trick or treating (he was a little to young last year). That didn't stop him from catching on quickly and having a great time!
photos: Brittany Parker

October 30, 2009

orange and black decor

Since its Halloween weekend its a perfect time to post these pictures of a cute condo I saw decorated in orange and black. I wouldn't normally think of using these colors but love these rooms especially the dining room. Orange decor is everywhere now though and really adds a pretty brightness to a room.
photos by me

October 29, 2009

kenna mae

With all that was going on in the last few weeks with my brothers heart attack, I didn't get to mention we have a brand new member in the family. My nephew and his wife had a sweet little baby girl Kenna Mae a few weeks ago. She is so precious, as you can see in the picture above. She is also such a good natured and calm baby and her Mommy and Daddy very pleased about that!

As for my brother Bill, he was released from the hospital yesterday and we are so happy he is home! We did have another scare a few days after the surgery. He had an inflammation of the heart membrane that caused him to be very sick while he was trying to recover from the surgery. It took them several long days for the doctors to figure out what was wrong with him and put him on steroids. Immediately he improved. We learned with bypass surgery this can be a complication to be aware of and the patient needs to be put on steroids right away. If we would have know about this before hand we could have pressured the doctors to put him on steroids earlier and he wouldn't have suffered needlessly. We are hoping Bill's story can help other people who have to go through this in the future.
image: Sarah Hull photography

October 28, 2009

spider cupcakes

Cute little Dulce De Leche Pumpkin cupcakes for Halloween via spearmint baby.

October 25, 2009

design fragment

What a cute small space from the blog design fragment. Love the personal touch of the enlarged photo of their child. This blog focuses on Swedish decor, is beautiful to look at if you love interior design, besides being a great place for inspiration in decorating.
via: apartment therapy