Engagement Party!!!!

We are so excited that our son is getting married to this beautiful girl!!

This weekend, we celebrated with an engagement party!

Despite the wind, all went well and fun was had by all!!!

The invitation turned out so cute and the boys made their "famous" BBQ sauce to give as gifts!

We had pulled pork and all the fixin’s as well as assorted drinks.

We decorated with lights, lanterns, pictures of them as kids and signs.

We had a great turnout of family and friends!

We love her family!

SAVE THE DATE!

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Some of my favorite things…

I honestly wasn’t going to post any of my Christmas decor this year! I really scaled back and didn’t do much different or exciting.  However, this is a lazy day for us and I can hear my hubby snoring (oh I meant softly breathing) from the bedroom! I have kind of fallen into the “white” trend and used more of it this year. I REALLY, REALLY want a white flocked tree and as much as I love the way my tree looks…it has about had it.  Anyway, thought I would share a few of my favorite things. So here goes…..

Ordered these paper whites from Ballards...the box had a chip so they sent me a new one and didn't want this one returned!! So my daughter got one too!!!

Found these white "awesome" pillows at TJ Maxx and they make me feel all calm and peaceful when I look at them...seriously they do!

I love this wood lantern.....love it! I mean LOVE LOVE it!!! Loving these bright green balls too!

Here it is next to my white chairs....try not to notice the "black" cat hair...ugh!

 

I love little birds and their houses.....

I love burlap...found this on a girls trip to Grapevine and bought all they had! My tree skirt is burlap too!

Same stockings, I just painted the letters white and distressed them...

Our antique bar...very simple this year.

Won this great green container at our annual neighborhood Chinese Christmas....perfect color!

 

My dining room table decor…the runner is…yes….burlap!

 

And now….seriously don’t know why I bought this!

Hmmm...still can't decide. Bought this at a neighborhood party, still not sure I like it. You can take it apart and it becomes 4 little trees. Just couldn't find anywhere to put it.

Have a great week and a wonderful Christmas!!!!!!

Love ya!!

WHEW! Randomness…..

So I haven’t posted in a while. Seems like it has been a very busy and unusual summer. We are in some kind of weird tropical depression and it rains here everyday. The mosquitoes are loving it! My garden is over-grown and in desperate need of weeding but it won’t stop raining long enough to get anything done!

I have been busy helping people decorate. No I don’t get paid! LOL My daughter and I flew….by flew I mean drove.. to a friend’s house in Plano and did a speed decorating job. When we got there we were so shocked to find that she had nothing. When I say nothing, that is exactly what I mean. Her and her new husband bought a aprox 5000 sq ft house and it was (still is) basically empty except for a new table in breakfast area, furniture (from his bachelor pad) in the family room, and furniture in 3 of the 5 bedrooms. Now that means…no pictures, no decorator items…NADA. So on a strict budget we attempted to decorate the kitchen, family room and entry. This means her formal dining, living, and office remain empty. We shopped all day Saturday and decorated, moved furniture, etc until the wee hours of the night and left at 10am Sunday morning. Yes, I have pictures but seriously….they just don’t do it justice. She needs lots and lots more but it was a start. It looks good and I am patting us on the back…but it still needs lots more done.

My friends beautiful home

A couple of weeks ago I helped my son’s girlfriend decorate their house. We changed it from a bachelor pad to a home. It is looking good. Then this past week, I helped my 81-year-old mother-in-law re-decorate her retirement village cottage. Now wrapping my head around the wants of an 81-year-old was difficult. I have definite ideas about decorating so it has been a challenge to make her happy. I have used the saying, “less is more” enough that I think she finally either gets it or just gave in!!! She was so sweet and really listened and let me pick out her new couch and chair. Then she let me take tons of her collectibles and put them away!!! I finished this afternoon with my sweet husbands help!

Now, my daughter is having her entire house dug up! Well, the plumbing is bad and they are literally jack hammering the floors and putting in all new underground pipe! So it will be a while but she is getting new tile, counter-tops, back-splash and possibly new bathroom tile etc. I am sure this means trim work and paint also. So I am guessing we will be busy in a few weeks getting them back to normal. They stayed with us for about a week but now are in one of those hotels made for long stays. I am hoping everything gets done fast, 2 babies in a hotel will get old soon!

We haven’t had a vacation yet…. well that is a lie. We went to the lake and then to the Jimmy Buffett concert in May and then back to the lake for a weekend. Hoping for a relaxing stay in Corpus in a few weeks. My husband has a pinched nerve or slipped disk so the MRI will tell us whether we get to go or stay and have surgery!

Random craziness from tailgating at the Buffett concert...no we don't know them!

Anyway.. I am finished rambling on and on. However, I would like to ask for prayers for my best-friend who is battling cancer. She goes in for a procedure tomorrow to biopsy 2 possible malignancies. They will do it while she is in a cat scan, it is a very specialized procedure. I just pray that it is benign and for her total and complete recovery. We love you PK!!!!!!!!!!!!

A humbling experience~

So today was an interesting day. I woke somehow feeling stressy and pressed for time.  I don’t have a full-time job, my kids are grown and happy, my husband is wonderful yet I felt sorry somehow for myself.  Aww..poor me. So I ran to Wally World and after checking out noticed that the nail salon wasn’t busy so I really needed a pedicure and I thought it would make me feel better. Heck, I deserved it!!!

So I climb up in the chair and the lady doing my well deserved pedi turns on the massage thingy and I put my feet in the bubbly warm water and lean back. The nice lady starts to work and I feel the stress leaving my body. We begin to visit and I ask her a few questions and then somehow she begins to tell me the story of her life. At first I had a hard time understanding her English and would have to stop her and ask her to repeat what she said. Then I became so interested and touched I clung to every word.

She told me of her and her husbands escape from Vietnam with 8 (yes I said 8!) small children. How the communist took over and lied to the people, how her husband had been forced to work in the mines with little food and beatings for months on end. How they took her parents home and her mother was so upset she died of a massive heart attack. How her sisters daughters were raped by the  government soldiers.  About their decision to run.

Then she tells me of coming to American with 8 hungry children, 4 were his and 4 were hers and his. She tells a touching story of how they made it to Houston. They could speak very little English and were starving to death and had to find work.  How they somehow met a wonderful lady named Eva and she gave her a job cleaning her home and then they helped her husband get a job mowing lawns. This wonderful woman helped her find other houses to clean and then encouraged her to learn to do nails. That is what she did…for 15 years…from 7 am-9 pm everyday but Sunday. She cleaned all day and did nails at night. The children….well the oldest took care of the youngest. They survived and were so happy and blessed. She said this like 10 times….they were so blessed. You see this Eva lady, she took them to church. She taught them about God. She had a sports car and would take 2 children at a time and buy them shoes. Then one day, she traded her car in for a van so she could pick up the children and buy them all clothes and shoes.  Every Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter she brought them all food and at Christmas gave them all presents.  She even sent her and her husband on a vacation for a week, kept the children and took them to Sea World!

I commented that she was an angel. She again told me how blessed she was, how lucky they were to have made it to America. I felt about an inch tall. I asked about her family now. She explains that her husband left and went back to Vietnam. She moved to Lubbock several years ago with her son while he went to school. You see….ALL of her children are college graduates. One of her sons is a doctor and works in the ER here. Her other son is in his last year of residency at UMC. Her daughter got her degree and moved back to Houston and married. Her youngest just graduated. Amazing! Then she tells me that the woman Eva was diagnosed with cancer a few years ago.  Before she died, her and her 4 children all saved and put their money together, drove to Houston and gave her and her husband a trip to Hawaii. Eva took pictures from a helicopter flight and sent them all pictures. She passed away 6 months ago. Tears were pouring down my face, not as much from this sweet woman passing (because she is definitely in heaven) but from being humbled.  So humbled.  As she scrubs my feet, she tells ME how much she appreciates ME and how wonderful and easy her life is now.

God put this sweet, hard-working Vietnamese woman in my path today. She is blessed. She blessed me.

I had the privilege of keeping my 2 healthy, precious grand babies tonight. We all went to bed with full stomachs, snuggled safely in our warm beds in a beautiful home. I am blessed. I am truly blessed and I know it.  My prayers will be different tonight……

What are little boys made of?

Isn’t my little grandson precious???

He is adorable but he is all boy. We found them in the garden after the Easter egg hunt having a dirt fight and eating the dirt.

I have to mention that we JUST added manure to the garden on Saturday!!!!

Boys will be boys!

This one….doesn’t like dirt, she likes pretty things….

“Sugar and spice and all things nice…..”

Hope everyone had a wonderful Easter!!!!

I love my daughter~

I have written blogs showcasing my grand-babies, my son and his girlfriend, even my husband (who really wants to be left out), my best friend and of course tons of decorating…..but somehow I haven’t said a lot about my daughter.  I probably haven’t done this because I honestly wouldn’t know where to start. She is a truly amazing person. She is my best friend, my confidant, my conscience, my everything. Not a day goes by that we don’t talk or at least text several times. We laugh, cry, gossip, shop, worship, decorate, problem-solve, cook, clean, re-model, re-evaluate and commiserate TOGETHER! She is the one that when I ask if my butt is too big for theses pants…she answers honestly. Is this hair cut too old lady? She will tell me. She is never hateful or harsh but I know she will be truthful.

We have so much fun together just meeting at our favorite stores or talking about our favorite subject….her babies! Could life be any sweeter?

She is the best mother, wife, sister, friend, and daughter in the world. She is honestly beautiful…beautiful physically but most of all beautiful inside.  Not a day goes by that I don’t thank the Lord for blessing me with her!! We have survived so much together.

Thank you Lord for my precious daughter. You are the very air I breathe!

A little Spring in my step….

The last few days I have been under the weather with some kind of bug. I actually went to the doctor and he frankly had no idea what I had other than just something that is going around. So today I am feeling a little better but (under orders from my hubby) should not over do it.  So I thought I would share my little “spring up” I did to my house last week during another unusual snow day in West Texas!

It really was beautiful...

I started with my antique bar and added gardening books and some green bottles and flowers.

Then moved to the coffee table and used gardening books again and an outdoor vase with white hydrangeas.

Added this vase (that my daughter really wanted but kindly let me buy) to my fireplace mantle.

A couple of bright pillows……a little nest…

Moved some things around and added a vase or two…

…added a burlap runner…

I think this pot should be cream or white…..so the sun is out…think I feel like painting a little.

What do you think? I can paint it brown again this fall….

Oh and I moved it to my kitchen island from my dining…should I distress? I couldn’t decide.

…and finally my new favorite thing.  My hubby gave me $$ for my birthday and I bought this great clock!

I love, love, love it but have honestly had a hard time finding a place to put it in my house.

So goodbye Blues Brothers..it was past time….

It is supposed to be in the 60’s for the rest of the week here so everyone especially my sweet little Mai…GET WELL!!!!