Thursday, December 29, 2011

Winter Blues

As I sit on the couch looking at the Christmas tree, I can't find the motivation to take it down even though I am so ready to have my living room back. The sun is coming through my window and it looks so inviting. My body is literally craving SPRING! I just want to wipe away my Winter tears and start to live again. Does Winter depress everyone or is it just me?

I know I have been a bad blogger for a very long time and I apologize. Perhaps, old faithful followers remember my love for WEDDINGS. I opened my email this morning to see the new White by Vera Wang Spring Collection for David's Bridal.....just love that she is offering an affordable line filled with gorgeous gowns. The soft, flowing fabrics embrace Spring and romance. The pictures instantly made me happy so I thought I would share a few pics with you. I hope they make you think of Spring and bring a smile to your face.......

You can view the entire collection here .

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Christmas Project

I have never been able to make a bow for Holiday decorating, but I decided to save money this year and finally teach myself.....

My recent project....

I bought this swag from Grandin Road

Then, I made my (first ever) bow

Then, I added a few more decorations to complete the swag for my front door. It may be a bit tacky, but I am still proud of myself.

The finished product:

Robby really hates the red reindeer, but I think they're cute!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Occupy Wall Street

I think this protest is going to last for a while.......

Occupy Wall Street seems to be gaining momentum with no end in sight. I think most Americans are angry and want much needed change, but where is the anger directed? We are all upset the economy is crumbling quicker than a week old cookie, but I believe the blame lies within us all. I, too, am upset and disheartened by corporate America. All too often, you see companies make millions of dollars in profit; the CEO gets a $5 million dollar bonus and the employees may see a $1000 dollar pay raise or they may see no reward whatsoever. The incentive for employees to be more productive is gone. Why should Americans work longer hours with less pay to see a few people become billionaires while the common worker is losing everything? I understand the anger!!! A college education in America could easily leave a graduate owing over $100,000 in student loans. The college graduate will be lucky to find a job, much less pay off the loan. I understand the anger!!!

However, I am also angry that greed has overtaken America on all economic levels. Right now, I owe money on one of my credit cards. What does this tell you? I spent more money than I should have! As a country, we have been educated, persuaded, and encouraged to buy things we cannot afford! I want to cry when I see people lose their homes because they can no longer pay the mortgage. Losing a home is one of the most devastating losses any family can ever endure. In many instances, a job has been lost or a homeowner has become disabled and can no longer afford the mortgage. Sometimes, we are just not prepared to face the circumstances life gives to us and I completely sympathize and grieve for the people who have endured those hardships. However, there are also instances where Americans have bought more home than they could afford just to satisfy selfish want and greed. In those instances, do you blame the banks for lending the money or do you blame the person who purchased a $300,000 home while only earning $30,000/year? As a country, we have to stop greed at the individual level before we can force the same type of change on corporations.

I may anger many by sharing this opinion, but I also see greed even at the lowest socioeconomic levels. Anyone at any time could face financial hardship due to job loss or illness. In those instances, I feel so grateful and privileged to live in a country, which offers financial assistance in those situations. However, I do see some people living in this country who do not have any desire to work even though they have the physical and mental ability to do so. Many of those people, who CHOOSE not to work, still expect and believe themselves to be entitled to receive government assistance and free healthcare. This is greed in its truest form. As a healthcare worker, I have witnessed some cancer patients continue to work while undergoing chemotherapy treatments and have their insurance only cover 80% of medical costs. The remaining 20% of medical costs could easily cause the patient to lose his or her home due to the financial hardship of covering the medical bills. If the United States Government is going to cover the medical costs for a patient who has never worked, then why can't they also cover the costs for a patient who works every day and actually contributes to Social Security?

I do support the protesters and their desire for change......WE NEED HOPE and I think they are forcing everyone to realize that GREED is the ultimate enemy. I am just not sure the "war on greed" can ever be won. Until we all choose to put the happiness and well-being of others ahead of own agenda, we will never progress and our country will inevitably collapse.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fall Events

I have basically neglected the blog world for some time now. There is really no excuse........just overwhelmed with life right now. However, I do want to post a few pics of Fall events that have taken place since my last post.

My niece, Carsyn, celebrated her first birthday in September.

She loved her first bite of birthday cake. Perhaps she really does have some of her Auntie's genes. I just love this little girl and I am so grateful she enjoyed her 1st Birthday!

On the first Saturday of October, we attended my friend Stacy's annual Fall party. Of course, I didn't get any pictures and I am so upset because the party is always beautiful! We had a wonderful time....loved the live band....loved the food....and especially loved the open bar! We also loved seeing her tiny baby bump...she is pregnant with twins!

This Saturday, we attended a gorgeous wedding.......

This photo is by Christine Cornwell
You can visit her blog here.

Congratulations Vandi and Derrick! The wedding was beautiful and the reception was amazing. Open bar two weekends in a is pretty good! We danced for hours and really didn't want to go home at the end of the night!

To Vandi and Derrick:
As you start your new life together, I hope you are embraced and enriched with love and kindness for one another. I wish you a lifetime filled with joy, happiness and forever-evolving friendship.....

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Busy Weekend

I feel like this weekend has lasted about 2 seconds. It has been wonderful, but very busy. Yesterday, we had a girls' luncheon at my house for one of our favorite people, Ella. I have some photos of the decor, but we were so busy talking...I forgot to take any pictures of US! Ella has been a friend, mentor and second mother to me and most of my friends. We all cherish this friendship. Her daughter, who was one of our best friends, taught us the meaning of friendship so many years ago and we have held onto that enduring bond. We all miss her, Merri Kathryn, so much. We had a wonderful luncheon, which lasted into the evening. It was great to see everyone. I am especially grateful that our friend, Stacy, was able to make the trip. It had been way too long since we had had the pleasure of enjoying her company. She kept us laughing all night. We are also thrilled with her exciting news!!!

Today, Vandi had her wedding shower and it was just gorgeous! The food was also amazing!

Vandi and Cydni

How much do you love this cake?

Vandi and Chas

Cydni and Caroline
Caroline had just woke up from a nap and I couldn't get her to turn around for the pic, therefore I stole the picture below from Vandi's facebook.

Four Generations....Too sweet!

Congratulations Vandi! You will be a beautiful bride!!!!!

Later today, I had the pleasure of seeing my niece, Carsyn. It had been 2 weeks since I had seen her!!!!!

Just love her!!!!!

The 2 pictures below are from Robby's babysitting experience a couple of weeks ago. I was soooo jealous. He got to babysit while I had to work!!!!

It has been a great weekend, but I need a few more days off just to recover!!!!!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Golfing Disaster

Okay, so I know I am a complete idiot to think I can ever learn to play golf, but it is something I have always wanted to do. Today, was my first actual day on the golf course and it was ugly to say the least. Thank goodness, we live in a small town so there were very few unfortunate souls who actually had to witness the tragedy. My goal was to play a few holes, but after 30 strokes you should probably abort. Therefore, I spent most of the day trying to develop some type of swing. Sadly, I missed the ball more than I actually hit. Now, I am lying on the couch, barely able to move my right arm. My elbow is killing me. Is this what old age looks like? I am afraid it's true.

On a lighter note, I have found some very cute golfing accessories. I guess this means I am going to have to stick with the whole golf thing since I have already started spending money.......

RJ Sports Golf Bag

Stroke Counter

Of course, my stroke counter probably needs about 50 beads.

Golf Towel


I hope I get better soon. I don't know if practicing every day for the rest of my life will make any difference. 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Santa Rosa Beach

So, I guess I have been on a blogging hiatus. Work has been say the least! Therefore, I have been forced to neglect the blogging world.

I do want to post some family vacation pictures. Last month, we traveled to Santa Rosa Beach, Florida.

The beach was beautiful, but I do have one complaint......the seaweed was terrible!!!!! I am a true beach person and love to swim in the ocean. Every time I came out of the water, I was covered in green slime. 

We rented a condo in Watercolor and I was not disappointed. The resort was very nice and the beach bar made an amazing Key Lime Colada.

The best part of the vacation was spending a week with our family and having the opportunity to see our niece, Carsyn, enjoy the sand and the ocean for the very first time. She was such a wonderful traveler!

Jennifer, Carsyn, and Shane

Jennifer and Carsyn

Carsyn, Shane, and Robby

Mom and Carsyn

Dad and Carsyn

We had a wonderul time and I am so looking forward to the next vacation....

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Longboat Key

We recently returned from a wonderful vacation in Longboat Key, Florida.

This was our first trip to Longboat and we were definitely NOT disappointed. It was simply beautiful and could definitely become a retirement destination in the future.

The island is just about a mile outside Sarasota and St. Armand's Circle (wonderful shopping).

We stayed at the Resort at Longboat Key Club, one of the only resorts on the island. The resort was great and I would definitely recommend it to any future travelers. We were actually told by one of the waiters we had just missed seeing our wonderful Coach Calipari....he had left the day before we arrived.....just my luck. I would have LOVED to have seen him!

We traveled with two of our favorite people, Travis and Andrea...
I can't imagine vacationing without them!

Travis and Andrea

 Me and Andrea

Me and Robby

Our favorite restaurant was Mar Vista. The food was great and the laid-back atmosphere was even better.

The view from the outdoor dining area at Mar Vista

Robby enjoying his favorite meal.....crab legs!

Robby surrounded by perfect happiness.........beautiful water, beautiful boats, and
an ice cold Land Shark in hand

Life really doesn't get much better!