Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Fallen petals

After coming home from our trip and unpacking the coach - I brought in the roses I had taken with us and set them on the kitchen counter. I don't buy myself flowers very often, and I have decided it is time to change that. :) (Thank you Liz!)
The next morning when I came downstairs to make the morning coffee - some of the petals had fallen off. 
I like the way it looks with the petals gently sprinkled where they landed.
 Hence the name of this post.
Fallen Petals.
Have a great week everyone.


Monday, April 25, 2011

A FUN Easter!

I've been away!

We headed down to Glamis on Wed evening for Easter for 4 days. (For those of you who don't know - Glamis is in the Imperial Sand Dunes located pretty much where the CA, AZ and Mexico borders all meet.) We joined my entire family and had a BALL! But 3 of the 4 days were so windy - the sand was blowing as high as your head and it HURT when it hit you! So while the guys rode, it was indoors for the ladies, catching up and talking, eating, playing games, and playing with my great niece Baby Taylor of course! 

We celebrated Easter morning on Saturday because four of the kids had to leave.
So we lined up the tables end to end ...
And laid out a big brunch buffet style...
 Lox and bagels, pastries and muffins, 
fresh fruit, scrambled eggs, bacon, breakfast potatoes,
Mimosas and Bloody Mary's were on the menu!

 What fun!
 Then we all got together for a family photo!

And then, because the kids dragged me out into the middle of the desert at the end of April where it was HOT - I gave them an ultimatum. "I have a surprise for you - but you must make or buy an Easter hat and wear it when I tell you to." (hehehe)
The girls looked adorable.
l to r - Heather (niece) Staci (niece - pregnant with #2) 
Jessica (niece-in-law) Jennifer (my son Brandon's girlfriend)
The guys didn't look too bad either - wearing whatever their wife, girlfriend or cousin made them wear!
And not a complaint out of them!
l to r - Justin (mine) Steve (nephew) Brandon (mine)
Andy (nephew-in-law) Cedric (Heather's boyfriend)
All the kids!
"You are going on an Easter Egg hunt! 
Ready, set, go!"
And then they were off!
"MOM! Get out of the way!!
I gotta hold onto my hat!" says Brandon.
Don't I look like a giant Easter 
egg in my tie-dyed shirt?
 Justin found a pile...
 Heather found one!
 Jessica is telling Cedric 
"You better up!"
He is from a small country off the 
coast of Africa, so I am not sure 
he'd ever been on an Easter egg hunt before...
and never with our crazy kids!
 Yes, Cedric you must RUN!
I hid the eggs EVERYWHERE! 

 "Run Steve, RUN!" my sister says.
 Everyone was scrambling.
And the wind was blowing them all over!
 Goofy dog!
"oh boy - oh boy - this is fun!"
  Andy looking hard...
  "I got it - no! I got it!!"
Then it was back into our 
coach to tally them up. 
Oh...bummer. Jess got a rotten egg.
Heather loved the money! 
"Boy Auntie! I remember when we used to get quarters! Now we get DOLLARS!"
Her and Cedric are moving to London 
in July so they need every dollar 
they can get!
 Steve got a "pick a box"
 In fact he got two of them - 
so he gave one to his wife. 
What a guy!
And we were only missing two. 
Heather said "How cool is that 
if you find an egg out in the middle 
of the dunes and open it up and find a dollar!"
Miss Taylor and her Mommy 
opened our gift to her.
 She wasn't too thrilled with the 
ceramic bunny basket I made.
 But Mom was happy with the college money!
 Auntie Heather and Taylor.
She isn't going to be here 
when the new baby is born 
and is VERY sad.
We had such a good trip - except for the wind. But it made for good indoor time with each other. Crowded but perfect. I learned how to play a new game called 
"Settlers of Catan". It's HARD!

I hope everyone had a happy Easter too!
See you soon!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

Just a Sunday Afternoon

Hello! How is everyone?
It is sunny and HOT here in So Cal. Yesterday it was 92...today is cooler at about 85. Kind of hot for springtime! But, it sure is a pretty day!!

While in Texas I picked up the 
ugliest little roll top desk. 
It was love at first sight! 
I knew I had to have it!
It was built in the late 1950's 
and the little man who sold 
it to me told me all about it. 
 The green is leather....
It was one of the reasons I 
had gone to Round Top! 
I was hoping to find something like this. 
It was in pretty rough shape - 
but no matter!
I knew exactly what 
I wanted to do with it.

Here it is now...
I had such fun painting and sanding.
 Ready for indoor or outdoor entertaining...

 I love every single inch of her!
 Thought I would lay out a 
little Sunday afternoon graze 
while the ballgame is on.

Speaking of grazing...Joy told 
me about a new cheese shop 
out in Claremont. It is called 
the Cheese Cave 
and it is AWESOME!
 We won't talk about the prices...
 I bought a selection for Easter...
This Lavender cow cheese is 

 Some yummy flatbread...
 A soft cow's cheese...
Sigh. YUM!
If you have a cheese store near you - 
I suggest you pop in and 
see what they have. 
You can usually taste everything 
before you buy it.

Have a wonderful week everyone!