Sunday, August 30, 2009

Sun. Fave: Oh yes, I have 2 of them!






I decided to repost this since my grandson just turned 2 and I added a video above to share. My daughter created it to show at his birthday party.

So, here is the beginning of the repost. Thanks to Chari for making it possible, Please visit Chari at http://happytodesign.blogspot.com/ and take a look at all the wonderful reruns.

I was too busy doing our income taxes yesterday so I wasn't able to put together photos for Met and Blue Monday and I have missed you all. I am glad that's behind me now and hubby is very happy with the outcome. And I am too.....more shopping money...LOL! Hey! I am a good citizen and I just want to help boost up the economy!

I have shown you lots of travel pictures with my granddaughter AJ, who is my older daughter's daughter. Now, let me introduce my youngest daughter's son, Brendan. He is too little to travel with us and I don't think her mom will let him go yet. I wonder if she will ever let him go! Well, he did travel with us when he was still in his mama's tummy at 5 months.

He is only a few minutes old here, after he gave his mama and the obstetrician a tough time. And can you see who is so happy to see and hold him?
At his baptism. He was wearing the same baptismal outfit that his dad wore. It's hard to believe that Scott was ever that tiny.
This is when they visited us here. Aren't they funny together? My daughter is so petite and my SIL is so tall but they are meant for each other for sure, have been classmates since elementary school, graduated HS together, went to College separately, broke up and got back together again. Of course I had to show them the creek. In fact I got to babysit the next day (Yipee!) while the couple went down the creek, crossed it to go to the Indian mounds 3/4 of a mile through the woods.
Hey! There's Calvin with Brendan who is starting to grow some hair and getting chubby too. I love this outfit. He wore it on Valentine's Day! Brendan is always a happy baby.
First time at the beach and he instantly fell in love with the water!Well, he is USUALLY a happy baby except when he is unable to lift a heavy pumpkin. LOL! And sad to say, he isn't happy either when I try to carry him. He does not see me often enough but that will change soon.
See what I mean? Here, his mama is getting him dressed for her sister's wedding.
After the wedding, Tina and Scott went on a skiing trip and I was asked to stay in Florida for a week to watch him. YES! Now, is my chance to get him closer to me. AJ wanted me to buy her a book so we went to Books A Million and of course the cousins head straight for the toys.

We had a great time. And he even learned how to call me. His mom and dad were so amazed at how many words he learned to say in a week.
There's my little rock star....an American Idol in the making! LOL!
Please play and watch the video. He is so funny!

Thanks for stopping by. I am glad I got to share some pictures of my other favorite. Oooops, I better not let AJ read this or she gets jealous. LOL! AJ, I said "other", the other one is you!

Friday, August 28, 2009

A Pink birdhouse and a Different Kind of Sightseeing Tour

Saturday is my favorite day of the week when I was in school and it still is. It's becasue I get to flaunt some pinks and get to see other people's lovely pinks. And I get to take everybody on a tour. So come along and get ready. You may join me for Sightseeing Sat. I decided against uploading Mr. Linky cause I feel so bad for him looking very lonely but if you want to share some travel or sightseeing experiences, please email me or leave me a comment. And please copy my SS button into sidebar if you ever want to participate now or in the future. It will serve as a reminder. Thanks.

Pink Sat. is hosted by Beverly of http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/my_weblog/ and check out everybody else's pretty pinks. What I want to share today is a pink and blue ceramic bird house. You know I only bought it last week but I cannot remember where anymore. What happened to my brain? LOL! I think I am losing it. I remember I bought it really cheap, like $3.99, that is why I got it. Maybe it was from TJ Maxx.

I think it is so pretty, don't you?
Thanks Beverly for hosting another week of Pink Saturday.


Now, let's go on a different kind of tour. How about touring Natchez Cemetery? I tell ya, we have the most interesting cemetery. The cemetery was establised in 1821 but graves date back to the 1700's. It's huge, about 95 acres in size. It's not scary nor boring at all because people always go there to tour it. In fact, every Halloween they have an Angel of the Bluff presentation, where people wearing period costumes do a reenactment of the lives of their family buried there.
Wouldn't you want to have those ornate iron fences around your house? Sadly, a lot of the gates are missing because looters take them and sell them to antique stores.
John contacted a tourist guide to give us a private tour. The guide was very good, she gave us so much information but how could I remember all of them when I cannot even remember where I bought the bird house from last week? I do remember a few that I thought are very interesting stories though.
There we are taking the heat with our tour guide, just to tour a cemetery.

This green sign indicates that a soldier from the North and South Revolution is buried here.
A Confederate General was buried here.
Lots of unknown Civil War Confederate soldiers.
Do you know what the cloth draped on the cross mean? We were told that it indicates that the person buried had a life cut short. The same meaning is given to monuments erected with broken columns.
Out of all the grave sites here, I am most touched by the story of this one below. Florence Irene Ford (Sept 3, 1861 - Oct 30, 1871) died of yellow fever. Her family was distraught over her death, but her mother was especially devastated. She had a special coffin constructed for her daughter that had a glass window to display her body. Furthermore, when the grave was dug, Mrs. Ford had a set of concrete steps constructed so that she could go down and look into the grave through a special glass window that she had installed. Her daughter , when she was still alive was terrified of thunderstorms so every time it would rain, Mrs. Ford would go down the steps and sit by her daughter's coffin, separated only by the thin glass wall, to keep her company. She could also gaze at her deceased child through the glass of the coffin. After the mother's death, the glass wall was covered by concrete to prevent vandalism.
Due to vandalism, the grave site had to be sealed off but you can still go down but won't see anything but a solid wall.
Here's another one with a touching love story. The husband was so in love with the wife so that when she died, he vowed to visit her every single day and bring her flowers. He did that every single day until he died. He would stay there for hours and eventually he brought in a park bench where he would often fall asleep. After the husband passed away, the children continued to bring the flowers.
Enlarge the picture and you can see from the inscriptions how much the deceased was loved.
Not everybody here has a good story. This particular one was a prostitute who worked in a brothel down "Under the Hill" so that when she died of tuberculosis, nobody wanted to claim her body until somebody felt bad and paid for her burial. They did not even put her full name and she was just identified here as Louise.
More unknown soldiers of the Confederate Army buried here.
The Turning Angel
"Erected by the Natchez Drug Company to the memory of the unfortunate employees who lost their lives in the great disaster that destroyed its building on march 14, 1908." The five girls who were killed are buried under the watchful gaze of the angel. The Natchez Drug Company commissioned the statue, and the artist carved it in such a way to form an optical illusion. Approaching the statue from the correct angle makes it appear to turn as you grow nearer.
Greg Iles, a NY best selling author wrote a book titled "Turning Angel". If you have not read it and you like mystery novels, it's really a "must read".
I hope you enjoyed this tour. This cemetery is one of the tourists' spots in our city because it has so many interesting stories. I forgot to take a picture of the guy who was buried in his rocking chair, which he requested before his death.

Thank you all for coming!!

Early To Rise

Ooops! I almost forgot, I have this rooster planter on the back porch too! The first 2 pictures are add ons.

I had to get up early so I could shoot these pictures and load them. I had no roosters at home except for a throw rug and a small Portuguese rooster, which I cannot find right now, so I went shopping yesterday, just so I don't miss the party. After all, a gracious hostess is throwing it, Barb of http://barbsgoodlife.blogspot.com/, so be sure to go there and join the fun!
I set the little table by the pool for my breakfast, just a cup of coffee and a roll.


A rooster flower vase, a big rooster coffee mug and rooster dish towels are all I need to join the fun! Now, let's party! Cockadoodledoo!!!!!








Thanks for shopping up and hope you all have a good day. Thanks for the hosting a great party, Barb, I surely enjoyed it!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Youngest Daughter's Bridal Shower Some Years Ago

Kelly over at http://www.kellyskornerblog.com/ is hosting "Show Us Wedding Shower Ideas". Please visit Kelly to see more bridal shower ideas. This occasion was before my blogging days so I did not take a lot of pictures about extra stuff like the food on the table. I took mosly pictures of guests and you will only see the table in the background.Below are the party favors. I thought I took pictures when I was making them but I cannot find one anywhere so I just cropped this from a bigger picture with people. Here are the party favors.
My older daughter and I made them using printed card paper and she printed the labels. We put Lindt chocolate truffles in them.

Introducing the celebrant, the bride to be! Can you tell that the wedding color would be dusty pink, champagne and chocolate brown?

Me, my 2 daughters and the celebrant's best friend.
The whole group taken after we played lots of games. It was lots of fun!

The bride to be with her grandma. Do you think she is old enough to get married? LOL!

Aaah! The table and food are peeking from the background.

Chow time!

Opening of presents. I think she likes my present, although so far, I have been the only one who have used it, that is, when I visited her and she asked me to sew her some curtains for her dining room.



Bride to be with her bow hat.

Me and my baby!

Hope you enjoyed my youngest daughter's bridal shower. Thanks for visiting! And thanks, Kelly, for sponsoring this event.

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