Friday, April 8, 2011

AJ's Last Day, Pink Bunnies and New Purse

Hi all! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. As for us, it's been very busy in our household. My stepdaughter with her 3 kids ages 5, 4 and 2 are here visiting from Florida. John and I started the work by child proofing our home and you know with so much stuff, that wasn't easy. Anyway, we are just having fun with the kids now and they are all enjoying our personal water park in the backyard while I cook and set tables, which of course I enjoy doing, the setting of the table that is, not the cooking too much, lol.

Anyway, for Pink Saturday, my contribution is this pair of bunnies that stand to greet you as you enter the house in the foyer. They are quite tall and I bought them from CVS for $9.99 each. Not bad for the size, I think. That was before I got Mitch, our handyman, to take down my Easter decor from the attic. As soon as the company leaves, I can start decorating for Easter since my box is down. I also want to do an Easter tablescape in my booth at the store.

For more pink lovelies, please visit Beverly at

For my favorite, I am sharing this yellow purse with a bow. Isn't it cute? I am a Coach kind of girl but I saw this at Ross for $12.99 (can you believe I can get something this cute for that price?) yesterday and I could not resist. I thought I can use it for an everyday summer purse. For more favorites, please visit Laurie at

Now, for Sightseeing Saturday, I just want to show you what we did the day before AJ left for home after her spring vacation. We ate brunch at the Carriage House which is behind the Stanton Hall, another antebellum House. The carriage house was actually where they used to keep the horse carriages in the olden days.

Isn't that a grand mansion? I have toured the house before but we weren't allowed to take pictures so I have no photos of the inside to share.
There is the restaurant, The Carriage Inn.

And here was our menu. The food was so good!

After eating, we went across the river to the Vidalia, LA side.

and did a little bit of jogging and hiking.

I think we scared off the birds.

We are on the Vidalia side of the bridge. The other side is Natchez.

Isle of Capri casino and a barge

Aj found a lady bug and started enjoying it.

After walking around, we went to an antique shop in Natchez and saw this climbing bush with yellow flowers across from it. Aren't the flowers pretty? What are they?

Hope you enjoyed our casual tour. Thanks Laurie and Beverly for your sweet parties! And thanks y'all for stopping by!


The Quintessential Magpie said...

I always enjoy touring with you, Christine, and such pretty places. Love those roses in that last shot. And I can't believe how much AJ has grown. She's a little lady now.

Your bunnies are so cute, and I adore your purse. I have a yellow one I bought last year that's about that color, but mine looks a little more mod. I like yours better! :-)

Happy Pink Saturday to you, my sweet friend...


Sheila :-)

Blondie's Journal said...

I love your bunnies, Christine...I have never seen anything like these at CVS. I'm on my way there in a bit and I will have to shop the aisles! I love your new purse, too. Perfect for summer!

I hope you are having a ball with your grandkids. I love the pictures you took with AJ. The restaurant looks familiar! ;-) All of your outdoor pictures came out so good!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. We are supposed to get up to 80 for some crazy reason, but it will probably rain, too. I wish these seasons could just be normal!!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Sounds like you are having a ton of fun with family. AJ is growing up so fast. Such a pretty young lady. Love the bunnies, they are wonderful. The lunch menu sounded wonderful. I would like some of everything please. Hope you are having a wonderful day. Hugs, Marty

Susan said...

You have the most beautiful home! Your bunnies are cuties! I love the purse! I love that it yellow with a big bright yellow bow!!
The little girl is adorable!

Jil~Say It With Roses said...

What a wonderful tour....All your pictures are just wonderful!

Your bunnies are so welcoming and I can tell you have a gorgeous home!
Your granddaughter is a bit gorgeous, herself!
Happy Pink Saturday!

Unknown said...

What wonderful bun-bun's! Your pictures are fabulous of your visit. Stanton Hall is just beautiful. The purse is fab! Wee ones grow up too quickly, don't they ... enjoy!

Have a sweet PS weekend ~

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Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds and looks like you and AJ had a great time together. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Dolores said...

Your entire family sounds so close and loving..... and it's so wonderful that you all can spend time together.

You always manage to capture the most beautiful pictures of scenery and children.
Hope you have a great weekend! said...

A.J. is as tall as you now! Loved seeing Stanton Hall again. Were you in Jackson Thursday? Wish I had known, I was two stores down at Hobby Lobby- we could have shopped together!I have been looking for a new summer purse, guess I need to go to Ross. said...

I think that is a Lady Banks rose. It only blooms oncce a year, but it is so worth it.

Bill said...

Awww, AJ is adorable! Loved seeing the two of you on the steps of the mansion. BTW, I think I could make the best of it, if I were forced to live in a house like that! The menu sounds fantastic! Definitely have to add that to my list if I ever make it to Natchez. They should put you in charge of PR for the city, Christine! You make all of us want to visit.

I'm late this week (as usual), but wanted you to know I loved your antique French transferware table. Beautifully done, as always!

Warmest regards,

Terri Morse said...

The iron work on the mansion is incredible! Your new bunnies look quite dapper in their Easter finery! Have a terrific weekend! Terri

lvroftiques said...

Christine your bunnies are darling and so is the new purse! And Stanton hall (SP?) is fabulous!! I only wish you could've taken pictures. Sign me up for that carriage house... The menu looks delish! I always love going on a tour with you! *winks* Vanna

Lynn said...

Looks like AJ had a great time Christine! Lovin' your pretty springy yellow purse:@)

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Love those sweet bunnines!!
And I so love touring with you! The weather looks so nice there. We are still wearing winter coats so you can imagine where i am coming from....
A.J. is such a darling young woman !!

Have a wonderful time with your family!!



Carol at Serendipity said...


Another wonderful post. I admire the closeness of your family. The purse is wonderful but the menu is my favorite!

Have a wonderful time decorating for Easter.


Richard Cottrell said...

Stanton Hall is so wonderful. I wish you could show inside. have a great time with your family. Richard at My Old Historic House

Bluebirds and Roses said...

OMGosh thank you for the inspiring tour...I can see Jane Austen standing outside the mansion...

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Looks like a great day with AJ, love the ladybug!
Cute bunnies and I love the cute purse you found.
What fun you must be having with the little ones.
Thank you for sharing all the beautiful pictures.

Traci said...

I love the yellow purse!!! The mansion is just gorgeous. Dean & I are watching Logan tomorrow at our house. I've decided rather than childproof the house for just a day we'll stay outside! HAHA!

Lady Chris said...

Just a confirmation...the yellow flowers ARE Lady Banks roses, just like Mississippi Artist said.

Anonymous said...

You always visit the most amazing places Christine! Beautiful post!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Beautiful mansion! & the carriage house is stunning! Looks like a perfect outing with AJ. Throughout the years, you have made and continue to have so many wonderful memories for AJ to remember.

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Tootsie said...

I almost burst out laughing. I was just telling my mom about your garage with the shoe shelves on the wall and all the purses and things you have shared...and here you are sharing a new purse!!! hahahaha!
good to know things have not changed for you sweetie!

Kathleen said...

Wonderful pictures, so nice and crisp! Love the new purse!
Interesting menu, I'll skip the turtle soup! :)
I hope you didn't make AJ eat that!

Kim, USA said...

Oh my I so love that photo "following the leader", I love to see that hanging on your wall!! ^_^ Just a suggestion! Happy Monday!


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Gloria said...

Wow, AJ is getting big! She's not a little girl any more. Next you will have to start worrying about her dreaming of boyfriends! ;) And, once again, you and John know how to make someone feel special. I am sure AJ loved every minute with you guys.
P.S. And I love those big bunnies from CVS that you got! You are one of those people who always find the best deals -- they are adorable!

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