Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Rochelle's Baby Shower

I think you all know by now that I have 2 pregnant daughters. This is Rochelle with her only daughter AJ, but not for long because perhaps by next month, AJ will have 2 sisters.

This has been my busiest weekend. I flew to FL for Thanksgiving dinner and weekend baby showers. Three parties in three days and I am co host on all of them.

Anyway, my other pregnant daughter Tina and I, gave Rochelle a baby shower last Saturday. They had this picture taken just before they left for the park where the party was going to be. Of course, unbeknownst to Tina, Rochelle and I were also planning to give her a baby shower the following day but I will post about that on another day.

The weather was perfect, around 76 degrees and sunny.

Tina created most of the decorations. When they came over and visited us last summer in MS, I gave her my Cricut machine which I hardly used, but she is using it lot.

She made different flowers, butterflies and bees which we used as centerpieces.

I tried to cut slits on the green paper to mimic grass but I ran out of time before the guests started arriving so I just cut where the flowers were.

We had the perfect shelter in the park with a lake view.
We had around 50 guests including husbands and children.

We served classic picnic food such as hamburgers, hotdogs and all the trimmings, broccoli salad that was so tasty, compliments of Tina's mother in law, potato salad, beans, pasta salad, fruit salad and various chips.

I was trying to talk to everybody so sorry, I was unable to take a picture before we started digging into the food.

We had the cake made at Publix
(Oh how I miss that bakery since we do not have it in Natchez). Tina had them replicate the invitation that she created.

We played games and I sucked at them, lol!

We had games for the guys too, a stroller race. They had to stroll a baby doll and when they got to the end, change her diaper and then bring her back to where they started from. It was hilarious!

Of course, I had to take a picture with my girls cause this is the only time my tummy will be smaller than both of theirs, lol.

The proud parents to be

The guests!

Opening of presents. Aren't those 2-piece bikinis so cute?

The party favors:!

Tina baked the flower cookies. Aren't they cute? I found the twin girl tags from Ebay and bought them.

My cute preggy girls comparing bumps, lol! Tina is due in less than a month and Rochelle in another month but because she is having twins, her OB-Gyn said he might deliver her between 34 and 36 weeks, which will be almost at the same time Tina is due, and so the race begins. I am supposed to fly to Tina's on Dec. 18th but I might have to change my plans depending on the situation. They live 2 and half hours apart.

They received so many baby girl clothes. Isn't it so much fun to shop for baby girls? Everything you see in stores are so cute. The closet is full and we weren't even done putting the them away

cause we ran out of hangers. They are already shoe-a-holics like mommy and lola, lol.

Their cribs are ready for them although Rochelle plans to keep them both in one until they grow bigger, so they can continue to bond.

The baby nursery is ready and just waiting for their arrival. Please help us pray for their safe arrival.

Thank you so much for stopping by.

I am linking with Bunny for Bunny Hop at http://bunnyjeansdecorandmore.blogspot.com/

Susan for Outdoor Wednesday at http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/

Susan for Tablescape Thursday at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/

Beverly for Pink Saturday at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/

Thank you all for hosting!

Monday, November 28, 2011

Blue FL Skies, Shirt and Acrobat

We had 2 back to back baby showers this past weekend for my 2 pregnant daughters. Rochelle's was at Anderson Park on Saturday and Tina's was at Rochelle's and Derek's yesterday, Sunday. I will post more about them on Saturday.

This was during Tina's baby shower at Rochelle's backyard. AJ got ahold of my new camera and took shots of her cousin Ty doing gymnastics. I think her pictures turned out great so I am sharing them with you. And Ty definitely did a great job too! The weather was perfect, I did not check the temp. but it felt like in the mid 70's.

Good job, Ty and AJ!

And thanks y'all for stopping by!

I am linking with Sally's Blue Monday at http://smilingsally.blogspot.com/

and Susan's Outdoor Wednesday at http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Thanksgiving Table Setting, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

I have so much to be thankful for. I am thankful for my family that is multiplying by leaps and bounds this year. I am thankful for our home and our friends and that includes all of you, my blog friends. One reason I enjoy blogging so much is because of you. I wish you all lots and lots of happiness and blessings.

I am leaving to spend Thanksgiving with the kids in Florida so I probably will not have too much time to blog or visit, but I will join some parties in advance. John will be home so I set up a Thanksgiving table for him to enjoy looking at since I know he won't be eating there. He likes to eat in front of the TV or he just eats for free in the hospital especially when I am not around to cook.

Below is my Copy Cat contribution for

Debbie's Copy Cat party on Dec. 5th at http://debbie-debbiedoos.blogspot.com/

My inspiration is a picture I copied from Southern Living 's Dec, 2011 issue, page 113, pictured on the top part of the mosaic below. My version is the one just below it. I used cuttings from my holly berry bushes instead of white berries, which I do not have. Sorry, it is so simple but I know I won't have time to look for another picture because I am very busy doing so many things. I just did not want to miss Debbie's party.

Well, let me show you the whole tablescape.

I won the set of 7 wild bird game plates from Ebay though I only used 4 here. I paid $16.21 for shipping but I think I got them for a very good price of $13.49 for all. Don't you agree?

They are 9.5 inches in diameter so they could be luncheon or dinner plates.

They have different birds on them.

For the centerpiece, I used holly berries that I placed in a hurricane crystal candle holder, a pilgrim and a turkey tealight candle holder.

The flatware have a hunting dog and deer on the handles.
I used duck ceramic napkin rings and duck knife rests.

Seagrass placemats

See the duck knife rest?

There he is. I won them on Ebay too, a set of 8 (all different designs) and they came all the way from France.

Green bubble champagne flutes and rustic red goblets.

I cut the holly berries from our yard.

I am also linking with Susan for tablescape Thursday at
Sherry's Home Sweet Home Fri at http://thecharmofhome.blogspot.com/
Honey's Potpourri Friday at http://twenty-eight-0-five.blogspot.com/
Courtney's Feather your Nest Friday at http://frenchcountrycottage.blogspot.com/
Sarah's Homemaking Link Up Weekend at http://bloggingwhilewaiting.blogspot.com/
Beverly's Pink Saturday at http://howsweetthesound.typepad.com/
The Tablescaper's Seasonal Sunday at http://thetablescaper.blogspot.com/

Thanks to all for stopping by and to all our hostesses, we really appreciate you.


Monday, November 21, 2011

A Quiet Relaxing Break

I was lazy today so I did not do much work. Believe me, there is a lot that needs to be done but every now and then, I feel a need to just relax. I got an email message today about the intake of coffee preventing Alzheimer's Disease. So even though I already had my morning coffee, I thought I would make capuccino for an extra caffeine. This particular lefton tea set was not packed yet so why not use it?

I went grocery shopping yesterday and saw a MS mud pie cake. I went ahead and bought one. It was a perfect accompaniment for my capuccino.

I used a small capuccino crystal cup.

I bought this TV tray for John for our anniversary. It comes in a set of 4. On top are French wine labels with different years. This particular one with 1947 attracted me because it is John's year of birth.

The coffee table is ready to be moved. There's nothing on it anymore but it's heavy cause the 8 drawers are still full of flatware. I don't think I will move them out since they are not fragile anyway. I just realaxed and watched news for a while and those few minutes were enough to recharge me. And then I started boxing up china from the dining room again.

I have a lot of dishes and I am so happy that I was able to organize them in a walk in closet. If you have not seen my dish room and you would like to take a glimpse, please go down one more post.

I am linking with the weekly tea parties.

Marty's Tabletop Tuesday at http://astrollthrulife.blogspot.com/

Lady Katherine's Teatime Tuesday at http://ladykatherineteaparlor.blogspot.com/

Teacup Tues, Martha and Terri at http://www.marthasfavorites.com/

WandaLee and Pam's Teapot and Tea Things Tuesday at http://theplumedpen.blogspot.com/

Trish' Tea Party Tuesday at http://sweetology101.blogspot.com/

Thanks y'all for stopping by and thanks to our gracious hostesses for all their hard work.

I hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving!

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