Saturday, March 30, 2013

Scrapbook vacation with my girls:)

While in the throes of planning Danielle's wedding I booked a post wedding vacation to Grapevine Texas for the Scrapbook Expo! I took along my daughter Brittany & my daughter in law Janene. Their sweet husbands had charge of the babies for the duration:)

We stayed at the Gaylord Texan resort which is the epitome of big Texas braggy, which my new son in law hates:) It is a fabulous place complete with a replica of the Alamo, San Antonio River walk, oil derrick, and a huge Texas star as the courtyard ceiling. This resort is a city within itself!

My primary objective for this getaway was to relax, enjoy my girls, and scrapbook as much as possible!

We set up camp in the main scrapbook room, and the cricut in our motel room:) 


My son brought his wife for the weekend and so I got to see my grandbaby Savannah who was obsessed with the train!

We attended some lovely classes like this Maya road flowers class. 
I especially love the zipper one:)

We ate a whole bag of  Reese Pieces and enjoyed Tex-Mex on the "Riverwalk"

Some contests were entered and some some prizes won in classes & crops!

We took some silly pictures and did a small bit of shopping:) 


Brittany scrapbooked Annabelle's birth.
Janene worked on Savannah's 1rst birthday.
I completed my niece Taelor's engagement album.

 We took a picture of all the bags to scare the hubbies:)

And had a very wonderful time! 

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Holiday displays...contained:)

I love decorating for the holidays and like my mother before me, as soon as one holiday is over the next display comes out! When the kids were little I didn't mind bits of kid friendly holiday decor scattered around the house, however I have evolved to a container holiday display. 
Platters and trays are one of my favorite collectables so I usually have one to compliment any holiday display. One of my most recent finds is a fabulous robin egg blue metal serving tray from Hobby surprise there:)

I simply added all of my bunnies, marbled eggs, and spring decorative balls for a festive Easter display that is moveable!

My smaller second Easter display began with one of those holiday containers the kids bring home from school. This was obviously an over achiever mom to have produced 25 wooden bunny baskets for a school party!

The basket was rescued from the attic and embellished:) Random spring time flowers were cut on my Cricut and then adhered with matte mod podge. 

For the display I chose a scalloped spring green platter, added paper grass (much better than plastic!) some metallic eggs and one "cracked" egg that came from an old Easter wreath.

Happy Easter decorating!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Chinese Orange Chicken

When Spring comes we "lighten up" our meals which is always a nice change from the heavy winter meals.
This is a fun recipe from my daughter Brittany, just perfect for that mild Chinese craving:)

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Emotions...a little girl grown

I look at this photograph and know that I will always feel the emotions of Danielle's wedding day.
It was the day my last and final child was married. Relief, sadness, joy, exhaustion, happiness, pleasure, pain, and excitement all rolled into one candid photo of a mother and daughter.

This was my most difficult wedding...
maybe, because of timing, 
possibly, because it was harder to let go of my baby, 
likely, because all of our four children married within four & half years, 
assuredly, because creating the perfect wedding in 2 months is nigh to impossible
absolutely, because I will miss having her to myself. I will miss her needing me. I will miss the little girl I raised. I will miss the parts of me that were really part of her while she was mine.

There is no relationship more complicated than a mother and daughter. I think we expect our daughters to be everything we have always wished to be... We hope for the best while knowing that life will throw some breath taking punches. We long for their approval and all the while they long for ours.
We love, we resent, we serve, we love some more. We hear ourselves utter the same phrases to our daughters that we hated as teenagers. We eventually wake up one morning and say to the mirror "Good morning mother." We are the keepers of families, memories, and society...maybe that is why emotions are so tender at weddings. We see our little girls join the ranks of that mysterious person called a wife who most often then finds herself a mother, and the circle of life begins anew.

Which brings us back to the beginning and emotions about a little girl grown...
unavoidably, undeniably, unmistakably sweet and sad in one teary bundle called mom.

My youngest daughter Danielle
My mom Martha
My mom and I on my wedding day December 1982