Monday, June 29, 2009

I Run To You...

my absolute favorite song right now. Listen here. I've listened to it on replay today at least 20 times. The video is adorable. & i just think of my husband who the absolute best...

This world keeps spinning faster
Into a new disaster so I run to you
I run to you baby
And when it all starts coming undone
Baby you’re the only one I run to
I run to you
The words could hit home more. In a chaotic world all around us with changing truths and standards, I cling to the constancy of my husband.
So I run to you...

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Ah ha...

One of Sundance's many treasures~ These cute little 'beach vases' as they were called--I could hardly resist. And remember how I raved about incorporating the baby blue into my red accessorized kitchen? Well here is the start...

I just have them sitting out on the counter that extends out into an overhang for some bar stools. It was bare.

Now all I need is a red Gerbera Gaisy.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

I heart my job...

A lot of my time with work is spent with independent stores spread across my 10 assigned states. My most recent trip was to the south. whoop whoop! I went to the cutest store I can't even begin to describe. I had another customer tell me that they read about me on her blog. If you want a good laugh read about it here.

My stature throws many off when they meet me for the first time and just when I thought I could say I've heard everything in the book, she said something new--"legs up to her neck." Some people apologize when they hear others comments. But no worries. I love it! I've never known any different. I always wait for the next one...

The best was when I went to a theater play with the fam and some old man came up at the intermission and said, "You are one tall drink of water." My dad was close enough to hear and got livid. And by that I mean his face got really red and you could just tell he was holding back. I was laughing so hard at the whole experience.

Andrew and I are just glad we met when we did, becuase when he was a freshman in high school he was 5"2 and when I was a freshman, at the same time, I was 6"1. He was a late bloomer. But oh did he bloom...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Wimbledon Wear...

It's that time of year.

& I just love the crest...
& the collection...
& my husband's shirt that I just had to get last summer...

Monday, June 22, 2009

A slew of weekend pictures...

Nothing beats family and close friends you just call family. This weekend was all about that. There was 50+ of us. A variety of activities were going on in every direction--riding horses, fishing, hiking, board games, wiffle ball, relaxing, cooking, building forts in the hay, and the list continues.

I only captured a few highlights.

I had such a good time walking/talking with my cousin Lori. She is student body pres of her school of 2,000. I admire her ways so much.
What a lovely surprise to find uncle and cousins along the way.

The top of the bench was beautiful. We herded the cows by foot--literally. It got interesting when we split the herd.

When I was younger, my brother, sister and I used to hook our belt loops to the horse walker and turn it on--didn't end well when a belt loop broke and someone got a concussion. It was cute to see everyone running around. Please don't overlook little Dixon holding on for dear life too. His daddy was there to catch him.

Cute nieces getting ready to ride. They spent a bulk of the weekend building forts in the barn with the guys.

My adorable husband who came in for the weekend--40 hours to be exact. He's so handsome--can't get enough!

A mad wiffle game in the front yard. Did not stop for rain delays either. Andrew ended up with grass stains from head to toe.

All the way from Louisiana, the Penas who we love and adore. Coral is just the dearest friend.
My cousin is headed to Michigan for his 2 year mission. He is so impressive. I loved soaking up his goodness and hearing about his successes.
One day we were wearing sweatshirts and the next we were sheading layers.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Southern Hospitality...

denotes my grandmother perfectly. As I said before, this last weekend I had the opportunity to go home. I took full advantage even though my immediate family was off elsewhere.

My dear grandmother, Mommee, insisted I stay with her. She has been a widow for a few years now so I was more than glad to do so. Little did I know I was in for a grand treat.She took me to dinner at a popular place on the river. When I returned to sleep, she had a fresh Magnolia cut for me and my bed turned down. As you might know, once Magnolias are cut they turn brown in less than 12 hours. She had a fresh one cut for me both nights. I woke up to breakfast on a tray. & every meal was so nicely done.

My grandparents have lived in the same house for over 55 years. I'm convinced my grandmother has the best looking Magnolia tree in town--which says a lot. 55 years ago this was a 'house warming gift." It was a small stub of a tree. & look at it now. Made me think twice how special house warming gifts can be.

The view of the bayou from my grandmother's guest room. It's always so good to be back home

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

One of the hardest things about my job...

Is that the sun completly passes by as I work away in my office. I miss the sun and the outdoors.

I have a total office job. I love it but I really do miss the sun. It's summer--

So I enjoyed my parents little sun area last weekend when I was home. The red flowers against the blue wall had the perfect touch.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Who would take a pic of themselves really?

I did!

I recently raved about the Doloris Petunia necklaces. Well, Courtney recently customized what you see here.

I wore it for the first time to church yesterday. I had to go to church solo because my mom and dad were out of town and I was just at home for the weekend after a work trip in the south--I was too close to home to not make a stop.

You like?

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Happy Flag Day...

I woke up this morning to the sound of my Grandmother's slippers dragging through the hall.

She had already prepared breakfast muffins with some fruit out as well. I regret not getting a picture but she had stuck a miniature little flag in my muffin. It was adorable.

And then when I returned from church, she had the dinning room table lovely prepared. Please note the freshly cut Magnolia as well.

Thanks for making my weekend so special. It's always a treat to be in Louisiana.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

La la la... Mary Jane cameo flats~

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Congrats Roger Federer...

to his Career Grand Slam Championship. AND to his classy self who said the following about his wife:

"She helped me considerably, as a person. I developed faster, grew faster with her. Thanks to her I was very calm in the important moments in my career. She is always supportive. I owe her a lot."

They've been together since before he was a huge deal. She was a tennis player herself in fact. I love the TV showing clips of her in the stands. You can just tell that there is more to their relationship than the glamour.

Andre Agassi presenting the trophy today was perfectly appropriate considering he was the last to join the Career Grand Slammers. I'm a huge fan of both by way of my family's passionate tennis ways.

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Honoring D-Day...

Today we honor the 65th anniversary of D-day. It's hard to believe that within the next 10-15 years, all the veterans would have passed. Many dead and few alive, we honor what they did for us all. My grandpa was one of the honorable ones might I add.

Years of history classes couldn't prepare me well enough for the Normandy experience. It was a treat to be there on the 60th anniversary. My eyes were opened. It was tender to be there among so many veterans--many which were returning for the first time. We were walking on sacred ground.

Never have I seen the media so respectful and old folk so emotional. From my experience, veterans don't speak freely and talk openly about their experiences. It's a hard thing to do and a very tender thing at that.

There was so much to take in, I only soaked up a bit. But every year this time, I remember. & I will forever be grateful to my parents for exposing me to Normandy.

It was neat to see all the veterans walking around and finding some of their friends a people within the same troop. I remember talking to a parachuter who was the only one that live out of his ground. My uncle recognized the troop number and knew their story.

Uncle Curt and I on Normandy Beach. We couldn't have gotten around without his French and skills to get around.

Reenactment of the parachuters. It was an amazing thing to see. Dad was taking it all in.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

"Come what may, and love it."

was the wise council given by Elder Wirthlin a year ago. It was an inspirational talk that has replayed in my mind many times since. It's changed my approach and outlook to life really.

Drew and I are currently a apart as he pursues his internship in NYC and I plug through my job here. It's funny to see people's reaction when I tell them--they think we're crazy. The bottom line is that we feel peace about it and it seems the most logical thing to do. We're blessed to be able to meet up most weekends and take advantage of unlimited minutes. And my boss couldn't be more supportive. He supports me to go out there at any unbearable moment.

My nights are super lonely. But I have a master to do list of things to do such a spring cleaning and scrapbooking.

But I'm glad my husband is able to spend his extra hours, which are few, with his parents and sisters. I know he's taken care of. Read more about the attention he is getting here.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

What a Weekend--Part 2

Kate Spade & Diane Furstenberg

I love to watch Drew dancing with his mom & sister. @ the rehersal dinner at the barn.

Our moms!

What we do best when we're together.

Cutler and I waiting at Anthro. I love the front carrier.

A joy to take shopping with us

Monday, June 1, 2009

What a Weekend--Part 1
After a 4 year courtship, Courtney & Christian were married in the Washington DC temple. It was such a treat to be apart of all the wonderful festivities. It came and went so fast. But I enjoyed every minute of it.
Not only did my mom and sister come out for it, but also Drew's mother and sisters . It made the occasion all the better having family there to celebrate it.

Mom & Helen working the fl orals.

Loved the train draped over her arm and the low side bun.

Paige had her 3 week old in a 'Moses Basket.' It was adore able. Forget the car seat holder... carry a basket!

Amazing shot of my sister in laws. Love em!

Props to the band. Amazing! The singers were incredible as well. When Court and Christian left we kept dancing. The singers came out on the floor. It was impressive.

Cutler was a highlight of the wedding for sure. He didn't flinch at the commotion all around him.

Beautifully displayed

The best looking guy at the wedding just so happened to be my husband.

Flower girls with flower wreaths in their hair

Courtney's sisters~I admire them all so much. They are the best mothers!