12.27.2013

instafriday and happy new year

I can't believe it's almost twenty-fourteen....

the hubs and I visited Hearst Castle...
holy guacamole this pool is amazing~

this time we took different tours and visited the wine cellar,
which is secured by a safe door from the prohibition days...

we also perused W.R.'s private suite...

we were in awe of the ceilings that the buildings were designed around...

yes, we would like to live here....(just like the other thousands of visitors must wish)


W.R.'s work area away from the guests...


back to reality, a cute little gift from one of my students....

love this scarf from the girls...so sweet when your kids go shopping on their own~

happiest Friday, and happiest New Year! Signing off till next year....

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12.20.2013

instafriday and Merry Christmas!

happiest Friday! 

finally got the Christmas cards out.... a little late this year :( 
maybe it was the late Thanksgiving?
a fun day with our little godson....
we played dinosaurs till the cows came home...
my girl's cheer competition...
and senior pictures...man where did the years go?? 

happy Friday and Merry Christmas! ! ! 
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12.18.2013

my favorite things....

I just love all of the cute little Christmas decor we have
acquired over the years....

my mamma bought me this little house when I was 18....
it's so cute and the roof "opens" to store cards and such~

Santa and the Bear in the canoe on wheels
is an all-time fave....cute eh? ? ?

and the Hub's old-fashioned sled...which was 
really his when he was a boy and sped down hills....

we basically have a houseful of teenagers, but 
I will always love our family's stockings....

ahhhh....these little houses....hubby and I looked for one each year
on sale after Christmas while I was in school....this is our fifty-percent off village~

so this year the tree ended up in the dining room....I kinda like it...

we inherited some amazing leather chairs from my mom and 
they are parked in our normal tree area.....so this will have to 
do this year....

my favorite crock, a wedding gift from my parents.....
so cute with anything in it....

just a quick pennant and red bead over the drop cloth curtain.....

ah, Christmas, we love you :) 
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12.15.2013

forget the laundry...

do you ever get sucked into Pinterest and forget 
everything else you meant to do ? ? ?
pinned this HERE 
go take a peek at The Wood Grain Cottage
(such a lovely house tour and beautiful blog)Christmas Home Tour 2013 by The Wood Grain Cottage #easyholidayideas
the laundry can wait :)


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12.10.2013

grease catcher

this is the best idea ever...
maybe you've known about this? ? ?
it's new to me....

line your plate or server with slices of bread....

place bacon or sausage directly on the bread....
all of the grease soaks in and whallllaaaa, ready to serve 
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12.09.2013

adorable cupcake idea

oh my goodness, 
how cute and darling are these cupcakes? ? ? 
Starbucks caramel frappacino cupcakes.
I pinned them HERE
and they originate from Kim's Kitchen
dah-ling idea :) 



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12.06.2013

instafriday

happiest Friday :) 

we had an amazing time at the AVID Site Team Conference...
this was our outdoor work environment while collaborating with our teams~
gorgeous....

of course the grounds of La Quinta were amazing through and through...

we broke the Black Friday Shopping tradition and 
stole away to the mountains after Thanksgiving.... so fun :) 

goofing around in the car...


we loved these gas fir pits all along the village streets in Big Bear....so cozy....

with the hubs~ wow, a normal pic~ no goofy faces :) 

more random car pix....

an early Christmas gift for us.... something to keep us warm in our 
new beautiful backyard....

I just think this is too funny.... 

have a great Friday! ! ! ! ! !
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11.29.2013

instafriday

oh happy Friday :)

congrats to my beau-ti-ful girl on her amazing 
dance performance...
the girls interpreted paintings and choreographed dances 
that tied into the paintings and songs they chose, so cool :) 

with the guys... (notice the brotherly love ? )

Pebbles enjoying the fire....

so, just a few pix, been so busy cooking and enjoying 
this glorious Thanksgiving week :) 
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11.27.2013

turkey time

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays....
I just love the cooking and preparing and then the 
big day with family and friends~

I found this darling ribbon set at Michael's...
how cute is this mint ribbon color against the leaves? 

I'm also loving these paper straws from The Party Fairy~

I'm totally in love with these placemats,
I think I'll be buying them for every occasion....

our sunny California is due for rain on Thanksgiving...
goodness how we need it, but I'm hoping 
the drops wait till dinner is over...
our backyard is finally ready for a par-tay :) 

the kids were such a great help, 
it is so nice to enjoy this space now~

the fir pit is my fave~
way to go Super-Hubs :) 

happy Thanksgiving...
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