tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-26006083700848746992014-05-27T20:11:45.539-04:00Empty NestLivin', lovin' and laughin' in an empty nest. Come on, y'all- let's get our laugh on!Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.comBlogger897125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-30281126858392103622014-05-23T06:30:00.000-04:002014-05-23T06:30:00.671-04:00Bridal PortraitsSince Birdie is a true Charleston girl, we went downtown Charleston for her bridal portraits. We hit Waterfront Park, Rainbow Row, Water Street, the Battery, the old Charleston museum and several little off the beaten path streets and alleys. It was rather warm that day, but the photos turned out great!<br /><br />Here are the ones I took:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-q1kicDqA0Jo/U30o1F8-UsI/AAAAAAAALo0/rMS-CpQ7X0o/s1600/bridal+collage+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-q1kicDqA0Jo/U30o1F8-UsI/AAAAAAAALo0/rMS-CpQ7X0o/s1600/bridal+collage+1.jpg" height="448" width="640" /></a></div><br />You might notice that, when she was looking at me, the poses were a bit more...expressive. LOL<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dTDYqThahoY/U30o3AIaYCI/AAAAAAAALpM/EXUBh0Ci7_Q/s1600/bridal+collage+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dTDYqThahoY/U30o3AIaYCI/AAAAAAAALpM/EXUBh0Ci7_Q/s1600/bridal+collage+2.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br />The pineapple fountain is at Waterfront Park---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--FpFCqDjboc/U30o34yOq2I/AAAAAAAALpQ/-oqyQA57wZQ/s1600/bridal+collage+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--FpFCqDjboc/U30o34yOq2I/AAAAAAAALpQ/-oqyQA57wZQ/s1600/bridal+collage+3.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-91MBCsSm578/U30o4t8eOWI/AAAAAAAALpc/XdvVhFayxiU/s1600/bridal+collage+4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-91MBCsSm578/U30o4t8eOWI/AAAAAAAALpc/XdvVhFayxiU/s1600/bridal+collage+4.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br />Iron gates make a nice background---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9P8XbuqRw-I/U30o5g4JLPI/AAAAAAAALpg/YG1kze70Ay4/s1600/bridal+collage+5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9P8XbuqRw-I/U30o5g4JLPI/AAAAAAAALpg/YG1kze70Ay4/s1600/bridal+collage+5.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br />Cobblestone streets are better for pictures than they are for cars---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AyXLqMoW-7c/U30o6FfKKiI/AAAAAAAALpo/drSzt4fDMug/s1600/bridal+collage+6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-AyXLqMoW-7c/U30o6FfKKiI/AAAAAAAALpo/drSzt4fDMug/s1600/bridal+collage+6.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></a></div><br />Rainbow Row---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fRumvMwC5CE/U30o7FEFDdI/AAAAAAAALp0/YxImaLVF7uw/s1600/bridal+collage+7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-fRumvMwC5CE/U30o7FEFDdI/AAAAAAAALp0/YxImaLVF7uw/s1600/bridal+collage+7.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nbYFzR0zUpo/U30o75KETsI/AAAAAAAALp4/CPKQONJHprs/s1600/bridal+collage+8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nbYFzR0zUpo/U30o75KETsI/AAAAAAAALp4/CPKQONJHprs/s1600/bridal+collage+8.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hpLtD9c0jpY/U30o2Ad-MlI/AAAAAAAALpA/b3db4PeIYw8/s1600/bridal+collage+10.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hpLtD9c0jpY/U30o2Ad-MlI/AAAAAAAALpA/b3db4PeIYw8/s1600/bridal+collage+10.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></a></div><br />The Marilyn poses. Thanks to the wind which blew up strong and Birdie played right along.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ApksYymEYh8/U30o8HMsuRI/AAAAAAAALqI/bCC7Kz9GO2Q/s1600/bridal+collage+9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ApksYymEYh8/U30o8HMsuRI/AAAAAAAALqI/bCC7Kz9GO2Q/s1600/bridal+collage+9.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-i9oVIT5Jszc/U30o2Pbo0dI/AAAAAAAALo8/rCZt3rxOJK0/s1600/bridal+collage+11.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-i9oVIT5Jszc/U30o2Pbo0dI/AAAAAAAALo8/rCZt3rxOJK0/s1600/bridal+collage+11.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />And here are the professional shots:<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O_TTEXBnw6c/U30sPENPNHI/AAAAAAAALqM/Y720JPMCzq4/s1600/Bridal+collage+p+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-O_TTEXBnw6c/U30sPENPNHI/AAAAAAAALqM/Y720JPMCzq4/s1600/Bridal+collage+p+1.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aQMvYvZIAck/U30sP12OCXI/AAAAAAAALqc/4KA4f8OeYEE/s1600/Bridal+collage+p+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-aQMvYvZIAck/U30sP12OCXI/AAAAAAAALqc/4KA4f8OeYEE/s1600/Bridal+collage+p+2.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sU_jFOsTeXo/U30sP-1ykiI/AAAAAAAALqQ/QpM0bFJeq_g/s1600/Bridal+collage+p+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-sU_jFOsTeXo/U30sP-1ykiI/AAAAAAAALqQ/QpM0bFJeq_g/s1600/Bridal+collage+p+3.jpg" height="320" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8_AUnsfh38Y/U30sQK6bGeI/AAAAAAAALqU/8XpqC3uiu6M/s1600/Bridal+collage+p+4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8_AUnsfh38Y/U30sQK6bGeI/AAAAAAAALqU/8XpqC3uiu6M/s1600/Bridal+collage+p+4.jpg" height="236" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Vd02SCLUDt8/U30sRNOD18I/AAAAAAAALqs/G3UxDbjjnBE/s1600/Bridal+collage+p+5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Vd02SCLUDt8/U30sRNOD18I/AAAAAAAALqs/G3UxDbjjnBE/s1600/Bridal+collage+p+5.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qXSsuVcB9BU/U30sRsuro4I/AAAAAAAALqw/reLlrpM8F78/s1600/Bridal+collage+p+6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-qXSsuVcB9BU/U30sRsuro4I/AAAAAAAALqw/reLlrpM8F78/s1600/Bridal+collage+p+6.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br />I can't believe I can't find the photographer's site. He is the BIL of Bestie's hubby! We do try to keep as much as we can in the family. :) &nbsp;Anyway, he lives in Wilmington, NC. Lucky for us, he has grandchildren right here in Charleston he loves to visit so we threw a bridal portrait shoot in the mix.<br /><br />I'm getting to the end of these wedding posts, I promise! The next ones might be more writing than pictures but I'll incorporate some pix in here and there!<br /><br />Thanks so much, y'all, for being so kind with your comments and patient with my pictures!<br /><br />Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-84006701223036729082014-05-22T06:30:00.000-04:002014-05-22T06:30:03.185-04:00Wedding HilarityNo wedding is complete without a photo booth. Those things are a RIOT!<br /><br />I'll let the pictures do the talking. Sort of...<br /><br />Deanie and Ben---I swear they are so dang cute!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RuvOX8pf9UE/U3pgK777OWI/AAAAAAAALl8/Bx49tTVVUpc/s1600/claud+and+ben+collage.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-RuvOX8pf9UE/U3pgK777OWI/AAAAAAAALl8/Bx49tTVVUpc/s1600/claud+and+ben+collage.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />Groomsman Jason and his sweet Claire- love them!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Imn-IFFxxJc/U3pgKwcVkII/AAAAAAAALl4/d28qAFUTZn0/s1600/Jason+and+claire.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Imn-IFFxxJc/U3pgKwcVkII/AAAAAAAALl4/d28qAFUTZn0/s1600/Jason+and+claire.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br />This one is Breezy, my brother Tony and me!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cuTwqQI0cAs/U3phNxov8lI/AAAAAAAALmM/vnJaI-GPWhI/s1600/me+tony+maggie.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-cuTwqQI0cAs/U3phNxov8lI/AAAAAAAALmM/vnJaI-GPWhI/s1600/me+tony+maggie.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br />That sweet best man, Mark and his lovely Melissa! Adore them!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9JI-BsMLJ8o/U3ph-NxjujI/AAAAAAAALmU/5HncWFfnFyY/s1600/mark+and+melissa.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-9JI-BsMLJ8o/U3ph-NxjujI/AAAAAAAALmU/5HncWFfnFyY/s1600/mark+and+melissa.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br />Anna and Caleb! Best people EVER! And funny! They BOTH possess great humor!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-x4vlpls5MOs/U3p1Kh8sHBI/AAAAAAAALmk/VCQ4ojPRwBE/s1600/anna+and+caleb.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-x4vlpls5MOs/U3p1Kh8sHBI/AAAAAAAALmk/VCQ4ojPRwBE/s1600/anna+and+caleb.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br />This is Bestie's hubby, their daughter, their SIL and Bestie herself!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0Vta1MXozbg/U3p2BQ7qZYI/AAAAAAAALmw/BRicjLYr2tk/s1600/leslie+and+fam.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-0Vta1MXozbg/U3p2BQ7qZYI/AAAAAAAALmw/BRicjLYr2tk/s1600/leslie+and+fam.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br />The adorable Bride and Groom!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TXuQ3_a6J0E/U3p3GV7XNHI/AAAAAAAALm8/QelF1xL271g/s1600/reni+and+evan.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TXuQ3_a6J0E/U3p3GV7XNHI/AAAAAAAALm8/QelF1xL271g/s1600/reni+and+evan.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br />These next ones are a hot mess! Just like the crazy kids that are in the shots! I love each and every one of them to pieces!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-p28yXYSxme8/U3qLYoKtjBI/AAAAAAAALnM/MECI4YrWVuY/s1600/group.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-p28yXYSxme8/U3qLYoKtjBI/AAAAAAAALnM/MECI4YrWVuY/s1600/group.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br />And again---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5VedDHbNccQ/U3qMM1Sh1UI/AAAAAAAALnY/wYpA_yCE4NY/s1600/group+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5VedDHbNccQ/U3qMM1Sh1UI/AAAAAAAALnY/wYpA_yCE4NY/s1600/group+2.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br />Oh, Lord. This is my mother (Mimi), DoodleBug, Me, and Breezy!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vN0ncy40Mz4/U3qM43ZeySI/AAAAAAAALng/5ulrTLuPIKU/s1600/us.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-vN0ncy40Mz4/U3qM43ZeySI/AAAAAAAALng/5ulrTLuPIKU/s1600/us.jpg" /></a></div><br />Cousins! All my girls, Robert and April and the new, six week old, Penelope! Jed didn't come. I don't think they wanted to chase him around. LOL<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AMqemxdRxyI/U3qNehpnxiI/AAAAAAAALno/D8lrkOO92hk/s1600/cousins.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-AMqemxdRxyI/U3qNehpnxiI/AAAAAAAALno/D8lrkOO92hk/s1600/cousins.jpg" /></a></div><br />Ok, this is my mother, her sister, me and all the lovelies except the Bride...not sure where she was!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-58FpDTjuY9g/U3qOEp2aCeI/AAAAAAAALnw/CToXjg4XAqw/s1600/us+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-58FpDTjuY9g/U3qOEp2aCeI/AAAAAAAALnw/CToXjg4XAqw/s1600/us+2.jpg" /></a></div><br />My dad and step-mom and the lovelies!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-orT36JbYudk/U3qOr0JqpmI/AAAAAAAALn4/iCNWm9ismfA/s1600/dad+and+girls.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-orT36JbYudk/U3qOr0JqpmI/AAAAAAAALn4/iCNWm9ismfA/s1600/dad+and+girls.jpg" /></a></div><br />When you're in Charleston for your wedding, I happily suggest you use <a href="http://www.charlestonphotoboothfun.com/" target="_blank">Charleston Photo Booth</a>s. The booth is bigger than any others we've seen at other weddings and it was BIG FUN! They give everyone in the picture a strip of the photos and then they put one in a scrapbook and let the folks in the picture write something to the bride and groom. They also put a DVD in the back of the album with all the pictures on it. And that's how I was able to make the collages on PicMonkey!<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-18173491432056970502014-05-21T06:30:00.000-04:002014-05-21T15:57:19.746-04:00The WeddingSo, now for a little confession which, they say, is good for soul. Nah, not THAT kind of confession. Ha! Truth is, I thought it best to put the wedding festivities into several posts so that, a. y'all didn't have to look at THAT many pix all at once and, 2. because I have so much to say and knew it needed to be condensed. What can I say. I was the Mother of the Bride, after all.<br /><br />Those of you who are friends with me on Facebook can skip this post altogether or just do the reading part. LOL Those who aren't, can stick with the post or friend me on Facebook and see all the pix that I took. The photographer took 1600 photos. Yikes! Wish I had known this before I promised the bride that I would do something with the wedding photos for her. Yikes, again!<br /><br />Also, I want to say, again, that none of this would have come together without the hard work and brilliant planning of my BFF, Leslie. If you want a wedding in Charleston, and you want it done right, you NEED her. She pays such attention to detail and gives the bride what SHE wants not what anyone else wants. To Leslie, it's all about the bride (and a bit about the groom...LOL) and that's who she pays attention to. She can do teeny tiny to elaborate and everything in between. And she does is well. It will be perfect, just like the two she's help us with and her own daughter's wedding in April, 2013. She knows people and places so she knows who is good and who not to bother with. AND, if you need an officiant- her hubby will do it! Which was great for us since he's known Birdie since she was a wee little thing. Thank you, Leslie and Jack! Y'all ROCK!<br /><br />I would wait until I get the professional shots to write this post, but who knows when that will be. So- here you go. And, be forewarned, it's lengthy.<br /><br />The wedding venue was <a href="http://www.ccprc.com/gallery.aspx?PID=761" target="_blank">Edisto Hall at James Island County Park</a>. This bride and groom are so laid back and causal, that this was the perfect place to have their wedding. I got a cottage at JICP for the girls to stay in so they'd be close to the site and the boys stayed in one as well.<br /><br />Here's the view from the girls' cabin--<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KLuynT-0KfE/U3j5kE4SNAI/AAAAAAAALe4/CLHcHXVaKBE/s1600/013.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-KLuynT-0KfE/U3j5kE4SNAI/AAAAAAAALe4/CLHcHXVaKBE/s1600/013.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />The cottages are nice and the weather was as well. We never saw 80 degrees on Saturday. So nice!<br /><br />Here's a shot of the dress and the shoes. Yep, the shoes are orange with gray bows. Birdie loves the color orange and the Clemson Tigers and BESTSonInLawForReal graduated from Clemson so, there was a bit of orange at the wedding---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MRABmyG0m7o/U3j6bIGIVFI/AAAAAAAALfI/xHjfFAqwMq8/s1600/006+fixed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MRABmyG0m7o/U3j6bIGIVFI/AAAAAAAALfI/xHjfFAqwMq8/s1600/006+fixed.jpg" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7GjKZ9OlXHA/U3n1kHSsueI/AAAAAAAALgc/OIxHAez5xSw/s1600/012+fixed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-7GjKZ9OlXHA/U3n1kHSsueI/AAAAAAAALgc/OIxHAez5xSw/s1600/012+fixed.jpg" height="548" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />Friend of the bride, Hillary, came to help with the hair---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WbdYsFP9nS4/U3j7yFE0HII/AAAAAAAALfg/Sy3TLWTmKDI/s1600/024.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-WbdYsFP9nS4/U3j7yFE0HII/AAAAAAAALfg/Sy3TLWTmKDI/s1600/024.JPG" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br />She told us that it was going to get ugly before it got beautiful. I think she meant funny. :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_b_WyNa8ug4/U3j7xbpOgiI/AAAAAAAALfU/44GIdNzjAT0/s1600/027.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-_b_WyNa8ug4/U3j7xbpOgiI/AAAAAAAALfU/44GIdNzjAT0/s1600/027.JPG" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br />So pretty!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KEqemj6z52o/U3j7xktIlrI/AAAAAAAALfY/7ONeW1YacmY/s1600/028.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KEqemj6z52o/U3j7xktIlrI/AAAAAAAALfY/7ONeW1YacmY/s1600/028.JPG" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br />&nbsp; Birdie and bridesmaid/good friend, Anna, with lovely hairdos---<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VLK8prNMfYo/U3n1t8XWPkI/AAAAAAAALgk/Uh08sCxrb4g/s1600/032.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-VLK8prNMfYo/U3n1t8XWPkI/AAAAAAAALgk/Uh08sCxrb4g/s1600/032.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LMd3N1Whps4/U3n10k_LVsI/AAAAAAAALg4/hy61-bkH9D0/s1600/033.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-LMd3N1Whps4/U3n10k_LVsI/AAAAAAAALg4/hy61-bkH9D0/s1600/033.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />Birdie with four of her bridesmaids---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-s62V6c_IRmE/U3n15PT7QDI/AAAAAAAALhA/WB8mlxa6rdc/s1600/034.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-s62V6c_IRmE/U3n15PT7QDI/AAAAAAAALhA/WB8mlxa6rdc/s1600/034.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />Everyone except the groom's sister- she has a five year old so they were running just a bit late. We might be empty nesters, but we remember those days, don't we?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wsVszifIm8g/U3n156ajV1I/AAAAAAAALhE/Kf8TpbEj9Z4/s1600/037.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wsVszifIm8g/U3n156ajV1I/AAAAAAAALhE/Kf8TpbEj9Z4/s1600/037.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />Here they are in all their splendor--<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nb1itEFl0_I/U3n2zxqJoKI/AAAAAAAALhQ/y505o4Kdh28/s1600/055.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-nb1itEFl0_I/U3n2zxqJoKI/AAAAAAAALhQ/y505o4Kdh28/s1600/055.JPG" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>&nbsp;My dad and step-mom with Birdie.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XJkcqi6vca8/U3n3zP6uXuI/AAAAAAAALhw/kCHdjXYJJPc/s1600/069.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XJkcqi6vca8/U3n3zP6uXuI/AAAAAAAALhw/kCHdjXYJJPc/s1600/069.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />Deanie and her sweet Ben--<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MV3etqMzFNw/U3n33274pII/AAAAAAAALh4/Xuks1gd_MUk/s1600/076.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-MV3etqMzFNw/U3n33274pII/AAAAAAAALh4/Xuks1gd_MUk/s1600/076.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />Sister of the groom, Katie and her daughter, the precious flower girl. With her orange shoes.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6v13V-AaHXw/U3n4InOqcoI/AAAAAAAALiU/_ILYwy96yvE/s1600/078.CR2" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-6v13V-AaHXw/U3n4InOqcoI/AAAAAAAALiU/_ILYwy96yvE/s1600/078.CR2" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>&nbsp;The cake! Having a wedding in our area? I HIGHLY recommend our cake lady! She's so sweet and the cake was delicious! She incorporated a little message from her to the bride and groom on the back of the cake. The real photographer got that so I'll share when we get the real photos.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-THMmNjjrOtI/U3n4CUG_M-I/AAAAAAAALiI/hU1bFKw01XU/s1600/086.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-THMmNjjrOtI/U3n4CUG_M-I/AAAAAAAALiI/hU1bFKw01XU/s1600/086.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />I will also share the bridal portraits in a future post. This is the portrait Birdie chose to display--<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FZCFnEZL7yU/U3n4JLvbaaI/AAAAAAAALiQ/j3a_70l4GC0/s1600/087.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FZCFnEZL7yU/U3n4JLvbaaI/AAAAAAAALiQ/j3a_70l4GC0/s1600/087.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />Orange and gray and pretty flowers! I also HIGHLY recommend our florist. We used the same one for Breezy's wedding.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NVtZF9O2sWc/U3n4KybrwsI/AAAAAAAALig/orXM8YHQeEY/s1600/089.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-NVtZF9O2sWc/U3n4KybrwsI/AAAAAAAALig/orXM8YHQeEY/s1600/089.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />Our lovely bride--<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vuJ3mhPMQWM/U3n4jTyxuQI/AAAAAAAALjI/Q1wrYx7m0c8/s1600/090.CR2" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-vuJ3mhPMQWM/U3n4jTyxuQI/AAAAAAAALjI/Q1wrYx7m0c8/s1600/090.CR2" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>&nbsp;I just had to get Mike, father of the groom, in a shot with the girls. He's the sweetest man and has he got humor!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TZYawcnbE64/U3n4eqXFWBI/AAAAAAAALi4/Mhkifd2HHtk/s1600/095.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-TZYawcnbE64/U3n4eqXFWBI/AAAAAAAALi4/Mhkifd2HHtk/s1600/095.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />Y'all know those shots where the bridesmaids encircle the bride with their bouquets? Well, that's one thing that got a lot of laughs at this wedding. They encircled many heads with their flowers. Including the groom's father.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q1CDlH5E6IU/U3n4gUPqoaI/AAAAAAAALjA/NVkm0mzKJ7A/s1600/097.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Q1CDlH5E6IU/U3n4gUPqoaI/AAAAAAAALjA/NVkm0mzKJ7A/s1600/097.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />And the flower girl-<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LM5DvjeHGPc/U3n4ofncIrI/AAAAAAAALjQ/PW8sNPte1gQ/s1600/098.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-LM5DvjeHGPc/U3n4ofncIrI/AAAAAAAALjQ/PW8sNPte1gQ/s1600/098.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />Who LOVED it!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-of36PYLzGmw/U3n4omMjNiI/AAAAAAAALjU/WwugqjWDsl0/s1600/099.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-of36PYLzGmw/U3n4omMjNiI/AAAAAAAALjU/WwugqjWDsl0/s1600/099.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />The kiss! Please notice the groom's shoes.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hGW5xCx0znI/U3n4t3tCfgI/AAAAAAAALjo/5_M0JdtXE3g/s1600/125.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hGW5xCx0znI/U3n4t3tCfgI/AAAAAAAALjo/5_M0JdtXE3g/s1600/125.JPG" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br />Here they are- Mr. and Mrs. at last!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-A29UXINJ4Rw/U3n4whcB2OI/AAAAAAAALj4/30n89U9qtOA/s1600/128.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-A29UXINJ4Rw/U3n4whcB2OI/AAAAAAAALj4/30n89U9qtOA/s1600/128.JPG" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br />Since I had been taking pictures of the picture taking (haha), I decided to continue post ceremony.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MUbIIsY4xGU/U3n4sbV0jQI/AAAAAAAALjg/6l9-Y2Yg040/s1600/131+fixed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-MUbIIsY4xGU/U3n4sbV0jQI/AAAAAAAALjg/6l9-Y2Yg040/s1600/131+fixed.jpg" height="640" width="430" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TRe3OlcZblU/U3n4vS_kcDI/AAAAAAAALjw/9VKmcH1721E/s1600/134+fixed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TRe3OlcZblU/U3n4vS_kcDI/AAAAAAAALjw/9VKmcH1721E/s1600/134+fixed.jpg" height="640" width="398" /></a></div><br />Maid of honor and Best Man with the Bride and Groom.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qvXlFv34nLU/U3n4xBCmFtI/AAAAAAAALj8/TUS_XyGzvkQ/s1600/135+fixed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-qvXlFv34nLU/U3n4xBCmFtI/AAAAAAAALj8/TUS_XyGzvkQ/s1600/135+fixed.jpg" height="640" width="472" /></a></div><br />The sun was shining through the huge oak during the ceremony and the pictures and it was just lovely.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FOTqflXFE4g/U3n43s-mZEI/AAAAAAAALkY/yTGvrnEdhJI/s1600/137.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-FOTqflXFE4g/U3n43s-mZEI/AAAAAAAALkY/yTGvrnEdhJI/s1600/137.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />The jungle (as they started calling it because they said the bouquets reminded them of the rain forest) surrounding the groom-<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-upVAgIbpnno/U3n41Jq0X4I/AAAAAAAALkI/bEmsqGdWH1s/s1600/140+fixed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-upVAgIbpnno/U3n41Jq0X4I/AAAAAAAALkI/bEmsqGdWH1s/s1600/140+fixed.jpg" height="558" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>&nbsp;And again with the bride-<br /><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d-dd6VFiBhM/U3n44vzKmwI/AAAAAAAALkc/1s1j3doirH8/s1600/142+fixed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-d-dd6VFiBhM/U3n44vzKmwI/AAAAAAAALkc/1s1j3doirH8/s1600/142+fixed.jpg" height="576" width="640" /></a><br /><br />I have so many things to say about these friends of the bride and groom. I am gathering my thoughts and will devote an entire post on the subject. Just let me say, for now, that I have never seen such wonderful, supportive friends. These kids are fantastic! I feel blessed just to have been in their company. And not just the ones in the wedding party, every single one in attendance.<br /><br />And there's the groom's dad doing his best photo bomb! Told you he has humor. LOL<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pccvzxfdQGE/U3n45qSCXrI/AAAAAAAALko/UPiB7iBH5QU/s1600/144+fixed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pccvzxfdQGE/U3n45qSCXrI/AAAAAAAALko/UPiB7iBH5QU/s1600/144+fixed.jpg" height="404" width="640" /></a></div><br />How cute was this?! The flower girl ran in there to help! What a cutie!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_SQ_IdJYy0A/U3n48WSKFHI/AAAAAAAALk4/1FMA1J8GImw/s1600/147+fixed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_SQ_IdJYy0A/U3n48WSKFHI/AAAAAAAALk4/1FMA1J8GImw/s1600/147+fixed.jpg" height="496" width="640" /></a></div><br />And now, the bride--<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hBjdFjavuAI/U3n5G5DvEuI/AAAAAAAALlQ/q6CLgUXNp_k/s1600/150.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-hBjdFjavuAI/U3n5G5DvEuI/AAAAAAAALlQ/q6CLgUXNp_k/s1600/150.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />The happy couple with my dad and step-mom-<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cDEAVQNwx1o/U3n5AthUCHI/AAAAAAAALlA/nkUVfifa-b8/s1600/152+saved.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cDEAVQNwx1o/U3n5AthUCHI/AAAAAAAALlA/nkUVfifa-b8/s1600/152+saved.jpg" height="618" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>&nbsp;First dance as Mr. and Mrs.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-x-V40xX6344/U3n5N20WZpI/AAAAAAAALlg/na6Hb29xM6Y/s1600/157.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-x-V40xX6344/U3n5N20WZpI/AAAAAAAALlg/na6Hb29xM6Y/s1600/157.JPG" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>I'll share the professional pix when we get them. NOT all 1600, I promise. LOL But I wanted y'all to see some of our special day now.<br /><br />Ok, recommendations if you want to have a wedding in our area:<br /><br />If your bride and groom are outdoorsy/laid back and on a budget, I HIGHLY recommend <a href="http://www.ccprc.com/gallery.aspx?PID=761" target="_blank">Edisto Hall at James Island County Park</a>. EVERYONE at the park is nice and helpful. There's a campground right there in the park and several of our guests took advantage of this. We also secured two cottages for the wedding party which was quite convenient. They have a dog park and beautiful walking trails as well. AND, it's less than $1000 to rent the venue. WHAT?! Yep. No joke.<br /><br />Need a florist? Call Karen at <a href="http://www.keepsakesflorals.com/" target="_blank">Keepsake Florist</a>. She has this uncanny ability to read a bride's mind. And she's VERY reasonable. &nbsp;I don't see us ever using a different florist for anything.<br /><br />Cake? Yes, use our cake lady! The cake will be EXACTLY what you ask for and the taste will be that flavor explosion that I love to experience! Cost- the most reasonable in our area. She is Janie at <a href="http://www.charlestoncakesetc.com/default.html" target="_blank">Charleston Cakes etc</a>.<br /><br />DJ? YES! Ours was fantastic! Birdie used the same company, <a href="http://www.jaymaxwell.com/" target="_blank">Jay Maxwell Music by Request</a>, because one of her bridesmaids had used them for her wedding. They sent us a guy named Mike and he was FABULOUS! He had a big personality and enjoyed being up on the stage! He was funny, personable, a true delight! He took requests but stuck, mainly, to what the bride and groom wanted- which was perfect! I think I remember hearing that he is a high school chemistry teacher. I can just imagine how entertaining he is in the classroom! KUDOS, Mike! You were a big part of why the wedding was so much fun!<br /><br />Photo Booth? YES! Don't even think about not having a photo booth. Details to come in the next post!<br /><br />Photographer? OMG. He was great and so was his second shooter. They kept showing me things they had taken and they made sure everything was just right. I doubt they missed anything since they took 1600 pictures! I'll post his information when I am able to post his shots!<br /><br />Rentals. We used<a href="http://eventworksrentals.com/" target="_blank"> Event Works</a>. They don't stand apart from anyone else we could have used. I really think anyone rental place around the area is just fine. I can say that everyone we talked with was super nice and helpful! Would I recommend them? Absolutely.<br /><br />YIKES! I nearly forgot the caterer. They used the <a href="http://www.crazydutchmancatering.com/index.php" target="_blank">Crazy Dutchman</a>. I know they were absolutely wonderful in dealing with Birdie and that they have a very nice selection from which to choose. I also know that they are quite affordable. They showed up on time and did everything they agree to do and did it well. That being said, I thought the food was fine. Nothing great and wonderful. No great taste explosions in the mouth. But it was fine. If you find yourself here for a wedding, you're on a budget and you're not particular or not wanting gourmet food, then the Dutchman is fantastic!<br /><br />Ok, there's so much more to come. Photo booth pix, the bridal portraits, the real photos of the wedding...and a few things that I want to put out there about friends and family. I'm overflowing right now so I need to settle down first. :)<br /><br />Stay tuned----<br /><br />Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com14tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-70625740362507213342014-05-20T06:30:00.000-04:002014-05-20T06:48:37.899-04:00The Rehearsal DinnerThe rehearsal dinner was a bit of a different story than the bridal luncheon. Not because of the people. The people were FANTASTIC!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>This is most of the wedding party---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cAKlqjd82x0/U3dNKnz_lAI/AAAAAAAALZ4/QL3NTZYDooo/s1600/dinner+17.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cAKlqjd82x0/U3dNKnz_lAI/AAAAAAAALZ4/QL3NTZYDooo/s1600/dinner+17.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />It's always a big plus when the in-law family are so funny and friendly and lovable and we're very blessed in this area! This is the bride and groom with the groom's grandmother. She is a pure delight!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oXiNsNA1Pys/U3dNTX8hsQI/AAAAAAAALa0/ie1gdgBV5cs/s1600/dinner+7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-oXiNsNA1Pys/U3dNTX8hsQI/AAAAAAAALa0/ie1gdgBV5cs/s1600/dinner+7.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />The down side was the place. And y'all know I tend towards the brutally honest so---<br /><br />The rehearsal dinner was held at the<a href="http://www.colemanpublichouse.com/" target="_blank"> Coleman Public House</a> here in Mount Pleasant. If these crazy kids appear to be glistening, it's because they're sweating.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_vPTM349fw8/U3dNP8S4y7I/AAAAAAAALac/VAb0PVWWY1s/s1600/dinner+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_vPTM349fw8/U3dNP8S4y7I/AAAAAAAALac/VAb0PVWWY1s/s1600/dinner+3.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />The room they put us in was a FURNACE. And it wasn't that hot outside. It was on the far side of the restaurant and sort of resembled a sun porch. Most of the blinds were closed but the heat was ridiculous. Even people who are usually cold-natured were burning up. But that didn't stop the crazy. Because, you know, it's our family...:)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rGuZGf5UR6s/U3dNIwsMbvI/AAAAAAAALZ0/19eq5bd_FbE/s1600/dinner+15.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-rGuZGf5UR6s/U3dNIwsMbvI/AAAAAAAALZ0/19eq5bd_FbE/s1600/dinner+15.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />It was cooler outside than it was in that room.<br /><br />The food? Meh. Nothing to talk about. It didn't err of the side of good or bad. It was merely mediocre. Except for the fries. Haha<br /><br />That's my brother, step-mother and Dad. I think we lost count at how many times we sent my brother back for those fries.<br /><br /><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jxlCUDxbn3s/U3dNHY3FoyI/AAAAAAAALZs/1rkTFrToi7g/s1600/dinner+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jxlCUDxbn3s/U3dNHY3FoyI/AAAAAAAALZs/1rkTFrToi7g/s1600/dinner+1.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a><br /><br />No memorable tastes to report. However, the fun and laughter and conversation...THAT was memorable! And enough to null and void the heat and lacking of the food. <br /><br />That's Deanie and her sweet BF--remember him? He's the drummer for <a href="http://www.thewildfeathers.com/" target="_blank">The Wild Feathers</a>. We're so glad he was able to be here for the wedding!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eSdQHKDRK2E/U3dNRnneqkI/AAAAAAAALao/q-5xVdcqmB8/s1600/dinner+4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-eSdQHKDRK2E/U3dNRnneqkI/AAAAAAAALao/q-5xVdcqmB8/s1600/dinner+4.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UJqf4YpbbaA/U3dNSFD8aBI/AAAAAAAALaw/6fzOCRnHzlc/s1600/dinner+5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-UJqf4YpbbaA/U3dNSFD8aBI/AAAAAAAALaw/6fzOCRnHzlc/s1600/dinner+5.jpg" height="550" width="640" /></a></div><br />That's Mackenzine (Birdie's BFF since they were 3 years old and maid of honor). Everyone is having a blast with the fact that she's holding two beers in her hands. She was holding one for Birdie but the comments have been hilarious! See all that sun shining into that room?<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rSkQjxQoYmM/U3dNHVduIrI/AAAAAAAALZo/zX67b-zbPMY/s1600/dinner+14.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-rSkQjxQoYmM/U3dNHVduIrI/AAAAAAAALZo/zX67b-zbPMY/s1600/dinner+14.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br />That's my sweetwonderful/terrific/perfect Son-In-Law!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fh9TIJLzwE4/U3dQpnp2DiI/AAAAAAAALa8/kGNIXn5DP9w/s1600/069.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Fh9TIJLzwE4/U3dQpnp2DiI/AAAAAAAALa8/kGNIXn5DP9w/s1600/069.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />The groom's sister, aunt and uncle. That's a groomsman in the background. And the &nbsp; sunlight.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Z8IUmlNJe68/U3dQqfarkEI/AAAAAAAALbA/wu-0gY_mIGc/s1600/076.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Z8IUmlNJe68/U3dQqfarkEI/AAAAAAAALbA/wu-0gY_mIGc/s1600/076.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>Still hot. That's the groom's mom front/right.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aw3JwZYQPlo/U3dRJu0FimI/AAAAAAAALbY/A08g2i5KAiI/s1600/078.CR2" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-aw3JwZYQPlo/U3dRJu0FimI/AAAAAAAALbY/A08g2i5KAiI/s1600/078.CR2" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br />A few wedding party members. Sweating. In the sunlight.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yHhI1jR-TdU/U3dRL7tawBI/AAAAAAAALbk/TqffOyieqFU/s1600/081.CR2" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yHhI1jR-TdU/U3dRL7tawBI/AAAAAAAALbk/TqffOyieqFU/s1600/081.CR2" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br />Welcome and Thanks from the bride and groom. Sun still shining.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xWuFMH31xJk/U3dRKMfBwLI/AAAAAAAALbU/aFcqUY-aPp8/s1600/087.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-xWuFMH31xJk/U3dRKMfBwLI/AAAAAAAALbU/aFcqUY-aPp8/s1600/087.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>Yep. Wedding festivities = Good Times. Even when it's hot and the food is mediocre. Because it's about the people- the friends and the family, old and new. That's what makes these occasions special. That's what matters over anything and everything else.<br /><br />In this way, we are truly blessed!Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-90660085025432925352014-05-19T06:30:00.000-04:002014-05-19T18:10:22.010-04:00The Bridal LuncheonMy mother, aunt and I hosted the bridal luncheon this time around. But, the fact that it was WONDERFUL had nothing to do with us. It was the venue- <a href="http://www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com/oldvillageposthouse/" target="_blank">The Old Village Post House</a> here in Mount Pleasant. And let me just start out with saying that, should you ever find yourself in the Charleston area and in need of the perfect venue for a gathering such as ours or just want to enjoy a FANTASTIC meal and a quaint place to stay, I highly recommend this place. HIGHLY.<br /><br />We were in a room upstairs and Birdie decided on the breakfast buffet for the luncheon. I told them I would bring table decorations. That's a sample of one table- the flowers and the place cards by me. Pretty sure I'll hire someone next time. But it worked out nicely.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_0-Zt36Ahoo/U3ix6qyTJOI/AAAAAAAALcI/zoQlCKCp530/s1600/luncheon+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_0-Zt36Ahoo/U3ix6qyTJOI/AAAAAAAALcI/zoQlCKCp530/s1600/luncheon+1.jpg" height="416" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />Here's the menu--careful not to drool on your computer:<br />Palmetto Brunch Buffet:<br />Brioche French Toast; maple syrup<br />Low-country Shrimp &amp; Grits<br />Crab Cake; chipotle tartar - in place of Salmon<br />Scrambled Eggs<br />Vegetable Quiche; spinach, red pepper, goat cheese<br />Roasted House Cut Potatoes<br />Maple Sausage Links<br />Applewood Smoked Bacon<br />Fruit Salad<br />White Lily biscuits<br /><br />That's Birdie and one of her bridesmaids, Margaret. I have so much to say about the wonderful friends of our bride and groom, but they deserve a post all to themselves. Heck, they each deserve a post individually.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--TZ3UKzylWs/U3iyFoA8SnI/AAAAAAAALdg/0dVfKPyKwbw/s1600/luncheon+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/--TZ3UKzylWs/U3iyFoA8SnI/AAAAAAAALdg/0dVfKPyKwbw/s1600/luncheon+2.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />The food was so tasty. Each item had just the right EVERYTHING. Each bite was like a flavor explosion in your mouth. If I searched and searched and then searched some more, I couldn't find one negative thing to say about the food, the service, the physical building and room...not one negative thing. And I seriously do look. I've been like that since I started blogging and reporting on things.<br /><br />Potatoes, bacon, sausage, crab cakes----<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wGAjInxEo8M/U3iyGSJc74I/AAAAAAAALdo/v9o3oqQid0w/s1600/luncheon+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-wGAjInxEo8M/U3iyGSJc74I/AAAAAAAALdo/v9o3oqQid0w/s1600/luncheon+3.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br />If you do get down this way and want to use <a href="http://www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com/oldvillageposthouse/" target="_blank">The Old Village Post House</a>, just get in touch with Bonnie Richardson. She is the sweetest most wonderful coordinator I've ever worked with. Very personable and able to make you feel like you and your event are the only things in the world she cares about.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>Brioche French toast, scrambled eggs, shrimp and grits, veggie quiche...so tasty!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FyxpV6_ZUwc/U3lNGmfzOfI/AAAAAAAALf4/9ltiZUmJQhY/s1600/022.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-FyxpV6_ZUwc/U3lNGmfzOfI/AAAAAAAALf4/9ltiZUmJQhY/s1600/022.JPG" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br /><br />This is Sarah and Birdie. They've known each other since high school and Sarah flew in from... Iceland? Greenland? Sarah, where the heck do you live now???<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HAhhOSIRAVI/U3iyHXcs1MI/AAAAAAAALd4/yjBri0Gzje4/s1600/luncheon+4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-HAhhOSIRAVI/U3iyHXcs1MI/AAAAAAAALd4/yjBri0Gzje4/s1600/luncheon+4.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />DoodleBug and Birdie having an in-depth conversation with the sweet flower girl in this next picture. See the beverage station in the background to the right? That's where our server was- her name was Ann Marie and she was so sweet and polite and funny! Honestly, I don't think those people could have done something wrong if they tried. I meant to take pictures of Bonnie and Ann Marie but I just didn't.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qYSK0XFm-xk/U3iyJal8ErI/AAAAAAAALeA/LQlCQakqi8w/s1600/luncheon+5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-qYSK0XFm-xk/U3iyJal8ErI/AAAAAAAALeA/LQlCQakqi8w/s1600/luncheon+5.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />Oh, wait! I just thought of something negative---the dang plates were NOT big enough. LOL<br /><br />Those are two of the groom's aunties with three friends of the bride and groom. And, YES! The new in-law family is TERRIFIC! It was so good to meet them and we just love them all so much!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n2q3o9McpJ8/U3iyJmChgnI/AAAAAAAALeE/LBuUQ7Ff-Ac/s1600/luncheon+6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-n2q3o9McpJ8/U3iyJmChgnI/AAAAAAAALeE/LBuUQ7Ff-Ac/s1600/luncheon+6.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />Fresh fruit---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yc6WL09T-KU/U3iyKEBkh_I/AAAAAAAALeI/vLWl7Iy8rgE/s1600/luncheon+7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-yc6WL09T-KU/U3iyKEBkh_I/AAAAAAAALeI/vLWl7Iy8rgE/s1600/luncheon+7.jpg" height="286" width="640" /></a></div><br />This is Mackenzie. She and Birdie have been BFF's since they were 3 years old. She was the maid of honor. We've always called her my dark haired child. She's a gem to say the least!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-r0cPU4U-r7M/U3iyLDDV3VI/AAAAAAAALeY/Tglu2ieeyoU/s1600/luncheon+8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-r0cPU4U-r7M/U3iyLDDV3VI/AAAAAAAALeY/Tglu2ieeyoU/s1600/luncheon+8.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />That's Anna sitting with the aunties. I could never say enough about Anna. You know those people you meet and you think that maybe your life would have been lacking had you never had the opportunity to meet them? Yeah, she's one of those kinds of people. LOVE you, Anna!<br /><br /><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-M4loYmLjMQI/U3iyMTYNIuI/AAAAAAAALeg/ohjxjvJNY8o/s1600/luncheon+9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-M4loYmLjMQI/U3iyMTYNIuI/AAAAAAAALeg/ohjxjvJNY8o/s1600/luncheon+9.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a><br /><br />Also- see that little burlap bag tied with an orange bow to Anna's right? We filled ten of those with the nicest things for prizes for a game we played. I got the items from <a href="http://www.bumblewoodhandmade.com/" target="_blank">Bumblewood&nbsp;</a>(the link will take you to her website). Each bag had a lip balm and either a soap, body lotion bar or body butter inside. The ladies LOVED them! There are no bad things in these products either. AND, she's the daughter of Kim at <a href="http://fieldofmydreams.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">My Field of Dreams</a>!<br /><br />That's my BFF for the last 25 years! She will be getting a post all to herself. No one has a BFF like mine. No one. And, no. I am NOT sharing her. :)<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZuRQLibf9Ig/U3ix7suvQkI/AAAAAAAALcQ/0uBXR4V271Y/s1600/luncheon+10.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ZuRQLibf9Ig/U3ix7suvQkI/AAAAAAAALcQ/0uBXR4V271Y/s1600/luncheon+10.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />All of these girls were in the bridal party--- some couldn't get here, but we had these: Mackenzie, Deanie, Birdie, Anna, DoodleBug, Margaret (another friend who deserves a post all to herself) and the flower girl who is the daughter of the groom's sister who couldn't get off work.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xBRO6q4h3JM/U3ix7eYOzlI/AAAAAAAALcU/ixavT7dB5gk/s1600/luncheon+11.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xBRO6q4h3JM/U3ix7eYOzlI/AAAAAAAALcU/ixavT7dB5gk/s1600/luncheon+11.jpg" height="538" width="640" /></a></div><br />And here's their true selves---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-B7ggYhi25lU/U3ix8H4IuoI/AAAAAAAALcc/IbkZBxC21uU/s1600/luncheon+12.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-B7ggYhi25lU/U3ix8H4IuoI/AAAAAAAALcc/IbkZBxC21uU/s1600/luncheon+12.jpg" height="550" width="640" /></a></div><br />Of course, I had to get one with Bestie in there-<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XsDiX1dOoRg/U3ix9D7lAsI/AAAAAAAALco/sh9SJp1GnsY/s1600/luncheon+13.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-XsDiX1dOoRg/U3ix9D7lAsI/AAAAAAAALco/sh9SJp1GnsY/s1600/luncheon+13.jpg" height="488" width="640" /></a></div><br />Their true selves just couldn't be contained---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2EpyabycNv4/U3ix90w16LI/AAAAAAAALcs/SjH72pedJnQ/s1600/luncheon+14.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-2EpyabycNv4/U3ix90w16LI/AAAAAAAALcs/SjH72pedJnQ/s1600/luncheon+14.jpg" height="552" width="640" /></a></div><br />Birdie found these book-like boxes at Michael's and put titles on each one using a play on words with the bridesmaids' names (for example: 19-Katie-4, get it? LOL) and put their gift inside the box.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Nnpqx3pJ89c/U3ix_SgCjsI/AAAAAAAALc4/O0G73R5QeIM/s1600/luncheon+15.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Nnpqx3pJ89c/U3ix_SgCjsI/AAAAAAAALc4/O0G73R5QeIM/s1600/luncheon+15.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />This is Gammie, the groom's grandmother and her great granddaughter, our flower girl. They were singing and snapping their fingers. OMG- Gammie is AMAZING! She's 86 going on 20. I kid you not!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yL9Ajnm_wCQ/U3iyA4lRPcI/AAAAAAAALdA/SmrhNfz35CQ/s1600/luncheon+16.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-yL9Ajnm_wCQ/U3iyA4lRPcI/AAAAAAAALdA/SmrhNfz35CQ/s1600/luncheon+16.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />That's me with three of the lovelies- Deanie, Birdie and DoodleBug-<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YoncWozEw54/U3iyBbJJZKI/AAAAAAAALdE/Bv_dBDWFAhc/s1600/luncheon+17.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-YoncWozEw54/U3iyBbJJZKI/AAAAAAAALdE/Bv_dBDWFAhc/s1600/luncheon+17.jpg" height="514" width="640" /></a></div><br />Birdie and Mackenzie---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-d9faAzsHgRk/U3iyCf7XySI/AAAAAAAALdM/jDNh8yv7Rzc/s1600/luncheon+18.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-d9faAzsHgRk/U3iyCf7XySI/AAAAAAAALdM/jDNh8yv7Rzc/s1600/luncheon+18.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br />And again-- they are looking for a new 'go-to' pose---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QdiXUW1-45k/U3iyD7ZzNQI/AAAAAAAALdY/lDgzbzksC3o/s1600/luncheon+19.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-QdiXUW1-45k/U3iyD7ZzNQI/AAAAAAAALdY/lDgzbzksC3o/s1600/luncheon+19.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br />It was truly a lovely day---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-COgqdWYili0/U3iyF8OCKRI/AAAAAAAALdk/XA7w4uPHxUY/s1600/luncheon+20.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-COgqdWYili0/U3iyF8OCKRI/AAAAAAAALdk/XA7w4uPHxUY/s1600/luncheon+20.jpg" height="454" width="640" /></a></div><br />So there y'all have the bridal luncheon.<br /><br />I'm not getting anything in return for mentioning <a href="http://www.mavericksouthernkitchens.com/oldvillageposthouse/" target="_blank">The Old Village Post House</a>. But I've never had such a totally, exceptional, perfect experience with anything like I did with them. Come to our area. Use them. I promise you- you will NOT be disappointed!<br /><br />Stayed tuned for the rehearsal dinner. Where I might have a few different things to say...<br /><br />Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com11tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-46007914119695827312014-05-14T07:57:00.003-04:002014-05-14T07:57:46.431-04:00Wedding Week Hodgepodge<span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Ermahgerd! THREE days til the wedding! AND I have the rest of the week OFF to enjoy these next few days and the big day on Saturday. Family starts arriving today and that will continue through Friday. The really nice thing is that, if they tick me off, I can always go to work. Hahahahaha!</span></span><br /><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Seriously, we're all quite excited and looking forward to all the festivities. Those who bring drama shall be dealt with severely. And I mean that. ;)</span></span><br /><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Meanwhile, I finally have time to participate in the Hodgepodge! I've missed y'all so much!</span></span><br /><br /><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><a border="0" href="http://joyce-fromthissideofthepond.blogspot.com/" style="color: #310e6a; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><img src="http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/SincerelyShannon-designs/Blog%20Buttons/Hodgepodgebutton.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; padding: 5px; position: relative;" /></a></div><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">1. It's still May, right? When were you last in the middle of something that might be described as&nbsp;</span><i style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">may</i><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">hem? <b>Right now! It's called WEDDING WEEK!</b></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">2. When did you last feel dis</span><i style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b>may</b></i><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">ed? <b>I'm sure I have felt dismayed, but nothing is coming to me right now. Too much wedding stuff on my mind. :)</b></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">3. What's a food combination you like, but other people may find strange? <b>Ketchup on scrambled eggs and/or tartar sauce on french fries. YUMMY!</b></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">4</span><i style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">. "It is never too late to be what you might have been."&nbsp;</i><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Do you think that's true? Why or why not? <b>Yes. If it wasn't, we'd never keep trying to improve ourselves, would we?&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">5.&nbsp;</span><a href="http://travel.usnews.com/Rankings/Best_US_Historic_Destinations/" style="background-color: white; color: #310e6a; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-decoration: none;">US News and World Report</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">&nbsp;listed the best historic destinations in the US as follows-</span><i style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Washington D.C, Philadelphia PA, Williamsburg VA, Charleston SC, Boston MA, Richmnd VA, Savannah, GA, Santa Fe NM, Yellowstone, San Antonio TX, San Francisco CA, New Orleans LA, and Charlottesville VA.&nbsp;</i><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Of those listed how many have you seen in person?&nbsp;Which</span><i style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">&nbsp;<b>two</b>&nbsp;</i><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">sites on the list would you most like to see in person? <b>I've been to Washington, DC; San Francisco, CA; Savannah, GA; and I live in Charleston, SC. I can't say that I'm interested in seeing any of the other places.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">6.&nbsp;May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. If you had to participate in a single fitness activity for the next half hour, which activity would you choose? <b>A lovely run/walk!</b></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">7.&nbsp;What did you like best about the city, town, or neighborhood where you grew up? <b>That my cousins lived right across the street and that we could walk to town and go to the drugstore, sit at the counter and order cherry cokes! And the 4th of July celebrations! And the snow we got every year that was enough to get sleds for Christmas but not enough to get sick of it. And...LOL</b></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">8. &nbsp;Insert your own random thought here. <b>I seriously cannot believe that it's wedding week! Didn't they JUST get engaged????? I wish I could post some of the bridal portraits for y'all to see but I can't risk it. &nbsp;Everything seems to be in place and that, my wonderful friends, is all thanks to my BFF, Leslie, who has, once again, stepped up and taken us by our hands and made all of this wedding stuff fall into perfect place! Without her, God only knows what we would end up with on Saturday. LOVE you, Leslie!&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b>Have a great rest of the week, y'all!&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b><br /></b></span>Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com13tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-32868787514493026472014-05-11T12:29:00.003-04:002014-05-11T17:11:55.309-04:00Happy Mother's Day!<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BV50y8KXcqc/U2-krHpOQpI/AAAAAAAALZI/8xqsh3GSEzg/s1600/mother's+day.jpg" height="640" width="640" /><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Snoopy/photos_stream" target="_blank">Snoopy</a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">We're under one week in the wedding countdown! Only two days of work this week and then- Let's Get This Party Started!&nbsp;</span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;"><br /></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: large;">Hugs and love to y'all!</span></div><img src="https://scontent-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10312637_741911159192976_1890935595820202801_n.jpg" /><img src="https://scontent-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10312637_741911159192976_1890935595820202801_n.jpg" /><img src="https://scontent-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-prn2/t1.0-9/10312637_741911159192976_1890935595820202801_n.jpg" />Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-48341434259843166972014-05-04T10:37:00.001-04:002014-05-04T10:37:51.532-04:00Shower Time AgainThere was another shower this weekend for the happy couple. This one was a Technology themed event. The Soon-to-be-SIL is a computer guru and my Birdie appreciates technology as well, so, here are some highlights:<br /><br />Anna, our gracious and very talented hostess (and a techie as well) got quite creative with the decorations:<br /><br />A 'Congrats' sign made with cable:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DpSixTn-oY0/U2ZLxgX5R8I/AAAAAAAALUA/xLEClBZKx7o/s1600/tech+shower.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-DpSixTn-oY0/U2ZLxgX5R8I/AAAAAAAALUA/xLEClBZKx7o/s1600/tech+shower.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">A vase made of keyboards:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-S1wC56D_DaE/U2ZLh_0Yb8I/AAAAAAAALS0/7CpDkZ1z7ho/s1600/tech+shower+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-S1wC56D_DaE/U2ZLh_0Yb8I/AAAAAAAALS0/7CpDkZ1z7ho/s1600/tech+shower+2.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br />&nbsp;Lovely techie lights with tea light candles, mason jars and cables:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_wz-8fuP3Ws/U2ZLoFPMc0I/AAAAAAAALTo/Z82HgVLFpas/s1600/tech+shower+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-_wz-8fuP3Ws/U2ZLoFPMc0I/AAAAAAAALTo/Z82HgVLFpas/s1600/tech+shower+3.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">There were mouses (mice?) and telephones hanging from the upstairs railing:</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1vL_7sMlsCM/U2ZLbij3bHI/AAAAAAAALRs/f4lLpU114wU/s1600/tech+shower+12.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-1vL_7sMlsCM/U2ZLbij3bHI/AAAAAAAALRs/f4lLpU114wU/s1600/tech+shower+12.jpg" height="442" width="640" /></a></div><br />So, of course, everyone thought pretending to talk on the phones would make funny pictures. Ah, techies and their humor.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cypmIZRiURs/U2ZLnadd6GI/AAAAAAAALTw/NJoSAdoUEv4/s1600/tech+shower+24.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-cypmIZRiURs/U2ZLnadd6GI/AAAAAAAALTw/NJoSAdoUEv4/s1600/tech+shower+24.jpg" height="640" width="634" /></a></div><br />Some lovely ladies--That's Doodlebug on the left, Margaret (a bridesmaid, good friend and one of the sweetest people you would ever hope to meet), Birdie, and Mackenzie (Birdie's BFF since they were three years old):<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JxlPY5bNzfU/U2ZL-nqRcTI/AAAAAAAALUc/tRlE29kObeA/s1600/tech+shower+7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-JxlPY5bNzfU/U2ZL-nqRcTI/AAAAAAAALUc/tRlE29kObeA/s1600/tech+shower+7.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />That's Anna (hostess, bridesmaid and truly wonderful person), Birdie, Caleb (Anna's hubby and all 'round great guy), and my wonderful soon-to-be-SIL.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bIuksAdgy0c/U2ZL-jEthTI/AAAAAAAALUY/3Dp2NclS50g/s1600/tech+shower+9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-bIuksAdgy0c/U2ZL-jEthTI/AAAAAAAALUY/3Dp2NclS50g/s1600/tech+shower+9.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />And that is Miss Lola being held by Birdie. She is the adorable daughter of our host and hostess of the evening.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1aBEC2EdnSw/U2ZL99LkzFI/AAAAAAAALUM/uu4Jdj3-cQ4/s1600/tech+shower+8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-1aBEC2EdnSw/U2ZL99LkzFI/AAAAAAAALUM/uu4Jdj3-cQ4/s1600/tech+shower+8.jpg" height="640" width="598" /></a></div><br />There were shots---<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dJgZUECqJKo/U2ZLozhNlbI/AAAAAAAALT0/8OxJ_Rgrt_c/s1600/tech+shower+4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-dJgZUECqJKo/U2ZLozhNlbI/AAAAAAAALT0/8OxJ_Rgrt_c/s1600/tech+shower+4.jpg" height="380" width="640" /></a></div><br />Gifts:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-784-VaVjV50/U2ZLduNrn8I/AAAAAAAALSM/VXz18g2LbX4/s1600/tech+shower+14.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-784-VaVjV50/U2ZLduNrn8I/AAAAAAAALSM/VXz18g2LbX4/s1600/tech+shower+14.jpg" height="532" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h29ATTlgkFM/U2ZLdpRfsvI/AAAAAAAALSQ/HlgBOiCDoNM/s1600/tech+shower+15.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-h29ATTlgkFM/U2ZLdpRfsvI/AAAAAAAALSQ/HlgBOiCDoNM/s1600/tech+shower+15.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9H2vN34Voek/U2ZLeSjMPMI/AAAAAAAALSU/VFM5Sgee96Q/s1600/tech+shower+16.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-9H2vN34Voek/U2ZLeSjMPMI/AAAAAAAALSU/VFM5Sgee96Q/s1600/tech+shower+16.jpg" height="480" width="640" /></a></div><br />Toasts:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AF3a0JIQwk0/U2ZLbreDClI/AAAAAAAALR0/Z2Hxkb8wB3M/s1600/tech+shower+11.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-AF3a0JIQwk0/U2ZLbreDClI/AAAAAAAALR0/Z2Hxkb8wB3M/s1600/tech+shower+11.jpg" height="352" width="640" /></a></div><br />An audience:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gfFEOavOhmM/U2ZLfVcpIdI/AAAAAAAALSo/l7DwrAsqSUk/s1600/tech+shower+17.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-gfFEOavOhmM/U2ZLfVcpIdI/AAAAAAAALSo/l7DwrAsqSUk/s1600/tech+shower+17.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />Laughs:<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UpAXwW-PNlE/U2ZLc2FByOI/AAAAAAAALSE/LjYa7CLrvos/s1600/tech+shower+13.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-UpAXwW-PNlE/U2ZLc2FByOI/AAAAAAAALSE/LjYa7CLrvos/s1600/tech+shower+13.jpg" height="414" width="640" /></a></div><br />And an interesting final shot series:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-avMKNQzn0Qk/U2ZLgs8KEeI/AAAAAAAALSs/Amg9ILMm_T4/s1600/tech+shower+19.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-avMKNQzn0Qk/U2ZLgs8KEeI/AAAAAAAALSs/Amg9ILMm_T4/s1600/tech+shower+19.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2SwBmGoZ4y4/U2ZLixV3eNI/AAAAAAAALTA/7NW9FuuNOUI/s1600/tech+shower+20.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2SwBmGoZ4y4/U2ZLixV3eNI/AAAAAAAALTA/7NW9FuuNOUI/s1600/tech+shower+20.jpg" height="462" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hKLsuPDYEHU/U2ZLjHuHJGI/AAAAAAAALTE/gmHJ6Nl37Es/s1600/tech+shower+21.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hKLsuPDYEHU/U2ZLjHuHJGI/AAAAAAAALTE/gmHJ6Nl37Es/s1600/tech+shower+21.jpg" height="402" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7mYlWpJ1kbU/U2ZLj6O2EII/AAAAAAAALTQ/-OgUCTAofM0/s1600/tech+shower+22.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-7mYlWpJ1kbU/U2ZLj6O2EII/AAAAAAAALTQ/-OgUCTAofM0/s1600/tech+shower+22.jpg" height="398" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Z3nY8A6Gekw/U2ZLnUb1cTI/AAAAAAAALTk/9M4VLEKp7TI/s1600/tech+shower+23.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-Z3nY8A6Gekw/U2ZLnUb1cTI/AAAAAAAALTk/9M4VLEKp7TI/s1600/tech+shower+23.jpg" height="416" width="640" /></a></div><br />Yep, gotta love techies!<br /><br />One of my favorite things about the lovelies getting married is getting to know their friends even better. Once the nest empties out, you hear about their friends and you even meet some. But you don't always get to know them closely like you did when your kids were growing up. During wedding preparations, you are granted this most wonderful opportunity.<br /><br />I can honestly say that my girls have made marvelous choices in friends. They are fun, funny, kind, compassionate, caring, smart, involved young people whom I am privileged to know. If these folks are any indication of our future, I am not worried.<br /><br />Well, except for that whole humor thing....<br /><br />Thirteen days to the wedding! Stay tuned!Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com6tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-25075152641832460962014-04-29T19:19:00.002-04:002014-04-29T19:19:51.968-04:00Hey! You! Guys! It's ME! I'm testing at school and it's exhausting me. I don't have the energy to get on here and post anything. It's sad really. I have to wonder if younger people who do this have an easier time of it?<br /><br />Anyway, I wanted to share a few photos of Birdie's most recent bridal shower. It was hosted by her BFF. They've been besties since they were three years old!<br /><br />Hey- maybe all this wedding stuff in the midst of testing is part of my exhaustion! Yeah, that's it! LOL<br /><br />The wedding is May 17- so we're getting really close now!<br /><br />Here are a few pix of the shower:<br /><br />We'll start with a toast:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-e2P5JOLMdTc/U2Aw3lsiaII/AAAAAAAALPo/f1vLhJxJISg/s1600/004.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-e2P5JOLMdTc/U2Aw3lsiaII/AAAAAAAALPo/f1vLhJxJISg/s1600/004.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />Sisters! Breezy and Deanie couldn't make it from way out of town. Just another reason that children should never leave the town their parents live in. Just sayin'.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ciYG-y6ZJJ4/U2Aw3-1N_HI/AAAAAAAALPg/DARgF2dsp9s/s1600/006.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-ciYG-y6ZJJ4/U2Aw3-1N_HI/AAAAAAAALPg/DARgF2dsp9s/s1600/006.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div>&nbsp;Birdie's bestie! That's her mom in the chair and my mom on the sofa.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hZu83uLJ74o/U2AxHp74LXI/AAAAAAAALQM/1Zqo0A0nvTY/s1600/012.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-hZu83uLJ74o/U2AxHp74LXI/AAAAAAAALQM/1Zqo0A0nvTY/s1600/012.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />My mom, Birdie's bestie, and a bridesmaid--she was late because she had an accident on the way over. She wasn't hurt.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5kYeIHN90zU/U2AxKLc2eFI/AAAAAAAALQU/RtaD_HxwvwY/s1600/013.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-5kYeIHN90zU/U2AxKLc2eFI/AAAAAAAALQU/RtaD_HxwvwY/s1600/013.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />See? She's fine. Cutting up and laughing! See those Gerber Daises in the background? They were our party favors!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-z-gXVoGaLY4/U2AxMWgoSSI/AAAAAAAALQc/qbVjstJ6Y5U/s1600/014.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-z-gXVoGaLY4/U2AxMWgoSSI/AAAAAAAALQc/qbVjstJ6Y5U/s1600/014.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />Birdie had just said that they keep losing cookie sheets. She said she knows it's weird, but true. The next gift? MORE cookie sheets. LOL<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--Sffs7mozUw/U2AxQTuc1XI/AAAAAAAALQk/e0xW86EfmOI/s1600/015.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/--Sffs7mozUw/U2AxQTuc1XI/AAAAAAAALQk/e0xW86EfmOI/s1600/015.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />A feast!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BzJdd5U0CLE/U2AxU9PVejI/AAAAAAAALQs/2P46daS22Hs/s1600/016.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-BzJdd5U0CLE/U2AxU9PVejI/AAAAAAAALQs/2P46daS22Hs/s1600/016.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />These cupcakes were FANTASTIC! Yes, I ate one. And no, I do not care. It was worth every single bite!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DRFo9SmOyFk/U2AxWtZBJtI/AAAAAAAALQ0/RidNpEEG1S4/s1600/020.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-DRFo9SmOyFk/U2AxWtZBJtI/AAAAAAAALQ0/RidNpEEG1S4/s1600/020.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />Some of the loot:<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-N8F3Wm2pqqE/U2AxaHEVO1I/AAAAAAAALQ8/wHuAkJj7vc4/s1600/024.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-N8F3Wm2pqqE/U2AxaHEVO1I/AAAAAAAALQ8/wHuAkJj7vc4/s1600/024.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br />That's SIL to be, Birdie and niece to be/flower girl who just celebrated her 5th birthday!<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r1b4vJqmwho/U2AxfPM5qQI/AAAAAAAALRM/7ynxfgF9h_k/s1600/027.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-r1b4vJqmwho/U2AxfPM5qQI/AAAAAAAALRM/7ynxfgF9h_k/s1600/027.JPG" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Hope y'all are doing well!</div>Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-24555593621733696892014-04-21T06:30:00.000-04:002014-04-21T06:30:00.863-04:00Spring BreakAs my glorious spring break comes to an end, I took a moment to reflect on the week. Here are the ten best things about spring break for me:<br /><br /><br />1. Home ALONE. Peace and quiet- canNOT be beat.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><img height="223" src="http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/236x/2b/91/e9/2b91e91c356ef1fe1758a64541547732.jpg" width="320" /></div><br />2. Two, or more, LEISURELY cups of coffee every morning.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img height="221" src="https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQzMek4EmQl5zOw77MYtx7zo0vnmT9hPNdDqEGOUAziwTFuRoTagA" width="320" /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br />3. Up early with NOWHERE to go other than walk my Tucker.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jOJc3LnaJrk/U1Eyg66LYCI/AAAAAAAALO8/8zLjSurkd1o/s1600/teachers+spring+break.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-jOJc3LnaJrk/U1Eyg66LYCI/AAAAAAAALO8/8zLjSurkd1o/s1600/teachers+spring+break.jpg" height="223" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />4.Time to sit and be still.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><img alt="Funny quotes labor day search results from Google" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_nfDjIi_CqA4/S_814RLPiUI/AAAAAAAAAD4/XTEJVfyXoOM/s1600/I_Am_The_Teacher_funny_education_photographs.jpg" /></div><br />5. Eat ice cream all day long as opposed to just when I get home from school.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/736x/48/49/fe/4849feeddaf10dfd8334f79f1c09eaae.jpg" /></div><br />6. Stay up late if I want. Which, apparently, I don't.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img height="223" src="http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/236x/59/dd/83/59dd83dde4a7d70086b450d7ce1ebbfa.jpg" width="320" /></div><br />7. READ books that are above a 5th grade reading level and/or have nothing to do with school.<br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;"><img height="276" src="http://media-cache-ak0.pinimg.com/736x/4e/c5/67/4ec567ac95ad74d8f47d034e55e862a8.jpg" width="400" /></div><br />8. Have conversations with adults that are adult centered.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4QSv87lDUnI/U1Eypfm9_OI/AAAAAAAALPI/K-hxHn_kSRM/s1600/teacher+funny.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4QSv87lDUnI/U1Eypfm9_OI/AAAAAAAALPI/K-hxHn_kSRM/s1600/teacher+funny.jpg" height="221" width="320" /></a></div><br /><br />9. Not having to watch the words that fly out of my mouth.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4LMv4Og7N28/U1EypfZrSzI/AAAAAAAALPE/62LK2W4G_lk/s1600/teacher-appreciation-quotes-1.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-4LMv4Og7N28/U1EypfZrSzI/AAAAAAAALPE/62LK2W4G_lk/s1600/teacher-appreciation-quotes-1.png" height="320" width="241" /></a></div>10. One week closer to SUMMER VACATION!<br /><br /><img src="http://funstuffpeoplesendme.files.wordpress.com/2013/10/justforsmiles_005.jpg?w=600&amp;h=467" /><br /><br />Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-38170887093764810412014-04-18T09:43:00.000-04:002014-04-18T09:43:36.156-04:00What Makes a Really Good Day?Having this little guy come for a visit!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QwntPkHOupQ/U1Eq0q4DHuI/AAAAAAAALN0/4oQKVaQS2TM/s1600/jed.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-QwntPkHOupQ/U1Eq0q4DHuI/AAAAAAAALN0/4oQKVaQS2TM/s1600/jed.jpg" height="640" width="426" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zO43PlKYUk4/U1EqrtIT58I/AAAAAAAALNI/jhylCBI_2qc/s1600/jed+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-zO43PlKYUk4/U1EqrtIT58I/AAAAAAAALNI/jhylCBI_2qc/s1600/jed+2.jpg" height="640" width="406" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GEwlSxWwqjY/U1EqrcsXDeI/AAAAAAAALNA/Af63ZviwoCk/s1600/jed+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-GEwlSxWwqjY/U1EqrcsXDeI/AAAAAAAALNA/Af63ZviwoCk/s1600/jed+3.jpg" height="640" width="440" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GDhPQuNdX04/U1EqrnkiUmI/AAAAAAAALNQ/f2yGT0kZczE/s1600/jed+4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-GDhPQuNdX04/U1EqrnkiUmI/AAAAAAAALNQ/f2yGT0kZczE/s1600/jed+4.jpg" height="640" width="628" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XbM6JLSFEmA/U1EqtB91UhI/AAAAAAAALN8/Q0aR5HukNxQ/s1600/jed+5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-XbM6JLSFEmA/U1EqtB91UhI/AAAAAAAALN8/Q0aR5HukNxQ/s1600/jed+5.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8P-jlXap0lE/U1Equ6KZe9I/AAAAAAAALNc/SO2biBYk2f0/s1600/jed+6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-8P-jlXap0lE/U1Equ6KZe9I/AAAAAAAALNc/SO2biBYk2f0/s1600/jed+6.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iGK5PEzmEqE/U1EqvI4GvNI/AAAAAAAALNg/-42PycfO3fM/s1600/jed+7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-iGK5PEzmEqE/U1EqvI4GvNI/AAAAAAAALNg/-42PycfO3fM/s1600/jed+7.jpg" height="640" width="616" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FKirmvrNZ8Q/U1Eqw3Z4G3I/AAAAAAAALNo/iZuDHnt0KM4/s1600/jed+8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FKirmvrNZ8Q/U1Eqw3Z4G3I/AAAAAAAALNo/iZuDHnt0KM4/s1600/jed+8.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aQUNOgrt4mg/U1EqzvxpkCI/AAAAAAAALNw/GUxOGAH5czI/s1600/jed+9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-aQUNOgrt4mg/U1EqzvxpkCI/AAAAAAAALNw/GUxOGAH5czI/s1600/jed+9.jpg" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br />As of April 2, 2014, this little one became a big brother to his little sister. Little sis has been back in the hospital for a week fighting a respiratory infection of some sort. Please add this precious family to your prayer chain(s).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4lSjF4vbXXs/U1EruSWKY6I/AAAAAAAALOE/GJa8-MrGzZ0/s1600/knight+family.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4lSjF4vbXXs/U1EruSWKY6I/AAAAAAAALOE/GJa8-MrGzZ0/s1600/knight+family.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">Have a wonderful Easter!</div>Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com2tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-49263261373045567242014-04-15T17:18:00.000-04:002014-04-15T17:18:02.883-04:00Somebody Turned SIX!It's Tucker's birthday!<br /><br />Yes. I am THAT kind of pet owner. But y'all should already be familiar. :)<br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pCBXgmu7KjM/U02heJDlVOI/AAAAAAAALMQ/sUs7kI-qogk/s1600/tucker+bday+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-pCBXgmu7KjM/U02heJDlVOI/AAAAAAAALMQ/sUs7kI-qogk/s1600/tucker+bday+2.jpg" height="640" width="478" /></a></div><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hBkY1r19OoQ/U02hfWYrQII/AAAAAAAALMo/DHrbeMli8Ns/s1600/tucker+bday.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-hBkY1r19OoQ/U02hfWYrQII/AAAAAAAALMo/DHrbeMli8Ns/s1600/tucker+bday.jpg" height="640" width="532" /></a></div><br /><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LR8aVOy4IvY/U02heHI4vFI/AAAAAAAALMc/QbPc9mnqvf0/s1600/tucker+bday+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-LR8aVOy4IvY/U02heHI4vFI/AAAAAAAALMc/QbPc9mnqvf0/s1600/tucker+bday+3.jpg" height="640" width="630" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8Bkw3d90cV4/U02hf-WXP9I/AAAAAAAALMs/GmCeIYwZSPw/s1600/tucker+bday+4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-8Bkw3d90cV4/U02hf-WXP9I/AAAAAAAALMs/GmCeIYwZSPw/s1600/tucker+bday+4.jpg" height="398" width="640" /></a></div><div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div>Happy birthday Tucky Bug!&nbsp;</div>Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-88119003139470916042014-04-09T06:30:00.000-04:002014-04-09T06:30:02.796-04:00No Rain on the Hodgepodge<span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Hey, hey! Spring break is almost here! I'm doing the happy dance of the utmost joy! And, so far, spring hasn't been too hot which is very nice. Though my allergies are going NUTS!</span></span><br /><br />It's a good thing we have the Hodgepodge to keep us going!<br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br /><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><a border="0" href="http://joyce-fromthissideofthepond.blogspot.com/" style="color: #310e6a; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><img src="http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/SincerelyShannon-designs/Blog%20Buttons/Hodgepodgebutton.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; padding: 5px; position: relative;" /></a></div><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">1. April showers bring May flowers, or so the saying goes. When did you last 'shower' attention on someone or have attention 'showered' on you? Did you love it, or did all that attention make you squirm? </span></span><b><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">I don't want to say why, but I've had attention showered on me AND I'm about to have more attention showered on me at the end of April at school. It's not bad or&nbsp;negative. But I HATE&nbsp;recognition and attention. I'm squirming already and dreading it like the plague. UGH.</span></span></b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">2. Share a favorite 'spring break' memory. Not talking about just the 'college spring break' thing, but&nbsp;</span><i style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">any</i><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">&nbsp;favorite spring break memory you'd like to share. Keep it family friendly please! <b>Well, the best spring break stories are from college and, since it's family friendly...I'll just pass on this one. LOL</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">3. It's National Pecan Month...are you a fan? If so, what's your favorite dish that calls for pecans? <b>I love them. We had a pecan tree in our yard when I was growing up and it was great! My favorite? Pecan Pie, of course!</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">4. &nbsp;'Put all your eggs in one basket', 'egg on your face', 'rotten egg', 'walk on eggshells', or 'a good egg'...which egg-spression could most recently be applied to your own life? <b>Rotten egg. I'm surrounded.&nbsp;</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">5.&nbsp;&nbsp;In my experience <b>Motherhood is the best experience I've ever had or ever will have. Oh, and wedding planning is for the birds.&nbsp;</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">6.&nbsp;What's a &nbsp;favorite song with the word rain in its title or lyrics? <b>This one:</b></span><br /><b><br /></b><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object width="320" height="266" class="BLOGGER-youtube-video" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0" data-thumbnail-src="https://ytimg.googleusercontent.com/vi/4c9r15O1JVw/0.jpg"><param name="movie" value="https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/4c9r15O1JVw&source=uds" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><embed width="320" height="266" src="https://youtube.googleapis.com/v/4c9r15O1JVw&source=uds" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true"></embed></object></div><b><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /></b><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">7. What does the word hope mean to you? <b>Hope is that thing that I hold onto all the time. Even if I have nothing else, I always have hope. Hope keeps me going. It drives me. It's my sunshine.&nbsp;</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">8. &nbsp;Insert your own random thought here. <b>We are fast approaching the big day! The bridal portraits turned out beautifully and I wish I could share a couple of shots here but I don't want to take a chance on the groom getting a gander of them.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b>Spring break begins after school on Friday. Let me tell y'all, in my mind, I've been there for the last three weeks. Sheesh.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br /><span style="background-color: white;"><b><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Have a great rest of the week AND, if next week is your spring break, stand up and shout with me, "HALLELUJAH!"</span></span></b></span>Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com13tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-51179129235033398542014-04-03T16:13:00.000-04:002014-04-03T16:13:57.935-04:00Poor, Poor BlogI've been so neglectful of this poor, pitiful little blog lately. And I blame school. SC has jumped on the common core boat (sinking though it may be) and we agreed to do field testing for the new test. Along with MAP. And PASS. How dumb are we?<br /><br />I could turn this into a HUGE discussion on common core- and, trust me, I have a lot to say about it, but I won't.<br /><br />Why? Because something else has had us busy----<br /><br />Remember this little man? He came to visit Friday night.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pEMnPf1n_ow/Uz3AAuysYiI/AAAAAAAALL0/ItElxUIpM0M/s1600/IMG_20140331_064405.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-pEMnPf1n_ow/Uz3AAuysYiI/AAAAAAAALL0/ItElxUIpM0M/s1600/IMG_20140331_064405.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br />And yesterday, his new baby sister arrived!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oJ-fpjmQjwM/Uz3AcoEoVgI/AAAAAAAALL8/4rwtGVh4VfQ/s1600/penelope.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-oJ-fpjmQjwM/Uz3AcoEoVgI/AAAAAAAALL8/4rwtGVh4VfQ/s1600/penelope.jpg" height="640" width="640" /></a></div><br />Congrats to my wonderful nephew and his sweet, sweet family!<br /><br />The babysitting is going to get really interesting now. LOLEmpty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com10tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-74605050598893111252014-03-24T06:30:00.000-04:002014-03-24T06:30:00.963-04:00The Gender IssueI saw <a href="http://mom.me/mind-body/2625-what-not-to-say-to-moms-of-girls/?utm_source=Facebook&amp;utm_medium=social&amp;utm_term=not+say+mom+of+girls&amp;utm_campaign=fb" target="_blank">this article </a>pop up in my Facebook feed and took a look. Y'all know I can't resist an article by a new or newish mom. I find them so funny. Just like experienced moms found me a long time ago. Anyway, this one lists 10 things people should never say to mother's of girls.<br /><br />Seriously, no one EVER said any of these things to me and I have FOUR daughters.<br /><br />Maybe it's because I'm not very approachable or maybe people around here aren't that stupid. Who knows? Seriously, the dumbest thing anyone ever said to me was when my MIL said that the screaming we were hearing HAD to be coming from one of the girls because boys don't do that. It was her grandson.<br /><br />Mostly, people said supportive, kind things IF they had comments at all.<br /><br />Here are the ten things the articles lists:<br /><br /><ul><li>Aren't you going to try for a boy?</li><li>Girls are so much easier than boys.</li><li>Teenage girls are the worst.</li><li>She probably has lots of boyfriends.</li><li>She needs to learn how to cook.</li><li>Three women in the house! Your husband must be miserable.</li><li>They sure eat a lot for girls.</li><li>You're lucky- Girls are so helpful around the house.</li><li>God forbid if you're all on your periods at the same time.&nbsp;</li><li>Girls are so emotional.&nbsp;</li></ul>And, of course, here are my responses:<br /><br /><ul><li>Why in the world would I want do that? I grew up with three brothers and my husband is a MESS. I know what boys are REALLY like. So, I repeat: Why in the world would I want to do that?</li><li>There is no way this is an intelligent, educated statement. It seems to me that raising kids, regardless of gender, is NOT easy. Rewarding? Yes. Best thing EVER? Yes. Easy? NO.&nbsp;</li><li>Ha! To be perfectly honest, I've never met a teenager who was pleasant to be around 24/7. They've all got attitude running amok regardless of their gender.</li><li>No she doesn't. Because she's way too smart to fall for the lines (that NEVER change no matter which century we live in) that boys keep feeding her.&nbsp;</li><li>NEEDS to learn how to cook? No she doesn't. She should learn to cook if that's something she wants to learn how to do. In order to feed herself when she grows up. NOT so that she can feed some coddled boy when he grows up.</li><li>Nope. You've never met a luckier man in all your life who loved having daughters.</li><li>Have you honestly met a GROWING kid of either gender NOT eat a lot? During a growth spurt, every kid I've ever known eats a lot.&nbsp;</li><li>Not my girls. House keeping was NEVER high on the list of things the lovelies did while growing up. Not a single one of them enjoy it to this day AND, only one really puts forth the effort.&nbsp;</li><li>Way to spread an old wives tale.</li><li>Guess who the most emotional person is in our family? That's right. The man. He cries all the time. Always has. It is SO freaking annoying. To all of us. He gets emotional over EVERYTHING. Even stuff that the rest of us find totally and completely NOT worthy of an emotional episode.&nbsp;</li></ul><div>Yes, there are differences between the genders. That's the way we were created. It's just a fact. I know some of us partake in the humorous side of pointing out differences once we've become adults. &nbsp;But I have to wonder why that's something that needs to be used as a form of attack against one or the other. Especially when children are involved.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>What's your take on this one?&nbsp;</div>Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-25316670956348974682014-03-19T06:30:00.000-04:002014-03-19T06:30:02.423-04:00Springing into the Hodgepodge<span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">The weather here is still flip-flopping. And I don't mean the shoes. Really warm one day, freezing for two. It's NUTS. But it's like that everywhere, so I hear. We just lost our teacher workday so we can make up one of the four snow (but really ICE days) we had last month. God forbid we not come to school exactly 180 days. Idiots.</span></span><br /><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Meanwhile, I've got the Hodgepodge to keep me focused and smiling!&nbsp;</span></span><br /><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><br /></span></span><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><a border="0" href="http://joyce-fromthissideofthepond.blogspot.com/" style="color: #310e6a; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><img src="http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/SincerelyShannon-designs/Blog%20Buttons/Hodgepodgebutton.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; padding: 5px; position: relative;" /></a></div><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">1.&nbsp;&nbsp;Thursday marks the first day of spring...to celebrate would you rather plant a garden or go for a walk in the woods? Would either of those activities be possible on Thursday where you live? <b>A walk in the woods for sure. And yes, both activities would be possible here on Thursday.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><br /></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">2.&nbsp;When did someone last spring something on you? (</span><i style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b>or</b>&nbsp;</i><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">when did&nbsp;</span><i style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b>you</b></i><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">&nbsp;last spring something on someone?) <b>DoodleBug sprung it on me that she isn't moving back out in May. I may never get my nice, clean, empty house back.&nbsp;</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">3.&nbsp;&nbsp;We often think of spring as a time for new beginnings. What's something you'd like to start doing this spring? <b>Yoga. I actually started a few days ago, but it's my new thing. The relaxation and peace it brings are off the charts!</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">4.&nbsp;Where do you like to sit in a movie theatre? When did you last sit there, and what were you watching? <b>I haven't been in YEARS but, when I did go, I liked sitting about a third of the way back from the front in the center. I can't remember the last movie I saw. Ha! Must have been a dud. :)</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">5.&nbsp;When you meet someone for the very first time, what do you want them to think about you? <b>I don't know. I've never thought about that.&nbsp;</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">6.&nbsp;March is frozen food month (</span><i style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">yes, really!).&nbsp;</i><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Besides&nbsp;ice cream (</span><i style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">gotta make you think a little</i><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">) what's your most often purchased frozen food item? <b>Probably frozen, organic broccoli. I don't buy much frozen food.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><br /></div><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">7.&nbsp;What's something you avoid? <b>People I don't like. I avoid them like the plague.</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">8. Insert your own random thought here. <b>Well, y'all, we're two days less than two months away from the wedding. All is flowing nicely. We have bridal portraits this weekend. We're going downtown. If any of y'all have been here (Charleston, SC) you'll know exactly why we are taking the photos down there.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b>Anyway, in less than two months I will have two married daughters. And someone might want to consider giving their sisters a niece or a nephew. ;)</b></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b>Have a wonderful rest of the week, y'all!&nbsp;</b></span>Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-62018098801557415892014-03-18T06:30:00.000-04:002014-03-18T06:30:00.249-04:00They Really Ought To Do Away With Those ThingsI'm talking about telephones.<br /><br />In an effort not to use the word 'hate', let me begin by saying that I strongly, with all that is in me and everyone around me, dislike talking on the phone.<br /><br />Oh, hell. I HATE it. It drives me NUTS. And it's particularly annoying when I see that the person calling me is someone who will keep me on the phone for, at the very least, an hour. WHO the hell needs to talk on the phone that dang long?!<br /><br />There are only so many hours in a day and, just because they might have nothing better to do than chatter along on the phone, I do.<br /><br />Besides, about 3 to 5 minutes into the conversation, I'm done. I tune out. I've checked out of the conversation completely. I'm no longer listening. My mind has wandered off in about ten different directions AND, I don't even care what the person has to say. I can not stay focused on one conversation that long. I. Can. NOT.<br /><br />Texting is beginning to get on my last nerve as well. There are people who want to have lengthy conversations via texting. No. Thank. You. IF it's that involved AND important, then go ahead and give me a 5 minute OR LESS phone call. If paragraphs are required, don't text me or expect me to respond. Just give me a call and keep it short.<br /><br />I realize that this might come back to haunt me when I'm older and no one has time for me. Then again, I might actually appreciate the peace and quiet. Who knows? Meanwhile, I am not a fan of phones- land lines or cells.<br /><br />What about y'all?Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com7tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-7145847968155083002014-03-17T06:30:00.000-04:002014-03-17T06:30:02.902-04:00Shoveling Yourself Out Of Empty Nest RemnantsIT'S not easy. Trust me, the remnants left behind after the last little bird leaves the nest is massive. You would think the little darlings would take all their crap with them. But you'd be wrong because they don't. Your job description has morphed from mom to storage unit manager.<br /><br />I've been a storage unit manager for quite a few years- can it be THAT many?- and I still don't like it. I don't appreciate it either.<br /><br />Of course mine is compounded by the fact that one of the two messiest lovelies moved back home. For a year, she said. That year is almost up and I don't see any signs of her gathering her stuff to move. Sigh.<br /><br />Yeah, yeah. I know. When the whole empty nest thing started out, I wasn't that thrilled. But I persevered and worked through it and came to LOVE it. And I want it back.<br /><br />I also want my home to house only my effects. The lovelies have their own residences now. They should take their stuff with them. And they should do it now.<br /><br />A friend, of a friend, packed up her daughter's belongings and shipped them to her. Not a bad idea. Except, who can afford to ship this much stuff? The brown truck company could close down and still pay their employees based on the amount of stuff I still have here in my house. Stuff that doesn't belong to me.<br /><br />I had it somewhat under control until the one moved back in and took over the room I used to store everything. She put it all in my office area. I am still not happy about that.<br /><br />Go ahead and call me ungrateful. I do not care. I devoted over two decades to these children. And, while I wouldn't change any of it, it's MY time now. And MY space.<br /><br />Some of this stuff is nothing more than childhood memory items that they don't want to take with them but don't want me to get rid of either. Like stuffed animals. I am embarrassed to tell y'all how many of those we still have.<br /><br />So, what's an empty nest mom to do? Put it in the attic? A lot of it already is up there. Along with tons of junk that we'll never need/use but that the man has put up there because he's a collector of all things unusable. Ship it to them? Too expensive. Give it away? Throw it out?<br /><br />That last one is not a bad idea. But, have you ever tried to throw out something that one of your kids created? It's nearly impossible. I mean, it's something they made. Have you ever tried to throw away stuffed animals? While they're looking at you with those innocent eyes? Pleading with you to save them? I should NEVER have read the Velveteen Rabbit. Sigh.<br /><br />And now y'all know the REAL problem. I cannot get rid of the memories. I want the lovelies to take them but I can't throw them away.<br /><br />I'm between a rock and a hard place folks.<br /><br />And so I'll sit here and wait until the littlest lovely moves back out. Which, apparently, ISN'T going to be anytime soon.<br /><br />She just asked if I minded if she stays here a bit longer than the year she asked for to begin with.<br /><br />Good grief.<br /><br />How do you shovel yourself out of empty nest remnants?<br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-76302199430165801652014-03-14T06:30:00.000-04:002014-03-14T06:30:02.691-04:00Control Issues Are EVERYWHEREEven in yoga. Yep. Yoga. Can y'all believe it????<br /><br />Some of you know I've been dabbling in mindful mediation for the last 7 weeks. I sort of fore-saw yoga coming into the mix at some point. Not that I fully acknowledged the possibility but I'd be lying if I said the thought never passed through the dark recesses of my mind.<br /><br />The mindful meditation has been going quite well. I've never been one to want to sit quietly for long periods of time and do nothing. But it's not really doing nothing. It's tuning in.<br /><br />I tried yoga Sunday for the first time and it was quite enlightening. I now realize that the reason I've always said that yoga makes me angry is this: It makes you calm down; slow down; take a minute; release stress; not be high-strung for a time. Why did the idea of that make me angry? Because I'm used to feeling all those things and they make me feel in control. They are what I'm comfortable with. I know how to act when I'm all tensed up and in high gear. I know how to feel. What to say. How to get things done...<br /><br />The good news is that I now know this and change can come. And let me tell y'all- the physical feelings of relaxation after only 15 minutes of yoga (for beginners, of course) was incredible. I'm sold.<br /><br />But not hooked. That's what I'm working on now. Getting hooked. Making it a habit. When I had to stop running due to the Baker's Cyst that the doctor never bothered to tell me NOT to run with, I really didn't pick up anything else. I still walk Tuck every single day, but that's it. So, with the mindful meditation, yoga just seemed to be the next, logical step. Now I have to make it a habit and that requires more than finding the time and putting forth the effort.<br /><br />I have to give up control of being high-strung.<br /><br />This is not going to be easy.<br /><br />Are you high-strung? Have you tried yoga?Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com12tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-82518948039504969442014-03-13T06:30:00.000-04:002014-03-13T06:30:04.600-04:00It's Birthday Time AGAIN!Today, it's Mother's birthday!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Tqcrh04388c/T19TrcZR8pI/AAAAAAAAEDk/DNl6kS-3BeA/s1600/img066.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-Tqcrh04388c/T19TrcZR8pI/AAAAAAAAEDk/DNl6kS-3BeA/s1600/img066.jpg" height="640" width="396" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FJ-2reUqKug/T19TuN-qTGI/AAAAAAAAEDs/qOTJiEkkaF8/s1600/img072.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-FJ-2reUqKug/T19TuN-qTGI/AAAAAAAAEDs/qOTJiEkkaF8/s1600/img072.jpg" height="640" width="432" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eVT8asH3jWw/T19UEDAy9AI/AAAAAAAAEEE/nrgTZOzxjL4/s1600/img085.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-eVT8asH3jWw/T19UEDAy9AI/AAAAAAAAEEE/nrgTZOzxjL4/s1600/img085.jpg" height="640" width="430" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KOZlsivkflA/T19UGqX-f3I/AAAAAAAAEEU/ByotwTXTsgY/s1600/img138.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-KOZlsivkflA/T19UGqX-f3I/AAAAAAAAEEU/ByotwTXTsgY/s1600/img138.jpg" height="640" width="622" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Y8JRXu0GE5g/T19U1J4gpgI/AAAAAAAAEEc/E3MnE-8X2sQ/s1600/Christmas+2011+159.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Y8JRXu0GE5g/T19U1J4gpgI/AAAAAAAAEEc/E3MnE-8X2sQ/s1600/Christmas+2011+159.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Happy Birthday!</div>Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-59569619738481964132014-03-11T06:00:00.000-04:002014-03-11T06:00:12.109-04:00It's Birthday Time!Happy Birthday to my dad!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BVhGQZ-B9rM/T1yyjhha4KI/AAAAAAAAEC8/7LKd0-ce3pw/s1600/001.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-BVhGQZ-B9rM/T1yyjhha4KI/AAAAAAAAEC8/7LKd0-ce3pw/s1600/001.JPG" height="640" width="510" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xq9X2RxQjYM/T1yyqt1P6zI/AAAAAAAAEDE/wleoYuz6eas/s1600/scan0010.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-xq9X2RxQjYM/T1yyqt1P6zI/AAAAAAAAEDE/wleoYuz6eas/s1600/scan0010.jpg" height="640" width="472" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wz1kfUAU3Bo/T1yywHB2uDI/AAAAAAAAEDU/ToQnsTNfZLE/s1600/scan0021+-+Copy.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-wz1kfUAU3Bo/T1yywHB2uDI/AAAAAAAAEDU/ToQnsTNfZLE/s1600/scan0021+-+Copy.jpg" height="640" width="588" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pRUxKrUtRvE/T2YnGTcgxHI/AAAAAAAAEHQ/LiGXbF9sKlI/s1600/March+oyster+roast+030.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-pRUxKrUtRvE/T2YnGTcgxHI/AAAAAAAAEHQ/LiGXbF9sKlI/s1600/March+oyster+roast+030.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-drcql-nfado/UWtNlBfPdYI/AAAAAAAAJEY/oQ_y_qC-x4I/s1600/033.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-drcql-nfado/UWtNlBfPdYI/AAAAAAAAJEY/oQ_y_qC-x4I/s1600/033.JPG" height="426" width="640" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Love you, Dad!&nbsp;</div>Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com9tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-57502854909224206052014-03-10T06:30:00.000-04:002014-03-10T06:30:05.603-04:00How to Solve the Biggest Relationship ProblemsKick everyone out of your house. LOL I'm kidding. But, now that I have your attention...<br /><br />How DO you solve the biggest relationship problems? Walk away and forget about it? Drop the other person from your life and move on? Fake it by pretending to be ok with everything when you really aren't? Do whatever it takes just as long as you can avoid confrontation?<br /><br />Yeah, those are the easy ways out. But they don't do one darn thing for solving the problems. Any of the above choices would merely mask our true feelings and, at some point, whether it takes an hour or twenty years, that mask is going to slide right off your face and all hell is going to break loose. Seriously.<br /><br />I believe the best thing to do, no matter how uncomfortable or time consuming or painful or whatever it is, is to communicate.<br /><br />I understand that there are folks out there who make communication virtually impossible. I know people like this. Whenever you talk to these people, they turn it around on you or start yelling at you, maybe they start calling you names. Yeah, they can make you not care to discuss anything with them. At all. EVER.<br /><br />But, I go ahead and do it anyway. At least you get it out there. It's been said, you've gotten it out and you will feel better. The understanding (or lack thereof) and the willingness (or unwillingness) and the ability to communicate (or inability) is on THEM. Not you<br /><br />Communication skills are not that diffiicult. All you have to do is share your thoughts/feelings/perspective/ideas/etc. CALMLY and RESPECTFULLY (watch your tone of voice, body language, and your words). And you must be willing to listen to the other person giving feedback just to make sure you truly understand what he/she means.<br /><br />All too often we jump on the offensive because we believe we are under attack. That's not always the case. Most of the time we simply misunderstand what is really being voiced.<br /><br />Keeping judgment out of the conversation is also a must. Assuming you know exactly what the other person's problem is and what they're saying just because you've known them forever and a day is not a good idea. People change and so do their thoughts/ideas/opinions/perspective/etc. Having an opinion is fine, but expressing it when someone is trying to share their feelings with you could very well be bad timing on your part. A lot of the time, all someone is doing is wanting someone to listen.<br /><br />Opening up and sharing our feelings is not easy. When we do,, we make ourselves vulnerable. If someone does open up to us, they are letting us know that they trust us. Calling them names or making them feel stupid let's them know immediately that they cannot trust us. So, on top having problems, they know realize that their relationship with us is not what they thought. Double trouble.<br /><br />Having that 'I'm right, you're wrong' mentality isn't going to help either. Even if it's true. (I'm kidding, sheesh). Seriously, sporting this attitude will get you nowhere and will make people see you as an arrogant jerk-wad.<br /><br />Keeping a relationship healthy requires effort. Putting ourselves (our ego/wants/agendas/etc) aside makes that effort just a little bit easier. Even when the other person doesn't do the same for us.<br /><br />So, do tell, how do y'all solve a relationship problem?<br /><br /><br /><br /><br />Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com8tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-90003920783926616292014-03-05T07:00:00.000-05:002014-03-05T07:00:00.312-05:00Hodgepodge Madness<span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">We're still going from highs in the 70s one day to the 30s the next day. It's madness I tell you. I just want winter to be winter and keep spring out of it. So many kids are sick and the adults are not far behind. Including myself. I'm on the verge and fighting it every step of the way.</span></span><br /><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">Luckily, I still feel good enough to participate in the hodgepodge! It makes everyone feel better!&nbsp;</span></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><a border="0" href="http://joyce-fromthissideofthepond.blogspot.com/" style="color: #310e6a; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><img src="http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/SincerelyShannon-designs/Blog%20Buttons/Hodgepodgebutton.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; padding: 5px; position: relative;" /></a></div><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white;"><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">1. The expression 'mad as a March hare' originated with a fictional character who is distracted and frantic. When were you last 'mad as a March hare' and what was it that made you that way? <b>I can't remember the last time I felt that way. But there's someone who lives here who is in that frantic/distracted nearly every single day and I can honestly say that being on the receiving end of it SUCKS.&nbsp;</b></span></span></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">2. Mardi Gras this year falls on Tuesday, March 4th. Have you ever been to Mardi Gras, and if so what did you think? If not, do you have any interest in going? &nbsp;Purple, green, and gold are the colors of Mardi Gras. Which one is most prevalent in your wardrobe? How about in your home? <b>I've never been. I have no interest in going. As for the colors, I HATE purple so none of that in my wardrobe. There's some gold on my mother of the bride outfit and I have a green shirt or two. In the house I'm going to go with green.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">3. Are you old fashioned? <b>In some ways and not so much in others. It just depends on what, exactly, we're talking about.</b></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">4. Do you carefully plan your vacations, or do you prefer the days to be more spontaneous? <b>Vacation???? What in the world is that? Oh my darlings, I have never been on vacation to speak of since that whole marriage thing started. My family went on vacation all the time when I was growing up and we also went camping in the mountains on the weekends in the fall. Of course, not going on vacation when your house is only 3 miles from the beach isn't so bad.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">5. &nbsp;March is National Sauce Month...what's your favorite sauce, and what do you most often top with this sauce? <b>Does tartar sauce count on anything seafood and french fries? LOL</b></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">6. &nbsp;What's something that easily brings a tear to your eye? <b>Those darn ASPCA commercials.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">7. If you could own any sports team, which one would it be and why? <b>The Carolina Panthers. Because it's football, duh. AND to get rid of the idiots who own them now.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">8. &nbsp;Insert your own random thought here. <b>I wrote a post about cyberbullying right <a href="http://www.emptynest1.com/2014/03/life-with-blinders-on.html" target="_blank">HERE</a>. Please share it with anyone you know with elementary aged kids or grandkids. It's very important.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b>Have a great rest of the week, y'all!</b></span>Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com13tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-56643584693803500522014-03-03T06:30:00.000-05:002014-03-03T06:30:04.877-05:00Life With Blinders OnI'm talking to parents of young kids and my message is this:<br /><br />WAKE UP people and educate yourselves in all things technology related. Or at least as much as you possibly can. And then some. Else your kids are going to get away with EVERYTHING.<br /><br />Don't have the time? Aren't really worried about it?<br /><br />Go ahead and keep those blinders on. Go ahead and tell yourself that your kid would NEVER do anything like that. Really? Not even in an attempt to defend a friend? Didn't think of that, did you?<br /><br />Go ahead and keep those blinders on. Go ahead and let yourself believe that no one would ever do anything of a bully nature to your kid. HOW do you know this? Do you have control over other people's kids? I didn't think so.<br /><br />Do you trust the parents of your kids just because those parents also happen to be YOUR friends? Well don't. Because they probably aren't worried about their kid EVER doing something like THAT to anyone.<br /><br />Do you really care more about being THAT parent who never tells their kid, "No" more than about whether or not he/she is being cyber-bullied or committing the act themselves?<br /><br />Did you know that:<br /><ul><li>While your child's school may have taken protective measures with the technology located within the school itself, they have NO CONTROL over what your kids are doing at home or out in the neighborhood.&nbsp;</li><li>Anyone AT ALL can set up an Instagram account? VERY easy for a 40 year old perve to set up a fake account and prey on YOUR child.&nbsp;</li><li>If there's a way around anything internet centered, your kids will find it.</li><li>Chances are, if your kid is being cyber-bullied, he/she will not tell you.</li><li>Most kids believe that it's easier to get away with bullying online than in person.</li><li>Over half of the kids out there have seen cyber-bullying and never spoken up.</li><li>Kids who are bullied feel different, powerless, unpopular, alone, sad, lonely, nervous, have a hard time standing up for themselves, have trouble in school.</li><li>Kids who bully often grow up to abuse alcohol or drugs; get into fights; drop out of school.&nbsp;</li></ul>Tips:<br /><ul><li>Discuss the concept of cyber-bullying with your kids, making sure they know to come to you or another TRUSTED adult should they be the victim of cyber-bullying or know of it going on with a friend.&nbsp;</li><li>Make sure they know to tell you even if they are unsure that it IS cyber-bullying so that you can make that decision.&nbsp;</li><li>Check with your child's school to see what they are doing to educate students about cyber-bullying.</li><li>Educate yourself about cyber-bullying.&nbsp;</li><li>Pay attention to your kids- there are tell-tale signs.</li><li>Make sure your kids know that, if they can't or don't want to come to you, they go to another trusted adult.&nbsp;</li></ul><div class="MsoNormal">The fact is, bullying is not new. But, what is new, is using digital technology with which to bully someone. And it's starting at younger and younger ages. </div><div class="MsoNormal"><br />Cyber bullying is sending or posting harmful or mean messages, images or videos about someone else via cell phones, the internet and other digital means usually repeatedly. It can happen any time at home or at school and is very public.<br /><br />Most kids will choose cyber-bullying because it's easier and they can hide behind a screen name. Anonymity makes them feel bolder than usual. It even makes it easy for a kid who normally would NEVER say anything like that to someone face to face.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal"><br />Elementary students might cyber-bully because kids feel the need to exert power over other people who they see as weaker or inferior in some way. They may want to copy their friends or think that this will help them to fit in better. Sometimes they just feel that they are better than the kid they are bullying. Anyone with access to a computer or other form of digital technology can use it to take a swipe at someone they don't like.&nbsp;</div><div class="MsoNormal">Younger kids might do it to get attention or because they&nbsp; think it will make them popular or they want to look tough to make others afraid of them. <br /><br /></div><div class="MsoNormal">Because it happens online, it's easily missed by parents and teachers. Cyber-bullying is on the rise with younger kids. They are just beginning to use digital forms of communication and experimenting with ways to test people's reactions to what they do.<br /><br />I hope that I have come off strong and serious here y'all. This is NOT something to put off.&nbsp;</div><br /><div class="MsoNormal">Have y'all witnessed any cyber-bullying?<br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 150%;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 150%;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div><br /><div class="MsoNormal" style="line-height: 150%;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt; line-height: 150%;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<o:p></o:p></span></div></div><br />Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com4tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-2600608370084874699.post-43966468047460877432014-02-26T06:30:00.000-05:002014-02-26T06:30:01.864-05:00Hodgepodge on a Stick<span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">We're still having flip-flop weather for a day or so and then winter weather the next few. I am amazed (and grateful) that I am not sick. Hopefully, I'll hold out and not get sick at all.</span></span><br /><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><br /></span></span><span style="color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, Palatino Linotype, Palatino, serif;"><span style="background-color: white; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">At least the Hodgepodge is always just the right amount of everything! Hop on over to Joyce's and join in the fun!</span></span><br /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><div style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-align: center;"><a border="0" href="http://joyce-fromthissideofthepond.blogspot.com/" style="color: #310e6a; text-decoration: none;" target="_blank"><img src="http://i874.photobucket.com/albums/ab305/SincerelyShannon-designs/Blog%20Buttons/Hodgepodgebutton.jpg" style="-webkit-box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; background-image: none !important; background-position: initial initial !important; background-repeat: initial initial !important; border: none !important; box-shadow: transparent 0px 0px 0px !important; padding: 5px; position: relative;" /></a></div><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">1. What is something you'll never forget about the age you are right now? <b>That this was the beginning of my empty nest era.&nbsp;</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">2.&nbsp;What's a household chore you've&nbsp;</span><i style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b>never</b></i><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">&nbsp;done? How have you managed that??? <b>To be honest, I can't think of a single one I've NEVER done. Maybe I'll get an idea from reading what y'all had to say.&nbsp;</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">3. Does nature shape our personalities more than nurture? Explain? <b>I've always been of the belief that both factor in almost equally. Yes, I can go into great detail regarding this belief but I won't do that to y'all here in this small space. And I have to go to work at some point. LOL</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">4. Friday (February 28th) is 'Something on a Stick Day'...funny because Zoanna over at&nbsp;</span><a href="http://zoanna.blogspot.com/" style="background-color: white; color: #310e6a; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px; text-decoration: none;">A&nbsp;Penchant for Pens</a><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">&nbsp;recently sent me an idea for a question relating to this topic. What's your favorite food eaten on a stick?&nbsp;<b>I can't think of anything these days unless it's some sort of kabob. But I used to LOVE corn dogs when I was young. So tasty!</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">5. Which of your five senses do you treasure most, and why? <b>I can't narrow that one down. I am equally appreciative of all my senses. Well, maybe a bit more of sight and sound.&nbsp;</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">6. What's the best music, theatre, or sporting venue you've been to? What made it great? <b>Anything my kids were involved in was always the best whether is was theatre, soccer/basketball/softball, orchestra, chorus, dance---regardless, it was great because my kids were playing/performing. I've truly never enjoyed anything as much as I enjoyed watching them.</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">7. It's the last week of the month...in five words or less bid adieu to your February. <b>Thanks for the snow days!</b></span><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><br style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;" /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;">8. &nbsp;Insert your own random thought here. <b>There has been a bit of cyberbullying going on amongst the fifth graders at our school. I'm working on nipping it in the bud. I wish y'all could see their faces when they find out what I know. I don't mention any names but I do inform them of the new policies in place because of what I know.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b>In related news, I can't believe how little some parents understand about the world of technology. I'm way older than most of them and I always think, if I know, how is it that they don't? I guess I have to educate them as well as their kids. Good grief.&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b>In totally unrelated news, it's only 12 weeks till the wedding! That means a few days off from school...I mean, that means Birdie will be getting married soon! :) Things seem to be going smoothly. I hope it's not the calm before the storm because we forgot something really important. With Bestie helping us out with the planning, that's unlikely. She pays great attention to detail. Thankfully!&nbsp;</b></span><br /><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b><br /></b></span><span style="background-color: white; color: #333333; font-family: Georgia, Utopia, 'Palatino Linotype', Palatino, serif; line-height: 18.479999542236328px;"><b>Have a great rest of the week, y'all!&nbsp;</b></span>Empty Nesterhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/14060983954463697344noreply@blogger.com9