Tuesday, November 30, 2010


It's been awhile since I've posted. I endured a 3-week battle with bronchitis and pneumonia, which involved three rounds of antibiotics. On Thanksgiving morning, I had an allergic reaction to the 3rd antibiotic. So not fun! I spent most of the day sleeping on the couch while my family cooked dinner. Thankfully, I had done some of the cooking the day before, so it wasn't too much work for them. I must say that they did an excellent job!

The good news is that the bronchitis and pneumonia are now gone. The bad news is that I now have "reactive breathing disorder," a form of asthma resulting from the damage caused by the bronchitis and pneumonia. I feel much better, but I still cough constantly. Hopefully this will clear up before Christmas! Anyway, on to Thanksgiving!

When my SIL, Kristin, was here, we took Emma to a "paint your own pottery" stdio. We made turkey platters for me and for Brittany using Emma's handprint as the turkey. Kristin made a really cute mug using Emma's fingerprints to make ladybugs~but I forgot to take a photo of it before I shipped it off to her. Emma painted a kitty for herself~it is the prettiest, multi-colored kitty I've ever seen!
I made two different cards for Thanksgiving: a formal one for most of our family and friends, and a cutesy one for families with young kids. I must admit that I totally copied the formal one from Christy, though hers is much prettier! Of course, I couldn't send her a poor reproduction of her own card, so I sent her a turkey.
The best part of Thanksgiving was that both of my boys came home! I haven't seen them for two months which, for this old mama, feels like eternity. Don't pay any attention to how half-dead I look! LOL Here I am with Brennan...
...and with Keaton....
...and with Miss Emma.
The happy grandparents!
My favorite girls, Emma and Brittany.
Emma and Uncle Keaton.
The spread! Left to right: Brennan, Emma, Keaton, Rick, Brittany, Aunt Joan (Rick's aunt) Michael (Rick's brother), and me.
Emma convinced everybody to watch Frosty the Snowman. I love the intent look on the adults' faces. I think they enjoyed it as much as Emma did!
Hope you enjoyed a blessed Thanksgiving with your family!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Perfect Throne...

...for a little princess! Yup, we decided to get pedicures and I treated Emma to her very first one! She was very reluctant at first until Mommy agreed to sit next to her. Her apprehension quickly changed to delight once she sat in the special princess-sized pedicure chair!
Here are my two Princesses...
and here are the two Queens (me and Kristin), Starbucks in hand, of course!
Emma was quite intrigued with every little thing, especially the foot massage!
At this point Emma exclaimed, "Mommy, we should always do pedicures here" (as opposed to the do-it-yourself ones Brittany gives her at home). Mommy's reply? "Talk to Giffy!" LOL
TA DA! The finished toes! Kristin and I got flowers, but the photos were blurry. (Yup, that's me with the toe rings.)
Emma loves her flowers!
After our pedicures, we went and played in the Bare Escentuals make-up store. Doesn't get much girlier than that!

The next day, Kristin and I went to a Melissa Frances class at my local stamping/scrapbooking store. That's when I really started to get sick. I had been coughing for a few days and running a low fever, but I felt okay enough. We went to Chloe's for dinner with Rick, and by the time we got home I had a high fever and a nasty cough. Of course, it was Saturday and the only open doctor was the ER, so I decided to tough it out until Monday. By then, I had bronchitis and pneumonia. I felt so badly for Krisitn~it was supposed to be a relaxing "get away" for her, and then I had to go and get sick, which totally blew the rest of our fun. But she was sweet and wonderful and entertained herself stamping and playing with Emma. I wasn't much of a hostess after that, but I sure did enjoy her visit!

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Tea Time

Krisitn, my SIL, grew up with three brothers. She is married to my brother and has three sons and one grandson. Needles to say, she was excited to do some "girly" things while she was here.
When Brittany was little, Kristin would "borrow" her and take her to a fancy tea room. We thought it would be fun to continue the tradition with Emma. Yankee Magazine rated the afternoon tea at the Wellesley's Dorset Tea & Coffee as the best tea in New England. Wellesley is a very well-to-do town. So I guess our expectations were very high. I must say that we were quite disappointed. The place looked nice enough from the outside, but the inside was nothing more than a small, ordinary cafe. It did not resemble a tea room at all. Nothing fancy or frilly. No silver tray or pretty teacups. Everything was presented pretty much as any typical cafe lunch would be. The food was good, but the whole "tea experience" was not at all what we had in mind. Oh, well~the scones and tea were good, and who can pass up a good scone?
Emma, Brittany, and Kristin
Emma was enthralled with her own teapot and tiny cup.
This was her, "Giffy, can you PLEASE stop taking my picture?" face!
Aww...much better!
Kristin taught Emma the proper way for a lady to drink tea~with her pinkies held out! It took a few tries...
...but she finally got the hang of it!
Ahh, our little princess in the making! Just wait until you see tomorrow's post!

Friday, November 19, 2010

No Boys Allowed

Yes, I have been MIA in blogland for a week. My sweet SIL, Kristin, was supposed to come out in October for a "girls" week. We had lots of fun things planned...and then I crashed and burned with my esophagus issues. So we rescheduled her trip for last week. She arrived on Wednesday, and we immediately hit Boston's North End for some yummy Italian food.
Me and Krisitn
Emma and Brittany
And what's a trip to the North End without stopping in at Mike's for chocolate dipped cannolis?
Miss Emma chose a red velvet cupcake. Can you tell that she enjoyed it? There's just something about little girls and cupcakes!
On Thursday, Kristin and I spent the morning crafting. We went to an afternoon tea with Brittany and Emma (those pics tomorrow), then hit my favorite restaurant for dinner.
We did manage to have a few days of fun before I got sick. And I do mean sick: bronchitis and pneumonia. So not fun. I felt so badly for Kristin~we didn't get to do as much as we had wanted to do. But she was such a good sport and a good friend~she just went with the flow and, hopefully, had a good time anyway! I know I did!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


No, not mine! My family room's. And it's actually more like a facelift, tummy tuck, liposuction kind of thing! Let's just say that our old stuff was, well, OLD and trashed. It was lodge-themed, as that was our decor in our Colorado home before we moved here. We especially hated the fireplace. And by hated I mean hated~every single day since we bought the house 8 years ago.
Yup, it was crowded with stuff. We are tackling the house one room at a time: repainting, cleaning, purging, organizing, and redecorating. Since this is the room we hated the most, and is also the room where we spend the most time, we started here.
We literally removed everything but the family photos and started over. New paint. New fireplace. New hardwood floor. New furniture. We love the results! That's a good thing since Rick and I have worked our hineys off (I wish!) painting and installing the floor. It's hard to see in this photo, but the paint is more green than gray. Even the color swatch (which you can see here) looks too gray.

Here it is.....TA DA!
A close up of the cornice~matching ones (and paint) extend into the kitchen and eating areas, which are along the same wall.
We love, love, LOVE the new fireplace!
I have scattered some of my boxes and art pieces from around the world. I'm having fun accenting with things from different countries.
We love the sectional! Hands down the most comfortable sofa we've ever owned. That inside corner is my throne, LOL! I can stretch out in any direction with plenty of room to snuggle Emma and my three dogs! Once in awhile, Rick even gets to squeeze in. Ha ha!
I love this sofa table. You can't see it in the photo, but it has some finely carved details.
It doesn't even look like the same room, does it? Finally~we have a nice, "grownup" room. Guess we really are getting old!

We are now in the planning stages for the living room and dining rooms. Can't wait!!!