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Sunday, August 26, 2012


I live in Arizona and I'm definitely over the summer heat!  In an effort to hasten the cooler months and holidays, I started to decorate for Harvest/Halloween today!  Actually I started quite by accident...literally.  Last week I went out to the garage to get something out of one of the cupboards, and when I opened the door to the cupboard, two boxes of Halloween decorations fell on top of me.  My back was sore for a day or two and the black and blue bruise on my left arm is fading and turning green.  Yuck!  At any rate, I left the toppled boxes on the garage floor until today when I hauled them into the house and started to unpack the contents.

This first photo is of the hutch in my kitchen.  I found a garland in one of the boxes and decided to put it on the kitchen hutch instead of the dining room hutch where it usually goes.  When I took this picture, some Halloween decor was still in the hutch.  It is now out and ready for strategic placement.

This next photo shows some of the stuff that was in my hutch, but it is now on the kitchen island.  I'm sure the candle sticks will eventually go on the dining room table after I find my black tablecloth and spider web covering.  My husband refuses to take down additional Halloween boxes until next month so, other than a few pumpkins and stuffed black cats, this is all I have right now. 
I'm so ready for summer to be over!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

"L" is for lovely Lily

This post is about my lovely granddaughter Lillian.  I'm joining Jenny Matlock for Alphabe-Thursday and we are celebrating the letter "L".

My granddaughter will be 3 in October and we are realizing just how beautiful she is.  She has a pure innocence about her that shows through her gorgeous eyes and smile.  She easily speaks her mind and views the world through eyes that know and share love and security.

               Lily's serious face reminds me of a Madame Alexander doll. 

Lily is a happy-go-lucky toddler with a ready smile and an inner confidence that never ceases to amaze us.  Sometimes she is a little too fearless for her own good, but her individuality endears us to her completely.  Sometimes she insists on having what her brother has and then a bit of rivalry begins. 

I think that the following picture says it all about Lily.
"I'm here and I'm happy".

 Lily loves to run and play.  Occasionally she runs at inappropriate times searching for toys in a store or some girly-girl stuff like hats and pink purses!   

 My daughter took this picture when they drove up Mt. Lemmon in Tucson for a bit of fun and sightseeing.  I've never been to Mt. Lemmon but I understand that there is a ski resort and a village called Summerhaven.  Mt. Lemmon is in the Catalina Mountains and is about 9,000 feet above the Tucson desert. 
Here we have Lily, showing some attitude with her grin and her hand on her hip!  My grandson, Brandt, doesn't seem to be amused by Lily's antics.

This is one of my favorite photos of my daughter, Karen, and Lily.  My son-in-law and his extended family had several photos taken on the grounds at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and this is one of the pictures captured by the photograper.

My two grandchildren are loved so very much. Lily is always showing her independence and charm, while Brandt, who rarely forgets anything, amuses us with his in-depth conversations.
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Thursday, August 2, 2012

More Vintage Wedding Photos

At a recent family reunion, my cousin gave me several family photo albums and I'm so thankful that she did.  I found many wedding photos of family and friends from a different generation.  I have no idea who this lady is, but she looks stunning in this photo.
Again, I wish I knew who this little girl was.  She is so cute in the fashion of the day.  I really like her knee-high stockings and head piece.