Sep 18, 2014


Last week was homecoming week at Barrett's school.  Everyday leading up to Friday was a different themed dress up day. We had a lot of fun getting her outfits together.    I AM gonna miss this! 

Monday's theme was "When I am Older".  Barrett decided to channel her inner shopper/rich celebrity/Rachel Zoe instead of wearing scrubs and hats like everyone else.  

Notice the million dollar hair bow!

Tuesday was Tacky Prom Day.  Barrett wore a bridesmaid's dress I wore in my cousin's wedding, a giant hair bow all of my girls wore when they were toddlers, the weird shoes Brooke wore while modeling and an old dried up prom coursage we reconstructed with erasers we had in our craft box. 

Oh, she slept in sponge rollers also. 

Wednesday was Super Hero Day.  Meet Miss Captain America! 

Thursday was "Throwback Thursday.  Instead of dressing up in clothes from a decade like everyone else, she dressed up as Miss Pac Man.  This costume was so easy...............and ended up being so cute! We had the black leggings, black knit shirt, red gloves, yellow sundress and round labels.  We bought four pieces of felt to make the ghost, two styrofoam balls (to paint) to make the cherry headband and made the apple earrings from two erasers we found in the 25 cent bin at the party store.

Friday was school spirit day and everyone wears blue and gold.  I completely forgot to take a picture! We were just so glad it was Friday I guess and there wasn't a lot to take a picture of.

Everyday someone is selected from each homeroom to go to the front office to represent their respective homerooms. Barrett was picked to go down everyday and her homeroom ended up winning the grand ice-cream party!

We have a closet full of costumes and vintage clothing and hats that I have inherited from relatives.  Aunt Mable and Cousin Marti would be so tickled that we were still wearing their hats and gloves! If you ever need a costume, come on over!

Aug 29, 2014


     Brittany is finally a working girl! She was offered a posistion as a NICU nurse at a hospital about an hour and a half away from our house.   She decided not to move to the town where she is working and instead got an apartment on the other side of Raleigh, about forty minutes away from us.  She commutes back and forth three times a week to work - she works three twelve hour shifts. 

     She loves her job and the hour plus drive isn't that big of deal for her. I worry constantly and say a prayer every time she hits the road.  I guess since I am her mother that is what I am supposed to do.

     We got her moved into her apartment the other week.  I have lost count of how many different dorm rooms, apartments and houses we moved Brittany and Brooke in and out of while they were in school, but all of that experience has made us experts at the whole process. Her apartment came together quickly and turned out very cute.  She of course would love all new furniture and everything to look like it belongs in a magazine or on Pinterest, but I think all of the hand me down furniture is just fine for her starting out and hopefully she is proud of what she does have and feels comfortable in it. 

This is the blank canvas we started with.

She lives in  a brand new apartment complex. It was so much nicer spending the day moving her into this place instead of the tiny dorm rooms and grungy old college houses I am all too familiar with. 
I didn't get creeped out once! 
(and Clorox was involved!)

She is still missing a few things.....obviously she needs a lamp shade....

and some dining chairs

This is the little entry way.
Nice place for a thermostat don't cha think?
I am pretty positive a man was in charge of deciding where to put it. 

She is using the bedroom furniture that was actually mine when growing up. 
Brooke painted and refinished it with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and used it her last year of college.  

A lamp has been added on the nightstand since this picture was taken and the window treatments we ordered have come in, but they obviously are not hung yet.
She also will not be using this bedding. 
This is just a temporary fix until her window treatments are hung and we can get a better feel for color. 

I am hoping all of Britt's long hot showers have steamed the wrinkles out of the shower curtain!

     It is so nice to know that after a long night shift she has a great place to return to.  Our house certainly has been extra quiet since she left. (sigh) She had been living back home since she graduated in December and was job hunting. Now that she is gone, I again have to get used to a new routine and learn how to fill in some blanks.  Like I said, I guess since I am a mother that is what I am supposed to do! (bigger sigh)


Aug 18, 2014


     I do not know how we got to this day, but today my baby girl is a SENIOR!  Unfortunately for us, summer is officially over and school has started. Gone are the days of her ladybug lunchbox, hot pink backpack with wheels and glitter shoelaces.  She has grown into a beautiful young lady both inside and out.  I pray this is a very very slow school year - but I have a feeling it won't be. 

      I haven't been blogging much because we have been too busy playing and having fun.  I am planning on making some changes and catching up very soon.  I have a lot of summer adventures to post about and now that we have slowed down it is on the top of my list.  

Jul 17, 2014


     I am trying to get back into some sort of home routine - we just got home from a two week stay at the beach.  Barrett and I stayed the entire time (with the dogs and cat). Art, Brittany and Brooke were there on the weekends.  I was so glad that Brooke's flight schedule allowed her to fly from DC both weekends. It was so nice having everyone together TWO WEEKENDS IN A ROW.  I was a happy mom!  

    Before heading to the beach  I started stacking clothes up on my bed and getting things ready to leave Raleigh.  Lola knows exactly what is going on when I do this. She won't let me out of her sight. This time she laid on top of my clothes and stayed there.  She was making sure I didn't forget to pack her!

         Barrett and I got to the beach the day before Hurricane Arthur hit. Our beach wasn't under a watch or warning, but was preparing for A LOT of rain. 

     This is the calm before the storm……you obviously cannot tell from the picture, but it was very windy the morning of the storm…..

and the water was very high. This is a picture during the low tide. The water is as high as it usually is during high tide and it kept rising. 

It rained and rained and rained all day long. The water pooled and flooded the streets. 

The one great thing about a big storm is the beautiful sunset that follows the next day. 

     Art, Barrett and I watched the annual 4th of July parade. The other girls were not at the beach yet, but were on their way. 

 Finally, all of my girls were together this summer! Brittany (and BF1) drove from Raleigh and Brooke flew in from DC. 

We had a great weekend!

Friday nights at the beach, we have appetizers for dinner and either watch a movie or play games

We spent a lot of time on the beach and just hanging out at our house.

One of Art's sisters had us over for dinner. She has a condo near us on the waterway. 

(Art and two of his sisters)

     Art and the two older girls had to go back to work during the week. Barrett and I caught up on some craft projects, TV shows, shelling and reading while they were gone. But a few days later, when they came back, we decided to go to Southport for dinner (Brooke wasn't there yet). Southport is about forty minutes away from Ocean Isle Beach. It is a cute little town with restaurants on the water. Several movies have recently been filmed there. 


Brooke arrived later that evening and was able to stay for another three days!  

We just spent a lot of time together on the beach and outside during the day. Gotta love the lazy days of summer! 

One night we made shrimp and grits……so good!

Some friends (22 years) of ours came by. They are originally from NC also, but now live in Florida. They were at Ocean Isle staying with family.  It was so good to see them! 

I love seeing my girls together. I am amazed at how much they look alike now that they are older. Lola loves having everyone together too. She can't get enough of them and is usually right in the middle (or right on top). 

Charlie loves having everyone together too, but even family doesn't come between him and his naps.

      I am not sure if my entire family will be together again this summer. That really makes me very sad. One of the hardest things about everyone growing up is the lack of together time. It does, however, make our time together much sweeter.