Thursday, February 16, 2012

Catching Up in a Hurry!

Good morning, girls!  Wow, how time flies when you're totally busy and can barely catch your breath!  oh, that's not how the saying goes, is it?  Well, that's how my saying goes for right now.  I really don't have the time to do this blog post right now, but I just feel like I need to and I want  to say "Hi. How are you all doing?"  Plus, I thought I'd send out a little picture update.  If nothing else, it amuses my girls' grandparents...so that's a win in my book.  
So, what I'm going to do is start posting some pics ALL the way from Dec. 2011 and bring this blog up to present day (yes, it seems like I haven't updated since before the dawn of time-lol!)  There is just too much going on for me to write about it all, so here you go...
Ready to sing some carols to the neighbors...
Jingle all the way!
Here I have the gang helping me prepare the apples for the pie I always bake for my Daddy.  It's a pretty good set up...they typically peel and cut the apples, I add the spices and make the flaky crust and voila!  my Dad and Brian have a fresh baked apple pie to share. Yes, Brian loves when my folks visit...he always get a fresh apple pie, at least by default :)
Ahhh, our La La's 6th birthday!  I love the missing teeth, so cute!!
Now onto the next celebration, New Year's Eve. The girls LOVED the "pops" of confetti.  Nothing like celebrating the New Year at 9:00pm, right? 
 Oh my, have we ever come a long way...next year a New Year's Eve bash is on the  to-do list, just like I used to throw every year...oh, yeah!
And on to New Year's Day with our traditional making wishes and cracking open our Gingerbread house hoping for some extra hidden candies inside...
Our lovely Gracie girl decided to get her hair cut in bob and then donate it.  I'm so proud of her!  (mental note to mom:  time to mail in her hair to the charitable foundation!!)  Isn't that a cute cut on her.  I have to admit, although I do think it's darling on her, I really do miss doing her long hair.  We have lots of girly fun with all of our  "hair do's".  Gotta love being a girly girl!
You'll never guess where we're off to in the pic below.  Here's a clue for you:  look at the print on the girls' skirts.  
You guessed it!  We're on our way to the circus...big, BIG fun!!  We were debating on going or not and I'm so glad we took them .  We all had a ball!  Brian and I both took such delight in their delight, truly.  What a treat that was!
Before going into the Savannah Civic Center, we just had to stop and make a wish.  So cute (or at least I think so).  "A penny for your thoughts", right?
Yep, circus success at it's BEST!  Isabella chose the circus hat filled with a huge bag of cotton candy. It lasted all of about 5-10 minutes, I think.  It was tasty and took me back.  That child loves cotton candy!
Oh, to be a kid again...Did we really pay $12 whole dollars for a snocone?  Yes-sir-eEE! we did and not once, but TWICE! It's a really good thing that they're only little once :)  We're enJOYing every moment that we can.
At the risk of boring you all completely out of your minds, the picture show must go on...
This pic below is just because I'm so amused at how much Isabella and Liliana look alike!  They actually look so much like Brian. It's a good thing he's so cute is what I say!!!:)
Now onto super jammed, fun-filled, party rockin' weekend...
Here as you can see, we took Isabella and Charlotte girl to Charleston to see Mary Poppins.  I'm soooo glad we took them as it was absolutely a FANTASTIC performance by all!  I think the girls will forever remember going to see it and I'm so happy, truly happy, that we were able to take them their first Broadway show.  I always made sure that I took my older kids too, at least once in a while for a big, big treat.  Guess what?  They all totally remember going and appreciate Broadway shows.  I love that!  That in itself makes me happy, happy, happy.  Now I hope for the same for my little ladies.
I know they loved it, plus we came out of there with a live CD of the musical, an official Mary Poppins umbrella for Charlotte and two Mary Poppins carpet bags for Isabella and Liliana.  Yep, it's true.  They made out like bandits, but somethings you just can't go back and re-do, so we indulged them greatly that night.  We'll keep it low key for a while now, but it was so worth it!
So now we're on to Miss Chloe, my new grandbaby.  Here she was helping me with the laundry before her Sip and See baby shower.  I gave her her first "basket ride" all wrapped up in warm flannel sheets. She took the best nap ever!  She slept right in front of me in the kitchen as I was preparing food for her shower.  So sweet, don't you think?  She loved it, just like all of the other babes have around this house.  I started the "basket rides"  when Isabella was a baby...and I'm still doing them!
Here are my good and wonderful girlfriends, Jen and Joanna, holding Chloe a bit later at the Sip and See.  I know:  cute, cute, cute!
The party weekend continues with our annual Valentine's Par-tay! Brian and I host a Vday party each year for our closest friends and we just have a ball!  It's really corny, actually, as I have games and prizes, etc., but we all have a really good time.  Oh, yes, let's not forget my rasberry flirtinis that I make every year...they always help to make the party fun.  Brian's kegerator just happened to be a big hit with the guys, too.  Go figure, right? Okay, so what a lame-O pic of  the party.  I'm awful of taking pics at parties because I'm always having too much fun and playing hostess, ya know?
The fun continues the next Monday when the girls get a surprise package in the mail from Grandma Marge.  More on that later because I think it's going to get a whole post of it's own by month's end...it's super cool is all I'm gonna say.  Just look at the anticipation on the girls' faces!
The girls' latest favorite pastime, a good soak in a warm bubble bath.  Yep, it's true. They might look more like their Daddy, but they're definitely mine!  There's nothing better than a good, relaxing soak in the tub...or should I say a bubble party in the tub in this case?
Oh, let's not forget my latest show.  I was in Savannah recently for the "Made in the South" Spring art fair/show.  It was a really good show for FGC.  I was so happy to see even more of my regulars come out to find me at the show.  Thank you ALL!  Below is a pic of my booth and one of my new hostess aprons.  It's similar to the one I sent to Miss Paula's camp, yes, as in Paula Deen.  Come on Miss Paula, CALL ME!  Her editor requested some samples from my line some time ago, but I haven't heard back yet.  I'm waaiiitttting.  I know these things can take several months or even up to a year to come to fruition, but I want to talk to Miss Paula sooo badly.  I just love her!  She's know in our home officially as "Miss Paula Deena", compliments of Isabella from when she was like two!  Anyhoo, I have coordinating dish gloves and ruffled tea towels now.  Warning:  they're super cute, girls!
Okay, who is bored yet?  Is anyone still reading?  Did you have to get up and take a break or what?  I need to, but I won't.  I want to wrap this up as I have much, much to do today.
Now onto St. Valentine's Day.  Here is my bunch, minus my boy.  I always miss him so at times like this.  He did call me though.  He's still my valentine, just like when he was little...now, that made my whole day!
Forgive Isabella with the familial "blinking eyes syndrome".  She totally gets it from me. Yes, it's true-lol.
Now you're wondering what else made my day? Well, let me show you what Brian surprised me with.  Hint:  it came in a small box tied with a pretty bow.  You wanna know something?  As soon as I saw that, I already knew I liked what was inside!  Those are always the  good presents, that 's my motto (well, one of them anyway).
He gave me a Daa glass heart necklace, a ruby colored one.  I LOVE it (how appropriate, I  know with it being Valentine's Day and all, but it's true).  It's pronounced  day-uh.  Check out this artist's site HERE.  Pretty cool, right?

Now I really, really must sign off as I've spent the last TWO hours blogging and updating my good people.  I sincerely hope I haven't bored you to tears!  If you had to take a break, I understand.  So much for "catching up in a hurry".  Maybe I should dub this "power blogging".  Just a thought.  
I feel like I need a break before I start my work on some custom outfits for a magazine cover that is due in two days....wish me luck and happy sewing!!!
(my apologies for any typos)

3 comments:

  1. Loved the catch up Rachel! Congrats on grandbaby #2!! She is precious. You are definitely one very busy, blessed lady. Julianna and I attended Mary Poppins as well. We loved it as well. It was one of her favorite movies several years ago. Let's catch up over coffee or lunch one day.
    Stephanie

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  2. Oh, I'm so happy that you left a comment!!! Just made my day for me, thanks! Thank you for the congrats, too. Chloe is very sweet indeed. Yes, let's catch up soon. I've been so swamped, but could use a much deserved break :)
    Watch out though, I might just try to convince you to come and play at FGC!!!

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  3. Rachel dear,
    Grandma writing with a big thank you for the wonderful update with story and photos. You certainly have had a busy and fun time with your family. Your new grand-daughter, Chloe, is a pretty one. Of course those three Loomis girls totally steal my heart...I wonder why! So cute. Lauren and Whitney look well with their youngsters and it seems happiness and health prevail. What a perfect way to start 2012 and may it continue. Love, Grandma Marge

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