Oct 23, 2017

Outdoor Lighting

Over the weekend a dream of mine came true.  We have always had solar lights in our landscaping in the backyard and wired lighting in the front yard.  For years I have wanted hard wired in the backyard but the hubs kept saying we didn't have any power back there so it wasn't possible.

Well it happened over the weekend.  Yeah baby!!!  We now have hard wired lights in the landscaping in the backyard.  Rain or shine we have spotlights and pathway lights.  We are no longer at the mercy of sunshine days for our lighting.  Woo hoo!!!  I am over the moon with the way it has all turned out.

The lights are LED so they are nice and bright.  These pics do not do it justice.  It is so pretty at night and the reflection in the pool is gorgeous.

We added the Edison bulb lights on the pergola.

We placed spotlights on the three shrimp plants against the fence and buried the wires under the rocks.  Probably one of our favs.

We have had lights hanging on the patio cover and the shed for years.  I've always wanted to add lights over the French doors and we finally did this weekend.  I think it looks so much better, don't you?  It gives it a more consistent look not to mention the much needed lighting in that area.

We are so excited with how it has all turned out not to mention we have marked a few things off of my "dream/wish" list.  :)  The hubs is really happy about that!

 This week we are having the beds freshly mulched and we will be planting Pansies next weekend.  Oh my!  Oh how I love Pansies!!!  Be still my heart!


Do you have anything on your dream list you'd like to tackle or have come to fruition?

Hope you have an amazing day!

Take care,



Oct 19, 2017

Weekend Recap

I can't believe today is Thursday.  The week is going so fast!  As you can see I have been decorating our home for Christmas.  You can go ahead and judge away!  I started two weeks earlier this year because the hubs is having an LSU tailgating party the first weekend of November and I didn't want the house to be a hot mess with Christmas containers everywhere.

I have been having so much fun!  Seriously.  It is way more fun when you don't have to hurry.

We kept the kiddos over the weekend.  Mr. W was so excited to see all the decorations.  He loves Christmas decorations almost as much as I do.  :)

He asked if he could try on the different hats and started posing for the camera.  Isn't he the cutest?  We started with Pooh...


then Mickey Mouse...


and last but not least, what he calls the Santa hat.  He is so stinking cute!


He wanted to go through the house and turn on all the lights at one time.  A kid after my own heart, right?  One of my favorite things about the decorations are the lights.  The ambience is so nice.

The first thing he did on Sunday morning was grab my hand and said "let's go decorate".  OMG!!!  He is so funny.  So I let him do a few things for me in the back bedroom.  I had a large candle holder on the floor I had moved from the bathroom.  In this large glass holder are lots of clear marbles.  I saw him look at them and thought he's going to want to play with them.  But he looks at me with a serious look on his face and said "boy you did a lot of chores to get all those marbles".  You see, he and his sisters are rewarded with marbles for doing chores and good deeds.  Once the jar is full, they receive a set amount of money, something like $10.  He was pretty impressed with how many marbles I had earned.  :)

Here are a few things he said over the course of the weekend.  The hubs and I were laughing all weekend.

We have to finish decorating today.
Boy you did a lot of chores to get all those marbles.
You're my best girl.
I want to turn all the lights on at one time.
Maw Maw and I are hard workers.  We work fast.


I snapped this pic of him trying on Ms. A's watch.

We swam in the pool on Saturday.  The water was really nice.

I made homemade turkey patties, homemade mashed potatoes and corn for dinner.  I asked Sweet P to be my taste tester for the potatoes.  You should have seen her face when she tasted the potatoes.  She started making noises and said she was going to eat at our house every night.  :)  She already thinks I'm a professional tea maker.  :)  Kids say the darnedest things.

I hope you have a fabulous day today!

Take care,



Oct 18, 2017

A Fun Halloween Party

A couple of weeks ago I invited the kids over for one of their favorite meals, roast beef with all the trimmings.  And then Brooke realized it was the last weekend before Halloween that everyone could get together so she asked if she could host dinner to celebrate Halloween.  And of course, I said yes!

I forgot my camera so I had to use the next best thing, my iPhone.  The pics aren't as clear as I'd like them to be.  :(

Brooke LOVES decorating for Halloween as much as I love decorating for Christmas.  Her birthday is on Christmas Eve and Justin's is on Halloween.  She keeps asking him to trade birthdays with her. :) If only it were that easy.

I loved the skeletons Brad hung from the chandelier in the foyer.  Such a cute idea!

I love these pumpkins.  Who said pumpkins can't be glamorous?

The dining room was all set for dinner with really cute Halloween dishes.

The table cloth is a sheer black web.

Her Disney Halloween collectibles were displayed on the mantle in her office.

This pretty pumpkin was displayed on the island in the kitchen.

I couldn't help but smile at this pretty skull hanging on the pantry door.  I just love black and white.  It is so striking.

In the family room she had a cute vignette.

Can you tell these are spider candles?

I'm loving the combination of the black pumpkin and the copper spikes.

This is a cool looking candle holder that looks like bones.  It's much prettier in person.

She had these cute glasses, napkins and plates to match.  I didn't get any pics of the eyeball ice cubes.  Ooooh!  They were creepy.  They looked like real eyeballs.  They were slimy, too!

Brooke made the cake and Sweet P decorated it to look like a brain.  I think she did a really good job.

Brad cooked beef and chicken fajitas and they were delicious.  The cake was yummy, too!
We had a wonderful time watching the original Ghost Busters movie.

Hope you had a great day!

Take care,




Oct 13, 2017

Sweet P and Her Love of Gymnastics

Our sweet granddaughter, Sweet P, had a gymnastics meet over the weekend and is going to state!  Woo hoo!!!  We are so proud of her.  She is very focused, determined and works hard to accomplish her dreams.

Sweet P eats, sleeps and drinks gymnastics.  She is always showing us something new she has mastered.

Mr. W and his sweet friend Mr. B are very good buddies.  They plan ahead what games they are going to bring so they can share them with one another while their sisters compete.  The funny thing is they look a lot alike.  They are so cute!  Don't you just love the masks?

I want to thank Gina and her husband Jason for sharing these amazing photos.  Jason is a very gifted photographer.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!



Oct 12, 2017

The Christmas Gate Book Review

Today I am writing a book review on "The Christmas Gate" by T.A.Cline.  If you know me, you know I am a HUGE fan of the Christmas holidays.  I love decorating our home "over the top" for family and friends to enjoy.


I recently joined Authors Den so I could request books from authors in exchange for honest reviews.  Naturally, I chose "The Christmas Gate" as my first read.  :)  Imagine that?!

I received my book on a Friday afternoon and read it that evening.  I found it to be a great read...I didn't want it to end.  It is a heartfelt story that will move you to tears.  A story about forgiveness and faith.  T.A. Cline does a wonderful job of reminding us all the true meaning of Christmas.  I am very excited to see what happens in The Christmas Gate II coming out this Fall.

Can you believe he autographed my copy?  :)  I am over the moon and will display it on our coffee table for all to see!

So head on over to Authors Den if you love to read.  You don't have to have a blog to post your reviews.  You can post them on Authors Den, Amazon and Good Reads.

Hope you have an amazing day!!!

Take care,