Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Easter Egg

In many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth. For Christians, the Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
 I love my bowls and bowls of Easter eggs.  This silver pedastaled bowl was a gift from young
 teen-aged girls when I worked at the YWCA.   

My dough bowl was a Round Top Texas find. 
However you display them, don't they just make you smile?

Everyone enjoy your Easter Week and I will be looking forward to Easter Sunday!
May you and your families be blessed and I hope you are able to spend time with family and friends.
Happy Easter

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Beatrix Potter figurines...and a family tradition

British author Beatrix Potter wrote and illustrated more than 20 children's books starring Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, and Benjamin Bunny.

Born July 28, 1866, Beatrix Potter spent a solitary childhood with long holidays in the country. She loved to sketch animals and later invented stories about them. In 1902, Potter published The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which launched her career as a children's author. More than 20 other books for young audiences soon followed. Potter's tales of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Benjamin Bunny and others have become children's classics. She died in 1943.

 I began a tradition to add a single figurine to my three daughter's Easter baskets.  My youngest daughter just married and since she and Mr.Casey are living in an apartment, I get to store and at Easter display MsLynley's figurines. 
Do you see the "very bad bunny" and Jemima Puddle-duck?
They blend in well with some of my tea cup collection. 
 One of my favorite's below.
 I kind of miss the excitement of filling their baskets after they had gone to bed.  Our family traditions was for the Easter Bunny to hide their filled basket and they had to search for them the next morning before Easter Sunday Mass. Do you have an Easter family tradition?
Figurines by Royal Albert, England

In this collection
And this Pig had none
Hunch Munca
Jemima Puddle-Duck
Flopsy Mopsy and Cottontail
Fierce Bad Rabbit
Little Pig Robinson
Miss Moppet
Tom Kitten

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

My forever baby got married!

And just like that, I have three married daughters and three great son-in-laws! My youngest daughter, who will forever be my baby, got married to her love. It was a destination wedding in Cancun! Destination weddings are like a week long family reunion, they are fabulous. 
My sisters and their families were there to help celebrate. And our first wedding where the groom's family outnumbered us. Well, by two anyway.
The bride, me in red and my sisters below!

I think the Johnson clan are pretty lucky to call Lynley one of them!

May God be with you and bless you.
May see your children's children.
May you be poor in misfortunes
and rich in blessings.
May you know nothing but happiness 
from this day forward. 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

A "grand" Valentine's luncheon

At the very last minute, I decided to have the grands over for a Valentine's Luncheon.
It is not too late for you to plan one!  My inspiration was a children's book, Lilly's Chocolate Heart, by Kevin Henkes.

My grands love this little book and all year long we read the book together, right before they head home.  Then they each get a chocolate heart to gobble down at the end of the reading.
After the luncheon this year, they presented a dramatic play, while I read the book.  Their Mom's, Aunt and Papa were the audience. 

Let me present our "Love Lunch"
(obviously, I don't know how to attach a video, MissLayton and MissRaylyn were saying cheers!)

It all started with a couple cookie cutters and some cheese. 

Heart shaped all, PB&J sandwiches, cheese quesadillas, cucumbers, watermelon

Round turkey Pepperoni, too small to use the cookie cutter.  
Pink Lemonade (the grand babies felt so grown up, "in REAL glasses")
Velvet cake
 My book for the party inspiration. 

 Girls boxed chocolates and one for Mr. Hayes.

 "Velvet" cake for dessert.  MissLayton says (red) velvet cake is her Dad's favorite. 

 Yes, at MrHayes place setting you can find a finger monster. 

 More hearts, please!  Loved this little tiny garland.
 Pink Lemonade was served too, in those "real" Fostoria glasses. 

Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Who wore it better?

I English smocked these collars and had the dresses made 28 years ago for my twins.  Thank goodness, I remembered they were in a garment bag in the closet.  I hand washed them and presented to my daughter's girls this month. 

My girls, MissMelissa and MissAnnMarie wore them as flower girls in a friend's wedding.

 My grand daughter's, MissLayton and MissHadley are wearing them to play with glue evidently. There was a Christmas photo shoot involved too.  I can't wait to see how that turns out.
 MissAllyAnn is wearing a dress her Aunt wore 28 years ago.  That Celtic plaid never goes out of style. Precious baby girls don't either!

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