Sunday, September 28, 2008

Jenny and The Varsity!

I met my friend Jenny at The Varsity last night. She lives in Brazil with her husband Athos and was in the states for a wedding. We started working at the International Mission Board at the same time back in 1998. She is a very talented writer and has a huge heart for missions. I have told her in the past that I hope she is keeping all of the prayer letters that she has written - she should write them into a book! Wow, I cannot believe it has been 10 years. I am so glad that I got to see her! Her host family brought her all the way downtown from Williamson, GA. 

Fall Tour of our Home Part 1

I love to decorate for fall and Christmas, so I am doing a fall tour of my home via my blogsite. Here it goes ... above is a wreath that I made for the front door.

Here is the whole front porch decked out for fall with my sweet pumpkin right in the center!

Here is my Southern Living at Home Dress-Me-Up Plate. I changed out the ribbon for fall. I painted the topiary and stone motif directly onto the wall a few years ago when I was playing around with faux finishing the living room.

This is what is in the hallway.

Here is our fireplace and mantle.

I just put up these little birdie iron things a few weeks ago that I got at Touchsone. I couldn't decide what to fill the glass vases with — but I knew grapevine balls and little pumpkins would be perfect for fall! For Christmas I will put berries and pinecones. I don't know what I will do for spring and summer?

Here is the one on the other side.

Here is a candle mantle piece that I got at Touchstone Catalog Outlet for next to nothing.

Here are a few decorative things that I put next to the fireplace. Amanda has already claimed the pumpkin basket and has been carrying it around like a purse.

I love the pumpkin spice candle that my former supervisor's wife gave to me a while back. I cannot believe it has lasted this long! I also have a metal candle ring and oil called "Harvest" from Crabtee & Evelyn that I have on a light bulb. It makes the whole downstairs smell so good! Last year I experimented with hot glueing cinnamon sticks around a candle, and it came out pretty good!

Here is a table in the dining room with more candles and picture frames. I got the Halloween candles for 50 cents each and the handpainted runner for $1.00 at Touchstone Catalog Outlet.
What a bargain! Can you tell the Touchstone is my favorite store? I have been going there for years.

Here is my little helper with her stash of smarties!

I decide to rearrange about our hutch since we moved it to another spot in our living room.

Here is one of Amanda's paintings that reminded me of fall.

I have a couple of more photos of the dining room and kitchen tables that I would like to post when I have a chance.  Be on the lookout for Part 2!

Fusion and Friends Playgroup

My friend Michelle invited Amanda and I to be a part of her playgroup on Fridays. We had so much fun at Playtown Suwanee! I did not take very many pictures because I got to hold Michelle's precious Trinity! It felt so good to hold a little baby!

Amanda loves the painted cows!

Beautiful sunset!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Fun at Suwanee Day

We had fun at the Suwanee Day festival!

Amanda loves to get her face painted!

The ring toss was fun! Too bad the little ball that Amanda won went down the water drain on the way home!

Amanda had the best time at the playground across the street! The kids area at the festival was for older kids. Maybe next year!

We came home and made cupcake pops. Yum!

Amanda had a cupcake pop in her mouth and said, "This is really good!"

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Cabbage Patch Celebrates 25 years

Cabbage Patch Kids turn 25 this week! I remember getting a Cabbage Patch doll (pictured above with Amanda) in 1984 and wishing that one day I would have a "real" baby — so I just had to take a picture of Amanda with my doll. This picture was taken in August 2005.

Here is a photo of Amanda at Babyland General Hospital in Cleveland, Georgia back in June. She blends right in!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Fun Hairdo!

Look how cute Amanda's hair looks! Grandma did this after seeing it done at the Yellow Daisy Festival last week. Amanda loved it!

Fun with the Bubble Gun!

Sarah and Amanda had fun with the bubble gun machine!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Amanda's first day of Preschool

Hilton Head Day 2

Just Beautiful!

Amanda told me that she was surfing in this photo!

Papa, Amanda and Nana

Amanda and Mommy

Papa and Amanda playing

Going home to Georgia

Hilton Head

Driving from Daytona Beach to Hilton Head

Beautiful cloads!

DVD player comes to the rescue again.

Driving past Jacksonville, Florida