Saturday, May 23, 2009

Tuesday, May 12, 2009


It's the second week of Kellys Show Us Where You Live Friday and its living rooms.  Now I will be all caught up till this Friday which will be Guest Bedrooms which is one of my favorite rooms in this house.


This is where Mikee sits all the time the chair to the left.  I sit in the other if I am not watching tv and we are just talking or I am going through magazines.  Under the chest in between the chairs is a basket that you can't see that I put all Mikees recent magazines and whatever books he is reading at the time.  He reads so much I can't leave them on the coffee table to junky for me!

This is across from the chairs and where I lay when I watch a movie.  One of my favorite things in this room are my tortoise lamps.  I had looked forever for lamps and had given up then ran across these in a warehouse and new they would be perfect!  I don't really have a lot of pairs in my house as far as furniture and such I really like to mix it up.

This is the fireplace and I just love how it turned out.  It was covered with wood and we took it all down had the brick cleaned and sealed then built the two bookcases in  to hold all the tv and stereo things I didn't want seen.  Chrissy would not move when I was taking these pictures she wanted in them for sure.

I love family photos.  They really make a home home.  The bumble bee was Brady's first Halloween and the cute little bald fellow on the left is my nephew Grayson.  The other Brady was about 2 in that picture.

This is one of my antique trays that I collect and just love.  I only have a few because they are so expensive and I can't just buy them all the time plus I hardly ever come across true antique ones that often.

These hang behind the sofa under the steps.  I try to do a professional family photo every other year.

I really did not want a flat screen but gave in to it and this was where I wanted to put it but my husband wanted it over the fireplace!  I won, thank goodness.


Kelly has started Show Us Where You Live Friday over at her blog and I just realized it when I was trying to do a little blog catch up and loved it, so I had to play along.  Kelly has a fantastic blog and I love keeping up with her little miracle Harper and watching her grow and looking at all her precious little outfits.   Kelly always has some great recipes that she shares to so head over and check her out.


Our kitchen is the heart of our home.  We bought this house 2 years ago and totally gave it a much needed over haul.  We took the kitchen down to the 2 by 4s and started from scratch and boy am I glad we did.  It turned out even better than I had imagined.  No matter how big the crowd everyone seems to always end up in the kitchen.

This is my bookcase that we have on one side of the island that holds some of my favorite cookbooks and other things.  I love the floors in this house, they are old heart pine floors and have so much character.  The floors were one of the things that really drew me to the house.

This picture frame was given to me by Aunt Beth for a birthday one year and I have cherished it ever since.  The plate was a wedding gift and is a daily reminder of the example we are to set in our home for Brady.

On the bottom shelf holds some pottery work by Brady from 1st grade till this years newest 4th grade addition the cat whistle.  I wouldn't take anything for these pieces.

Well its strawberry time in South Carolina and Brady and I have picked and eaten our fair share lately.  We took all his teachers and the office staff some last week for Teacher Appreciation Week, I think they really loved them.

This is my Flavia machine that I love and couldn't do without!  It keeps water hot at all times.  It is great for my tea or for coffee when we have company.

Another favorite is the warming drawer.  We all love this and if you are doing a kitchen and don't have it on your list I would add it it really comes in handy.

This is the eating area that is in the kitchen.  We use it when we have more than the 3 of us to eat.  I love the pine table, I ordered it from Atlanta when we were remodeling and it was worth the wait.

This is across from the eating area and this is where Mikee, Brady and I eat most of the time.  There is a 4th stool but I am having some custom cushions made so the sewing lady has it.  Brady also loves to sit here and do his homework.   The lights I had custom blown at a local glass place by a great glass blower I would love to get some more of his work (hint hint Mikee if you are reading).

This is the kind of stuff my child purchases when he stays with his grandmother.  We have had some great fun with it.

I have this great little planter with a button fern and a orchid in it that my best friend Kelly gave me on the counter.  I try to always have some live plants or flowers going in the kitchen it really brightens my day.

Its baseball season to so why not have a baseball grass head on your counter?  This is the haircut Brady wants for the summer!  

And last my fridge and freezer!  Love them they are huge, way more room than we need and great when you are having a party.

Hope you enjoyed the tour I have to catch up and do the living room next!

Monday, May 11, 2009


I had no clue that May was Military Appreciation month until I read it in one of my magazines.  

Here are a few things we can do to let the troops know we care.

*Fly the flag on your house, car or business the month of May.

*Send an e-mail or letter of thanks at

*Ship a care package to a soldier through

*Write an uplifting message at

*Hire a Veteran; visit for more information

On another note I am such a slack blogger!  My trip to China was great!  I was sick for a few weeks after I got home with a URI that really set me back.  I am getting caught up though and have taken some great trips one being to Colorado Springs!!  The one year anniversary of my Dads death was very hard, much harder than I thought it would be.  We really miss him a lot.  Mikee is traveling a lot and we are at the end of school which as you know if busy.  We will have graduation soon and then there is baseball baseball.  I promise to catch up and check in on all my favorite blogs soon.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

Friday, March 20, 2009


Well I have my iPhone loaded with a few books and some new music it is 2:10am I am packed minus all the beauty products that I will pack in the morning, new camera charged and ready for
I am so excited I don't think I will sleep any tonight which is probably a good thing so because I will have plenty time on the flight.  I hope you all have a great Spring break I know ours starts next week and I am sure a few of you are on yours now.  I can't wait to share my trip with you all when I return.

Oh and by the way my God Daughter was born today her name is Brantley she weighed 7lbs 4 oz and she is just perfect.  I got to hold her tonight and give her a little love and little present, she is going to be spoiled for sure.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Well I leave on Saturday for my 10 day trip to China, not to adopt this is a just because trip.  I am so excited!!!  I have to say the packing I think is worse for me than the long flight I have coming.  I hate to pack.  Some people hate to unpack, not me its the packing that gets me every time.  Mikee is still in Syria and loving every minute of it.  He said the Syrians are so nice and great host.  If any of you that have been to China have any advice for me please send it my way, I would love to know what your tips are.

Saturday, March 7, 2009


We are having beautiful weather in South Carolina this weekend.  My car said it was 80 on the drive to Charleston today.  We started off at Vickery's downtown today for lunch, they have the best Bloody Marys ever!!!  

Then we walked to a great Antique store and looked around before heading on down King street to have my iPhone replaced that I dropped on Friday!!  Yes I absolutely could not believe I did that but I did so off to see what the damage was and it wasn't good.  I had to purchase a new phone!!!  Yes I thought I was going to scream but it had to be done because I love this phone!!
Then after strolling down King Street and picking up Mikee's watch that we had sent off a while back to be repaired, yes Beth this is the watch you dropped off last year!!!  We are such slackers.  We had to go to Charleston Place and check out a few shops and get a few things for our upcoming trips.  Mikee is heading to Damascus Syria in a few days then I will be heading to China before he heads home so no trip like those are complete without a few things from Brookstone.

And because I took so much time deciding which new bag I wanted that would hold my camera, camcorder and act as a purse, which I decided on this one below.
We missed getting to see the Angel Oak Tree which is 65 ft high and believed to be over 1500 years old!   We got there right as they were closing the gates.  Mikee and I have both been here before but we thought Brady would enjoy seeing it so we will head back soon.
We then headed over to see baby Burkett and visit with his family before heading over to Savory Sushi, Mikee's cousins new place for dinner.  It was a great day and wonderful weather. Hope you all enjoyed your Saturday to.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


I have been thinking of my Dad a lot lately and seem to have so many things that come up in daily life that makes me think of him or want to talk to him just to ask him a question or two.  Brady talks about him almost daily and loves to say I wonder if PaPa did this or liked this to when he was my age?  I am so glad he has fun memories of him and thinks of him and knows that we will see him again one day.  We just had Grandparents Day at school on Friday and it made me sad to know he couldn't be there with Brady but I know he was there in his heart for sure.   Below is a picture of my Dad when he was a little boy that is in our front office a lot of people think its Brady when they first see it.  I never really noticed it till this past year but Brady has my Dads hands and a lot of his personality.  I just love that and feel so blessed to have had such a wonderful Dad.  I have some more fun pictures of Grandparents Day but haven't downloaded them yet I will try to soon.  I have been getting ready for our Junior League Banquet this Thursday and am running in circles!!!  

Monday, February 23, 2009


I was obviously in the movie mood after staying home all week with a sick child and the husband out of town on top of it.  I was ready to scream to say the least, not because Brady is a bad child when he is sick I just hate being stuck in the house.  I love to be home but when I know I can't leave it drives me crazy!!

Brooke and I saw Confessions of a Shopaholic the other night and it was very cute.  We both enjoyed it and the theater was packed for it.
Then I rented this and snuck up to the playroom all alone with my Coke and Popcorn with no interruptions from anyone watched the whole movie. I cried with this one but enjoyed it.
I was on a roll and decided to stay up and watch this one with Richard Gere one of my favorite actors and was not disappointed at all.  I wish it had ended a little different but it was still a great love story.
Well who knows what I will get into this week with Brady back in school and Mikee gone again.  I have some errands to run and things to catch up on and a Banquet to work on for March for Junior League so I will be busy for sure.  I am leaving on the 21st my anniversary to go to China with some friends and can't wait so if you have any China tips for me let me know, I would love to hear them.  Hope you all have a great Monday!

Thursday, February 19, 2009


Today is Brady's 10th birthday!  I can not believe it.  He has been saying for months now that he will be "double digits" soon and today he is.  It has been a hard week this week, Mikee has been gone since Sunday and Brady, Pearl and I have all been sick.  I mean stay in the bed sick!!!  No fun.  I had a fun day planned today for Brady but he still didn't feel 100% so he  stayed home today.  He went to bed at 7:30 last night and did not get up till 11 today!  I know he must still be under the weather to stay in bed on his birthday.
Here are a few of my favorite pictures that I could place my hands on easily of Brady throughout the years.

A very proud Dad with the bug!

Mom and Brady at Pawleys Island having some lunch.

Trying out Moms lipstick!

Brady, Maggie Mae and  Dash

Brady and Chrissy at the Blessing of the Animals

Brady at the CocaCola 500 Race

Brady and Jordan at Camp Rockmont

Grammy, PaPa and Brady at Atlantis

Brady on our balcony at Animal Kingdom

One of the many faces of a happy child

Brady and Trista his favorite cousin, Trista

Monday, February 16, 2009


Brady's class did what I thought was a cool project at the beginning of the year this year.  It is a timeline of your life.  Brady enjoyed it so and it was fun going back and digging out pictures of allot of his first.  You can click on the picture to enlarge it.  

Hope you have enjoyed your holiday today.  Brady and I are both under the weather with sinus infections and will more than likely be staying home from school for a few days.    This always seems to happen when Dad is away!