Tuesday, May 29, 2012

A Fairy Beautfiul World

I just bought this little fairy.  When I saw it, I thought it was so beautiful.  To me, fairies have always been fun and whimsical.            

She reminds me of Jess because she has long, blonde hair.

She has such a sweet face.  Isn't she pretty?

And as the seasons come and go,
here's something you might like to know.
There are fairies everywhere:
Under bushes, in the air,
playing games just like you play,
singing through their busy day.
So listen, touch, and look around -
in the air and on the ground.
And if you watch all nature's things,
you might just see a fairy's wing.


Friday, May 25, 2012

A Memorable Passage

I have always been intrigued with alleys.  There's just something mysterious and fun about them.

and charming at the same time...

Me and my husband's first kiss was in an alley.  I was 16 years old, and he was 18.  While walking in the alley, we stopped, walked up a few steps, and started talking.  I was leaning up against the brick wall, and he leaned over and kissed me.  The first kiss was kind of awkward, but the second wasn't, and I fell in love with him instantly. 

We were so drawn to eachother, that I didn't even see the sign haha.

Do you have any special
stories about an alley?
Please do tell.
I'd love to hear.


Monday, May 21, 2012

Pretty in Pink

We have a few fine guests at Red Rose Alley today...

Some are them are outgoing,

and others are a bit more reserved.

Regardless of their differences in personality, they are here to brighten our day.

Greetings to our fantastic flamingo friends!

They are Caribbean flamingos who reside at the San Diego Zoo (and one of the best zoos I have come to visit.)

Speaking of the Caribbean, I will be taking a trip there in ONE MONTH!  

I will be sure to bring you along :-) 

Happy Monday, Fabulous Friends.  My hope for you is a successful week.

"Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all..." ~Emily Dickinson


Friday, May 18, 2012

Nature Is Calling Me

Last weekend I went to the mountains to visit my mother-in-law and father-in-law.  I always enjoy visiting there and find the surroundings very peaceful with the pine trees and nature showing its beauty.

I love to look at all her treasures around the house.  This figurine belonged to her sister.

This green bowl I've always admired.  It is gold plated, and it belonged to her grandmother in the 1800's.

I love genealogy, and she showed me old pictures of the family.  This is her mother when she was a young woman.

We walked outside onto the patio and saw the most beautiful view.

Her garden was filled with lovely daisies.

A few friends stopped by...

Her beautiful home that my husband helped build.

We had a good day in the mountains.  I, too, hope to have a view like this someday.

Do you love the mountains as much as me?


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Special Day in May

Today we're celebrating someone very special...

A woman who has been a source of constant love and support...

Who loves her kids like a lioness loves her cubs...

And who knows just how to hit the soft spot in your heart...

It's our mom, Sheri's birthday!

We love her more than the stars above ♥

Happy Birthday Mom! We hope you enjoy a day as beautiful as YOU. 

~ Nel & Jess ~

Friday, May 11, 2012

King of the Wild Things

To the talented and imaginative Maurice Sendak

"But the wild things cried,
'Oh please don't go - We'll eat you up - We love you so!"
~ Where the Wild Things Are ~

who inspired my love of books at an early age,

“Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do."
~ Maurice Sendak ~ 

who showed me how to manage the wild things,

“And the wild things roared their terrible roars and gnashed their terrible teeth and rolled their terrible eyes and showed their terrible claws.” 
~ Where the Wild Things Are ~ 

and taught me to always embrace the royal rumpus,

"'And now,' cried Max, 'Let the wild rumpus start!'"
~ Where the Wild Things Are ~

may you be in bliss now after a long and celebrated life.

~ Nel ~ 

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

I'd like to dedicate this Mother's Day post to my mom, who passed away three years ago.  My mom was a talented, loving, generous mom who always put her family before herself.

I am very interested in my heritage, and was always asking her questions, which she answered with a smile.  She was Spanish and French Canadian, and taught me that where you came from was the foundation of your roots.

She cooked, sewed, worked on projects around her home, and danced in her kitchen.  I miss her dearly, and think about her often.

Here is a field of daisies for her.

"If I could give you
one thing in life,
I would give you
the ability to see
yourself through
my eyes.  Only then
would you realize
how special you
are to me."

Happy Mother's Day mom, from your youngest child.


Saturday, May 5, 2012

A Place to Ponder

I just discovered this darling little spot close to my home.

It's tucked away from the busy streets of my town.

There lies a quiet pond...

where birds rest and fishermen contemplate.

The equestrian stables are adjacent to the park. 

The occasional sound and smell of horses remind me of a pleasant visit to the country.

What a fine discovery I have made :-)