Sunday, August 2, 2015

Summer, continued...

or discontinued???
Tomorrow the kiddos in my county go back to school.
Yep, it's just August 3rd and hotter than you can imagine.
Especially on a school bus.
So everyone around here is thinking about
Image result for school bus
and I'm still thinking about things like this
india hicks
Portofino, Italy

Cinque Terre, Italy  画
Lapahoe'hoe rocks & surf, Hamakua Coast, Big Island, Hawaii  The Big Island is the best!!
Beach Cottage, Jamaica
Sea Cliffs, Normandy, France
( The whole fam is dying to return to Normandy).
And I'm not just daydreaming...
I've worked out the transportation issues, too!!
Underwater train in Venice, Italy.
You prefer boats?
On our next trip to Italy, we are going here... Capo Vaticano, Italy @Karie Hayden @Leah Pinholster @Colleen Willoughby
A newer model, perhaps?
so awesome!
And if you are not crazy to be beside the water like I am then we could just go here.
giraffe manor kenya
Premium Experience #6: African Safari - Private tours to see animals in their natural habitats. Relaxing spa treatments in the evenings. Exploring authentic cuisine and beverage!
Where do you want to go?
All images and sources are on my Pinterest 'Take me There" board.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Celebrate!!! Cause We Have a Graduate!!

College Girl graduated over the weekend.
I guess we have to call her Graduate Girl now :)

It was a fun-filled weekend with friends and family.

She had her Chi Omega stole to wear and we had it monogrammed. 
(Again, I say, it's the South and a Sorority)
She had a cord in the UWG colors to represent her time 
as an Admissions Tour Guide and Ambassador.

( Mollie and Wolfie)

( She was Tour Guide of the Year!!)

But mostly, it's about the cap.
What you put on your cap says it all...

This cap speaks the truth.
Starbucks gift cards were the currency of her college life.

( Mollie's Chi O sister who is married and in NY joined us for the weekend of festivities.
It was fun for Molls to have Courtney home for the weekend!)

The ceremony was very nice - and not too long!
It started at 9 am which was crazy early since we had to leave home at 6 am but we made lunch reservations and were seated and starting a lovely lunch by 11:45. Not bad.

Then we headed home to prep for the Lowcountry Boil she requested for her party.
We had been planning and prepping for ages but due to crazy unforeseen circumstances we were waaaaay behind schedule.
My family swooped in and pitched in and we were ready for our shindig on Sunday evening!

We made a Cornhole game with the West Georgia mascot and shield on them.

We cleaned and painted our porch, did some yard work and then the fun began - decorating.
The UWG colors are red and blue and our graduation party was a couple of weeks after July 4th so we scooped up a lot of great red and blue decor on clearance!

I was having so much fun at our party that I forgot to take very many pictures
 and the ones I did take are not very good :(  Oops!

I should have taken better pictures but the hanging photo board was a hit!! We suspended it over the table so it could be viewed from both sides. I printed 91 pictures that gave an overview of Molls college experience. I printed them in black and white except for the ones where she was in school colors and then I printed those in full color. It was fun. 
I also printed a picture from the first day of preschool and kindergarten.

Mollie wanted traditional Southern desserts with her LowCountry Boil - 
Banana Pudding and Key Lime Pie. 
Neither one of those holds up or serves well to a large group in the 95 plus degree weather we've been having. So we bought these adorable little canning jars that do not have any writing on the sides and layered the desserts into them. Then once they were sealed they could be thrown into a cooler or galvanized tub full of ice.
 Everyone loved them. 
I made little signs with directions, the menu, etc. on them. 
I used cardboard and stood them in buckets and old cans we saved.

We had a Sangria Bar which was a ton of fun and I took not one single picture of - Gah!!
My mom bought the cute jars that sit either upright or tilt to one side - like old fashioned candy jars and we cut up the fruit and put in those. We set that on a chill platter insert I had.We put out red wine and a cooler of white and ice and everyone created their own concoction. Very refreshing!

 We put the "glasses" which were mason jars upside down in this metal tub.

(With The Grands as she calls them)

With her cousin, who graduated this week too :)

  We just hung out and devoured 20 pounds of shrimp and fixins!!

( Brook was so busy eating he couldn't pose for a pic!!)

Mollie nannied this little cutie for a couple of Summers!!

Sorority Sisters - the one closest in the pic is Mollie's Big!!

LCB and friends and family relaxing and chatting - 
that's how we do Graduation in the South!!

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Wanderlust, cont.

This is virtual wanderlust.
At it's best, I believe.
I have always wanted to travel,
for as long as I can remember, anywhere.
 I don't care, really.
Last week I had another great mission trip experience. Right here in good ol' Georgia.
We built an amazing wheelchair ramp and did a lot of clean-up and yard work.
 But the heat index was over 100. Yikes.
So now to relax I am dreaming of places that look like this.
I "pin" them to my " Take Me There" board on Pinterest.
Tulum Mexico Hut
I don't want to visit.
I want to move in.
And on Friday nights,
after a long week of lounging in my hammock,
I'll walk here and 'relax.'
Hartwood Tulum Restaurant
 via My Domaine

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Pack Up Your Troubles...

"Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit-Bag, and Smile,Smile, Smile."

For some reason that old WWI song popped into my head when I looked at these pictures :)

I know getting a backpack didn't end their worries/troubles 
(like if they will get enough to eat or have a dry home in the rainy season or will bugs crawl on them while they sleep on a dirt floor) 
but we sure did smile, smile, smile when we handed out backpacks.

This was our second trip to Honduras,
 so College Girl and I were a bit more clued in than last year. 
We taught VBS in the school just like last year but we changed some things up for sure!

Last year the team provided tote bags for the school children 
to put all of their projects and surprises in. 
It worked just fine but I have served on the board of Edu-Pack, a non-profit supplying school supplies to children in need for years and 
I thought that backpacks would be perfect for "our kiddos" in Honduras.

I checked in with our Director, Crawford Hitt, who said sure and he boxed up 100 backpacks, 100 pencil pouches, and a few more school supply odds and ends 
and we hauled it all to Honduras.
 (Completely worth the extra luggage fees on our hometown airlines. I would like to say that when I flew to Haiti years ago, the nice employees of American Airlines let our extra luggage slide because it was  full of supplies for children in that poor country!!)

The teachers hung them up around the room.

This little guy would not take his "mochila" off!! 
All week long they put their projects and papers in their backpacks.

This is one technique for finding your backpack :)

Getting their backpacks on the first day, putting their names on them and hanging them up was pretty exciting but nothing compared to the last day!!

They went home for their mid-morning break and we filled each backpack with a ton of surprises - healthy snacks, school supplies, a little Bible Storybook in Spanish, cars, hairbows, and a Beanie Baby!!!

We passed the backpacks out and it was so much fun.
They were so excited to get to take them home and 
once they discovered that we had filled them with goodies....oh my!!

This guy cracked me up all week.

Isn't he the cutest thing with that backpack as big as he is??

We have a history with the taking of Beanie Babies to emerging nations :)
Several years ago I packed up College Girls' 100 Beanies and hauled them to Haiti.
 They were a huge hit with children who didn't own or had possibly never owned a toy. Even the teachers at our school in Haiti fell in love with the cute little beanies.
Then just a couple of weeks before we were headed to Honduras, College Girl sat by one of her cousins at a wedding and they got to talking about the trip, the backpacks and how I took all her Beanies to Haiti. Cousin Karen said she had all of her grown daughter's Beanie Babies and would be happy for them to go to Honduras. How many did we need?? She had 90!! Perfect.
The Monday before we left we met her halfway between our homes at the Alabama state line where we swapped beanies in a Cracker Barrel parking lot and then enjoyed some veggies and iced tea!!
Those beanies made a lot of children smile, smile, smile.

And then they headed home with their backpacks full of goodies.
Some of our team members who were on building sites at the children's homes said they came home smiling and chattering to their mothers and that the moms stopped and they spread out all of their treasures to look at them and ooh and ah!!
So sweet!