Tuesday, December 21, 2010

White Wednesday #9

It has been many years since I have visited Roger's Gardens at Christmas time.
I really don't have a reason except for the fact that every December
is the craziest, busiest month for us.
The girls' dance performances - there's 3 of them,
not to mention the extra rehearsals.
The millions (OK maybe not millions, but it might as well be)
of Christmas parties and family gatherings,
our anniversary,
and everything else that goes on during Christmas time.

But ever since I saw this picture of this awesome decked out tree,
I knew I had to see it in person.
We also have been meaning to take the kids
to see the GINORMOUS Christmas tree they put up
at Fashion Island every year.
And we also wanted to watch the boats go by
at Balboa, all lit up with their Christmas lights.

And even thought it has been POURING rain,
we decided to still make the drive.

So, get ready...here's the awesome tree...

Isn't it just BeaUtiFul?!?!
I told you it was awesome!

Wait till you see the price tag...
NOT so awesome.

In case you can't see it,

I'm sure you're thinking what I'm thinking...

I can sooo do that myself.
And for MUCH less money, to say the least.

But it still is beautiful, and to be fair,
it probably stands about 4 feet tall I'd say.
I have no idea how many pieces of rhinestone jewels
adorne this tree but most of the time I can find
nice ones for about a buck a piece.
If there were a thousand or so on it,
I guess that would cost a pretty penny.
So maybe next year I'll try to do one a tad bit smaller.

They also had many, many other brilliantly, sparkling ornaments on several trees.

I also loved all of these glittered out girlie ornaments and crowns.
Aren't they so sweet?
 These huge cherubs were also completely covered in
a creamy, sparkly glitter from head to toe.

And yes, these gigantic, life size reindeer,
also covered in that glitter.

I really, really, really loved this huge
decorative oval piece.
I didn't even bother to ask the price.

Aren't these just so super pretty?
Other than the decked out $4000. tree,
These soldered creations were my favorite.
I've been wanting to learn to solder crystals for a while now
and I think I'll be getting my chance very soon.

Even through the trecherous rain,
we did make it to the HUMONGOUS tree at Fashion Island.

Unfortunately, we didn't make it to see the boats and
even though we were all completely soaked,
the kids had a great time!

Happy White Wednesday everyone!

Be sure to check out all the fun whites at Faded Charm.

Thank you again Kathleen for faithfully hosting WW!

If I don't get a post in before CHRISTmas,

I'm wishing everyone a  wonderful

Oh, I also have a little tease...
I see that I am gently approaching,
dare I say,

I'm thinking a GIVEAWAY would be appropriate
to celebrate my humble accomplishment.

I know there's lots of blogs out there with
hundreds and even thousands of followers but
I am truly, truly grateful and exicited to reach 100!

More details on that later.

Go and have a Merry CHRISTmas and
Happy New Year with your loved ones.
Hold them tightly.

And remember, JESUS is the reason for the season.

Sincerest CHRISTmas blessings to everyone!


Thursday, December 16, 2010

Crash Into Me...Baby

Four years ago....

my Baby crashed into me.

Or maybe I crashed into him.

And 5 1/2 months later we were married.

It was a cold and rainy day, much like today.

 As the girls were dancing and playing,
our poor guests were shivering outside.

Macy was 5

and little Grace was just 2 years old.

My best friend, Tina, of 25 years
was about to become my sister-in-law.

Dad and Mom.

Laughin' it up with my Dad.

Still Daddy's little girl.

I couldn't wait see my Man

as he patiently waited for me in the freezing cold.

Almost there...


Right where I want to be.

Always my favorite shot of any Bride and Groom,
after the I Do's, it's official.
We did it!
We are Husband and Wife.

My girls have a Daddy again.
That loves them with ALL his heart.

Introducing Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Duffy.

Now I've got my ball,
I've got my chain,
tied to me tight,
tie me up again.

Sweet like candy to my soul,
Sweet you rock
and sweet you roll.
Lost for you, I'm so lost for you.

You come crash into me,
and I come into you.
I come into you,
in a boys dream.

Now this is unconditional love of family.
Gary's Mom and Sister,
so happy for me and with me.

Off we go under the sparkles!

I certainly did not think
after what I had been through,
that I could be so happy again.

It was actually me
that crashed into him.
Yes, I made the first move.

I was a young widow that thought
I was perfectly fine on my own
with my 2 girls.

Then the Lord opened my eyes
to someone I'd known for over 25 years.
Someone he had saved for me, just me and my girls.

He's always had a dream of the marriage and family he wanted.
But he didn't think he'd ever have it.
He had just made an agreement with God that
he would be happy staying single rather than "settle".

That's when I crashed into him.

Hence, our song...

When you come crash into me, baby
And I come into you
In a boys dream
In a boys dream

Happy 4th Anniversary Baby!