Wednesday, July 08, 2020

July 4th Outfit With The Style Six

Well, July 4th 2020 will forever go down in the history books as "bleh" due to Corona. I never thought back in April and May that we would pretty much be wearing masks every time we stepped away from our home. Life is certainly different and for this American Girl that totally loves celebrating Independence Day, it was a little disappointing. More on that in a future post. 
A few weeks ago, I was cleaning out some drawers and boxes of summer clothes that I hadn't worn in years. I had a huge pile that I ended up taking to Plato's Closet (and THAT's another story for another future post!), but I came across this navy wrap around blouse that I had forgotten about but remember loving so much.
I decided to pair it with some red shorts and leopard sandals for July 4th and while I was out earlier that day, running errands, I got several compliments on my outfit. Totally love how it came together and that I was able to shop my closet and come up with something red, white, and blue (and leopard!) for one of  my favorite holidays. 
Oh! And I can't forget the wonderful little happy that arrived in the mail just a few days before the holiday. It was these perfect red, white, and blue earrings from my precious friend, Kellyann! I'm actually wearing them in the bottom two pics, of course, but unfortunately you can't see them because of my hair. 
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Friday, July 03, 2020

This One's For The Scrapbook

Wow! It's hard to believe that our summer is nearly over! July 4th normally marks the "other side" of summer and the count down to going back to school begins. Having said that, I ran into a friend at the grocery store a few weeks ago and she said that we've basically been in summer mode since March and I guess she's right about that since we've been out of school that long. Some days it feels like forever and some days, it feels like we just started. 

Today I'm sharing a few things that we've done for the first half of summer 2020. The time has gone by oh so fast. It's important to me to document these things for our online family scrapbook. A few nights ago, Alise asked me a question about something that had happened when she was around two years old and when I asked her how she knew about that, she said, "Oh, I was just reading your blog last night." Made my heart smile. And then I thought, "Yep! She's leading a pretty boring life right now if she's resorted to reading our family blog."

I guess the biggest thing that's happened this summer is that Alise took Driver's Ed and passed both the written and the driving. She absolutely loved her driving instructor, but I have to admit that the day she told me she would be driving on interstate, I got a little nervous! We're waiting to pick up her packet from the driving school and then it's back to the DMV for her permit, which means she can drive as long as there is an adult in the vehicle with her. On this particular day, we waited for over three hours at the DMV to get her TIP card. 
Basketball practice has kept us pretty busy. Alise has practice four days a week for two hours. Due to Corona, the team is limited to what they can do, but she has managed to get her mile run under the 9 minute requirement. Coach also asked her to help with the girls' camp a few weeks ago and she loved working with the little girls. It's hard to believe that she use to be one of them!

We have found a new Sno-Ball dive and have been taking full advantage of if so far this summer. It's worth the drive and VERY long lines! 
We have visited our local Farmer's Market several times and stocked up on fresh veggies. Fresh, grilled sweet corn, squash, green beans, and tomato bacon sandwiches have been staples on our weekly menu. 
I introduced Alise to one of my favorite musicals one Friday night, but she wasn't impressed. Imagine that. She said, "They sang too much!" Insert eye roll. We met my friend, Mer, at a small, historic theater in Wayne's hometown to watch "Grease" on the big screen. Of course, Mer and I sang along the whole time, much to Alise's own eye rolls. So fun to finally get to see "Grease" on the big screen even if my fifteen year old wasn't thrilled.
Wayne is still in the bee business and at least once a week, has to "catch a hive." One Saturday night, we went with him and I thought we were going to get shot because of the area of town we were in. This creepy guy actually came out of his house to the car that Alise, a friend of hers, and myself were waiting in. Thank goodness he ended up being nice about it and Wayne showed up about that time, too. Scared me to death! We now actually have some honeycomb.
I've said good-bye to my gardenias for the summer. Sigh.
We took a road trip one Sunday to Jackson to eat at my favorite restaurant and let Alise blow off some shopping steam. She had some birthday money that was burning a hole in her cut offs, but now that I think about it, I think everything she got that day, I actually bought. That's usually how it works. 

We celebrated Father's Day with my parents. Wayne fried fish and we had the works! 

There's been lots of reading, podcast listening, walking, swimming, tanning, working from home, raft resting (as I like to call it), al fresco suppers, late night brownie baking parties, and even more teenager giggles and laughter. Sometimes I feel like we own a revolving door. Alise went to the lake one weekend with a group of her PVA friends. We went for pedicures one afternoon. I still get together with friends from time to time for lunch or dinner. I've tried some new recipes and began intermittent fasting. We got to visit with my brother and his new girlfriend last weekend. 

Unfortunately, our Governor did not allow Louisiana to enter Phase 3 a few weeks ago, so we are on Round 2 of Phase 2. I wasn't surprised by the mandate, just disappointed. The Covid cases in our area have only plateaued. We get out when we need to, but we wear our masks. We've been to a few restaurants that aren't known for their busyness and have enjoyed drive thru/pick up food from time to time, but for the most part, we've stayed home. I am headed back into the office on July 13th and I'm looking forward to it. It's time. Time to regain a little bit of normalcy again.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Red, White, Blue & You 2020

                         
Hello Friends!

I know! It's been a while! But what better way to pop in and celebrate one of my favorite holidays than linking up with my sweet Style Six Sisters!?

I absolutely LOVE the 4th of July! I tend to be a proud American Girl and enjoy decorating our home every summer with red, white, and blue. I especially love our beloved American flag and you'll find lots of them throughout our living room, pool and cook shack areas, and across our front porch. 
 
One of my favorite ways to decorate with flags is by sticking some in my flower pots. Love, love, LOVE this patriotic POP around the pool. You may remember from last year that I also like to stick them in my ferns. I got that idea from Amy Hannon, who I just absolutely adore! You can check out last year's post by clicking here
If it were left up to me, I would have flags in the flower beds across the front of our house, but Wayne thinks that may be a little overkill. Instead, we compromised on two huge banners. And they are huge! We bought them from Amazon last year and we joke that they are Walt Disney sized banners. I'm trying to talk him in to buying a few more. 

We recently dined al fresco - which is one of my favorite things to do in the summer! - and I brought out this arrangement for the table. Love how the setting sun is hitting the flags. 
It normally sits on our sofa table in the living room, but I brought it out to go with THIS! Our small version of a 4th of July charcuterie board! Small because it was just Wayne and I enjoying it that night since Alise was over at a friend's house. It was the perfect evening with songs from Pandora's Michael Buble Station (which I love!), the hanging lights, and a glass of wine. 
Earlier this summer, I made this gorgeous thang, which was a fun twist on a family favorite dessert. I just decided to present it in a trifle bowl instead of the normal 13 x 9 pan. Sometimes sheet cakes can be pretty boring, so I like to change things up from time to time. I enjoy making layered cakes so I can put them on my grandmother's cake pedestal. 
                
Last but not least, mom and I have been working on a project for the last few weeks and we finished it this weekend, just in time for the holiday! My dad even got in on the project with helping us with the staple gun. I've been wanting to make a vintage, shabby chic American flag for a few years now, so I guess you can call this my "quarantine project." I need to add one more polka dot ribbon, but I absolutely LOVE how it turned out!!
Happy 4th of July, Friends! 
  
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Wednesday, June 03, 2020

Happy Birthday Kellyann With The Style Six

Even though I'm taking a little blog break this summer, I absolutely could NOT let today pass without a shout out to our BIRTHDAY GIRL!! Happiest of Birthdays to you, Kellyann!  I love you and hope your day is as special as you are and that your next year is filled with much love and happiness!
If you've been hanging out with us for a while, then you probably already know how much we love our Florida girl! If you haven't had a chance to visit Kellyann yet, click here to visit her blog. You will absolutely love her as much as we do! 

Kellyann is the ever bubbly girl in our group that loves everything pink and I just adore her! She has a such a fun sense of humor and a laugh that is so contagious! This darling friend is also a school counselor and is so full of wisdom and advice. I'm so thankful to have a wise friend who is always in my corner. And someone that can organize Zoom meetings is always a plus, too! 

And most recently, here are some pics from our latest trip in Austin and Waco last Fall that I don't think I've shared before. I will never forget getting off the plane in Austin and hearing my name being called from across the terminal. I was looking for Kellyann's blonde hair, but she wore a hat and I couldn't find her. Such a fun memory of seeing her first in Texas! 

And THESE TWO Girlies live on opposite coasts, but that doesn't stop them from being the best of friends! With the exception of Kellyann trying to steal Lisa's clothes all the time.  I mean, literally! We found Lisa's jeans in Kellyann's suitcase! She's such the thief!  Ha ha! 
Kellyann is a cut up and loves to have FUN! She never misses an opportunity to smile, or laugh, or to be kind to someone. If you read her blog post on Monday, then you know she's a rule breaker, too, when it comes to fashion and this Girlie is oh-so fashionable and looks wonderful in anything she wears. I've taken lots of cues from her style book over the last few years! She is so inspiring and her insta-stories from her front porch are my favorites! 

This picture was taken the last day of our trip in the airport when we were all headed home. We were so sad to say good-bye, but alas, I do say there may be another Style Six trip in our near future. I sure hope so! 
Continuing to pray for our country as I hope you are, too. We ALL matter and we are ALL precious in His sight. What our country needs most right now is Jesus. 



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Friday, May 29, 2020

Friday Favorites ~ Happy Birthday Alise!

I have a confession: I've been to our new laundromat twice this week. Our comforters, duvets, and curtains haven't been this clean in an awfully long time and it feels so good. It's been years since I've been to a laundromat and let me just say that I was very impressed with these new machines. Each trip only lasted about an hour and that's only because I double dried everything. Those 20 minute machines were awesome! Another item marked off the Covid-19 To Do List!

As I mentioned on Wednesday, we had a pretty big celebration on Tuesday night featuring our new fifteen year old. Alise wanted to keep things simple this year with a small pool party with her friends and a family dinner out on her actual birthday so that's exactly what we did! She wanted a small cookie cake and chocolate cupcakes. Alise actually dipped and decorated the strawberries herself after getting some inspiration from Pinterest.  I thought she did a great job! 

Baby Girl has spent her week in Driver's Ed. She hasn't been happy about getting up early (class starts at 7:30am!), but it's a rite of passage and it was her time. I told her that she would be thankful that she went ahead and got it out of the way. I'm still trying to fathom my kid being old enough to actually drive a car - by herself! - this time next year. 


We realized at the restaurant, when we put the "one" and "five" candles on her cookie, that we could "repurpose" the candles in July for Wayne's birthday since he will be 51.  We had a great laugh about that! I thought it was kinda neat that they were both able to use the same numbers in the same year, just in reverse.

I know I've said it before, but we are so proud of our Girl. Alise is a great kid with a heart for others and always tries to do the right thing. God is doing amazing things in her life and it has been an adventure the last fifteen years watching her grow and become the wonderful young lady that she is. Raising a daughter has been fun, and sometimes challenging, but I wouldn't change it for anything. I'm trying to savor these last three years and enjoy the moments.  

Other favorites this week...

My gardenias are blooming and they are so fragrant this year. Every other day, I am cutting and bringing in new blossoms to put in the kitchen and beside my bed. Gardenias just scream summer to me! 
Alise and I visited Hippie Chicks Sno Balls one afternoon. She got the Strawberry Cheesecake Sundae and I got the Ruston Peach Sno Ball. Both were absolutely perfect for a rather warm afternoon.  Our days here in Louisiana are certainly heating up fast! 
And yes!!  That's a nice sized slice of cheesecake hanging out of that jar with the biggest strawberry I think I've ever seen!

I mentioned on Wednesday that I'm totally in to dresses this summer. Last week, I picked up this cute baby doll tee shirt dress at Target when I saw it on a rack all alone and it just happened to be a size medium.  I never get that lucky, but because it was all by itself, I decided it had my name written all over it. 
The cotton is a little thinner than I normally prefer, but it is so comfortable and perfect as a day dress. I love it and it will be on constant repeat this summer.

Have a great weekend, Friends! I'll be in and out this summer in Blog Land and social media.  I'm taking a little break and continuing to enjoy our new relaxed routine. I hope you and your family have found your new rhythm of renewal as well. 

Blessings always!