Sunday, July 7, 2013

Two endings and new beginnings...

 "Do not follow where the path may lead. Go, instead, where there is no path and leave a trail." 
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Helllooooo! Anyone out there?

I've been wanting to write a new post for the longest time, but mainly due to time constraints, I haven't managed to settle down long enough to do it.

The past few months have been a whirlwind of the usual end-of- the-year work responsibilities and graduation festivities. 

I am proud to say I am the parent of not one, but two recent graduates.  My youngest daughter graduated from high school in early June, and my eldest, from college just over a week later.  I am so proud of both of them, they are great kids and have worked hard in school and with extra-curricular activities.  My youngest will start college in September and my oldest plans to relocate back to where she went to school in the San Diego area.  It looks like my "nest" will be empty for the first time in my life.  Lots to think about and get used to for sure.

To celebrate both graduations, I hosted a dual grad party, it seemed the best way to commemorate the accomplishments of both girls with family and friends.  Although the weather turned out much hotter than I would have liked, we had a lovely evening. 

I spent the better part of almost two weeks planning and preparing, but throwing parties is definitely something I truly enjoy.  Being creative and fine tuning all the little details is something I am passionate about, so what may seem crazy and far too time-consuming to some, is something I relish.

Here are a few pictures of the party, even though most have been taken on my phone camera, you get the idea.

I made the majority of my decorations, and had some of them saved from my oldest daughter's party 4 years ago. I neatly packed it all away knowing I could use it again.  I have mostly white accessories in my house and garden so that whatever holiday or party it is, I can just add accents of color and it looks like more than what's really there.  I spent several days spray painting some old tables, and chairs that had been given to me and that I've had for years, it made it look like I had a bunch of "new" furniture, but it was all just transformed with paint.  

The beautiful buffet you see in the pictures was given to me by a friend a few weeks ago and I stayed up til 1:30am painting it before the party, I had a vision of it white and I just had to have it done. It probably need one more coat, but it looked fine for the party.

The day after the party, I took everything down, as much as I loved the yellow and white in my house and garden, to prepare for 4th of July which I've been decorating for the past 15 years.  We live downtown, so there is a fireworks display we can see from our front yard and every year we have friends over to eat dessert, snacks, and watch the fireworks.  Those pics will maybe be my  next post.

There is so much more I'd like to say, but for now this is enough for you all to read.


  1. Congratulations on both daughters' graduations! Happy to see a post from you. Hope all is well...

  2. How proud you must be of your beautiful girls! You did an amazing job with the party, everything looks so bright and cheerful!!! It's amazing what some white paint can do:)

    My boys are grown and doing their own thing also, it's quite an adjustment and I find myself thinking of their younger years but also, it's been liberating in many ways!

    You must be so proud of the young women you've raised and I'm sure they will continue to make you proud:)

  3. Lisa, how great to see an update from you. :)

    Congratulations to both your graduates--and to you too, because I know how much work and sacrifice and "heart" you've put into their success, as well.

    What a gorgeous party. Your yard and patio are a wonderland, so dreamy and serene-looking, as always, and the decorations and photos and signed frames and all the other details are just perfect. I bet everyone had a blast. :)

    Yes, many adjustments for you all, but I'm so glad you all have each other. There is so much love in your life together. ♥♥

    Love and Best Wishes, and Congrats Again!

    ~ Val

  4. So wonderful to see a new post! Congratulations to your family! You have such a wonderful talent and I hope you continue to post!


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