Thursday, January 30, 2014

Snow Days and Family Fun!

Seth  ~ doing "the wave:" at the Senior Bowl!

We have enjoyed several days of family fun this past few weeks.    My husband's job requires him to work on Saturday so having him home for family time is such a treat!! A few weeks ago we celebrated Seth's 11th birthday.  Because his birthday fell on a Wednesday, the celebration stretched over several days.  We had a special dinner on his actual birthday. On Friday evening we went to Carrabbas to kick off the weekend when his best buddy, Jonathon, came to visit. On Saturday, the boys enjoyed bowling and playing laser tag.  They also enjoyed a long shopping trip to Dick's Sporting Goods (That is such a guy thing!!  I spent part of the time at Pier One!) We also had dinner in Daphne at Champy's where we dined on the best fried chicken I have every had in my life!!  

Our favorite neighbors came to visit on Saturday morning.  The boys were thrilled! 

This past Saturday, we attended the Reese's Senior Bowl. Our little football fanatic had a blast!!!

Warming Up

The Saintsations and the Azalea Trail Maids were on hand for the exciting day! 

This week's weather in the deep south allowed us more family time!  Yes!!  We are now in our third SNOW DAY!!  This very seldom happens in coastal Mississippi/Alabama!!  It is technically "ice", but trust me, the children here do not care!!  It is white and it is on the ground!! Children and grown ups alike are making "ice men", sledding, and generally have a ball!!!  

Yes, he is wearing a football helmet to play in the "wintry mix"! 

We are so blessed that we were safe at home during this very rare event.  The news is full of stories of people who were stranded in their cars for many hours.  My brother in law's dear friend was stuck in his car in Atlanta for over 24 hours.  The goodness of people was so clear during this time as stories emerged of strangers delivering food and water, inviting people into their homes, etc.  

Photo: The Bay is frozen around the edges.  Quite a rare occurrence !
Mobile Bay is beginning to freeze. 

The beach in a frozen state....

I think our bougainvillea may not survive! On a funny note, 
Seth was recreating the scene from "A Christmas Story"! 
 He had us laughing like crazy as he recited the lines...."Stuck, stuck, help! Don't leave me!" 

Stay warm dear friends!! We  are about to play another round of Uno and drink hot chocolate!! 


Saturday, January 18, 2014

Window Shopping and Wishful Thinking!!

Oh! My! Goodness!!  

Today I went to one of my very favorite stores, Antiques at the Loop!  It is the most wonderful store!  I truly could stay in there for hours, but, alas, I usually have my little one with me so I have my path through the vast space down to a science.  After visiting so many times I have my several booths that I hurry to immediately.  Usually my first stop is the area with vintage Ironstone.  Today in a booth nearby I found six American Fostoria salad/dessert plates.  They are so sweet and will be a good addition to my growing collection.  And at only thirty-six dollars. they are an inexpensive treasure!! 

Here are some other BEAUTIFUL items that I would dearly love to own, but, they are a little too costly for a random Saturday afternoon of antiquing.  I did inquire, however, and lay-away is offered!! Hmmm.... Maybe I will own one of these beauties soon!  

These are the most amazing chairs I have seen in quite a while -  absolutely beautiful! There was a sign that said a table was arriving soon and would be sold separately * swoon* !!  

My husband does not understand why I am so in love with this cow picture. 
 I can't explain it, but I love it.  What is not to love?  The sweet face and chippy frame make me smile! 

Isn't he beautiful?

I immediately loved this picture of the Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.  I have a small oil painting of Cavaliers, but this large one would be lovely somewhere in my home.  They look just like our fur babies, Bentley and Clarabel. 

Aren't these bunnies adorable?  

Don't you just love to window shop?  I could amuse myself for hours rambling through stores and planning where I would place a perfect piece of furniture or exquisite artwork.  In the end though, I am happy to leave with my new treasure to add to my collection and lots of pictures to leaf through when I am day dreaming about decorating! 

Thanks for visiting Buttercup Bliss,

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Hope for the New Year

Happy New Year!  I hope this finds you happy and healthy as we begin 2014! Have you made a New Year's resolution?  I have never really made resolutions other than the vague “lose weight” or “eat healthier” ; however,  for a few years I chose a hymn as my words to live by for the upcoming year. It is truly wonderful what you can learn by studying the words of hymns.  You may read those posts here and here.  Last week my husband, Jon, sent me a message with a quote from Charles Swindoll.  He said, “This needs to be our view of whatever may come in 2014.”  The quote was: Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.   I immediately agreed with him!  I am not proud to admit that 
sometimes I dwell in the “if onlys” of life: (“If only my mom had not gotten cancer”, “If only I hadn't had a miscarriage”, etc.) This is not a good thing to do.  Dwelling on things that happened in the past rob us of the joy to be found in our present circumstances.  As we begin 2014, I am determined to choose my attitude about things that happen very carefully.  I am going to strive to be positive and hopeful about the future!  I know that whatever happens in my life is part of God’s plan for me.  I know I will have to make a conscious decision each and every day to trust and believe that everything is going to be fine – better than fine!   I will choose an attitude of happiness, contentment, thankfulness, forgiveness, hope, and joy.  I will also remember Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to those who love the Lord,  to those who are the called according to His purpose. Even things we do not understand are used for OUR good.  I know this in my heart to be true! Yes, even losing my mother and other experiences that were devastating at the time, were all working together for good. Looking back I know that God used those times to draw me closer to Him. 

Here are several other pearls of wisdom from Charles Swindoll that resonated with me.  I hope they may help you too!

 “If you allow it, suffering can be the means by which God brings you His greatest blessings.”

“Joy is a deeply felt contentment that transcends difficult circumstances and derives maximum enjoyment from every good experience.”

“We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn't come naturally. It's a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.”

The pursuit of happiness is a matter of is a positive attitude we choose to express. It is not a gift delivered to our door each morning, nor does it come through the window. And it is certain that our circumstances are not the things that make us joyful. If we wait for them to get just right, we will never laugh again.”

Happy New Year!

Blessings from Buttercup Bliss