Monday, May 25, 2015

Happy Memorial Day!!

 We are getting ready for a Memorial Day cook-out!  We are grilling ribs, chicken, and corn along with several side dishes and homemade strawberry cake.  I hope each of you enjoy a wonderful day with family and friends.  May we never forget the heroes who put their lives on the line each day to protect our freedoms!  We are blessed to live in the land of the free because of the BRAVE!!

I have a simple centerpiece out for the summer.  It is perfect for Memorial Day to the Fourth of July.  I have to admit, I have a "thing" for traditional read, white, and blue tablescapes.  Just for fun, I thought I would re-share a few of favorites from years past.  




In other news, Seth ended school on Thursday so we are planning our "Summer of Fun!" It's my first official summer as a stay-at-home-mom.  We are all pretty excited!! We are making a list of fun and even silly things to do this summer.  We hope to attend another MLB game, make smores, and begin a family devotional time to our daily routine.  A few "musts" made the list as well such as Seth's summer reading for school.  

Again, Happy Memorial Day!  

Thanks for visiting Buttercup Bliss! 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Our roses have been blooming like crazy!! 

Hi! I don't know about you, but things have been busy around here!  This post is full of random, rambling thoughts - a"catching-up" post, if you will. Don't you just love this time of year?  I always say that Fall is my favorite season, but Spring is pretty spectacular too!  It has been raining quite a bit, but we have been busy as bees sprucing up our back yard.  We have worked on the landscaping for the front of the house since we moved in last summer, but we have recently started to work on our small backyard and patio.  My husband truly enjoys working in the yard and I am truly thankful for that blessing.  My daddy gave me a rocker that was my mother's to add to our outdoor space.  I am going to paint it a bright, happy green. It will look so cheerful with all of the colorful plants.  I am not sure that Jon is completely sure about the pink and green color scheme I have planned.  

 The pansies have been so pretty this year.  It is 
almost time to replace them with petunias and vincas. 

I never got around to sharing our Easter table; however, I found the pics on my phone and decided to share them even though Easter is over.  Remove the eggs and grass, and voila! - a pretty spring table! Of course, I began with my Wedgewood Strawberry and Vine dishes. For an accent plate, I found these wonderful Lenox salad plates that are the perfect colors for spring.  Our silver made an appearance for Easter.  Simple white napkins tied with large  "ric-rac"ribbon complete the look. 

Pink, blue, yellow and mint green - pretty spring colors! 

This pretty yellow table runner is a Home Goods find.  The Gail Pittman eggs belonged to my mother. She had quite a collection. I have had the white tray for several years.
 It is my "go-to" tray for many tablescapes. The white bunny cookie jar is so cute and simple! My husband and I found it at Cracker Barrel on one of our breakfast dates. 

One of my favorite new things is my little coffee station.  I placed the items on a silver tray that belonged to my mom.  A few of my favorite Ironstone pieces were put to use as well.  My friend, Ashley, of Ashley Anthony Artwork, painted a precious little picture to hang above the coffee station.  Ashley is super talented.  You may find her work in stores and boutiques around the south.  You may also follow her on Instagram (ashleyanthonyartwork) and FB (Ashley Anthony Artwork). 

Seth has been playing a lot of baseball.  He loves it so much.  He was asked to join a travel team in January and he is having a blast!  He played on a city league team and a tournament team when we lived in Alabama. We were so excited when he and Jon were practicing at a local park when a member of a team saw them and began talking baseball.  A few days and practices later, and Seth was asked to join the team.  You would have thought he had been drafted by the MLB!  As a mama, I dearly love to watch him play. For someone who always pictured little bow-headed girls in smocked or monogrammed dresses, I am having a blast!  This boy is the best thing that ever happened to me. We spent Mother's Day out of town playing baseball.  I wouldn't have it any other way.

In other news, today Jon and I are celebrating our 14th anniversary.  We are planning a special date tonight.  I know it is such a cliche', but the past 14 years have flown by.  We have been through so much as a couple: from our home being destroyed in Katrina, to my precious mother battling and ultimately passing away from colon cancer, to Jon's sweet daddy passing away, to suffering a heartbreaking miscarriage.  It has truly made us stronger!  We laugh sometimes and say, "If we made it through all of this, there is nothing we can't overcome."  I am so blessed to have Jon as my husband.  He is a wonderful father, a hard worker, and he takes such good care of our family.  We have enjoyed this past year so much!   He now works from home, as do I (part-time) so we are together every day.  After years of working full time and commuting each day, this time we get to spend together is such a gift! We are enjoying this wonderful new phase of our lives.  

I will be back soon to share our "refreshed" outdoor spaces! 

Thank you for visiting Buttercup Bliss,