A perfect summer day …

We had a great 4th of July. We have had some super fun Independence Day celebrations in the past, but yesterday was one of the best I have ever known. Then … I got questioned about it.


I’ll be honest, I am that person who can show up virtually anywhere, have fun and leave with at least one new friend. My closest friends and family can attest to this. It’s just how I roll.

Despite a change in our typical 4th of July plans, it all went without incident. We usually have a house party first then go to the park in the evening for fireworks. This year, after our neighborhood brunch, we packed up and headed to the park where we had secured a spot earlier in the morning. We stayed there for the rest of the day hanging out with family and friends, eating, relaxing and enjoying our day. It was so easy going. Things just went right. Life, and us in it, fit. I was surrounded by the people I love most, sitting in beautiful weather, celebrating our great country. Does it get much better than this? 

Perhaps I’m a simple woman. Life doesn’t need to be extravagant for me to be happy. Sure I love the details of party planning. It’s my thing. To me, it adds to my enjoyment, it doesn’t stress me out. Perhaps my attention to detail and amenability to change are too much for some folks to grasp. May “simple” doesn’t make everyone one happy. For me, a good life is directly related to the experiences I have. And I am thankful that I find it pretty easy to have a great time and connect with people. Maybe that’s not enough for some people. But it is … for me.

Well, I hope you all have a perfect summer day!!!


Proud to be an American …

It’s Independence Day! The 4 of July! I love celebrating this holiday! I feel so blessed to be a part of this beautiful country of ours. I don’t care that we aren’t perfect. The freedoms, rights and liberties that we enjoy here are priceless. I refuse to take them for granted too. I am thankful for those who have fought for them and those who continue to fight for them. To benefit so tremendously from their bravery, selflessness and sacrifice, humbles me! And no matter what turmoil we as a country may face, I will still delight in being a citizen of this great country.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are proud to be an American!!!

Finishing touches …

I absolutely LOVE party planning. It is SO MUCH FUN! With tomorrow being 4th of July and my second favorite holiday (Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday), I’m down right giddy doing our last minute preparations for the day. I LIVE for this stuff!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you add all the finishing touches!!!

The greatest shock of my life … 

I have no clue how they pulled it off but my family hid a HUGE and WONDERFUL secret from me! I found out what it was when I opened our front door a few hours ago to find Sidney standing there. I was utterly shocked! I cried like a baby and was thankful I have a strong heart (no joke)! I was taken so off guard I almost fell backward off our entryway stairs. Seeing her was like a dream come true! I keep looking at her expecting her to just disappear. But she isn’t! In fact, she will be home all week! I can’t contain my happy right now. All my babies under one roof. EEEEEEEE! My heart is completely full of joy!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you get the greatest shock of your life!!!