June 18, 2015

Thursday Thoughts

Today I'm thinking about...

...vacation! Because we are off this weekend for our annual family summer vacation! Once a year Steve convinces me to leave the safety and comfort and security of our home for an entire week. Hard to believe, right? If there were a "Homebodies Anonymous", I'd be the very first member. But seriously, we always have a wonderful time being together no matter where we are. This year we are embarking on a new adventure...a Caribbean Cruise! Steve and I have gone a few cruises years ago, but not since we added children to the mix. So we are all looking forward to a brand new adventure together. I will be in and out of range during the week, but will be back here as soon as we get home. In the meantime, have a wonderful summer week, my friends! I leave you with a peek at the past week in our little corner of the world...

We traveled to Madison's graduation last weekend, and I suddenly realized my baby has grown!
Case in point. : )
My favorite shot of my graduate. : )
Weekend trips are fun...but exhausting.
Snapchat is fun for long car rides though. : )
Once home, I was happy to resume cooking our favorites.
And Flynn was happy to get outside!
She took some beautiful pictures too. : )
We enjoyed cupcakes for breakfast...
and lazy days with our pup on the porch.
We celebrated Madison and her graduation with a dinner at our favorite Italian restaurant and some family and friends...Here she is all ready to go...
and the table all set up...
with favors all ready...yummy cookies inside...
and a beautiful and delicious lemon cake with berry filling inside. : )
With her Dad. : )
And her Grandma. : )
It was a wonderful ending to a wonderful graduation for my girl!
Summer is here, my friends!


  1. I know you are so proud of Madison and rightly so. I also hope you enjoy your vacation cruise, and will look forward to seeing pictures when you can post.

  2. I am so proud of Madison. Have fun on your trip. (and I enjoyed the pictures you posted.) Blessings

  3. Have a wonderful time on the cruise! How fun! Never been but hope to one day!
    What a nice graduation celebration - I especially love the party favors!
    Happy travels!

  4. Such a lovely graduation celebration and love the photos of your beautiful family! Have a wonderfully fun and safe trip!!
    Bon Voyage!! ;)

  5. Such beautiful photos of your beautiful family. Have a great holiday, a cruise sounds wonderful.

  6. A cruise! What fun! Looking forward to that recap post for sure! Madison's graduation looks amazing and her party so wonderful. I love the cake especially!

  7. Have fun on your cruise! I have never been on a cruise, but have always wanted to go. I will just have to live vicariously through you this upcoming week! Congratulations on Madison's graduation! Way to go Mama! :)

  8. Have a wonderful time! Can't wait to hear about it! Congrats to Madison!

  9. I hope that you have a wonderful time on your travels!!! I would be right there with you as founder member of homebodies anonymous!! I don't like going away either! xx

  10. Safe travels and enjoy your cruise! Sounds like fun. Relax and make sweet memories, my dear.

  11. Congratulations Madison! May each day be sweeter than the next! I'm sorry Billie Jo that it has taken me so long to get back to you. I am glad that you received the necklace! And you may certainly post a pic with link back to my new blog! A new home needs a new online home! I hope you visit when you get back from your cruise! http://www.myhearthstonecottage.com

  12. Congratulations to Madison and enjoy your vacation!!! xoxo

  13. ohhhhh that one of Flynn pulling her suitcase... love! And all of them, really! What a fun family vacation you are going to have! So much fun! I can't wait to hear all about it!

  14. Congratulations Madison!!

    Billie Jo--how is that mama heart of yours? Thinking about you as life changes around your home this year....

    Have a wonderful vacation!!


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Billie Jo