Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Sweet Daisy

Here are some recent photos of sweet Daisy. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Lily's Day

On Lily's 16th birthday, we spent the day together--just the two of us. We shopped at MacArthur Center and had a small lunch. She got a couple of dresses at Nordstrom's and a few items from Target. It was such a nice afternoon together. 

That evening she opened half of her gifts and then we met family at PF Changs for dinner. After dinner, we enjoyed some yummy red velvet cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory at my sister's house. 

After cake, it was back home to open the remaining gifts.  I think she was happy with her presents. Although her day was spent in a slightly different and unusual way for a 16 year old, I still think she enjoyed herself. And I'm so happy to have such a kind, charming, and loving daughter. 

Kitchen Redo

When we bought our house we realized there would be a few things that would need redoing. We tackled the bathroom right away and took care of carpeting the stairs. Our final area to remodel was the kitchen. 

We chose to remove a wall unit oven and microwave and replace it with a tall cabinet. 

View of the kitchen when the former owners were living here

Old and outdated wall unit with oven and microwave

We also removed a cabinet and replaced with a slide in oven/stove combo and a microwave above. The remodel meant that we would need to have part of the granite counter top removed and a portion of a cabinet removed. 

Taking out the countertop and stovetop and removed the cabinets.

The process was a little slow due to some unforeseen events. But by the time the whole thing was done, we were thrilled with the results. 

New microwave and slide in oven/stove.

Cabinet installed in the wall where the former oven and microwave were

Outlet in cabinet
Slide out drawers

Cabinet with a view to the hallway
Inside of cabinet

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Birthday Girl at 16

It is beyond difficult for me to wrap my head around the fact that my sweet baby girl is 16 today. In the past five months she has shown me what incredible inner strength she possesses. Lily is personable, caring, loving, and charming. 

Lily is funny and witty and has a way with words. She makes me laugh all the time. 

I love being her mom and I'm so grateful that we have such a good relationship. 

Happy, happy birthday to my lovable Lily!

Monday, May 09, 2016


My sweet family surprised me with a great 50th birthday party a week ago. They invited all the people, created awesome decorations, and showered me with love. 

My sister made the yummiest food and it was all so fun. I'm a lucky lady!

This was part of the awesome decorations. So cute. 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Birthday Fun

My birthday was on Sunday and the girls did such a great job of decorating and making me feel so special. It was great day spent with my family and dinner at my sister's house. A perfect way to start my 50th year!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Carpet Runner on the Stairs

When we moved into this house we inherited a set of stairs that were creaky. They also were bare hardwood steps that I found a bit slippery and dangerous. The combination of creaky and dangerous made me think we should add a carpet runner on the stairs. 

Realty photo of previous owners' decor 

We chose a neutral colored carpet with a faint diamond pattern from Lowe's and had it installed. The carpet is comfy and has made the stairs much less squeaky (a bonus late at night). I'm so glad we decided to do this and I love the look. 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Restaurants in Virginia Beach

If you are planning to travel to Virginia Beach this summer I have a list of some of my favorite local restaurants. In no particular order, here they are:

Bubba's Awesome she crab soup and perfect view. Casual

Doc Taylor's Cute house turned restaurant with yummy breakfast, burgers, and sandwiches on 23rd Street. Casual


Y Not Pizza Terrific Italian in a fun environment. Casual/Family

Citrus Delicious breakfast at two locations in the area. Featured on Diners, Drive In, and Dives. Casual

Sunrise Cafe Another great breakfast spot. Casual

Beach Pub Locals atmosphere with great seafood and burgers. Casual

Big Sam's  Restaurant on the water serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Casual

Simple Eats Cute eclectic feel with farm to table options. Casual

Rockafellers Seafood and beautiful view are highlighted at this restaurant. Casual to Dressy

Chicho's Pizza Awesome spicy pizza at the beach. Casual

501 The best Michelob shrimp served with their signature sauce. Casual to Dressy

Aldo's Upscale Italian that also features my favorite focaccia bread. Dressy

Coastal Grille Delicious unique food options with the best wedge salad! Dressy

Jenna's Small restaurant serving yummy pita sandwiches and other tasty Greek dishes. Casual

Tubby's Tavern Restaurant/bar with great burgers and appetizers. Casual

Check out these delicious food spots when you're in the area. You won't be disappointed.