Sunday, May 30, 2010

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

I hope that you have great plans this weekend! We always enjoy entertaining friends, with a great group we have...the utter chaos of 11 kids running around like crazy makes me so happy...and at the end of the day, after the pool has mellowed them all out, it is a wonderful feeling.
I am so happy to be able to "chill", I don't know why, as a parent, the end of the school year has got to have so much crammed into it. Between that and getting orders done, I haven't had any time to visit all of you wonderful blogger friends, and I miss the visits! Seven and a half days of school, and a brown belt test in karate for my son, and then I will be sitting pretty by the pool and be all over the web :)
Enjoy your days!
Nathalie
image...Ellen Long, my house

Monday, May 24, 2010

Time for Sweet Magnolias

Our first magnolia bloom of the year opened yesterday...Heaven!
Hope your week is starting off so sweetly...
Nathalie

Friday, May 21, 2010

Leaping into the Weekend

This is where I will be all weekend...poolside!
I hope you all enjoy yours whatever you do...
So many great comments on my girlie post (by the way this is my other girlie that keeps me sane every day ...Alba!)
There is something so wonderful and strong about females and family, the bonds that we have.
Treasures!
Happy weekend,
Nathalie

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Girl Time...

I just enjoyed a visit with my Mother, that was much too short. It was on her way back from spending time with her Mother, helping my Grandmother recouperate from hip surgery. I spend my days surrounded by endless testosterone...I LOVE my boys, but grew up surounded by only women. I think somehow this visit was such a close link in the bond that we all share, that it really stands out. Perhaps it was the boxes of history that came my way and I have been wandering around trying to find homes for. All I know is that these women that make up my family are all so special, and I love them dearly!

Four generations...yes that's me in the bonnet...I never did like white!




My only sister and I...miss you!


My Mother had shipped 12 boxes on Greyhound, of my Grandmother's china, crystal, a set of Encyclopedias from the sixties. It was such a special time unpacking these together when she got here, and thinking about where they had been, where they will live now, and where they will end up in the future. I only hope and pray that I will have a daughter in law that will treasure the past of our family.



Together we unpacked the china...




And the crystal , that is now sparkling...


She helped me do a class board for my son....




Who is now cruising off into his future...where does the time go?



I do wish I had my Grandmother, Mother, and Sister here always. We talk every day but it is not the same as sharing the little joys of daily life. And I LOVE my boys, but, then, I am a girlie girl and miss my girls.


xox
to all of the special women out there






Saturday, May 15, 2010

Brightened My Day!

I was thrilled to be included in this lovely Treasury on Etsy today! Unfortunately I don't know how to "post" it, I wish I did it is so visually stunning!

Monday, May 10, 2010

Cruising in Style, the Guccissima Way

I couldn't help but pass on Gucci's latest that Rachel had on her Zoe Report today...
For a mere $6365 you can be cruising in ultimate style, covered with the Gucci logo all over, per certo! The bell is even engraved with the Gucci logo ( i wonder if that is available on it's own?)...but what I really like is the sound of the guccissima leather handlebar, seat, and seat pack that it comes with. I could just see myself on the streets of Roma, having the time of my life...until I needed a rest stop...I think you need a bodyguard with this to keep an eye on it, a bike lock simply will not suffice!
Chocolate brown for me per favore...
Also in white...visit Gucci for more information.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day!

To all of you moms out there...

A few excerpts from "Mother Nurture," Life Lessons from the Mothers of America's Best and Brightest, by Stephanie Hirsch...

"We learn from difficulties and obstacles. If you always spoil your children, you will weaken their character, instead of strengthening it.

Nena Thurman, mother of Uma Thurman

"Never lose your inner child"

Leah Adler, mother of Steven Spielberg

"Children may not always seem to do what you say, but they always seem to imitate what you do"

Helene Shalotsky, mother of Dr. Rubi Ludwig

" Children have to have some boundaries, but do not knock the poetry out of the soul"

Gloria Allred. mother of Lisa Bloom

"If you shelter your children, you don't really do them any favors"

Linda Armstrong Kelly, mother of Lance Armstrong

" You can't box your children in. If they don't follow the road you had planned for them in your head, get yourself a new map and buckle up for an unpredictable, sometimes terrifying, and hopefully wonderful journey."

Nancy Golden, mother of Nate Berkus

" I consider myself a lighthouse. My light is always on, a guiding force."

Barbara Taylor, mother to Nikki Taylor

"If you suffocate children, they tend to keep secrets."

Judy Slater, mother of Kelly Slater

"If you want respect from your children, you have to respect them. If you have love from your children, you have to love them."

Sophie Florio, mother of Tom and Steve Florio

Have a wonderful day! I myself am having an interesting Mother's Day... weeks of recurring Strep throat in the house that crescendoed last night with the entire house up sick. All I can say is, if you think you can't, when you are a Mom you know you can.

Cheers to all of you Moms out there that don't stop!

The lovely piece of art above is by the Etsy artist Amber Alexander...stop by to see more of her work here.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

A New Revolution in Town...Jamie Oliver!



I was a little late in the game watching Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution Show that was on TV here in the US, but I taped them, and watched them all last week with the super picky eaters that are my sons. I am in awe of the work he is doing. And he is not even from the US, but is working his tail off here. It was shocking to hear that this is the first generation that will not live as long as their parents, all due to the bad food that is being fed to them. My boys eat good quality food, but are extremely picky, so I was very excited when they agreed to follow Jamie's lead this week and make their own omelets from his recipe, and then post a picture on his Facebook Fan Page. They loved them...and I was in shock! I can't wait to see what recipe he puts out next week.
If you haven't yet, please take a moment to visit his site at www.jamiesfoodrevolution.com and sign his petition to get healthier foods in our childrens schools!


Here is the omelet my boys made all on their own! We used Jamie's recipe, and then posted this picture on Jamie's Facebook Fan Page.