Tuesday, June 15, 2010


Is it possible that one could have a busy but uneventful week? Well, that is what I have had. It has been 6 straight days of rainy and/or gray weather. I have been trying to get my flowers in between rainstorms. Yes, I am still planting flowers. It isn't easy to do with 2 homes. And believe it or not, while flats of annual flowers go for $9.99 in Michigan where the lakehouse is, they are $18.00 here in Chicago. However, the selection is better here. So it is a little confusing, even to me, where I am buying and where I am planting.

Anyway, we went to a wedding Friday and my whole family was there. Emily's boyfriend was the best man for his brother, the groom. My son Kevin was also part of the wedding party as the groom was his college roommate. Above is a picture of Emily with Mike {her boyfriend}. The wedding was held at a beautiful country club and we had the best time.
This is son Kevin and his girlfriend, Mary Clair. We just love her to death. They are quite serious and I am loving that. We didn't get home from the reception until 2:00 a.m. and that is about 5 hours past my bedtime. We left for the lake early Saturday morning and I slept all the way. We had a good weekend in spite of the rain and clouds and a tiny bit of sun. My vegetable garden is looking very nice...the peas and beans have stuck their little heads out and I am waiting for everything to mature a bit before I take pictures for you. I planted a ton of pots and baskets with my $9.99 a flat of flowers and things are looking really colorful. We had a truckload of sand delivered as we do every summer to replenish our beach. I have great memories of our kids climbing that hill of sand and sliding down into the water. Those were the days.

Below is a picture of Kevin, Emily and I at the wedding reception. It was taken pretty late and we are looking a little worse for the wear. Son Jeffrey was there too, but he is very private and doesn't want to be on my blog. Abby wasn't there, she was staying at a cottage on Lake Michigan for a girlfriend weekend. How fun!

So as I said, it was a busy but uneventful week. And it was a good one, maybe the best sort of one. And I am wishing you the same. Thanks for coming by!


Rebecca Nelson said...

I love your pictures, Jane! SWEET!

It has poured and poured and poured here in Oklahoma for the three days. Everything is flooded and the flowers look pathetic. At least they are $18 a flat here! OUCH!

You look beautiful.


Susan Freeman said...

Hi Jane aka Blondie! Sounds like you had a really fun time at the wedding. Sorry to hear about all of your rain. I was talking on the phone last night to my Aunt Susan who lives in Chicago and she also mentioned the rain and cool temps. We had sunshine yesterday, so hopefully it's coming your way. Have a great Tuesday!

Susan and Bentley

Terri Steffes said...

Totally love your Fifi art!

We have had a lot of rain in central Missouri, too. All my stuff is in and I have lovely tomatoes. One has a blush to it! I am watching it carefully!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Hi Sweetie~ ~Looks like so much fun and it's nice to see your family, lovely.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Janie, I love the pics of you and the kids! Just beautiful.

I can identify with you about flowers and houses. It is so hot here that things are frying. ;-)

I can't wait for you to come back to Florida to visit. Nights of Lights runs from about the 21st or so of November to the 31st of January. It is so pretty. Last year I read about something where they had caroling on one of the tour trains. That would be fun! One year around Christmas, we walked with the reenactors to the fort from the Plaza, singing Christmas carols and carrying candles. It was so special. It is a neat place. There's a lot to see and do, and when Claudie was here, we didn't even scratch the surface.


Sheila :-)

Joyce said...

I will send your some hot weather if you send me some rain. Trust me you do not want to be here on HH island today. I have the same flower issues with two places Atlanta and HH island as far as pricing and selections go. Looks like you had a fun time with your family at the wedding.

savvycityfarmer said...

we haven't had a family wedding since 2008 ... boohoo

Yours looks sweet ... a family affair, in your memories forever!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Janie,
I love the pics of you and the kids! Your daughter is just the spitting image of you! In fact, in that first pic, I thought that was you!
We've had the same rain girlfriend.
I am so sick of it. They're saying tomorrow sun. I saw like 15 minutes of it this morning and I felt blinded. hehe.
Big Hugs,

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Jane you are so pretty girl friend...Loved seeing your children...May you have a Blessed week my Dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

BrightenedBoy said...

It must be so nice to have a place out in the country like that.

That actually makes sense about the flowers; everything is more expensive in cities.

Bonnie said...

Hi Jane, no rain here lots of sunshine and a 5.7 earthquake is all!!! You have a lovely family.


Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

A beautiful wedding...so glad it took place indoors what with your weather! We have had rain today...but now it is sunny. Check back in 10 minutes and it will probably be hailing...lolYou look gorgeous!

Suzann said...

Looks like a fantastic time!!!
We surely have been getting the rain here in Chicagoland, haven't we!?

Debbiedoos said...

Hope the rain lets up so you can get your planting done....just think how green your grass looks. Beautiful wedding photos...you have a handsome son!~

Karen said...

Sounds like a great time was had by all... including you!! What fun.
Your blog looks great.
I think I must have gotten that "This is the Life" song from you since I haven't heard it anywhere else. I love it. I can unload the dishwasher, clean the kitchen and tidy up super fast when I'm playing it. ;-)
Take care and rest up.
Ladybug Creek

Gypsy Heart said...

All the pictures are great! You look stunning my friend. Glad you had a good time. I look forward to seeing all the flowers. It's amazing to me how expensive they are around here ~ $18 & up per flat.

We have so much humidity and heat ~ too much, too soon!

Hope you have a blessed week ~


Monica said...

You're all so pretty in these pics! Love the black rose in the hair... and glad you had fun!

Cape Cod Rambling Rose said...

Looks like a beautiful wedding, and it looks like you all had a wonderful time! What a lovely family you have! ;)

Paula@SweetPea said...

Great photos! I loved seeing you and your children all dressed up.

I hope you get some sunny days in the very near future.

GwendolynKay said...

You are all such good looking peeps! I am wondering where your lakehouse might be... I live in Grand Haven, anywhere near there? I can relate to planting at 2 places. We have a cabin north of us.... I gave up long ago on growing anything there, we aren't there enough for me to keep things watered.
Blessings as always~

Kerry said...

So nice to see pictures of your kids and what a very lovely looking lot you are! I don't ask mine if they want to be on the blog...I figure it's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission!! Hope you get some nice weather soon Jane.

Lynn said...

Thank you for the great pictures! All sounds good in your life!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Beautiful family! Weddings are always so wonderful. Sounds like a great weekend despite the weather! Thanks for sharing!

Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Jane,
Beautiful wedding and you look wonderful in that last photo.

Glad you had a good time.


Gracefully Vintage said...

Such a Beautiful Family you have- and your Sister was beautiful as well.

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and your nice comment on my dresser i re-did.
Funny weather this year? Here in Ca. it has been so rainy then sunny the next day and then rain for 3 days then sun ..Very Odd.

Kathleen said...

I am still planting too! With all that is going on and house guests, I run out and do a few flats whenever I can!
Our flats of 48 are around 10.00 too, but they should be coming down. I bought 12, and I need a few more.
I also bought a lot of diamond frost, it is so pretty and airy, and the deer don't eat it! But it is 3.00 for a little pot. ):
Great pics, sounds like a wonderful time!

Charlene said...

Sweet photos. Sounds like you are hoping for wedding bells at your house. Be glad for the rain. We are so blasted hot here already. We have already been in triple digits & it's not even July yet. YUCK! Texas is a great place to be about 8 months out of the year. Have a great week. Charlene

Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings... said...

Hi sweetie...
Such a handsome family..
even at 2 in the morning!
Yes the flower choices here I bet are no where near Chicagos choices!!!
Have fun planting at both places.
xoxo~Kathy @
Sweet Up-North Mornings...

xinex said...

What a lovely picture of you, Emily and Kevin. You all look so lovely, love your outfit, Janie. It seems like a fun wedding. I cant wait to see your veggie garden....Christine

Pondside said...

Weddings are so much fun - and all the better when you go with your grown-up children. Good luck with your planting - you are a trooper!

Jane said...

That's a great picture of you and your kids at the wedding. At first I thought those were your shoes in your hand and I thought you must have danced the night away!!
Sorry about all of the rain. We were in Mississippi all weekend for my son's college orientation and was it ever hot and muggy. We get humidity here but nothing like what we experienced there this weekend!
Hope you're having a great week.

Julio Muao said...

+Hi Blondie!!

You've visited my blog a few times and left wonderful comments and yet I have never visited your blog until now. I can't believe I waited so long. You are a beautiful woman with a beautiful life and a beautiful family and beautiful style. I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to your blog and getting an insight to the kind of person you are which is amazing. It's individuals like you that give me hope that the world is full of wonderful people.

Lori E said...

Bedtime gets earlier all the time doesn't it. I can't believe our season is ahead of yours. Wow.
My sons both refuse to be on the blog. Off limits.
They could be famous but no way. Lol.

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Weddings can be so much fun...especially when the whole family is there. Glad you had such a good time! The rain has got to end sometime....hang in there!~Hugs, Patti

Heidi said...

Hi Jane,
How fun to go to a wedding with almost the entire family present. I haven't been to a fun one in a very long time - the last one we went to was such a DUD!! You look like you were having a fun time.
Glad your garden is coming along. For the first time I've got actual live tomatoes - lots of sun here now that the oak tree is gone!
Hope you are having a fun week, with less rain.

Sue said...

It sounds perfect to me. We dream of a Michigan lake house, so you are living the dream as far as I'm concerned! I'm glad you had fun...you all look great:)

Auntie sezzzzzz... said...

Looks like a wonderful time was had, by all!

Sorry about all your rain. But we're getting a lot of no-sun too. It does put a damper on looking for and putting in flowers. But if we don't get going, all we'll have are our left-over Petunias. Eeeek! :-)

The Quintessential Magpie said...

I forgot to ask you... did you buy anything cool in Natchez?

Loved seeing the pics again. That one of you with the kids is so good!


Sheila :-)

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi sweetie, we too have had more than enough rain around here. Today, sunny and promises to be very humid. Ahhh the wonderful days of summer.. lol.. I love your pictures what an event..you all are just beautiful. hugs ~lynne~

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Here to wishing you some sunny days ahead!

Debbie said...

Hi Jane~~~I still have seeds that didn't get planted. The weather up here hasn't been the greatest. Pretty dreary.
Your pics from the wedding are wonderful!!!! You look so pretty!
Looks like you had lots of fun.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Don't you just love a wedding? They are among the happiest days to celebrate and one of the few times I get a chance to dance ..to heck with my bad knees and sore feet...lol!

You have a lovely family, Jane!

Anne Lorys said...

What gorgeous pictures! What a great looking bunch of folks! :-)

Kim said...

What a gorgeous picture of the three of you Blondie! Your children are beautiful and your son reminds me of someone famous, but I can't think who. Ha! I am still planting flowers too and probably will be until it's time for mums. Good luck with yours.

Unknown said...

I wish I was planting! Ahhh maybe later this summer. Beautiful photos! Send some rain - I would love a good thunderstorm!

Linda said...

It sure does look like everyone had a great time at the wedding. Don't you just love fun events that happen in your life like that!

Wow, such a big price difference in flowers. I bought flowers last week but didn't pay much attention. It's around $2 for a pack of six. I need to buy more this week to finish up the job.

www.MaisonStGermain.com said...

Everyone looks beautiful and Jane, you sooooo do NOT look old enough to have a grown son! What is your secret (I promise not to tell anyone:) Yesterday was our only nice day in about a week here too. I have been planting flowers in between rain drops. And the rain and wind has blown most of my roses away. But the ground sure does look pretty:)Have a great week:)
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Melissa Miller said...

Beautiful photos of you all Jane! You look gorgeous and very happy!

Have a blessed week sweet friend.
~Melissa :)

Pinky said...

HI Jane! I just found your blog and decided to follow so you'll be hearing more from me:) Love the wedding pictures, your family is beautiful! XO, Pinky

Brenda Pruitt said...

I can't even remember the last time I went to a wedding. This one sounded like lots of fun. Please send some cool breezes and rain this way!

Helena - A Diary of Lovely said...

aaah you look so pretty darling!!

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

It is starting to rain here in GA. Hoping it cools things down a bit. I have a wedding to attend in a couple of weeks too. Love them. You and your children look lovely. Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. Have a great week/weekend!

Melanie said...

Wow! That is a ton of money for flowers. Yikes:)

You look really nice and sorry for all the rain.

Unknown said...

You all looked great at the wedding!
We have a lot of rain here too. I love planting flowers :)
How fun!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What a beautiful family! Such lovely pictures.

Knitty said...

How nice to enjoy a fun wedding with your grown children. I'll be doing that next month when we go to SC for a wedding, then our own family wedding (oldest son)will be in October. :)

Usually the Detroit area gets Chicago's weather the following day but we've been missing the rain. We could actually use some....but not on weekends. ;)

Privet and Holly said...

You are having the rain that we had until yesterday ~ I'd agree, six straight days! You all look so cute and happy in the wedding photos. Sounds like a very relaxing weekend!
I'm off to Savannah on Saturday and actually looking forward to some heat and humidity! xx Suzanne

Kathy@ Gone North said...

I just found your blog... following some blog trail : )
I read a little of your blog...very sweet!
I am VERY new to this blogging world & have been having so much fun so far...
We live in SW Mi. BUT today I am leaving for a week in Chicago...
Any local secrets?? :) as to where to shop?? visit??

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Love your pics! Please stop by my blog to pick up your Sunshine Award!

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Jane, what a great set of photos, it's so nice to see your beautiful face. {totally agree with Gloria}Isn't it so happy making when our children fall in love with someone WE love?

xo Lidy

Barb said...

Hi Janie, one of the things I love the most about your pictures is the obvious love you all share. You can literally see it!

Loved hearing about your flowers. I'm weeding mine and I am pooped.

Have a blessed day.
Hugs, Barb

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Sounds like FUN was had by all...great pic with your kids! Maybe one day you will have a Mary Claire in your family...my 20 year old is a Mary Claire...we named her after both of her grandmothers...I have always loved her name:) Hope the rain will stop and you have a FUN and dry weekend!


KTW said...

Rain, rain, go away! We had a few weeks like that earlier in the spring and I know how monotonous that can be. :(
What a lovely family you have! :) Lovely daughter, handsome son, pretty mom! :) Sounds like you had a great time at the wedding.

Jeanne Henriques said...

Wonderful photos Blondie,, there is nothing like being with the ones you love!!

Best wishes for a wonderful weekend :)


Lovely Scribbles said...

Hey Jane! You have such a beautiful family, and it sounds like you had a wonderful weekend! Hopefully, you'll get a break from all that rain and enjoy a little sunshine this weekend. Happy Friday!

Marigene said...

I am getting a little weary of all the rain here in the plains...I really need sunshine in order to function properly.
I haven't planted but a few more herbs...most everything I have are perennials and if anything I pull them up when they spread too much! Oh, wait, I have filled some planters with petunias and herbs, some with geraniums, almost forgot about those.
It may have been late when the picture was taken but it still came out beautifully. Have a great weekend, Jane!

Beth said...

Looks like a beautiful wedding! Sorry to hear you've had so much dreary weather. I can't imagine a flat of flowers costing $18! What kind of flowers are they??? But what a wonderful problem to have to gussy up two homes for the summer! I used to live on Lake Michigan as a kid and LOVED it!

Bill said...

Hi Jane,
Great looking family you have there! Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Looking forward to seeing pics of your veggie harvest. Hope you and yours have a wonderful weekend!


The Summer Kitchen Girls said...

....and more rain on the way!
Luckily we've planted everything, it's just not getting very big, because it needs a little vitamin D from Mr. Sun!!
Love the yellow with the black tux - sharp - as well as your family :)
Here's to some sunshine, sometime!! (and of course getting your flowers planted!!)

Natasha in Oz said...

It sounds like you have had a great week! You are one of the busiest people I have even seen.

I have heard about the rainy weather over your way and about the terrible flooding in Arkansas. I hope that it all clears up soon.

Best wishes for a fabulous (and relaxing??) weekend,

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Nancy said...

You guys look fabulous. You and your daughter have gorgeous hair! Thanks for the peek at your family. xoxo Nancy

My Grama's Soul said...

Oh Jane....what beautiful pics you have shared with us today. Everyone is just beautiful.

Rain hugh...........We are as dry as a bone out here.....please send a little of yours our way. (O:(O:


Tina said...

Oh it is so lovely to see your pics Jane! You have such gorgeous children and look at you beautiful lady! How wonderful that you got go to such a lovely wedding:) I hope you have a wonderful week as always ~ Tina xx

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Hey, Janie! The stripe fabric is some old fabric I've had for years, but I think it matched the other well. I was pleased when I found it.

I have other cushions, too. This is only the beginning. LOL!

Hope you have had a Happy Father's Day weekend...


Sheila :-)


What a beautiful picture of you, your son and his sweet girlfriend. Your would never know it was taken late at night. I'm having trouble getting flowers planted here, I can't get motivated lately. We just bought a house and are moving to NJ on the bay, so I really can't think straight at this point. Nothing was planned, we went away for a weekend and bought a house, sold ours and now....oh no, moving out of state...I don't know what's next, but I'm excited. I'm sorry I haven't been by lately, I miss blogging and all my friends. I can't wait to move at the end of July or start of August, get settled and then do some blogging. Thanks for visiting and I wish you the best with your planting and gardens.

Blue Creek Home said...

You guys look so pretty at the wedding! Your daughter looks like you.

It is super hot here (mid/high 90's and we get an afternoon thunderstorm about every two days...oh, and it's VERY humid) Is there any place that just has perfect weather all year long? I am headed there if there is!!!


Lou Cinda @ Tattered Hydrangeas said...

Jane, I am jumping around trying to get caught up on my favorite blogs!! I LOVE weddings! I could go to one a day and cry at every single one! I am just goofy like that!

So glad you had fun...I can see where your daughter gets her beauty...

from her mom...

Hope you are having a wonderful summer :)

Lou Cinda