Sunday, July 4, 2010

Happy Birthday, Kara Elizabeth

Well, my baby sister has an 18 year old “baby” as of Monday…and it sure has slipped up on the older adults in her life! Look at us as she celebrated her first Christmas…

kara first Christmas

She was such a little pixie elf…and look at her picking bluebonnets…she loves flowers and she would head straight for them always picking blooms for Mom…

kara wild flowers

When she was older, she spent weekends with us…of course, her favorite place to be was down on the river. Here we are with the twins one July 4th …

2010 Affirmation Pocketful of Memories Kate and Kendra

and Michael-Mike helped her catch her first perch! I don’t know who was more proud or excited…

kara  fish

And she was always so bold…she would catch minnows with her bare hands and pounce to grab little frogs! No fearful shrinking violet this one! She has always been brave about things she really wants to do… Look at this tricycle Uncle Mike bought for her…

kara trike It’s British and has hand brakes for goodness sakes! She would race up and down the drive and I had to play traffic cop with stop and go hand gestures. It was really fast and she went over on it a time or two…did that deter her? Well, what do you think? She and Michael-Mike decorated it for Kindermasken Parade in New Braunfels.

kara trike decorating

Can you see the stick horse she has tied to the handlebar? She was already a horse lover at heart. She put on her little straw sombrero and rode the whole parade looking over her shoulder…

kara trike parade

because her favorite part of the parade was behind her…

kara trike parade with horses

That’s her “I can’t contain myself…I’m so excited!” gesture…She was giddy over the horses! That was then. Look at her now… Fast forward a few years and my baby sister’s “baby” turned sixteen!

kara  16

She celebrated that one with Willie Nelson at his big bash…

kara  16 willie

We had a hard time accepting the idea that she was sixteen…but EIGHTEEN!!! It is going to take some getting used to… Here she is last Christmas getting into her letter jacket…diving team at Incarnate Word High School…She will start her senior year this fall and in the blink of an eye she’ll be graduating…we are so proud of her and the most excellent young woman she is becoming.

2009christmas  at Linda's 007

Even though it seems rushed to us, she has really taken her time growing up and she has filled her life with good choices. And she has given us all eighteen years of joy. Happy Birthday, Baby!

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Limping Deer and the Twins

Limping Deer and the Twins
They are still spotted at this time.

Show and Tell Sunday June 15

Flea Market Finds...sounds like my whole house and yard...

Milk Glass Collection

Milk Glass Collection
Who knew that a 25 cent flea market find would unleash such a collecting frenzy? I never pay more than a dollar unless it's a really nice piece. They are great grouped with a single daisy in each.

These used to be inexpensive florist vases in the 50's and 60's. Everyone's Grandmother had bunches.

Mexicana Dishes

Mexicana Dishes
My sister found these for me at Bussy's Flea Market in San Antonio, Texas. I had seen pictures in her Fiesta reference book. Mexicana was also made by Homer Laughlin in the 30's. I had been looking for several years without ever finding even a single piece when she found the set...with a promise to hold it for us, she came running to find me and I bought the entire set...60+ pieces for $50.

Mexicana

Mexicana
I've added to the set over the years, but the price and experience will never match that first amazing find.

Vintage Kitchen Hutch

Vintage Kitchen Hutch
When my hubby found this hutch it was Pepto pink and I was not 100% sure about it. But with a new red back and fresh white paint and refurbished hardware, it became one of my favorite pieces.

Nancy made me save the vine

Nancy made me save the vine
The vine and flowers painted on the inside were in such bad shape that I was ready to remove it all. Nancy -My Crafty Little Page convinced me to keep it and after some touch-up work, I'm glad I listened to her. My husband restores vintage Cushman motorscooters and he tries to make everything "mint" condition again. The Shabby Chic movement came along just in time to keep me from making some terrible mistakes.