Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Pretty Tea Set & Family Goings-on

Greetings to you all!
 I have really missed you!

I have just about enough time today to share a lovely
 china tea set
 my dear friend Mary D gifted me a long while ago ....
 and it is so perfect as Autumn decor,
 or for a lovely fall tea I thought I would share it with you today.

We're having the most perfect outdoor tea time weather,
 but unfortunately there is no time for me to do so. 

In fact, I've not even had time for tea today.
(Is that just sad or what?????)

However I DID grab an ice tea this morning, for the road
and just kept super busy running all day!

That's best I could muster between so much
 work and appointments and tasks
 that are simply long overdue to be finished!

I think the handpainted flowers on this set are stunning.

And I absolutely adore the feet, the fancy gilted handle
 and those sweet finials too!

Mary gave this to me to just
 "take and keep or sell, whatever you do is fine with me!"

Mary is the QUEEN of thrifting -
 no one quite does it better.

So for now I am keeping this to enjoy - but who knows?
I do tend to eventually let go of much of my really beautiful china.

And she understands me.

SHE loves the thrill of the hunt and I love the thrill of the sale!

I only wish she didn't live 3 hours away!
Oh, my goodness, the trouble we could get ourselves into!!!!!

So this past Sunday was 
our sweet little niece Charlotte's Baptism!

That little angel slept through nearly all of her Baptism,
including the Baptismal water fount!

I sat behind her and her momma Angela
and was able to scoot myself around enough
to capture this sweet pic of her sleeping.

We had to miss our nephew's birthday party on Saturday
the day before all this, but here is an amazing
 birthday cake the same Mom above
made for Nathan-the-baseball-lovin-boy!

The entire theme was "Take Me Out to the Ball Game!"
We're talking hot dogs, Cracker Jack, popcorn in little bags, etc.
What a fun party - sure hated to miss it.

The ball players on this darling cake 
are Lego ball players.  : - )

Nathan and his momma Andrea are huge baseball fans.
Like. In. Humungus Cleveland Indian fans.

Here is a cute pic my MIL sent me of him this summer.
Yes. Cleveland Indians hat
 and a big baseball blow-up pool toy.
So now you see what I mean.  : - )

These last two weekends were also two of my nieces'
Homecoming Dances!

Here is my sister's middle daughter, a freshman
going to her first high school dance.

Gosh she sure looks like her momma!

And here is my little sister's eldest daughter, 
who is a sophomore with her boyfriend.

She just got her driver's license
a couple weeks ago, too.

Gosh they're growing fast!

Since most of all this happened within about a week
I will close with my birthday, which was also Sunday.

I met up with my 2 sisters and my 2 daughters 
after the Baptism to spend a much-needed girls'
 night out with dinner, a comedy club and nice hotel
with hot tub and swimming pool.

Here is a pic of my girls and me just before we went out.

My sister Mary Beth captures the best pics with her phone!

And just to show you how the evening progressed
 just after the above one was taken.....

I am not even sure what we were laughing about.
I think we just had joy being together, ya know?

We literally laughed for hours.

And yes, that really is a "Birthday Girl" pin,
along with some pink plastic Mardi Gras beads
my sister brought for me that I am wearing.

Life is short, why not, right?

So now you know a little bit of what I have been up to!

I promise to be back soon to share lots more with you,
including the wedding pics - 
which I haven't even glanced at yet!!!!

 Now THAT is truly busy, folks!

As always, thank you for your visit!





  1. Hi Michele,
    My goodness girl, you are one busy bee! Happy Birthday and I know you had a good one because I can tell from the pictures. Family celebrations are marvellous because they bring us all together and we make us some more memories. That little Charlotte is precious and the baseball boy is a cute-pie too. Happy Birthday to Nathan! Now about that tea set; she's a beauty and I have to agree, perfect for this time of year! I'm so glad you were able to take a few minutes to share with us all. Enjoy the rest of your week, my friend.


  2. Happy belated birthday, Michele. You've been busy having lots of fun-filled activities. Great pics!

  3. A lovely teaset Michele and the wonderful happy faces in the photos. Happy belated birthday. Great family photos.

  4. Well, you have been one busy girl, Michele. I LOVE that picture of you and your girls and the one of you all laughing like crazy. Your whole extended family is just beautiful, too.. That is a great tea set that your friend gave you...and perfect for fall for sure. I am the same way---get something---keep it for a while and then pass it along somehow.
    Happy Happy Birthday, Michele. I hope it was perfect for you! xo Diana

  5. Happy belated birthday, Michele, I am sorry I missed it! Love the teaset Mary gave you. Beautiful girls going to their dance reminds me when my 2 granddaughters went to their first school dance.

  6. Happy Belated Birthday, Michele!!! You, your girls and your sisters look like you were having so much fun! I enjoyed seeing the pics of your gorgeous tea set, your baby niece, your nephew and your teenage nieces.
    It's wonderful to see people enjoying life and each other. Hugs and blessings are sent to you.

  7. Wonderful post! And I, too, want to wish you a belated happy birthday. You and your family look like you are enjoying loving each other....and you all look like family! What a beautiful group you are! Love you!

  8. Love that picture of you Michele with your girls. Looks like so much fun! Happy, happy birthday to you!! Love that tea set. It's gorgeous. The baby even more so.

  9. The tea set is so pretty and what a wonderful gift to get from a friend. I can see that you have a very beautiful family.

  10. Belated happy birthday, Michele! Glad to see that you had a fun birthday celebration.Your yellow tea set is stunning! Like your friend, I also enjoy the thrill of the hunt. Hee!

    The baseball-themed birthday cake is adorable! We have Jays fever over here because the Toronto Blue Jays made it to the playoffs for the first time in over 20 years!

  11. Happy Birthday. Love the tea set.

  12. You might have been busy Michele but you always have a good time. Love the photo of you with your daughters and then again with your sisters - life is short - live, laugh, love!
    The tea set with matching tray is exquisite and thoughtfully given.
    Belated birthday wishes my friend, hope you find time to slow down and sip some tea.

  13. That is a beautiful tea set. What a gift your friend gave you when she said you could keep it or let it go, True Friendship! You've had a busy family season, that's wonderful! Happy Birthday and YES, plastic beads and birthday buttons work!! Enjoy! Cindy xo

  14. What a lovely family you have, Michele. And the tea set is indeed special.

  15. Michele:
    Just letting you that your post was included in this weeks special featured blogs.

  16. That is a pretty tea set and perfect for fall. And a belated happy birthday!

  17. I am glad you had a great celebration for your birthday! I have missed you. Thank you for stopping by!

  18. Michelle, I loved seeing you in these photos!!
    You are just precious!

    Love to you~ Debbie

  19. Oh I liked seeing Miss Charlotte's baptism pictures, just love seeing the babies baptized at early mass at my church.
    Then so fun to see all you gals laughing and enjoying life together also


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