Friday, September 22, 2017

What is the HOLD UP??


The HOLD UP I am talking about in my title, is the LONG LONG time it took me to edit and sort thru all my pics of ROSES!!
Let me explain!  I am way behind in my blogging, like I say every single time I add a blog post, and now we are finally moving on to our JULY vacation to the Pacific Northwest!  Randy and I have a yearly trip that we have taken ever since we got married 34 years ago and this year, we decided to pass up the BEACH in Florida to see the Pacific Northwest.  
The day we arrived in Portland, we had enough time to visit the International Rose Test Garden.   I love our flower garden at home, and to see this amazing Rose garden was a wonderful way to start out our trip!  The above photo was NOT at all a good photo of the LIST of all the roses in this huge garden, but because of the lighting being very reflective on the plastic cover on top of the list, this is the best I could do.  Do you see the little words below the diagram??? That is the list!  The varieties there were amazing! 

Sometimes I need to Pose!  

Not sure which ones were my favorite-- but there were many I loved!

The colors! 

I told my hubby I needed that arch in my backyard! 

These are just Magnificent! 

I highly recommend visiting this Garden if you are ever in Portland!!
You will feel like you are in a heavenly dreamland!

Next stop on our trip:  Cannon Beach Oregon!  Come back in a few days and I'll tell you all about it!! 

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Bye to Nashville

On Tara's last day in Nashville, we of course, HAD to have ICE CREAM!  This was at the big Farmer's Market that we visited near our hotel.   
Beautiful flowers at the Farmer's market!

Tara had an earlier flight, so after we dropped her off at the airport, Jane and I still had some time to spend, so we decided to take a little tour of the Famous Grand Ole Opry!  We were sure happy we did!

These are plaques with the names of some of the members of the Grand Ole Opry.  So many famous names! 

The auditorium has had so many amazing performances and we really enjoyed seeing the backstage areas. 

We were so lucky to get to see Nashville together, and we AYITM sisters have lots of fun memories of our time there!  

Can you imagine all the beautiful music that has happened on this stage??? 
I couldn't get Jane to sing!!!

Thanks for coming along to Nashville--- 
Its September now and this was back in JUNE --- I am just a little bit behind!!!  Will be back to share July adventures soon! 

Friday, September 1, 2017

Hello!  Continuing today with our Nashville escapades!  Tara, Jane, Angie and I had a wonderful time visiting Opryland Hotel, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the Ryman!  We also found a GORGEOUS mural where we all had to practice our photography and posing!  

I think we all loved that wall!!! 

One of Tara's bucket list items was to try on Cowboy boots in Nashville-- so we were all happy to oblige!  We had such a blast trying them on and doing this fun photoshoot! 

Lots of wonderful boots to choose from! 

Thanks for Taking this one, Jane!! 

So much fun! 
 We were checking out all the music spots in Nashville and ran across this!  MY maiden name is Valentine, so I had to have a photo!

 We loved visiting "5 Daughters Bakery" for the best donuts!  One of our local friends has a son who works there, so we visited HIM!  We tried 2 locations, even!!

OH Yeah!!! 
Another fun adventure we had was to visit a Plantation!  This was the Belle Meade Plantation and it was a beauty!
These lovelies are so fun to travel with! 

We enjoyed these rockers and a beautiful porch!  It was a super HOT HOT day, though!!!

The House Tour was alot of fun, too- very very beautiful!
The Ryman Auditorium! 

Country Music Hall of Fame - this was a very small part of the wonderful exhibits!

Come back again for one more installment of the Nashville adventures!  WE had a wonderful time there!! 

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Adventure Continues...

This adventure continued another day when a whole bunch of us went White Water Rafting!  I don't have the pics from that adventure, but believe me we had a blast!  Two of my RAFT-mates ended up going overboard, so we definitely had some stories to tell.  It was so much fun!  
Here's a group shot!   These lovelies are from all over the country-- and even Australia!
We are a diverse group of ages, different states, different belief systems, and talents, BUT thru this year class- (plus about 35 more of us) we gained lifelong friends, sisters in a journey that was indescribable.  We GET each other.  WE supported one another thru the Year's events and we went thru challenges together.  I Love them-- WE are Fierce!!  

I'm sharing today about the last day and the next part of the adventure was for me to spend a couple extra days with 3 of my sisters in Nashville!  

We were missing our friend Robin, but these ladies were a part of MY Accountability groups so we stayed in touch alot during the year!  Thanks to Wendy. Lea, Tara and Robin for your wonderful friendship! 

Nobody really wanted to leave the cabin that came complete with Mountain views, hot tubs, and a personal chef! 

After leaving the cabin, Tara and I visited this mill for lunch!  It was in the town where near the cabin!  

After sightseeing for a while in Pidgeon Forge, we drove to Nashville and met up at the Cutest restaurant called "Pinewood Social".  It had awesome food and had a bowling alley in the back!   

This was hilarious and we did lots of laughing!  Look at our body shapes and legs!!!  So fun!!! 

We were staying close to this downtown area in Nashville.  It was a beautiful evening and we enjoyed exploring! 

Downtown Nashville
 I'm going to be sharing more of Nashville in the next few days!  Come back and visit!!!  thank YOU!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Returning to JUNE

Well, this month has been very eventful!  Exactly a month ago today, my hubby and I left on our annual anniversary trip for 2 weeks.  We visited Oregon, California and Iowa!  More on that trip later, but when we returned, our darling little granddaughter arrived and then we had company == so that means I am behind AGAIN on my blogging.  YOU did get to see our sweet Elliette Jane and that wonderful event!  Today I am back, and I am going to go back to the story I started before we left on vacation!  I was telling you all about my Reunion trip with my AYITM sisters in the mountains of Tennessee!  Go back a few posts if you need to refresh your memory!
Today, we pick up back at the reunion and some beautiful places we visited!
There were a few of us in a car on the way back from the HIKE I told you about in my other Tennessee post!  This is my pal, Robin, and when we saw this little cabin, we had to pull over and get some shots! 

And here's Cathy!  

And this is Nancy!! We had lots of great photography backgrounds everywhere we went in Tennessee! 

Another outing we did on the reunion, was a service project at a local nursing home. We visited the residents and took some time to share with them and learn about them!  It was a delightful time!  If you know me at all, you know I love the elderly and a nursing home is a place I enjoy visiting!  This was a very special time!
These lovelies went on our nursing home outreach!  Kari and Anna! 

We got to meet several residents and make book marks with them! 

Karen and Stephanie enjoyed this man's stories!!  He also loved passing out the cookies! 

Colleen and her new friend! 

This was one of the staff and the resident Dog, Bella!  It warmed my heart to see they had a dog who lived among the residents!  Bella was amazing! 

Jane got lots of love from this sweet heart! 
Angie and Jane
 We all enjoyed the time at the nursing home and as usual, when you do an outreach, you are blessed more than the people you are blessing!

Later on, we had some free time and this was the view from our pool! 
 The evening activity was to make  S'mores!  We had a delightful time up at the clubhouse around the fire!

My Sweet Sisters, Cara, Kellie and Robin! 

Lots of hanging out and visiting!  Angie, Wendy, Nancy and Colleen

Vicky was a Master S'mores Maker!  She got them to the Perfect stage of brown! 

As you can see, Robin got one of those awesome brown marshmallows! 

We ate lots of marshmallows! 

Perfect Weather and look at that view! 

If you want to read S'more about my Tennessee trip, come back in a few days and I'll share some more adventures!!