Friday, May 14, 2010

Come Spend the Day with Me & the Girls...& My Handsome Brother~in~law :)


Gosh. I just had to post about this day.

I know I usually post about junk finds, art, cemeteries or my travels but this was such an awesome day, I really wanted to take you with me!!!

On Thursday, The Man was SA~WEET enough to give me the WHOLE day off and let me spend it with some of my favorite girls (two of my aunts and two of my sisters) & my sweet brother in law (who put up with 5 women all day and mixed right in with the best of us!! He's a keeper)

Auntie Belva was the most gracious host and totally spoiled us from the moment we walked in. It was so nice to spend time with my Mom's sisters and my sisters too.

My cheeks were sore from all of the laughing and funny stories we shared...what a special day of memories!

Auntie Belva's house should be published in Southern Living lie I tell ya!!


Although it is a brand new home, it reflects so much of our Southern heritage and it just feels like "home".

It really is hard to get up and me.


Auntie Belva was waiting for us for lunch, but I'll call this "brunch" as I started stuffing my face the moment I walked in.

I mean really now, like who could resist all of these goodies?

Some wine, fresh strawberries and homemade bruschetta bread...

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um hum...I told ya so.

So here's a glass of wine for you. Cheers!


Oh and there's more!

a yummy cold, crisp, hand tossed salad...

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chips and spinach dip, deviled eggs, boiled shrimp marinated in scampi sauce and tuna...y.u.m.m.y.

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All of this was just perfect for my little fat fingers ;)

Here. Penny fixed you a plate so that I won't be the only one that's stuffing my face!!! ;)

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Have a seat in the sun room and relax.


But don't forget to save some room for dessert.

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It was wonderful wasn't it?

Let all that yummy-ness go down and soon we'll eat a scoop of this below.

I don't remember what it was called but it consisted of chocolate, creamy stuff and pecans.

(she had me at chocolate, I didn't hear anything else)

Trust me, it was delicious!

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What the heck?

Where are you going?

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No no...NO nap for you!

Come on, let's get some fresh air and walk around Auntie Belva's beautiful gardens.

THEN we'll come back in and scoop up some of that delicious dessert!


Alrighty then!   :)

Louisiana Magnolia trees and buried clay pots...


  a glorious garden statue surrounded by knock~out roses...

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lots and lots of color everywhere...


not to mention the beautiful greenery flowing through the beds...


and more buried treasures...


I sure wish I could lie to you and tell you that this was MY beautiful home...but sadly I can't take credit for any of it.

So, since I'm pouty, let's go pig out on that dessert, okay? yay!!!!

Seriously though, this was such an awesome day.

I've been traveling so much lately that it was so nice to sit and visit with family.

I miss that.

On this day, I reflected on two things that I need to do more often...

Give lots and lots of hugs and kisses


Tell those who are close to your heart that you love them dearly.


The only thing missing on this day was our Mom but somehow, her presence was there in every beautiful thing we laid our eyes on. And, I really do believe that she had something to do with each smile that we had on our face that day...


Auntie Belva, sis Penny, sis Karen & moi (the black sheep)

(Auntie Gloria Ann left before I remembered to take a group photo, I'm so sad about that)

And remember I mentioned my handsome brother~in~law?

I gotta brag on him too. I still think he married the wrong sister ;)

(just kidding Karen!)

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Brother~in~law Bill, Auntie Belva, & sis Karen


Sis Penny & Auntie Belva

Yep...I really do think I see Mom in their smiles!!!!


Thank you for sharing my day with the girls...

(& brother~in~law too)!!!


Mindy said...

Aww! Thanks for including me in your family day. It looks like y'all had such a wonderful time. Good food and great company. I do love me some family time. Hugs! ~Mindy

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME said...

You are right, her home should be in Southern Living...glad you had such a good time!

trash talk said...

Now in that last that Auntie on the right or in the middle...has to be on the right. Only a goddess could make everything that beautiful. I'm happy you had such a wonderful day. That makes ME happy!
P.S. When I saw your title, I thought you meant the other girls.
P.P.S. See if you can steal, I mean borrow that recipe with the tuna. That looked Fab U Lous! While you're at it...might as well get the dessert recipe too!

Secondhandrose said...

Oh, i just had my dinner and you are making me hungry all over again. Family days are the best. Come for a visit.


Anonymous said...

Aw Jodie I bet your mom was for sure wit y'all I'm so happy your getting to spend some time wit your family it's like soul food to spend time wit the ones you love I thought it was your house at first bc yours is beautiful as well big hugs

lori said...

lovely. I miss magnolia trees. thanks for sharing

Debby said...

What a beautiful day! Your Aunt's home looks gorgeous and the flowers are so pretty. The food was yummy!!! Thanks for taking us along. Your photos are perfect.


What a lovely home and sweet gathering of your family. A bit bittersweet too, though your mom was certainly there in spirit. Auntie Belva is certainly a southern belle! ~ Angela

Unknown said...

Thank you for sharing such a super awesome day with us! Such a reminder of the sweet things in life is a joy. xoxoxoxo Heidi

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Jodie ~
What an absolute glorious day ~ Your family seems so very precious and yes it is good to take the time with each other ~

Beth A. @ Songbird Hill said...

Jodie...what a wonderful post. I enjoyed every minute of your day! I love your Aunt's bowl that she put the salad in. She's got great taste. Tell her that her home is beautiful. Don't you just love girl get togethers! That's why we love blogging so!

A Fanciful Life said...

Well yes, her house certainly should be in Southern Living! What a lovely home, lovely lunch and lovely day you had. I'm happy for you to have such a wonderful experience (while the rest of us are hard at work - haha!). That homemade bruschetta sure looks yummy!
Sharon :-)

Donna (Timeless Settings) said...

Thanks for sharing your day! But, man, now I'm hungry!


Kateyed said...


That was a fun day! Thanks for taking us along but I wanted to see you eat that cake and share a piece with you! i like dessert best and the frosting on there...ooh i just wanted to stick my finger in it!! If I may add,the beauty of your pictures made me feel like I was there.

I see my mother in my daughter's smile since she has become an adult. I think it is a little gift from God!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

I know you had a really good time!! Such a beautiful home and the food...yum! Gardens were awesome, hey I just loved it all! And yes, your Mom was there with you all!

Julia @ Vintage with Laces said...

Thanks for the wine but it's a bit too early for me (7 am). Maybe tonight :-)! I could have some of the bruscetta though. It sounds and looks like you had an awesome day, Jodie. Good for you, girl! Now tell me, is your aunt a Saints fan like you or does she just love fleur-de-lis or did you give her the bowl holder for Christmas?

Chocolate, creamy stuff and pecans? That sounds like a dessert I could jump right into. Hey, you can't have all the fun without us and then not even share one of aunt Bevlas secret recipes ;-)!

F1 is in Monaco this weekend. Will you watch?

Have a great Saturday and good luck for the garage sales in case you plan to check some out.

Big hugs,

Anne Lorys said...

Hi sweet Jodie!

What a glorious day! Thank you so much for sharing it with all of us!


Debra@CommonGround said...

Beautiful gals, home, and brunch! The food looks fabulous, what a wonderful way to spend the day! It's makin' me hungry looking at that chocolate pecan thingy!
have a great weekend, Jodie dear!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

What a wonderful day! Thanks for sharing with us. The food looks divine! Red wine -- count me in. :) So glad you had such a lovely time with family. Best wishes, Tammy PS Sandi was so sweet to send you such a fabulous gift. You so deserve it! Blessings,

Angela Weimer said...

Jodie, It was just like being there with you as I scrolled through and read your post. I was getting hungry reading as all the food sounded and looked absolutely scrumptious. the house is amazing from your descriptions and photos. What a heavenly place. Sopunds like you had a nice relaxing time and I am sure your Mom was there with you smiling with every happy thought. Hope the rest of your weekend is as wonderful. thanks for sharing it with us. Angela

Chocolates4Breakfast (Terri ~ Boog) said...

What a wonderful day! Your aunties home, gardens and brunch spread are all gorgeous! All of you look so pretty, too!

Unknown said...

Thanks for taking us along with you, what a wonderful day! You are such a great story teller, I love it!
Hugs, Linda

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing in your wonderful family day...ENVY :D
I am the oldest in my family...dear mother, gramms, aunties are all gone ~ too soon.
But, I can make memories for those younger then me...daughter, sisters, grands...
Thanks again for sharing ~ beautiful place :D

The Victorian Parlor said...


What a beautiful post and thanks for having me join you guys! The food was delicious (you gotta love these virtual meals-all the drool-none of the calories-lol:). Your aunts' house is lovely and her gardens are gorgeous! I always have a smile on my face and a warm feeling in my heart after visiting your blog-you have a gift for making people (and kitties named Kramer) feel happy!



Robin Sanchez said...

Jodie thanks for sharing your family. What a fun day! I wish my family was close enough for gatherings like these. You are truly lucky.

BTW.....I LOVE that fleur de lis bowl...its to die for.


Tristan Robin said...

what a feast! true southern hospitality at its finest!

... and your Aunt's home and gardens are just lovely - so comfortable and warm and welcoming and elegant.

does your family need another member?

shana said...

Thank you for sharing your family with us. Looks like everyone had a marvelous time.

Theresa said...

Thank you my sweet friend for taking me with you on this SPECIAL visit! Your Aunt Belva is Precious! Sweet and beaufiful Sisters and and handsome brother-in-law! What a sweet fella to hang out with all of you ladies! Aunt Belva's house is gorgeous and OMG all of you ladies have your Mom smiling in your hearts!

Hugs to you and thank you for that sweet comment! I miss you and hope to see you soon!

Sheri said...

Hello, Jodie.
You take such beautiful pictures and weave the story to make us feel as though we could reach through the computer and experience the day with you.
Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

Anonymous said...

Although all of your photos are beautiful, I especially like your plant and flower photos. They are crisp, colorful, and creative.

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

Hi Jodie! Glad you had a nice day with the fam! Beautiful photos and smiles. I think your Aunt's smile was the biggest ~ having you all there obviously was a sheer joy!

Laura said...

Dearest Jodie-

We must have been separated at birth.
There is NOTHING I love better than being with my aunts, looking at things together (home, garden, collections) and eating good family food.

I too miss/see my mother in their faces.

Love you lots-


zandra said...

It's so great to have a fun day! ;o) I had mine on saturday, too!
Hugz, Z

Lori said...

Jodie, that sounds like a wonderful day...your aunt's garden is so beautiful...and the lunch looks and sounds delicious...thanks for taking us along with you!!!

Karen said...

What a nice day. Food looks to die for! I still can't get over the fact that you have an Auntie Belva too!
:) Karen

Pam @ Frippery said...

Beautiful home and beautiful family. But dang girl, now I am starving!

Lisa said...

Jodie girl,
Sorry I did not see this post. Just wrapped up in my issues lately. LOL I love this little tour of Aunt Belva's home. She looks like such a gentile southern woman, with her sweet hat & all. I can tell by the picture of you all that you ARE the black sheep. Do you realize how rare & freakin' awesome black sheep are? And you my sweet Cajun nut, are rare & amazing. Happy Belated Day.

PS I cryed for my Mom too.

kanishk said...

thanks for sharing
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