Saturday, February 14, 2015

Valentine's Day 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!

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I can't believe a month has passed by without posting.  We've been very busy with school, field trips, horse show season, and church activities.  We've visited three museums in the past two weeks, and we've seen some AH-mazing art. Shelley is excelling in French, and I'm very proud of her hard work in school. Shanley Belle is hearing from graduate schools, and her first interview will be at Emerson College next weekend.  Her dad will go with her while Shelley competes at the Olympic Horse Park in Conyers, Georgia at her Regional Finals.  We are a bit concerned about the weather both in Boston and Alabama/Georgia this next week as both New England and the South are expecting winter storms.

Because I've been reading a lot of American history for school, I haven't had time to read much just for fun.  I will have more free time once horse show season ends (maybe after next weekend) so I'd love to know what you've been reading!

I hope all of you have had a *sweet* Valentine's Day!  YOU are the sweetest folks on the planet. Truly I love you all!!!

Until next time...

Valentine's Love,
Ricki Jill


Sunday, January 11, 2015

First Full Week of January, 2015

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Finlay is unhappy he's been wearing his ugly Christmas sweater after Christmas, but it's been a necessary evil.

Big Sister went back to college this past week *sadface* and Homeschooling started as the thermometer plummeted (low teens and single digits here in Central Alabama)….but we had no school delays due to the cold!  *YAY*

In order to set the mood for this post, check-out this adorable video I first saw on Angie's Blog.

Unlike the video, our Christmas decor is put away, and I've incorporated some winter whites all through the house, including these pretty African violets.

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Finlay recently celebrated his first birthday with yummy cookies baked just for him.

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Isn't he handsome!  ;P

Shelley ended her first week back at school with a horse show at her home barn, Clairmont.  The name of the show is Frost BIET (not "bite" but BIET, and acronym for the Birmingham Interscholastic Equestrian Team). The show was perfectly named as the first day's competition was delayed due to the frozen ground.  Brrrr!!!

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Hoodies and sweatshirts from the show

Shelley's high school team qualified for Regionals in February, and Shelley qualified individually in the flat equitation class. Congratulations to you and your team, Shelley!

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Shelley competing on "Woody."

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No, you aren't seeing double.  Shelley and two of her teammates (also  juniors) Amelia and Bethany.

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Shelley after her class with middle school teammate Kendall and Coach Ashton.

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Shelley with high school teammate Holly.

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Shelley placed second in her practice class, and first in her points class.  The win qualifies her for Regionals!  

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Finlay wanted to go to the show, too.

We have two field trips planned for this week, and hopeful nothing other than church this weekend.  We need a rest!

Until next time…

Ricki Jill

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year's Day Brunch

Happy 2015, My Lovelies!  I wanted to share with you our New Year's Day brunch.  I wish all of you could have come over for some Southern comfort food and visited for a little bit, but I guess my sharing with you our menu and photos will have to suffice.


Beef and baby potato stew
Collard greens
Black eye pea hummus
Southwest dip
Cracker assortment
Winter white cupcakes

The Winter White cupcake recipe is from Tutti Dolci.  The post truly inspired the whole theme of the day!

Our sunny day quickly turned cloudy, so I'm sorry that several of the photos are dark.

There is nothing new on the table, with the exception of an Anthropologie candle and the vintage Christmas ornaments hanging from the chandelier.  If you have any questions about the tablescape, please email me or leave a comment!

This year I will not write an end of the year post about 2014.  For once in my life, I'm looking ahead.  But I've enjoyed reading several of your best-of posts!

I'm still trying to decide what exactly I want to do with my blog.  I would like for it to be a bit more focused in 2015, and I would really appreciate any and all suggestions.  (*hint, hint*)  ;P

It is another yucky rainy day here, and we've decided to make some hot tea and watch movies.  Mr. art @ Home needs to come home to build a fire.  He's the best at building them!

Until next time…

Happy New Year!
Ricki Jill

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Winter Wish

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My Winter Wish for You:

I hope you have a healthy and happy New Year!

Happy 2015!!!

Until next time...

New Year's Blessings!
Ricki Jill

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, My Lovelies!!!  I hope that your holiday season has been Scrooge and Grinch free!!!

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…..with the exception of some yummy Grinch cookies.  Y'all have probably seen these cookies all over Pinterest, and when we saw them we just had to make a few!

"Le Grinch détestait Noël, oui, il le détestait!  Pourquoi?  Personne ne le savait.  Etait-ce sa tête qui était mal vissée?  Ou ses chaussons qui étaient trop serrés?  Mais si vous voulez mon avis, la vrai raison de tout ceci, c'est que son coeur était trop petit."

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These sugar cookies have hearts that are three sizes too small in honor of one of my favorite Christmas stories.  All you need to make these cookies:  Your favorite sugar cookie and icing recipe, green food coloring, and Wilton jumbo heart sprinkles (I ordered mine from Amazon).

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I hope you and yours have a blessed Christmas day!

Until next time…

Merry Christmas!
Ricki Jill