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A couple Wedding Photos

Monday, April 25, 2011

We are back from the Maine Wedding on the beach and luckily we had sunshine for the day. This first picture is of our family, my husband, myself, youngest son, bride, Middle son (groom), and the grooms daughter (our granddaughter).



This is before the wedding of my son and his daughter and I just think it is precious.



And now my favorite of my friends and I.



We had a Fantastic time!

  
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NOLAZYBUTT110 1/2/2012 7:24AM

    The granddaughter is beautiful! Nice pictures!

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NANASAMM 6/23/2011 10:07AM

    Beautiful family. Glad you had a great time! Maine is my favorite place. emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 5/1/2011 6:47PM

    Congrats ...LOVE the pics !!! Beautiful pics, and BEAUTIFUL family !!!!!!! Sorry it has taken me so long to look at them .....they are just sooooo nice !

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GRAMMACATHY 4/30/2011 5:19PM

    Thank you for sharing the lovely pictures. The dress is beautiful. I especially love the picture of your DS and GD. Priceless.

The weather even cooperated.

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RORYLYONS 4/30/2011 4:07PM

    Much happiness to your son & his bride..Lovely pictures of friends & family.

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KANSASROSE67 4/27/2011 11:00AM

    Everything looks beautiful! Glad you had a wonderful time.

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LESLIES537 4/27/2011 10:22AM

    Great pictures! I love the one with your son and his bride! emoticon

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TRIPLE_EMME 4/26/2011 11:20AM

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Thanks for sharing photos from the wedding!

That photo of your son and granddaughter is precious!

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FRECKS96 4/26/2011 7:45AM

    Thanks for sharing! I'm so glad everything went smoothly and you have some lovely pics to remember the day. Congrats!

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BAM-MA 4/26/2011 7:36AM

    Congrats to the mom of the groom! Glad you had a great time. Thanks for the pics!

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MUSHCAT 4/26/2011 5:05AM

    OMG! Maine is my "happy place" too. I go to Stonington on Deer Isle for a couple of weeks in the summer. Where was the wedding?

Your son and his daughter look so much alike. It is a wonderful photo.

I'm glad the weather was sunshine for you and a happy day for all involved.

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SUNNY2010 4/26/2011 12:43AM

    Val, so nice to hear that the family shared such a great event together! Wonderful photos and memories to keep! All the best to your son and his family!
And thanks for the weather cooperating with the event!
Thank you for sharing with us too!

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DDOORN 4/25/2011 10:48PM

    Thx for sharing your pics...looking like a lovely time had by all!

Don

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RURAL3 4/25/2011 9:39PM

    what a treat. Great pics

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WILLOW49 4/25/2011 11:32AM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures with us...just beautiful!

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KAMAPERRY 4/25/2011 11:09AM

    Awesome photos!

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GRAPEVINE60 4/25/2011 10:21AM

    Glad you had a great time. The pictures are great!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 4/25/2011 10:03AM

    Beautiful!!!! The pic of your son and his daughter:PRICELESS!

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PHYL220 4/25/2011 9:56AM

    Really nice photos. Your have a beautiful family.

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My Beautiful Place

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I have arrived in Maine! This is one of my favorite places in the world. Close enought to home - 5 1/2 hours and the beautiful rocky coast. I love the waves hitting those massive rocks. The tides rolling in and out changing the scenery as it does. You could say I have found my Happpy Place!

Tomorrow my son marries and thankfully the forecast now looks like mostly sunny skies. Today is starting out to be a nice day too. I am thankful. This is what I woke up to today.



I also want to thank you all for your responses to my blogs.

  
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BARBARAWEBSTER 5/2/2011 2:52AM

    What good is a blog without readers? I love the sunshine photo. Thanks for sharing.

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 4/23/2011 2:58PM

    LOVELY!!!! Enjoy your son's wedding! I am sure you will be absolutely beautiful!

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LINDYPAINTS 4/23/2011 6:57AM

    Wow... looks amazing! Have a wonderful time and all the best wishes for your son!

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GRAMMACATHY 4/22/2011 12:51AM

    I am so happy for your family during this time of celebration. Thank you for sharing with us. Hope you will share pictures of the new dress and at least the scenery around the wedding.
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LINDABENEDICT 4/21/2011 10:34PM

    Have an absolutely wonderful time... blessings to your wonderful family. Hope you post pictures !

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DDOORN 4/21/2011 9:54PM

    Savor and relish!

Don

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KAMAPERRY 4/21/2011 7:44PM

    Beautiful, enjoy!

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LESLIES537 4/21/2011 11:14AM

    Sounds so peaceful! I'm glad you found your happy place! Blessings to your son and his bride! emoticon emoticon

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SUNNY2010 4/21/2011 11:07AM

    Oh, how perfect!!!!!!! Enjoy every moment!


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WILLOW49 4/21/2011 10:38AM

    Just heaufitul! Hope the sun shines both days! Enjoy :)

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Enjoy a beautiful day in your happy place!

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FRECKS96 4/21/2011 9:20AM

    Lovely!!! I, too, love Maine, though I haven't been there since I was a kid.

Good luck tomorrow and enjoy!

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JOANNS4 4/21/2011 8:59AM

    What a beautiful picture. Have a wonderful day.

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CATTIANN 4/21/2011 7:41AM

    Sounds like heaven!!! Have a beautiful day! emoticon

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Gearing up for the Big Day

Monday, April 18, 2011

I wish I could say that my son’s upcoming wedding had giving me the incentive to lose more weight. The truth is I’ve been out of control for over a month now. My mind keeps telling me to get it together and get back on track, but the rest of me is not cooperating. I am a stress eater and as much as I thought I wouldn’t be stressed out I was wrong and I’ve eaten out of control!

I’ve been seeing a physical therapist for a couple months now for my foot and so my exercise has been a bit limited. Just when I thought things were improving and I started walking again, I end up with a setback this weekend. We have been working to get me to a point that I will be able to walk on the beach for the wedding this Friday, but I’m thinking I will have to just suffer through.

The place we are staying is located along the ocean and there is a path that takes you from one town to the other. It is the best place to walk in my opinion. I love the rocky coast and the way the coastline changes with the tide. I will hope for the best, but not set my sights too high.

Over the next week I will not be as active as I have been on Spark People, but I will be having fun. I have some girlfriends from elementary and junior high school coming to Maine for the wedding, so laughter will be a major part of the next week. I’m looking forward to it and hoping this time brings me out of the funk I have been in.


  
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GRAMMACATHY 4/22/2011 12:55AM

    You deserve a week of celebration and joy. Sending joyful hugs your way!
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LESLIES537 4/20/2011 11:21AM

    Have a great time and ENJOY! emoticon

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BUBBLEHEAD1962 4/19/2011 7:42PM

    Enjoy!!! The foot will heal it just takes time. I have been working on my achilles tendonitis for almost two years. Lots of physical therapy. When the pain was at its worst pool therapy was the only physical therapy I could do. It really helped as I was able to stay active. Give it time......

As for the wedding stress. I totally get it. I wanted to get to my summer goal weight before my Jan. wedding. I fell off the wagon in Aug after my hs reunion (where my original goal started and was not reached), thought I was ready to get back at it and three months after the wedding I am finally motivated to eat right. Despite the inability to lose weight my wedding pictures are great and I am happy with where I was at the time. Relax, enjoy.... you will reach your goal. emoticon

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PHYL220 4/19/2011 2:56PM

    Have a wonderful time! emoticon

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TRIPLE_EMME 4/19/2011 11:21AM

    I wish you a happy and festive time at your son's wedding.

Enjoy yourself!

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VMASSEY1 4/19/2011 8:07AM

    Enjoy this. You will get back on track when this is all over. Enjoy your friends. They will help alleviate your stress. Best wishes for the couple. Sounds like it is going to be a great wedding. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FRECKS96 4/19/2011 7:20AM

    Enjoy your time with family, friends and nature! And good luck doing everything you want to do!

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JUDY1676 4/19/2011 12:36AM

    Have a great time!

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JUSTBIRDY 4/19/2011 12:04AM

    Enjoy!

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CAMELA_55 4/18/2011 11:57PM

    Have fun with your friends! I hope you have a great week!

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TOTHEFUTURE1 4/18/2011 11:49PM

    Laughter I believe is the best medicine so enjoy yourself and laugh often.

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DDOORN 4/18/2011 11:44PM

    Shake it loose (all that stress) and have a healthy blast! Hope you can share some pics of that gorgeous coast and all those special people you'll be seeing!

Don

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WILLOW49 4/18/2011 10:45PM

    I understand all to well about stress eating :( I'm sure the wedding will be just beautiful. Have a great time!
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KAMAPERRY 4/18/2011 10:20PM

    Enjoy yourself, it sounds beautiful!

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MOMMAKNOWSBEST 4/18/2011 9:49PM

  laughing burns calories too and is good for the soul:)

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Smiles and Sunshine!

Monday, April 04, 2011

I received a couple Spark Goodies today of Happy Faces emoticon and another of Sunshine emoticon. I just have to say it was just what i needed! Thank you my friend and team Sparkers! You are the Best! emoticon

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DDOORN 4/4/2011 10:08PM

    This weekend of sun has made all the difference for me!

Rainy Monday? No problem...my sunshine tank is full! :-)

Have a super week!

Don

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The Dressing Room Mirror

Friday, April 01, 2011

I do not like the mirror or the cellulite hat looks out from it!

I have been frantically looking for a dress to wear to my son's wedding which is in three weeks. It is going to be a beach wedding in the state of Maine. I saw on face book today that Maine woke up to 4" of snow, so I'm hoping that this will be the last North Eastern storm and spring will hit with a big bang! Needless to say I figure whatever dress I choose I need to have a warmer cover for it. I want it spring looking so this has been a challenge. Then let's add the foot problem...

I've been in physical therapy for over a month now trying to get my heel to not be in excruciating pain when I walk. I have wore orthotics and sneakers for years because of varies foot issues, and this heel issue has been around for almost a year now. Needless to say I'm pretty sure with the wedding on a beach and with a painful heel I will need to wear flats. The good news is that there are a lot of choices for flat shoes right now with the spring season on the horizon.

I need a dress that will be perfect for a beach wedding and also be flat shoe pretty. I found this one online that I love, but I can't picture what shoes I would wear with it and it looks like the jacket is a bit thin.



Also - I'm sure with the right haircut and facelift I could look just lilke her!

I'm thinking I want to have a long dress that will hide any shoes, but I'm not good at these decisions. I have a lack of girly intuition. As a matter of fact when I was wandering around the store the other day all I could think was that I needed a sister - I felt lost.

I have found a couple of dresses that I tried on - the first day I hated my arms - those mirrors are brutal. The next day I came home and told my husband I needed a long dress to cover my legs that I hated them - He said, " I thought you hated your arms?" What I can't dislike both? SO bottom line - I need a long dress to cover the legs and feet and a cover for the arms for warmth and flab coverage. I really should have been more dedicated to my strength training. Oh well I'm out of time now and must take what I have to work with and make the best of it.

  
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BABABETTY 4/27/2011 12:02AM

  This site sells a very pretty flat shoe that comes with two insoles, one soft and one hard, and is said to fit wide feet:
http://www.fatphrocks.com/
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BABABETTY 4/26/2011 11:50PM

  Beautiful dress! What a great choice! And you are so lucky, because metallic shoes for even casual wear are so in right now. So if you get silver sandals you will even be able to wear them with jeans (!!!) So cool! You will be as pretty as you feel. Be confident and it will be reflected in the way you look. Love ya!

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LINDABENEDICT 4/21/2011 10:36PM

    Can't wait to see what you picked !

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NANASAMM 4/12/2011 3:29PM

    Love the dress! For shoes I would definitely go with flats (when you're in pain don't even go for high fashion go with comfort otherwise you will be miserable) especially for a beach wedding. I have a nice pair of silver flats that dress things up just nicely but still let me be comfortable. Ohhh and don't forget the barefoot option because no matter what shoe you wear you'll probably get sand in them anyway. lol emoticon I'm sending you sunshine.

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SSORENSEN1 4/10/2011 10:29AM

    Love the dress. I would go with silver or gold ballet flats and matching purse and jewelry. Nordstrom's has everything you need online. And don't forget the spanx to work miracles under that lovely dress. Just got everything I need for my niece's wedding on the beach May 6th in Conn. online. Love hassle free shopping. Hope the weather cooperates. emoticon

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DBFBILLY 4/3/2011 11:52AM

    I LOVE the dress in the pix...and, since it's on the beach..more casual..what about having a mani-pedi done and going barefoot?? i love that idea..not sure if you do..

A long, flowing dress..maybe a pretty, casual shaw, and no shoes..i love it..that's my idea SISTER-FRIEND emoticon emoticon

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BAM-MA 4/3/2011 11:36AM

    We should get together! I have been where you are (would still be if I had a big event to plan for) and am also a seamstress and sometimes designer. I find it much easier to help other people choose than to choose for myself.

I will be your "sister" and help you look beautiful! But then again..maybe you don't need me. The dress that you showed here would be beautiful and I am sure that you could find some lovely silver flats to go with it.

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LIBBYFITZ 4/3/2011 4:07AM

    I love the dress in the photo!

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DDOORN 4/2/2011 8:51AM

    Ah yes, the challenge of making over those eyes which look at the mirror...! :-)

Bet you will do fine and look wonderful! Hope Mother Nature cooperates...!

Don

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 4/1/2011 11:19PM

    I feel your pain--I hated having to shop for Mother of the Bride (or Groom) dresses. Finally got done with that and I'll someday (not too soon I hope)be shopping for a Grandmother of the Bride dress.

I have no advice to offer--I go for hiding all that I can possibly hide!! Feet/ankle problems mean absolutely no heels for me, so shoes aren't quite so bad.

Good luck in your quest to find "THE" dress!!
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GRAMMACATHY 4/1/2011 8:51PM

    The dress is perfect for a beach wedding. You do not want a full length dress due to dragging it in the sand. Or is the wedding going to be on the beach or just near it? I would go with the flats. If you can afford them, go to a high end shoe store where you can get quality and a nice cushioned sole. I love my Rockports and bought them at an outlet store 15 years ago. I wouldn't wear them to a wedding now, but I still wear them to work and shopping. They are comfortable and polish up beautifully. You might want to invest in a lacy shall to throw over your shoulders if you get too cold. I actually packed my coat to the last outdoor wedding and put it on. Have fun. The dress is beautiful. It will be slimming because of the V lines and the arms are covered. Order it. If you don't like it or it doesn't fit, send it back. I like the silver with the lavender, but then you have no where else to wear the shoes. Black shoes would be okay with some onyx jewelry. White shoes are a little early, but would look good with the lavender and pearl earrings and beads. If you have lots of silver jewelry, go with silver shoes. They would look so good with this dress even if they have limited use.

Thanks for letting me be your sister. We want to see lots of pictures when you get back.
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TRIGFROST 4/1/2011 6:18PM

    You will look Good emoticon in " Whatever " you are going to where that day...

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WILLOW49 4/1/2011 4:29PM

    I wore a long-sleeved dress with sandals to my son's wedding last Oct. (in GA). My dress was teal with a black chiffon overlay, so black sandals looked good.

Whatever you decide on will be fine. What's most important is being there for your son's wedding!

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TRIPLE_EMME 4/1/2011 3:59PM

    I don't have any advice to share, but wanted to wish you lots of luck and energy to find the "right" dress.

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Is working with a personal stylist/shopper at a department store an option for you? I've never done this, but have heard positive feedback from women who have utilized this service.

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KANSASROSE67 4/1/2011 2:52PM

    I love the dress pictured! Maybe you could get ballet flats dyed to match it...that would be really pretty. I think the style and length would be very flattering and more practical than a floor-length dress on the beach.

I'm sure whatever you decide will be fine. And your happy face and smile and love for your son will matter a lot more than what you wear!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/1/2011 2:44PM

    I am going to see if I can find a picture I have of a dress and e-mail it to you. It is long in length & sleeves, light so you won't be too hot.

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KAMAPERRY 4/1/2011 2:07PM

    This dress is very pretty! I would wear it with some nice pumps.

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LADEEDAA 4/1/2011 1:58PM

  Hahaha~~
Your sarcasm is hilarious! Don't forget that it does bite though, and don't be so hard on yourself. Sorry re: advice for beach wedding, I'm no stylist... just had to comment, you're so funny

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