Thursday, June 9, 2011

Just keep swimming, just keep swimming! ;)

The past month and half a been a whirl wind!
I hardly know where to begin.

 (if you leave, don't forget to come back)
I received my swap items from Cecilia
all the way from Mexico.
Look how precious!
Nesting baskets and nesting bowls, look at the tiny painted pigs!
I love them! :)

And, how cool is this? A handmade table cloth in one of my favorite colors from Cecilia's own personal line. So sweet of her to make this for me. :)

Thank you so much, Cecilia! :)

I also heard from Jaana. :)

Jaana gave to Sonya. Aren't they just lovely? :)

I've hired a business and life coach to help me expand and/or take my business to the next level. It's a twelve week program where she works with me one on one. It's like taking a college course, lots of information and lots of reading and hopefully, learning a bit along the way. ;)  I'm directly in the middle of it, as of today.

My middle daughter went to her senior prom. :)

Another reason it's been a whirl wind around here.....

... were the many awards ceremonies we attended along with Grace. She has received more awards, honors and recognition than anyone I know. She's been a straight A student, in the top of her class and has excelled at pretty much everything she has tried. The majority of her awards were for academics, art (she's a painter) and television production. In the fall, she will be attending Tyler School of Art, at Temple University in Phila. where she will be studying Visual Arts so she can paint and do tv production. Immensely proud of her. :)

My  oldest did not come home for the summer as she has a research position at Penn State. Very proud of her for garnering that position. It will continue in the fall when school picks back up as well, that will be her third year at Penn State studying meteorology.

So, next year, we'll be down to the boy and he will be a senior and the year will breeze by I am sure!

On a sad note, my aunt passed away on Grace's prom day. She's on the left with my Mom Mom.
It's an old picture, but, I love it. She was a pretty lady and will be missed.

oh, there's more... it will have to wait until next time though! :)


  1. Love your swap goodies!

    Congrats to grace, you must be so proud of her. I love her prom attire :)

    Good Luck with your class, I hope it brings you what you seek.


  2. Your gifts are lovely. Congrats to your daughter and congrats to your other daughter and son too:) Hope all goes well with your life coach and sorry to hear about your Aunt - thinking of you.

  3. What gorgeous minis from Cecilia and from Jaana! I didn't know you were working with a business coach Dale- how great! Grace looks so beautiful in her dress- and oh my gosh- congrats to her for graduation and for all her successes! You must be such a proud Momma- all of your kids sound like they are fantastic people! I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt- sending you a hug ♥

  4. Oh, you really had a lot to cope with... congrats on your daughter's success, no surprise you're a proud mom. And your gifts are really lovely, so colourful!

    Have a nice weekend!

  5. Hi Dale, love the Dory quote and I no the feeling, does it ever stop, or do we really want it to.

    Keep well Sara x:o)

  6. Grace's artistic style comes through in her personal style. She's lovely and congrats to her for her accomplishments.

    I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. Hugs for you.

  7. Thanks everyone for all of your kind comments. :)

    I know pride is a sin, but, I could not be more proud of my children. They are my everything! :)

  8. I'm sorry about your aunt.
    Your daughters sound amazing. You must be a fantastic mom.

  9. The swap items are precious Dale and it is wonderful to read about what's going on with your life here. I am really proud of you , my dear friend for bringing up such great kids! :)


    That, my friend if for you as a mum and


    for the passing of your aunt.

    Take care, love.

  10. Thanks you, Caroline. I don't know about being fantastic, but, I do love them immensely. The boy is pretty amazing, too. :)

  11. Thank you, Sans! :)

    You know how important those Aunties are! :)

  12. A little update since when I posted this entry. The hs principal asked Grace to create a mural on one of the walls at the hs. What an honor and she'll leave behind a legacy. :)

    I'll be sure to post a pic when it's completed. :)

  13. O Dale, I have just read your comment and I absolutely feel your pride and happiness!

  14. Thanks Sans! I hope you know, you have my heart. <3

  15. love your gifts, and you have a beautiful daughter!

  16. Splash , splash, splash :-)

    Lovely swap items you have there...all so cute...the pigs are my fave.

    Your daughter is stunning...and I love that dress. Congrats on the mural...what a legacy.

    Sorry to hear about your aunt though ((((( )))))

    Good luck with the business'll have to update us on hew they go.


  17. Hi dale,

    Lovely swap goodies!! Awesome!

    And congratulations to your daughter! She is so lovely in her prom gown :)

    Hope the business coach thing is going well, and I'm sorry to hear about your aunt. (((Hugs)))

    Pei Li

  18. i'll wait for the pics of the mural :O what an HONOUR!

    gratz to Grace, you must be feeling real proud of her! ^ ^ and sorry to hear about your Aunt :(

  19. Thanks, Mini Kitchen, Jayne, Pei Li and Cindy! :)

    It's been such a whirl wind as of late, I hope the rest of the summer will be on the boring side. ;)


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