Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy NYE!

Hoping this finds you and yours well!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

November Slice

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Just a quick catch up on the work stuff....I know it's been awhile.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

I can't believe it's been well over a month since I last posted something here.
Lots going on.
Sometimes it's hard to write when you're world is so crazy.
I am just one of those people that needs a quiet place (and space) to sit and write and reflect.
This often does not happen.
But this morning I've decided to make it happen....even though it's not quiet around me.
Not quiet in my mind.  Not quiet in my surroundings.
But there is a sense of peace on this rainy Saturday Summer morning.

Peace can be elusive I've found over the years, so when it comes my way, I grab it.
Writing (and reflecting) is a way for me to do that.
So here it goes.

Our state has suffered much over the last several weeks.
 Moore and other areas were hit hard by tornadoes.
The devastation has been almost too much to watch.
We were not affected and are extremely thankful.
I talked to a woman two days ago that lost her home of 21 years.
She raised her three boys there and now it is gone.
She, however, is not a wallower.  
Her strength, perspective and thankfulness were overwhelming.
The kindness of people around here and from all over the country has been incredible to witness.
New beginnings are happening all over.
Re-birth and re-building are one of the most beautiful things to watch.

With the end of the school year we also saw celebrations.
I posted pictures of the college friends that we celebrated for graduating and then
two of them got engaged!  And boy did we celebrate that.
Our #4 "graduated" from Elementary School.
We definitely celebrated that too.
And cried.
New beginnings.


We also decided to finally jump off and re-do the back room of our house.
One more coat of white paint and then furniture will start to be put in place.  
White.  A fresh new canvas.  A new beginning.
I'm excited.
I'll try and post pictures and share the journey.


As I've shared before I always question this form of communication...along with all other social media outlets.  My oldest daughter and I were talking the other day about the "highlight reel" effect of social media.  I'm guilty for sure.  I love to share the beautiful things I see around me and that I create for my work, etc.... I do however cringe at the idea that I am putting out there some kind of perfect life image of myself or my family.
We are not perfect.
That peony I posted on instagram the other day....it was pretty darn close to perfect! 
  But me....a work in progress.
Just like that back room that is now white as snow.
Sometimes I want a do-over....literally.
Whether it's a personal struggle or just redecorating....new beginnings are always possible.
New beginnings are beautiful.
Again and Again....in peace~


~my peony tree~

~yummy peonies~

~Lincoln and Lauren are getting married!~

~the perfect peony~

~Our little graduate~

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Nothing makes you realize your kids are growing up more than this.

Our 15 1/2 year old son is pictured here at the mercy of a teammate.  
Notice, he is not being held down by others.
He's a willing participant.
It's playoff time in the soccer world and last night at "Team Dinner" this was the entertainment.
He wasn't alone....3 others got various crazy cuts.
I actually love it.  I think aside from the fact that I think he looks great no matter what the hairstyle, that smile on his face is worth more than anything.
Joy on one of your kids faces is by far the most beautiful thing to behold.

And a silly face from your big boy son...
well, that's just awesome.
Go Tigers!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Not but a few months ago I posted some pictures of a graduation party we had here at the house for our dear friend Lauren. 
 Last weekend it was time to celebrate her friends.
Obviously these are not our kids.
These are young adults that were raised by their own parents...and those parents deserve some kudos.
I'm not exaggerating when I say they are an exceptional group....and the only way that is possible is by each of them being exceptional themselves.
They are courteous, caring, kind, selfless, funny, beautiful, smart...believe me, the list could go on and on.
I can say all this because I had nothing to do with it.
But I still feel like I am bragging about my own kids.
That's how much we love them.
Here are some of the pics from the evening and one recipe!

~These tomatoes are for on top of asparagus~
~Cook asparagus with olive oil, chopped garlic, and sea salt and 350 until tender (30 minutes)
For tomatoes:
Half 1 to 2 packages of cherry or grape tomatoes
2 Tbs. Olive Oil
2 Tbs. Balsamic Vinegar
1 shallot minced
juice of 1-1/2 lemon
1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
salt and pepper to taste
This is not an exact science kind of recipe....just throw it together and taste test it.
Combine all and either pour over immediately or chill and pour over later. 

As for the flowers on the table I decided to use fresh basil, thyme, daisies, kalanchoes, and geraniums in different glass containers as well as pots with lots of moss lining the glass containers.
Here's a tip.  I knew I was going to plant most of these outside so the party was a perfect way to "use" them before I did.  For example:  The basil was temporarily put in a glass pedestal bowl with lichen moss around it.  A couple of days after the party I transferred it to a terra-cotta pot.  
I did the same for the other herbs and geraniums.
I loaded up the table with candles that made the table glow as the sun went down.

It was a beautiful night in every way.

~Congratulations all of you~
The future looks bright to us knowing you are in it!
~the waters family

~April 13, 2013~

~what a night~


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Long time no see!
Busy bees (not just me) around the Waters household.
Play rehearsals, spring break, soccer, basketball, a.c.t.'s...gosh I could go on and on.
Sometimes I think..."Someone stop this freight train!"  
Especially when I hear that my oldest son's friend drove him to lunch the other day.
His parents were in the car with them....thank goodness these boys are only at the "permit stage".
I'm not sure if I am really going to "permit" him to drive me anywhere.
I have a little while to decide.
Less than 2 months actually....double gasp.
Moving on to what this post is really about! 
It's a new month and with that comes a new Slice.
I loved working on this piece. 
Carli Wentworth (the amazing Carli is how I think of her) has been working on these articles with me now for months.  Somehow, someway, this little job of mine has brought me into contact with people that I truly love working with.
These stores that we went to were awesome.  
I hope you will pick up a copy or read it on-line (sliceok.com).


Also I am happy to report that finally....finally...the travel piece that I did with Katherine Cobbs (my best friend from High School!) is in this months (April) Southern Living.  At least in Oklahoma.  In March is was on stands in Alabama (I think) maybe Texas...anyway.  It will be running for a few months so if you don't live here, keep looking...or look back at March!

Here's a little instagram photo I took of the cover/article, etc.

I really want to end this update with a Thank You to those of you that read my {inconsistent} posts.
Your support is so appreciated.