Thursday, June 30, 2011

Ohhhhh, Paula. How I LOVE you :)

Well, we just got back from a super amazing vacation in the mountains of Georgia.  My best friend owns a house in Georgia.  She's had it for 4 years but this is the first time we visit.  Let me tell you that it was AMAZING!!  Coming from Florida, those hills that then turn into mountains are just breathtaking. 

We left Friday night so the boys could sleep through the ride.  We arrived in Savannah, GA at 6 am.  We drove straight to Paul Dean's restaurant, The Lady and Sons.  I thought there would be a line at that time but there wasn't.  So we went off to the Bonaventure Cementery.  I really wanted to see the Bird Girl, the statue that was featured in the movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil".  I didn't realize that they had moved to a museum quite a few years ago.

I love that movie!!  If you haven't watched it, you really must.

Anyways, we drove around the cemetery and took some amazing pictures.  I love the fact that people in GA section off their family plot with some marble and then place all their loved ones in there.  Here in FL, we just have plot after plot.  They have sooooo many statues in the cemetery and soooo many stories.  I loved going through and seeing it.  It was sad though because I eventually came across the headrests of small children and infants.  How terribly sad...

 I can only imagine the complete despair of the parents.

After the cemetery, we went back to Paula's to see if the line had formed.  I think we got there around 7:30-7:45 am.  I was the 11th person in line!!

 That's me in the gray shirt waiting for 9:30am to roll around.  I think I look pretty good for sleeping 2 hours within a 24 hour period...LOL.
 This is the line by the time 9:30am came around.  That's the time they start taking names for that day's service.
 Then you have to show up 15 minutes before your reservation time in order to wait for your name to be called.  That's me again in the gray shirt in the middle.  At this time, I got a 30 minute power nap in the car while we waited for 10:45am to roll around.
 This is the family.  We are eagerly awaiting the delicious food that was about to come.  (from left to right- Benny, Mercy, Roman, and Enzo)
 The first they bring out are hoecakes and a biscuit.  That hoecake was OUT OF THIS WORLD delicious!!  I was in heaven eating it.  I had never had one before but it put other hoecakes to shame...LOL!!
 Benny got the buffet.  So he got some fried chicken, mashed potatoes, pork chops, candied yams, collard greens, macaroni and cheese, and creamed corn.
 This is Benny as he is putting the chicken in his mouth...
 and this is him after chewing it and getting to taste it.  Doesn't that picture say it all.  It was just soooooooo juicy and delicious.
 This is my chicken pot pie.  It was delicious!!  The only thing that I would have changed was to put only white meat chicken.  Other than that, it was sooooooo super yummy.  I asked Roman if he liked this one or the one that mommy makes and he said that he likes this one better :(  Pretty sad but I can see why he preferred this one.  It was really yummy.  I do think mine is pretty scrumptious though...LOL
Here's the buffet.  I really wanted Benny to take a much closer view of the food but he didn't...oh, well.  What can you do?  

All in all, the food at The Lady and Sons is fabulous!!  If you ever go by Savannah, GA, you MUST go there!!  I know there is a long wait but it is sooooooooooo worth it.  My best friend has lived in GA for 4 years and never gone but I am sure that she will be going shortly because I can not stress enough how delicious it is.

Well, I will be going to bed now.  I will be back with some more pictures of my mountain adventure.  

Hope you enjoyed, Mercy

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

What I've been working on.

I have been having a great time off so far.  We have been relaxing and swimming in the pool.  We got an above ground pool the other day and set it up.  It is soooooo nice  being able to swim in the pool to escape from the heat.  It's only a 12 X 30 inch pool but it does the trick.  The boys are loving being outside and I am loving watching them learn how to swim.

Anyways... one of my coworkers asked me to make her some cards.  They are business size and are to put inside gifts.  She showed me a sample of one she had from many years ago and I finally delivered them to her.  So here are the pics...

I found the free clip art online and pasted them together to make their family.  I blocked out their last name to protect their identity but I think they came out fabulous, if I do say so myself.  I think that this is a great idea.  Anytime you have a gift to give either in your family or for the kid's school, you get one of these little cards and put them in the gift.  It's cute, it's personal, and super convenient!!  

I will probably be making more for our family and perhaps I can make a little business out of this...anything to make extra money to pay for my scrapbooking addiction...LOL!!  I just have to find clip art that I can use to sell.  If anyone knows about this, PLMK.

Hope you enjoy,

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

I got a present!!

If you have been watching my videos, you know I have many obsessions.  I am addicted to Greeting Farm stamps and Spellbinders.  Once I noticed that Michael's had Spellbinders AND I could use a coupon, there was noooo turning back.  Then Spellbinders came out with GRAND Nestabilities...I was just floored.  I soooooooo want all of them.  The one problem was that I do not have anything to cut them out with.  I only have a Cuttlebug which is no where near big enough to cut out the dies.  Sooooo, I have been researching which machine to get.  I would have loved to get an Accu-Cut machine but that is wayyyyyyy out of my price range.  So, I started looking at the Sizzix Big Shot Pro.  I have been wanting one for a while now but I want to get it at the best price possible.  So, the other day, I was reading Kathryn's blog ( and she posted that she got the Big Shot Pro!!  She found it on for a fabulous price AND it even comes with the XL plates.  The price is $231.99!!  n orde to ship it, you have to pay $1...yes, $1.  I couldn't pass this up BUT the hubs sure did.  He said that I had to wait.  So after a few days of pouting...he gave me the go ahead!!  I was soooooo super excited.  Today, when I got home, I saw a HUGE box waiting for me outside my door.  It came in!!  I couldn't wait for the hubs to get home and help me with it.  I just started to open the box and put it together.  You only have to put the handle on it.  Then I put it in the room.  The machine is GI-NORMOUS!!  It was a ton (30lbs)!!  So, here it is...

I figured I should show Roman with the machine in order to give you some idea of the size.

I can't wait to start using it!!  :)

End of the School Year Teacher Gifts

The end of the school year is HERE!!  I have been waiting for this moment for a while.  I LOVE spending the summers with the boys doing...nothing most times.  Just waking up, watching TV, playing in the park, going to the pool or a beach.  I cherish these moments.  This is where I hope most of their happy moments will be when they grow up.

Anyways, I made their teachers a little something.  I wouldn't be able to ANYTHING close to what they deserve.  They have been AMAZING.  The boys have both learned and enjoyed their time with them.  I am happy that they had these teachers.

Greeting Farm Flirty Anya stamp.

Cupcakes from Sweetness Bakery and Cafe.  They have some yummy cupcakes.  

Soo, now my boys will be going to Kindergarten...ohhhhh, how the time flies.  

Hope you guys enjoy my goodies. :)