Monday, May 19, 2014

Sweet Remembrance....

A week has passed and I'm musing on the love, activity, and excitement of that week ~ sweet remembrance and priceless memories.

Our home was filled with amazing blossoms ~

A magnificent bouquet from Remarkable Moms Celebration ~
not all the day lilies had bloomed yet, but they will!

Charming blooms and cherished words from sister in law Ann and niece Kate, who weren't able to make the trip to Tucson...

Loving homage from my soulmate and groom, for Mother's Day...

Our home is still fragrant with the remaining blossoms....I've restaged them throughout the house ~

Yes, they bloomed! 

And two new baby rose bushes for my rose garden....

I'm also having lots of fun with my new camera!  Haven't traveled with it yet, but have plans to give it more of a workout than just "still life!"

Mothers Day afternoon was spent at Hi Corbett Field where the AZ Wildcats took on the Stanford Cardinal.  It was a glorious day to be outdoors and enjoying baseball, although we took a shellacking!

Stopped by to see Kiki, who was holding an Open House, on our way home...then off to dinner at Hub ~ one of my favorite local eateries, especially the homemade ice cream!

A joy-filled weekend came to a close ~ little brother was on his way back to NYC ~ the girls and Ron were back to work ~ and I had lots of thank you notes to write!

I didn't have a chance to wish all a Happy Mothers Day, so I send you that special wish now.  I always make that wish for everyone...after all, we all have/had mothers!

I'm excited to report that the Boutique is now stocked with all existing inventory.  Let me know if I might help you with your shopping!  You'll find a direct link on the navigation bar at the top of the blog.  You'll also find some Past Treasures for inspiration.

Precious Metal Clay class begins on Tuesday and I'll be joining my friend Kathleen out at Picture Rocks, AZ for this series.  Our instructor is uber talented artist, Lyle Rayfield.  You can check her out here.

This is a whole new medium for me and I couldn't be more excited!
Here's a sampling of Kathleen's creations which inspired me to sign up for the classes....

Well, dear friends, that will do it for this Monday.  Next week I'll be honoring the fallen who've defended our blessed country so there will be no blog post.

Wishing you all a blessed week and a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!  Thank you for sharing your time with me today....

Monday, May 12, 2014

REMARKABLE Family and Friends!

The big day was approaching.....


Tu Nidito would celebrate five Remarkable Moms on Saturday, May 10th.
As you may know, I was honored to be part of this remarkable group.
On Friday, my youngest brother Erik arrived from NYC to help celebrate the occasion.  What a blessing to have him there with me, my family and friends....for 3 days!

We celebrated family on Friday night at Frog and Firkin....

Saturday was a virtually calm day....the men were off to the car show at the U of AZ mall, Kiki was working, and Shotzie was there to support me and keep me "cool."

I want to thank Gadabout SalonSpas for the complimentary shampoo and styling I received that afternoon, and to my dear friend Tammy, who provided her amazing talents so my hair would be perfect!

Thank you, sweet Shotzie, for using your artistic talents and fabulous MAC products to transform this 66 year old face....I felt like a prom queen!

At 5:00 we were off to the party....
Erik, me, Ron
The girls followed shortly after, escorted by dear friend Jerry....

The RM's (Remarkable Moms) were treated to a private champagne toast, where we received our beautiful pink satin sashes and orchid corsage...

Beautiful Donna, my sponsor

Following the toast, we joined our family, friends, and celebrators at the Silent Auction.  We were treated to live music, hors' d'oeuvres, and drinks.

Finding our table....

A beautiful basket filled with goodies donated in my honor from Donna & Mike
A donation from Karen's Monday Musings
A donation from The Window Depot (thank you, Ron!)
Fantastic dancing music!
the love of my life!

Sweet girlfriends! Debbie, me, Geri, and Sandra
Teaching colleague and dear friend, Nancy with hubby Cliff
With the "kids" ~ Jerry, Shotzie, and Kiki

Table fun!

Having fun!
Posing with Adriana, our Remarkble Chair
 The Silent Auction was ending and we were ushered into the Kiva Ballroom for dinner, dancing, and tributes....

Our table

Sandra, Debbie and Rick
Our guests are watching the big screen as my tribute video is played.  My family and I are being interviewed, each individually.  I'm completely overwhelmed!

I had no previous notion of what they said in their interview.  The video was amazing and the interviews were peppered with a montage of still photos from the past 44 years of my life with Ron, and our beautiful daughters.....

 Each and every video was amazing and I learned so much about my Remarkable "sisters!"
Donna, Neelam, me, Tiana, Page
We danced the night away....the featured entertainment was fantastic with a Michael Jackson entourage and impersonator who really nailed it!

Here we are ~ click the video to play....

A perfect ending to a fairytale evening!

My heart is full to overflowing with love, joy, and gratitude to all of you who have supported me and, most importantly, Tu Nidito.  The difference your support will make in the lives of children and families who suffer loss is immeasurable.

This event would not be possible without everyone at Tu Nidito and all who support this amazing organization.

I would like to personally offer a very special thanks to my blessed family,  Rich and Pat, Erik, Ann, and Kate, Sandra, Nancy and Mike and daughters, Mark and Debbie, Chip and Rachelle, Aunt Jeanne, Debbie and Rick, Bob and Kip, Roberta and Pat, Shann and Brian, Mary and Pedro, The Window Depot, Barb and Jim Markert, Donna and Mike, Casino del Sol, Gadabout SalonSpas, Kat, Tammy, Laurie and Lisa Designs, Elements, Affinity Financial, and Salpointe Catholic High School.  I LOVE YOU!!!

A belated Happy Mother's Day to all of you, my beautiful friends and family.  I'll follow up next week with our Mothers Day shenanigans.

Have a blessed week ~ you are in my heart!