Thursday, April 29, 2010

Our Heirloom Christening Gown

 Family heirlooms, oh how they can touch you in a deep and personal way.  Anyone who has ever seen photographs of their great-grandmother's wedding gown or an old newspaper article or a grandfather's war photographs knows how moving these pieces of history can be.

My favorite and most cherished heirloom is the Christening Gown that was first worn by me many, many years ago. 

Our tradition started when I found my Christening gown packed away years ago, to my amazement, it's was in perfect condition 25 years later. Thanks to my dear mother for taking such great care in packing it away.

Our youngest daughter Jennifer wore my Christening gown for her Christening back in 1978. She wore the same gown, bonnet and shoes that I wore and just looked like an angel. Her godmother is Karen, at Ladybug Creek, it was a double christening, I was Karen's son's godmother too. What a perfect and blessed day.

So 30 years later, the gown was worn by Jennifer's first daughter, then two years ago, it was worn by Jennifer's youngest daughter. The Christening gown has now been worn by four of us, what a blessing!
My daughter and my granddaughters' Christening days are remembered with great sentiment. They truly looked like precious little angels. The gown is just so beautiful,  it's of the finest quality of silk, lace, embroidery, ribbon and other sweet embellishments and it truly just so baby soft.

I feel so blessed,  it will be cherished for generations to come and it will continue to be passed down. I hope that this heirloom will tie generations of our family together in a deep and intimate way. 

I am in search of my christening photograph and my daughter's photograph, it's in one of many boxes in the attic. For now, with a simple click, I can pull up my granddaughters' photographs in the gown. (Aren't computers great?)

Little Angels



Have a blessed day,

linking to My Romantic Home Show and Tell Friday's.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Birthday Party Time

Happy Birthday Reilly!

Hip Hip Hooray, it's your special day!

I can't believe you are ten years old!! I sit in amazement that the time has gone so fast! God gave us such a sweetheart, what a wonderful gift when he sent us an angel such at you!

 April 28th, what a special day to celebrate you!

We love you so much!
Nana and Pop

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Table Top Tuesdays

I've been invited to a party! 
This is the first time I have participated in Table Top Tuesday.
Join us at Marty's house.
I am linking up to 
It's Table Top Tuesday!

This is a corner in our great room, it's next to our fireplace. Fun little nook to decorate!

A few of my favorite antique books on the left bottom shelf. 
The top box on the second shelf is a musical box that my daughter brought back to me from Switzerland.
It plays Edelweiss!

Our family room. I do enjoy adding a bit of color with fresh flowers and changing out pillows
and coffee table items.

Love the sunshine and the shadows that are created in the evening.


I collect boxes and trunks of all sizes.

 Corner of the bar, this is an area where I change things up quite often!

End table in guest bedroom, love to decorate this area.

End table in guest bedroom. I like the way the lamp shows the colors of the painting. 
Another favorite small trunk.

This wicker trunk is in our upstairs playroom, it's where I store our games.

Kitchen counter top with a piece of California pottery.

I love California pottery!

Hope you have enjoyed dropping by to see some of my table tops and what not!

Thanks Marty!
Drop in and party with us.

Have a great day!

Friday, April 23, 2010

"Softly Call The Muster..."

 Aggie Muster 2010

Our family returned home last evening from College Station, Texas where my father attended college at Texas A&M back in the 1940's.  We went to College Station to attend Aggie Muster 2010. Aggie Muster is a time-honored tradition at Texas A&M University. Each year, Muster is celebrated in more than 400 places worldwide to honor fallen Aggies and to celebrate and reflect on their lives. Muster is A&M's single most sacred and time-honored tradition.

My father was proud to be a Fightin' Texas Aggie.
Class of 1944
He passed away April 30, 2009.

Aggie Muster began with The Reflections Display at Rudder Hall. Each family had items that reflected their loved ones lives. It was truly a moving experience to be with and meet other families that had lost their loved ones this past year. To be with them, to feel with them, to share memories, that special time, will be with me forever. At times words were not spoken, just a squeeze of a hand or a gentle hug. We took my some of my dad's treasured items to display, his Senior Boots, Aggie Ring, photographs, a newspaper article with a photograph that was in the Aggie Times that Dad had saved when he was in Shanghai. He and fellow Aggie soldiers mustered at a former German Chapel in 1946.  We displayed the football ticket stubs for games that dad attended against UT, Rice and Baylor that he kept! We displayed the suitcase that my dad took to College Station when he was sent to college. My grandfather took him to the bus station, when his father gave him the bus ticket, Dad asked, "Where is College Station?" His father told him, " it's where Texas A&M is and that is where you are going." Dad was surprised that he was not going to North Texas State University in Denton, Texas! His plan was to be near Texas Women's University in Denton!  So off he went to College Station. It all turned out for the best, My Dad was so very proud of being a Mighty Texas Aggie and cherished his time there. Oh, he had so many great stories and when he told them he would just light up! Now, my dad went to Law School at the University of Texas in Austin, that other school, but in his heart, he was always an Aggie!

Reflections Display

An afternoon BBQ was held on campus that afternoon for those that wanted to attend and continue to visit with new friends.

Aggie Muster Ceremony began that evening at 7 PM. The Prelude, by the Aggie Singing Cadets, Women's Chorus, Century Singers and Reveliers was incredible. Following was the Presentation of Colors, by the the oldest Honor Guard and Drill Team of it's kind in the State of Texas, the Ross Volunteers. They are the Honor Guard for the Governor of the State of Texas.

Ross Volunteers

The National Anthem and was then played by the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band.  

The Roll Call for the Absent is a cherished part of Aggie Muster . It's a celebration of a life lived and the legacy left. Family members answer a simple "Here" when their loved one's name is called and a candle it lit by a family member. My nephew Frank Randall Nye, III, a freshman at A&M lit the candle. What an emotional and memorable time for our family.

The evening was full of many emotions, laughter, whoops,  memories, tears and solemn silence. I was left speechless at the power of the ceremony. I will never forget the sight of the flickering candles dancing in the dark. I will never forget the sound of the gunshots echoing in the arena. I will never forget the sound, the click of the boots, the Ross Volunteer's steps, Silver Taps, the fire of three rifle volleys. The reverence, the silence...

Then, the Singing Cadets sang "Auld Lang Syne"  followed by the benediction. 


"Softly call the Muster, 
Let comrade answer, “Here!”

Frank Randall Nye, Jr.   Class of '44

The Last Corps Trip

It was Judgment Day in Aggieland
And tenseness filled the air;
All knew there was a trip at hand,
But not a soul knew where.

Assembled on the drill field
Was the world-renowned Twelfth Man,
The entire fighting Aggie team
And the famous Aggie Band.

And out in front with Royal Guard
The reviewing party stood;
St. Peter and his angel staff
Were choosing bad from good.

First he surveyed the Aggie team
And in terms of an angel swore,
“By Jove, I do believe I’ve seen
This gallant group before.

I’ve seen them play since way back when,
And they’ve always had the grit;
I’ve seen ‘em lose and I’ve seen ‘em win,
But I’ve never seen ‘em quit.

No need for us to tarry here
Deciding upon their fates;
Tis plain as the halo on my head
That they’ve opened Heaven’s gates.”

And when the Twelfth Man heard this,
They let out a mighty yell
That echoed clear to Heaven
and shook the gates of Hell.

“And what group is this upon the side,”
St. Peter asked his aide,
“That swelled as if to burst with pride
When we our judgment made?”

“Why, sir, that’s the Cadet Corps
That’s known both far and wide
For backing up their fighting team
Whether they won, lost or tied.”

“Well, then,” said St. Peter,
“It’s very plain to me
That within the realms of Heaven
They should spend eternity.

And have the Texas Aggie Band
At once commence to play
For their fates too we must decide
Upon this crucial day.”

And the drum major so hearing
Slowly raised his hand
And said, “Boys, let’s play The Spirit
For the last time in Aggieland.”

And the band poured forth the anthem
In notes both bright and clear
And ten thousand Aggie voices
Sang the song they hold so dear.

And when the band had finished,
St. Peter wiped his eyes
And said, “It’s not so hard to see
They’re meant for Paradise.”

And the colonel of the Cadet Corps said
As he stiffly took his stand,
“It’s just another Corps Trip, boys,
We’ll march in behind the band.” 
-Philo H. DuVal

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Which aisle can we find these?

Just thought I'd drop in with a recipe that is a favorite around our home! The grandkids love these dessert bars.  One day my very young and inquisitive granddaughter asked me, "Nana, now, when we go to the grocery store, on which aisle can we find these bars?" It was so hard keeping a straight face, and I then told her that I had made them. She was pleased and asked when she came back would I make them again. Of course!
I am certain that they are called by other names, but here in Texas we are proud to call them Texas Gold Bars. They are moist, delicious and will make your eyes roll to the back of your head, ahem, I've seen it happen!


1 box Duncan Hines yellow cake mix
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 stick butter, melted
1 box powdered sugar (reserve 1/4 c. for topping after cooking)
4 eggs

Grease and flour 13 x 9 x 2 inch pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cake mix, 2 eggs, and melted butter. Spread into prepared pan. Combine cream cheese, 2 eggs, and powdered sugar. Pour over first mixture. Bake for 35 minutes. Sprinkle with reserved powdered sugar. Cool and cut in squares.

Bon Appetit!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

My Collection of Musical Figurines

Occupied In Japan Musical Figurines

Here are some pictures of my favorite collection that my mother gave me so many years ago.  She has so many beautiful antiques, I was thrilled when she gave this collection to me. The little figurines are antique porcelain figurines, made in Occupied Japan. They are just stunning figurines with beautiful little painted details and such bright colors.  They are all trimmed and accented with touches of gold and I dearly love each one of them. 

Each time I look at them, I end up changing my mind on which on is my favorite.
They are all such grand little figurines!

I am so happy to share this special collection with you! for Show and Tell

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Fun Way To Work Out

  • I have found a fun way to work out!
    • Have you heard of a Wii Fit Plus? 
    • My new friend is called a Wii
    •  I now have a new Mii.
    •  Wii was truly alien to me.
    •  Do you know what a Nunchuk is?
    •  No, not an animal.
    •  It's what you hold on too.
    • So, now I am hooked on Wii.
    • I can have fun and choose from:
    • Yoga.
    • Aerobics.
    • Balance Games.
    • Strength training.
    • I have a personal trainer.
    • You sweat.
    • You laugh.
    • Maybe cry.
    • Personal trainer can be sassy.
    • A quick click, and poof, she's gone!     
    • Yes, it's a video game
    • Hooks up to your TV
    • After working out, you play.
    • Golf.
    • Tennis.
    • Bowling.
    • Boxing.
    • You swing.
    • You pitch.
    • You laugh.
    • You yell.
    • You compete.
    • It's a hoot, you should give it a try!

    • Let me know what you think or what you have heard about the Wii Fit Plus. Would love to know if you have one and are hooked too! 
    Okay, for those that have to photographs! Right off the camera, seconds ago!! ( You all have to read the comments to know why I posted a few pictures! )

    Suppose to be Yoga!! .I'm a newbie!