Summer has flown by ...

Friday, August 26, 2011 |
 I can't believe that summer is coming to end in a few short days.
School starts next week. They have delayed our start due to the hurricane that will soon be arriving.
I feel like I've been going non stop for weeks but have little to show for it when I look back on the days. Do you ever feel like this?

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Many fun days have been spent at the beach club. It's always a great day when you're with friends, sunshine and a good book! I'm going to miss the sand between my toes.

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A good friend and I treated ourselves to a relaxing day at the Ocean House in Watch Hill. After a day of pampering and lunching I was ready for a nap on the beach ;)


Our summer routine always includes Farmer's markets. There is just something about filling my basket with fresh goodies, and preparing them for my family. It just makes my heart happy!

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Despite a nasty storm that was brewing, we enjoyed a great concert at Jonathan Edwards Winery with our very good friends. Ben Taylor {James Taylor and Carly Simon's son} and guest, Arnold McCuller, filled the vineyard with their amazing voices! As an added bonus, the concert also benefited Chikumbuso. I have one of their amazing bags that I use to tote my beach items.

I made my yummy roasted antipasto platter ~ filled with fresh veggies, cheeses, tapenade, and freshly baked bread. So good! We have several courses of great food and wine as the night wore on. Extra time was spent on the treadmill the very next morning.


I've been working on a few dresses. No, there will not be a design collection with my name on it anytime soon, but I do have a few cute dresses to wear around my home {with the shades drawn} :) My "skills" in the sewing department are limited! Ha.

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Lastly, but most importantly, we celebrated a special anniversary last week. Kevin and I don't normally exchange gifts but rather go out to a nice meal together. However, since this was a milestone, we bent the rules. He *really* surprised me with a ring for my right hand. I wasn't expecting him to put such thought into that little box. I guess he does listen when I ramble on and on and on endlessly ~ on a regular basis :)

Today I am spending the day worrying about my son. He is in North Carolina attending school{as many of you know.} This mama wants to go down there, scoop him up, and keep him safe and sound until the storm is over. Nicholas has assured me numerous times that he has a plan and will be just fine. Probably, but once a mama ~ always a mama! We too are expecting Irenes powerful arrival. The stores have been packed! Many are out of generators, flashlights and bottled water.  I planned ahead so we are all set ~ good thing we visited wine country earlier this summer! ;)

To all of my friends on the East coast, you're in my thoughts and I'm praying for your safety!

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Blondie's Journal said...

What a gorgeous way to spend the day and evening...sounds like heaven!! Your pictures are lovely!

I hope all of you are safe from the hurricane, I have been following it on the news. I know we mothers never stop worrying. I will keep all of you in my thoughts.


French said...

I stopped by as I am thinking of you and the storm; be very safe; longer email this weekend~

Dee Stephens said...

Love your dress! Congrats on the anniversary!
Yes, Irene is headed out way. Be safe!

Rene said...

What a beautiful resort Jo. Your images are all so pretty. As far as I can tell, your son is safe. We are experiencing wind here, but that is all. Even still it is hard to not worry.

Enjoy your time before school starts.

carolinagirl said...

that resort is gorgeous!

i've been constantly texting a friend in Wilmington...i think they'll be just fine!!!

i am most worried about water as far as our condo is concerned as well as the state of the beach once she leaves. boo storms.

carolinagirl said...

we must have ESP...I think we were posting on each other's walls at the same time! :)

The Entertaining House said...

Lovely summer recap and post! Hoping you stay dry and safe too! xoxo

Privet and Holly said...

Thought about
you and yours
yesterday, Jo...
Hope you all came
out okay. Love
these beautiful
boat shots!
xx Suzanne

JMW said...

Hope you guys are safe and not impacted by the bad weather and damage that Irene has brought about. Glad to hear your son is fine, too. All of those boats lined up is quite a sight!

Lulu and Co. said...

Hope all is well after irene blew through!

Heather said...

Oh my goodness, you made that dress? I am so impressed!

Lori said...

Okay, a few things, I love the Ocean House in Watch Hill and wanted to get married there so badly, but because of catering issues it didn't work out...seeing the photos puts a smile on my face and brings back such fond memories! Love Ben Taylor ~ did not know that Carly Simon was his MOM though! lol I knew her and JT were married at one point but don't think I knew they had children.
Anyway, I love your fabric choice and I HAVE THAT SAME VINTAGE PATTERN! :D I so want to see your dresses!!
Happy special anniversary and what a sweetie to surprise you with a ring! You two are so cute! :)

Lynda @ Happenstance Home said...

What a gorgeous place to be able to spend time. Love that!

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