Thursday, August 28, 2008

Winter Ball Gown Idea :-)

So here is a sneak preview of the gown I want to recreate. However, I'm thinking of using a sage green taffeta with a peachy/ orange sash. I'm starting to get my patterns together and figure out exactly how I want the costume to look. I'm getting super excited. I also have a neat idea for Aaron. I will post a picture as soon as I find one that really embodies what I'm imagining.
God Bless!

In the real world, Aaron and I have had a rough and stressful week. We are fine, as a couple, but we just have had one of those really awful weeks. From our family and friend's pets (Dasher, Grandpa's cat, and Michele's, our manager in Tigard, dog) passing away to a really awful experience with a new church we attended in Vancouver. So please keep us in your prayers. Love Lauren :-)

Monday, August 25, 2008

Poor Dasher Do :-(

I received word today that Dash, my SIL's beloved Jack Russel, was killed by a car. I always referred to Dasher as my nephew, because he was Leah's baby before they had Zachary. Please pray for Leah as she goes through this very difficult time of morning her pet. We'll miss you Dasher Do :-(

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Parade Of Homes 2008

My company was privleged to provide the surface materials for another beautiful Parade of Homes home by Barton Brother's Construction. We also were invited to attend the opening VIP night to tour the homes before the general public. It was alot of fun to see all of the houses, but my favorite, and I'm not being biased, was definately the Barton House. Here are a few pictures of the interior. Enjoy and God Bless! (the pictures really don't do the house justice)


Master Bedroom/ Bathroom

Powder Bath

Guest Bed/ Bath 1

My Favorite Room (it was so beautiful and just a jewel box)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Happy Adoption Day Baby!!!

Our nephew, Zach, with our niece, Ayana

Today is the 2 year anniversary of Zachary's adoption. I can't believe he has been in our family for two years now. Time really does fly. I miss you baby and I can't wait to see you again. Your Auntie loves you little one and I thank Jesus for bringing you to our family. Love Auntie Lauren.

P.S. You are such a wonderful big brother :-)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Book Meme

I was tagged by Sarah, at Romantic History, eons ago to do this Book Meme. So here goes :-)


Link to the person that tagged you, post the rules somewhere in your meme, answer the questions, tag six people in your post, let the tagees know they’ve been chosen by leaving a comment on their blog, let the tagger know your entry is posted.

Who is your all-time favorite author and why?

Oh, that is an unfair question... I have so many. I think if I had to choose it would be L.M. Montgomery, who wrote Anne of Green Gables. This series was one of the first books that my mom read to me from infancy and I have always loved them.

Who was your first favorite author and why? Do you still consider him/her to be among your favorites?

My first favorite author was Laura Ingles Wilder. I have read her entire series and as a child I would play pioneer and covered wagon. I was always Laura's best friend :-)

Who is the most recent addition to your list of favorite authors, and why?

I'm really enjoying Baronees Orzcy right now. I'm reading her book the Scarlet Pimpernel. I think my interest stems from our ORS group and my love of the late 18th century.

If someone asked you who your favorite authors were right now, which authors would first pop out of your mouth?

Charles Dickens, the Bronte sisters, Jane Austen, J.R. Tolkin, C.S. Lewis, Shakespeare, L.M. Montgomery, Laura Ingles, Chaucer, and that's all I can think of at the moment.

God Bless :-)

Love Lauren

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Berry Botanical Garden Picnic :-)

Yet again, we had a spectacular picnic with the ORS. It was the final picnic of the summer and it was beautiful, though a little too warm. We played Graces, Whist and walked around the amazing grounds. I think the best thing about the event, was the private location. We had the place all to ourselves. Here are some pictures of our little gathering. Aaron has posted all of the pictures here... Berry Garden Pictures. Enjoy :-)

Love Lauren

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

1 Year Ago Today...

We drove to Sandy, OR to pick up our little birdy boy. He has come so far in a year's time and I know everyone says this, but I can't believe we've had him so long. Here are some pictures of our baby. We love you Giconi Bird.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Our First Cucumber :-)

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Sunday, August 10, 2008

Our Garden

Well, it appears our kitchen garden may be late blooming, but is still turning out to be successful. It's so much fun to take God's creation and watch it grow. We harvested our peas and purple bush beans last week. They were super yummy. Right now we are waiting for our tomatoes and cucumbers to ripen; the cucumbers seem to be taking over the garden :-) We are continually harvesting herbs for various dishes. Last night we made a roast and stuffed parsley, rosemary, and thyme into slits on the surface. It is soooo yummy and infuses the various flavors through the roast. I'm am so grateful that we have our little plot of land that actually grows plants :-) As a desert girl, I never had the chance to garden, so I'm enjoying this alot. Well, I should be off to check on the rice cooking on the stove, here are some pictures of our progress. God Bless!

Love Lauren

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Tuesday, August 05, 2008

More Masquerade

So, I just can't get enough of our Masquerade pictures. These were taken by one of the ORS members. I just love them; so romantic. It's rare we get pictures while we're dancing. Anyway, here we are, yet again.

Sunday, August 03, 2008

Midsummer Night's Dream Exert

Here is the link to the lovely performance played out for our enjoyment at our lovely ball. Enjoy :-

Midsummer Night's Dream Play

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Masquerade... Sigh...

Wow! Our Ball was simply wonderful. I couldn't have asked for a more beautiful and stunning event. The whole thing was amazing. My favorite part of the evening was the dancing and the exert from Midsummer Night's Dream. It was beautiful. Here are a few pictures with a link to the rest. Aaron in working on getting a link to the video of the play for your enjoyment. God Bless! Love Lauren.

Midsummer Masquerade Ball Photos

Aaron and Me

Steph and Me

Ryan ( as Puck)

Aaron and Me (yet again)

Friday, August 01, 2008


Tonight is our wonderful Midsummer Masquerade. I'm sooooo excited! I will be sure to post details and pictures either tonight or tomorrow. I'm sitting here at work anxiously awaiting the 5:00 hour so I can scoot out of this century and into the late 18th century. I will post more later. God Bless!

Love Lauren