Sunday, March 22, 2009

Spring has Sprung

This is the first tulip to fully bloom and open up in my mom's flower beds. I'm a complete amateur at photography but I always find that I love the pics that I take of flowers the best. This red tulip is one of my new faves.

Today has been wonderful! I slept in til 11 then Matt and I watched The Golden Compass. I loved The Chronicles of Narnia and really like these fantasy stories. The Compass was okay, but the story line was a little too weird. I've been catching up on the last few episodes of Real Housewives of New York City this afternoon. Last season Ramona was my least favorite housewife. I have to say that this season, LuAnn is definitely pretty low on my list. Her judgmental advice is getting pretty annoying.

Last night we went to our friends Haley and Shane's wedding reception. The location was beautiful, it was held at The Skelly Lodge in Catoosa, OK.

Here are some pics from the Lodge Website and the description.

Skelly Lodge is an elegant eight bedroom Swiss chalet that rests high on a ridge with a commanding view of the Verdigris River Valley and the wooded hills of northeastern Oklahoma. Only minutes east of the Tulsa metro area, we are surprisingly secluded.

Here is the exterior:

Here is a picture of the gorgeous view looking out from one of the balconies last autumn. The beautiful colors of the changing leaves in Northeastern Oklahoma are one of my favorite things about this area. I dream of having an autumn wedding someday and this place looks like it could be a perfect location.

After we left the reception we decided to stop by one of the huge casinos in Tulsa. Most of the casinos are only 21 and over so this was my first time to go to one. We only played the slot machines and I ended up wasting $20 and it wasn't very much fun. I don't really see how people can enjoy going out every night or weekend only to push those buttons all night long. I think I'd probably have more fun playing cards, but the slot machines are def not for me.

I finished my apron for the Sassy Apron Swap this weekend. I had so much fun and it was so easy! It is pink and green and I wish I would have made one for myself! I'm not too sure if my partner reads my blog so I better wait to post pics after I send it to her at the end of this month. In the future, I'd like to sew one to give away to one of you fabulous ladies.

I seriously can't believe how blessed I've been lately! I won several other giveaways in the past few weeks.
First of all thanks to Aprons Americana. I won a beautiful cobbler-style apron that in a giveaway that she hosted on The Apron Goddesses blog. I just got it in the mail this weekend. It's a light green print that has each bird of the states on it. I absolutely love it and wore it around the house all day Friday while I was sewing.

Also, big thanks to Mommy Diaries. I won her great Save the Tatas giveaway! I can't wait to get my tee and tank top and start spreading the word for Breast Cancer Research.

As if that wasn't fabulous enough, I also won 3 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies from Maureen from at Aunt Rene's blog. I've already been indulging in the Tagalongs and Peanut Butter Patty cookies. This was a giveaway held during the SITS Spring Fling. Thanks Maureen!

I'm off to pick up groceries for this week. By the way, I've recently discovered the store Aldi's. Have any of you shopped there before? They've got some amazing deals, especially on their produce. We're trying to save our pennies where we can and I love that I can get fresh fruits and veggies there for pretty cheap.

I'll have an update on the gardening scene sometime later this week.

How was your weekend?



Pam said...

Visiting from SITS. Sounds like you had a busy, but fun filled weekend. Love your tulip picture.

New Girl on Post said...

I think the tulip picture is beautiful! Sorry I haven't emailed you lately. I have an email sitting in my draft folder, but have yet to finish it. I'll try to get that done today.

Let me know what's going on!

The Blonde Duck said...

Popped in from SITS to say hi!

jlc said...

That place looks fabulous!! Sooo a place I'd vacation to..... ohhhh vacations. :)

Jon and Steph said...

Love the tulip, your garden is going to be beautiful! I LOVE Oklahoma in the fall, boy do I miss it! Jon and I were supposed to get married in the fall, but had to move it to June because of our move to Germany.

You have won so many great things! That's awesome. Are you going to take a picture of your apron? I'd love to see it!

Angie Marion said...

beautiful photos! wish we had flowers here! Hi From SiTS!

Allison said...

I saw a few tulips starting to bloom last week...makes me happy! I can't WAIT for warmer weather!!

the Preppy Princess said...

From the look of that tulip methinks you are definitely a step above an amateur when it comes to photography!

We remember the Lodge; when we lived in OKC we went there once, a beautiful place.

The earrings arrived -- I love them! I'll put them in tomorrow's post, thank you *so* much!

Jon and Steph said...

I tagged you on my blog!

Lani said...

I like the photo!
And what a cool spot for a wedding reception. I love going to weddings:)

Julia said...

You are such a busy young woman. And have so much positive and good going on! And I am so glad to know you got your apron from Aprons Americana too. Maybe in a few weeks when the weather is better and more flowers are out you can do a photo shoot outside to show it off??? I will put up your post tomorrow with your sister Tarra so I am snooping around for more details to include today! Thanks for playing in the apron games at TAG! :)