Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Winner & What a blast Virginia beach was!

And the winner is...
comment number 8's what she wrote...

Hi Paula,
Glad to see you back, we've missed you!
 Oh, your signs are the loveliest I've ever seen. I hope to order one for my shop soon.
Love the Christmas sign, it's wonderful.

I am excited to be included in your giveaway!

{do you know this gal???}

That's right's you!
 Congrats girl!

Thanks to all who entered! I've read and read again all your wonderful comments and they have me smiling ear to ear! I'm so lucky to have you all as blog buddies!

What a week I had in Virginia of the best vacations I've had in years!
Between all of us, we have almost 1000 photos... yes, one thousand, that's not a typo!
Here are a few of my favorites from the week...

Our family photo on the stairs of the house...

My dad and his five kids...( I say 'kids' cuz we were like kids all week!)

then we added in the spouses and our kids...

then down to the beach for more family shots....

Mike jr, me, Hannah, and Mike
a surprise kiss!

me and Hannah
Mike and Hannah (seems we always have to drag him out of the water for a photo!)
my sisters and me...
Donna, Tina and Laura

got a few shots of Hannah that we might use for her senior pictures this year...does she get this beauty from me? ! lol!

one of the funnest things we did was an Iron Chef cookoff...between my neice Rachel and brother in law Greg...what a feast they put on!

Greg was the winner, but since Rachel's young and only been cooking for a short while she gave him quite a run for his money! She made the grilled watermelon was awesome!

My brother serenaded us each night with his guitar!

I got in 4 tennis matches! The courts were on the was heaven!
I even got my sister Donna to play on the last day, she had never been on a court before, turns out she's pretty good~ I hope she keeps playing when she gets home.

And on the last day, Mike finally got me in the kyak and out on the ocean....I was nervous but once I got out there I didn't want to come back!
Can you see how far out we went? The most peaceful place on earth I tell ya...I want one of these!!...Santa are you listening??


Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

What a fun trip, Paula! It looks like you all had a blast! Congrats to Sissie!

Marsha @ Tattered Chick said...

Ditto what Kathy said!!!! FUN FUN FUN!!!!!


Sissie's Shabby Cottage said...

Hi Paula!
I'm so excited!!! I was scrolling down my blog list and there was my picture!!!! I'm doing the happy dance. Thank you so very much! I'm thrilled.

I'm also looking at your family vacation pics and I'm smiling all over. There is nothing like being with family and having fun!


Heaven's Walk said...

Hey pretty girl ~ What a beautiful family you have! And it looks like you had such a wonderful vacation together. Sweet memories... :)

xoxo laurie

People Who Know Me Would Say: said...

Congratulations, Sissie! If it wasn't me, I'm glad it was you. :)

Paula, your family vacation looks dreamlike with all those loved ones there! I adore the shots of you, Michael and the kids!

michelle said...

It looks like you had an AMAZING time!! I love all your photos and you and your family are beautiful. Thank you for sharing!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

Hi Paula,
Wow, what a great vacation! and the family photos are picture perfect...I hope to get a few great family shots too on our trip to Hawaii in Oct.
Its always fun to get away, and then when we get home we need a vacation from the vacation LOL.
Congratulations to Sissie...
Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

Jenny said...

Wow. Paula! What a lovely family you have!

Congratulations to your lucky winner!

Lisa said...

I love it, what good times!!! It's enough to make me want to go back to the beach, like right now!!!!