Thursday, December 29, 2011


Today my dear Mama turned 70!! We gave her a surprise birthday bash!!  

When she walked in we all yelled 'SURPRISE'... she started to cry!  Awww.. my sweet Mama!! 

Her cake- a picture of her on her pony at age 4 - 

Of course she had a red boa, our theme was Diva for the day! 

Beautiful at 70!! 

Everyone wrote a note to her on a tag.. 

All the guests took home a leopard container with a flower..  

One section of the gift table  

Mama & Me 

My sister Fannie & Mama -

Happy 70th Mama!!
We love you!! 

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Christmas Lights!!

It wouldn't be Christmas without a drive through Highland Park... Enjoy the tour! 

Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas is Family!

Last evening we had all 4 of the children and our 2 precious GRANDsons here for Christmas dinner and the traditional Santa visit. 

Chit chat with Santa!! 

Single, 28 and full of mischief son...  

Son- The College Student - University of Arkansas - 
Daughter - Teacher - Mother of our 2 GRANDCHILDREN - 

Recent college grad! Texas A & M! Whooop! In the mission fields of Africa.


Bye SANTA!! See you next year!!  
Merry Christmas to you from my family! 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

3 days!!

3 days and counting!!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011


Fresh greenery in the Master Bath!
4 days and counting down till Christmas is here!
Enjoy the season!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

5 DAYS!!!

A sneak peek of my dining room decor.... 

All the kids will be here on Thursday and a few other special visitors!! 


Sunday, December 18, 2011

a little hide 'away!

Ran down to East Texas to check on my Mama and a property that is calling our name - in a gated community, surrounded by a lake, hills, golf and lots of East Texas pine trees.... 

Let's take a peek .. and know ... This is her "BEFORE"


She needs a bit of work... 

love the windows... this side view faces the woods.. 

Back view... just a small little get'way! 

796 feet of decking front, side and back.. perfect for relaxing with family 

My favorite part of the cottage! 

upstairs loft 

small dining area by kitchen.. that needs to be totally rehabbed!! 

The seller said you can have all this old stuff - We would just junk it!  Seriously!!  

The view from the upstairs loft 

I could wake up to this...  

Leaving the Piney Woods...


Thursday, December 15, 2011

love the unexpected...

It's been crazy week, running non stop, had a huge toy drive at one of my listings this past Sunday, a closing yesterday, a closing today... and I have been fighting off strep.  I do not have time to be sick!! It's Christmas!! I have packages to wrap, cookies to make, tickets to the Nutcracker with my GRANDson and a school function to attend...  

    LOML said "Merry Christmas" .... a Christmas present early! Helping me simplify my life! 
awww.. he even had it engraved!! Love this man! 

Isn't Santa the best? 

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Candy filled jars are always a hit at Christmas time at the blue cottage!

Happy Holidays!! 

Tuesday, December 13, 2011


Today while driving around the country side previewing property-

I passed this old barn & it spoke to me.  I stopped... looked ... drove forward .... backed up..... and took the picture! 

Something about an old barn!! 


Monday, December 12, 2011


Glittery Christmas trees and sparkly lights above my cabinets... 

Counting down tlll the family is all here! 

XXO, Valarie  

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Holiday Party-

Last evening the Historic Neighborhood Association celebrated the holiday with a bash at the local performing arts center in historic McKinney!


This is us.. the board members for MHNA! (I'm in leopard vest!) 

Hope you enjoyed the decor.. 

Christmas is on it's way!! ARE you ready for SANTA?

xxox, Valarie  

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