Saturday, June 6, 2015

Birthday Fun!

Well, it's here! My summer break has officially started and I couldn't be happier. There is so much in the works for my summer. The hubby and I decided to take a vacation this summer since we haven't had one since our cruise two years ago. I am trying to check things off my bucket list and I have always wanted to visit the Florida Keys and the Everglades, so that's what we plan to do! Hopefully very soon...maybe even week after next! I live in Florida but I'm in north central and of course the Keys and Everglades are way down in south Florida....7 or 8 hours away, so we have just never taken the time to drive down there. I am super excited though! I am also checking another thing off my bucket list and have ordered myself a new DSLR camera...a Nikon D3200 to be precise and it came with a sweet package, including two lenses, a spider tripod and several other things. I also ordered Nikon D3200 for Dummies so I can learn how to use it. I hope I can practice with it in the Keys!
We are also planning to start our porch this summer, install a split rail fence, and lay some sod. We also still have to finish my pantry in the kitchen and I have some trim to paint. We will be busy to say the least! 

Now, let me share a little about my birthday! Yesterday was the district luncheon honoring retirees and years of service. It was very nice. We had several retirees and one who put in 45 years! I cannot imagine...she must have started working very young. I was in my thirties when I started working because I wanted to wait until my kids were both in school before I started college. I just completed my 12th year. After the luncheon, Some work friends and I went to Gainesville and did a little shopping at Ross and Tuesday Morning then went to see Pitch Perfect 2 and ate at Chili's. After we ate, we went to JoAnn's and The Party Store. Of course we were looking for school stuff. It's a teacher!

This morning, Mama came and picked me up and we met my sister and aunt for breakfast and then we did a little yard saling. When Mama picked me up, she brought me a BIG jar of my favorite pickles in the whole world! They are a sweet and very crispy pickle. It was my paternal granny's recipe and she called the alum pickles. I remember she always had a huge jar full when I would visit and I would always go scoop out a bowl full. They are so delicious! Now, Mama makes them every year with their bumper crop of cucumbers. 

We stopped at a few yard sales. I didn't find too much, which is a good thing. I did buy this beautiful platter though. It is perfect for my subtle bee themed dining room. The center looks like honeycomb. It was $5, a little more than I would normally pay, but it still had the price sticker on the back that was marked $9.99. I had to have it!

This ice cream cone vase will be used in my classroom to hold a bouquet or something. Our theme this year is Kindergarten is Sweet and we are decorating with cupcakes, ice cream, popsicles, donuts, and candy. It is going to be so cute and colorful! This is by Oneida and was $1.

Of course I had to have this pedestal apothecary jar. I have an obsession with them! It was $1.50.

It came with these 2 bunny figurines inside which I will add to my Easter collection. They are students sitting at little desks...too cute!

This pretty set of place mats was just $1.

They will look nice in a variety of tablescapes. Speaking of, I need to set a  pretty table soon. I haven't done that since before the kitchen remodel!

I think I was happiest with this last find. It is a brand new small size cookie sheet by Wilton. I love their stuff. I was just wishing earlier in the week that I had a smaller one since it is just the hubby and I at home now and I don't need to use a big one. It was just $1!

I did buy one other thing but it will be getting a makeover so I will share it soon. If you're still with me and haven't already done so, hop over to yesterday's post and enter my giveaway. I know several of you already have and I appreciate it so much. It is strictly for fun....I don't expect anyone to be able to answer all the questions I asked, I just thought it would be fun to see what everyone guessed. All of the answers have been on the blog at some point or another, except number 11. I know some folks are faithful readers and have a better chance, but like I said, it's just for fun! My feelings won't be hurt if you choose not to play or if you do play and answer them all wrong! LOL! Hope you have a beautiful weekend. I am going to the races tonight to watch the hubby drive this.....

He raced in the past and he finally finished his "new" car. He builds everything himself and is quite the race car driver if I do say so myself. We have dozens of trophies to prove it. :) My son raced go-karts for a few years and is just as talented as his dad. Anywho, I just pray for his safety while he pursues his passion once again. 

Until next time.....


  1. What a great Birthday you are having. More fun still ahead I'm sure. I love that platter you found and I think well worth the $5 (although like you I always want to spend less). I took the Birthday test and had fun but know I missed several. I did know a lot about you!! Have fun tonight. I'm in the midst of my Birthday month now and planning several celebrations!

  2. Sounds like you had a lovely birthday and that you have a wonderful circle of friends and family. That yellow plate is gorgeous and perfect for a bee theme. Good luck to your hubby . . .maybe there will be another trophy coming home with you:)
    Have a great summer!
    Connie :)
    P.S. I sent you an email.

  3. You found some really great things, I especially like the platter! Your husbands car looks really great, I hope that he has a lot of fun with it! xx

  4. Great treasures you found. Happy Birthday. I love the yellow plate also. Love your hubbys car, hope he wins and drives a safe race.

  5. Your birthdays always sound like so much fun and full of love! I hope hubby enjoys the car!! Have a wonderful summer and a good rest :-) xx

  6. Sounds like you have had some great fun the last couple of days. Of all your garage sale items, I like the honeycomb and bee platter best...although everything was a great find!

    Good luck to your hubby tonight and yes, prayers for a safe contest.

  7. SWEET that your hubby is into racing! I've grown up in stock car racing. My grandpa MADE a dirt track outside of Brainerd, MN and it is still an active race track! My uncle's made stock cars and raced them. My dad was the announcer! GREAT memories...anyway...
    Cute bee plate.

  8. What a nice birthday you had and how nice to have great plans for the summer. You need to try and rest a little though!! :-)

  9. Sounds like a beautiful day, Happy Birthday! I'm off to try and enter the contest now :o)


    Sending hugs and love your way ~ Debbie

  11. How fun to be taking a vacation this year. We all went to Kauai last year, but with JP getting married we won't be going away. I guess we will count the 2 nights spent is a fun hotel for the wedding will have to count as our vacation.

  12. So glad you get to take a vacation this year! It's always nice to get away. Summer is always busy around here and I wouldn't think it would be any different for any one else. It's sounds like you have all kinds of things planned. Good for you. Enjoy every minute of it, for it goes so fast.

    Those pickles look amazing. I have always wanted to try making my own. I make sour cucumbers, which you soak in a vinegar mixture and then just eat right from the fridge. They are yummy and my guys love them. It looks like you found some amazing deals, I am hoping to find at least one good garage sale this summer. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    I hope you have a marvelous summer, Vicky! Hugs, Amy

  13. Have a great summer vacation! Love the honeycomb platter, plus it was a great buy.

  14. Wow Vicky, it sounds like you had a nice birthday weekend! I love all of your finds you bought. It's so nice that you are done with work for the summer. I do hope you have a wonderful vacation too. Have a wonderful week.
    Julie xo

  15. So sorry I missed your birthday! You found yourself pretty gift while thrifting!

  16. Happy belated birthday! Sounds like it was fun, because you have some amazing finds!
    I LOVE your idea for your classroom theme!!! How cute is that ice cream cone. I teach third grade and I'm thinking of an ocean theme with anchors and life preservers. Enjoy your vacation!

  17. Happy belated birthday! It sounds like you had a wonderful time. I love all your finds - those bunnies are the cutest! Can't wait to see pictures of your vacation when you go. I've never been there either so will have to live vicariously through you. LOL.

  18. Oh Vicky, I am so sorry to be late, but.....HAPPY BIRTHDAY to one of the sweetest blogging friends ever! :) Sounds like you had a beautiful celebration and my, what lovely treasure you found!

    Sending lots of hugs your way!

  19. You always find the best deals! Score! Love the fact that you are treating yourself to a great trip and new camera...can't wait to hear all about both. Have a great summer!

  20. I remember fondly of the end-of-year get togethers with other teachers - eating when we wanted, shopping during the day, seeing a movie without trying to read essays in the dark, going to the bathroom without asking, etc. The Keys sounds like a wonderful vacation. Love Joey's car!

  21. You're really did your birthday to the hilt this year Vicky! Good for you, and I'm so glad it was a good one, both here and 'in real life'. We went to The Keys this winter, and will be returning next winter as well. Enjoy!!


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