In our first home together we lived at the end of a cul-de-sac in a new neighborhood. On our first Halloween, as French maid and man in overcoat with French mustache (not very creative!), we were shocked to run out of candy in the first 15 minutes of opening the doors. My husband could barely get his car past the throngs of cars with parents waiting for their children to finish the street. We had no idea. Yes, there at Nob Hill, people would transport their children into the neighborhood for some fun. I found it quite amusing. We learned to have bags and bags of candy on hand for the throngs of adorable little trick or treaters, and even some treats for the parents. It became quite a party!
In 2006 we moved, up the ridge, to a peaceful place with lovely views, a smaller neighborhood...... and not one trick or treater. We had several bags of candy that first year....unfortunately we ended up eating most of it ourselves. In the last few years more children have moved into the neighborhood so traffic has picked up a bit. I think stocking up on candy is a good plan again. **Honey if you end up going to the store.....Reese's Peanut Butter Cups-Dark- are my favorite (The minis are fine)! Just in case we end up being left with all the goods.
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Scott and I flew to Newport Beach last weekend for some long awaited time with my Newport Beach family. I'm still smiling (and resting up!) from all the fun. We stayed at the home of my brother and sister-in-law, Rod and Andrea (Rae) Swanson, as usual. We call it the Uber Chic Swanson B & B. Every time we visit there are fresh flowers, lit candles and even a turn down service at night. Don't even get me started on the delectable meals and parties. We are completely spoiled-with fun, love and care.
Rod and Rae have made their contemporary style home a labor of love. Over the years they have reinvented and restyled it-doing most of the design and labor themselves. Their home is so stylish I told them I had to steal a few shots to share on Stylemindchic. Take a peek!
The new guest suite at Swanson B & B. The fabulous wall paper is from Pal + Smith-
close friends of Rod and Rae's in Newport Beach.
Rae scored the same lamp that I posted on Stylemindchic.
With such chic style you can see why I asked Rae to do a Style Guide for me on Stylemindchic here.
These 3-Beck, Holden and Hudson-our adorable nephews- keep us constantly entertained!
My darling niece Rylee, and Dorie, my glamourous sista!
For more on Dorie check out her Style Guide on Stylemindchic here.
(Look for style collaborations to come with Dorie on Stylemindchic Boutique!)
Rod, Dorie, and Heather (me)
The unusual twist to this family scene is, though we are all full blooded siblings, I was adopted at birth. I am the oldest of us three. Dorie and Rod were raised together as family by their parents (my birth parents) and I was raised by my wonderful adoptive parents, Curtis and Jeri Orr (see You Inspire, Jeri), along with my sister, Heidi. Their mom (Marcia-my birth mom) is the lovely lady in blue in the photo above. I look forward to sharing more of the story of how I found them another time, but let's just say it was beyond a surprise for Dorie and Rod that they had a full-blooded sister when I first met them 16 years ago. Clearly, I'm no secret anymore and it is a true blessing to have them in my life. Our lives took the paths they were meant to take and it's the frosting on the cake to be connected now. It is...... the gift and miracle of adoption.
You can see why we needed to rest up after this fabulous weekend!
Following a whirlwind weekend trip to Newport Beach it was straight back to work this morning at my day job. From balmy Southern California to a major rain storm here in Northern California it's a bit of a culture shock. Laundry is piled up, bags are partially unpacked and counters are stacked with mail,odds and ends......it's going to take some major digging out on this mad dash Monday. Thank goodness for a quick stop at the market and that fresh, warm roasted chicken I picked up.
No worries-it was such a fabulous weekend with family and friends~I can't wipe the smile off my face (more on that later). I am also super excited about some upcoming collaborations to be launched on
You may have heard that Nate Berkus (cutie designer from Oprah Show days) has just launched a globally inspired home decor collection at Target.com. Run, don't walk to check out his high style, well-priced brand. This should be a pretty fab collaboration.
Have you ever had one of those weeks that feels simply endless? By Tuesday I was thinking the week should be winding down already......no such luck! I guess that's why they call it 'the grind' sometimes.
Finally, the weekend is just arriving and I am looking for some inspiration.
And then I spoke to my lovely friend, and colleague, Valerie Cross. We were in the trenches at work together this week. Valerie is a Therapist and an inspiring woman in her own right. She shared the story of her previous weekend with me....and I was truly inspired.
I asked Valerie to share her story on Stylemindchic.....
......in her own words.....
As a mom holding my tiny baby in my arms, I would sometimes think, “what will become of you, little
one?” ”What kind of person will you be?” “Will you be a kindhearted person; what will you contribute
to the world ?” I was reminded of these thoughts while standing next to 1st Lieutenant Garrett Cross,
adorned in dress blues for a re-dedication ceremony of the Memorial Stadium at Cal, Berkeley. He
obliged his mom by pointing to each ribbon, medal and pin by defining and naming each one. Expert
marksman, twice; combat duty in Afghanistan, and so many more…. Standing in the small hotel room
were my two daughter-in-laws: Tanisha with 4 month old Cason and Kimberly with 5 week old Mason,
my grandsons. My heart swelled telling them, “you hold those precious little boys in your arms and look
what they could become!! A most amazing man!!!”. If only my words could express the sense of pride
and wonder, only a parent could know.
1st Lieutenant Garrett Cross
Thank you for your brave and honorable service Garrett. Welcome Home!
Thank you for sharing Valerie, I am now truly inspired.....new shoes don't even come close......