Monday, June 28, 2010

Everything Old is New Again

I still really like the butler's tray coffee table we've had for, well always (at least since we moved up from the newlywed basket-with-the-glass-top version). I'm sure that one day we will use it again, it's just that for now, it seemed we need something a little more toddler friendly.
Not only that, but at Christmas our puzzle pieces kept slipping through the handles and there wasn't room for everyone to work at the table.
Plus, foot propping was a REAL problem!
So...I remembered we had an old table hiding upstairs. It started out as a Cavaleri kitchen table and eventually traveled to UGA and then on to med school with Worth before ending up, unloved, under an upstairs bed.
After multiple coats of primer and paint (and getting our friend, Mr. Odd Job, to cut the legs down to 17 inches), we've got a coffee table that will handle lots of fun and is sturdy enough for plenty of foot-propping. I added the bentwood chair from the long-since-torn-down Central Elementary in Laurens, and just in case more than one child wants to pull up and look at photos or draw, I painted a Porterfield chair.
Ah, just right...for now!

Sunday, June 27, 2010


Nephew closed on his new digs recently and this past weekend his folks made the trek from Virginia to help him feather his nest. Although he lives more than two hours away, we couldn't let George and Sue get this close without having some time together. So...Saturday, Sa and Gramps got to our house early and we all loaded up with tailgate fare (hey, we know it's not football season yet but we still like a good tailgate!) and headed east. What a great day we had...typical Bowers fun...eating and kicking back.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Before and After: Dining Chairs

These English chairs were a great buy at a St. Simons antique store but saggy webbing made them kinda uncomfortable.  

Each chair is numbered and the seats fitted for that specific chair.  In other words, the dimensions for each varies just a bit.

So I cut and filed until each seat was a perfect fit for its chair.

Each seat was fitted with dense foam and covered with muslin.

The arm chairs have a colorful fabric, so I wanted these to remain neutral.  Enter the DIYer's go-to fabric: painter's drop cloth.
This frugal makeover is done!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Thirty-Five Years Ago

We stayed so long at our wedding reception that the photographers left. It worked out fine because a friend took this picture and it's one of the best of the day. We'd changed into our 'going away outfits' (when did people stop doing that?) and we were about to get into an unairconditioned Chevy Nova (with no power steering) and head off to Virginia Beach for our honeymoon. That made us the adventurous ones among our friends; we were going out of state!

There were three reasons we honeymooned at Virginia Beach (other than the catchy PR campaign): We met in Virginia during summer break from UGA, one of our first dates was a day trip to Virginia Beach, and E.W. was a groomsman in a wedding on the 28th in Alexandria. We were SO young! Babies! Guess we knew what we were doing somehow...thirty-five years later we agree we chose very well. Also, please note that giant corsage I'm wearing! Ha!

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Flower Power

Ellie made her Flower Girl debut Saturday night in cousin Haley's wedding. Friday's rehearsal did not go well (the term meltdown was used) but she was saving all of her talent for the main event, apparently. Started off by Grandmama (her other grandmother, Serita), she sauntered down the aisle and made it down to her daddy and mama in the front pew. Now that she's got some experience, we are expecting great things from her next May when she will reprise her role at the wedding of Auntie Kate and Uncle Jay!

We admit we are biased but no flower girl has ever been quite as precious. If you don't believe us, check out the clip of her dancing at the reception (first one on the dance floor) and the photos below that. Sadly, there is no video evidence of her parents having to drag her off the dance floor and back to Auntie Kate's. At 21 months, she seems to be up for same late night partying as long as dancing is included.

I promise I was there...behind the camera. Oh, and if you'd like to see more, Ashley and Worth will have some here as soon as they recover from being on vacation!

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The Name Game

When Ellie was here, she was fascinated with the tray of pictures on the coffee table. She'd pick up a picture and turn to tell me who she saw. Her favorites included one from her first Christmas; she identified 'mama' and 'daddy' and then the 'baby' and she kept going back to a classic of Kate and Worth with the cats, Freddie and Putter. She also liked a tailgate photo of us all (although E.W. is still a little tricky for her to say!). When looking at recent pictures of herself, she'd smile and say her name. If you watch closely, you will see her pick up a picture of Kate and me and hear her say 'Kate' (again, saying Auntie Kate is a work in progress) and 'Mia' sweet to my ears! I do love being her Mia!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

We are going to be great...

...great aunt and great uncle, that is...thanks to our niece Sarah and her husband Tim.

We are so excited to be adding this precious little fella to our family and can't wait to meet him!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Monday, Monday

Having Ellie here...priceless. We spent the day playing, reading, dancing, and visiting with company. Then E.W. came home from work and we made a quick trip to the Willis' pool, where Ellie especially enjoyed the sit-on-the-side-and-kick technique. Tomorrow morning she will pack up her bags so her other grandparents can get in on the fun. They are in for a treat, 'cause have you ever seen such a face?
Bear and Ellie, hard at work.

Too hot to play outside.

Looking at photos and talking.

Wearing Mia's sandals and admiring
herself in the mirror.

Worked up a thirst...

...and a Ritz wouldn't hurt.

Not a fan of the pool...

...but E.W. said it was ok... it's all good.

That look!

Splashy toes.

All cleaned up and chilling before supper.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Sunday Sweetie

While E.W. was playing his winning round in the Member-Member, Ellie had things to do, too. We got home from Auntie Kate's in the early afternoon, just in time for Ellie to reintroduce herself to Bear and to chase Putter and Miss Scarlett. The cats are pretty tolerant, but prefer to remain in seclusion as long as a toddler's in their yard!

Bear needed a snack...

...and a story.

playing on Momee's bench

Where are the kitty cats?


busy girl

time to clean up

so modest

sweet smile

and the winners are...

...Erick and E.W.!

Ellie and I were outside Sunday afternoon and heard a great deal of whooping and cheering from number five. Little did we know our team not only was in the hunt, they had emerged victorious! Congratulations...we are SO proud!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Day at the Lake

Ellie and I met in Athens this weekend so I could bring her home to spend a few days with us and her other grandparents (giving her mama and daddy a well-deserved break!). We also managed to work in a day trip to the Berryman's lake place (thanks so much, Jim and Patsy!). As you will be able to tell from the photos, Ellie's first boat ride was a very relaxing experience.

Over to Uncle Jay's for breakfast....

...and to talk (a lot) about the dog next door.

Who's having more fun, Ellie or Patsy?

Ellie always has style.

Suited up and ready!

Diggin' the boat ride.

Uncle Jay is the captain.

Riding with Auntie Kate...

...and getting very sleepy!

Best nap, ever.
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