Wednesday, March 10, 2010

"Wednesday Wee Ones" and a few answers to questions!

I grew up in a small town in Arkansas and had the most wonderful childhood.

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It was very much like growing up in Mayberry...from the Andy Griffith show.

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I lived next door to my grandmother and near all of my close relatives and enjoyed playing with my sister and cousins. This must be Easter...and I must be hungry! lol

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I'm the tall blond in this photo, with my sister and cousin, Cindy....my best playmates! My cousin Richard is the oldest and we really did not always want to play cowboys and Indians or WAR with him! lol

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I look like a country kid in this photo and I'm wondering how dirty my dollie got in this photo shoot! My sister was SO shy!

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But I have such wonderful memories and I wanted to share some old photos today.

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This one is my mother and her sister with their precious dolls!

Happy Birthday to my sweet Aunt Margaret!

I also wanted to answer a few questions I've had lately about living in Florida.

We bought our house 5 years ago with plans to retire here and we have almost completed that goal. We have moved into a condo in the mountains of Western North Carolina and plan to spend the summers and some of the Fall months there. (We still have a big house for sale there, too....so we still have one too many houses! lol)

My husband grew up in South Florida and most of his family still lives here....all of his siblings do. So this is a great move for us and a wonderful place to live. I love the ocean so it truly is my dream home! (my cute hubby when he was little...he's still cute!)

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And the furniture in the lanai? It's made right here in Florida. We ordered our pieces so that we could get coordinating colors and exactly what we wanted. The brand is Capris.... Capris website. I think it is very durable and has been popular for many years. I have seen vintage rattan furniture and it's nice! My hubby painted the blades of the fan to give us another pop of red in the room...one of my favorite touches!

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Enjoy your Wednesday and remember to take time to PLAY!

22 comments:

desi said...

Diane-those pictures are priceless! That looks just like you! I love seeing "old" photos of my loved-ones...and that was the start of my obsession with scrapbooking, but that's another story! Thanks for sharing. {hugs}

GardenofDaisies said...

The pictures of you when you were little are so sweet!
Hope you house in NC sells soon.

Faerie Moon Creations said...

Thanks for sharing a piece of your heart and home. It was nice to learn a little more about you! Theresa

Jacqueline said...

Diane...Rainbow Springs is so beautiful...I would never want to leave there. You are inpiring me to pack up the house and move to Florida. My daughter announced the other day she may move to N. Carolina...so I'll have a good excuse to travel down south!
I loved seeing your childhood pictures and it totally explains why you are so fun and have such a little girl spirit.
You are so lucky to have the pictures. Love the pic of your brother with his gun and your husband...it's a love story for sure.

Vee said...

Oh my goodness! You've hardly changed a lick. Such a cute little girl! Loved seeing all the pictures...oh, and what a sweet one of your aunt and mother. Yup, hubby is a cutie, too.

Freckled Hen said...

I love this post! You are so adorable...as is your family. I hope everything falls into place with getting settled and selling your house. It's hard to decide what to keep where, but you always seem to have fun and make the most of wherever you are.

KarenHarveyCox said...

I loved your photographs. How much fun it is to remember when we were little. How lovely that you have such nice memories to give you joy. Moving can be so much fun, when all of your things look new in their new places. I think that where you moved is very close to Penny from Comforts of Home. What a beautiful place you have chosen to move to.
Karen

M.L. @ The House of Whimsy said...

I'm so happy I ran over this morning. All the old photos are wonderful. I can't get over that one of your mom and aunt. And the pics of you are adorable!!!
The photos below (Rainbow Springs) looks like a bit of Heaven. : )
M.L.

Maya @ Completely Coastal said...

So fun to see all these pictures..., I have not one childhood shot, can you believe that!

PS: Your lovely bowl that you have in your Florida room is featured on Completely Coastal today.

Sandy Shirley said...

So glad you showed those old pictures! I loved seeing them! And thanks for answering those questions about living in Florida and in North Carolina. I had wondered about that. Sounds like you have the best of both worlds!

kim said...

Love your childhood photos. I lived in Hollywood, Fla. when I was in the fourth, fifth, and sixth grade.

Cindy said...

Awwwww....we were all so adorable, especially me (tee hee)! Love you!

lila said...

Great old photos! Thanks for the link about your Lanai furniture!

Boo-Bah said...

What wonderful pictures. I know they must bring back so many nice memories.

Iris

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Diane,
Love the old photos. You are such a cutie. I had an oldest cousin named Richard too. LOL
Your neighborhood reminds me of mine. Love the Florida home pics.
Everything is beautiful. Love your blog header too.
Have a great evening.
Love, Celestina Marie

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Diane,

I loved seeing all your childhood photos of you and your family.
So beautiful and they looked like happy days and good to go down memory lane.

Hugs
Carolyn

Diane said...

Love the old photos, what a nice childhood. I bet you are going to have a nice retirement, we are still working and will be with the way things have gone in this crazy economy. Hugs, Diane

becky said...

Great photos Diane.I especially love the one with your mother and her sister playing with the dolls.~~Becky

jen said...

i really loved seeing your childhood photos!! you looked like such a happy little girl! thank you for sharing. :D

beedeebabee♥ said...

Diane, I loved seeing these pictures of when you were little...you know, you still have that same cute face! xoxo's Paulette

Bonnie's Place said...

This is a wonderful entry! I love traveling down 'memory lane'...today would have been my Uncle's 101st birthday, so I have been walking down the pathway, too! I lost him in 1980..he was just like a Grandfather to me! Thank you for posting the pics, too! So cute! I'm not online much, but I always look forward to your posts! God bless you!

M.Kate said...

I love this post the most. Old vintage photos are priceless. I have a whole wall in my home dedicated to them - all old photos of my husband and me when we were little. Many relatives have seen and requested copies of those precious photos. Love ya...M