Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Luncheon with Country Dreaming

As I have been busy feathering my nest for Baby Boy’s impending arrival, I have been terribly neglectful at blogging! 

One would think from my lack of posts that nothing exciting has been happening this summer except baby preparation, and that is entirely untrue!

We’ve spent our summer vacationing in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, attending Vacation Bible School, finishing up two weeks of swim lessons, and enjoying the sights and sounds of the local carnival!  In addition, the day before we left for Myrtle Beach, I was blessed to meet local blogger and now, good friend, Melinda from Country Dreaming.

Melinda is one of the sweetest and kindest souls I have met through blogging.  We were excited to discover through visiting each other’s blogs that we were both locals of the Kansas City metro area, but better yet, have our hearts and allegiances to the Missouri-side of the state line!  (Sort of hard to find when you reside in Jayhawk territory!  LOL)  We are also both educators.

After much planning and discussion, we met for lunch on June 8th.  In typical Melinda fashion, she came bearing gifts for my kiddos;  adorable receiving blankets for Baby Boy and BUBBLES for the littles!  Needless to say, my kids were in heaven as the following pictures prove! 





Receiving blankets for Baby.


Bubbles for the kiddos.


Sweetly-scented fruit flavored bubbles plus wands for the kiddos.


Melinda and me at Mimi’s Restaurant!  Yum!


Mary holding her bubble wand, bubbles,and expandable wash cloth from Melinda.


Benjamin checking out his bubbles.


Trouble posing for a thank you shot!


Enjoying bubbles on the back porch before horrific storms blew through.  I believe Mary had just accidentally struck Ben in the face with her wand!




Melinda, I know I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again, thank you so much for meeting me for lunch and for the sweet gifts you provided my kids.  We need to get together again…and soon!  Before we know it, Baby Boy will have arrived and your school year begun!

And if you haven’t had the chance to meet Melinda or check out her sweet blog, be sure to do so, here!


  1. It´s always so fun to meet fellow bloggers :-) and since You have so much in common it must have been even more fun.

    Oh I remember those bubbles :-) Loved to play with that all summer when I was a boy. But I can´t remember seeing some for many years now. If I see a bottle of it I´ll buy it :-) I can sit on the kitchen stairs making bubbles all day :-)

    Have a great day now!

  2. You look BEAUTIFUL! Oh I'm so excited to meet baby boy! I know I said so in my last comment, but these pictures just made me even more happy for you! :)

  3. Hi--
    What a sweet post. You are tooo kind!
    What fun we had and yes, WE need to get together soon!
    I glad Mary and Ben like their
    goodies. Looks like they were having fun.
    Looking forward to getting your giveaway goodies to you.

    Let's talk soon!!!!


  4. Great pics:) That sounds like so much fun meeting a blogger friend. Having your baby boy next week? Hope you are all packed and ready. Praying for you and baby boy a safe and healthy delivery.

    I have enjoyed reading your blog, Hope to get caught up soon. Blessings,

  5. I agree 1) it's great to meet our bogger friends in person. and 2) you DO look beautiful. take care and enjoy this time before baby comes, even though I'm sure you cannot wait for the day to get here.

  6. How fun that you got to meet a bloggy friend. It looks like you had a great time. And how sweet of her to bring gifts for the kids. She sounds like a super nice lady :)

  7. Valerie, Thank You for joining my blog. I have joined yours too:)

    Hope you have fun making your "Gift Bags". The kids will love them and it also gives them something extra to do while at the hospital.

    I look forward to reading all about your birth and seeing your precious blessings pics. Hope you have a great weekend. Blessings, Audrey

  8. I can't wait to read about the birth and see photos of the precious new baby boy. I hope the end of your pregnancy is as enjoyable as possible. Prayers for an easy labor and delivery of a healthy baby boy.

    BTW, I gave you an award on my blog today.

  9. Valerie, Just wanted to say Hi and see how you were feeling. Let me know if you need someone to update your blog for you, about your birth. I would be happy to help. Have a great day. Blessings, Audrey

  10. I think of you so often and am thrilled that you will hold your little boy in your arms within DAYS :)

    Praying for you...



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