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Thursday, July 28, 2011

*Moooo*cho Bene!

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What a great weekend(!) ... my son and I joined my husband for a business trip back to our old stomping grounds in Northern Virginia, where we once lived before my husband retired from the Marine Corps ... beautiful area, except for the traffic!  We miss our friends dearly who still live there and were happy to see a few who we haven't seen in years ... what a blast we all had!  The screams and laughter from our kiddos playing was a riot ... Jax loves his new buds!

While there, I also got to go to IKEA ... yippee!  I.love.that.store!  I'd go there quite a bit when we lived in NoVA.  Their prices are more than reasonable, and they have such fun and unique goodies.  A few things managed to come home with me (imagine that) ... the best being a cowhide rug!  You may remember that I've been looking for one for awhile now to add to our dining room. 

Well, the wait is *ova* ... meet "Elsie" (as affectionately named by my husband).  Elsie needs a larger sisal rug underneath of her, but that's not a priority right now:


Love her shades of caramel and cream:


And, how she ties in with the tops of the table and buffet.  Annnnd, yes (*hangs head low*) ... I changed out my pillows:
 

Hope she enjoys it here!


Still looking for the perfect *bling bling* chandelier!

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As an aside ... what fun it was to go back to DC as a tourist.  I worked there for six years and, while I did NOT enjoy the commute, it was pretty neat working at our nation's capital.  One of the law firms where I worked was right across the street from the White House ... talk about an incredible view!  Here's another amazing view ... amazingly *scary,* that is!  Jax and I are about to become a dino snack!  LOL


Hmmm ... think Santa might leave one of these baubles for me under the Christmas tree this year?  Um, yeah, I highly doubt it, too!


Looking forward to a tour of the White House next time we travel that way!


I'll share my other little IKEA goodies next time ... thanks for stopping by!

Becca 

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19 comments:

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Cool rug. Elsie is the perfect name. Glad you had fun.

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜@ Debbiedoos blogging and blabbing said...

LOL...Elsie good one. Love that new pillow, perfect!

Marianne said...

Hi Elsie, nice to meet you. What a perfect rug for that room. Glad you enjoyed your visit to your old hometown!
marianne :)

Judy said...

Hey girl! I just posted my rug tonight (but turns out it's not a cowhide but a zebra)..check it out!

Yours is exactly what I want, guess I'll just keep looking.

What a great looking fam you have. Did I ever tell you my little grandson is named Jackson?

XOXO!
Judy

P.S. What can I name my zebra?

Jemsmom said...

Oh, I love Elsie and think she is right at home! I had a baby calf once that I named Sir Loin! Ha!!! Sick humor!!! I heart Ikea. The closest one to me is Atlanta. Booooooo.... Loved seeing the pictures of you guys! I went to D.C. once when I was 16. I won an essay contest and went with kids from all over the U.S. It was amazing. I can't wait to go back one day!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Becca, Love your new rug and it looks wonderful in the dining room. Sounds like you had a fun trip.
xo,
Sherry

Melissa Miller said...

It's beautiful!

You all look great. I can't wait to visit Maryland and all the sites as well. We still know nothing as of yet about the moving date...:)

Richard said...

Just to share with you folks, i have a new post today on Amish Stories from the Terre Hill days even that was just held in Lancaster Pennsylvania. It was a very hot day but i was able to get i think a few good images from this event. The town is populated with a mix of Amish and old order Mennonites which only adds to its charm. They even have what has become famous in Terre Hill their "outhouse race". The town sits on a hill so it overlooks Lancaster farmland in almost all directions. This is one of my favorite towns to visit because its free from commercialism, so if you are looking for a really all American kind of town with the added bonus of seeing its Amish and Mennonite residents at work and play, then this town is for you. Thanks folks. Richard from Amish Stories.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Love your new rug Becca and what a GREAT family photo!! Martina

ReFresh ReStyle said...

Ahhhh, Elsie is perfect! And so is the pillow, can't wait to see what else you got !
Debbie

Pamela said...

Looks fabulous Becca and congrats on BH&G!

Designs By Pinky said...

LOVE that rug!!!! Looks like you had a great trip. You are such a beautiful family.....all of you! Hvae a great weekend. XO, Pinky

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Sounds like a fabulous trip and so fun to see some old friends. Elsie is fabulous. I love it. I have drooled over one for years, just can't figure out where to put one. It is perfect in the dining room. I totally love it.

Thanks for the gracious comment on the dining table vignette. It is fun to try something different. You asked about my camera. I have a really simple point and shoot Kodak V1073. Love this camera. It always takes great pics. Hugs, Marty

Brenda said...

Love the IKEA cowhide! They just opened a store in Denver last week - can't wait to go - waiting for the crowds to die down!

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

Becca, I love seeing the photos of you with you beautiful family! Ikea is great only if you wear the appropriate shoes. My first time I went in high heel boots! But you are so right, the price are more than reasonable that there is no excuse NOT to come home with a car load of goodies!!!

Love love love your new purchases! The rug is definitely the unexpected, the pillows are adding great color and pattern to the room, and the I must say, I love the pop of color from the aqua blue vase in the center of table! Great job! (I expect no less from you. ha ha)

At The Picket Fence said...

Elsie looks right at home there and safe from any cow-tippers. LOL! And girl, you guys are one gorgeous family! Jax is beyond adorable and you always seem like one super fun mommy. :-)
Blessings friend,
Vanessa

Kim said...

Love the rug Becca! Your dining room is gorgeous.
Great pix!
xoxo,
Kim

Liz said...

I WUV your new rug!! I want!!

Glad you had fun in DC, makes me homesick, but I don't miss the heat or traffic. ;) Love the family photo. XOXO ~LIZ

Gail said...

Elsie looks great in your dining room Becca! It's funny we live so close to DC but rarely visit. Happy you had a wonderful family vacation.

Have a wonderful day,
Gail