Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Flower Arranging.....and Carnations...Hmmmmmm

Ok...So I got this Wild Hair the Other day to Experiment with Flowers and arranging them.
So I went to the grocery, yes grocery store and bought flowers in my
Favorite Colors...Orange and Pink
And Low and Behold I found these beautiful carnations.
I never thought I would use beautiful and carnation in the same sentence but I have found beauty in the carnations and I think they can be made beautiful depending on how you use them. I love the arrangements I made and next time I would probably leave the roses out and pick a brighter orange color for the middle but I am experimenting!!
I made the vases too! Let me know what you think and leave me a comment!
Tell me if you like carnations......Until this arrangement I turned my nose up at them...but A pretty little flower deserves a chance to be a beauty!

Looking Down on the Flower Arrangement. I love a tight packed arrangement!!
Trying to show off the whole arrangement and my ribbon work.
I love this arrangement! Simple but fabulous...Clean but not over done
I love looking down on the arrangement!!!
You can't see it in the photos but the orange carnations on the outside have hot pink veins that run through them! They are really pretty!!!

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

You Can Help Too....A way to give back....

~South Lake Tahoe Fire~

The Angora Fire in South Lake Tahoe
Said to be the worst fire in Lake Tahoe in over a Century.
As I lie in bed tonight and say my prayers I pray for the families and people that have lost their homes. A natural disaster is a horrible thing and it can happen to anyone of us at any given time. There are a lot of people that do not have homes tonight. We all think, or I would like to think that we all think of a way we can give back to our communities or want to reach out and help others in need and there are a lot of people literally in our backyard that are going to need our help! They have nothing and are going to need the help of others to get back on their feet. So I challenge you to reach out to these families and go to your local Red Cross and donate food, clothes, diapers, money whatever you can do. Because while we all are sleeping in a home with a roof over our heads tonight there are a lot of people that have just lost everything they have. The things I take forgranted each and every day.
I want to thank everyone who is helping fight this fire, volunteering and risking their lives to save people and their homes!
Here is how you can help:
If you are going to be in the Lake Tahoe Area for the 4th of July here are locations you can donate too and what they need!
Those wishing to donate items can bring them to three different drop-off locations in Incline Village:• The administrative offices of the Incline Village General Improvement District, 893 Southwood• The main fire station of the North Lake Tahoe Fire Protection District, 866 Oriole Way • Chase International office, 917 Tahoe Blvd. #100, which is a Red Cross-designated collection site. The items will then be taken to South Lake Tahoe for distribution. Donations of toiletries, blankets, bedding, stuffed animals for children, etc. are needed. Items such as canned food, easy to eat items that are non-perishable, diapers, cases of water, toiletry items are high on the wish list.Those who would like to donate money for the victims can do so by calling the American Red Cross in South Lake Tahoe, (530) 542-6056, or visit the Web site, The Parasol Community Foundation has set up an “Angora Fire Relief Fund,” where 100 percent of the proceeds will go specifically to those impacted by the Angora Fire. More than $10,000 has been collected from the Foundations board members and any amount from the community will make a difference. To make a donation, call (775) 298-0100, any amount will help.Incline Village• Pet Network Animal Friends, Incline’s non-profit animal rescue and adoption organization, is providing immediate relief efforts for displaced pets from victims of the Angora Fire. Pet food, blankets, cat litter and animal products are needed, call (775) 832-4404.• The Northern Nevada Chapter of the Red Cross is stressing that financial donations to help with the Tahoe Fire Relief Fund be sent instead of clothing or food donations. Relief accounts have been set up by the Red Cross at local Bank of Americas.• All Bank of America’s, in both Nevada and California will accept financial donations made out to the Tahoe Fire Relief Fund. Anyone wanting to make donations directly to the American Red Cross can send checks for disaster relief to: American Red Cross, 1190 Corporate Blvd., Reno, NV 89503 or to the Sacramento Sierra Chapter of the American Red Cross, 8928 Volunteer Lane, Suite 100, Sacramento, CA 95826. Chamber of CommerceThe North Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce, working with the Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce, is soliciting donations for those displaced by the Angora Fire, which started in an area southwest of South Lake Tahoe, California Sunday afternoon. At this time, bottled water, canned goods, blankets, towels and clothing are the most needed items.North Lake Tahoe area businesses and individuals can donate needed items at the Rideout Community Center located 740 Timberland Lane, just off Highway 89 on the West Shore and approximately 3.5 miles south of Tahoe City. Donations can be made between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Donations will also be accepted at this week’s Sunday Concert at Commons Beach between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Commons Beach in Tahoe City.For updated information on damaged property and homes listed by address, visit TO HELPLocations to drop off donations for Angora Fire victimsNorth Tahoe• Coldwell Banker Office: 531 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City• Coldwell Banker Office/Cobblestone Center: 475 North Lake Blvd., Tahoe City• Prudential Realty Offices: 950 North Lake Blvd., Suite 12C, Tahoe City• AAA Offices: 7717 North Lake Blvd. in Tahoe Vista near Lanza’s Restaurant.• North Tahoe Community Conference Center in Kings BeachTruckee• Prudential Realty: 10800 Donner Pass Road, Suite 101 (across from Tahoe Forest Hospital)• Wells Fargo Bank: 11262 Donner Pass Road, Truckee (Safeway shopping center, next to Panda Express), from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.• Truckee Chamber of Commerce: 10065 Donner Pass Road, in downtown Truckee, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Coldwell Banker Glenshire office: 10095 Dorchester Blvd., Truckee, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. • Truckee Town Hall: 10183 Truckee Airport Road, Truckee, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Squaw Valley• Tahoe Sierra Board of Realtors: 1810 Squaw Valley Road, Olympic Valley, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.• Olympic Village Lodge, past the old fire station at the end of Squaw Valley Rd., Tuesday June 30 through Sunday July 1 from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.Things to BringMen’s, women’s and children’s clothing — newer, lightly worn is preferred, summer clothing is encouraged (shorts, T-shirts, sweatshirts, jeans/casual pants), lightly worn shoes including sneakers and boots. Also new undergarments in packaging would be greatly appreciated — socks, underwear, etc. Toiletries such as toothbrushes, deodorant and children’s toys will also be accepted.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

~Happy 30th Birthday Liz~

~ The Birthday Girl & Jen Before Dinner in SF~
~ Ladies of Leisure~
Liz Montna,ME, Gretchen, Jen Traynham & Sam Geweke
Celebrating Liz's 3oth Birthday at
The Fairmont Spa!
What a fun relaxing Afternoon!
The girls came over on Thursday
and we had lunch in the plaza and shopped then we went to
Dinner at FARM at The Carneros Inn...
On Friday we lounged all day at the spa then Liz, Jen & I went over
to Corte Madera for a little birthday shopping and chanel make-overs
then we went into the city met up with the husbands &
fiance and went to dinner at PlumpJack Cafe!!
What a great couple of days! I love birthdays and had fun celebrating Liz's 30th!!!
Happy Birthday Liz!!!!

Thursday, June 14, 2007



Today My Brother in Law Anson Wales Christian II Just found out he made Master Sergeant in the United States AirForce!
Nick and I are so Proud of him and so excited for him!
This is such a huge accomplishment! He has been waiting for the past 4 months to find out!
He has been in the United States AirForce for 12 years. Most people don't pass the exam until 17 years or later! So this is incredible! I knew he would do it! He is one of the most intelligent people I know!
My sister and the girls are so excited for him. I just want you to know how excited we are for you and proud we are of you! He worked so hard for this and if there is anything to be learned for anyone that wants to achieve something in life is that if you set your mind to it and work hard you can achieve it! He worked so hard for this!!
Congrats Anson!!! Today is your day!!! This is exciting!
Now we just need to go out and celebrate!!!
We love you!
~Kelly & Nick~

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Can't Post At Home! UGGH

Hi Everyone,
Sorry it has been so long since I have posted anything but for some reason I can't post from my laptop at home! I am so frustrated and I don't know what is wrong? It won't even let me sign in! UGGHHHH Has anyone else had this problem?

Well things are good here in Sonoma! Nick and I have been working a lot and wedding season is going full throttle! It is only going to get busier! But I am still loving it!

I don't have any recent pictures to add because nothing too exciting has been going on! I am hoping to surprise Nick and take him on a date Tuesday night since he has been working so hard! Maybe we will go to the spa and then have a nice dinner somewhere! Hmmm now that is an idea! I will have to check into that! I could use a day at the spa and a nice massage!

So that is about all from our neck of the woods. I am working today and have a busy day of tastings!!! That is usually the most favorite appointment with my bride and grooms but the least favorite for me! It is awkward sitting there and watching other people eat and decide on their menu. So two tastings in one day is a long day for me! :)

Have a great Sunday and Hopefully I can figure out what is wrong with my laptop.