Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Back From Vacation and The Giveaway Winner!

Howdy! I've missed you all this past week!

My Farmboy and I just returned from a sunny vacation with family in California.


It was fun to come back and see so many new blogger friends that found us through the giveaway! Between Tara and myself, we have tried to get over to your blogs and say hello.

First of all, let me tell you, it was fabulous to get out of our rainy Northwest weather and get some SUNSHINE! My sweet Aunt J hosted us at her lovely home and we got to do a lot of this~


The pool was surrounded by magenta bougainvillea bushes and night blooming jasmine. Also in the yard was a Meyer's lemon/orange tree and a grapefruit tree.


I picked this grapefruit off the tree to go with my breakfast one morning. I didn't even have to coat it in sugar!!


We got to spend some quality time playing in the backyard with my aunt's darling King Charles Cavalier puppykin, Lizzy; and her sister the cat, Lucy.




No visit with my Aunt J will be without horsin' around time!


My sister and I "cowgirling up" for the ride.


My Aunt J, our hostess with the mostest, on her dashing Quarter Horse, Jesse.

Aunt J even let me ride her beautiful bay mare, Shanna Lady!



Even though I snagged a desert yellow bloom to tuck behind my ear, of course crazy me just had to fill my cantle bags with sprigs of wild lavender!!

Well there was plenty relaxing, great home-cooked meals, and site-seeing. But enough of my vacation and on to the giveaway winner as I know you are eagerly waiting.

The winner is.........


Amanda  from  Girl In Pink!!!!


I had never met Amanda before but just checked out her blog and oh boy, it's delightful and pretty! And she's a Washington native, too! How cool! Amanda, be sure to send me an email I have some details to gather from you!

Have a fabulous week everyone, I hope you get a little sunshine in your corner of the world!


~michelle~



15 comments:

Sares said...

Congratulations Amanda and thanks for entering our giveaway!

It looks like you all had a great time, like there was any doubt that you would! My oh my that pool looks inviting. I can't remember the last time I was in a pool. I told Mom she was supposed to smuggle Lizzy home in her bag for me and I read Jen wanted her too!Dang but she's adorable!

Linda said...

Congrats to Amanda! Looks like a wonderful vacation!

Rachel Noelle said...

Congrats to the lucky winner!!;) Adorable photos Michelle~ Hugs,Rachel

French Farmhouse 425

Amanda said...

Oh my! I am beyond excited! What a generous giveaway! You gals are so lovely! And guess what? I have a birthday this week! What a splendid birthday gift! I hope to get up to visit your store one day soon! Centralia is not so far...maybe only an hour's drive!
Thanks again! You've made my day!
Best Wishes and Blessings,
Amanda

Bearly Sane / Ess D'Ess Bears said...

Sounds like you had a blast! Thanks for sharing the photos ... love the cowgirl look!
Warmest Hugs,
Sandi @ Bearly Sane / Ess D'Ess Bears

sarah atmyyellowhouse said...

Wow! That looks like the best vacation! Your aunt's home seems like the place to be. :) Glad you enjoyed yourselves...
Congrats to Amanda!

Robyn said...

OH MY! That looks like the perfect vacation! I love the sweet little puppykins!

Susan said...

What a cute couple you & Farmboy are Michelle!! Looks like you had a great vacation, and got plenty of sunshine. You look so at home on the horse and lounging by the pool. :)
Take care,
Susan

A Rosy Note said...

Sounds like an amazing vacation Michelle...great weather, lounging by the pool, pretty flowers, horseback riding and good company...what could be better?!

~Tricia

Alabaster Rose Designs said...

Hi Michelle,
It looks like you had a fabulous time!! I love the King Charles pup, so adorable!
Have a great day.
Sincerely,
Melinda

Robin said...

Congrats Amanda! You lucky girl!

Looks like you had such a fun time! I love your cowboy outfit - - you wore it with flair!

freckled laundry said...

What cute cowgirls you were! Looks like you enjoyed a bit of tropical weather. I'm in the Northeast myself and the daffodils are barely poking through. I would say that Aunt J is definitely the hostess with the mostess! Beautiful property & horses! Too funny...I just posted on Sunshine & Lavender that I wanted a potted Meyer Lemon tree but can only find them on Williams-Sonoma...and here you've pictured one! Ha! (And, I'd be cramming wild lavender into whatever I could stuff it in until I could unload it back at the ranch, including my mouth. Haha!)

Sherrie said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! Love to see all the sunshine :0)

sadie said...

sounds like a fabulous holiday. I can't ever imagine being able to pick a grapefruit straight from the tree and eating it for breakfast, that would never happen in England!

Thanks for stopping by my blog, and for the kind comment :o)

sadie x

Desert Rose said...

it was so great to have the 4 of you down for some R & R! The "puperroni" looked for you all for days...in between naps ;)