Thursday, September 22, 2016

Back on Track


I feel like I have been absent from the blog world for ages.


For 14 months, I worked on my 50th high school reunion and finally, last weekend, we met up in San Clemente.


One of my classmates lives in a gated community next to the spot where President Nixon had his Western White House.


We called it a "Grass Roots Reunion" because we did not hire a reunion company, but instead a large committee created a magical weekend.


One of our classmates collects vintage cars so he and his wife drove 2 of them to the reunion as part of the "decorations" - designing the 66 logos was one of my tasks.


Another classmates is a professional artist (if you live in the Omaha area, he owns and operates the Haunted House) and he did caricatures throughout the 3 days of the reunion- my co-chair and I posed for him at the Friday night party


on the deck of the home of another classmate.


I won't bore you with the hundreds of photos that are posted on our class Facebook page, but I wanted to show you this group photo.


That's me in the blue sweater standing behind 3 of our former teachers - the man on the left started teaching at our high school the year we were born!


This isn't the best shot of me, but it epitomizes the weekend - lots of laughter, a few tears and so many fun memories evoked.


We are back at home and I am busy with a few fall projects


and changing vignettes all around the house.


There are no more banners to make, emails to read or phone calls to make so I have time to move things around the house.


It's good to be back on track!

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45 comments:

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

It looks like you had lots of fun times. San Clemente sure is beautiful, isn't it? Lots of work went into the reunion, but it sure looks like everything went off without a hitch.

All of your vignette look great. Love the little mouse.

Have a great restful weekend.

Mary

Daniela said...

How wonderful these events are, I wonder the joy it gave to you !

Hope your weekend ahead holds much joy, dearie, I'm sending hugs and more hugs to you, Happy Fall !

Xx Dany

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Carol, your beautiful smile and laughter (and gorgeous blue sweater!) are bright and MAGNIFICENT! And, to see your former teachers there! WOW! I went to my 20th back in '96 but there were no teachers there. I would have loved to see them to say, "I'M SORRY FOR BEING SO MISCHIEVIOUS!"

Welcome back.

Summer said...

Glad you are back! And I am also glad your reunion was a wonderful experience ♥

summerdaisycottage.blogspot.com

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

Glad you are back to your normal, lovely blogging.

It looks like your 50th reunion was great. You look wonderful.

Enjoy your slower life now that that even is all over with.

Thanks for sharing your lovely space with us.

FlowerLady

Mary 120 Spring Street said...

What an awesome reunion, looks like so much fun!

Mary

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What a fabulous reunion! I know you were SO happy to see so many classmates and friends. I LOVE it! Hugs!

craftyles said...

Your reunion looks fun and happy. Glad you had fun. Nice to have a more open schedule so you can enjoy being home again!Happy Fall!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It looks like it was as magical as you imagined! Great planning and happy it was a good time for all. San Clemente is such a pretty area! Hugs!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

What a great looking group of 50-year reunion classmates. Looks like you all had such a fun time in such a beautiful setting.

bobbie said...

And a fun time was had by all! I'd love to see some pix of your table settings, etc...

Alexandra said...

So much fun! I love you all! Wish I could be the same after many years from now. Where are the logos? 66?

Blondie's Journal said...

I love the picture where you and so many others are laughing! I think the reunion was a smashing success and your hard work was truly a big part of that.

I don't think you missed a beat in decorating and redoing bits and pieces of your home! Still...I can't wait see what you do now.

Jane

Stacey said...

Carol, that looks like so much fun! You had a big graduating class. It's great that so many people attended and that you all pooled your talents to make it wonderful. Bet you'll feel like you have so much free time now!

Happy Thoughts of Home. :)

Vicky Hunt said...

Planning events is fun but it does take a lot of time, so it is nice when they are over and you have time to enjoy other things. It sounds like the reunion was a blast and it looks like you all had a great turnout! How wonderful that so many were able to attend. I'm sure lots of new memories were made. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Carol, What a wonderful time. Love seeing your photo with laughter and smiles. Looks like a it was a big class. Special memories and moments I'm sure.
Happy Fall. xo

Melanie said...

Looked like you had a wonderful time at your reunion - and how cool to have your own committee organize it!

Merlesworld said...

Thats funny I have a high school reunion today for lunch they have it every year but I haven't been for a couple of years, it's only our class
Merle........

Art @ Home said...

Such cute photos. i can tell y'all had a fabulous time! :)

xo,
RJ

BeachGypsy said...

Wow! Y'all had a GREAT TURNOUT!! Love the fun photos! You got some great ones! Looks like so much fun. You put alot of hard work into it, and I bet you enjoyed every second of it! You look fantastic in the pictures.

Connie said...

That was a great turn out for a 50 year reunion . . . I love the shot of you laughing with your girlfriend. It's easy to tell that the two of you have been friends forever. Now most people would put their feet up after working on an event like that, but not our Carol. Your energy is astonishing . . . no moss growing under your feet, LOL.

Junkchiccottage said...

So glad you had a fun time. I know you worked hard on this to make it special. Everyone looks wonderful in the class pic. So happy the week end was a success.
Hugs,
Kris

Row homes and Cobblestones said...

Carol,
I really enjoyed seeing photos of your reunion - especially the ones of you smiling gleefully. Looks like a very successful reunion and you were an important part of achieving a fun weekend, working on the committee. Congratulations and welcome back to your nest that you have been fluffing and making so charming for Fall.
xoxo,
Vera

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

It looks like it was a fun and emotional weekend!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I am glad you are back on track! I am sure you are filled with new inspiration for your vignettes having been away from home. Glad you had a wonderful time! I am dying to see your white living room....I see a glimpse of it in one of the pictures!

Sherry @ Thrift My House said...

Glad to hear your reunion was a success! I too am trying to get back on track in the blogging world. It's been the busiest year I think I've ever had but it's all good. Mostly good anyway. I always love seeing what you're up to Carol, and those fall vignettes are beautiful! I especially love the last photo of the ladder... That would look perfect in my home. Also, I've enjoyed your photos on IG too! Happy weekend!

Cozy Little House said...

Wow! Your 50th class reunion? Is that a mistake??? If not, you sure look quite youthful!
Brenda

Anonymous said...

Looks like a wonderful reunion. Congratulations on a job well done! Looking forward to more of the regular posts soon.

xoxo Canadian Chickadee - another Carol

Pam Richardson said...

Carol, it looks like the reunion was a huge success! Congrats on all your hard work! Happy weekend, Pam @ Everyday Living

Pamela Gordon said...

Your reunion sounds like a great time and a big success due to all the hard work and planning that you and the committee did. It will be nice to just be 'normal' again I'm sure. I know you will enjoy adding fall touches to your cottage home and we'll look forward to seeing them here. Enjoy the weekend. Pam

handmade by amalia said...

How wonderful, Carol, to see all your friends and in such a beautiful place. I can only imagine how much work you've put into it.
Amalia
xo

Lorrie said...

Whew! That's a major event to plan and it sounds like you all had a wonderful time! You picked a lovely place for it. Enjoy settling into a home routine again.

Kathy said...

What a wonderful event you created!!

HWIT BLOGG said...

Happiness and lovely pictures!
Love from Titti

Sylvia said...

Carol, I`m so glad the school reunion went well and you enjoyed your time with old friends. Love this last pic with white decor on the ladder. Sylvia D.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Dearest Carol! Thanks for coming by my blog! Yeah, I don't share much about my house because the perfectionist in me wants to wait until I get that yellowish kitchen painted white, my old living room repainted a fresh white, and hopefully trade in my HUGE green brocade couch for at least a white linen slipcover. But it is what it is, and we are happy. I didn't share the new addition in the back figuring many of you have already seen that, and it will be featured in the magazine.

Thanks for commenting dear friend! Anita

podso said...

It looks like all your hard work paid off in a wonderful weekend adding to the memory bank your class already has! I'm a bit envious, my graduating class was around 1400 and I doubt there's ever been a reunion. Enjoy work around your house again!

Kim said...

It sounds like an amazing weekend, Carol. You are a party planning pro! :)

chateau chic said...

Looks and sounds like all of your hard work on your reunion paid off big time. What a fantastic party! And so well attended.
Mary Alice

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I love the white ladder loaded with the ironstone. Of course it's all beautiful.

karen@somewhatquirky said...

I love the white ladder loaded with the ironstone. Of course it's all beautiful.

Patty Antle said...

How fun, Carol! Looks like your reunion was a total success!

Curtains in My Tree said...

well now I know i'm 2 years older than you my 50th class reunion was for class of 1964

Yours was in a lot prettier area than my reunion was in. It does take lots planning

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Beautiful location and event Carol. I am sure all your hard work paid off. Everyone looks like they had a wonderful time.

Janet
rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com

Carla said...

Looks like the reunion was successful by all the smiles and laughter.
Your pictures are lovely. I love the tool try with the wooden spools.