Sunday, March 2, 2014

The SMILE That Will Make YOU Smile- Guaranteed!

I told you a few posts ago that when
the girls stay here I try to use the
FANCY DINING ROOM
at least once in a while.

Well, it is now our new
TRADITION
that if they stay the night we have
a nice meal with "formal" place settings.

You remember my table from here?
I used my red transferware for the 
girls' special dinner of salad
and homemade spaghetti and meatballs-
a family favorite.

The flowers were gone but I had another
large candle that I used centerstage.
The girls always have fun waiting for dinner.
I  took several shots of them chit-chatting together.
We have lots of SMILES and laughs
at our table.
But sometimes it is nice to get a picture
of them that is just a tad "calm" feeling!
A picture of smiles rather than laughter.

NOW for the picture that will make
YOU SMILE.
This is the one that TAKES THE PRIZE.
I said,
Girls, give me just ONE SMILE 
where you aren't showing
YOUR TEETH!
Can you GUESS which one is 
LITERAL LULU?
Here's the KICKER-She 
WAS NOT TRYING TO BE FUNNY!

I'll be around today if I can find a bit of 
sanity in a corner somewhere.
Have a blessed Sunday!
your photo name

56 comments:

Shelia said...

You're so wonderful and the girls are just so cute! Love how you spoil them. The first shot reminded me of Downton Abbey! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Nancy's Notes said...

What a sweet thing to do! Aww, your girls are just too cute and oh so funny! Don't you just love it when they crack you up? Think they have a tad bit of their Nana's humor!
Have a great day and I can picture you in a corner...somewhere!
Nancy
xo

Barbara said...

I love the idea of breaking out the pretty dishware and eating in the formal dining room with your girls...how special that must make them feel. Grown up too! The table in the first picture is beautiful and red transferware is one of my favorites. So perfect for serving spaghetti and meatballs. You rock Nana Diana!
Enjoy a nice quiet Sunday!
XO Barbara

Laura @ Top This Top That said...

what a sweet and memorable idea to let them dine "fancy". After all..they are. have a great weekend in your corner or wherever you end up!:)

Vee said...

This is such a nice idea to set a pretty table in the dining room for the family. Are they also learning how to set the table? it is so good to see children conversing amicably not that I'd know anything about children who don't. =/

J said...

Oh what CUTIES! And FUNNY too! (Just like Nana!) I love how your little ladies are getting used to the "princess treatment" at grandma's...and all the fun you are having with them at "the grown-up table!"

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

You're right....smiles all around blogland today! Enjoy your Sunday my friend and your sweet and happy family! Hugs!

Vicki Boster said...

I love that you and your girls are spending some special times around your dining room table-- that is a tradition that is becoming forgotten in today's busy lives. Your girls are so beautiful-- I can only imagine all the good times you have with them:)
Vicki

Linda said...

These are such special moments with your precious grand-daughters. Thanks for sharing their sense of humor. And thanks for your kind comments on my blog. Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Japolina said...

I love that you have fancy dinners with them!

Linda at French Hollow said...

One of my fondest memories is when my mother did exactly what you are doing with your granddaughters. They will forever remember these special times. Made me smile indeed! What a special Nana you are!

Beth said...

What a wonderful idea, the fancy table for those precious granddaughters.

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I love that picture!!! I thought of the three little monkeys...see no evil...do no evil....I don't know why I thought of that...lol! Hugs, Penny

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Wow, the gorgeous princess in a regal table setting by their elegant grammy! I love the photo of the three of them in small conversation by themselves...how happy they are, God bless them always. My two Little girls are here, and will stay for 2 weeks vacation.
Enjoy the rest of weekend.
FABBY

Lori said...

What a great idea. The girls will so remember all the little extras you do for them. Love the last picture.

Tessa~ Here there be musing said...

What a lovely tradition, you have..... One really "fancy" dinner, when they stay. :-) Oh these "Grands" are so lucky to have you, for a Nana!!!!!!!

Now as to the requested smile..... The one with the hair bow, the one in the middle, the "middle" child I think........... What a perfectly lovely smile. !!!!!!!!! What a gorgeous young lady, she is going to grow up to be. -happy sigh- Please have her read this comment, or tell her...

Gentle hugs,
Tessa~
(Another 'Nana,' of 6)

Susie said...

Diana, I like that tradition. This will always be a wonderful memory for the girls . I laugh at how kids take things we say. I know you will show that photo to Lulu when she's bit older. :):) Are you digging out yet? be safe. xoxo,Susie

Musings from Kim K. said...

What fun memories your grands will have staying at your house. My grandmother used to let us pick out a fancy tea cup for our morning hot chocolate. It's those traditions that bring years and years of smiles. Enjoy your Sunday.

Simply LKJ said...

I love that you set a formal table for them! I need to remember that. It is always nice for youngsters to learn proper table manners, and much easier to do it at home rather than out in public the first couple times!! The girls are hysterical. That would have been my two.

Donna said...

I love your tradition of eating at a formal setting with the girls, Diana! I know they will treasure those memories for years to come! Sounds like Lulu gets her literal-ness (is that a word??) from her Grandpa!!! How funny:)

Junkchiccottage said...

Diana,
This is so sweet. It made me smile. Thanks for the smiles today.
Kris

must love junk said...

Oh, I love these memories that you're creating with your 'girls'! That's so special-and that pic is priceless! :)
Susan

Shirley said...

Good Morning Diana, It is so much fun to watch the family grow up. They keep us busy and give us other things to think about. We have the bitter cold today and snow, but not as much as they were predicting. They have bladed my street this morning, but I am staying home where it is warm. It was so cold yesterday. Hope you have a wonderful day. I loved reading about your girls. Grandchildren keep us young.Hugs and Prayers from Your Missouri Friend.

Katie Mansfield said...

Wonderful!

Kelly said...

The girls looked like they had a lot of fun eating together at your fancy table.

Anonymous said...

Love your girls! They light up my days!

Way to go using the fancy dining room for them.....precious memories in the making.

Lisa~A Cottage To Me said...

So cute! It so nice to have those memories of eating at a nice dining room table. So many of our children these days do not even know what that is all about! We have tried to eat in our dining room most every meal while our girls were growing up. Now when they come home they expect that. Great times!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

You are a wonderful Nana, Diana! Your sweet, smiling granddaughters will always have memories of these special moments you take time to give them. Such fun and beautiful photos!

Sarah said...

A group of charmers! Beautiful girls, too! '-)
Loving your new Irish china by the way………..S

Debby said...

They look so cute in the picture waiting on their formal dinner. The teeth picture. You should know better.....lol. My that meal sounds good on a snowy day.

NanaNor's said...

Hi sweetie, Love the photo of your girls! What a wonderful tradition and training you are providing.We started a new one of playing hide&seek, with the adults helping in the hiding(we were all in the mountains for a getaway). Look for my photos tomorrow.
Hugs,
Noreen

cards4ubylouise and other treasures said...

Nice memories you are giving your grand daughters...they won't forget...have a great Sunday.

Richella Parham said...

That's hilarious, Diana--looks like something one of my boys would do if I said to smile without showing your teeth. For sure, though, my boys would be TRYING to be funny!

LOVE your idea of having a fancy dinner for them. What great memories you're making!

Kay G. said...

Yep, it made me smile for sure!! What pretty girls they all are!

Savannah Granny said...

Too adorable. They are so beautiful and growing up so quickly. Yes, those sweet girls did make me smile. xoxoGinger

Cindy Cain said...

What a fun time with your girls. One of my favorite times in life is spending time with my 3 K's :)

Katie Clooney said...

what wonderful memories you are giving those beautiful girls!!

Gypsy Heart said...

Teeth or not, they're beautiful!!

xo
Pat

Dixie Delights said...

I love this tradition!! You are so lucky that you get to have spend the nights like these! xo

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Oh my, Literal Lulu is so cute! I love her interpretation of not showing any teeth! It worked well! What a lovely tradition! The girls are learning so much from you! Great memories are being made- have fun!

ImSoVintage Laura Walker said...

Those girls are the cutest. You are very fortunate to be able to spend so much time with them. xo Laura

Jane@Bluebird1959 said...

As, those cuties! How fun to have a fancy dinner and table. Such great memories you are creating. Jane

Kim Gillian said...

That picture is too funny. I love your idea if a fancy meal. I'm sure the girls enjoy it also! Have a great week.

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Looks like they had a great time with the beautiful table setting! Love their expressions on their faces too!

Tete said...

Oh, she is so funny without even trying. Love that you can do that with the girls. Boys are another thing. You know that place that throws the dinner rolls at you? Mom used to sail bread and butter like a frisbe at us. You had better be good or you earned the nickname butterfingers and it had meaning. I did that with my boys. Nothing formal around here...sigh.

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Let me know if you find that sanity corner. I can't find one in my house! LOL Hugs, Leena

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

What a great tradition you are starting with your girls. They are all so pretty and have their own personalities. Your table is also very pretty.
Yum - spaghetti and meat balls, my fav also.
Mary

Melanie said...

Priceless! Loved that picture! You must enjoy these precious ones so very much and you are creating the most wonderful memories for your grandchildren to carry with them!

Missy George said...

That's a great Tradition Diana... Good practice for them..

Lisa @ Texas Decor said...

That's too funny! Looks like y'all had a great time at the fancy table. :) I think everyone should use the "good stuff" more often. I know I need to get out my mom's china more often than I do. Hope you have a great week!

Chatty Crone said...

I think having this dinner for the girls was a chance of a lifetime for them. I know they will remember that forever - you are a wonderful grandma! sandie

Red Rose Alley said...

Such cute pictures of the girls, Diana. I have to say that I LOVE THOSE DINING ROOM CHAIRS - they are so pretty, and I love the design on them!

Love,
~Sheri

GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Beautiful girls! Love them to pieces through your blog :)

Amy at Ms. Toody Goo Shoes said...

Adorable! We play a game where you have to say silly things and not show your teeth -- sidesplitting funny!

My Forever Changing Home said...

Will you be my Nana? You are so wonderful with those girls! Sounds like fun. Pretty tablescape too!

111 LaLa Lane said...

Lord, I love it!