Reflections on my newlywed life: my random thoughts on life about: me & my husband, home decor, travels, cooking, baking, weddings, being a Marine Corps spouse & fashion and other things that interest me!

Monday, February 21, 2011

First Ladies

The women behind our nations presidents are just as important as the presidents themselves. These women have been part of our nations history and behind some of the most imporant men of our country. A First Ladies job is not easy. These are some of our countrys' beautiful First Ladies.

Nancy Reagan
“I think it’s an important, legitimate role for a First Lady to look after a President’s health and well being. And if that interferes with other plans, so be it. No first lady need to make apologies for looking out for her husband’s personal welfare…The First Lady is, first of all, a wife."

Interesting fact: she was in plays and in serveral films.

 Baraba Bush
"The First Lady is going to be criticized no matter what she does. If she does too little. If she does too much. And I think you just have to be yourself and do the best you can. And so what? That’s the way it is."

Interesting fact: In just the first 8 months of marriage Barbara Bush moved from Michagin, to Maine, to Virignia becuase George Bush naval training had him at differnent bases in those states.

 Elizabeth Monroe
"When her husband was named U.S. Minister to France, they relocated to Paris. Elizabeth Monroe was immediately fond of the city and its people, and she was well-received there by both the local and diplomatic communities. During the last days of the French Revolution, Elizabeth Monroe made a name for herself by her courageous visit to Adrienne de Noiolles de Lafayette, the imprisoned wife of the Marquis de Lafayette - the great personal friend of George Washington and many other revolutionary era patriots and France's most prominent supporter of American independence.  Elizabeth Monroe, in the American Embassy’s carriage, made it a point to visit the woman in prison; it was as clear a message as could be made unofficially by the U.S. government.  Not wishing to offend their ally, the French government used Elizabeth Monroe’s "unofficial" interest in Adrienne de Lafayette to release her on January 22, 1795 without any official provocation and thus maintain their alliance with the U.S. yet save face for the imprisonment. "

Hillary Clinton
“The American people have made the role of the First Lady one of the most important jobs in the country. ... It is a tribute to American women that, coming from different social and economic backgrounds, from many different geographical regions, and with diverse educational preparation, each First Lady served our country so well. Each left her own mark, and each teaches us something special about our history.”

Interesting fact: As a young women she applied to NASAs space program and she was stunned when she was told that girls were not accepted into the program.

Jackie Kennedy
"I think the major role of the First Lady is to take care of the President so that he can best serve the people. And not to fail her family, her husband, and children."

Laura Bush
"The role of First Lady is whatever the First Lady wants it to be."

Mamie Eisenhower
"Of course, being mistress of the White House is a terrific responsibility,
and I am truly grateful for my Army wife training."

Being that her husband was in the military their first home was in the barracks! They has 33 homes in the first 37 years of their marriage, all due to Dwight's career assignments. That's a lot of moving!

Martha Washington
"The greater part of our happiness or misery depends on our dispositions and not on our circumstances."

Iteresting fact: At 19 years old Martha married for the first time, she lived in a mansion called "white house" with her husband and two children. At 26 she was widowed and at 27 married George Washington.

Pat Nixon
“I just want to go down in history as the wife of the President.”
Interesting fact: She was the first First Lady to earn a graduate degree.

Michelle Obama
"Policies that support families aren't political issues.
They're personal. They're the causes I carry with me every single day."

Interesting fact: Michelle Obama stands at the same height as Eleanor Roosevelt, making them both equally the tallest First Ladies

Friday, February 18, 2011

Sweet Dreams

Last year I was in Virginia visiting some friends with my husband (at the time boyfriend). One day we made a trip to Williamsburg. It is an old city that has been preserved. I really enjoyed going through the homes and seeing the decor style. I fell in love with the four poster bed, canopy's and draping of fabrics on the bed. The first 6 pictures are from Williamsburg, and the last are a more modern take on this..


And now for the modern look..

There is something charming and romantic, dreamy and even princess-like in these photos. This week Ty and I did a little project with our bed and possibly some draping..  Come back in a couple days and I will post what we did.. I am loving it!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

rooms to dream about...

I love looking up pictures of how people decorate their homes. Home is an important place. 
It is the space that you create for yourself to enjoy, relax, and live out some of the most important moments of your life in. 
Here is a look into some of the rooms I may be a little obsessed with..

This room is a dream quite literally.. although I don't think I could pull off this style I love it and anyone who can create this look successfully.. the four poster bed frame and the chandelier are a part of my "dream" room

This very woodsy french living room is so cozy.. 
the fireplace looks perfect right about now in this cold Minnesota weather..

Yet again, another chandelier!

Every girls princess dream..

I believe this is a bathroom..the drapery and candle make it so intriguing and mysterious.. 

This luxurious little girls room is an absolute dream!