Back home and meeting Chari and Russ!

Oh my golly gosh! We arrived home late last night.  We're tired but happy!  And see that gorgeous cake?  It  was made for Dan and I by the ultra talented Chari @  Happy to Design
Dan and I were so blown away by Chari and Russes hospitality.  They are the nicest people ever!

Just look at that beauty!   Chari had it displayed on her most lovely crystal cake pedestal.  It was Italian creme, and tasted as good as it looks!

 Oh, it was good!!!

And look what was waiting for us!!!  This lovely basket put together for Dan and I.  And to top it off, it was sitting inside the most gorgeous guest room I have ever seen!  Honestly, I have loved this room for so long but never imagined I would get to sleep in it.

Chari is the most talented decorator I have ever known!  My picture only shows a small section of this gorgeous room but you can see more by heading over to her blog.   Boy oh boy does she have talent!!!

Here is just one little section of her gorgeous office.  I could have just sat on the floor and stared at the walls and vignettes for hours!!!

And here is our lovely hostess with the most-est!!!  Chari and Russ are the nicest people ever!!
Gosh I wish she lived down the road from me.  Well actually they do, but it's like 850 miles down the road from us. 

And here is the lovely gracious couple together.  Chari and Russ, such nice people!
We arrived Saturday afternoon and later we all went out to eat.  What a fun time we had. 
Chari and Russ are so much fun we hated to leave the next day. 

Chari and I visiting on her swing. 

I thought this pic was so cute!!  Honestly, we had the best time!  I first got to know Chari when we were both on RMS.  Then I followed her to blogging.  I feel so lucky that we finally were able to  meet!  And Dan and I are going to be working on getting these two to Wisconsin to spend some time with us.
If you ever have a chance to meet a blogger friend just go for it!  After talking on-line for so long we didn't feel like strangers at all.  We had so much in common and so much to share.
Well my friends, I have more pics to share later and a ton of dirty laundry to take care of now.
I will be around to visit you all soon.
Happy Weekend


  1. Cindy, how nice to have such lovely friends! So happy you had such a great time with Chari and Russ! I love all she had ready for you and oh my gosh her home is beautiful!!

    Have a great day!


  2. WELCOME HOME Cindy...I just knew you would love them...they are both so sweet and kind...I'm so gald you 4 had a great time...Now go do your laundry ha ha!! seems like I had to do the same thing after meeting with Chari ha ha!! Did you get to meet Rhonda....Love ya Sis...Hugs and smiles to you Gl♥ria

  3. Hi Girlfriend...

    Ohhhh my goodness...I couldn't believe my eyes when I seen your post pop up! Girl, this is the first time that I've sat down to the computer for over a week...and lo and behold...I found this! Hehe! I'm sooo happy that you had a great trip and that you made it safely back home! Cindy, we just adored having you and your sweet honey Dan come and stay with us...it was like a dream come true for me!!! We sure had fun...didn't we? Thank you so much for all the sweet mentions...you're the best, Girlfriend! Eeeks...I sure hate looking at myself in the photos though! Hehe! I'm glad that ya'll had a great time...I wouldn't have missed it for the world!!!

    Well...now you're going to have to fill us in on the rest of your trip to Colorado! Where did ya'll go and what did you do? I just know that you loved the mountains!!! Well Sweetie...things are still a "hoppin" at my place! My sister and husband are still here...I've about talked my voice out! Hehe! I think they are leaving for the mountains tomorrow and then the kids (Darrin and Danielle) are coming. They will be here with us for a few days. It's going to be a busy day today. One of our good friends lost his mother and we have the funeral to attend this morning. And then...Haxtun is having their "Old Fashioned Saturday Night" tonight...we'll all be going over for that! Whew...it's busy, busy here! Maybe next week I'll find some time to get back to blogging! Hehe! Anyway, so happy to hear that you had a great trip and that you're back home safe! Thank you soooo much for coming...Russell and I had the best time!!!

    Love ya, Girlfriend!

    PS...you know what? I'm still enjoying those beautiful flowers that you brought me! Thank you again for the lovely gifts...you're the best, Darlin'!!!

  4. I am so happy to see your pictures, Cindy. You Chari and Russ. I think they are one of the sweetest people I know. I can imagine how much fun you've had together. Her house is lovely. Thank you so much for your prayers for my friend....Christine

  5. It is always so heartwarming to read about bloggers meeting other bloggers! You all look so happy together. Yes, she is an incredible decorator. I've swooned over that guest room many times.

  6. That cake looks so good! Hmm I haven't made a cake yet this week...I am glad that you had such a good visit, and it seems they are very nice people indeed. What a georgeous guest room, it was so full of rich fabrics. Thanks for your kind comment on my blog, I do have pretty good genes. My mom is just beautiful, and so are my Dads sisters, but I should still stop abusing them ;-)

  7. What a wonderful time, you all had! Chari's home is beautiful!

  8. Glad you all had a good time. That cake looks so good.

  9. Wow that cake does look GRAND!!! so moist! I am glad you made it safely there and back again. Its great that you got to meet her in person at last!

  10. Cindy, thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. It's always fun to "meet" other bloggers!
    I REALLY enjoyed my trip last week. I think that is such beautiful country.
    I spent some time visiting your blog and I love your home. I'm also so impressed with the house those kids built. What a great thing for them to learn.

  11. Oh Cindy, she is such a sweetie, I know you had a fabulous time. Her home is a dream and that guest bedroom is gorgeous. Sure wish I had a piece of that cake. The pictures are wonderful. Hugs, Marty

  12. Welcome Home Cindy !!! Looks like you had such a lovely time...how lucky to have met such wonderful friends....they are a treasure...

    sending love on this beautiful SUMMER weekend, my friend


  13. Wow, that is a beautiful bed in her guest room, I'm going to have to drop in and visit her blog so I can see the rest of her place.

    I love when bloggers meet bloggers. You know I met Sheila recently and we're getting together next week for our birthdays, can't wait.

    Chari and Dan sound like wonderful people and great hosts. That cake have me drooling!

    Welcome back.

  14. Hi Cindy....how fun to meet a fellow blogger...I have been trying to get together with my friend Ellen from Michigan for a long time and we are having a hard time meeting up in NY...Someday we hope!!

  15. Cindy, how fun to get to stay in Chari's famous rose bedroom. I am so jealous that you two got to meet. I know they enjoyed meeting you and your husband as much as y'all enjoyed their hospitality. Great pictures! So glad you're back. (I probably shouldn't tell you this, but you need to scroll through my posts that you missed in case you want to report me to the Blogging Police!) laurie

  16. Hi Cindy, what a wonderful post. That was so nice that you got to actually meet one of your Blogging friends...who'd have thought we could make such good friends by just having a BLOG! It sounds like you and Chari had a wonderful time and the hubbies too...too bad you live so far apart. Thanks for sharing this with us! Have a wonderful Sunday....Maura :)

  17. I have met a few bloggers in person and they really have been just like on their blogs. Chari is such a special blogger and you are lucky you got to meet her.

  18. WOW! I think I might have slept on the floor so that I didn't mess up the perfection of the bed! Her home is so amazing! She has SUCH a flair!!! So glad you all had a blast! What an experience!!

    m ^..^

  19. WOW! I think I might have slept on the floor so that I didn't mess up the perfection of the bed! Her home is so amazing! She has SUCH a flair!!! So glad you all had a blast! What an experience!!

    m ^..^

  20. You sure get around Miss Cindy! Looks like you had a great visit!

  21. It looks like a great home to visit and wonderful people...I'm glad you had fun!

  22. I am a new follower and a new member of the Bloggerette Society. I am making my rounds to "meet" all of the lovely ladies in the society. I would love for you to visit me @ www.mommiesandbeyond.com
    You have a cue blog name!

  23. Great post, Cindy! Chari's hospitality looks like it went through the roof. It is so nice to feel welcome and comfortable and much harder when you have never met in person. But it sounds like you are loving Chari even more. What a great lady and her husband looks so nice, I would LOVE to see that house in person!! lol!!

    I hope you guys get together again soon and I am looking forward to meeting up with you near the end of summer {is that okay?}. Now, get on that laundry, girl!! ;-D


  24. What fun you had! Love seeing photos of blogger friends and your visit! Love the gorgeous photos of your trip, too! ♥


I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy