Friday, August 18, 2017

4th Wedding Anniversary At The Duke Mansion

Good morning my dears.

On Monday, July 31st we celebrated our fourth wedding anniversary. We started our journey together almost seven years ago, ten days after I graduated college, at a Labor Day picnic.

We started the tradition a year or so ago, to have an overnight stay at The Duke Mansion for our wedding anniversary.

We received the keys for room 215 (a porch suite) and hoped to see a soaker tub. We had one in our suite last year, so it was something I was looking forward to. Sadly, we only had a shower. So I'll be sure to remember next year, as there's nothing better than a bubble bath and bath robe before getting ready for a dinner date.

The next morning my hubby took the camera outside and snapped a few pictures of the early morning sunrise.

Afterwards, we had breakfast served buffet style in the solarium. The tables were adorned with peach damask tablecloths, crisp white napkins, polished silverware, glassware, and dainty china teacups.

The solarium is one of my favorite rooms. I  the haint blue ceiling.

My hubby got me a fragrant floral arrangement and one of my traditions is to dry out a rose each year.

One of my all-time favorite gifts can't be bought, but it can be captured.

The more I delve into family history, the more I realize the importance in taking photos to record memories to look back at one day.

So here's what we look like at thirty-five (hubby) and thirty-one (me). Ha ha!

The rose gardens were in full bloom. Perfect for a morning stroll.

My forever date.

And me, being kooky showing off my new specs.

That morning, before we checked out, we spent some time porch sitting and talking. And the weather? It was just perfect, with a nice breeze.

Cheers to four, and many more!

~Kiki Nakita ~

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Twelve Things About Me


I was born in Germiston, South Africa and spent the first eight years of my life living on a twenty-two acre farm out in the middle of nowhere, now known as Centurion.


I am the oldest grandchild, which means there's many baby pictures of me.


Due to political unrest in South Africa in the 90's my mum, sister and I moved to an idyllic village in the  of England. My dad stayed in South Africa as he was a founder, and president of both an airline, and an avionics company.


I attended a Catholic Convent called Saint Ursula's when I first started school. I had an hour long coach ride each way, but it was deemed safe during the political unrest.


I've always looked up to both Catholic, and Anglican nuns. One of my favorite nuns was our coach driver. We'd sit up front with her as we'd sing and chat about our day at school, which made that hour long journey somehow not seem so long.


I was on student council in high school, as well as one of five kids from my county to represent our school at the Warwickshire county council meetings.


At the age of eighteen I moved to the US to attend college. My dad's company had expanded to the US, and Australia by this point so he offered to pay my tuition for me. I graduated with my AAS in Interior Design from SFCC in 2007, and my BFA in Interior Design from Marylhurst University in 2010.


I met my hubby, Cory, ten days after I graduated from college. Our first date was at Labor Day picnic in Columbia Point Park in Richland, WA.


Eight weeks after my granny passed away my dad was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. My role for two-and-a-half years became caretaker, taking him to see his oncologist, radiologist, and sit with him as he received day-long chemotherapy treatments and weekly hospital visits. Sadly, he passed away the week before I turned twenty-seven.


I'm a historic preservation, and genealogy nerd. I have traced back our family history to the late 17th century. We have a pedigree tree wall display, and I'm putting together heritage scrapbooks of all the stories, documents, newspaper clippings, and photos that I've found, or inherited.


I love all things Susan Branch. I've collected almost all of her books and got to meet her last summer.


I love movies from the 80's and 90's. Especially Father Of The Bride I and II, Sleepless In Seattle, When Harry Met Sally , You've Got Mail, European Vacation, Funny Farm, Steel Magnolias, Beethoven, Baby Boom, Not Without My Daughter (the book for this movie is really good too) , Mrs. Doubtfire, Beaches, My Girl, Home Alone etc.

So now you know twelve things about me. I'd like to know twelve things about you, too!

~Kiki Nakita ~
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Prayer Request & 31st Birthday In Outer Banks, NC

Good afternoon my dears.

You may have noticed that I haven't blogged in awhile. That's because we've have had a lot happen in our family over the past few weeks, and we could really use your thoughts and prayers

On May 2nd, my hubby's paternal grandmother passed away, aged seventy-five, a few weeks shy of her sixtieth wedding anniversary, on Memorial Day, May 29th, which just so happens to be my birthday. She will be missed.

Grandpa and Grandma, on their wedding day, May 29th, 1957

Saturday, May 27th

On Saturday, it would've been my Nana's eighty-sixth birthday. She passed away in 2009, five months after my Granddad. We talked about her on our drive through the Carolina's to the village of Southern Shores, on the Outer Banks, where we were greeted with this charming beach house. 

We spent the evening unpacking, and situating ourselves. Later that evening we had a bite to eat at the Sunset Grille and Raw Bar, while overlooking the spectacular sunset over the Atlantic Ocean. 

Sunday, May 28th

On Sunday, we woke up with a spring in our step. We walked to the beach and spent a few hours sitting and chatting, looking for seashells (which I collect), and jumping in the waves.

That evening we got dressed up for dinner at Aqua. My hubby used the picture below for his birthday message on Facebook.

"Happy Birthday to my wonderful wife, Kiki! I cannot put into words how thankful I am for you. I am constantly amazed by your kindness, generosity, and creativity. I hope this year brings you all the joy and happiness that you bring into my life."

 Monday, May 29th

On my birthday morning we skyped with my family while I opened my birthday presents. Although, I'd much rather give gifts than receive them, as there isn't really anything that I need or want that can be bought.

After we got off skype we noticed a missed call, and voicemail from my father-in-law. He called to let us know that my mother-in-law, aged fifty-nine, was in surgery. So that was on our minds the whole day. She could also use your thoughts and prayers while she heals.

We postponed my birthday dinner to the following day, and spent the day driving to Hatteras, spotting scenes from the movie Nights In Rodanthe along the way.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Bodie Lighthouse to watch the sunset.

Tuesday, May 30th

After a morning of rest and recuperation, we got dressed up for my 31st birthday dinner. We made reservations at Kimball's Kitchen which is part of the Sanderling Resort. We had two young men waiting on us, and I think they were surprised when I said we don't really drink, besides special occasions, and then ordered a cider, Pellegrino, and coffee.

We came home to sing happy birthday, and have a slice of cake. My birthday cake was strawberry, and it was honestly one of the best cakes I've ever tasted. Afterwards, we went to the movies to see Diary of a Whimpy Kid: The Long Haul . Which was so funny!

Wednesday, May 31st

We had wonderful weather all week, especially on Wednesday when we went to see Whalehead, a beautifully restored 1920s-era Art Nouveau-style mansion listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The home has been carefully restored to the way it looked when Edward Collings Knight Jr. and his wife, Marie Louise, first opened the doors as a lavish hunting retreat in 1925.

Corolla Lighthouse

That evening we had the most spectacular sunset. All God's handiwork.

Thursday, June 1st

After a morning on the beach, we went to the Wright Brother's Memorial. It may not look it, but it's quite a climb, especially in 90-100 degree heat. Oh my word!

The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were the two brothers who made the world's first successful flight on December 17th, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

That evening we had another spectacular sunset.

Friday, June 2nd

The day before we left we went to the Elizabethan Gardens. It is a project of the Garden Club of North Carolina, and a living memorial to the time when Sir Walter Raleigh’s lost colonists lived in this very place over four-hundred years ago. 

Queen Elizabeth I statue

Afterwards, we went for a nice stroll around Manteo. We had dinner reservations at the 1587 restaurant, and our table had a sunset view over the Shallowbag Bay.

Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

Saturday, June 3rd

On our last morning we packed up and drove to New Bern, NC to see Tryon Palace, North Carolina’s first permanent state capitol. It just so happened that they were having a Renaissance Festival that weekend, which brought the house to life.

At Tryon Palace they have a lot of dessert replicas, and this one caught my eye. My granny used to make a pastry dessert - croquembouche - just like this.

Then we made our way home, sweet home.

In my next post we'll be travelling to the British Isles for a family reunion.

~Kiki Nakita ~
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