Monday, August 21, 2017

Three Year Workiversary

Good afternoon my dears.

On Friday my hubby celebrated his third workiversary at the wholesome television network, insp. He's been in the graphic design / user experience field for over eighteen years now, and his slogan is "in design since '99". Which was the year before he graduated from high school.

To celebrate we had a date night at Brio's. I got the risotto and oh my goodness, it was so delicious with the lobster and shrimp, but so filling we weren't able to share dessert. Thanks to our waitress we were able to get a picture of us together. Cheers to three years, Cory!

~Kiki Nakita ~

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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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