About Me

South Louisiana
I have been married for 20 years to a great husband and we have 8 children ranging in age from 1 to 18 years. I am a homeschooling mom, which can be very challenging. I love sewing, knitting, reading, gardening and have recently started oil painting. I love to create. I really want to have a blog to show off some of the stuff I create, but I also want to share about my life and family. email me at ctrich8@bellsouth.net

Thursday, June 26, 2008

We're going to Greece (well in cyberspace ; )

I am joining Holly from Mommy Holly and Heidi Ann from Foxgloves Fabric and Folly and going on a virtual vacation! Like this mother and daughter, we can't afford a real vacation this year because of skyrocketing gas and food prices, so we are gonna have a little fun and plan a dream vacation anyway LOL

We usually go to the Alabama coast for our annual vacation. We are beach people and there is nothing better than renting a condo on the beach and spending our days relaxing by the water. It is so soothing to just lay on the beach while the kids play in the water, I adore the sound of waves breaking on the shore.

So, I thought we would do what we love, just in a much more exotic location : D Also, instead of staying for our usual week, we will be staying for a month!

We will be traveling to Corfu, Greece!!!!!!

One of the Ionian Islands, northwestern Greece. With adjacent small islands, it forms the Corfu department (pop., 1995 est.: 108,000) of Greece; the town of Corfu (pop., 1995 est.: 36,000) is the departmental capital. Corfu occupies 229 sq mi (593 sq km). It was settled by the Corinthians c. 734 BC. Off its coast the first naval battle in Greek history was fought, between Corfu and Corinth c. 664 BC. About 435 BC it sought the aid of Athens against Corinth, precipitating the Peloponnesian War. A Roman possession in 229 BC, it later passed to the Byzantines, then to the Normans. It was ruled by Venice from 1386 to 1797 and was under British administration from 1815 until it was ceded to Greece in 1864. Germans and Italians occupied it during World War II. It is now a popular tourist destination and produces olive oil, figs, oranges, lemons, and wine.

I have ALWAYS dreamed of going to Greece. It looks like an amazingly beautiful place and my favorite cuisine is Greek.

First I had to find a place for my large family to stay. I figured a beautiful villa would fit the bill. This is a dream vacation, right? LOL This beautiful piece of real estate was perfect : D

This dramatic and sophisticated house is set directly on the sea amidst flower- filled gardens in Kommeno, the most exclusive area of Corfu. With state-of–the-art technology, it offers the comforts of a modern year-round home in the relaxing surroundings of this beautiful Greek Island.

A gracious laurel-limed driveway leads from the stone entry gates through over 11,000 square meters of professionally landscaped grounds to the main residence. In front of the house a traditional entry courtyard with fountain welcomes visitors.

It has five bedrooms, so plenty of room for all of my children. Plus look at this master bedroom!

Plus a gorgeous bathroom with a HUGE tub to relax in after a day at the beach. There is even room for dh to join me ; ) Oh, I forgot to mention that we are also bringing a nanny to help with the children, so we can go out to dinner and have some alone time : D

Dh loves to cook, so a huge gourmet kitchen was a must.

We also need lots of living space for our large family.

And a nice romantic spot for sitting in the evening.

A private pool with a spectacular view of the Aegean Sea is nice as well : )

We really love to just relax on our vacations, we aren't big into going alot. Which is why a beautiful place to stay is so important. This is where we would spend most of our time. Of course, you can't be in Greece and not go see some of the beautiful sites and do some shopping!

I hope y'all enjoyed coming with us on our Greek vacation : )

Can't wait to see where everyone else is going! Here is a list of everyone else going on vacation, check them out!

1. Heidi from Foxgloves, Fabric & Folly
2. Alicia from Butterfly*Gems
3. Cecilia from Nifty
4. Madrin Designs
5. Tonya from PuddinPop
6. Mallory from Mallory D. and her Big Bodacious Blooms
7. Rachel from Cherry Tree Lane
8. BJ from Sweet Nothings
9. Jeanne from Backyard Neighbor
10. Mya from Creative Musings
11. Vintage Girl at Heart
12. Diane at A Picture is Worth 1000 Words
13. BrainMosaic
14. Cole from My Menagerie
15. Kari and Kijsa from Ask Kari and Kijsa
16. Beverly from How Sweet the Sound
17. Molly from Molly B.'s
18. Rhonda from Scooterblu's Whimsy
19. Shaybert from thirtyandholding
20. Joanna at Sweet Finds
21. Brittainy at The Litany of Brittainy
22. Melissa at The Inspired Room
23. Shirl at Shirl's Rose Cottage
24. Jan and Tom's Place
25. Jill at Bailiwick Designs
26. Schotzy at Wings of Eagles


Cecilia said...

I would love to stay in that house! Greece is beautiful, I've never been to Corfu thought so this was fun!:-)

Shirl said...

Wow Greece is a beautiful place, I had no idea it was that pretty. I love the view. What a great vacation!
BLessings, Shirl
Shirls Rose COttage

hautemommy said...

Tonya, I am SO glad you "travelled" to Greece!!! That was one of the places I was trying to decide on haha!!! It is soooooo darn amazing, I would love to go there! And the villa that you decided on is fabulous.. that pool overlooking the sea?!!! Ah! Thanks for joining us on vacation!!!! xoxoxox

Schotzy said...

When I think of Corfu, I think of James Bond! Well, if you stay at that villa, why would you ever venture out into the countryside! I'd neve want to leave! Words dont ever express how beautiful Greece really is! I sort of feel like I traveled there with you, ....well, not really, but I did love the thought!!!

Britt said...

what a beautious vacation!! you go girl with 7 kids! i've got my hands full with two. i'm starting to home preschool my two year old, and may continue through seeing as the school system in my town is becoming more and more impoverished all the time!

Tine said...

What a wonderful vacation! I'm glad you have planned such a great vacation for you and your family -I wish it didn't only have to be a dream, and that you could really go! Wouldn't that be soooo much fun?!

Diane@A Picture is Worth.... said...

Hi, First time on your blog. I love your background and header...very artsy,

It is fun to plan these virtual vacations! Really, planning and dreaming and anticipation is lots of the fun of a real vacation too!

BailiwickDesigns said...

Perhaps after I finish with my vacation in France I'll zip over to Greece! The isle of Corfu is so beautiful! ::Jill

Kristin said...

What a lovely idea!! And Greece! :) *swoon* :)


Beverly said...

Oh my gosh, I could so get used to this. Those views are just unbelievable.

moreygirl said...

I wanna go with! What's one more?:) Love the blog...so fun to read.

A Spoonful Of Sugar said...

Love your dream vacation Tonya! That villa is absolutely perfect - just let me know if you need someone to carry your bags....

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

sigh. that is dreamy! thanks for the trip!



wendymiracle said...

Wow! I would LOVE to join your fam on your awesome Grecian vacation!!!! haha!

P.S. My mom and sister told me all about you, I love your blog!! :)

molly said...

Greece-how exciting! I would love to stay even one night in that house. Enjoyed dreaming with you.

snazz said...

Thanks for the 'window' into your vacation. You made a great choice for your accomodations. wow!
Your blog looks great. I will definitely come back to visit again.

Paper Dolls for Boys said...

This is hilarious.
I've got to try my hand at this very affordable way to have a vacayi!

muralimanohar said...

Ergh..I'm feeling too lazy to do this properly, but your pics are SO inspiring, I am itching to go on a hunt for MY dream vacation now! I think that pool is included, too.

Butterfly*Gems said...

Just BEautiful....ALicia

Lisa said...

The photos are stunning. What a magnificant locale.