Call it fast friends or call it fate, but my family fell in love with the Miller family on our last Cruise to the Bahamas. We met randomly at lunch one afternoon when my brother, husband and I all found ourselves hungry for the Royal Caribbean lunch buffet at the same time as everyone else on the ship.... with no luck finding a table of our own, we were invited to sit with a sweet couple (hibachi style) at their table thinking, "ok we will make this quick and painless, let's just eat and run"... An hour later we discovered we were fellow Texans and that we had much more in common than we thought. They invited us to watch the water show from their private suite that evening, and in true Thames family style, we didn't decline. The rest was history, and I mean that.... the cruise was a blur from then on! We were sad for the trip to end, but they invited us to join them in Las Vegas for Kim's 40th birthday the following October... and once again, the Thames family didn't pass up a good time and we graciously accepted.
Vegas came and went as fast & furious as the cruise, and it just confirmed our friendship even more. I know for most of you this sounds very Dateline meets eHarmony, but if you knew this family (and ours) you would know that it was just a perfect act of fate and new friendships.
Mark is the CEO of an amazing company, Miller & Associates , and dreams up the kind of stuff you see in the movies.... he's basically a genius and Kevin James all rolled into one. On the cruise we were discussing his business and what programs they use and Auto CAD came up! (to those of you that don't know, this is the program that I spent 2 years of my college career learning- it's a very love/hate relationship, but it's the program I use for my design drafting). Mark's company of course uses the program to design things like you'd see in Avatar or CSI where as I make kitchens look real pretty.
Kim is a major work out girl and health guru. She is the author of a fabulous new blog: http://kimsfitandfab40s.wordpress.com/ check it out and show her some love.
After the cruise, Mark & Kim called to hire me to design their new kitchen in Dallas! It has been such a fun project, partly because it gives me an excuse to go to Dallas and see Kim, and also because they have amazing taste and I'm getting to think outside the box! The project is in the works, and I will of course be sharing it with everyone once construction roles around. As for now I'm posting pictures from our last visit before Christmas. Kim asked me to take some fun pictures of her family, as well as some senior shots of their daughter, Angela. Enjoy!
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