Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Sneak Peek

It's beginning to look a lot like christmas around my little nest. Hope you are having a good week!

Friday, November 25, 2011

Thanksgiving in Pictures

We enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration yesterday.
I took a few photos of the tasty delights in progress...

Sweet Potatoes before the delicious topping.
Dressing in progress :)
Muvie's mincemeat pie -- one of my absolute favorites!
The bird prior to meeting the oven.
Mom puts a grapefruit in the turkey and
it always turns out so juicy and delicious!

The Thanksgiving table

I think the pheasants adorning the table are so festive!

I love using the gold chargers for special holiday dinners.

Predinner photos!
Mom and Muvie

Dad, Mom, and Grandmommy
The sweet parentals
Mom and Me

Our gracious plenty
My very happy plate!

Yummy dessert!
We enjoyed Muvie's mincemeat and a delicious bread pudding a la mode.

It was such a lovely day reflecting on the precious blessings God has given us.
I was so thankful to be surrounded by precious family, whether in person or via Skype.
Technology is so amazing!
I hope you all enjoyed a lovely day of thanks.
If you ventured out for Black Friday, I hope you got some great deals!!
We have spent today watching football and decking the halls!
Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Weekend Recap: Celebration Edition

Yes, I realize we are on the cusp of a new weekend, but I have a few items to report on and celebrate from last weekend.

Yes, ladies and gentlemen, the Baylor Bears are Bowl Bound and this little bear is so happy!!

Secondly, I just discovered how to upload my pictures and videos from my phone to my computer!!
This is also a major cause for celebration because now I can share some photos from my trip to Fort Worth for a conference just prior to last weekend.  You see, aside from the Baylor victory, most of my weekend consisted of writing a paper that was due Wednesday.  Though it was quite interesting to learn about the life and times of Marguerite de Navarre, detailing my weekend of research and writing does not the most exciting blog post make, so I will give you a few snapshots from my time in Fort Worth.
I arrived on Wednesday night and a group of us ate at the legendary Joe T. Garcia's.  Delicious!!

I don't have a photo from this particular dining experience because we ate outside and it got a little dark, but here is my plate from another trip to Joe T's this summer.  This trip I got the enchiladas -- so yummy!!

When I got to my hotel after dinner, here was my downtown view from my window.  
I just love those city lights!

Oh, and one neat aspect of my trip was that I stayed in the hotel that was the last place JFK stayed.  They have a tribute to him in the hotel as well as cards that tell more about his stay there. I think then it was called Hotel Texas, but now it is the Fort Worth Hilton and I must say that they had the most impeccable customer service.  I would definitely stay there again!!

Good Morning, Fort Worth!

When I saw this star in the convention center, I knew I was in Cowtown!!
It was a great conference and I learned a lot.

Thursday night, a group of us ate dinner at Traverna, an Italian restaurant in downtown.  
It was delicious!

After my final session on Friday, I headed for a quick dinner at Mi Cocina before heading home.
A little Diet Coke and chips & salsa was the perfect end to my time in Fort Worth!

When I got home that night, it was time to head to the Baylor Men's Basketball game!
So after a quick change into some Baylor gear, I was headed to the Ferrell!
 I got some really fun pics with an action setting on my camera, so I'll try to load those soon. :)
The Lady Bears had played earlier and both teams won, so my weekend of celebration continued.

Happy Weekend, everyone!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Hope Gala

Several weeks ago I got to attend an event celebrating adoption!
They served some fabulous appetizers, desserts, and a yummy mashed potato bar. 
There was an incredible silent auction and some fabulous raffle prizes, too.
The table centerpieces were delightful.  
I loved the cozy fall feel of the lanterns with votives.

Here's my friend Erin with her adorable niece.

What a sweet girl!

Here's that sweet girl with her mommy.

Erin's nephew was focused on the food.

But the sweet guy paused from his snack for a second, so I could snap this cute picture. :)

Thanks for the invite to the gala, Erin!
Such a great evening raising money for such a wonderful cause!!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Homecoming Weekend!

Last weekend was Homecoming at Baylor and I had the best time!
Friday night was the bonfire and my mom and I got to see our cousin Pat and some of my college friends!
The blaze was amazing and Fountain Mall was packed with people.  There was even a Ferris wheel!
The traditional bonfire pics: 
Lindsey & Me

Mom & Me

Lindsey, Me and Erin

And beautiful Pat Neff glowing in the distance

After our bonfire fun, we headed to Elite to grab a late dinner. So delicious!! :)

My cousin Naomi and her sweet little girl Ashley stayed with Mom and me, so we had a great time catching up!

Mom and Ashley

It was so fun getting to see these gals!

Then, Ashley and Naomi headed to the parade.
It was the perfect morning for it!

Homecoming weekend also include the Junior League Holiday Market, so I headed there next.

These adorable trees were the centerpieces for one of the children's events.  Aren't they cute?  I think they are made out of children's books.

Ready for cookie decorating!

Sprinkles and icing!

Love the ribbon candy!

A closeup of one of the beautiful trees

Then, it was time for shopping!!

With my TOMS giftcard burning a hole in my pocket, I was so excited to see a booth with TOMS for sale.
I'm really considering getting these pink sparkle ones!!

Lindsey was also shopping for a pair of TOMS.

The pink ones are pretty cute!
She ended up with silver sparkles after we discussed that in the original Frank L. Baum book, Dorothy wore silver shoes rather than ruby slippers.  You know, being true to the original literature is critical when shopping for footwear. :)

In another booth, I found a fun hat to try on! :)

After all of our shopping adventures, it was time to head to the Homecoming game!

Love the BUGWB!!

President Starr ran with the Line!

Then, here came the Bears!!

These guys are so great!

Thank you, Bears, for a great Homecoming win!!!

Here is a link to the recap video if you want to see some fabulous plays!

I was so thankful for an extra hour of sleep Saturday night, too!

Sunday, was a wonderful day of church and friends.  My pastor gave one of the most incredible sermons on marriage and singleness I have ever heard.  I am so thankful to be a part of my church family.

Hope you all had a good weekend and that your week is off to a good start!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Happy Homecoming!

Happy Monday, everyone!  Hope your week is off to a good start.  I had such a fun weekend seeing sweet friends and family for Baylor Homecoming.  Full recap to come soon!  It always takes a little longer to upload photos than I think it will. :)  Hope you have a great evening!  I'll leave you with this image from Friday night's bonfire.
Sure do love this gal!! :)