Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Party!

Last Saturday, I attended my friend Lindsey's annual Christmas party!  It was so fun!
She had fabulous food...

 Festive decor...

And Fun Guests!

Thanks for hosting such a fabulous fete, Lindsey!! 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Decor

I decided to link up with Kelly today for her Christmas Tour of Homes.  One of the things I have always loved about Christmas is getting out the ornaments and reminiscing as I put them on the tree.  I don't have quite as many memories with the ornaments on my little tree as I do with the ones on my mom and dad's tree, but every year they grow in significance. :)
This was a cute sparkly snowflake I found that seemed to fit with my whimsical theme. :)

I loved the dove for the peace it represents, but its sparkle did not deter me either!

Several years ago I was Sister Sophia in The Sound of Music, so this little lady helps me remember that special time.

This ornament is another theater remembrance given to me be a fellow member of the cast when I was Rizzo in Grease.

Always a sweet reminder. :)

My Great Aunt Joan and Uncle Joe would always spoil us with a little green for Christmas tucked away in a clever and creative wrapping.  This cute stocking was one of the wrappings she used one year.

In May of my first year of graduate school, some friends and I took a fun road trip to Colorado.  One day as we were poking around in some shops, we found a Christmas store that personalized ornaments.  We thought these ornaments would be a perfect memory of our trip and I love getting mine out every year and remembering.

I made this ornament a few years ago at a Practically Picasso studio. :)

Looking up
I love my little birds toward the top! :)

Here's the overview

On my mantle I replaced the river rocks in my apothecary jars with snow and painted the letters with gold glitter paint and hot glued them on.

I found this noel garland at our Junior League holiday market several years ago.

A new addition to my mantle this year is this olive wood nativity I bought when I was in Bethlehem in March.  I was especially drawn to it because Joseph was holding baby Jesus and didn't remember seeing that very often.

Another sparkly memento
This little basket with the rhinestone cluster was in my Great Grandmother's living room.  As a little girl, I remember venturing into the beautiful room while everyone was visiting in the den and this little basket with its sparkly contents always caught my eye.  Of course, I would always imagine that I was attending a grand ball in Goodmama's living room and this sweet remembrance always reminds me of those fun afternoons.

I found this sign at the holiday market last year and thought it was just too cute to pass up!

There you have it!
Happy Friday!!
Thanks for hosting us, Kelly!
I think I might get started on my Christmas shopping this weekend! :)

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Fall Days

One beautiful fall Saturday, I had a big paper to work on and decided the perfect way to get a good start was with a good breakfast!  I went to Cafe Homestead and it did not disappoint. 
From the beautiful view out the window

To the tasty turkey bacon, banana pancakes, coffee, and real maple syrup 

To the beautiful outdoor setting for paper prep, 

I had a great time and got a little work done, too!

Then, later that day, I felt a bit adventurous and decided to create some soup -- well, I had a jumpstart with this yummy mix!

I also had some fabulous fresh squash from the World Hunger Relief Farm

So I thought adding some squash to the cheddar soup would be mighty tasty.

I even got a little crazy and put it in my blender.
Ooh La La
So gourmet!

Of course an evening of hard work on a paper and battling out with the Bears as they came back from a 21 point deficit at the beginning of the 4th quarter to winning in overtime definitely calls for a yummy bowl of popcorn and M&M mix paired with a delicious mug of hot cocoa.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Baylor Men's BBall

One Friday night this Fall, my friend Erin and I went to a Baylor men's basketball game.

I also discovered the action setting on my camera, so I was able to take some fun shots of some plays.

Here we have one of my favorites, Anthony Jones, with the ball, while two other faves, Quincy Acy (4) and Pierre Jackson look on.  Pierre is new to our team this year and boy, is he gifted!  He is a great ball handler and I know my grandfather Mackie, as a fellow point guard, would have loved to watch him.

Wow!  Look at that air!

The bench.

Here's Coach Drew sharing some wisdom with Anthony.

Jump shot by AJ Walton

I just love the looks on all the players' faces as they wait to see if the ball is going in the basket.

Time for a huddle

Love the shoes!

So proud of both Baylor men (#9) and women's (#1) basketball teams!!
Both teams are undefeated so far this season and along with our #12 ranked football team, it is a special time to be a Baylor Bear! :)