Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Pre Christmas Fun!

A few days before Christmas, I got to partake in some fabulous Christmas activities.
Cookie decorating!!

And enjoying a fabulous dinner with a precious friend, her new hubby, and fabulous mama!

I also got to enjoy my mom's festive Christmas decor.

Getting out the Christmas decorations brings back so many memories.

I love how Mom took several different pieces and put together a neat nativity scene.

Muvie's wise men

My Aunt Joan made this ceramic nativity.

I still remember when mom received this angel as a gift.  I thought it was so beautiful -- still do!

This candle always made the living room smell so holiday festive.

The olive wood nativity my mom bought when she was in Israel.

The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.
It was so special that Mac was able to use my grandaddy Mackie's stocking. :)

Of course a little texting was also part of the Christmas break!
Note the book and journal near me on the sofa.  I spent a lot of the break powering through books for my January term course I took right after the New Year.  I'm sure a full post on those books will happen soon!!
At this point I was reading The Grapes of Wrath -- incredible!!

I never tire of looking at the Christmas tree.  
I love its soft glow and memory-filled ornaments.

Hope y'all are having a good week!
The Lady Bears just improved to 18-0!!
Sic 'Em!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Zodiac Luncheon

First of all, I just want to thank you for your precious comments on my last post.  They totally made my day!  Don't worry, Megan, I will make sure you are far away from any and all Santa conventions in the future!! ;)

Well, here we are Wednesday -- I can't believe it!!  Today, I thought I would recap a very special lunch I was able to attend on the Wednesday before Christmas.  My dad and his brothers hosted a sweet time at the Zodiac Room in downtown Neiman Marcus.  It was so special to get to see these precious family members right before Christmas!

Caroline and Ashley

Three adorable girls!

I loved the beautiful Christmas trees

Uncle Danny, Sue and Angela

Ashley and Grandmommy

Mom and Caroline

Rosalie, Naomi, and Daddy

Grandmommy and Me

The traditional Neiman's popover with strawberry butter.

I think Ashley liked hers!

My very happy plate!
We enjoyed the most delightful buffet!!

Naomi and Grandmommy

I loved the silver ornaments.

Beautiful Angela

Mom, Caroline, Naomi, and Grandmommy

Naomi, Grandmommy & me

Rosalie, Ashley, and Uncle Bubba

Angela, Rosalie, and Ashley

Then we had some major decisions to make about dessert!

What delectable delights!

Ashley and Rosalie weighed their choices very carefully ;)

So many tasty treats!

Looks like Ashley made her choice!

I enjoyed a macaron!!

Then, Grandmommy opened a Christmas gift.

Our whole group -- boy howdy, I sure love these folks!

Me with the parentals
We sure missed Megan, Edwin, and Mac, but were excited that we would get to see them soon!

Uncle Danny, Grandmommy, Daddy, and Uncle Byrd

The granddaughters with our Grandmommy

Uncle Byrd's crew
We sure missed Aunt Patty, too!

Uncle Danny's branch minus Chris and Reece
Hope to see them soon!

Precious mother and daughter

I sure loved getting to spend time with this sweet girl!

Ashley even took this cousin pic for us!!

Grandmommy and Rosalie in their red.

Then, we spent some time in the children's area.

Caroline gave Ashley a few pointers on the pink piano.

And Ashley enjoyed strumming the guitar a bit.

Loved the whimsical Christmas decor!

Ashley tickling the ivories!

What an incredible afternoon!
Thank you so much for this wonderful gift!!

The next day I got to meet Grandmommy, Uncle Byrd and the girls for lunch at Plain and Fancy.  Delish!!

Also, while home, I took this picture of the oak tree in Grandmommy's front yard.

And this verse just came to mind...
 "They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, to display his glory." Isaiah 61:3

Hope you are having a good week!  I'm so thankful my books from UPS just arrived, so I'm off to read a bit for my class tomorrow. :)  Toodles!