Mar 8, 2016

January and February

The wedding planning is in full force.  It seems all I do is eat, sleep, dream, talk, and look at wedding stuff 24/7 these days.  We took a little break from the planning over the holidays, but hit the ground running (sliding) again in January.  We are slowly checking things off of the massive To Do list.

I am planning on sharing all the details very soon!

Is time flying in your neck of the woods? Because it is here! Way too quickly, January was history and there was not a blog post to show for it, and then February happened.

So this is me playing catch up again!

According to my monthly photo stream, here is what we've been up too.

We were all excited to hear that we were going to have a snow event here (winter storm Jonas), but unfortunately it happened on Barrett's birthday weekend so all of our birthday plans weren't able to happen. Barrett wasted not time hopping in her car and heading home from Chapel Hill Thursday night as soon as she heard that her classes were going to be canceled on Friday the 22nd.  Brooke and Mr. E were supposed to drive from DC, but because of the amount of snow that area was expecting, coming home was no longer an option. Brittany was home and fortunately did not have to work (she is a nurse and works nightshift).  So we had a snowed in birthday party - very quiet, warm and cozy.

this is all sleet and ice 

Barrett's roommate decorated her car

Bubbles (indoor cat) didn't move from his bed in front of the fireplace. 

There you go Angela!

Barrett would not let anyone even think about baking her a birthday cake. She loves to bake and was looking forward to doing it herself. She made a fresh pineapple, ginger, orange bundt cake with a lime glaze that was poured on it while it was warm. 
Guys, it was one of the best cakes I have ever tasted! 
Every flavor I love was right there in one cake! 

Because we were "iced in" (pun intended) and couldn't get to a store we had to make due with one pitiful little candle! 
Big mom fail!
(Sorry Bear!)

It is blurry, but I love this picture of her laughing! 

Has anyone watched "Grace and Frankie" on Netflix? If not, you need to do so!
I laugh so much at that show because it reminds me of my girls. 
We have two Graces in our house and one Frankie. 
Guess who is Frankie!
That is a picture of Barrett slicing her cake and Brittany...being Brittany.

Game night!

Art and I went to the Carolina Panther's game against the Cardinals. 
It was so much fun and exciting especially because it was the game that put them in the Super Bowl.
The entire fourth quarter was nothing but a dance party and slow build up to a huge celebration.

Keep Pounding!

Brooke made it home from DC for a few days! 
It is always good to spend a  few days with all the girls together.  

Brandon made it to Raleigh the same weekend and Brittany finally wrangled him into 
sitting down and doing some wedding stuff. He asked his friends to be groomsmen with a gift wrapped in brown paper, leather strings and a card that said, "Time To Suit Up". 

I am so glad it is March and we are inching our way towards longer days and spending time outside!
I cannot wait to get the pool uncovered, plant flowers and rock on the porch at night. 
We've had a few sneak peak spring days and they have been wonderful! 

Lola is obsessed with this soccer ball!

I am obsessed with these pink cherry blossoms in the front yard!

Thumbs up to SPRING.......

and catching up on blogging! 

Dec 28, 2015

Christmas 2015

Christmas 2015

I am glad all of the running around and craziness known as Christmas shopping is over, however, I am not ready to let Christmas go just yet. I haven't had my fill of Christmas tunes and lights.

I kept the decorating on the simple side this year.
I wasn't in the mood for all of the "stuff"... my Santa collection, my village, the Christmas dishes or the big tree in the dining room. 
Actually, I was feeling lazy.

I did muster up enough energy and made a new wreath for the front door.

I found a red, black and white flannel ribbon and that I couldn't resist.

The tree looks the same year after year except for the bow on top sometime changes.
Our tree pretty much tells the story of our family because we've collected and filled it with ornaments  that had something to do with our past year. 
I love decorating our tree and seeing all of the ornaments year after year. 

(Barrett's first word was duck and she used to love finding ladybugs. We used to have two Westies. )

(my aunt made this out of different pastas and a thumbtack)

(Brooke's first movie)

(one of our sweet Westie's paw print)

Around the house,
I filled containers, bowls and shelves with holly, pine, cedar and magnolia cuttings 
from the yard. 

I used mercury glass candle (holders) that I have been collecting for 
Brittany's wedding everywhere I could. 
I copied Pottery Barn and had a large grouping on one of their trays on my coffee table. 
LOVED lighting my candles every night. 

We made several batches of caramel corn for neighbors and friends that stopped by. 

Barrett and I love shopping for our wrapping paper and coming up with our theme for the year. 
This year there were a lot of plaid, stripes and deer. 
Our craft room gets DESTROYED during Christmas. 
I just close the door and ignore it until Christmas is over.

Grown up Christmases are hard getting used to. 
Brittany and Brooke had to work on Christmas, so again this year we had to ignore the date on the calendar and celebrate a few days early. 
(Brittany is a nurse and worked the night shift on Christmas Eve and Christmas. Brooke is a flight attendant and was on call December 24th - 27th and had to be in DC.)
Brooke and Mr. E came home Saturday and stayed through Wednesday so we had a lot of time together.  Brittany didn't have to work those days either, but unfortunately Mr. B was still Nashville working.

Saturday night we went the Angus Barn - and so did everyone else in Raleigh!  We didn't go to eat dinner, but wanted to sit in the Wild Turkey Lounge and have a few appetizers. We waited for several hours because they do not take reservations in the lounge.  This is my go to place to get some Christmas spirit and everyone knew that this was at the top of my list so they were good sports about the wait. 

 They do such a great job decorating I have to go every year to see what is new. 

(love the little elf in the tree!) 

If you give a man a camera....

I couldn't wait to get my gingerbread man as we were leaving!

Sunday, we went to my dad's house which is an hour away from Raleigh.  I organized a family reunion of my dad's side of the family.  We hadn't seen each other in several years so it was a good time catching up with everyone. I took a camera with a dead battery so didn't take the pictures I had planned.  

When we got home Sunday night we went to the late showing of the Star Wars movie. (What is its name again?) All of my crew gave it two thumbs up. 

Monday was our Christmas Eve.
 I didn't take pictures, but we cooked a little during the day for "Christmas" and made appetizers for dinner. We opened pajamas and watched a Christmas movie. 

Tuesday we celebrated "Odom Christmas". 
We had a late lunch - short ribs, mashed potatoes, sauteed brussel sprouts with pecans and cranberries and mushrooms. 
My dad came and brought his lady friend - that is what he calls her 
and it makes me giggle every time I say it.  
It was the first time we met her. 
She was very nice.
I hope we didn't scare her away.

Tuesday night we opened presents. 

Everyone surprised me by wearing their Christmas sweaters!

Mr. E even dressed for the occasion! 
We couldn't decide if he was wearing a tomato or elf sweater! 

Looks like they were all good this year! 

Well, everyone was good except for Charlie! 
(It is mole season!)

Santa brought us all a different colored ten foot phone cord!
Maybe this will keep World War 3 from breaking out!

Bubbles thinks Santa brought him his very own beta fish! 
He is going to be very sad when Barrett takes it back to college with her!

Wednesday, Brooke and Mr. E headed back to DC and the rest of us were lazy for the next few days.  It was so nice to sit on the couch and not have to travel or cook on Christmas. 

Over the weekend, Mr. B came over and hung out with us. We watched football and we grilled hamburgers outside because it feels like it is summer here. We decided to stop complaining about how warm it is and get out there and enjoy it. 

Mr. B flew back to Nashville on Sunday evening and Brittany headed to work.

And that is the short story made long of our 2015 Christmas! 

Hope Santa was good to you!