Saturday, November 27, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!

It's here!  It's here!  Christmas time!  Yay!

We've been very busy getting into the holiday spirit around here!  Two weeks ago we went to Asheville for Christmas at the Biltmore.  I've been asking to go there for...oh, I don't know....8 years?  So this year, as an early Christmas present, we went!  It was just as special as I thought it was going to be.  We went up Thursday night after work and had dinner at a yummy place called Tupelo Honey in downtown Asheville.  Up and at 'em bright and early on Friday....we started our day with coffee and pastries at the Bake Shop at Biltmore.  Then we did a little bit of browsing around the shops.  We headed into the house (where you're not allowed to take pictures...weird and not cool) and spent the next couple of hours touring around.  Wow.  It's pretty phenomenal.  I kept saying, "People lived here!"  It was really beautiful, dressed to the nines for Christmas.  We then spent a little time walking around the gardens, which were sprawling.  I'm sure they are stunning in the springtime.  Then, we headed over to Antler Hill Village, had lunch at Cedric's Tavern (named after the Vanderbilt's beloved St. Bernard), and then toured the winery.  After a full day at Biltmore, we met up with our friend Doug who lives in Asheville.  He and Barrett have been great friends since they were kids, and he was a groomsman in our wedding, so it was nice to be able to spend some time hanging out.  We had a wonderful time...I'm looking forward to our next visit.  Anyone up for a trip to see the Tulip Blanket in the spring?!  :-)

Thanks for my early Christmas gift Barrett!

Yummy coffee and pastries.

From the gardens.

Having a blast!

With the lions.

Entrance to the estate.

The Conservatory.

Pretty poinsettia tree.

The staircase from outside.

Barrett with Cornelia and Cedric.

Making champagne (sparkling wine).

The Biltmore Wine Library.
One bottle from each batch up until a few years ago.

Then it was Thanksgiving!  Can you believe how far into the year we are?  We went to Burlington for Thanksgiving this year.  It was nice to be able to spend the holiday with my mom and stepdad this year...it was also nice to not have to be the one cooking the turkey!  We had a wonderful time, ate way too much, and really enjoyed the company.  I can't believe it's over....we've even finished all the leftovers already!  Oh well...on to Christmas!

Sleepy Cheddar...before turkey.

Me and Rachel.

Rachel and Mom.

Turkey.  Yum.

Thanksgiving table.

We have been very busy bees around the house...pulling out all of the Christmas shenanigans that make our home holly jolly.  All our hard work has paid off!  We are officially ready for Christmas!  Well, minus all the shopping we still haven't done...but when that happens we'll have a happy tree to put them all under!

Our Baby Pirate Tree.

My happy little sign I bought myself from one of the shops at the Biltmore.

Our dining room table.

Front door.

Pirate nutcracker.  AARRGH!

Our stocking are hung from the key holder with care...

12 Days of Christmas bowl.

Supervising the tree man.

Our tree!  :-)

Buddy's exhausted from all the commotion.

We hope everyone had a very happy Thanksgiving and wish you all a holly, jolly Christmas season!

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Day that Required Red Wine and Oprah

Today was rough...one of those days at work where I remember that as much as I love my job, I definitely can't do it forever.  Suffice it to say, I just felt the need to remind everyone to love your babies, kiss your spouse, and tell your family and friends how much they mean to you.

Saying special prayers for a little man who got his angel wings today.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Oh when the Saints...Go marching in!

This weekend we went to the Saints vs Panthers game here in Charlotte.  Sad day to be a Panthers fan...great day to claim Louisiana!  :-)  My mom and stepdad came into town from Burlington to go to the game with us.  It was a beautiful day...a little chilly, but sitting on the sunny side of the stadium helped.  There was a family sitting in front of us who flew to NC from LA for the game.  They lived in Covington, LA which is only about 30 minutes or so from my dad's house.  Small world!  The Panthers fans gave up pretty early (with about 6 minutes left in the the 3rd) which made me sad for the Panthers!  I mean...who wants to play their hardest when no one is rooting for them?  Not me.  We left a little early and headed back to our side of town to have some good old Creole/Cajun cookin' at this new place that opened near our house to celebrate.  :-)  Who dat?

Appropriate koozie for the game.  :-)

This would be right after the mass exodus of Panthers fans.  All that teal and silver - seats.  Sad.

Speaking of sad....how 'bout those Pirates this weekend?  Ew Pirates.  Ew.  Who lets someone score 76 points??!!  Some people don't score 76 points in a season!  Yuck.  Glad I didn't travel to Greenville for that game...poor Barrett did.  But, at least he got to see his mom who had flown in for the weekend.  So, there was the silver lining of the weekend!  :-)

I didn't go to Greenville because a good friend of mine, Aundrea, was having a baby shower here in Charlotte.  She's due in January, and they aren't finding out what the sex of the baby will be.  Bless 'em.  Don't know that I could ever do that!  I'm way too much of a planner!  How fun though to actually have that made for TV moment when the doctor says, "It's a..."  Anywho...the shower was great and I got to see some of my sorority sister's I hadn't seen in a while....including my friend Lauren and her 6 week old baby girl, Ruth.  Too cute.  I think I may have hogged her a little during the 2 hours I was there.  Sorry everyone else!  :-) 

Another fun little tid bit of the weekend is that I got to attend the JDRF Hope Gala.  It is the Charlotte chapter of JDRF's (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) annual fundraiser/award dinner/auction/black tie event.  Our nurse manager for the Peds floor was unable to go and asked the Child Life folks if any of us wanted to go.  No one else could, and I originally said no because my built in date was out of town, but then I decided it would be more fun than sitting at home and doing laundry.  :-)  I went with my friend Angela and had a blast.  It's fun to get all dolled up and pretend to be fancy now and then.  I didn't bid on any auction items though....I thought I'd probably be in a little trouble if I came home with a yacht vacation or a new puppy.  :-) 

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Last Couple of Months...In Pictures :-)

OK...Sat down with my phone and transferred all of my pictures to my computer.  Only took me about 9 weeks to find the time to do that!  :-)  Here are a few fun pics from the last couple of months.

Sweet Buddy enjoying some sunshine

Matt confirming his distaste for the NCSU Wolfpack.

"Everybody's hands go up!"

Me and Jenna

Go Pirates!

Me and Claire

Barrett perfecting his game.

Me and Rach

Homecoming/Birthday Weekend!

Happy Birthday Barrett!

Birthday boy and girl...
Happy Birthday Lora!

Birthday cake...thanks Matt and Jenna!


Me, Lora, and Kristi

Our tailgating spot...

Uncle BB and Landon at Chico's

Freeboot Friday

Football and Helmet Cookies!
I was pretty proud of myself.  :-)

Oh!  And I made pumpkin bread too!

My birthday breakfast...Barrett's simply the best.  :-)

And birthday dinner....why is food such a big part of everything I do?

I suppose this is a tradition now...  :-)

My first wearing of the rockstar shades.
Pretty in Pink Baby Shower

Photo Booth

Happy Wednesday!