Saturday, November 24, 2012

Holidays are here!

I both love and dread the holidays.  I love the prospect of seeing my family but the ever pending threat of mommas going into labor to interrupt those precious times looms large.  Seems we can never time things just right.

We did get to have some Thanksgiving time this year though.  Missed seeing Erin and her family because they traveled down to Thomasville and spent 6 days down there, but Kayla invited us to her house for a Thanksgiving Eve meal together and that was special.  It was her first time making a turkey and I think she did pretty good!

Olivia and Kate await the good food

Family gathered around the table


Nana and Olivia

Nana, Kayla and Olivia

Micah the youngest grandchild
Gluten free, dairy free pumpkin pie

My sweet potato casserole

Then on actual Thanksgiving Day we got to spend some time with friends from "back home" as they came up to see a few of their children and grandchildren.  Doug and Janine Taylor.  Doug is a physical therapist who was involved in a devastating car accident several months ago.  He almost lost his life but his wife never lost faith in a healing Father!  Doug still has a few miracles left to go but it is amazing he is here among us still!

Doug and Janine at the Marriott lobby, where we went to try and find an open Starbucks only to be disappointed  :(

The beautiful fountain outside, which looks a bit like a spaceship lit up at night.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Cabin Retreat

I got to spend about 24 hours this past weekend at a beautiful mountain home about 2 hours north of me.  I haven't driven in that direction for many years.  Who knew there was such beauty so close by?
Woods beside the house

A relaxing view of the mountains
Lucy, Wesley, Erin and Ian

Three generations

Wesley and Lucy
Don't you just love this smile?

Playing on the screened in porch--sweet Lucy

My bedroom had a folksy cabin theme--loved it!

Living area in patriotic colors-lake cabin theme.

It was a restful time.  No agenda, just rest and enjoying the company of family and beautiful scenery.  The drive up there was gorgeous with winding roads, fall foliage, quaint little towns with lots of antique stores and pumpkin patches.

And no one went into labor!