Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Day 2010

Wow. What a day. We had a very blessed Christmas and I hope that you did as well.

We've actually got snow on the ground in South Carolina for Christmas, if you can believe that.
It's beautiful.  Cold.  But beautiful.

Here are some pictures from the last couple of days.

We're enjoying our Winter Wonderland. 
 Enjoy the rest of your break.

Friday, December 24, 2010

The Grove Park Inn at Christmas

Merry Christmas to you and yours.  I hope this finds you enjoying this festive time with your friends and families.  We're almost ready for the big day and Mimi has arrived to celebrate with us. 

Yesterday, G and I took a girls trip with some friends up to Asheville, NC to see the Grove Park Inn's National Gingerbread Challenge entries.  It is always beautiful there but decked out for Christmas was even better. 

Come along, won't you?

 The girls actually got to decorate gingerbread cookies with a pastry chef from the resort.
 They had a ball.

Then it was on to see the gingerbread creations.  The winners had already been taken to NY so we didn't get to see those, but I can only imagine - we thought the ones left behind were beautiful.

 Here is the back of the Inn.  I think I'd spend all my time down by the fireplace with a nice hot cup of cocoa.

Hope you enjoyed coming along with us.  If you ever get to see this beautiful Resort, please do so.  It's a very special place.

Hope your Christmas Eve is Merry!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010


Hey there.  Hope you're enjoying this festive time of year.  I don't know about where you are but in South Carolina it is FREEZING!!  I have to remind myself that I am indeed still in the South & not stranded in Upstate New York somewhere.

Well, we've been busy as always & one of the special events we've had going on was our son's baseball banquet.  Travel ball is over for the year (finally) and the coaches decided to have our banquet at a local church so we could have our dinner, socialize, watch the slideshow & socialize some more without being rushed.

I must say, it was a very nice evening.  They worked really hard on the food & there was a ton of it.  We had our share of work to do to get ready - I took some of my favorite pictures from the season & had them made into 16x20 posters for the boys to take home and I made collages for the coaches.  They turned out great & the boys (and parents) loved them more than trophies.

Later during the evening the coaches gave speeches and then handed out a couple of awards.  We were so proud when B was announced as the MVP for the team!  He truely loves baseball & it's nice to show him that hard work and dedication really pays off.  I have to brag on my other "son" as well.  P won the Hustle Award for the year & that was well deserved also.  Those boys are like brothers & it was a good night for them both.

Here are some pictures from our evening & a special thanks goes out to Daddy for the wonderful slideshow presentation - great job.

P winning his Hustle Award.

B winning his MVP award.

 Daddy giving a little speech.

It was a fun night & now we're ready for the Spring season to begin.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Gingerbread Time

My kids wanted to tackle making gingerbread houses this year, so while we were at the stores shopping for gifts we picked up a couple of kits.

I must say that these kits make it much easier than it would be if I had to make everything from scratch - mine would never even stand up, I'm sure.

Here are some pics of how their project went....

 One small problem - a caved in roof.  Oops - better fix that.

They turned out pretty cute, I must say. 
 I have thought about some things we can do differently next year - I can't wait. I may even have to have my own house to decorate.

Hope your Christmas season is going great.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Christmas at ReeRee's

Well, I am glad to be home.  We had an extremely busy weekend going to North Carolina for our family Christmas visits of 2010.

I'll start out the recaps with our visit to my Aunt Rita's home in Swansboro, NC. I just love going down to the coast - it is always beautiful no matter what time of year. This year it was freezing but still pretty and I did brave the winds to go outside and snap a few pictures for you.

Here we go.....(picture overload).

The boys room - they have two grandsons & this is where they sleep when visiting.

The bathroom between these two bedrooms.

The other guest bedroom - this one faces the water. Beautiful views.

The landing of the main floor. Her home has three levels and you aren't supposed to have any living areas on the bottom floor in case of floods, however they did include a guest suite down there (which I forgot to photograph).

The stairs that are in the center of the house.

This is looking down on the entrance level - there is a fountain down there & I just love the water sounds.

The breakfast area off the kitchen and living room.

The wet bar.

The dining room.

The views - I know!

The landing on the third floor which is all master suite (ignore my posing daughter).

They have a little coffee area in their bedroom so they don't have to mosey downstairs for a while.

Our hosts posing with my mom.  I can't believe all those pictures and I forgot to get a good one of the living area and kitchen.  There was just too much going on, I guess.  Hope you enjoyed a look around. 

I'm off to rest up.