Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Merry Christmas!

..."And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the LORD. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." Luke 2:10-14

This Christmas story in the Bible has always been one of my favorites. I espeically love the King James version...I love the old words. Reading this account of the birth of Jesus always brings back fond memories of being asked to hold the honor of reading the Christmas story in Utica at my grandparents. The grandchild asked to read was usually hitting some sort of milestone that year- going into Middle School, graduating high school, college, whatnot. Regardless of who was asked to read, I was always caught up in the words of these important verses. In the chaos of Christmas between shopping and not having nearly enough time to spend with the ones you dearly love, I always found this scripture so serene. And, it usually only takes me a second to remember why we are celebrating Christmas & to put all of that craziness aside for just a little while & truly appreciate what we have.

Carly & Mom came in town this weekend to pick up Hutch and our dogs. They made it back safe & sound (& with their sanity, if you can imagine) yesterday. While Jeremy & I have really enjoyed a couple of days to ourselves, we CAN'T WAIT to hit the road tomorrow & go join everyone. We head to Shreveport tomorrow, then on to Jackson first thing on Thursday.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas! I hope you all enjoy these next few days & take a few minutes to remember what the Christmas season is all about!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

So this is Christmas...

Hello, fellow bloggers! We have been super busy lately gearing up for Christmas. The countdown is on, that is for sure! Hutch seems pretty excited, as you can see below...Jeremy brought him by the other night before we headed to Temple for Hutch to meet his Aunt Cindy & visit with Mee Mow, Pow Pow, and Aunt Jan. Here he is with Karan posing for a pic. Hutch's Monie & Grandpappy gave him an exercauser for Christmas. Needless to say, he LOVES it! It is so entertaining watching him spin around & try to place with everything at once. I will try to post a video soon.
We had a great time last weekend with Jeremy's family in Fredericksburg. Because we will be spending Christmas in MS, we got together for the weekend & had an early Christmas with Jeremy's fam! Here is Hutch with his Uncle Jarrod.
Proud Grandma, don't ya think???
This was just a cute shot I snapped last Friday morning. Carly, LOVE the sweater!
I'm on my lunch break so I must run! Things have been super busy & I don't see everything slowing down until after the New Year. My Mom & Carly are coming Saturday & staying thru Monday. They will be taking the dogs & Hutch to Jackson early for us. Jeremy & I will have 3 nights by ourselves....wow. I don't really know what we will do? Haha! I think I see a date night in our future. We are super excited about heading to Jackson next week- yay! Have a great rest of the week!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

I love New York!

We had such a FABULOUS time in NYC! I absolutely LOVE that place! We managed to fit SO much in while we were there. Here are a few highlights from our trip:
  • The Muse- our hotel was incredible. Not only was is super sleek, it was also super close to everything.
  • Marriott Restaurant- we ate at the revolving restaurant our first night, which gave us a first look at all of NYC while we had a divine dinner.
  • Double Decker bus- we had a 3 day pass, which proved to be well worth the money. We were able to use the bus as transportation throughout the trip, while checking out all the famous NYC spots.
  • Central Park- loved, loved, loved this place. I wish we could have spent more time here- it was beautiful!
  • Tavern on the Green- did you know they are shutting this place down & reopening it under a new name? I am so glad we were able to experience the real thing before the name changes & the Crystal Room is taken down. It was truly amazing.
  • Wicked- need I say more?
  • Today Show- Thank you, Dean and Deluca, for the perfect window spot to view Matt & Meredith while sipping our joe.
  • The tree at Rockefeller Center- thought it would be smaller than I imagined, but I was pleasantly surprised- it was so pretty!
  • The Rockettes- yes, even though I dozed off a couple of times in the show (I was really sleepy), those dancing dolls were super talented.
  • Ellen's Stardust Cafe- the waitstaff here is composed of young guys & gals trying to make it on Broadway. They provided great entertainment while we ate dinner- I hope they all make it!
  • Empire State Building- amazing views...well worth it!
  • Jude Law spotting after Hamlet
  • Hanging out with the paparazzi at the Ritz Carlton- yes, we were total tourists.
  • Statue Liberty- even though the weather was yucky, she was beautiful!
  • Ground Zero- it was just surreal being there. I really loved visiting St. Paul's Chapel, which acted as a refuge for volunteers and those who were missing loved ones. If you haven't heard this historic chapel's story, check it out!
  • New York bagels- they lived up to all the hype
  • Lombardi's- yummy!
  • Little Italy & Chinatown- SO much fun!

Here are a few pics!

Mom & I at Christmas Tree after Today Show

Jude Law!

One of the many chandeliers at Tavern on the Green

Dinner at Carmine's

Taking a break in Little Italy- outside NYC was having her first snow of the season!

Mom & I

After Wicked
NYC residents get a really bad rap- everyone we met was nothing but nice. We loved the people! It was wonderful being there during Christmas. We had SO much fun!!!!!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

New York, New York!!!!

Tomorrow morning I fly out to NYC to meet up with my mom, Alissa, and her mom. Girls trip!!! I am so excited!!! Here are a few things we have on the agenda:
  • Lighting of the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center tomorrow (Alicia Keys & Michael Buble will be performing!)
  • Today show
  • Lunch at Tavern on the Green
  • Wicked
  • The Rockettes
  • Double Decker Night tour
  • NY pizza!!! (for those of you who know me well- I will be in heaven, for sure)

We will be there until Sunday, so we will be super busy trying fit everything in. Of course, we will be going to the Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, SoHo, etc., also. I will be sure to post lots of pics when we return!

We had such a great Thanksgiving- we have so much to be thankful for! Hutch seemed to thoroughly enjoy himself in Brownwood at his great-grandparents. It was great to be surrounded by good food & family! I will post pics later!