Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Prayer for Christmas Morning

The day of joy returns, Father in Heaven,
And crowns another year with peace and good will.

Help us to rightly remember the birth of Jesus
That we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds,
And the worship of the wise men.

Close the doors of hate and open the doors of love
All over the world.

Let kindness come with every gift,
And good desires with every greeting.

Deliver us from evil, by the blessing that Christ brings,
And teach us to be merry with clean hearts.

May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children,
And the Christmas evening bring us to our bed
With grateful thoughts,
Forgiving and forgiven,
For Jesus' sake.


(By Henry Van Dyke)

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Christmas Piano Recital

11:00 Saturday morning at Mars Hill Baptist Church in Watkinsville,
there were nervous children aplenty!  
Mrs. Rebecca Healan Jones' students sat at a beautiful Yamaha 
grand piano and played their favorite holiday pieces from memory.
This super talented lady also teaches voice lessons, so a few
kids also performed vocal solos.

Julia played "My Favorite Things" by Rodgers 
(from The Sound of Music)
She also played a piece that I loved called
"Campfire Ballad" by Kevin Olson.
It isn't a Christmas piece, but was beautiful and she did a
great job!

Some people camp out at Best Buy on Thanksgiving night before Black Friday.
Mama camped out at Mars Hill Baptist Church so we could have a seat in the
front row!  (Not really, but she was the first one there!)

Julia with "Miss" Rebecca - the lady who is slowly but surely coaxing a love
for music out of Julia - and we love her for that!

We were all so proud.  Even John said, "good job, moron".

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Thanksgiving 2011

Not that I'm against turkeys,
I just don't have any!  I love all the brown transferware
and I especially love Myott Thanksgiving china.  I have just
never bought a "Thanksgiving" pattern.
Really, this is all okay, since Mama is having Thanksgiving at her house.
This is good as she is the one who knows how to cook!
I still set a table for the occasion and that's where we can eat our
frozen pizza later! (No, since it is all out and clean,
we'll eat Sunday dinner here.)

This is the china I picked out when we got married. It is 
Brookhollow by Noritake.

I still love it.

I love the cups and saucers.  

Who needs turkeys?
(I live with three.)

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
I'm linking to Between Naps on the Porch.

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Pre Frost Flowers

A quick look at the calendar or the weather channel
and you know what's coming...
Lately, our first frost has been a few days after
Thanksgiving, but the temperature is forecasted to dip pretty low this
Thursday and Friday.
I do love the holidays, but I also like to hang onto any blooms in my garden
as long as possible.  Doing just that inspired this week's tablescape.

I tried using these colors as a springboard.
The effect was very 1970, I think.
The golds and avocado greens
are "old school decor", are they not?
Franciscan Pebble Beach was made
from 1969-1977. That explains those colors!

Doesn't this remind you of the
Mark Wills' song:
"It was 19 Something"?

"I saw Star Wars at least 8 times
Had the Pac Man pattern memorized
And I've seen the stuff they put inside
Stretch Armstrong"

"I was Roger Stauback back in my back yard
Had a shoebox full of baseball cards
And a couple of Evil Kinevil scars
On my right arm
Well, I was a kid when Elvis died
And my mama cried"

"It was 1970- something
In the world that I grew up in
Farrah Faucett hair-do days
Bell bottoms and 8-track tapes
Lookin' back now I can see me
And oh, man did I look cheesy
But I wouldn't trade those days for nothin'
It was 1970-something"
                                                                                          Written by David Lee and Chris DuBois
                                                                                           Performed by Mark Wills

Dinnerware   Franciscan Pebble Beach
Place Mats from Stacy's (Covington, Georgia) several years ago
Napkins from The Home Place (Athens, Georgia) and Wal Mart
Napkin rings from Pier 1
Flatware is Dover by Oneida
Glasses are also by Franciscan - Madeira in Citron  from ebay

I'm linking to Between Naps on the Porch


It's time for Charlie's Angels.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Halloween Tablescape

Better late than never...
It was time to put up the Halloween decorations
and I realized that I should post my tablescape.
I haven't posted one in a while - football,
soccer - the daily drill.

My friend, Tammy, who can do anything crafty, introduced me
to using my Cricut machine to cut vinyl monograms and now
anything that doesn't move has one...

Jack O Lantern placemats and
black and orange plaid napkins are
 from Home Goods

Tabletops Unlimited's
New England Toile dinnerware

Soup Tureen is one of my favorite Good Will finds ever.
Black flatware is from Wal Mart.

Monday, October 31, 2011


We love planning, making and buying Halloween costumes.
John and Julia have had some really cute costumes over the years.
John was the Cat in the Hat at three months old thanks to his Aunt Kellye
and we tried to top that every year thereafter.
But this year... I was out of it.
John, of course, is too old to Trick or Treat and Julia
 wanted to do the costume herself.
What!?!?  That's right - by herself.
With the help of some friends, she created a costume without me.
I think that the results were darling.

Pigs in a blanket

As the sun went down, the little pigs
were happy to be in blankets!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Haunted House

I love Halloween.  How can you not?  It's the only
season of the year when pounds and pounds of chocolate
are "buy one, get one free".

Central Presbyterian had a Fall Festival Wednesday night, October 26.
We added a Haunted House for the youth.  Why should the little kids
have all the fun?  Why should they get all the chocolate?

I wish I had more pictures of the entire event, but I was
in "the Dining Room" most of the night.

Setting up a haunted house requires a lot of black plastic...

And atleast 1 coffin with bones...

I worried that this would be too scary for Julia...

By your friends are ye known....hmmm...

This was a lot of fun - but we were so
busy, we didn't get any chocolate.
There's still a chance since Monday is Halloween...

Soccer Playoffs

How cool for both my children that
their football and soccer teams are
U N D E F E A T E D.
John's football team, MBMS, has
not lost a game in three years.
Julia's team has remained undefeated
for the last two seasons, winning
the championship both last spring and fall.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Fall Break

This is such a wonderful time of year, but it's so busy!
We were glad for Fall Break last week - even
though we had a soccer game and football practice.

But we got to take a little trip...
to Nashville and Franklin, Tennessee.

My brother and his family live in Franklin.  We shopped there
and went to Will's baseball game.
Will is younger than the other boys on his team,
but that's not a problem... at all.

(Will Burks of the Franklin Mudcats)

We met the newest addition to the family - Sparky.
(Sparky really is a dog.)

We shopped for boots in Nashville, went to the
Country Music Hall of Fame
 and went to the UGA/Vanderbilt game.

John and Julia on Broadway with
the Silver Cowboy.

(This, too, is a dog.)
The really bizarre on Broadway...

Reba McEntire attire...

Julia's favorite - a dress worn by Carrie Underwood.
The Country Music Hall of Fame is a lot of fun.  Unfortunately,
my pictures of gold records and Elvis' gold plated piano
as well as several "tricked out" Cadillacs were not clear enough to use
as I was using my cell phone.  Our children have been dragged to lots of museums.
They would say that this one was a favorite.

I would bet that this game was the highlight of John's trip. He was disappointed with
the outcome,  (he's not a UGA fan) but the Pancake Pantry made it all better!

Thursday, September 08, 2011

MBMS Football

I guess that no matter the conference or league and no matter the county or town,
football  is really the national past time from August through January.
Fortunately, our season is shorter.  Our games only extend through October.
Our season may be shorter, but for kids who live in the backyard
 of a major SEC team, this only intensifies the experience. 
 John has lived in this football crazy town all his life.
He has learned to take the game very seriously.


MBMS Lightnin' over Haymon Morris Wildcats 28-26
A special thanks to Kristin Davis Photography for the pictures.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Middle School for Jules

How can my baby be in middle school?  Really it doesn't seem like my first day of middle school was that long ago!  John has loved middle school and has been very successful there.  He has played football, been on Student Council and made honor roll.  How can this be his last year there?  And next year...
H I G H  S C H O O L.  But why borrow stress... "I'll think of it tomorrow.  Tomorrow is another day."

John, Julia and Sam wait for the bus on the first day of school.
Sam sees the bus first as it comes down the street and often calls
John to hurry him if, like his Mom often is, he's running a tad late.
Aren't they all cute as pie?

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Happy Birthday, John!

The last of the summer birthdays is John's.  He wants nothing fussy, nothing themed and nothing wrapped: cash is fine!  Every year for his birthday, we go to our favorite Mexican restaurant.  Nothing makes him happier than a HUGE plate of Nachos Mexicanos.

He especially likes the sombrero.  But truly, he'll wear anything if you promise 
him dessert!