Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas!

God is here.  This truth should fill our lives and 
every Christmas should be for us
 a new and special meeting with God 
when we allow his light and grace to enter deep into our soul.
-Josemaria Escriva, Christ is Passing By

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

One of my favorite hats to wear is
Children's Choir Director at my church.
This year, our Christmas Musical is
(Link belongs to HOC1 Children's Sunday School)

We've practiced....

... and practiced...

and goofed off some...

Had a fun Christmas party...

... made the cutest hot chocolate reindeer...
 (thanks, Patty)

made cards for a friend who is very sick...
(thanks, Eva)

and finally performed.
This may have ranked right up there
with the Best Christmas Pageant Ever.


Kids are wild cards.
I'm always surprised at what they say, do and...
remember that I said or did!!!
  The truth is that I love this group very much
and after the tragedy on Friday in Connecticut, I was reminded again of
how precious they are (mine included, although one of my babies is pushing 6'3")
and how they all are The World for their parents and families.

And while they are the cat's meow to me, too...

...make that the "cow's spots to me too"...

Jesus said...

He loves them so much that they will make up the kingdom of heaven.

Looking at these faces and knowing these personalities,
I have no doubt.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Tartan Tablescape

Here's a nod to a favorite pattern: the tartan.

the University of Georgia tartan

These plaids are crisp, timeless and beautiful.
I love that they are symbols of the family.
Our Presbyterian Church has a service called,
"The Kirkin of the Tartans" every year.
It is my favorite service!  Bagpipes and drums lead
the choir processional at the beginning of the hour
and each family may carry their tartan banner as a part
of that processional.

Above is our family tartan.
Really pretty, I think.

Alas, our tartan is not easy to find...
but if you are a Stewart... you're in luck!
Your plaid is everywhere this time of year!

Royal Stewart Tartan

The Presbyterian Church has its own tartan.
Interestingly enough, the state of Georgia does too!

Georgia State Tartan

My table is set with  Maclean Winter tartan napkins.
They are nice and Christmasy.

I used my old vintage Heritage dishes to contrast with the red and green.
(Why is it that if you are the first owner of something
more than 20 years old, that thing is old,
but if you found it at a thrift or antique store,
 the same item would then be vintage?) Hmmmm

I should pretend that this is for a fancy Bisque.
The truth is that it is for tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches!
The ugliest part of the truth:  the soup is straight out of a box.
Yep, you don't even add water.
Trader Jo's Creamy Tomato soup...

...My kind of meal!

I'm linking to Between Naps on the Porch,
and to the Homespun Link Party at Stone Gable
and wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Nutcracker Tablescape

Julia is crazy about all things "Nutcracker".
Mama gave her a beautiful edition of the book
many years ago and we also saw the ballet at the
Classic Center here in Athens that same year.
Since her Christmas piano recital pieces were
selections from that ballet,
I thought I would do this tablescape just for her.

The dinner plate by Lenox is one I chose when we got married.
It's Country Holly.  I still love it!

The salad plate is from a set that I bought at Target years ago.

My nutcrackers have come from here and there
over several years of collecting.

But the stars of the show are from Arby's!
Do you remember these?
In the late 1980's, Arby's offered these
with drinks.   I don't remember the price or the terms,
but we have an awful lot of them.  We were both in college then,
and Arby's was fine dining.

Coming in from stage left is a Fostoria Jamestown water goblet.

The stage is set to congratulate one fine little pianist, but also...

to surprise her with tickets to her favorite ballet
at none other than the Fabulous Fox in Atlanta!

I am excited to be linking with Between Naps on the Porch!

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Christmas Peace

Okay, year long - no - life long peace.
Thanks to my friend, Debbie,
for the recommendation!

Awesome, creative devotional -and just maybe a
great gift idea.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Santa Claus is Back in Town

"Well it's Christmas time, pretty baby
and the snow is falling on the ground.

Well it's Christmas time, pretty baby
and the snow is falling down.

Well you be a real good little girl,
Santa Claus is back in town.

Got no sleigh with reindeer
No sack on my back
You're gonna see me comin'
In a big, black Cadillac

Oh it's Christmas time pretty baby
and the snow is falling on the ground.

Well, you be a real good little baby.
Santa Claus is back in town."

I have done the same thing on my mantle for Christmas
for longer than I can remember.
Finding the gold clad Santa made me smile.
He is really flashy - kinda like another of my favorites:

He inspired me to do something different this Christmas.

And, I like the new mantle...

but I love the old songs...

Santa Claus is Back in Town
written by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
... and performed by Elvis,
of course!

I'm linking to Savvy Southern Style
and Uncommon Designs for their Christmas
link parties.

Friday, November 30, 2012

Christmas Recital

The first weekend in December brought us
Julia's Christmas piano recital.
She played selections from 
"the Nutcracker Suite".
She was beautiful and played beautifully 
as did all the other children.

She played selections from "The Nutcracker":
Arabian Dance and Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy.

As a mom who admits to loving piano a little
better than soccer... I am really proud!

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Remember the Titans

John's freshman year at NOHS has been a little scary for me.
(All these kids DRIVE!)

The wind whipped the banner right off the pole,
but the cheerleaders were undaunted.

There were new difficult classes-HONORS and AP classes.
The campus is HUGE, and the defensive line is even bigger.
 But the team went to the playoffs - 
very exciting for us all.

Last night, we were booted by Buford.
We held our own and didn't look too bad considering 
all the injuries our boys have sustained.
I know that after this season, I will,
"Remember the Titans"...

...and be so proud of mine who the upperclassmen 
voted Scout Player of the Week after the Hart County game.
Congrats #88!

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had a wonderful day with only a small part of our family.
My brother's family could not make the five hour drive due to
Cooper's medical situation.  They were sorely missed
as were all my other cousins who could not come due
to the sad passage of a Grandmother, long distances and 
taking turns with in-laws.
We are so thankful for the wonderful family who did attend, 
 those who were absent and especially, my Daddy, who attends
it all - if only in my heart.

We spent the day counting our blessings.
Here, Norman, our family mathematician, 
is tracking them one by one.

Mom and Nanny
Part of the Wells/Woobery brigade

The Soccer Mom, The Soccer Mom's Mom
and The Goalie

The Fab Four

If it seems that this post is dominated by only the girls and Norman,
that would be correct.
The other men were still eating... and cleaning.
A big shout out to my man for doing all the dishes - EVERY year so that
"the belles can do", as he says, "whatever it is y'all do."

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

What a turkey!

I saw this on Pinterest, pinned and... copied.
I thought it was cute and used it this Sunday at church...
with a little ranch dip on the side.

How can you go wrong with a veggie turkey the 
Sunday before Thanksgiving?

You actually can.

After the 3rd person said,
"I like your frog".
I knew I had.

Sunday, November 11, 2012


Normally, I am in a hurry to decorate for Christmas soon after Halloween.
After putting all the Halloween decorations away,
I'm exhausted.  I'm not in the mood for more
packing and unpacking of "stuff" to celebrate Thanksgiving.
It's just so easy to skip right over the fourth Thursday of November.
(Especially with all the tasks of Christmas to follow so quickly.)
Not this year.  I decided we needed a healthy dose
of Thanksgiving (and Thanksliving) here.
We all need to be reminded of all our blessings.

I decorated the front porch with fall color...

... and filled the old wagon with mums and pumpkins.

I set the breakfast room table for an early
 Thanksgiving dinner.

But the truth is...
this Thanksgiving tablescape is a FAKE!
Y'all know that Mama cooks.

We eat at her house every Thanksgiving.
So while I love dressing up the table,
I really don't intend to put anything else on it...

... besides a Sandra Lee Twenty Minute Meal...
but sometimes those take too long. That's when we
go to Chic Fil A...

... or Mama's.

Shout for joy to the Lord all the earth.
Worship the Lord with gladness, come before him with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us and we are his;
 we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with Thanksgiving and his courts with praise;
give thanks to Him and praise His name.
For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues for all generations.
 -Psalm 100  (NIV)

I am joining Cuisine Kathleen for the very first time
and also linking to Between Naps on the Porch!

Dinner and Salad Plates  Italian Countryside by Mikasa
Leaf Salad Plates  Crate and Barrel (via Goodwill for $0.33 each!)
Flatware  T J Maxx
Place mats  World Market (I think) (via Goodwill for $0.25 each!)
Brown stemware ?
Napkins and Napkin Rings Pier 1