Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Valentine's Day!

Not to be a drag, but...
this Valentine's Day finds two of our Valentines hospitalized.
Our Pop is in the hospital at Emory and our cousin, Cooper, is 
hospitalized in the Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt.
So, while we are really ready for both of them to 
be back at full throttle, we are reminded again
how lucky we are that we are healthy.
We LOVE them on Valentine's Day and all the other
364 days of the year.

Here's a tablescape that gives a small nod to today's holiday:

Johnson Brothers' Old Britain Castles
in pink is one of my absolute faves.

Each piece is a history or geography lesson
in itself.  Wouldn't it be fun to visit 
some of the remaining castles?
We did visit the ruins of Blarney Castle
on our honeymoon.
(Blarney Castle, as it appeared in 1792, is
pictured on the dinner plate of this pattern.)

Picture of a picture :(
Blarney Castle - as it appeared in 1993!
My Valentine.
My Valentine as he appeared in 1993!

We are babies, true.

While at the Blarney Castle we
kissed the Blarney stone... and in a nearby town purchased the
napkins you see used on this table!  
Pretty Irish linen napkins as a honeymoon souvenir
come in handy for a Valentine's Day tablescape.

The Iced Tea glasses are "French Countryside" 
by Mikasa.  (Perfect since we are on a European bent!)
They are great for lots of holidays!

We will share Valentine's Day with John and Julia
tonight with our annual Valentine's Day Scavenger Hunt.
But this tablescape... and trip down memory lane
reminds me of how much I love my Valentine...
and that Johnson Brothers china!

... and Get Well Wished to Cooper and Pop!

I am linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch

Monday, February 06, 2012

Youth Sunday

Sunday, February 5 was Youth Sunday for our kids at Central Presbyterian Church.  Over 50 kids representing 15 different schools participated in 3 worship services.
 Actually, they led the three worship services.
They did a phenomenal job.  This is such an awesome way for
them to connect with the larger congregation and to realize how vital they are to
our church.  It's young people who keep us all young and alive.  It was great
to have them remind us all that we are SO ALIVE in Christ.

Julia with the Youth Choir as they practice.

John leading the Prayer of Confession

(The quality of the pictures is not ideal,
 but I was using my phone and trying to be discreet :-))

The kids collected a Souper Bowl offering to aid in
 feeding the less fortunate in our community.
They were to bring their donations in envelopes
labeled with their Super Bowl team favorite.
It will be interesting to see if they picked the real winners with this contest.
Either way, we all are real winners when this many youth are on the winning team.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Snow Day? I doubt it!

Weather.com says that tomorrow in Athens, Georgia, it should be
sunny and 70 degrees!!
On February 2!
While Julia keeps hoping for snow days,
we have discussed that the weather trend of this winter would
definitely have to reverse.  As she and John walked out the door this
morning wearing shorts, I thought... "what's wrong with a little hope?"

These snowmen plates are just right for a warm
winter's supper and afterwards, we'll have some hot chocolate.

Everybody likes marshmallows and chocolate chips
in hot chocolate.

These mugs are Heritage by Pfaltzgraff.
It's an old pattern, but I really like the mugs, creamer
and sugar and all the serving pieces still.
My plates in this pattern are now worn out. 
They have lots of utensil marks.  Still, they are perfect
 for a peanut butter and jelly!

Still love the soup tureen and I have some
vegetable soup in the crock pot.

Each snowman is a little different...

We are enjoying the sunny warm weather outside,
but once inside we are hoping and pretending...

... cause that make us all happy!

Red straw mats are from Bed Bath and Beyond
White tablecloth from ebay
"Snowmen Portraits" plates and salad plates from Goodwill and ebay
Red flatware from ebay
Red cake plate,Target
Candleholder, soup tureen, salt and pepper and mugs Pfaltzgraff "Heritage" from when Grant was president  
Blue tumblers - not sure but definitely purchased during the aforementioned administration!

I'm linking to Between Naps on the Porch