Sunday, January 1, 2017
The picture above was our picture taken by their photographer on our special evening at the Christmas Candlelight Visit to the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, North Carolina, on Dec. 14, 2016.
Sunday, December 25, 2016
This year has been such a blessing and I thank God for EVERYTHING.
Today, we celebrate the birth of the Baby Jesus.... What JOY. Hallelujah!
Monday, December 12, 2016
|This is what Christmas is all about at our home.|
On Christmas Eve, one tradition is to sit quietly and listen to the MESSIAH from beginning to end... This helps us relax and take in the true meaning of the Birth of our Christ. We also take time to go to church for the Christmas Eve Service... After getting home, we share a glass of Eggnog (or wine) and each of us opens ONE gift before going to bed.
Then on Christmas Day, we first read our devotions and then have breakfast... After that, we both get dressed, and spend quite a bit of time taking lots of Christmas pictures together... (We choose one of our favorite pictures for the following year's Christmas Cards.)
After the pictures, we always are involved with church activities/service. When we get home, we open our gifts --taking pictures throughout the day... I love going back through all of our Christmas pictures from previous years. The memories are fantastic...
The afternoon is spent relaxing, napping, listening to music and just enjoying the JOY all around us, while celebrating Baby Jesus' birth... Then, about 4:00----we enjoy a delicious dinner together (usually turkey and the trimmings)....
Well---those are some of our Christmas Traditions... Today, I'll share some of the pictures from Christmas of 2015.... Hope you enjoy them!!!!
|Another Tradition is to exchange ornaments (some very unique and/or silly)... As you can tell from this one, our Backyard Birds are a BIG part of our lives here in Fairfield Glade!!!!! ha|
|Our wonderful fireplace and the Fireplace Babies are also a big part of our lives.|
|Here's a happy lady--enjoying a gorgeous canvas picture from George.|
|Santa left some BAD GIRL a sack of coal for Christmas...... Wonder why????|
|WELL---maybe this would be the reason for the 'sack of coal' ornament above... Ya think?????? ha ha|
|NO SNOW (in 2015) ---but "Baby, it was cold outside".... I love my new mittens!|
|I surprised George this year with a canvas of us --taken when we were at the Grand Tetons in late August.|
|Oh --how I love this man of mine!!!!|
|George makes me laugh and he makes me cry... I loved the Willow Gift (called TOGETHER) that he gave me.|
|George does warm my heart.....|
|Two people in love, having fun on Christmas Day, 2015|
Monday, May 23, 2016
I say this most every year, but THIS year seemed to be one of our BEST trips there (even with a few 'negatives' in the mix). The negatives: weather (only saw the sun one morning during our time there, and it was very COOOOOOLLL); too many people (we went later in the month than we usually go --and the Inn was full, and you know how much we don't like crowds); too many barking ("YAPPY") dogs... An ASIDE: I love dogs, but I don't understand why adults can't train their dogs NOT to bark NON-STOP.... Gads!!!! Kids screaming and having fun didn't bother me nearly as much as the constant and continuous barking dogs...
NOW--put all of the 'negatives' away ---and realize that if you are George and me, you know how to make the best of all situations... Here are the positives: We did enjoy the beach (sitting and walking) despite the weather --and it never did rain much; We had jackets and sweatshirts with us so we didn't get too cold; The weather could have been MUCH worse; We didn't need sunscreen at all on this trip (HA HA); The best news pertaining to the weather was that we were able to get more relaxing done --including sleeping, reading, just vegging out!!!!! Both of us GO-GO-GO in our normal lives, so just total relaxation was NEEDED and we loved it!
Another great positive was the fact that we found a new-to-us awesome PARK (Sunset Beach Town Park) where there were very few people and where we could walk, sit or swing with a view of the water, listen to and watch the birds, and enjoy one of the neatest patriotic monuments I have ever seen.... We could get away from the crowds at this park ----so we went there several times.... LOVED it.
Today, I'll share some pictures from this awesome vacation--including a hike to see some waterfalls on the first day. The picture at the top though is one of my favorite memories. We are sitting on one of the many comfy swings at the park... It was so enjoyable and ROMANTIC.
|One of the beauties about hiking in the mountains this time of year is seeing all of the wildflowers and bushes in bloom. This is MOUNTAIN LAUREL --and it was gorgeous in those mountains.|
|Right after we checked into our room on May 16, we took a walk on the beach (one of our favorite things to do). I love watching the swell of the waves as they crash into shore.|
|From the pier near Dockside Seafood Restaurant, I was looking the other direction showing you more of the fishing boats and the beautiful water.|
|There were a few times when the weather was good enough to take off the jackets and enjoy walking on the beach.|
|We took many pictures from the PARK... I loved this one showing that reflection of the little Palm Tree.|
|Some nice lady volunteered to take our picture one day when we were taking our walk on the beach.|
|Another view from the PARK: Again, the reflections were perfect that day!|
|Do you think this old woman loves ICE CREAM?????? YUMMMMMMM... (Yes--I do!!!!).. This flavor was called Cheesecake.... Oh My HEART!!!!!|
|On the water at Sunset Beach Town Park, May 18, 2016. (If you can see the bridge in the distance, that is the bridge to Ocean Isle Beach.)|
Hugs to All,