Wednesday, January 18, 2012

NYE in Colorado

Happy Wednesday!
Is anyone else ready for the weekend?!?
Yes, please

I digress, anyway, so I wanted to share with y'all a little recap of our annual ski trip with T's family.
This year we headed to Breckenridge, CO - which was beautiful.
It's always so exciting to see snow, especially when you live in South Georgia!

That's me below
If you think I know what I'm doing, you're wrong.
Again, I'm from Georgia.  And I only started skiing 3 years ago.  So, you can imagine.
Now, I can make it down the "Blues" without killing myself, but that's about it...

Now lets cut to my husband
He is from Georgia, too.
Unlike me, however, the man can really ski.
Black, Double Blacks - I mean, anything.  I'm sure if he could do that helicopter skiing he would be all about that as well.  I really hate that he ended up with such an non-athletic wife, but oh well!  He gets to babysit me on the blues for the rest of his life!  Gotta love marriage :)

See he even seems happy about it :)

The scenery on the slopes was gorgeous.
There wasn't alot of snow this year, but the weather was perfect. 

Yeah, that's me....
 I told you I don't know what I'm doing...

My favorite part of the trip was seeing these guys!
Bride and Groom

Who knew you could ski in a wedding gown?
These brave (and cold) souls were married New Year's Day on top of the mountain.
We somehow ended up riding the ski lift behind them - their photographer was on the lift in front of them taking pictures the whole way up, so I'm pretty sure we'll be in their wedding album.

Very neat

My favorite part of skiing is eating lunch on top of the mountain.
Although, lunch usually costs $50 for a hamburger, cookie, and a coke - it is sort of worth it
It's so fun to relax and take in the scenery after a long hard morning of snowplowing skiing

T before lunch
How beautiful is that background?!?

My second favorite part of the day is having a cocktail around the fire every afternoon
1=3 in high altitude - a good rule to remember :)
Here we are kicking back with our ski boots on (those things are torture btw)

We really had a great time, but after 6 days of skiing, it was time to head home.
One little thing stood between me and Georgia...
the dreaded


My little niece decided to hitch a ride on her Dad's luggage.

This was the line at airport to check your bag
Looks fun, huh?
Well, after standing in line for 2 hours we made it to our gate 5 minutes late...
Picture that scene from Home Alone where they're all running through the airport - yeah, that was us

I quickly decided that if we missed our flight
I was going here:

I was excited we made and ready to see my little kitten, Birdie
We left Birdie with my parents while we were gone on our trip, so when we landed I texted my brother and asked,

"how is birdie?"
"does she miss me?"

and in response he sent me this pic

Obviously, she is just homesick as can be...can't you tell!
Nevertheless, I was happy to reunite with my child!

That's all for now!
Happy Wednesday, Loves!

Sunday, January 15, 2012

2012 Reads

So one of my 2011 resolutions was to utilize my local library more
and guess what?  I did!  Yay for reading!

I still haven't jumped on the kindle bandwagon - I still love the smell and feel of a book
However, toting around 8 books can get old...and heavy

These are some books I read over the holidays:

The Book of Marie by Terry Kay - anyone that knows me, knows my obsession with this author.  He never disappoints (me, at least).  Great Southern fiction!  Check it out!

Curtsey by Marne Davis Kellogg - she is such a fun author.  Started reading her back in college.  Loved her books Priceless, Brilliant, Friends in High Places.  I liked this book, but would def check out her others before reading this one!  Priceless is probably my fav.  Love the way she writes about exotic places and wonderful food...Here is a description of Priceless from her website:

"Kick Keswick, one of the most charming, enchanting, and best-dressed heroines of fiction, discovers that a life of crime can be impossible to leave behind . . . 
Kick Keswick has lived an extraordinary life. For twenty-five years she was the power behind the throne at a venerable London auction house and a master jewel thief. (Stealing only from those who deserved it, of course.) That changed when she fell in love with Commander Thomas Curtis of Scotland Yard and retired to Provence to live respectably, surrounded by beautiful food, wine and picnics in lavender-filled fields. But now, someone is stealing irreplaceable jewels from Paris to Portofino - and using Kick's signature techniques. To make matters worse, Thomas has disappeared with her secret cache of precious stones. It looks like someone is trying to lure Kick out of retirement, and perhaps Thomas is involved. With Marne Davis Kellogg's trademark descriptions of fabulous places, wonderful food, and the ultimate in luxurious living, PRICELESS is a deliciously indulgent treat, told with style and wit." 

The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen - fun read, wasn;t my absolute fav, but I still thought it had a good twist at the end and it kept me interested.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - still haven't read this one, but its next on the list!  Can't wait to see the movie - not excited about it being almost 3 hours though!  Has anyone seen it yet?

My grandmother gave me this reader's digest over the break.  4 books in one = Score
I had previously read Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah - really good book - made me cry.
Haven't ready the other 3 yet, but they are:
The Poacher's Son by Paul Doiron
A Thread So Thin by Marie Bostwick
Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls - Loved The Glass Castle and can't wait to read this!
The Glass Castle should be on your MUST read list!

Here are my reads for 2012:

Obviously, I need to add a few more to this list
What are yall reading in 2012?!?
Happy Sunday!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Christmas Recap: Part 1

Christmas has come and gone - and I can't believe it.
Where did 2011 go?
I guess moving to a new town, selling a house, buying a house, starting new jobs, and adopting a kitten will make a year fly by...

We had a wonderful Christmas - it was full of time with our family and friends.
And really, who can ask for more?

T and decided not to exchange gifts, since we are trying to furnish our house.  

These few of our Christmas presents to each other...

A new kitchen table
We had this made by a local guy here in Americus - he is really talented!  He used old heart pine boards to make it, and we love the way it turned out.

and this hutch
which is currently being refinished, but should be in place soon

Our kitchen is red!
Can you tell in the top picture of the table?
Red, Red!
I like red, but our kitchen is pretty small, so we are thinking of painting it a lighter color to make it feel a little bigger.  This kitchen is amazing (not sure of the source - I'd like to give credit, but can't remember where this is from!) but I would love our kitchen to look *something* like this.

Here's hoping!

Anyway, we have really loved our first Christmas in Americus, and our first Christmas with little Birdie.
She is so fun, and I love her to death.  Here she is warming up by the fire...tough life, huh?

Before we headed out of town to my parents - we delivered a few small gifts to our neighbors...  

mailed out a few more Christmas cards
We got so many fun cards this year!
and we even got one from Michelle, one of my favorite blog friends :)

wrapped a few gifts...
Is it weird that I loved wrapping presents?!?  It's so relaxing to me, especially if I'm watching a good Christmas movie.

and we were ready to go!

Sadly, I took zero pictures Christmas day!  Dad was the designated picture taker - a job he has been doing for years!  

I did snap a few the night before...

My parent's dog
He loves that toy - can you tell?

Christmas eve we munched on a few pecans my Mom picked up at my grandparent's house

It was really a lovely, relaxed Christmas at the farm

We headed to Colorado a couple of days later to go skiing with T's family - more about that later!

Hope you and your family had a great Christmas - I've really enjoyed catching up with everyone!
We are finally getting back in the groove of things since the holidays!  
And we've been taking it easy...
Last night at 9 p.m.
We are wild, if you can't tell!

Much love all!
Happy Belated Christmas to you all :)

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