Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas!

Well, Christmas was so so fun! Too bad it's over. It takes forever to get here and then it's gone in the blink of an eye! Here are some pictures of what went on over the Christmas season:


This is from Andrew's company party. They had the party at the Capri Condominiums, which they own a few units in. Not sure what Derek is doing here in the picture. See below for what he brought for Dirty Santa:

A mouse

Yes, Derek brought a mouse as his dirty santa gift. It's the small white thing in the picture. He's so crazy.

This is at the Fenwick's house for the annual Christmas Eve brunch that they host every year. Here are all of the girls. The food was so yummy (I stuffed myself!) and it was great to see everyone.


We also went to dinner at the Stoney River. Here is the fam, posing in front of the warm fireplace. I was so cold! I had the swordfish that night- so good!


Here is Gracie at Stoney River trying to work the camera. So cute.

On Christmas Day, we opened presents at the Patterson's. Beth gave me three of my Waterford stemware glasses!! I was so thrilled. I never got all of them when we got married, so I figured now is a good time to ask for some. Slowly but surely, right?!


And the Sadie lady got her a Christmas gift too: a new jacket from her Aunt Amy! Here she is...still kinda wondering what is on her back. Ha!


Here is another goodie (no pun intended) of Sadie's Christmas presents. Her Aunt Amy also got her some canine treats. Sadie loves them. Anytime she hears the sound of plastic opening, she comes running. So sweet.

Andrew and I decided to get Mrs. Beth something "homemade" and "memorable" from us, since she has everything. Soooo....one weekend Andrew and I visited Painted By U, the local paint your own pottery store. Here is a picture of the bowl that I painted.


And here's Andrew's vase for his mom. E for effort?!

I tried to make him do some dots or stripes or something, but he said that was "gay." So, he added a "P". Ha!


And this picture is of Mrs. Beth's new, fabulous, totally beautiful and wonderful kitchen! They remodeled their kitchen this year and it is wonderful.

I could get lost in here, people!

Here we are at Opryland's ICE exhibit of How the Grinch Stole Christmas. It was really cool (literally, ha!) to walk thru and see all these ice sculptures of the Grinch, Whoville and Cindy Loohoo. It was so cute, but it was 5 degrees I think. My fingers were numb and blue when we left : )

Here we are at Opryland :)


And here is Uncle A with Gracie, cheesin'.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Weekend Goodie

I tried a fun new recipe this weekend that I must share: Peppermint Hot Chocolate. It is rich and delicious, and deserves to be shared!

Peppermint Hot Chocolate
4 servings

1 cup chilled heavy whipping cream, divided
1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups whole milk
4 ounces bittersweet (preferably 60% cocoa) chocolate, coarsely chopped
1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
4 candy canes (for garnish)

Beat 1/2 cup cream and 1 teaspoon sugar in bowl until soft peaks form. Cover; chill.

Whisk 1/2 cup cream, 2 tablespoons sugar, and milk in medium saucepan over medium-high heat; bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Add chocolate; whisk until smooth. Whisk in extract. Divide chocolate among mugs. Top with cream and garnish with candy canes.

(Bon Appetit, December 2008)



Thursday, December 4, 2008

Child

What child is this, who,
laid to rest
On Mary's lap, is sleeping?...
This, this is Christ the King,
Whom shepherds guard and angels sing:
Haste, haste to bring Him laud,
The Babe, the Son of Mary!

~Traditional English Carol

Monday, December 1, 2008

Bells Will Be Ringing


Since Thanksgiving has come and gone, I have officially ended my ban on Christmas music. I'm in full-on Christmas mode. How could anyone not be?

For me, it began when I woke up at 5AM on Black Friday to go shopping at the Galleria with thousands of other fellow Birminghamians. Since then, we have completed my side of the family's Christmas shopping (yay!), put up a live Christmas tree in the living room, decorated the house for Christmas and baked Holiday M&M Fudge Bars.
*Please note that we listened to Christmas music during 3 out of 4 of the above mentioned activities.

Another indicator of the start of the holiday season is the amount of holiday parties that we will be attending this week. Between the two of us we'll be attending five different parties
. 'Tis the season, right?!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving!


I wanted to wish everyone a happy, happy Thanksgiving! What is everyone thankful for? This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my job, a new president who is ready to hit the ground running come January, and my wonderful best friend and husband Andrew.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

I Love My Boys!

This past weekend Andrew and I went to visit my older brother, Brad and his wife, Carey in Asheville, NC for a "pre-Thanksgiving" family extravaganza. It was so great to hang out with my three nephews: Michael (5 years old), Tyler (4 years old) and Jake (2 years old). They are a mess! But oh so fun. Here are some pics from the weekend:

Michael, Andrew, me, Ty

Michael, Ty

So fun.

Yum! Jake with birthday cake.

Brad with Ty
As you can tell, we celebrated Ty's birthday while we were there. We had a blast at Fun Depot.
We are looking forward to Thanksgiving with my family! We will be celebrating with my family at my house tomorrow. I'm looking forward to using my fine china, eating my mom's turkey and dressing, and watching Titans football!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Introducing....

Mr. Cohen Krehbiel:



Cohen Lucas Krehbiel
7 lbs 13 oz
Son of Evin Smith Krehbiel and Luke Krehbiel

Friday, October 31, 2008

Chicago!

Andrew had a CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Manager) conference/exam in Chicago a couple weeks ago so we decided to make a trip out of it. He flew up on a Monday and I flew up on Wednesday. We stayed until Sunday and had so so so much fun exploring the city and everything that it has to offer (which is a lot). We ate deep dish pizza, spent time with Joe & Kelsey, saw Wicked, ate Garrett's popcorn (one of Oprah's favorites), shopped on Michigan Ave, took an architectural boat tour, visited the Field Museum and Shedd Aquarium, went to the Navy Pier and ate some fabulous food. We absolutely fell in love with the city! Apparently we vacationed at the perfect time, because starting in November it turns bitterly cold.

Here we are getting drinks at the hotel bar before dinner the first night that we were there
Yummy, fresh sushi at Japonais

Here we are outside of Japonais, a trendy, little sushi place on the west side of town


Michigan Avenue! I loved the shops, department stores and boutiques that lined the street.


So much shopping to do, so little time.


My patient husband waiting on me in Nordstrom's. This picture cracks me up.


We decided on Gino's East for some deep dish Chicago-style pizza. We were starving-I was waiting on Andrew to get out of his exam to meet him for lunch. It was 1:00pm or so and he met me here. We then found out that the deep dish pizzas take at least 45 minutes to cook. So when it finally arrived at the table, we devoured it:


Delish!


We took an architectural boat tour in order to see the different buildings of the Chicago skyline:



Here we are outside of the Ford Theater. We skipped dinner, splurged on some fantastic seats (9th row from the stage), sneaked Garrett's popcorn into the theater and took in Wicked! Amazing.


I found Nemo at the Shedd Aquarium!


Navy Pier

Chicago's Newest Fans!

Monday, October 27, 2008


Friends Divided

This past weekend we went to the UT v. AL game in Knoxville. It was crazy fun, but unfortunately we lost. Luckily, our Alabama friends Chris and Aimee didn't rub it in our faces too much.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Gone Fishin'

Recently my company went to my boss's mom's lakehouse on Logan Martin to compete in our First Annual Twin Fishing Tournament. We divided up the guys and girls onto 3 boats, creating 3 different fishing teams. Ashley and I caught all the fish. Ha! The guys were so mad!

Caught a small mouth bass

Team 1

David & Bailey
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Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Hooty Hoo!

I don't know why, but I love changing out my front door mat. A new, clean front door mat just automatically freshens up my front entry area. Due to the change in season, I knew I had to get a festive "fall" mat. So recently at Pottery Barn, I ran in to this guy:



So I bought it and put it out front. Here is the pic. Now to me, it's so ugly it's cute. And of course, it reminds of my days at Samford U as a Chi Omega. Hooty hoo!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Weekend Project

Come Saturday morning I am going to attempt to create this little guy:


Gourd-geous!

When Miss Ellen gets here on Saturday afternoon, hopefully something like this will be greeting her from my front entry table. According to Better Homes & Gardens, all I do is "tuck a dainty nosegay of mums into a gourd or squash." My plans include cutting a small opening at the top, filling it with a small amount of water and then tucking in a few stems. We'll see how it turns out....oh how I love fall!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Road Trip!

This past weekend Andrew and I took a road trip to Knoxville, TN. We met the Patterson's in Knoxville and watched the UT v. Florida game. It was heartbreaking. We lost big time. And if anyone knows my husband, UT football is his passion. He was so bummed. Here are a few pictures from the weekend.