Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Final decorations for our mantel

Awhile back, we made an art piece to go over our mantel. We decided that we needed something to go on either side of it. So while we were in Baton Rouge a few weeks ago, we found a set of 3 pillar candle holders at my parent's house. They were gracious enough to give them to us... of course they were just sitting on the floor in the hall... taking up room. Dad even put them in a bag for us to take! Anyway, last week, we finally found some candles that we liked to put on them. On the other side of the mantel, we found a big vase at Walmart that we liked. We decided that we wanted to put something tall in it. Some kind of big branches... or something like that. Eric mentioned that there was a tree at his parent's house that has long curly branches. It's called a Corkscrew Willow (or Salix matsudana 'Tortuosa'... as Eric would say). So he thought that might be a nice decorative touch... a free decorative touch (might I add)! So this weekend when we were in Winnsboro, he cut some branches to bring home. Here are some pictures ... and the final product on our mantel!

Eric and the tree

The Corkscrew Willow tree branches

Eric cutting a branch

Eric cutting a high branch

Eric and his loping shears

Me & my man with our matching glasses
(it was early... and COLD!)

Our mantel decorations

The vase with the corkscrew willow branches

Monday, November 24, 2008

Weekend with the Busbys

This weekend we drove over to Winnsboro to spend time with Eric's family. When we got to his parents on Friday morning, 3 of Eric's nieces (his middle brother's girls) were there. We had a good time hanging out together. We played with playdoh, colored, and jumped on the trampoline (well they did). Then Friday night we drove up to Monroe to meet his brothers for dinner... a Chinese Thanksgiving dinner ;) It was nice to get to see everyone before the holidays. Here are some pictures from our weekend with the Busbys.




Me & Alana

Me & Sadie

Me & Cassie

UncE and MawB making meatloaf

Cassie & Alana



Alana & Missy

Sadie jumping on the trampoline

The girls jumping on the trampoline

The Busby girls

Trying to keep warm

Cute Busby girls

Alana sporting my scarf & sunglasses

Cassie wearing my sunglasses

Sadie showing her busted lip

UncE (I think Sadie took this picture)

Monday, November 17, 2008

New Furniture!

So Saturday, while Eric and I were out and about... we saw some people holding signs for a furniture store going out of business. So we randomly decided to drive by to see what they had. And we actually found a table and chairs that we liked... for a great price too! So we bought the table (with leaf), 8 chairs and a china hutch/buffet. It was delivered today (free delivery also)! Anyway, we're really excited especially since we have everyone coming for Thanksgiving next week. Can't wait to set up everything in the hutch and use the table :)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Vegetable Soup... yummy!

Yesterday, the high here in Clinton was 55° (and it was pretty windy too) and the low last night was in the mid-30s. So Eric & I decided to make some vegetable soup. That is a good "cold weather" meal. So when we were at our new Kroger yesterday, we got all the makings for homemade vegetable soup. Here are some pictures of our dinner:

Browning the stew meat.

Added Veg-all.

Added extra vegetables - corn, peas, green beans, potatoes.

Added tomato juice
(we also added a can of rotel tomatoes for some spice)

Brought to a boil... then let it simmer for a few hours.

Our piping hot bowls of soup.

Soup with cornbread ... yummy!

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Then Sings My Soul Saturday > "Jesus Messiah"

Today Eric and I were in the car a lot... driving around Jackson & Clinton. It seemed like every time we got in the car, this song was on the radio. The truth of the lyrics really touched us. So we thought we should share them with everyone. Hope you enjoy it.

"Jesus Messiah" by Chris Tomlin

He became sin, who knew no sin
That we might become His righteousness
He humbled Himself and carried the cross
Love so amazing
Love so amazing

Jesus Messiah
Name Above All Names
Blessed Redeemer
The rescue for sinners
The ransom from heaven
Jesus Messiah
Lord of All

His body the bread
His blood the wine
Broken and poured out all for love
The whole earth trembled and the veil was torn
Love so amazing
Love so amazing

Jesus Messiah
Name Above All Names
Blessed Redeemer
The rescue for sinners
The ransom from heaven
Jesus Messiah
Lord of All

All our hope is in You
All our hope is in You
All the glory to You God
The Light of the World

Jesus Messiah
Name Above All Names
Blessed Redeemer
The rescue for sinners
The ransom from heaven
Jesus Messiah
Lord of All

Jesus Messiah
Lord of All
You're the Lord of All
The Lord of All

Our new Kroger!

Today, our new Kroger store opened. Eric has been really excited all week and couldn't wait for the store to open. So we actually got up at a normal time, ate breakfast and went on an outing to Kroger (along with the rest of Clinton). It was PACKED! The new store is just a little closer to our house, but a WHOLE lot bigger. It is 80,000 ft²... 30,000 ft² larger than our old one. We now have a full-line bakery, a sushi bar and a much larger deli. The frozen food section is twice as big as that of the old store, which makes room for more Bluebell flavor options :) There is also a drive-thru pharmacy, so I transferred my prescriptions there from Walgreens (sorry Chris!). But we get 50 points on our Kroger gas discount for every Rx we get filled there (100 points=1 tank of gas at 10¢ off per gallon). So that pretty much sold us on transferring them. One other big thing is the parking lot. The old store had a HORRIBLE parking lot! The new store has at least double... maybe even triple the parking. So it will be much easier to get in and out! Here are a few pictures from our outing this morning:

The front of our new store

A drive-thru pharmacy!

A whole lot of spaghetti sauce...
I guess at least we have some options now!

We enjoyed roaming up and down the international food aisle.
Scandinavian? Really?

Kosher? Yay... now we can eat biblically... or at least Jewishly.

My excited hubby enjoying the store!

This is a really large section of specialty olives...
who knew there were so many kinds?!?

Awesome chips!

These looked good (but we didn't buy them).
I took this picture for Sara... thought she might like them.

This is what they said when we left... after spending $189!
(I liked the packaging on this)