Thursday night two of my favorite nieces came to visit, along with David's mother, JoAnn. The girls are so pretty and so much fun! They brought a Christmas gift for their Uncle David and I- a beautiful framed print of Jesus with a flock of sheep. The girls, Chyann and Madison, love our new house and spend lots of their time exploring it and the grounds. They also love the big tile shower, and so as a treat, I let them borrow P.J. shirts and play in the water. They own my heart.
All week my students have generously brought me Christmas gifts. I never expect it of course, and so it is always a very humbling experience to receive a gift from a small child. Friday, was no exception. Our counter was covered in treats. I love my kids- they are like my very own!
Friday night, David, Rachel, and I went to Applebees for dinner and then rented the newest Pirates of the Caribbean movie and took it home. We had a great time hanging out together. Rachel is the closest thing I have to a little sister- our mothers are sisters, and we are both only children. We drove around after dinner in some of Fayetteville's prettiest neighborhoods and admired the Christmas lights.
Saturday afternoon I ventured to Walmart and found these darling Christmas pillows! I love that they are cream and simple. I'm not really a big fan of "cheesy" holiday decor, but I think these pillows are really pretty and classy. I especially love that the Noel pillow has the Eiffel Tower since most of my decor is very French! Walmart is every gal's closest ally. : )
This soap pump was a gift from a student this Friday. With Christmas dinner being at our house this year, I am thrilled to have a little Christmas in every room. Having people over is the most natural expression of my love. I love my family with a big love!
I think I have seriously received over 60 Christmas cards so far!! I am running out of room! Saturday I statred using the other built in to hold some. I love cards and have looked at them over, and over, and over again already! I love reconnecting during this time of year! Does anyone have a neat way to display their cards??
I have received many beautiful cards. These are my three favorite from this week!
With Christmas approaching, our tree looks so cozy. I love pretty Christmas presents- especially wrapped in trendy paper and covered in bows. I love knowing that these gifts will bring a smile to the faces of the ones I love.
Saturday afternoon, David and I went to the movie theater to see "I Am Legend," with Will Smith. It was very scary. It was not what I expected at all, and I am still not sure what I think about it. When we left that morning to go shopping at Kirklands and Bed, Bath, and Beyond, it was warm and I wore black capris. By the time our movie was ready to start, it was freezing!! David took me to Old Navy and bought me a fleece pullover because the movies are always so cold. It helped keep me warm, and when I was freaked out, I could pull the neck over my eyes. Perfect!! : )
(As a side note- We didn't know it at the time, but my parents were in the same movie at the same time. We actually sat only three rows apart, but had no idea and never saw each other! Weird, hu??)
Sunday morning, my mom came over to help me make a Christmas stocking with my new "old" sewing machine. Because it is my mom's old Singer machine, she is an expert on all of its wacky workings. I really, really want to learn! I'm getting there (slowly, but surely) This stocking is a Christmas gift for my friend's son, Hudson.
Sunday afternoon- cold winter photo shoot at my parents' house.
Sunday, we went to Sam's Club with my parents and went shopping. We had a really nice dinner together using the food we bought and were excited to share it with my uncle, Tim. For dessert we had butter cookies and peach ice cream.