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Saturday, January 2, 2016

December 2015

December came and has gone so quickly!  We had a very busy month, and I wanted to share a few photos.

I created a winter hot cocoa station that we've enjoyed daily!

David and I hosted our wine club at Tre Bicchieri downtown.  We had their private room, all decorated for the holidays.  We had a wine exchange to.  A great night!

 I attended the Philharmonic holiday event at the Irwin Gardens.  The decorations were just beautiful.  I loved this tree.

The Visitors Center offered special evening tours at the Miller House and Gardens this month.  I led the first tour, and it was wonderful!  My friend Renee and her husband Al happened to attend my tour.

Brennan and I attended some store open houses while Dad was traveling back from Vancouver and Thomas was working.  We loved visiting a new-to-us shop in Franklin and see a live reindeer!  This is Olaf!!!

Brennan marched with the middle school band in our Christmas parade.  He did a great job!

We attended the high school production of "Pride and Prejudice".  The drama group did an outstanding job!

My old office building - I love how they "light the tree" with windows in December.

More Miller House shots.  I attended as a guest one evening on the Creche the Halls tour.

We hosted the holiday party for our neighborhood on the 47th anniversary of the day the neighborhood builders/owners moved into their home.  We had 63 people at the party!!

I help get volunteers for the Philharmonic concerts and I was short a couple for our matinee Christmas concert so David and Brennan stepped in.  Here's my favorite volunteer that day :)

My Cocktail Crew went to dinner in December and I tried a Moscow Mule - loved it!

And we saw Star Wars on opening night (Dad was there too!).  Great night to see the show.

Snuggle bunny, wrapped up to watch a movie.

I saw this in friends' photos in other states and thought it would be great idea to have for the year that Thomas is practicing with us.  It makes me feel better knowing other drivers might be aware and have some patience.  Although he's doing really well.

We went to see Tricia's renovated farmhouse at her holiday open house.  She's done a great job!  Here are Mary, Bianca and me.

Happy 23rd anniversary!  David planned dinner and a movie - a great night!!

Christmas came early (as always) for the Indiana Boatwrights.  We had a great day to ourselves, enjoying all of our new gifts.

David got me some good champagne.  Not sure when I want to open it - but I'm saving it for a special occasion!

Bailey loves opening his gifts.

Off to MS - this is what Bailey did for 9 hours each way.  Rested on a blanket-covered pillow on Mommy's lap.

We stayed at Donna and Jeffrey's and kept Stella, Ringo, and Dexter.  The 4 pups had a great time together.

The "littles" - Ringo and Bailey.

Brennan and Grandma Nan made her traditional Christmas cake.  It was delicious!

Bailey enjoyed all the festivities.

I made a simple Christmas lunch for us and Grandma Carolyn, who was in the middle of packing up to move in a few days!  Ham Sammies, Cranberry Salad, Braised Brussels Sprouts, Sparkling Cider, and Dark Chocolate/Cherry Cupcakes.

Bailey again, of course.

 A wonderful Christmas dinner with the family!

Amazing fits all around.  Here is Grandpa Laroy showing Danielle how to ride her new scooter.

Thomas showed us all the next day, but Danielle was a quick learner.

As always, the cousins played hide and seek.  Here's Brennan :)

Bully and Bailey

Grandma Carolyn took us all out to celebrate Brennan's upcoming birthday.  Had to get a shot of Grandpa in Brennan in their matching wear.

And Grandma Carolyn and Brennan!

And a few photos from Canton.  Baby Curren was the big star I think.  He had just turned 1!

Carey and Jane Marie

Stinkers.  Way too many gifts for these two :)

I'll end up with Ka-Ka and Baby Curren!

Happy New Year!

Friday, December 4, 2015

November 2015

Well, let's start with the cutest November photo - Bailey got a new sweater.  His DADDY bought it for him so he could stay warm in the winter.  Bailey isn't a big fan of clothing so we'll see if he keeps it on for long, but he sure is cute! 

David and I were invited by retired friends in our architecture circle of friends to brunch at the country club one Sunday.  We had a great conversation with the varied guests they invited.  At this lunch I met the county historian/editorialist who wrote an article in the newspaper about some work I completed in 2015.  I wrote the story of our neighborhood - it's so interesting and the founders just moved this summer.  It was nice to be written about in the paper, and now we're going to publish the story into a book.  How about that.

Speaking of, here are the founders of the neighborhood we live in, Dr. Walt and Joan Able.  We went to dinner with them in November and got to see their new home (after 47 years in our neighborhood!)

And these are the gorgeous flowers they sent me for writing the history - their history actually.

I got to participate in Election Day festivities at one of our local hotels.  It was a great win for the two candidates I was there to support. 
Here is Thomas and friends from the Robotics Team at a demonstration last month.  Their new year really kicks off in early January and it'll be busy, busy for Thomas through April.

In town all seniors have to complete a Senior Project to improve our community.
They last months long and involve a lot of planning, fundraising, presentations, and you can't graduate without it :)
We have participated in several.  Brennan and I attended a really fun one in November - a Kitty Shower to raise funds for our Animal Care Center (our city's animal shelter).  We all took shower gifts that would benefit the cats at the shelter, and we sat in a circle just like at a bridal or baby shower, and passed around adorable, adoptionable kitties.  We had a great time and this young lady raised a LOT of supplies for the center.
My men walking into church one morning

Brennan played percussion with the adult choir one service.

Here are some of our youth shopping for Heart Tree presents (for local families in need this Christmas).

And every year the youth (and many parents) volunteer at the church to rake the leaves on the church grounds.  We supply donuts too, so it's greatly attended and the work is done within an hour!

We were sad to say goodbye to our interim pastor and his wife last month. 
During his last service, Thomas was asked to serve as Lay Leader and he did a great job.
Our final prayer goodbye to the Hills.  We'll be welcoming our new permanent pastor and his family later this month.

The Hills are from Wisconsin - they had a great time at our fun going away celebration for theme.  The "cheese" cake.

Lots of skits, roasts, and heartfelt tributes.  The youth know how Scott loves food.
 And Thanksgiving in Mississippi - our first year in years that we had enough time off school to go.
Donna and Jeffrey hosted a wonderful Thanksgiving meal.  But it was all about the puppies this year!
Thomas and Ringo.
Thomas with Bailey, Dexter, Ringo, and Stella.  Obviously, treats are universal.

The cousins - Taylor (14), Thomas (15), Brennan (almost 14), Ellie (almost 11)

Bailey very much enjoyed getting to "go bye-bye" with us.  He slept on a pillow, covered with his blanket, on my lap the entire drive.  Spoiled.
Grandma's house is so cozy.

And finally, David's co-worker sent us this photo at the end of the month.  Thomas, working at the children's museum, helping their daughters up the climbing wall.  Thomas has earned 14 hours of training time on the climbing wall - 6 more and he can do work it solo.  He really enjoys his part-time job!

Hope you're enjoying the holidays!