Saturday, December 10, 2016

The Winning Ticket

Buy tickets year after year to benefit Coastal Plain CASA and you just might win a playhouse one day!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Birthday Boy

Happy birthday to the fella who turned us into parents 37 years ago!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Office Party

E.W. and I hosted the office Christmas party tonight; what a delight to break bread and spend time with these folks. 

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Deck the Halls

Little by little, it's starting to look a lot like Christmas in our home. Here are a few peeks...

On the hutch in the kitchen, greenery with a bow made by my mama,
a small watercolor by my friend, and Worth's third grade Christmas craft.

Merry & Bright on the mantel.

Santa stitching a flag (a gift from Sa) and
a Santa and the flag card (from Sa and Gramps years ago), framed.

Still looking for the Baby Jesus
(sorry for the reference to an inside-the-family joke)

Sweet Holy Family

My great-grandmother's organ, ready for carols.

A close-up of the plate on the organ. It was painted for me by my
grandmother Kate's best friend, Aunt Gussie to me,  in 1961.

This year's version of the tree...

...and this year's special ornament. 

Tiny tree by the front door.

Santa plates, a gift from Linda many years ago,
top the desk my great-grandfather made.
Mary Ann did the watercolor of the Hammack house, where Sa grew up.

Nativity figures, a gift from cousin Livvie, are on top of a china cabinet
that was hers originally. The angel was given to me by
 my sister (cause we married brothers), Sue.

Kate made the blocks, the mantel came out of my great-grandmother's home,
 and I bought the nesting Santas
before I even had children old enough to play with them.

Our home, especially at Christmastime, is a sentimental journey.

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Birthday Girl

December 3rd was a pretty exciting day for our family all those years ago; happy birthday, sweet Kate!

Friday, December 2, 2016


Last year Ellie was one of the Little Mice in her first Nutcracker performance. This year she's a Toy Doll and an oh, so cute one! 

Flowers from E.W. before the performance.

These two opted to stay home and run wild with a sitter.
Don't let this picture fool you; it was the only moment they were still.
They're already giddy with excitement about Christmas.

Our girl, front and center!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

A Visit with Grannie Rae

The Berryman Five came to see mama today; the boys were a big hit at lunch (not many kids around here!).

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Smooth Move

When mama moved into assisted living last May, her only option was a single room. It's a large room, but still. At that time we put her name on the waiting list for a suite and were told that it would likely be the best part of a year before one became available. She's managed beautifully since then and has been content, saying she has everything she needs. She settled in so well that she wasn't even sure she'd want to move.

A few weeks ago we learned that a suite was available. Well, she took one look at the larger space, separate living and sleeping areas, built-in storage, and better closets and made her decision in a hurry! 

Today I helped her make the move and thanks to the staff that did the heavy lifting, it went smoothly!  


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Date Night

Last night E.W. and I had date night with Emma and Ellie. We had dinner at 41 and Main and then walked across the street to the Tift Theatre for a production of Charlotte's Web; the kids in it did a great job! 

With the two sweetest girls before leaving for 'downtown'. 

E.W. perusing the menu
while Emma got serious with the restaurant's worksheet.

Cracked me up; these two worked hard on these puzzles!
Also, I learned I'm really not that great at tic tac toe.

Waiting for the show to begin!

No photographic evidence of the rest of our evening: a quick bath, a frosty that we'd picked up on the way home, and playing dress-up. Don't be surprised but E.W. was a little more interested in the televised high school games than playing dress-up. 

I've been around littles so much lately that it seemed weird how simple it was to get these girls to bed! Worth and Mack came to pick them up this morning (Ellie had a birthday party) and so the arts and crafts session was a little short but we did have the bonus of getting to see Mack and Worth.

Girls painting, Mack eating.

We're already looking forward to the next time!

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