Thursday, November 27, 2008

Giving Thanks!

There is so much to be thankful for this year!  BellaRose tops the list indeed.  I am grateful for this reminder of being thankful.  It is so very easy to get caught up in the day to day life and stress and to overlook how truly blessed we all are.  I am thankful for my wonderful husband and for his strength, I am thankful for my family who love us so passionately and deeply, I am thankful for my friends who stand by me daily, I am thankful to be home for the holidays and for BellaRose to begin her own traditions, I am thankful for the ability both physically and financially to cook this thanksgiving dinner and open our home to our friends.  I am thankful for the heat that just turned on and the cider simmering on the stove. I am thankful for Christmas music and my new sink!  I am thankful for a good cup of coffee and a kiss from BellaRose.  I am thankful for warm mixed nuts with rosemary and shallots and sweet potatoes and all the other trimmings.
I am thankful! 

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Farm dreams

Last week BellaRose and I went with Annie and Will to Annie's friend's house who has chickens.  She also has 50+ baby chicks that all fit in a little kiddie pool in her garage.  They were the cutest little things!  I know it is Worth's dream to have chickens one day.  Not something this Atlanta girl ever expected in her future, but if my dreams include a barn and a beautiful Hanoverian Warmblood then they might as well include some chickens too!  Will and BellaRose got to get some eggs from the chicken house and they made for some delicious eggs in the morning.  B-Rosey was a little freaked about the chickens at first and would much rather have played with the tractors but she came around eventually.

The leaves are all on the ground now, snow has fallen from gray skies, that means only one thing.  It is time.  Time for what you ask?  It is time for our annual Christmas Vacation Christmas Party, people!  Come on come all to our home December 6th after the Black Mountain Christmas Parade for the Grant Family Christmas Party.  It is THE only way to get the Christmas season started off with a bang.  Get your Clark Griswold and Cousin Eddie quotes ready and bring your blankets because we are watching it on the side of the house again!

BellaRose enjoying the fall foliage.  Such a sweetie Baby.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Courtney and Paul got married this weekend!  It was such a beautiful wedding.  It was a little chilly, but beautiful none the same.  Courtney was a gorgeous bride and Paul was a handsome groom, and as you can see the view was not bad either.  One of the coolest things they did was have a candy bar for the guest gifts, it was a hit!  It was a fun filled, event filled weekend.  I think that we were all exhausted on Sunday.  I did not have a camera so I am stealing some from Kim.  Thanks Kim!  Courtney and Paul are off on their honeymoon in Antigua or Anguilla, one of those.  No matter where it is, all I know is that I want to be there too!  Maybe not necessarily "with" them, but you know what I mean!

There is so much I want to share with you, and most of the sharing involves pictures and yet again I am left camera-less as Worth has the camera on another hunting adventure, which turned up fruitless (or I should say deer-less) the last time.  I guess it leaves me with more to blog about next time!  I would like to give a shout out to 2 of my bestest friends in the whole world, Annie and Becky.  They both celebrated their birthday on Sunday.  Annie is one whole year older then Becky, and as I told Annie before they are really not birthdays that are much cause for celebrating!  Just Kidding, come on people, any birthday is cause for celebrating.  I hope I can with them soon, very soon.  Happy Birthday dear friends.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Findings with a Toddler

~Found my keys in the pouch on the water heater meant for papers regarding water heater
~Found BellaRose bouncing on her changing table after she climbed up on changing table
~Found a strand of my hair bound tightly around her toe
~Found her lip busted after she fell flat
 on her face running in the leaves
~Found side of her nose bleeding when I came home from the gym
~Found She had written all over the computer desk with pencil. Hello Magic eraser
~Found water all in my shoe after she spilled her water bottle
 ~Found that if I tell her "no" and stomp my feet like I am coming to get her she stops action that I said "No" about
~Found you never know what to expect when you go looking for BellaRose
~Found that most doors in our little 
house are closed because of never knowing what to expect
~Find that I never sit down during the day
~Trying to find my sanity, and loving it all (most of the time)

Monday, November 10, 2008

A blue eyed boy meets a brown eyed girl....

.......the sweetest thing (thank you Bono)
Worth and I had the most lovely weekend getaway to Valle Crucis, NC (just outside of Boone).  We stayed at The Taylor House Inn.
I have worked at the Taylor House when I was waiting tables and have always wanted to stay there.  It certainly met my expectations.  I just like the personalization and hospitality of staying in a B&B.  Saturday evening we ate at The Mast Farm Inn.  Yet another place that I have always wanted to go.  The food was outstanding.  They have a set menu and Saturday nights menu was Chicken Pot Pie, which I don't care for in real life, but LOVED this go round.  This was such a wonderful getaway because we had no agenda and nothing to do!  Perfect.  My mom stayed here with BellaRose and played with the duckies at the park.  Thank you SO much!

Friday, November 07, 2008

A little Math

WORTH                                                               PLUS+                              SUNDAY

PLUS+ an amazing fall wedding day 5 years ago!


Tomorrow Worth and I will celebrate our 5 years of marriage.  The 5th anniversary is what..... platinum, .... golden,...... diamonds?  Hey I like that!  It is hard to believe that 5 years has already gone by so fast.  I will tell you that I married the Great Love of my life, and I will tell you that he is a Godly, strong man, but I will also be realistic and tell you it is hard at times.  We don't always like each other, and we argue, but we are always deeply in love and committed to one another first and foremost!  We swore before you and God that we would love each other til death due us part and we mean that even in times when we think "how could it be possible".  We are committed to BellaRose and raising her up to be a good,  and considerate person.  We are so thankful for these last 5 years and all that it is has taught us.  We are thankful for all the influences in our life.  We would not be who we are without you.  Thank you for sharing in this journey with us and we look forward to the rest of our life together.  

Monday, November 03, 2008

Good times

The time change is really throwing us off.  Who knew that just an hour would rock us this much.  BellaRose woke up at her normal time of 6:30 but it was really 5:30.  That is a little rough when I only had just gone to bed, or so it seemed to me, since that was at 12:30 am.  With little rest and a desire to be outside we met up with Matt and Margaret and hit up the parkway to go to Graveyard Fields.  The trip was short lived as BellaRose had taken no nap either!  We still were able to walk around a little and just the drive alone and hanging with Matt and Margaret was enough.  This picture of Margaret is her 19 1/2 weeks preggars.  Isn't she just the cutest?  They find out on Friday what they are having!  What do you think?

Here are some of the snow pictures I spoke of on the last post.  Check out BellaRose throwing the snowball.  Worth I believe was asking her to throw the snowball to him but as you can see her aim is a little off.  
I am now making cookies because Katie told me to!