We made the trek down to Port Charlotte for a little pre-Christmas celebration with my dad and sister. The weather was beautiful, the food divine, and we just enjoyed being together! Here are some pictures:
My dear friend, Holly, took me to lunch today for my birthday as she does every year (so sweet!) and so I snapped this picture of us outside the restaurant. Good hair day, if I do say so myself! Lol! And I really liked the way our table on the back porch turned out, so I'm including a picture here. Merry almost Christmas everyone!!
Today was our church's Christmas service, and it was the first year we didn't have everyone together for it, and I believe it probably won't be the last. So, I cherish the years we all went to this service together, and for the time this year we spent with Nathan & Nicole. Here's picture from that time.
We had a quick 48 hour visit with our dear friends, Scott & Laura Hoffman, and we packed it in! We picked them up from the Clearwater Airport on Thursday and whisked them away to our hotel, The Inn at Little Harbor. We checked in, got settled, and then they joined us for re|engage - the marriage ministry we lead at our church on Thursday nights. It was great to introduce them to our re|engage family and enjoy an evening of ministry together! Then yesterday we went out for a scrumptious birthday brunch, walked around the beach area a bit, took naps, and then had a lovely birthday dinner at the restaurant at the hotel. It was a beautiful sunset, yummy food, and I think one of the best desserts I've ever had! Then today we walked around a little, checked out of the hotel, and took them back to the airport. Like I said, a whirlwind visit, but we made precious memories together. Here are some pictures we have from our time together. The last picture is a meme I saw the other day that cracked me up so I thought I'd share it here. Enjoy!
My birthday isn't for another 2 days, but we will be spending it with the Hoffman's for her birthday as well (since it is the same as mine), so we celebrated early with the kids tonight! We had everyone's favorite for dinner - pizza!!! And then my favorite - present time! So grateful for my loving family!!
Isn't Nicole adorable with her Santa headband and light up Christmas sweater? Love it!! And I liked the way our little alcove by the front door turned out. And yesterday, my friend, Dawn, invited me and our mutual friend, Nicole, to lunch for our birthdays which are both this month. So sweet of her! A good time was to be had by all. :-)
Here's the finished product of our outdoor Christmas lights!! I'm realizing it would look great to have our 2 ligustrum trees on either side of our sidewalk lit up, too, but oh well! I'm still very happy with it! And I'm even happier about the finished mug rack! I know I already shared a picture of it, but I ordered a stencil to put above it and wanted to share the finished product! Thank you, Tim, for making that for me!! So grateful for my husband!
You'll usually see a picture around this time of year of me with my best friend from college, Sheryl (aka Weasel) because we always try to get together sometime between her birthday (Nov 17) and my birthday (Dec 18). By the way - she had that nickname in college because she would always playfully call people weasels, so we all just gave her that nickname! Well, this year, we included our men, and am so glad we did! The 4 of us all get along so well - we had a fabulous time together! We went to lunch half way between Orlando (where they live) and us, and then drove around Lake Alfred looking at vacant lots and dreaming about building homes together there. There's a 99% chance that is not going to happen, but it was fun to dream! Here's a couple of pictures I took.
Each year, our church holds a Christmas coffee and accepts donations for their benevolence fund that they use throughout the next year. This year, Nicole and Abby and Abby's mom (who I'm friends with) came and we all got to sit together! I might have mentioned before that Abby is a college volleyball player. Do you think she has the height? I also snapped this picture of Nicole and me with our church's prayer Pastor, Fiona, whom we adore. It was a very lovely evening!
Tim & Jodie