Saturday, December 31, 2011

NYE Outfits

So, I was playing on Polyvore the other night-Polyvore and Pinterest have taken up a LOT of my time during my Christmas break!-and I thought, "What would I wear if Mr. P and I had fancy-schmancy plans for NYE?" I "shopped" around on the site and came up with this lovely ensemble:

New Years Eve

In reality, we have plans for dinner with two other couples at our favorite Japanese steakhouse, followed by dessert and ringing in the new year at one of their houses. I am exhausted after the emotional ups and downs of the last few days, so we may even head home before midnight. I really just want to ring in the new year snuggled with Mr. P on my couch at home. Yikes, that makes me feel so old! Oh well, us old folks want what we want! Anyhow, this is the outfit that I'll be wearing for my low-key NYE:

New Year's Eve

Sweater dress, white tee, leggings, boots, and jewelry. I might add a scarf too. Fun and comfy!

I hope that everyone has a safe and happy New Year's Eve!

A Review of 2011


Snow! More snow days than I cared to think about but I did enjoy some time off thanks to the weather.

More snow...and dreaming of spring. And a new blog makeover.


Women of Joy Conference-truly a life changing experience for me. I went with one good friend and some acquaintances from my bible study group. We came home a group of close friends who have seen each other through some rough times and some great times this year. One frantic email or text to these girls, and I know that I will have lots of prayers going up in minutes. I am so thankful that I was given the opportunity to attend this great event, and we are making plans to go again in 2012.


(This is not our travel trailer-the only picture I have of it was on my old phone.Oops!)

First camping trip in our new travel trailer. The first of many fun trips over the spring and summer! 


Trip to Denver to my cousin's wedding. We stayed in Evergreen, and explored the town of Golden while we were there. Beautiful wedding, fabulous reception, a wonderful weekend!


A shopping trip with the girls, a conference in Lexington, more camping and golf…and I worked a little bit too!


We began the month on a very scary note  for my family, but we were reminded once again of the power of prayer and the goodness of family and friends.

Once the family was on the road to recovery, we spent several days here:

By the end of the month, we celebrated at our annual family reunion/church picnic and gave thanks for the recovery of my uncle and cousins.


School days, school days


At the end of the month, we went on our last camping trip of the year was a big one-5 families, 13 kids and 10 adults. We had a blast at the annual Fall Festival which included hay rides, a costume contest (our group was the Smurfs-and they won!), and lots of bonfires and smores!


Attended a conference in Little Rock, Arkansas, actually it was the best education conference that I have ever attended. If you are an educator and you have a chance to attend a PLC Conference by Solution Tree and Rick and Becky DuFOur, don't hesitate to go. It had a huge impact on me and how I approach my job.

We stayed here, and I got to see these cute little guys parade through the lobby each day.  


Another great family celebration with some long lost relatives. We never would have found them if it wasn’t for the awful wreck in July. For the full story, read here.


Lots of Christmas celebrations with family and friends including our annual trip to Lexington to see our neice in The Nutcracker and a trip to Nashville with friends to see the Opryland Hotel.

Another year is coming to a close, and I’m looking forward to 2012!

Prayers Answered

Great news late yesterday afternoon-arteriogram showed no blockages, just some fluid around the heart, and they didn’t have to put a stent in. So it’s medicine, therapy, and a change of diet for my daddy. Praise God!! Thank you all for your prayers. As we were driving home last night, I reflected on how many people showed their support to us through Facebook, texting, emails, blog world, and, oh yeah, some good old fashioned phone calls too! Like many other people, sometimes I worry how “high tech” our world can get, but we were able to use all of those devices to get the word out to family and friends. As a result, we had so many people praying for us and lifting us up yesterday and we truly felt those prayers. God is good, all the time!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Prayers Needed

I was working on a 2011 in Pictures post last night when I received a frantic phone call from Mama. My dad went in for a doctors appointment yesterday because he had been short of breath the last few days. The doctor immediately sent him over to the hoitalmand scheduled a stress test for this morning. Results of the stress test indicate that he may have congenital heart failure, so he is having an arteriogram/heart cath this afternoon and possibly a stent put in. So we are sitting here in the hospital playing the waiting game right now. Please keep my daddy in your prayers.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year dear blogging world! I hope that everyone had as lovely of a Christmas as we did here at Chez Putter. It’s always a busy three days for us, but it is filled with family, friends, and food so it’s all worth it. Here’s a little Christmas recap for you…

Christmas Eve
We headed south bright and early on Christmas Eve to spend time with my family. We arrived at my parents’ house, unloaded the food and presents and spent some time with them before heading out to an early church service. We went to services here, and it was a beautiful service with a great message. After church, we headed back to Mama and Daddy’s house for a great meal of prime rib roast, ham, corned beef, potato casserole, squash casserole, rolls, corn salad, macaroni and cheese, green beans, and strawberry salad. It was a lovely meal topped off with a yummy selection of desserts-red velvet cake, coconut cake, Toll House pie, and Hershey Bar cake.

Our group for dinner included my parents, my brother and SIL, my niece Katie, Mr. P and me, my uncle Joe, one of my brother’s friends, and one of my brother’s fellow policemen. With my brother being a cop, sometimes he has to work on the holidays and Mama always invites anyone from his shift to stop by if they can. So we usually have at least one police car parked at my parents’ house on the holidays, and sometimes as many as 3 or 4. My brother didn't have to work this year, but we still had one policeman with us. Luckily, the neighbors know my brother so they never think that we have any trouble on Thanksgiving or Christmas!

After dinner, we sat around and just enjoyed each other’s company for a while before Mr. P and I headed home with my brother and his family. They have a little apartment built onto their house, so we stay with them when we are in town. We sat up and talked with them for a little while before turning in for the night. 

Christmas Morning

We were up early and headed back over to my parents’ house with my brother and his family for gift opening and Christmas breakfast. We had a lot of fun during the gift opening. Mr. P and I had selected some unique, special gifts for my dad and my brother and it was such a treat to watch them open the gifts. After the gift-opening, we sat down to our annual Christmas breakfast of ham, cheese grits, hash brown casserole, breakfast casserole, and strawberry salad. Yummy! We always have so much food on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, but Mama fixes all of us kids up with lots of to-go containers so we have the leftovers to eat after Christmas. And Mr. P and I have certainly enjoyed ours yesterday and today!

Christmas Afternoon

After breakfast, Mr. P and I packed up the vehicle and headed back home. We made a stop at home for a little while to unload and unpack. We also took some time to open our gifts from each other during this time. There’s nothing better than sitting together in front of our fireplace and the Christmas tree as we open each other’s gifts. I don't even care that much about the gifts at that point, it's just nice for us to have some quiet time together.

After that, we headed over to his parents’ house to spend the rest of the day with his parents and his sister and her family. After the gift opening and dinner, we ended the night by playing a board game. It was men vs. women in Trivial Pursuit this year, and the women prevailed!

Day after Christmas

It’s one more family celebration for us on the 26th with my mother-in-law’s family.  They live about 2 hours away and my mother-in-law and her brother alternate hosting each year. This was her year to host, so we didn’t have to make the drive but we did offer to help out with food. So I was up early on the 26th to make lasagna, appetizer cheese bake, and a Toll House pie. One more round of food and gifts ensued—I swear I was absolutely waddling by last night!

Luckily, my nieces and nephews received the JustDance 3 game for the Wii, so last evening we took turns at a dance off. I surprised the nieces and nephews with my prowess in dance-they didn’t realize that I had 20+ years of ballet, tap, and jazz that helped me earn the top score of the night. It was so much fun and it felt so good to get up and move after all of the food we’ve been eating!

As for today, we have both been relaxing around the house…and I have to confess that I was in my PJs all day. We don’t take these types of days very often but we were both so busy with work this month, then when we finally got some time off it was spent preparing for Christmas and celebrating. But we both have the rest of the week off, so we thought we could take a day for some R & R! It was also cold and rainy, with even some snow mixed in so that made for a perfect day to stay inside.  I wasn’t completely lazy though-I straightened up the house, unloaded the dishwasher, and cleaned out the refrigerator. We also cooked a yummy dinner together of mini burgers with smoked cheddar, garlic fries, and corn salad.

We’re snuggled in for the night-Miss Sunny is curled up in the basement and we are relaxing upstairs. I'm getting ready to head into the kitchen to fix a cup of coffee with my new Keurig coffeemaker that my thoughtful staff gave me last week. I'm already totally addicted to it...and so is Mr. P!

Have a great night!