Saturday, February 28, 2009

Get Away Weekend

The family went to Pigeon Forge for a long weekend. We reserved three rooms at the Inn at the Christmas Place for Friday-Sunday. The Inn is gorgeous. The rooms are beautifully decorated and have lots of space with nice soft beds, although the pillows left something to be desired. When you walk into the lobby, there is a door man to greet guests and you're immediately but subtlely enclosed in the sounds and smells of Christmas, which you might think would be off-putting outside the Christmas season, but it draws you in and immediately makes you feel warm, toasty and comfortable.
There are two lobbies, an upper lobby where you check-in and a lower lobby where they have story time and visits with Santa in the evenings, along with milk and cookies.

They serve a full breakfast each morning and have about 4 differant coffee's all day in the lobby...including Barnie's Santa's White Christmas, which is one of my favorites.

Right next door is a Starbucks and the Flying Carousel Restaurant, both of which we frequented the first night.

We also had dinner at the Old Mill Restaurant on Saturday night....did some shopping...and took the boys to the new Adventure Quest, which is now in the previous Helicopter Museum location. Alden loved the laser game, where you had to crawl and jump your way through a room of lasers to try and get to the end without being hit.....we all tried this one and you could watch progress on the TV monitor outside the room...hilarious.
I have been wanting to start a Dept 56 Halloween collection for a couple years now and picked up my first two pieces this weekend...well one of them was actually Lemax, but I don't mind blending the two, as both have some awesome pieces. I told Alden to pick out which building he thought we should buy and he picked out a pirate ship, which was from the Lemax Spooky Town collection.
I added a sign and remembered that I had previously purchased a taxi driven by a we are on our way to building the collection to be displayed during October and of course our annual Halloween party. No rhyme or reason to the pieces I've chosen yet, but there will be by the time Oct rolls around.

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Monday, February 16, 2009

Valentine's Day 2009

We gave the babes their Valentine's presents on Friday night as we knew we would all be busy and going in many directions on Saturday. No one minds getting presents a day early. Alden got a Captain Jack Sparrow pistol, candy and chips....Lexi got a beautiful pink pocket book, Tinker Bell sippy cup, candy and chips....Connor got a soft snuggly stuffed puppy, Elmo sippy cup, candy and chips. For Tanesia and Tiffany, they received a silver necklace pendant.

The babies brought us some yummy cookies and you guys.

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Sunday, February 8, 2009

Decorating Goodness

Mom and I went shopping on Saturday and I found some really good buys that I could not resist. Loved the shape of the shade on this accent lamp, and the price at Kirklands was too good to turn down. It has found the perfect place on the credenza table in my office.

For the kitchen, I found two chef plaques at 50% off at HomeGoods....I placed one on top of the refrigerator...still trying to determine the best place for the other.

These two prints were $3.oo each at HomeGoods...I love the old world feel they have.

I bought some greenery and a beautiful mosaic vase....I plan to put the arrangement together sometime this week and will probably use it in the office. Also picked up a set of suitcases that I have to decide where to place.

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