30 December 2008

Christmas Take 2

Mr. and Mrs. Clause

Whitney & David working on the puzzle

The Anderson North Pole!

The stocking where hung

Christmas Day David picked me up from work with the car packed full of gifts, the dog in tow, and ready to go! We traveled to Atlanta to spend time with the Anderson's. We opened gifts the next morning and had a great breakfast. This year we had a little stocking hung by ours for "baby Anderson." We received gifts for the baby and now have baby things at our house for the first time! One of our favorite gifts was a stroller for the baby, which we can't wait to use. Everyone completed the traditional Harley Davidson puzzle late on the December 26th. For Christmas dinner, David's mom and aunt made his grandmother's potato salad (which I wish I could get the recipe for) among other things. I couldn't help but to think forward to next Christmas, when there will be 3 little ones!

22 December 2008

Christmas Take 1

My mom
David and me at my mom's house
Our Tree

Tree skirt

A is for Anderson

This year I feel as though I have tried my hardest to slow down and enjoy the season. Every year I say I will have all my shopping done weeks before Christmas, but you can guess that expectation never gets met! This year I work Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Honestly, working is NOT as bad as being home alone with the dog and cat like David will be:( I will never forget the 1st Christmas we were married, I worked and David went to Waffle House alone for breakfast on Christmas morning! That brings tears to my eyes again! I know the babies need nurses on Christmas too, but it doesn't make leaving my husband alone any easier.
Anyhow, this year we celebrated with mom the weekend before Christmas. We made the traditional breakfast complete with chocolate gravy my grandmother used to make. Mom nailed it right on the head this year, which is hard to do since there is "no recipe." We later went to see "Four Christmases." She will be spending Christmas in New York this year. I must say it sounds fun and hope to do it some day! The following day we spent with my mom's brothers and their families. I have a large extended family when you start counting cousins, aunts, and uncles! It was the first time I had seen them since we announcing that I'm expecting. It was great to see everyone and catch up! Later, we met up with Stephen and Jessica and went to the Transiberian Orchestra concert. Wow, bring your sunglasses....this groups loves laser lights and flames! It was great!

17 December 2008

The Nutcracker...

This year my mom and I went to the Nashville Ballet Nutcracker. Looking back, I can't believe I had never been before now. I danced from the time I was three until I was eighteen, so as you can imagine I loved it! This year they had new costumes and a new set. We sat in the 4th row from the Nashville Symphony Orchestra-fabulous seats! We were so close we could see the dancers breathing. The ages of the dancers ranged from around 4 years old and up. I hope to go again next year. There are few more showing this season if you can make it! I hope to make it a tradition to go every Christmas.

12 December 2008

Let it Snow Let it Snow Let it Snow

Moli doesn't quite get why it so cold!

Alex "coloring" in the snow

What a wonderful surprise to have snow before Christmas! The snow was a perfect end to a great day of baking with my Mom yesterday.

07 December 2008

Oh baby!

We are expecting a stork delivery soon! I'm pregnant! David and I are thrilled! I am currently 14 weeks pregnant, which is 3 months and couple weeks. We will be expecting baby girl or baby boy Anderson around June 6th. Just shy of our 3rd anniversary. We can't wait to find out whether we should start shopping for blue or pink baby things. We surprised our families with the news around Halloween. I'm now in my second trimester and starting to feel better. However, I still dread the incubators early in the morning at work! That seems to be my trigger. I haven't had any crazy cravings...just salty foods. I usually go for the chocolate, but lately just pass the salt!

Turkey for Two - times 2

We started Thanksgiving this year the weekend before the actual day. We traveled to Atlanta and enjoyed David's parents cooking. David and his Dad deep fried a turkey, which I had only seen them doing in pictures, which was great. We enjoyed catching up with everyone and playing with our favorite niece- that is until March, when we will have two favorite nieces! We left Atlanta to rush home and spot clean before we had a showing of our townhouse.

We celebrated Thanksgiving again with my mom in White Bluff. Mom cooked a delicious dinner and an even better (much requested) chess pie. My dad actually joined us for dinner, before he rushed off for this second Thanksgiving dinner with my grandad. We watched the Macy's Parade followed by another Titan Victory. I was trying to sneak in little bits of the dog show during commercials! Alex stayed with my mom when we were in Atlanta, so I was thrilled to bring him back home and see him. Well, I was glad until Alex got "sick" right as we picked up our forks to eat! Perfect timing Alex!

In between all the Thanksgivings, David and I found time to celebrate my 27th birthday at the Palm. I think the Palm is becoming one of my favorite places to eat! Yum! Anyhow, David gave me a Wii for my birthday. It is a blast. We are loving having friends over to play.