Monday, December 31, 2012

Our Christmas

I know Christmas is almost a week in the rear view mirror, but I'm just now getting around to posting about it.  I'm not good about taking photos at Christmas celebrations (apparently), so I have to make due with the few I have from my camera and the rest are all iphone photos.

On Christmas Eve, we went to my grandparents' house (my Mom's side of the family).  There are lots and lots of kids there. 

After we got back home, it was time for a little Christmas Eve Birthday Celebration for Miss Milly.  She turned 6!!

unwrapping her presents...

she got a minnie mouse and a new bed

We had a candlelight church service at 6:00
(iphone pic)
We have a new pastor and had a really great service.  They rang the church bell 26 times for those who died at Newtown fairly early on in the service, so I spent the majority of the rest of the time not being a complete weepy mess. 
After church we went to our annual Christmas Eve gathering at the Henleys' house.  Not that I have any photos to prove it!
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care...
On Christmas morning, the weather went from rain, to sleet, to snow fairly quickly.  After Dad got home from work, we opened our stockings.
Patiently waiting to open stockings...
The pups really get into it...
Both got a Tech pillow pet...
(iphone pic)
Opening presents
Mom opening her new ipad
My Meme came over for lunch (again, no photographic proof), and we watched as it began to snow.
The beginning of snow...
She hates rain, but this polar pup loves the snow!
A few hours later...
(iphone pic)
We took Meme home about 4:30 and had to use 4 wheel drive, so I knew my plans to come back to McKinney were off for the night.
I got a couple of new lenses for my camera.  Here, I'm playing around with my new 50 mm lens.
Love this shot of Lola!
Milly snuggled up in her new bed with MY new throw.
I got the throw for Christmas, but Milly loved it so much, I let her have it.
(iphone pic)
So that was our Christmas!  Hope you had a great one too!
P.S.  The weathermen claim that if snow isn't on the ground when you wake up, then it doesn't count as a White Christmas, but since this is Texas and it doesn't happen all that often, I'm counting any snow on Christmas Day as a White Christmas!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Chihuly Nights

As you may recall, I went to see the Chihuly exhibit back in October.  I decided at the time that I really wanted to see it at night as well.  My uncle bought us tickets back in November to go and see it on December 177th.  A couple of days before, I texted him "What's the plan for Monday night (Chihuly)?"  I got back a "OMG!  I'm going to be out of town!".  But his wife and girls and I went anyway.

It was really neat to see these sculptures in a different light (literally).  We watched a few minutes of the video they were showing, and I found it amazing that he said that each individual piece of glass has to be sculpted and molded in 4 minutes.  I guess if it takes longer than that, then the glass gets too cold to work with. 

Sorry for the picture overload!

This house is on the arboretum grounds (and obviously isn't an actual home anymore)
 We went inside to see over 500 nativities on display
Adorable girls!
 Here's a sampling of the nativities...

I couldn't resist taking a pic of the dog nativity.
Notice that the baby Jesus dog looks an awful lot like Lola!

Now for the Chihuly pieces...


It's funny because I really expected to be blown away by the exhibit at night.  Don't get me wrong, it was beautiful, but it was THAT much more amazing than in the day.  In fact, some pieces (the boats) were actually better in the day (in my opinion).  I would say that if I had to tell someone to go day or night, I probably would recommend the day.
I'm so happy the arboretum got this exhibit (and that it got extended for a couple of extra months so I could get back and see it after dark).  I would love for this to become a permanent exhibit at the arboretum.  It really adds something special!


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