I only stitch on days that end in "y".

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful holiday season and wish everyone a happy new year.

We just returned late last night from spending Christmas with all 4 of our kids (and DD's BF) at DS's in Atlanta.  For a couple of those days we drove to TN for some hiking and camping (some in tents and DH and I in a motel room) in the Smoky Mountains.

We had a great time and enjoyed being together, eating out, everyone contributing at least some to the cooking, some walking around Atlanta, the Georgia Tech campus, going to a museum at Emory, etc.  DS took us for a tour or his lab.  (He's working toward his PhD in Physics.)  I wish I could understand more of what he was telling us about his work (I just shook my head and said, "Uh huh" a lot.)  He just lights up when he talks about it;  it's so good to see him excited about what he's doing.

No stitching while I was gone but I did get to check out a LNS in Marietta, GA.  (Since I don't have a LNS here, I try to visit one when I travel.)  I mentioned going to Dixie Darling when we were in TN but it just didn't work out this trip.

One thing I really enjoyed about this trip was the cold weather.  It had been about 80 here before we left.  It got down to the high 20's while we were in the mountains.  Ahhhhhh!!!  When we hiked it was a little warmer and we were all bundled up.  (Ironically, right after we left Texas, it got cold here too.  lol!)

Since we got home so late last night, I spent some time in the kitchen today.  I made some sides, fruit salad, and an apple pie for tonight's dinner and DS (the undergrad student one) is making the main dish (some kind of pork chops).  DH is making some roasted potatoes to add to the meal.  It should be a feast!

I'll leave you with a few pictures.

Happy stitching!


Christmas dinner with most of us.  DD's BF is from Scotland and he had crackers for all of us to open.  The crowns were in the crackers.  The guy in the red shirt is a friend of DS's.

Homemade pizza night.

Hiking at Smoky Mountains

Abrams Falls in Cades Cove in the Smoky Mountains


Nikki said...

It looks like you had a grand time Rita...being with family makes all the difference.


Margaret said...

Aw, that's just so great that you got to be all together for the holidays! My step-brother is at Georgia Tech too! lol! Love seeing the pics! And the sampler in your header -- whoa! It's wonderful! What is it? I'd love to know. I love what it says at the top!

Rita said...

You're so right about spending time with family!

Thanks, Margaret! The sampler is from a designing contest held by Woman's Day way back in the 80's. It appeared both in an issue of their magazine and also was in a book where they published a collection of some of the designs entered in the contest. I think the book said something about "award winning samplers with Woman's Day in the title. I've seen it a time or two at Half Price Books.

It says "Children & snowflakes are never the same" (SO true! lol!)

The woman who designed it lived in MI where we lived at the time. I can even remember once seeing people cross country skiing outside our front window while living there.

It was designed for 3 children and we had 3 when I started...but before finishing, we had another child so I changed things a bit. The dog even looks like the dog we had back then and we had a big spruce tree in our front yard.

It's solidly stitched and probably the biggest bap (although I didn't know that term back then) I'd stitched up to that point.