Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Couple of Surprises!

This past weekend was packed full of activities, special surprises and celebrations.  First of all, Abby arrived on Thursday evening to surprise Joe when he returned from a school activity!!  He was totally shocked (and delighted!) to see her!!  :)

Since he had a school holiday on Friday, they were able to enjoy spending the day hanging out together.

Then, that night we hosted a surprise birthday party for Kristi.  Josh blindfolded her and drove her all over town and then took her to a "fine eating establishment" for a special dinner!  :)  When the blindfold was removed, she discovered that any hopes she may have had for a "quiet dinner for two" were dashed!!  ;)  Hopefully, she enjoyed her loud and crazy surprise party just as much!!!

The menu for the night was Baked Salmon, Linguine with Butter and Parmesan Cheese, Roasted Asparagus, Sauteed Green Beans and Buttered Carrots.  Kristi enjoyed eating her birthday dinner on the "You are Special" plate, which is a favorite family tradition.

Scenes from around the table . . . 

We had 15 people around our table!  :)    (It may seem quite full -- but we still had an empty chair that we wish could have been filled by Ashlyn!!  It is hard having her so far away!)

I Love this picture of Abby!  Doesn't she look pretty??

Joe "putting away" his second plate of pasta!!!!!!!!  (Oh, what I wouldn't give for such a high metabolism!!!)  ;)

Unbelievably, the temps actually fell to the freezing mark -- so we took advantage of the rare opportunity to build a fire in the fireplace!!

There is something so special about having a fire!

After dinner, the guys did the dishes and cleaned up the kitchen!!!  Hooray for men with dishpan hands!!!  ;)

Then it was time for cake!  I made Kristi my famous cheesecake!

Topped with blueberries or cherries . . . 

Or both!!!  ;)

After dessert and coffee, Kristi opened her presents.

Josh and Kristi also announced their decision to move their wedding up a year -- so wedding planning and preparations will probably be taking up a good bit of space in my mind, on my to-do list and on my blog in the coming months, as we work together to prepare for a May wedding!

And the party continued!

With plenty of random craziness . . . 

Abby's friend, Steph, also came for the weekend, and we enjoyed getting to know her!!  Hopefully, we didn't scare her away with our Loud and Crazy ways!!!!  ;)

So thankful for an amazing, memorable weekend!  


Hannah said...

last weekend was awesome!! :) I hope Abby and Steph come again soon. and I can't believe J&K are getting married in May!! o_O

Anonymous said...

Hm...Where do I evennnnn begin?!?! This weekend was absolutely perfect, and I am beyond glad that you blogged about it because it just helps me remember the memories! :) Also, the pics you took were great, and I'm going to steal a lot of them! lol Thank you for your super sweet comment about me looking pretty! That was very kind! :) What can I say? I absolutely love my second family...and second mom, and HOPE to be back soon with Steph if they ever let me leave work during Christmas time! ;)

P.S. I'm kind of SUPER excited that Josh and Kristi are getting married in May!!! Ahhh!!! I'm a hopeless romantic! CAN'T WAIT!!! :)


Whiddon Family said...

Hello Mrs. Ours,

Thank you for posting so many pictures of your family enjoying a great time together! It looks like everyone really enjoys being together.

Family times are such a treasure to have.~

God bless you and your family. I hope that y'all have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas!

Oh and congratulations to Josh and Kristi! How exciting!


Rebecca's Refining said...

Wow! What an awesome weekend! And, so many surprises! What an exciting time at your house! :)

I am eager to read about more exciting details and events in the days to come!

Donna G. said...

Welcome to the Wedding Planning club! So much to learn; so little time. =) I'm sure Josh and Kristi's wedding will be a blessing to all of you.

Mrs. Stam said...

How fun, and a MAY wedding, how exiting!!!

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