Sunday, December 02, 2007

The Christmas Season Has Begun

And what better way to celebrate it than with friends and family :o)

Friday night I was 'officially' invited to Faith Ann's, along with Katie, for a girls' night :o) I arrived with Flat Shannon, all dressed in her latest Christmas sweater -

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We were just in awe with all the lovely Christmas decorations. Flat Shannon couldn't help herself and decided to add her touch to the decor -

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I have to say that Faith Ann does not scrimp on details ;o) Katie and I walked into the kitchen and this is what awaited us at the table -

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We even had a menu that outlined the food for the evening!

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And there was food, and LOTS of good food at that ;o) We started with the Warmed Pesto-Artichoke Dip. This truly is delicious! I wish I had known what was coming next because I never would have pigged out on it. LOL!

For dinner we had Chicken Lasagne with Caesar Salad and Garlic Bread (topped with Pesto-Sundried Tomato Seasoning). This was the point where I cursed the fact that I didn't wear my fat pants ;o) To burn off some of those calories, Faith Ann gave us the grand tour of her beautiful home.

Our last stop was her craft room and I stood transfixed as I drooled over her Ice Angel and Angel of Winter (both by L&L). Her pile, and I mean pile, of finished pieces was extremely impressive but I nearly died when I saw her drawer full of hand dyed fabrics! I even asked the girls if they would leave the room for a minute. LOL! It really is neat to look at someone else's stash and it's a great way to get an idea of what these hand dyed fabrics actually look like in person. Again, if I had only worn my fat pants...

Back to the kitchen were we finished things up with dessert ~ Tuxedo Truffle Cake. OMG! If you are wondering why I don't have a picture it's because it got eaten too fast ;o) What a way to end a perfect meal.

After dinner, the party got into full swing! Flat Shannon, and the rest of us, couldn't get enough of the fabulous strawberry drink -

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There was no alcohol, honest! Things got really festive with some Christmas music -

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DH and DS arrived home from the hockey game and I have to say that DS is a-do-ra-ble! I have so much respect for the way that Faith Ann and Katie have raised their sons :o) We finally settled down to our new traditional Christmas movie ~ The Holiday :o) Mmmm-mmm! What better way to end a perfect evening than with eye candy. LOL! Unfortunately I had to finally pack up at 11 pm for my early start the next day. I want to thank Faith Ann for such a wonderful, relaxing and entertaining evening and for no longer making me a Gingher virgin ;o)

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Yesterday DH and I headed to Moncton with my parents to pick up my Gram :o) It was a rough morning. The day was supposed to be sunny but we were surprised with snow squalls as we left the city and a snowstorm as we got closer to Moncton. I seriously think The Weather Channel is just using the dart board system for their weather 'predictions'.

We had a bit of time to do some shopping so I was allowed eleven minutes at the LNS, Because You Count, where I picked up some linen banding and Katie's pooping bird. DH and I went to Mark's Work Warehouse and purchased two new outfits for his new job. He's going to look so handsome :o) After a lunch at Subway (thanks Mom and Dad!) we hit Michael's where I was able to find some ribbon that I needed.

Gram was our last stop and she was all packed and ready to go :o) The 'boys' took Gram's car and us gals rode in the other car. My partying from the night before finally caught up with me and I was zonked by the time we got home. Now a sore throat has settled in and the abscess on my tooth is really bothering me. Believe it or not but I'm actually grateful that my root canal is tomorrow! You may have to listen to my pitiful cries in my next post though ;o) LOL!


Chiloe said...

Seems you had a great time all together !!! Thanks for sharing with us ;-)

Anonymous said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful evening with Faith Ann. That food sounds just scrummy!

Hope the dentist tomorrow goes ok.

Karen said...

wow what super a evening you had, what is Tuxedo Truffle Cake?
Did they have to do a body search before you left the craft room?
what did you buy in your 11 mins lol
sounds like you had a great time

Faith Ann said...

Glad you had a nice time on Friday... I was so happy you both could come over!!

I love the photo story of the evening :)

Good luck tomorrow, I'll be thinking of you. I hope it's not too painful and you're feeling much better afterwards!

Shannon L. said...

Thank you so much for the pics !!! Wow did Flat Shannon ever have a good time :)

(Faith Ann, do an inventory on your stash -quick ! LOL)

I hope you're feeling better by now, and I hope tomorrow goes smoothly, and as pain-free as possible. Hopefully within a couple of days you'll be top notch. And I'm glad to hear the trip to pick up Gram went okay. You are right about the weather channel ! Want some snow ? :P

Karin said...

Sounds like it was a great time!

Julie said...

Hope all goes well for you tomorrow Cathey

Nice evening out

Lori-Ann said...

ok... I have to ask... WHo in tarnation is Flat Shannon and why? ;) Perhaps it is just a fun thing, like my photos of Harrison Rabbit that I took a while back.

11 minutes at the LNS !!!?? ACK! You need to carry a tranquilizer in your purse next time, lol :)hahaha

Hope tomorrow goes well for you!

stitcherw said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time, what a great treat you all had. I've never seen the movie The Holiday, I'll have to look for it. The Christmas movie we make sure to watch every year is an older one Christmas in Conneticut.

Hope your sore throat is better soon, and that the dentist makes your tooth feel better. With all the wonderful treats that are out there this time of year, having a toothache would be extra hard.

Iris said...

Looks like you had a great time together !!!!

Alberta ('Berta) said...

What a wonderful sounding weekend...friends, family, crafting inspirations favorite...awesome sounding food! Tuxedo Truffle mouth is watering just at the thought of a wee morsel!

Savor your memories while in the dentist office!

Ranae said...

woohoo! Sounds and looks like lots of fun. Thanks for sharing

Paisley said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! I love all your pictures, especially Flat Shannon in her Christmas sweater! Too funny!

Irene said...

WOW Sounds like a lovely evening, wonderful dinner and The Holiday is a great movie !!

Rachel S said...

How cute! Looks like y'all had fun!