November 29, 2010


The year was 1621 when the Native Americans and Pilgrims of Plymouth, Massachusetts gathered together in celebration and friendship. 389 years later… J, my brother Kyle and I continued the yummy tradition. I prepped some of the food Wednesday evening but still had to wake up early on Thursday to get things into the oven and crockpot. By 2:30 that afternoon Thanksgiving dinner was served. We gobbled down turkey, cornbread dressing, mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole, biscuits and pumpkin chiffon pie for dessert! I was slightly disappointed in my cooking skills this year. While I’m much better than my pre-marriage days, this meal was not my best. The turkey was very Griswold family-esque, drier than a burnt bush, and my homemade cornbread dressing would have lost to Stove Top in a taste test. Luckily, J and Kyle were so hungry they didn’t seem to mind.

Saturday, November 27th, we had a group of friends over to watch the LSU vs. Arkansas game. That group included one of my best friends from high school and college, Miss Kiersten Rogers! She was in town for the holidays visiting from Denver, Colorado. It was wonderful to see her and I was sad she had to leave so soon. Despite the Tigers 31-23 loss, it was a great night. I suppose Coach Les Miles’ luck and magic had to run out sometime and a 10-2 season sure ain’t bad! It was nearly 1am before we finished the umpteenth round of the game Taboo and the last guest left for home.

J and I had such a special Thanksgiving weekend with family and friends. We are both so thankful for the blessings God continues to give us. We hope you and your family had a happy turkey day too!


November 19, 2010


Joshua Blair turned 29 on November 12th!  Can't believe that next year will be the big 3-0!  To celebrate his special day we headed an hour and a half East to Biloxi, Mississippi.  I had booked a room for the evening at the Beau Rivage.  After stuffing ourselves on crab legs at the buffet, we caught a Blues Traveler concert.  I had never seen them live before but J had in college.  After the concert we met up with my brother Kyle who had driven over from Pensacola, Florida.  The gambling ensued, mostly roulette, into the wee hours of the evening.  Kyle was the only lucky one to come out on top.  As the saying goes, gambling is the sure way of getting nothing for something.  Before we knew it, check-out time had arrived and the 3 of us piled into our cars and headed back to NOLA.  It was wonderful to have Kyle stay with us for the rest of the weekend.  We went to the movies and saw The Social Network (loved it!), had dinner at Theo's Neighborhood Pizza (very yummy!), and ran around City Park with Bayou.  It was a fun filled birthday weekend for J!