Sunday, December 20, 2009

Holiday Carols

Sisters Deanna and Kari.

For about five years now two musically gifted young ladies in our church, Kari and Emmy, organize a Christmas musical program that has become one of our Christmas tradition highlights. There are many hours of planning and practicing that go into this wonderful and memorable evening. This year our granddaughter, Ashley, was asked to sing The First Noel. Kari and Emmy have a knack for including various singers, instrumentalists and a variety of Christmas songs. Each year boasts a special flare all its own. Thanks, Kari and Emmy and each performer, we do not take for granted all you do to make this such a blessing to each and every one of us!!

Matt singing...Kari and Jason in the background.

Group performing.

Daddy Tim and son Adam singing a duet (so cute)

Ashley singing The First Noel.

Sisters Amber and Ashley.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Williamsburg, Virginia

When we moved to Virginia in 1984 we spent our first family vacation in Williamsburg, VA in July to celebrate Independence Day. We have gone often for many, many years usually in December or February. There are less tourists in February if you desire a slower pace. We have seen it grow leaps and bounds since our first stay there. We can tell you all the best places to shop and dine and which hotels are the best.

One of our favorite things to do is to visit the candlelight concerts in the Bruton Parish. They take up an offering but basically there is no charge to attend. Of course we visit "our" candy shop and get our favorite almond bark. We go through the many shops and leisurely stroll down the colonial streets.

We would highly recommend this area for your family vacation or a couple's get-a-way retreat. You won't come away disappointed!

This huge Yankee Candle store has something for everyone...even "snow" falling.

The quaint little town of colonial Williamsburg decorated for Christmas.

In the colonial days parishiners sat in these cubicles during church.

Our balcony spot looking on to the opposite balcony.

We always buy white and dark chocolate almond bark at this candy store!

They don't make church doors like they use to :)

Looking down from Bruton Parish balcony