Monday, February 27, 2012

Is it Spring Yet???

I am so ready for spring!!! The weather has been lovely lately and I wish it would just stay like this! I am totally over being cold and can't wait for everything to turn green again!! Aren't you??
This weekend was packed with fun things, although it started out on a sad note. After work on Friday I attended the visitation of my great great Aunt Lucille. She was my dad's mother's sister. I didn't know her very well but that didn't make it any less sad. She was the last of 4 sisters and lived to be 94 years old! I hope I have some of those genes in me! Despite the solemn occasion, it was nice to be able to see the McCreless side of my family. Becky and Pat, Aunt Lucille's daughters, gave my dad a picture of him and my uncle when they were little. Apparently they liked to dress the boys up---it was too cute and funny.
After the visitation, Forrest and I went to the Smith's for a Breakfast for Dinner party. I was expecting pancakes and waffles, but Julie went over and beyond! She had amazing deviled eggs, prosciutto and ham biscuits,  and salmon topped cucumbers to start, shrimp and grits for our main course, and french toast bread pudding for dessert. They also served mimosas and Bloody Marys, along with orange jello shots. They really out did themselves!!! I had so much fun I didn't even think to take any pictures of us or of Julie's wonderful food!! The most exciting part of the evening was when Mamatha announced that she and Anu were expecting a baby this August! Hooray! Congrats to the Gandhis!!
On Saturday Forrest and I were determined to take advantage of the lovely weather, so we started the day off with a long walk with the dogs. It felt wonderful to to be exercising outside! It has been too cold to get a good walk in and we were starting to feel stir crazy!! Afterwards, we went to Eloise LeBlanc's baptism. I was so honored to be invited to the ceremony! As always, Eloise was perfectly behaved! Afterwards we went back to the LeBlanc's to celebrate with the family. I am so glad that we have gotten to get to know them. They have become some of our very favorite friends!
Eloise enjoying Forrest. She really does love him!!

After the party, we ran to Mass and then got some nagging errands accomplished. Then it was off to Convention Hall for the Family Success Center Mardi Gras Magic fundraiser. Oh what a night! The food was very good and we were blown away by the Blackstone Band. How I have never heard them before, I am not sure!! Forrest as usual cleaned up in the silent auction, winning 2 manicures, 2 pedicures, and 1 facial for me! We had so much fun supporting a wonderful organization and spending the evening with the Hayes!
Our friend Jody, the past board president for the Family Success Center, was the Mardi Gras King!

On Sunday, while Forrest had a relaxing day at home, I went with my mom and sister to Birmingham to see Wicked to celebrate Mary Margaret's birthday. We love going to see shows but none of us had ever seen Wicked so when it came to town I knew it was the perfect way to celebrate Mary Margaret's big day! We LOVED the musical! No description I could write would do it justice, so all I will say is that you MUST go see it for yourself!!!
Me and MMM with one of the cast members!

Next, MMM had promised to go shop with me at the Galleria. We have several upcoming events and I wanted her expert advise! We had a great time and I got some cute new things for the spring and summer. It was such a fun girls' afternoon!
That night we celebrated her birthday with dinner at Mom and Dad's with her favorite meal: steak and crab legs. We even got to top off the evening by watching the Oscars!! The whole weekend was so much fun, full of lots of family, friends and fun! We are looking forward to a busy week and another fun weekend!!

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