Thursday, December 31, 2009

Getting away...

Matt and I left the day after Christmas for a night away in Galax, Va. We had an amazing view of the snowy mountains.
Stayed in this warm and cozy cabin, it was so snowy still that we had to walk or be driven by the owners to our little cabin in the woods, the Pathfinder just wouldn't make it. This place was Posh!!!! We can't wait to bring our family of 4, whew, back maybe this summer to stay and play. Check out the cabin details here...
Matt did this, side note, I love it when he takes out his notebook to write down something important. He was pacing the footage, estimating and drawing the floorplan for this lovely little cabin, with the thought...we could totally build this!!!! Like I said, love it when the notebook comes out.
And we sat by this...Matt hiked a bit, there was a trail head to the Blue Ridge Pkwy about 100 ft from our cabin. I rested, read, reflected and we of course ate. The owners of the cabins deliver a hot homeade breakfast to your door the next morning, it was a sweet time!
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Christmas collages!!!!

Catching up a bit here...sorry for the slack in blogging, I've been catching up around the house with various projects and just chillin' but wanted to share a few snaps of the haps before the new year!

Our Christmas festivities started on Dec. 23rd as we headed to Virginia to be with Matt's fam to celebrate Hank's birthday and open presents a bit early. Uncle Ben gave Ollie the gift of all gifts...a power wheel, Hot Wheels Jeep! He loves that thing and is starting to actually get the hang of how to drive it. We had a delicious birthday dinner and then headed back to Greensboro on Christmas Eve.

Christmas part 2...we were joined by my parents. It was a fun time had by all. We were all blessed with many fun things but were mostly blessed being together!
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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Christmas E-card!!!

Got a little behind on the card this year, but these fun pictures are from a fun brainstorming session! Merry Christmas Eve!
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Labor of Love...

This is my favorite Christmas decoration we own, sorry it's not a very good shot. It's a porcelain city scape of Bethlehem, with Mary, Joseph and sweet baby Jesus in front. I've been lighting it at night in the past few weeks with a wee little tealight candle and admiring how it sparkles and pondering often the meaning behind this object that adorns our kitchen counter.

I've been thinking about Mary...a lot. I am 11 +/- weeks away from delivering our second child. I have mixed emotions if I am being honest. I am super excited...excited to know him or her...we still don't know! I am anxious a bit...haven't done a single thing for this child...on the to do list for next week. I am curious to know how the big brother will react. And nervous a bit to see how we will transition from a family of 3 to a family of 4.

And then there is Mary, sweet young, innocent Mary. I've been trying to connect myself to her as I gaze into her clay spotty face. Did she have any of the emotions that I do? Did she know that her Son would one day carry the weight of the world? Did she worry about feedings or schedules or naps? Or

I've been watching this video a few times in the past few days. It is sung by Jill Phillips, and is part of Andrew Peterson's Behold the Lamb experience. You should check it out, sit back, enjoy, reflect and be thankful as I am. Thank you Mary for the labor, thank you Jesus for the LOVE!

"She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins. All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: 'The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means God with us." Matthew 1:21-23
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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Oh my snow!!!

I snapped this pic about 7 o'clock last night, the snow was coming beautiful. We think we got between 5 and 6 inches.
This morning the boys went out to play (don't worry Ollie did have on his jacket and gear in the early am.)
My sweetie loves himself a project...which I might add he drew up a blueprint for this one while we were eating breakfast.
I present to you Fort Hannam! People have been stopping by to take fun! Merry snow day!
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009


We headed to our favorite coastal spot this past weekend for the Spirit of Christmas festival. This is my favorite festival the quaint town of Oriental puts hot cocoa, apple cider, cookies, chili, hot dogs all day on Saturday from the vendors just to "thank" the town. It is a pregnant girls dream come true. The afternoon wraps up with a festive parade and then the luminaries are lit all around town.

What a joyful time for our family of 3...soon to be 4. I am hoping you are finding true joy in the Christmas season, Merry Christmas!
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Sunday, December 6, 2009

Sugar Cookie Party!!!

The table was set this afternoon...set for a fun afternoon for Ollie and all his toddler friends.
The new big boy hair cut was revealed...Matt took Ollie to visit his barber yesterday...whew, he looks handsome and 8 years old!
And friends from all around came to feast on sugar cookies, icing, sprinkles and fun! It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas!
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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Oh, Sleepy Deer!

We headed to Virginia this past weekend to take in a Va. Tech game and celebrate Thanksgiving a bit early, Hannam style! It was fun and quite delicious.

BUT the highlight was early Sunday morning, my manly man of a man headed out into the woods, it's the Thanksgiving tradition and about an hour later we heard a loud shot. A few minutes later Matt came through the door to confirm what we heard...Venison jerky was on the horizon!
We all headed down to check it out and Ollie kept saying, "hey sleepy deer, wake up sleepy deer." Then he asked Matt why the deer had a boo-boo, some stories are better left untold. Congratulations, Matty!
On a happier note this pilgrim and his family would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!
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Sunday, November 15, 2009


Yesterday we strapped on our boots for an adventure. Our little man truly enjoys to get up and out and do fun things, he'll say "We're ready for our Venture, Mommy, Daddy!"
We picked up some wiggly worms from the corner store.
And spent a few hours enjoying God's beautiful creation...on the water...soaking up the sun.
And catching some fish, 3 to be exact, a bass, a brim and a big catfish. Love me some "ventures" with my two favorite people!
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Sunday, November 8, 2009


It's that time of year again...time to load the curb of our street with all of our fresh fall leaves. This was this scene in our yard this afternoon. Ollie loved riding the leaf tarp!
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Fun with friends...

Matt headed south to the OBX this past weekend with some of his guy friends. I had a really fun weekend even though Ollie and I missed him a ton. Friday night my two sweet best buds from college came to spend the night, Lacey and Carla. We had a fun time just catching up and doing things girls do including having a girly photo shoot on Saturday afternoon. Carla (black striped shirt) is preggers as well actually due about 4 weeks ahead of me with her first baby...a boy! I am thankful for such sweet friends!
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Wednesday, November 4, 2009


This was tonight's dinner...Stromboli (to be pronounced with an Italian accent!)

It was inspired by this.

Then I found this. A much easier version.

And decided to make this delicious and oh so simple treat. We however Hannamfied the recipe did not use ground beef or peppers but used, mushrooms, ham, onions and pepperoni...YUM-O!
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Tuesday, November 3, 2009

A Homecoming Halloween

We headed to Gardner-Webb this past weekend for a little family frolick for Halloween and Homecoming. Dr. Ollie was on call all day long!
We started our evening Friday night at one of our favorite "meat and 3" places in Boiling Springs...The Snack Shop. We haven't been back to school in about 6 was good for me to re-connect with one of my favorite dives...and devour this Greek Salad.
Remember this story from this summer, well this is the spot, by the creek where I said Yes!
We went all around town seeing the sights which included a McDonalds in the middle of town...crazy! Did a little tailgating, trick or treated here and there, played in the ball pit, saw the parade, fed some ducks, watched the marching band (not there when we went to school) and cheered our Runnin' Bulldogs on to a victory!
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Friday, October 30, 2009

Friday Funny

But...I waaaaaaant to wear my sandals!

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