Sunday, January 11, 2015

First Full Week of January, 2015

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Finlay is unhappy he's been wearing his ugly Christmas sweater after Christmas, but it's been a necessary evil.

Big Sister went back to college this past week *sadface* and Homeschooling started as the thermometer plummeted (low teens and single digits here in Central Alabama)….but we had no school delays due to the cold!  *YAY*

In order to set the mood for this post, check-out this adorable video I first saw on Angie's Blog.

Unlike the video, our Christmas decor is put away, and I've incorporated some winter whites all through the house, including these pretty African violets.

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Finlay recently celebrated his first birthday with yummy cookies baked just for him.

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Isn't he handsome!  ;P

Shelley ended her first week back at school with a horse show at her home barn, Clairmont. The name of the show is Frost BIET (not "bite" but BIET, and acronym for the Birmingham Interscholastic Equestrian Team). The show was perfectly named as the first day's competition was delayed due to the frozen ground.  Brrrr!!!

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Hoodies and sweatshirts from the show

Shelley's high school team qualified for Regionals in February, and Shelley qualified individually in the flat equitation class. Congratulations to you and your team, Shelley!

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Shelley competing on "Woody."

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No, you aren't seeing double.  Shelley and two of her teammates (also  juniors) Amelia and Bethany.

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Shelley after her class with middle school teammate Kendall and Coach Ashton.

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Shelley with high school teammate Holly.

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Shelley placed second in her practice class, and first in her points class.  The win qualifies her for Regionals!  

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Finlay wanted to go to the show, too.

We have two field trips planned for this week, and hopeful nothing other than church this weekend.  We need a rest!

Until next time…

Ricki Jill

Friday, January 2, 2015

New Year's Day Brunch

Happy 2015, My Lovelies!  I wanted to share with you our New Year's Day brunch.  I wish all of you could have come over for some Southern comfort food and visited for a little bit, but I guess my sharing with you our menu and photos will have to suffice.


Beef and baby potato stew
Collard greens
Black eye pea hummus
Southwest dip
Cracker assortment
Winter white cupcakes

The Winter White cupcake recipe is from Tutti Dolci.  The post truly inspired the whole theme of the day!

Our sunny day quickly turned cloudy, so I'm sorry that several of the photos are dark.

There is nothing new on the table, with the exception of an Anthropologie candle and the vintage Christmas ornaments hanging from the chandelier.  If you have any questions about the tablescape, please email me or leave a comment!

This year I will not write an end of the year post about 2014.  For once in my life, I'm looking ahead.  But I've enjoyed reading several of your best-of posts!

I'm still trying to decide what exactly I want to do with my blog.  I would like for it to be a bit more focused in 2015, and I would really appreciate any and all suggestions.  (*hint, hint*)  ;P

It is another yucky rainy day here, and we've decided to make some hot tea and watch movies.  Mr. art @ Home needs to come home to build a fire.  He's the best at building them!

Until next time…

Happy New Year!
Ricki Jill