Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Turkey Day

On this Thanksgiving, Craig and I have so much to be thankful for.

  • We both have stable jobs.
  • We have a wonderful marriage in a time that many people are getting a divorce. 
  • We are both in good health.
  • We have very supportive families that are there for us when we need them. 
  • We have great friends that we enjoy spending free time with. 
  • We always have food on our table. 
  • We have two sweet, loving kitties that bring us so many smiles. 
And most of all, I am thankful for the wonderful smell of gingerbread cookies that are in my oven right now making my mouth water!

                                                              Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Keeping Up With the Dore's

Sorry for the horrible reality show title, but that is how I have felt the past few weeks. It all began with our Fall Break trip to Gatlinburg with may wonderful parents. Let's just say, that Craig and I (we all) had a great time. We stayed at The Wilderness at the Smokie's Resort in Pigeon Forge, TN. It just happens to have an indoor water park! I reverted back to childhood for an entire day. The rest of our trip consisted of shopping, eating, sightseeing, and plenty of R & R.
At the Smoky Mountain Brewery in Pigeon Forge

Look at the beautiful fall colors!

Loved the water slides

In the hottub

 So, then the next week we went to Memphis, TN and Tunica, MS. for Mom's 65th birthday celebration. It was a blast. We began  the trip by eating at Uncle Louie's Fried Chicken (which was shown on Diners, Drive-In's and Dives on the Food Network. It was awesome! We shopped at the Pottery Barn, Williams Sanoma, and West Elm outlet where I found a king quilt that was originally over $100 that was marked down to $39.99! I am the queen of bargains. We ate at The Rendezvous, rode on the trolley, and went to Beale Street for some fun. On Saturday we ate at The Arcade Restaurant, visited the Lorainne Motel (where MLK got shot) and did some additional shopping. In Tunica, we continued the festivities at the casino's and Mom and I shopped at The Gap Outlet and we ate dinner and breakfast at Paula Deen's Buffet. It was amazing! Happy Birthday, Mom. Thanks for a great trip.

The sightseers on Beale Street
Craig walking toward the Lorraine Hotel, where MLK was shot.


Drinking big beers at Silky O' Sullivan's on Bealle Street