Mistletoe is always the kick-off to my holiday season and this year is no different! This year, a group of us (consisting of us, Ty & Rebecca, Ben & Jessisca, and Jon Paul & Amelia) got Totally Awesome and took it to 80s Night, the Friday night event at Mistletoe. We had too much fun!
Pre-party with our Blueberry Lemonade martinis
Jess, R, Delly Welly, and A
Hooray for a drumstick!!
The whole gange in front of Rubix Cubes and a balloon arch
(how 80s is THAT?!?)
Cousin Lee and Cliff
On the way home... I got stuck in the middle with no seat!
Here's to the holiday season! Hope yours is Merry!!
I had my first trip to Greenwood to celebrate our 4th anniversary, my 29th birthday and for Cliff to ride his bike. It was all complete with a stay at the Alluvian, girlie time (aka pedicure and shopping) with one of my favorite girls Del, and yummy food at the Alluvian, Delta Bistro, Steven's BBQ, and Luscos. I even got a birthday surprise from the Alluvian with a bottle of my favorite dressing - Comeback! It makes everything taste better... Here are a few pics to recap our stay... At Lusco's... I think we were the next to loudest table!
So I know it's been over a month since I updated this thing, but we have been SUPER busy! It's all been fun, but I've gotten way behind and need to catch up! We've been here, there, and yon so look at the following posts for our fun adventures...
I CANNOT tell you how fired up I am about Harry Potter tonight! My sweet hubby and dear friends Mary Straton and John are flying to the movie theater to see the magic of the 6th installment of Harry Potter. I was first introduced to HP when Cliff had to read the first book for his English Lit class in college. He drug me to the first movie and like magic I was hooked. For our 7th dating anniversary, he bought the 6th book for me and I read it on our honeymoon. This book has some significant meaning to me because of when I read it. I can't wait to see how the movie compares!! For all you Muggles out there, get ready to fill your life with the magic of Harry, Ron, Hermione, Dumbledore and the others as they continue to battle the ultimate evil villain Voldemort...
Yesterday was such a wild day at work, so I was thrilled to have 2 huge blessings come my way! First, my daddy called right after lunch to let me know that my Auntie Dee's cancer HAS GONE AWAY!!! I am absolutely thrilled because she is one of my favorite people in this world! Lots of prayers have been answered... Please see below from a post from cousin Fran:
Auntie Dee & Fran
Oh the nerves of today. Mom had her PET scan last Thursday, June 11th, and we were to report to Dr. S's office this morning. At that point, Dr. S. would tell us what the PET scan revealed and whether or not Mom was going to undergo the last two rounds of Rituxin and Fluderabine, the first of which put her in the ER on Mother's Day, followed by a three night's stay at Baptist. Yeah, we were nervous. I wish we could have taken some of the pills pictured above. A good dose of sanity would have been nice.Mom's nurse took us back to a treatment room, so we figured the cancer was still there and settled in. Mom reminded the nurse that we haven't yet seen the results of the PET scan, so the nurse disappeared to find Dr. S, only to reappear 15 minutes later to take us to a consultation room. Soon Dr. S. came in to say Mom's PET scans were NEGATIVE. As in, NO MORE CANCER IS PREVALENT IN THE SCAN. Woot! At this point I'm going to dog-cuss the protocol of doctors today. Not the doctors themselves - they're awesome - but the bureaucracy of it makes me crazy. I understand that everybody must follow the rules and that we live in the most litigious state of America. But really. This is stuff the guy doing the scan on THURSDAY could have told us. Grr.Anyway, the negative doesn't mean that Mom is completely cancer free, and chances are very good (almost positive) that her lymphoma will come back. But for now she is free and clear and doesn't have to worry about anything cancer-related until her next PET scan in October. I think quarterly PETS are going to become a way of life, but as long as it's not chemo, Mom's happy.Thank you for all your prayers, thoughts, and support. It worked.
On top of that wonderful news, I also got some great news that my dear friend Amy is going to have a little baby!! I'm so thrilled and now that Amy and Justin will make fabulous parents. The funniest thing is that they found out on the Thursday before we saw them on Friday. I noticed that she wasn't drinking any wine at dinner but I just thought she prefered red over white. :) Shows how much intuition I have, huh?
Justin, Amy & Roux
Again, congrats to Aunt Dee Die and to Amy and Justin! Praise to the good Lord above for all of the wonderful blessings in all of our lives!!!
I tend to kill anything that's green. However, I've kept the plant that came from my Granddaddy's house alive for quite some time, so Cliff and I figured we needed to spruce up the backyard for the summer. Cliff and good buddy Rob spent all Friday and Saturday building an arbor and hanging my swing that my sweet parents gave us. I spent all Saturday looking for plants, pots and potting soil. Thanks to Cliff's dear Aunt Muffett (for all of the many times I called her on Saturday and her guidance), we now have a beautiful backyard that we can enjoy!
A very proud Rob & Cliff
Good job boys!!
The finished product (minus the latice on the sides and pots with jasmine or wisteria or something else...)
Being the good Irish girl I am, I proudly wore my green today in honor of the patron Saint Patrick. We Flynns take great pride in being Irish and proudly display it (however, I haven't done a very good job this year). I even had the Irish blessing printed on my wedding programs:
May the road rise up to meet you, May the wind be always at your back, May the sun shine warm upon your face, and the rains fall softly on your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.
Though I've never been to Ireland I love it! I even told Cliff this morning that I hope to take my dad to Ireland one day to find our roots. My great, great (maybe one more great, can't remember) grandfather was an O'Flynn until he was excommunicated from the Catholic church when he joined a band of gypsies (or circus, I've heard both versions) and moved to America. On of my great-grandfathers was even the Duke of Ireland and we supposedly have a castle over there somewhere. Who knows which one it is or if there even still is one? Even so, I love the fact that I'm Irish and happily celebrate this day each year!
Here are 17 facts my friend Mary Staton shared on her blog about St. Patrick’s Day (courtesy of Wikipedia):
1. St. Patrick was one of the patron saints of Ireland. He died on March 17, 461.
2. If St. Patrick’s Day falls on a Friday of Lent (unless it’s Good Friday), the obligation to abstain from eating meat can be lifted by the local bishop.
3. St. Patrick's Blue, not green, was the color long-associated with St. Patrick.
4. Due to the rich history of Scranton participation in St. Patrick's Day festivities it is one of the oldest and most populated parades in the United States. (wonder if Jim and Pam will attend?)
5. The world’s shortest parade is the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Hot Springs, Arkansas, taking place on what Ripley’s Believe it or Not has designated the “Shortest Street in the World.”
6. It was only in the mid-1990s that the Irish government began a campaign to use Saint Patrick's Day to showcase Ireland and its culture. (what took you guys so long?)
7. St. Patrick used the shamrock, a three-leaved plant, to explain the Holy Trinity to the pre-Christian Irish.
8. Some Protestants have begun wearing orange on St. Patrick's Day as a mark of defiance. (not this Protestant!)
9. This is why orange now appears in the Irish flag - to symbolize the Protestant minority in Ireland.
10. In the past, Saint Patrick's Day was celebrated as a religious holiday, and in 1903, the irish MP required that all pubs be closed, a provision which was repealed only in the 1970s.
11. In New Orleans, the parades include the influence of Mardi Gras, with float riders throwing spectators strings of beads, cabbages, and potatoes. (Drunks wielding potatoes? Count me in!)
12. Irish Society of Boston organized what was the United States’ first Saint Patrick's Day Parade in the colonies on 17 March 1737.
13. In 1780, General George Washington (yes, that George Washington), who commanded soldiers of Irish descent in the Continental Army, allowed his troops a holiday on March 17 “as an act of solidarity with the Irish in their fight for independence." (Go George!!)
14. The Washington Nationals have fan green hat day on September 17 to represent 6 months to St. Patrick's Day.
15. Savannah, GA, boasts the unofficial largest attendance with 750,000 in 2006. (I wonder where Jackson fits in?)
16. The tiny island of Montserrat, known as "Emerald Island of the Caribbean" due to its foundation by Irish refugees from Saint Kitts and Nevis, is the only place in the world apart from Ireland and the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador in which St Patrick's Day is a public holiday.
17. Some groups, notably Guinness, have lobbied to make Saint Patrick's Day a federal (national) holiday. (Woo hoo!!)
Here is one last Irish blessing to go with you today:
May St. Patrick guard you wherever you go,and guide you in whatever you do--and may his loving protection be a blessing to you always.
Saturday night we went to Amelia & Jon Paul's house for a little Mexicano with some muy fun amigos. It was so fun!! The food and sangria were great and the company was the best! And we even had a little surprise snow thrown into the mix...
Amelia, Mary Stratton, Christie, me, Del, Rebecca
Kell, Jon Paul, Jes, Ty, Cliff (Brad, where did you go?)
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The 2nd Annual New Year's Eve Potluck with the Agnews (long title, huh?) was a grand time! Any of you that missed it go ahead and mark it on your calendars for next year. Everyone is invited! Here are some pics to recap the evening:
Jessica, Mary Straton, Amelia
Kristen, Matthew, Kathryn
Wayne & Sally
Marti, Ritt, & Trey
me & Sally
me, Christie, & Jessica
No, we did not all plan on wearing the same shirt
me & Mary Straton
Jess & Ben - the happy couple
me & Amelia at the end of the night
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And never brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll take a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!
Happy 2009 everybody! May you all find many blessings in the New Year!
Believe it or not, I did not get any pictures at Christmas! I'm so disappointed in myself, but what am I going to do now. Here's the breakdown though:
Tuesday, December 23 - We went to Canton for the annual Christmas Eve's Eve/Brunswick Stew party at Cliff's cousin Mary's house. All of Cliff's extended family (and I"m talking 5th and 5th cousins here) comes into town every year for this shindig. Tons of fun!
Wednesday, December 24 - I was off work all day but that didn't stop me from working on things around my house. That night we went back to Canton for church with Jim Bob & Laura and then over to Cushion's (Cliff's grandmother for those of you who don't know) house for supper. Then out to the Dowdles for their annual Christmas Eve visit.
Thursday, December 25 - Yay for Christmas Day! We woke up about 6:30 am to open our presents and headed back to Canton at 8. Opened presents with Cliff's family, ate breakfast at Cushion's, visited with the Mosbys, back to Cushions for lunch and family gift time. We then came back to Jackson to see Mo for a bit (and let me get a nap) and then went back Canton for Dowdle Family Christmas that night. A very fun tradition that we don't miss (unless we are out of town).
Friday, December 26 - Again I am off of work (woo hoo!) and we go back to Canton for Agnew Family Christmas at Alan & Tom's house. Very fun! I especially like it because that's one of the only Dirty Santa games I enjoy. And they play dirty...
Saturday, December 27 - Flynn Family Christmas AT MY HOUSE! My parents and sister came to town that afternoon, and then the rest of the family came on that night. It was great to have everybody over!
Whew! What a Christmas! I wouldn't have traded it for the world and we were especially blessed to have all of our family and friends so close. Here's to 2009!
Good cousins Allie, Chad & Pete came for a visit the weekend before Christmas. It was great to see them! Mo and Pete had a fantastic time playing; Mo was so worn out he slept for 2 days! Thanks for coming to visit, y'all!