Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Second Week of Christmas

Last week I mentioned that our pastor refers to the month of December as the month of Christmas.  I like that-so much we do during the month of December corresponds with Christmas in so many ways!

At the end of the first week, we were enjoying an ice storm-very unusual in North Texas. Since our state rarely has these, we just wait it out until it all melts-there aren't very many snow plows/salt&sand trucks, and those that we do have are usually limited to their use on the highways.  So we began the second week of Christmas just waiting for everything to melt, since we had multiple days in a row where the temperature never got above freezing.  While we were out and about over the weekend, I got a few pictures of the ice.  Isn't the first picture neat?  No, it's not real snow.  My camera has some feature that added it automatically.

On the way to Arlington, the highways were at a near stop, so we took a back way past Dallas Baptist University.  I have always loved the DBU campus-it is just beautiful, so I was excited about the chance to see it covered in what looks like snow.
Here is the bridge by DBU when we first started over it.  It got worse the further we went.  I was surprised it was still open, but thankfully we did not see any wrecks while there.
On Wednesday my husband and I helped Bethel Temple in Fort Worth by cooking for their church Christmas Party.  Some of these pictures are my own, and some came from facebook from the pastors wife's page.

For our date this week, my hubby took me out to Buttons, an upscale soul food restaurant in Fort Worth.  My hubby had heard of Buttons before, but neither of us had ever visited.  Here is my silly hubby.
I had a hard time deciding what to order because it all sounded so good.  I changed my mind about a dozen times before the waiter took our order.  How do you decide between ribs, pot roast, chicken and waffles, and chicken fried steak?  Ultimately I ended up ordering the chicken fried steak-which proved to be a great choice-so good!  And the corn chowder side dish is not to be missed!  Somehow I got distracted and never took a picture of my food-which, by the way, would have been enough for me to share with someone.  I did, however, get a picture of my hubby's choice (and I am pretty sure his favorite food), (cat)fish, shrimp, and grits.  He also ordered a side of greens, which he said was the best he had ever tasted.  I asked for a to go box so I would have room for dessert.  We decided on the white chocolate/raspberry bread pudding.  Yum!  That was some of the best bread pudding I have ever tasted.
Another thing I loved about the restaurant was the live band.  That night, we were entertained by the Legacy 4 Band.  A very talented bunch, they sang jazz, r&b, motown, and even a little Christmas music thrown in.  We have definitely found a great restaurant to throw into our rotation!  One tip if you plan to visit-call ahead to reserve a table.

By the end of the week, almost all the ice was melted, and I have enjoyed the weather being a bit warmer.  I am looking forward to the week ahead-more Christmas parties, and our Christmas vacation will begin.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

The First Week of Christmas

Our pastor refers to the month of December as the month of Christmas-and I really like that!  Our first week has been quite an eventful one!  Last Sunday we had the Joshua Experience, "God's Big Band" come out.  It was such a great service!  If you haven't heard them-you really must search for them on youtube.

 Christmas decorations are popping up everywhere, and I am enjoying them!

 My work Christmas party was on Thursday night-the same evening a major ice storm hit the metroplex. I thought I took a picture of dessert that evening, but I cannot find it.  When we got home from that, we picked up our tree and decorations from storage, and I got into the spirit very quickly!
 Then the ice storm hit.  Our area was not as bad as others, but we still got the ice.  It is so pretty!

 Rest assured-we stayed warm!

 Today we went down to the frozen water slides and had tons of fun!  The boys hands started getting really cold, so we didn't stay too long.  What a week!  More wintry mix is headed our way, so who knows what next week will bring!