Thursday, December 30, 2010

Christmas 2010

19.  Logan and Lorin
This year, we got to spend Christmas Day at the LaPrade house, and then a couple of days later got to celebrate Christmas all over again at the Lowry house.  Double the loot!  ;) 

Logan and I had both been fighting awful head colds for about a month, but we didn’t let that get our Christmas spirit down!

My mom and Jessica put out all the cute Christmas decorations this year.  Loved the “Christmas Countdown” Santa!

30.  Countdown
Fun place settings.  1.  Place Setting
The mantle over the fireplace was all decked out.  28.  Mantle
My mom LOVES snowmen, and this one was my favorite.  (Hard to tell in the picture, but he’s glittery.)29.  Snowman
We had a miniature tree this year, and I loved the pearls and the bows. 
31.  Tree
My dad, Jessica, Parker, and Logan.  (Smile, Logan!)2.  Dad, Jess, Logan
Ross and Jess, coming up on their 2 year wedding Anniversary in April! 
3.  Ross and Jessica
Loved getting to visit with Mamaw and Papaw, as always.  4.  Mamaw and Papaw
They got a new flat screen TV!5.  Mamaw and Papaw's TV
My dad, modeling his John Lennon tribute collector’s magazine.  6.  Dad and John Lennon
Best.  Picture.  Of.  The.  Day.  Hands down.  Check out my dad in the background making fun of my mom’s obsession with the Twilight series.  He was so embarrassed when he realized I’d caught this on camera.  Mwa-ha-ha-ha.  7.  Mom Eclipse
Mom also got a tote, handmade by Jessica’s crafty Aunt Penny.  8.  Mom's Tote
Dad, opening up his big gift…9.  Dad's TV
A flat screen TV for the treadmill room!10.  Dad's TV
Logan loves his Cowboys stuff!11.  Logan opening gift
I got him the George Bush book.  He was excited.  12.  Logan  
My mom sewed me an adorable apron!  I love it!   14.  Lorin's Apron
Jess got me a cute whiteboard to write down grocery lists in the kitchen.  15.  White board
Ross got lots of X-Box games and some movies. 16.  Ross
I got Jessica an electric wine opener.  17.  Jess
The LaPrades and the Lowrys.  Awwww…18.  Jess Ross Lorin and Logan 
Mom and Dad.  So cute!21.  Mom and Dad
The LaPrade Ladies…22.  LaPrade Ladies
The LaPrade Men… plus a Lowry.  23.  The Men
My cute mom has been losing weight left and right, and I wanted a picture of her showing it off!  Hot mama!25.  Mom
Me with the fluff-ball.  :) 26.  Lorin and Parker
Toby, enjoying his new “gnaw-hides” as we call them.  Sweet boy will be 14 this April.  27.  Toby     
The Lowry family Christmas Tree, exploding with gifts!1. Lowry Christmas
Boomer and Lolli, playing with Santa.  (Boomer had the nose and moustache off Santa within 20 minutes.)9.  Boomer and Lolli 
Leah got a Dremel Trio.  2.  Leah
The Lowrys.  :)3.  Logan and Lorin
Christmas madness!!3.  Lowry Kids
Mrs. Lynn’s “Pi” Plate.  Loved it.  4.  Pi Plate
I thought this tag on one of my gifts was hilarious.  “To: Lorin, From: All the Lowrys, except your husband”.  5.  Funny Tag 
Fuzzy toe socks! 7.  Toe socks
Mr. Lowry had to go on a scavenger hunt to find his big gift – a new exercise bike!  It had been hiding in the garage and he never knew.  :)
8.  Exercise Bike

We had a wonderful Christmas, and we hope your family did too!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Jeffrey’s 2010 Christmas Visit!

Every year around Christmas time, one of my best friends from college makes his way back to Dallas to visit.  And every year, we get together and have a blast!  I think Logan looks forward to Jeff’s visits almost as much as I do.  :)

This year we met at Taco Diner for dinner, and then came back to our condo for drinks afterwards. 

Taco Diner + Mambo Taxis + Friends = Fun.1.  Logan and Lorin 
2.  Jeff and Lorin 
Kim got to meet Jeff this year too.  We played Battle of the Sexes, and while I don’t officially remember who won, I’m pretty sure the girls did.  Obviously!
Loved seeing you Jeff!!  Can’t wait till your next visit!

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Nutty Nutcracker

Last night, I went with Kim and a couple of her friends to see The Nutty Nutcracker at Bass Hall.  It’s done by the same ballet company that performs The Nutcracker, but one night a year they “mix it up”, and make it funny, and include characters that you would never see in the normal Nutcracker.  This year, they did Lady Ga Ga, Oprah, The Simpsons, Richard Simmons, Josh Hamilton, The Dallas Cowboys, President Obama, Sarah Palin… the list goes on and on. 

We obviously weren’t allowed to take pictures during the performance, but I did get a picture of the gorgeous ceiling of Bass Hall when we sat down.  1.  Bass Hall
Kim and I before the show!2.  Kim and Lorin

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

22.  Lorin Lucy and Logan This year we celebrated Thanksgiving at the Lowry’s lakehouse, and they were kind enough to invite my parents and grandparents to join us.  We all stuffed ourselves silly with the ridiculous amount of food that was there. 

This is just the dessert table:  apple pie, chocolate pie, four layer dessert, cranberry cream cheese salsa (aka: cranberry crack), strawberry-pretzel-jello, german chocolate cake, and my mini chocolate chip cheesecakes.  1.  Desserts And then there was the enormous feast!  Two types of turkey: smoked and roasted, ham, deviled eggs, squash, corn casserole, roasted broccoli and sweet potatoes, salad…2.  Thanksgiving feast
Oh yeah.  There wasn’t enough room on the main island for the stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas, green beans, and asparagus.  I wasn’t kidding.  We had TONS of food.    3.  More feast Lyndsie and Sean and Logan, resting their full tummies.  4.  Lindsay Papaw always needs a nap after a big meal.  He is a LaPrade, after all, and we LaPrades are champion sleepers.    5.  Papaw sleeping There were a total of 6 dogs there for the weekend.  Yes, including Lucy.  We decided to try to bring Lucy and see if she could play nice with others.  Turns out, she tried to attack the 140 pound german shepherd – rottweiler mix after he tried to drink out of “her” bowl of water.  He’s pretty cute, huh.    6.  Echo Lyndsie’s dog, Moo, is absolutely the sweetest pit-bull to have ever walked the earth.  7.  Moo Lacie’s dog, Lollie, likes to curl up in your lap.  8.  Lolli My two moms, bonding in the kitchen.  9.  Mom and Lynn cleaning The view from the back deck.  10.  Boat Dock The Lowry family!  (Plus Dillie, Logan’s little dog from college.)11.  Lowrys  The Lowry “kids”.  13.  Lowry kids
Our first Thanksgiving together as Newlyweds.  All together now - “Awwwww”.  14.  Logan and Lorin The Lowry girls.  15.  Lowry girls
My family…  16.  LaPrades
…plus sweet Mamaw and Papaw.  17.  LaPrades and Mamaw and Papaw
I thought this was cute.  18.  Lynn and Len  Mr. and Mrs. Lowry.19.  Lynn and Len
Lacie and I looked over and saw Mamaw sitting in Papaw’s lap, and tried to catch a picture before they saw us.  :) 20.  Mamaw on Papaw's lap
One big, happy Lowry family.  21.  Lowry family