Monday, December 27, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

'Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Grove House
Not a creature was married despite their best cat-n-mouse.
Their stockings were hung by the chimney with care
In hopes that a diamond soon appear there.
The girls were nestled in their new beds
While visions of adventures danced in their heads.
When out in the District the snow caused a clatter
Now work for a week was no big matter.

With Chelsea's CRV they prepared for the worst
A new TV, Costco stop....priorities first.
Away from C2 they went in a flash
Into a new ward to make a big splash.

New friends, new callings, dinner parties galore
Much gratitude expressed that life's not a bore.
When what to their wondering eyes should appear
But opportunities to travel both far and near.

To Kenya, Italy, Thailand and Greece
To Turkey, South Africa, Canada, more please.
To the top of Mt. Hood, to the top of Old Rag
Now climb away, climb away, with rights to brag.

Onto Nashville they went for a long weekend drive
With honkey tonks, barbeque, and boots, they did thrive.
Trips to Ohio, New York, Philly, Delaware
These girls have traveled with fashion and flair.

And then, in a twinkling, a new roommate emerged
His debating and pacing could soon be heard.
After cooking lessons and advice to a lil' bro around
Off to London and grad school he went with a bound.

Classes, work and dates she did fit
Hurray for Allison our Master's graduate
In a B.E.T. documentary, Michele did star
With a new role at work, she's sure to go far.
Melissa's back in school and awaits the big 3-0
Balancing projects, career, and many a New York show.
One country at a time, Chelsea will save
USAID and her sobrinos all claim she's the "fav".
A wonderful year with visits from friends and kin
The Grove Girls express many thanks from within.
'Tis the season to celebrate the Savior's light
"Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good-night!"

Friday, December 10, 2010

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

O Christmas Tree!

The stockings hung by the fireplace with care
The annual dinner and gift exchange with The Girls!

(my gift was a picture of Chris - he loves me)

Handel's Messiah at the National Cathedral

Flashback Friday: Puerto Rico 2007

Top Ten Things to do in Puerto Rico

1. Play on the beach with your best girlfriends!

2. Drink pina coladas and bathe in the sun

3. Walk along the Paseo de la Princesa

4. Drink some more pina coladas

5. Walk the streets of Old San Juan

6. Sing karaoke (especially "Africa" by Toto)

7. Take a ferry to the island of Vieques

8. Enjoy tropical paradise on your own secluded beach

9. Snorkel in crystal clear waters

10. Hike through El Yunque rainforest.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Flashback Friday: Ode to Fall 2009

As Winter steadily approaches I dedicate this post to Fall, my favorite season of the year! Fall 2009 found me apple picking with these lovelies!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Happy Friendsgiving!

Great friends!
Delicious food!
Some of my mom's sense of style and entertaining