Friday, December 30, 2011

Dinner Party Time

I love hosting dinner parties, and we held a fun one last night!

My dad, Doug, and his sweet wife Esta arrived yesterday afternoon for a belated Christmas celebration, and we gathered family and friends so they could meet Esta, and so she could meet them. And we had a blast!

Here are some glimpses from the evening. Oh! And I'll go ahead and confess...I took NO pics of the food. I'm fallin' down on the job, I know. Guess I was too busy getting it all together. We had lasagna with all the fixings. Delish!

I'm not great at creating centerpieces. I usually just run around grabbing stuff from other rooms in the house until I have something that I think works. At least somewhat.

My fun buddy Gayle, sweet daughter Kelsey, and wonderful SIL Denise

Me and Esta (she and Dad are sooo happy together, which is wonderful to see)

Love seeing Dad so happy again. What a blessing!

We laughed just a little bit. : )

Then opened presents, with Jack "helping"

Our kids (Kelsey and Kurt) along with Dad and Esta

Some of the guys were MIA during picture taking time due to a certain football game with Baylor playing, so we'll have to nab their pics next time. 

And now for a funny (but useful) app that Kelsey introduced me to this weekend. It's called RunPee (LOL)! Have you heard of it before? I hadn't. Here's the gist (as taken from iTunes):

"The app tells you the best time to run and pee during a movie without missing anything important. Besides that, it lets you know if there is anything extra after the end credits and even gives you a synopsis of the first 5 minutes of a movie in case you're running late. The built in timer helps you see how the peetimes are spaced in the movie and quickly get a reading on how long you have to wait until the next peetime. The best part is that the timer will vibrate your phone before each peetime. Now you can sit back, relax, and enjoy the movie."

ROFLOL. I got so tickled. But really, the app proved useful during War Horse this past weekend, and it's free! So head over to iTunes and grab it (so you'll know when to pee).

Now tell me, what's a favorite app of yours?



  1. The party looks like such fun!

    And the app cracks me up! What will they think of next?!

    It will probably not surprise you that a word geek like me loves to play Words with Friends, Hanging with Friends, and I play Scrabble on my phone against the computer!

  2. What will they think of NEXT??

    It's probably just a good thing I *don't* have a phone that can have apps. ;-)

    What lovely pictures! It's wonderful that your dad and Esta have found happiness together.

    Have a wonderful new year Tammy!

  3. Love the app! We're not high tech enough to have smartphones. We decided against them during the last upgrade only because it would be an extra $80/month for the phones. Well, that and the only reason I wanted a smartphone was so that I can get on Facebook at work. And I figured that would just be bad!!

    The dinner party looks like so much fun! I think the centerpiece looks great. No worries! You do better than I centerpieces at all during meal times. I'll put a flower arrangement up or something when the table isn't in use, but I remove it for dinner parties.

    As always, your house is gorgeous :-) So glad ya'll had a wonderful time!! Happy New Year!!

  4. That app made me laugh! I know a lot of people would get some good use out of that one! We don't have smart phones either, so we're app deprived. One day... : ).

    A dinner party sounds like fun! Your dining room looks amazing! I think we're going to volunteer to have our Sunday School class over for a Super Bowl party again this year...does that count as a dinner party? : ) I think party food is probably my favorite kind of food. Well, what am I talking about...pretty much any kind of food is good to me right now! lol

    If you're looking for some neat ideas for centerpieces, check out Pinterest. It's totally addictive! I've already tried some of the stuff on there and plan to try out a lot more...including some great recipes.
    Happy New Year!

  5. Linda, I love Words with Friends too but got rid of it on my phone. Too time consuming, and I'm too competitive. LOL!

    Blessings, Casey, and thanks for being happy about my dad with me.

    LOL, Catherine, at wanting FB at work. Yes, that would be bad!! : )

    Stacey, I've taken a tiny peek at Pinterest but haven't done much more than that because I KNOW I'll get sucked into it and I just don't have the time right now. But I'm dreaming of the day... My daughter says it's fabulous!! What fun awaits!

  6. Tammy waht wonderful, happy pictures I am so thrilled that you and your Dad had a super day.. God bless you always, below is a poem I saw and want to let you know it is coming from my heart, I am so thankful for you and the joy you have given me thru your friendship and inspiring stories.. hugs and prayers always, Marti

    May My Friends be blessed This New Years Day

    May my friends be blessed this New Years Day
    I give thanks to God for giving me my friends today,
    Thank you for your kindness
    And your loving heart
    Bless you for making me a happy woman
    Who is now a part.

    When you sit down at your table,
    say a prayer for me
    I know you will do it,
    for you mean everything I see,
    As you eat your celebration dinner,
    I wish you all the things you need
    Health and caring for your family.

    I want to thank you all for being part of my life
    Together, everyone so sweet,
    All help me to grow
    Into the person I can be.

    May my friends be blessed this New Years Day
    I feel so much your very own
    I give thanks to God,
    For not leaving me all alone.

    I have a lot of friends at my table
    This New Years Day
    They have shown me
    The Heavenly Father
    On this special day.

    Wishing you and your loved ones peace, good health,
    happiness and prosperity in the coming New Year

    Happy New Year with all my heart !

  7. What a blessing you are, Marti! Thank you, lady. And blessings in this coming New Year!


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