Saturday, January 03, 2009

A Magical Christmas in Tulsa

We went to Tulsa to spend Christmas with Amby and Nathan this year. Amby brought it to our attention that it was the first time any of us had been away from Birmingham at Christmas time. Weird.

Amby had her house very cozy and festive. She had this tiny village on her kitchen counter.

Next to the village were some vintage Ball jars filled with candies. She called it her "candy bar."
Yes, Amby is skilled in the use of double entendre.

Just minutes after we arrived at our hotel, Amby brought us this wonderful basket filled with treats, such as her homemade pumpkin bread, panetonne from Nathan's mom and dad, and a special stash of my own Double Bubble. Ally (our Yorkie) went with us and there was even a bag of treats for her.

We celebrated Christmas on the 26th. Amby and Nathan had a beautiful Christmas tree.

Sherman quickly found a use for the gift boxes.

And he really liked the new fort (Mystery Triangle) I bought for all the kitties. He thought it was just for him.

Amby made a sumptuous pork tenderloin which tasted as good as it looks here.

She also made mashed potatoes, dressing, and her famous corn fritters. She wanted me to relax, so all she would let me make was a green bean casserole. She is very sweet.

We went on many adventures in the days following this Christmas celebration, which included shopping trips, scenic sightseeing, sampling new restaurants, and MAYBE a casino visit.

We had a very nice time and it was fun to do something totally different for Christmas. Thank you Amby and Nathan!


Susan said...

Vickie, I am glad that you and your family had a great Christmas. You only had to cook ONE dish? That is magical! ;0) Please note that I noted that you changed the picture of Amby and Nathan's pretty Christmas tree. You can't pull anything over on me...I pay attention!! (HEEHEE just messing with you!)The food looks delicious and what a fun mystery triangle for your grandkitties. Love your blog, Keep up the great work.

Vickie said...

Thank you Susan! What an astute observation. It must run in your family. Maybe you all should have been secret agents or something.

I'm glad you visited and thanks, as always, for your comments.

The Diva on a Diet said...

Belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours, Vickie! Sounds like a wonderful holiday and it does indeed look magical and beautiful. Lovely! :)

By the way, what a great cat gift ... I think my two would fight over that!

Vickie said...

Hi Diva! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, too!

For those of you with kitties, I found that at Walmart.