Saturday, December 25, 2010

How We Celebrated Christmas



I hope everybody had a wonderful time celebrating Christmas. We really have no family here so we decided to drive to Pensacola to visit John's dad. My mom is doing fine and she is back with my sister in Waukegan, IL. It is so quiet here without her and I miss her.
I am linking with the Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday at http://thetablescaper.blogspot.com/
and Susan for Outdoor Wednesday at http://asoutherndaydreamer.blogspot.com/
We left on the 24th at 4:30 in the morning. We picked up a friend and then started our road trip. My friend and I fell asleep right away while John was driving and then John woke me up to see this amazing sunrise.



The post taken from a moving car resembles a crucifix, doesn't it?


I just kept shooting because the sky was just beautiful.

We made it to Spanish Fort in Alabama by 9:30 AM and came across this pretty shopping center. The tree is so beautiful.






I invited my friend, Debjani to come with us, cause her hubby is taking a surgical fellowship in Michigan and could not make it home for Christmas.

We shopped at Williams Sonoma, Pottery Barn and Michael's for a while.




And then we had lunch at Wintzell's Oyster House. The food was excellent!
Please excuse my outfit, lol. I dressed to be comfortable for the 6 hour drive so I wore my Florida sweats.



The shopping Center was all decked out for Christmas, complete with a horse carriage that was giving free rides.





We had this oyster sampler for an appetizer and it was soooo good!

Off we drove to Pensacola right after eating

We went straight to the nursing home to visit my father in law.



This is John with his dad, a picture taken a few years ago. Dad is in a wheelchair now and I thought I would post this picture instead. He will be 89 next month.


Later on, we checked into the hotel, had dinner at a Vietnamese Restaurant, then went back to the hotel to nap for a few hours and woke up in time to go to midnight mass at St. Michael Church in downtown Pensacola.


The service and the church were beautiful!






On Christmas morning, we went back to see dad and then left for the drive home around noon. These trees were outside the hotel.
We are home now but we are too tired to open presents so we will probably do that tomorrow.


Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you all have recovered from all the Christmas activities and partying. Save up some energy for the coming New Year. Thanks to our hosts, The Tablescaper and Susan for these blogging events!

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