Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Date Night

Last night Frank & I got to go on a wonderful date to the Tavern. It is the oldest building in Abingdon, and has served as a stagecoach stop for the likes of President Andrew Jackson, and the King of France! When you walk in you see that the walls lean and the floor slopes, but it just adds to the charm! Monday night was hopping, and we were so glad we called in our reservation...or we may have been eating at McDonald's! Some of the McCain camp were sitting near us, fresh off a rally held in Abingdon earlier that afternoon. We ate delicious meals, I had the surf & turf, and Frank had the prime rib. YUM! Definately a place we will recommend to others, and a favorite now for celebration meals...this one was a late celebration for Frank's (gasp) 31st b-day. Here are some pics:

Afterwards we saw the movie Fireproof....so moving! The beginning was a little slow...(read: cheesy)...but then it picked up and the acting got quite good. It was a fresh breath of air to walk out of a movie theater encouraged and feeling thankful for your partner!
As we pulled into the driveway we stopped to admire the symphony of stars that the Lord had laid out for us. A perfect ending to a spectacular night with the love of my life!

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Friday, October 10, 2008

Who says Hicks aren't into Politics!?

This is a local corn maze in Bristol that we plan to go to:

Thursday, October 2, 2008

12 weeks 'till Christmas

I know! I can't believe it either! We have been actively trying to pare down the crazy of the holidays, and amp up the meaningful memories and traditions here at the Cardinale house. I love this post at SimpleMom.net, a great timetable to help get ready for Christmas. Some of our new traditions include:
  • Advent Calender and devotions together every evening
  • Making and bringing meals to a family once a week
  • One heirloom-type gift for each child, & one "this is what I want" gift each child from mom & dad
  • Local Christmas Tree farm, followed by hot chocolate, homemade cookies and a movie first week of December
  • And this year we hope to find some more opportunities to minister to others. As the children get older, hopefully this will be easier!

What kinds of traditions does your family love?