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2010: What a Year!

To bid farewell to 2010, the hubs and I created this list of our top ten moments of ’10. We stuck it in our Christmas card this year, but I thought I’d post it here as well. Tonight we’re having warm lobster salad and chocolate-pistachio cannoli, watching a movie and watching the ball drop. I’m ringing in the new year with my favorite person by my side and that’s all that matters. I hope you have a happy celebration!

TIM & ALI’S TOP 10
10. BEING A FINALIST: We were in the running (twice) to have our home appear in a real estate segment on the Today Show and Ali almost got a national commercial for her Aha Moment.

9. BIRTHDAY BLADING: To celebrate Ali’s 31st b’day we rollerbladed from Greenville to Travelers Rest—that’s 24 miles! Special thanks to the golf cart driver who pulled us up that last hill.

8. MIDWESTERN ROAD TRIP: In late June we took a tour of the Midwest, stopping in St. Louis for a Christian trade show (and some Ted Drewes!) and ending up in Ali’s hometown of Sioux City, Iowa for the 4th.

7. SPRINGTIME IN THE CITY: In May we drove up to New York City for Book Expo America and we got to see Barbara Streisand, Rick Springfield and how could we forget, one of the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

6. THE TRAVELING JOURNAL: In February four of Ali’s friends visited for a magazine photo shoot about the traveling journal they’ve shared for a decade. The photos haven’t been published yet, but the girls did create a business plan, launching TheTravelingJournal.com mid-summer.

5. WEDDING BELLS: Ali’s sister Stephanie and her fiancé Jason tied the knot in the beautiful San Juan Islands. We toured the island on mopeds, poked alpacas, went whale watching and kayaked near seals. Oh yeah, and the wedding was lovely, too.

4. OUR HAIRY SON: We started the year off by adding another member to the Lowry household. Milo (aka. Special Eddie) is loveable, energetic and endless fun. Bruno usually likes his new brother.

3. UNDER CONSTRUCTION: After nine months of hammering, sawing and painting we finally completed the long task of turning our stinky attic into a luxurious master suite complete with a marble shower and a walk-in closet. Tim’s now available for odd jobs if you’re hiring.

2. A FAMILY ADDITION: We found out Ali’s sister is expecting a baby boy! It’s the first baby on both sides of the family so we’re excited to spoil our new nephew, due January 4, 2011.

1. CROSSING THE FINISH LINE: Three months of training, four pairs of running shoes and hundreds of miles later, we finally crossed the finish line of the Greenville marathon hand-in-hand. Tim’s parents were there to cheer us on and take photos. Training for the marathon was a lot like 2010—challenging and exhilarating. But on race day we were able to cross the finish line knowing it was both the ups and downs that prepared us to complete the race—an accomplishment we will always cherish.

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The Kindness of a Reality Star

Amy Parham's New Book, Coming Out in January

We seem to have quite a few reality stars in the Upstate of South Carolina. Maybe every community has quite a few these days. But I just had to tell you about my experience with former Biggest Loser contestant Amy Parham. Amy not only agreed to be in the November issue of Belle Magazine (a local women’s magazine I write for), but she also took me up on a random request this week.

You see, my friend Tonya loves The Biggest Loser. She just spent a week at The Biggest Loser Ranch in Utah (even though she doesn’t need to lose weight!). Since Tonya’s 30-something birthday was Monday I asked Amy if she would call her up and wish her a happy birthday. Lots of celebs would have just hit delete on that email but Amy was kind enough to agree.

So on Monday she called up Tonya (a police officer in California) and wished her a happy birthday. Amy’s husband and fellow Biggest Loser contestant Phil also got on the phone. Tonya seemed to enjoy the birthday greeting and called me right after squealing with excitement. So thanks Amy for making Tonya’s birthday even more memorable and for making me look like a good friend!

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Handmade Holidays: Fun With Yarn and Coffee Filters

I love making things by hand. I’m not necessarily that great at it in fact I can barely sew a straight line (my living room curtains prove that) but I still enjoy it. Recently I’ve put together some cute decorations for a Woodland Theme Baby Shower I hosted:

 

Baby Shower Table Decor

This was super easy. I borrowed some sawed off logs from my friends, collected lots of pine cones from a nearby empty lot and used aqua thread to add some color. I found those B-O-Y letters at Michael’s and wrapped them in thread. The plain glass vases are from my wedding.

 

Baby Shower Mantel Decor

 

I thought the mantel turned out cute too. For the last baby shower I hosted I made a bunch of those mini-trees which are basically sticks glued into a wooden base and then painted. I suspended some ribbon and yarn between them and printed out letters to spell B-A-B-Y. The onesies hanging up we ended up decorating for the new mom, Rachel. And of course Bruno had to fit in with the decorations:

 

Bruno ready for the Baby Shower!

 

Since I had some extra yarn leftover after the shower and a foam wreath I wasn’t using I decided to get to work.I liked the finished product because it’s a modern take on a Christmas wreath.

 

My New Christmas Wreath

 

I also used some gray fabric and straight pins to create a little bunch of flowers on the wreath bringing the total cost of this project to $0!

 

A Close-Up of the Flowers

 

On Black Friday we bought some skinny artificial Christmas trees at Old Time Pottery. I think the three foot tree was on sale for $4 and the four foot tree was $6. I didn’t want to decorate them with ornaments since I don’t have that many small ones so I made some garland. I just cut out circles from fabric scraps and– believe it or not– coffee filters. Then I sewed them in a line. Of course I made sure the garland coordinated with the yellow door.

 

My Bedroom Christmas Decorations

I’m planning a few other small projects and who knows, I may whip out some more coffee filter garland to use as free ribbon for decorating packages.

 

 

 

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