Monday, March 26, 2007

WOW! What a wonderful weekend I've had. For Christmas my sister in law (my hubby's sister) gave me and my other sister in law (Lynne) tickets to go and see Celtic Women in Nashville. Along for the trip was my niece Gabrielle and two of her friends - Jaqueline and Jessica.
The concert was amazing! The weather couldn't have been more perfect and the flowers and gardens were in full blooms.

The trees were also all in full bloom and the most gorgeous colors of pink!

This is my niece Gabby ~ we went to Vanderbilt University because there is a McTier connection.
My mother in law has worked very hard on the McTier Geneolgy and we have the most amazing records to share with generations to come because of all of her hard work.

Bishop Holland Nimmons McTier (also known as the father of Methodism) travelled in Georgia opening colleges. He founded Young Harris College in GA and convinced Commodore Vanderbilt to put up the money for the college which he did.

This Hall on the campus is named after him and inside (we didn't have a key to get in) there is a large picture of him on the wall.
The spelling is one of the original spellings of the McTier Clan (McTyeire).
Below is a pic of my sister in law Linda next to the monument smack dab in the middle of the campus which marks the burial site of the Bishop and his wife along with 2 other Bishops. Bishop Holland N. McTyeire was the caretaker of the college and this is the only burial site on the entire campus.

The other connection personally is that my youngest son is named after this relative. How awesome would it be if he went to Vanderbilt U.

We went to the Parthenon ~ I know isn't that in Greece? Well, this is the only full-scale replica of the Parthenon in the world and of course the one in Greece is actually in ruins. It was built in 1897 for Tennessee's Centennial Exposition.

The gardens around the building were in full bloom and amazing.

We parked right next to this car ~ I love mini coopers and LOVED this one even more cause of the mirrors, door handle and the rear view mirror had the Union Jack on it. So British and So cute!!!
Like I said the weather could not have been more perfect and the drive there and back was effortless. Nashville is a really easy city to get around in and driving there is quite easy as well.
My boys all stayed home ~ Kendall had a soccer game in Atlanta yesterday and funny enough I was about 10 miles behind them while both on our way home. I got home about 15 minutes after they did and walked in to a CLEAN and HAPPY house! It sure is nice to get away but I LOVE coming home to my FAMILY! It doesn't hurt that I'm married to a man that enjoys cleaning the house!
I had tons of work to do when I got home cause I'm such a procrastinator and didn't get it done before I left for the weekend. I taught a painting class this a.m. and we painted hydrangeas (one of my favorite flowers).

I painted this one in class and Alice won it in the drawing!

Sharlee ~ I let her get away from class before taking her picture so I had to track her down in the store and take it!




Everyone did such an awesome job! They ALL finished early which means it took them less than 2 hours to paint this project piece!
I gave them a bit of creative license and they could paint the hydrangeas in any color they wished and any composition they wanted to as well.
Even though my house is CLEAN from my darling hubby I have so much I need to get caught up on ~ one thing he doesn't do is dust and let me tell you with all this pollen flying around my house is covered with a film of it.
Have a great week.


Christi Snow said...

oooooh, I am loving your flower photos and those gorgeous hydrangea trays. You are such an amazing teacher, Sandy!! smiles...

Kim said...

It's so good to have you back! Your pictures are so good. Of course I especially LOVE the pansies. I'm also loving the trays as well. I may have to try that one on my own when I have a few minutes. I happen to have a tray I bought with the intentions of doing something with at Christmas. I'll let you know. Hey, I'm working on my letter challenge. I'm just not as fast as Nicole. Hugs ~ Kim