Monday, December 28, 2009

Back in Lyon

(scary long tunnel in Frankfurt airport)

(flying over the snowy Alpes)

After delays, layovers, 3 flights, and a bus ride, we made it back to our apartment in Lyon Sunday afternoon. Last night we crashed about 8PM... and then were wide awake from 1:30-4! Tonight we waited a little longer to go to sleep- just after 9PM... and I woke up wide awake at midnight and am not the least bit tired. Jet-lag is the worst! Hopefully tomorrow night will be better!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Christmas festivities

Doug and the pot roast we made for his family
opening the item he has been obsessing over for the last 4 months
a new coat!
friends' brunch at Whole Foods
new flowers on Grandaddy's grave
lunch with MamaJune
friends' dinner at Local Taco

and dessert at Sweet CeCe's- yum!
Christmas morning (a sick Liz)
Mom with her new book
and Dad with his
Mom and Lilly
Nana and Katie-Jean
Doug and his gift from Nana- a remote control Ferrari!

Now... packing, organizing, decisions... this seems familiar! I thought it would be easy going back this time, but we are sorting things once again... and our flight is tomorrow!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Merry Christmas 2009!

Our 2009...

Here's what happened...

New Years' Eve movie with the Stites. Williams visit Atlanta. Matt’s wedding in Nashville.

Winter break trip to SXM.

Northlake ladies’ retreat. Liz goes to NY with the Juniors. Girls’ lakehouse weekend. Spring break GACS trip to Cap-Haitien, Haiti.

Bryan’s wedding in Winston-Salem. Doug leads worship for the Northlake youth group. Race for the Cure in Atlanta. Byron’s wedding in Winston-Salem. Muddy Buddy race in Nashville. Visit to TX. Daniel’s wedding in OK.

Anna Rose visits ATL. Ric visits ATL. Visit to the World of Coke.

Doug teaches at Northlake. Going away party at the Prewitts. 4th of July at the Stites Farm.

Rafting trip on the Ocoee. 2nd Anniversary dinner at the Mad Platter.

Bastille Day party. Beat the Heat 5K in Winston. 6th week CBC.

Kassie’s wedding in VA.

Putnam County Fair and acquisition of Gustave the goldfish.

Ric visits Nashville. Pizza party. Liz’s birthday dinner.

Move to Lyon. Hiking trip in Switzerland.

Potluck at the Hendrixes. English assistant picnic in the park. Williams come to Lyon with trips to Paris-Bayeux-Colleville sur Mer-Caen-Perouges.

Weekend in Paris with Bobby and Bonnie.

English assistant Thanksgiving feast. Emily and Grant visit Lyon. Fete des Lumieres. English assistant Christmas party. Church with Pamela in Geneva. Andrew Peterson Behold the Lamb of God at the Ryman. Jessi’s wedding.

Friends night at Local Taco and Sweet CeCes. Lunch at Baja with the Steidls.
Off to Alsace for New Years!

What an adventure of a year we have had!
Please keep us in your prayers and we head into 2010.
Joyeux Noel et Bonne Année

Douglas and Elizabeth Williams
160, rue Cuvier
69006 LYON

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Sunday, December 20, 2009

Jessi's wedding weekend

Jessi got married yesterday... and even got her snowflakes!

bridesmaid luncheon on Friday...
at the Rehearsal Dinner...
Wedding day brunch that I made...
Pictures before the ceremony...
At the reception...

Here are more pictures from the weekend.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Welcome home

Well after 3 flights we arrived last night in Nashville... and first stop was Baja Burrito. Today we had lunch at Five Guys, which was another item to check off of Doug's list. And... Doug got a haircut!!! YAY!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

singing, snow, and raclette!

Yesterday we went to the Christmas market in Croix Rousse. The market itself wasn't that great, but there was a "Christmas Farm" which was... interesting. Too bad it wasn't set up when Emily was here a few weeks ago... she would have loved it.
Today we went to Geneva with Pamela. The church there is about 100 people, with people from all over the world. The singing was great! It began snowing on our way, and when we got out of church it was so pretty to see everything dusted with a little snow. We had lunch at Doyle and Barbara Kee's house. We had raclette for the first time!