This is how we spent the first part of the day:
|Yes, that is me shooting an AK-47.|
|I did well but my zebra heels kept sinking in the ground.|
|We're always cautious -- gear to protect your ears and caution when handling guns.|
|Dad with a vintage handgun|
|Husband and future brother-in-law|
|All of the guys|
And then we made a trip to the nearby stables to see my cousin Katie's horse.
|Katie and her horse, Bubbs|
|Me trying to be the Horse Whisperer|
That night we opened presents and stockings. Stockings in this family are a BIG DEAL. My Aunt Karen made us all hugely oversized and personalized stockings to hold lots of goodies. And they are always busting at the seams, some with an "overspill bag" next to them. Ian got his own stocking this year, and it was presented to him at our rehearsal dinner by my aunt. It has so many pieces of significance on it -- even the very tartan from his family's Scottish clan, shipped from the UK -- but my favorite part is the fact that he is holding a diamond ring that is made to look like mine. :)
|You can see it even won a ribbon in this year's state fair!|
|Blingy blingy blingy|
The next day we girls went shopping, most of our time spent at a great antiques store, where we all got some goodies.
|Incredible vintage hats! They didn't come home with us, though.|
|Mom did surprise us with getting us each a gift. This was my choice - an artichoke vase.|
Oh, and my sister got a black purse for $10 -- a vintage Tiffany & Co. purse, that is! We think the shop owner couldn't read the gold inscription inside and just thought it was a regular evening purse. You just can't beat antique shopping.
I always love spending time in quaint towns like Mocksville.