yes, it is true. i am in franklin. live and in person! i am just beginning my last full day in tennessee (car mechanic willing) and should be heading back to NC tomorrow. (i drove our 1999 land cruiser here in order to have the timing belt changed. why here? because we have a great mechanic here who saves us lots of money... worth the drive!) it has been a short but definitely good trip "home." i have completed most of my christmas shopping and have spent lots of good time with my family so far. did i mention i have eaten a lot, too? yeah. saturday evening i had dinner with the dennis side of the family at sportsman's grill. good food and good company. sunday i had breakfast with my parents and my aunt janice at cracker barrel. my grandparents came over to mom and dad's on sunday afternoon to visit and we watched some of the titans game on TV. then we spent the evening with (my brother) phil, (my sister-in-law) samantha, and (my niece) courtney. we had our christmas together and exchanged gifts and had a lot of fun watching courtney open and enjoy her presents. i made her an apple hat and bought her some elmo house shoes/slippers. she loved both of them. she will be two at the end of january, which was showing in her inability to sit still for long periods of time. however, it made the evening much more enjoyable, having an active little one there to enjoy the fun part of christmas.
today i am going to visit my favorite hair stylist, kristie, because i am stealing mom's appointment at a moment's peace (she really can't go) and then i am going to meet mandy and rachel at stoveworks in the factory (yummy!), followed by some shopping with mom. it should be a fun and busy day!