Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas!

We had a wonderful Christmas!  And a bonus, totally unexpected white Christmas.  The weather predictions said snow flurries.  I think the “flurries” ended at about three or four inches.  We all loved it!DSC_4900 DSC_4902 DSC_4903 DSC_4904 DSC_4905 DSC_4907 DSC_4908

Traditional Christmas Eve at Deedie and Bruce’s house.  Oh, except for the fact there was not a fifth wheel in the driveway at their house.  A few nights before it caught fire and burned up.  They were really lucky as this happened in the middle of the night and Deedie just happened to wake up and see the flames shooting out.  The fire department thinks it started in the electric box.  So glad it did not lick the house and catch it on fire!

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12-22-11 burn trailer 1 12-22-11 burn trailer 2And Christmas continued.  As usual, lots of presents, lots of food, lots of fun.  All the kids make it so much more special.  They have gotten to the point of sitting down, eating, then screaming “Let’s open presents!!”.

12-24-11 Christmas Eve 10 12-24-11 Christmas Eve 07 DSC_4775 DSC_4781 DSC_4782 DSC_4783 DSC_4785 DSC_4789  DSC_4794 Ricky organized a game for the kids to keep them occupied.  Pass the orange and where ever it stopped, that person was out.  They  had fun and it kept them happy for a bit.DSC_4800 DSC_4802 DSC_4803 DSC_4804 DSC_4807 Then the presents got passed out and the opening began.DSC_4810 DSC_4814 DSC_4818 DSC_4820 DSC_4822 DSC_4825DSC_4830 DSC_4832 DSC_4833 The joy when they opened up the PS3.  Yep, happy boys.DSC_4836 DSC_4840 DSC_4841DSC_4842  From the mess that was left, I would say it was a good Christmas.

Christmas Day we did not have the kids but it was a great day.  Molly, Raylan, Sarah, John, and Lauren; Cynthia; Ross and I; Kathleen, Mike, Zachary, and Zane.  Great food – again! – and wonderful visiting.

Lauren, Cynthia, MollyDSC_4872Molly, Cynthia, SarahDSC_4875 Zachary, Zane, RossDSC_4877 DSC_4878 Mike and Kathleen handing out presents.DSC_4879 Lauren and John, up from San Antonio.DSC_4882 DSC_4883 Raylan, Cynthia, MollyDSC_4886 Love the new ski hats with the Texas Longhorn on the front!DSC_4889 DSC_4890 DSC_4891 I thought this turned out great – Raylan, Molly, Sarah, John, LaurenDSC_4898Hope your holidays were wonderful!  Merry Christmas, everyone!

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Doings with Zachary and Zane

The boys are out of school for Christmas so they spent the last two days with us.  That means we try to find things to keep them a bit busy and not bored and missing their friends too much.  Actually, they are getting better and keeping themselves busy with wrestling, boxing, throwing the ball, and more.  But still, I like to find fun stuff to do.  Last week I read an article about an exhibit at one of the banks here, Happy State Bank, of a model train and miniature houses.  (Actually, I thought it was more than one train and Zane was quite disappointed when it was one!)  So we decided to go see the “trains”. 

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12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 03Do you see the little travel trailer in front of Zane?  I think we need this scene. 12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 04

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12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 10 The boys just loved the Disney display.  Maybe because we were just in Disneyworld this summer.12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 13 12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 16 Even New York City.12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 21We had to discuss the Statue of Liberty!12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 23  12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 24 At this one Zachary commented on how it looked like when we go skiing and all the hours on the hills.  12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 30Pretty cool huh?  Makes me want a village.  I have a couple of buildings – that’s a start!  But where do you store all this stuff!?  Never mind.

That evening we cooked.  The boys love to help cook.  Stir fry.  Zachary cut up all the zucchini – my kids never ate zucchini like these boys do.  They love it.

Actually, he is cutting green onion tops here.  And Zane did the stir flying.12-22-11 boys cooking 01 12-22-11 boys cooking 03 12-22-11 boys cooking 04 We even had a volcano.  You can kind of see the flames.  Ours did not work like Kabuki but we tried.12-22-11 boys cooking 05 And then we did the traditional Christmas cookies.  Man, did we make messes.  I think I was either cooking or cleaning the whole time they were here.12-23-11 Christmas cookies 01

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12-23-11 Christmas cookies 12 Whew!  Done.  Oh, there were lots more things we did.  Wrestle, eat, box, play golf (indoors of course), play ball (yes, indoors), eat, wrestle, box, eat (this meant cook, clean, cook, clean, cook, clean, etc!). 

Resting now for tonight and tomorrow.  Then I can crash.  Oh, wait, I will have to post Christmas.  Never ending….

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Merry Christmas!

We had a wonderful Christmas!  And a bonus, totally unexpected white Christmas.  The weather predictions said snow flurries.  I think the “flurries” ended at about three or four inches.  We all loved it!DSC_4900 DSC_4902 DSC_4903 DSC_4904 DSC_4905 DSC_4907 DSC_4908

Traditional Christmas Eve at Deedie and Bruce’s house.  Oh, except for the fact there was not a fifth wheel in the driveway at their house.  A few nights before it caught fire and burned up.  They were really lucky as this happened in the middle of the night and Deedie just happened to wake up and see the flames shooting out.  The fire department thinks it started in the electric box.  So glad it did not lick the house and catch it on fire!

12-22-11 burn trailer 3

12-22-11 burn trailer 1 12-22-11 burn trailer 2And Christmas continued.  As usual, lots of presents, lots of food, lots of fun.  All the kids make it so much more special.  They have gotten to the point of sitting down, eating, then screaming “Let’s open presents!!”.

12-24-11 Christmas Eve 10 12-24-11 Christmas Eve 07 DSC_4775 DSC_4781 DSC_4782 DSC_4783 DSC_4785 DSC_4789  DSC_4794 Ricky organized a game for the kids to keep them occupied.  Pass the orange and where ever it stopped, that person was out.  They  had fun and it kept them happy for a bit.DSC_4800 DSC_4802 DSC_4803 DSC_4804 DSC_4807 Then the presents got passed out and the opening began.DSC_4810 DSC_4814 DSC_4818 DSC_4820 DSC_4822 DSC_4825DSC_4830 DSC_4832 DSC_4833 The joy when they opened up the PS3.  Yep, happy boys.DSC_4836 DSC_4840 DSC_4841DSC_4842  From the mess that was left, I would say it was a good Christmas.

Christmas Day we did not have the kids but it was a great day.  Molly, Raylan, Sarah, John, and Lauren; Cynthia; Ross and I; Kathleen, Mike, Zachary, and Zane.  Great food – again! – and wonderful visiting.

Lauren, Cynthia, MollyDSC_4872Molly, Cynthia, SarahDSC_4875 Zachary, Zane, RossDSC_4877 DSC_4878 Mike and Kathleen handing out presents.DSC_4879 Lauren and John, up from San Antonio.DSC_4882 DSC_4883 Raylan, Cynthia, MollyDSC_4886 Love the new ski hats with the Texas Longhorn on the front!DSC_4889 DSC_4890 DSC_4891 I thought this turned out great – Raylan, Molly, Sarah, John, LaurenDSC_4898Hope your holidays were wonderful!  Merry Christmas, everyone!

Christmas Doings with Zachary and Zane

The boys are out of school for Christmas so they spent the last two days with us.  That means we try to find things to keep them a bit busy and not bored and missing their friends too much.  Actually, they are getting better and keeping themselves busy with wrestling, boxing, throwing the ball, and more.  But still, I like to find fun stuff to do.  Last week I read an article about an exhibit at one of the banks here, Happy State Bank, of a model train and miniature houses.  (Actually, I thought it was more than one train and Zane was quite disappointed when it was one!)  So we decided to go see the “trains”. 

12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 01

12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 03Do you see the little travel trailer in front of Zane?  I think we need this scene. 12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 04

12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 07

12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 09

12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 10 The boys just loved the Disney display.  Maybe because we were just in Disneyworld this summer.12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 13 12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 16 Even New York City.12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 21We had to discuss the Statue of Liberty!12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 23  12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 24 At this one Zachary commented on how it looked like when we go skiing and all the hours on the hills.  12-22-11 Happy State Bank train and towns 30Pretty cool huh?  Makes me want a village.  I have a couple of buildings – that’s a start!  But where do you store all this stuff!?  Never mind.

That evening we cooked.  The boys love to help cook.  Stir fry.  Zachary cut up all the zucchini – my kids never ate zucchini like these boys do.  They love it.

Actually, he is cutting green onion tops here.  And Zane did the stir flying.12-22-11 boys cooking 01 12-22-11 boys cooking 03 12-22-11 boys cooking 04 We even had a volcano.  You can kind of see the flames.  Ours did not work like Kabuki but we tried.12-22-11 boys cooking 05 And then we did the traditional Christmas cookies.  Man, did we make messes.  I think I was either cooking or cleaning the whole time they were here.12-23-11 Christmas cookies 01

12-23-11 Christmas cookies 03 12-23-11 Christmas cookies 04 12-23-11 Christmas cookies 06 12-23-11 Christmas cookies 08 12-23-11 Christmas cookies 09 12-23-11 Christmas cookies 10 12-23-11 Christmas cookies 11

12-23-11 Christmas cookies 12 Whew!  Done.  Oh, there were lots more things we did.  Wrestle, eat, box, play golf (indoors of course), play ball (yes, indoors), eat, wrestle, box, eat (this meant cook, clean, cook, clean, cook, clean, etc!). 

Resting now for tonight and tomorrow.  Then I can crash.  Oh, wait, I will have to post Christmas.  Never ending….