Sunday, December 20, 2009

A few of my favorite things...OK... a lot of my favorite things!

Christmas Clothesline - A tradition started by my mother.....this year I made stockings to put the treats in!  As I had to do when I was young, the girls have to clean their room and pick up their things thoughout the house and then they get a treat each night.

Ellens "countdown calendar"....she diligently erases it everynight and updates it.

One of the special things I received after Mama and Papa died.....three crystal trees.  She used to place them on her mantle in a swirl of angel hair and lights...

Sara's "tree of  life"....we had her birthday party on the Zoric (boat) and several friends came and spent the night.  It was one of the wettest, rainiest nights I have ever seen but we still celebrated!

Ellen made a "birthday certificate" for Sara

A boat full of girls the morning after Sara's birthday

The tree of lights in Cate square....we see it every night during the Christmas season

Ellen and friends with Santa.  Our neighborhood  provides luminaries to all the houses and on Friday night, everyone lit them on the sidewalks in front of their house and gathered in Cate square to sing carols, take pics with Santa and drink hot chocolate.

My new glass ball ornaments made by Molly......thrilled about my tree this year

They are beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

My tree

One of my first ornaments.....Mona made this for me when I was a baby and each sequin is secured by a pin...a very time consuming project!

My "weinachts" man (I know I massacred that German name)...Miriam and John gave it to me and you put insense inside, light it and it smokes!  (smells good too)

My mantle

Reindeer and Sled.....found this several years ago and just love it!

Decorating "Hank"....Sara's deer

The fact that my girls stay home on Friday night and bake a cake for a friend!

Sunset on the river

Friday, December 4, 2009

Enjoying the Zoric TOO

After five years of "knashing of teeth, pulling of hair, ......well you get the picture), we are finally able to really enjoy the Zoric.  It survived this hurricane season so we can breathe easy until next year and we hope the nickname of "Frankenstein" is buried forever.  The girls are becoming quite the "huntresses" after several hunting trips! 

Our new "logo" sign

The old girl looks good

Ellen has been working with Libby "her golden retriever" and she is now retrieveing ducks
for her.   As Maisy has always gotten the attention for being such a "pretty" dog, Ellen is now enjoying the fact that her dog is a great retriever and in the hunting world that counts a lot more than a pretty face!

Sara is wondering just where she is going to fit!  Gary's car stays like throughout hunting season!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Our little Vampire

Sheer terror!!!

All done!

Getting braces in our family is now "old hat"~ Ellen was pretty excited about it (as documented in previous blog) but I really didn't think to explain the process of how they would put them on her.  She woke up and on her own, put on a cute dress and fixed her hair in preparation for the big day.  If you look closely at the first picture, you can see her "fang" that is growing in......vampires are in "vogue" now!  She was excitedly nervous and when she laid down in the chair, I was surprised to see that her legs logs were locked so tightly that they were straight as a board, her fist were clinched into little balls and her eyes were shut tight.  I kept telling her to relax, that it would not hurt but she kept those eyes shut and fist clenched.  I then realized that she was scared to I suggested to the orthodontist that he start explaining what he would be doing, step by step, as he proceeded with the braces.  It  eased her concerns but she was obviously still very tense.  This was odd for her and I was feeling rather guilty for taking such a casual attitude about getting  braces  About twenty minutes into the process, the orthodontist asked which dentist I would be using to have some of her teeth pulled.....we had known that she was going to have to have some teeth pulled due to the overcrowding in Ellen's mouth.  Ellen popped up and said, "wait - you mean you are not going to pull them today"?  She had been bracing herself the whole time for them to start pulling teeth.   I asked her if she thought they were just going to reach over and yank the teeth out with no anesthesia...... she said all she saw was some tools on the tray that looked like they would be used to pull teeth and figured they were going to use them!  I constantly have to remind myself that she is still just a ten year old!  Once she realized that her teeth were not going to be pulled, she relaxed and we finished the process with all of her teeth intact! 

Friday, November 27, 2009

A lesson from Ellen

As I was putting a few things away in Ellen's room, I happened to notice this piece of paper on her desk.  Intrigued,  I picked it up and could make little sense of it!  When she got home from school, I asked her what it meant.  She said that it was her notes on all the the good things happening in her life.  She makes a list of fun things that are happening and when she wakes up every morning, she looks at the list and it helps her look forward to the  day....Oprah would call it a "gratitude list"!   What are fifth graders grateful for?  On Thursday,  it was Bquest (an enrichment class that she has two times a week with several of her good friends in which they do a lot of fun projects);  telling everyone that she was getting braces the next day - (big excitement in her life);  Mrs. Inman - her favorite teacher;  Two more days till "brake" - that would be a week off of school for the Thanksgiving holidays (gotta work on that spelling);  Mrs. Laureen - another teacher she likes;  and two more days till her friend's birthday party that was going to be at her grandfather's farm.  (Love the artwork!) When she was explaining all of this to me....she looked up at me and said with a very "Oprahesque" air....Mom, you should try really works.  You are happy all day when you remind yourself about all the good things you have to look forward to.   Now, getting braces (subject of next blog) would not be on my "Happy list", but what a great lesson this little girl who is always smiling taught me!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Our Mascara runs faster than yours!

Sara had a burst of creativity and it fell upon the trophy won by our Cross Country team for district.......if you are not a cross country runner, you won't know that the abbreviation for Cross Country is XC and in another burst of creativity, one of the team members came up with the slogan....Cross Country girls are XC.....which is what the bottom of the trophy labeled (see next pic).  I thought the whole thing was quite clever and is a good lead in to the recent state championship saga.  It has been a long haul for Elizabeth and all her "illnesses" but despite the setbacks, she surprised everyone including her doctor and practically killed herself to be able to run in state.  With only the last three weeks to start getting back in shape she placed 19th in state and their team which has won state for the last two years, tied for first.  St. Thomas and Episcopal both scored 75 points but because the sixth runner for Episopal (which normally is not scored) came in ahead of our sixth runner, they were declared state champs and we are runner up this year.  No third state ring for Liz and Sara was hoping for a first.  The top seven runners on a team are able to run in state and Elizabeth was our fourth runner this year!  We are so proud of her as it was a monumental feat to be able to run at all.  She is running with 50%  of  her lung capacity.  Sara battled shin splints all year and ran well but was an alternate this year for state......she will be there next year!  Anyway, it was a fun two days in Natchitochs, LA, hanging out with the team, their parents, our girls and we are sooooo proud of them! 

Girls are XC! 

Ready to Run!

Elizabeth and her coaches

Prayer  before the race

Let's go win a race and boy do we look XC with our breathe right nose strips on!  Complements of Coach Rosendo

Good luck hugs....the little dark headed girl on the right bottom corner of the pic is Malia Cali and she has won the Heisman trophy for Louisiana and is now in the top six finalist for the nation.  They are flying her to New York and will announce the winner in several weeks.  There were 56,000 applicants and she is in the top six!  Awesome girl not only in sports but in every catagory of  life! 

They are off......only three miles to go.....Elizabeth looks determined

This is my favorite photo out of all the pics I took!  The other two girls are Carmen and Jordyn; both Juniors with Elizabeth.....both great runners.  Carmen placed second in state, behind Malia (who was first and cinched her four year streak of being first in state four years in a row); Jordyn came in 7th and Elizabeth was 19th.....ironic that they are in that order in the pic!  You can see the concentration on their faces! 

Elizabeth was at the end of the race here and the end of her rope!  At this point her lungs are killing her but she found a bit of strength to kick it in.  It is so painful to watch her and when I look at these pictures, I am sooo glad this season is over!                                                                                         

Lumberjacks topple the Lions

Ryan Gambel plays football for Stephan F Austin and last weekend they came to town to play the SLU Lions.  The game was predicted to be close but ended up being quite an upset!  The whole family attended and it was a fun event, especially to see Ryan in action!