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 death....so 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!