Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Before I start with the new Year....

I must end the old one!
And due to my lack of blogging these last two weeks, I have a lot of
ground to cover!  First, for those of you waiting with baited breath ~ Maisy
had eight beautiful female pups.  Mom and babies are all well and 
healthy!  You might have guessed that all went well by the pic 
above (which I must admit that I love).  Once in  a while
the shutter clicks and out come the perfect picture....and it makes 
up for the other 99 that are just ordinary!
Here are a few more pics of our new babes...

Waiting.....the birthing process is in process!  Here is Maisy, the whole experience took about 18 
hours and Maisy was a trooper! 

Eight healthy baby girls....how appropriate for Gary....more females in the house

Sleeping like a baby!

Now we must go back in time to take a peek at Sara's sixteenth birthday on Dec. 17th 2010.

The day was started with a grand birthday breakfast of crepes and hot chocolate!

Grams (her grandmother) gave her a very special gift ~ one that she has 
been saving since Sara was born....they share the same name,  and 
when I surprised my mother by naming Sara after her, she started planning
for her 16th birthday with this gift.

She sent a special note describing how she found this in the attic and 
had been saving it for Sara ever since!

It is a beautiful sterling silver bracelet inscribed with the name Sara.

That evening, several friends of Ellen came over and decorated
 the house for the celebration!

It was very festive....

It is birthday time!

But first, we visited our park across the street for the annual "Christmas caroling in the park".  It was a very cold night, but that is what you need to get in the Christmas spirit!

A great local band supplied the music

Our girls and friends supplied the caroling,

Sara and her cousin Katie joined in the fun

Ellen and her friends celebrated with Santa

And then, surrounded by lots of friends and family, Sara blew out sixteen candles!

And Gran-E and Charlie came to the party....with a very special gift

A family heirloom necklace to be worn for a very special occasion (post to come!)

Next on the agenda....our cousins arrived ....this is my godchild!
They were scheduled to stay for Christmas and leave the next day
but due to the snowstorms that paralyzed the nation, they were here
 for five extra days!

And they enjoyed all the country has to offer


Standing around looking cute





Nature's beauty

Felix the Cockatiel

And I got to practice my photography

on cute little boys

That I don't see nearly enough of!

But thanks to "Mother Nature"

They were around a little longer than we expected

and gave me some new subjects to shoot!

Well, I still have a lot to share about the end of 2010, but my bed is calling...so 
I will continue this tomorrow and soon we will be all caught up!  Tune in to see some 
very special things that happen "only in Louisiana"!


  1. Oh my gosh, those kids are SOOO CUTE!!!!

    Haha- great shots- I love that one of Jack smiling on the golf cart. And the one of me and the boys (not the one of us looking at the bird! Ah, pregnant, in pajamas, and the only shoes I had... cute...). But it was a wonderful visit, and when Jack saw the picture of you and him, he yelled "AhnYay!"

    The boys have been asking to go back to Louisiana every single day since we've been home. I tell them that I feel exactly the same way.

  2. Hey, will you please post the instructions for your knit hat? I want to compare them with what I'm doing. Thanks!

  3. Yes....I finished it today and am sooo proud of my first hat....my next project is for my godchild...can't tell you as I want it to be a surprise! I will leave you with the teaser that it will be warm and cute and will take about a month to complete. I am taking three classes to learn how to do it! I picked out the yarn today and will start next week! That is all the info you get.
    Here is the hat pattern.
    Approx 19 st = 4 " in 2x2 ribbing

    To knit hat:
    Cast on 76 (80) stitches - (I used the 76 stitches and it fit well - the 80 is for a man)

    R1(RS) and all rows: *(K2, P2,), rep* till end - this is the 2x2 ribbing
    You may know what this means but just in case it means Row One, Right side - Knit two and Pearl two till end of row, then start over again with the knit two and pearl two until you have nine inches of ribbing

    To finish off and shape crown:

    R1(RS): *K2, P2 together). repeat till end - since you turn up the brim, keep in mind that your right side is really your wrong side in this pattern! Kind of confusing but you will be turning up about an inch and a half to make the brim so if the pattern says right side (RS) it is the wrong side!

    R1(RS) and all rows: *(K2,P2). rep* till end - this is 2 x 2 ribbing

    Work in 2x2 ribbing till piece measures 9" (10") (the 9" is for woman)

    R2 (ROW 2) *(K1, P2), this means Knit one and Pearl two and repeat to end of row

    R3 (ROW 3) *(K2, P1), repeat till the end of row

    R4 ( Row 4) *(K1, P2) repeat to the end of row

    R5 (ROw 5) *(K2 together, P1) till end - 38 (40) remain ~ woman is 38!

    R6: (ROW 6) *(K1, P1) till end of row

    R7 & 8 (ROW 7 and 8) Repeat row six for row seven and eight

    R9: (K2tog) Knit two together till end

    Cut yarn, leaving a tail of about 18". Weave through remaining stiches, removing stitches from Knitting needle.
    THis means to weave the tail through the circle at the top of hat and draw up.
    Next you sew the seam with your yarn...to do this just zig zag back and forth between the two and catch each side to make a seam

    You are done!

    Good luck!

    Not the cutest hat in the world but a good pattern to learn how to make cables!

  4. What a great update -- your family sure has been busy! What fun for your picture practicing, your photos are looking great!

    Happy New Year to you!


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