Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Less than a week after a White Christmas, we get hit again with snow. Is this Texas? Really? It started out as rain, then got fluffier as the temperatures dropped. It's still more icy than snow, which is kinda gross, but at least we don't have to go anywhere. Might make my 10-mile run tomorrow a little dicey, though...
Monday, December 28, 2009
A few years ago we spent the week before Christmas on the most hideous cruise ever - bad weather, seasickness, change of itinerary. Probably the best day of the trip besides the beach day at Cozumel was spent at the pyramids near Progreso. We missed seeing the Winter Solstice by one day - it would have been great to be able to be there when the sun lined up perfectly with the keyholes in the windows as they did when they were first constructed.
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Since Christmas was yesterday, the baby Jesus is now in his spot in the manger, awaiting the arrival of the Three Kings. This nativity set was handed down from my mom, who had it when she was first married in the early Sixties, and is one of my favorite things about Christmas.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Ben's been working on growing this at Grandpa's house the last few days. The mouth and nose fell off sometime earlier last week, apparently, but the hair is still keen. Or it was until he took the scissors to it and gave it a crew cut. It should grow back, though!
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Portait of the Artist as a Young Penguin. This was one of Ben's many projects from his art camp this summer. His brush drooped a little before the whole thing dried, but the pallette cracks me up, as do the big ol' eyeballs. Penguins are awesome. Li'l clay penguins made by my boy are even better.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
So we wrapped up our Louisiana hockey weekend (our boys lost all three games - bah!) with a trip to Prejean's for breakfast. Except we got there at 10:28 so we missed breakfast and had to have lunch. Wahh (not really, lunch was great!). On the way out, I grabbed a praline from the claws of this little guy for the road. No matter how you pronounce it (pray-leen, btw), it was delish.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Hard to take a good photo through the window as we were hurtling down the highway at a ridiculous pace (which, depending on whether you are a Texas DPS or Louisiana State Patrol may or may not have exceeded 90 mph, ahem...), but I did capture the "Welcome to Louisiana" sign. Kinda, sorta. Saw lots of great swamps reflecting the sunset and trees and such, yet was not able to get a decent shot while at warp speed. Maybe tomorrow I'll get some gator pics, or some kind of Bigfoot swamp monster. But it will probably be more hockey pics...
Thursday, December 17, 2009
The boys got these figurines in their stockings a few years ago, and they are now a favorite part of our decor. Even though we scaled back the holiday pomp and circumstance this year, we HAD to put out Snoopy Claus, Charlie Brown and the tree swaddled in Linus' blanket. Merry Christmas!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
My mother-in-law used to make dozens and dozens of tamales every year at Christmastime - she asked me to help once or twice, but eventually decided I mucked up her finely-tuned assembly process. I was then allowed to sit and watch without actually contributing any effort except taste-testing. It was awesome. We'd sometimes do a little happy dance when we found a lost pack in the back of the freezer in July. Store-bought are going to have to do this year, at least until I figure out how to do them on my own.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
We'd really rather be skiing (or attempting to ski, in my case) in the Rockies again this Christmas. Alas, unless the lotto numbers hit this week (and I actually go out and buy a ticket), we won't make it back there this year. Bah. Daydreaming into this snow globe will have to do for now.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
So we get to Six Flags for the boy's choir concert and as we pull into the parking lot, I turn on the camera (that I circled the block to go back for, by the way) and realize that the memory card is in the card reader, plugged into the computer. HCD! So, you get a fuzzy cell-phone photo of the tower with the big star at the top. I would have taken a photo of the boy on Mine Train, but I was laughing too much at his screams!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
So I said I wasn't going to decorate this year. And I haven't. Really. I did find my wreath in the closet today while I was looking for something else, though, and decided to put it on the table around a candle. Looks almost Christmas-ey, despite my best intentions.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
"I never thought it was such a bad little tree. It's not bad at all, really. Maybe it just needs a little love. "
Our little tabletop tree is about all we can handle this year. We really need a new one, but don't feel much like decorating with all we've been through lately, so we're going minimalist. The only challenge is going to be how long before the cats knock it over and drag it under the couch.