Friday, December 29, 2006
So many surprises! So much waiting! It's the best time ever! Our Christmas was extra special because my mom and step-dad had all their kids together for Christmas for the first time since they were married! We've got plenty of photos, and a few highlights are in a web album:
Friday, December 22, 2006
Christmas came early! Sigh ... when you have to spread the holiday between families, it's almost impossible to keep Christmas pinned to one weekend. The kids have been going head-to-head with their cool new toys ... but even I have Christmas early! You can see part of it in the background. My parents gave this new little homeowner (ME!) $$$ and I now have curtains and a table!
I don't recall ever BUYING curtains on purpose (other than an odd chance one here or there on clearance) ... I guess I moved often enough and mini blinds were quite the comfortable standard. And from my first auction last night? I have my first "wood" table! I feel so grown up now.
But I think the most special early surprise is Kevin's HUGE disc/plate/whatever (also a wonderful find from the auction - I'M GOING BACK!) with the most unusual "carving" and inlaid copper. It might be made out of pewter? I don't know, but it really is unique.
The best part? Now I'm starting to feel like I'm finally moving in! This is the first furniture of Oklahoma. I didn't bring anything substantial from Georgia. The living room furniture is a gift from mom that has been passed back and forth since Jeremy was a toddler, so that doesn't really count. VOILA! My "cinnamon bun" table (the legs curl at the bottom) is the first real piece.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Weekend in St. Louis ... it was Christmas for the kids, work for me and for K both (though it seems more like play to take pictures), and honestly pretty emotionally exhausting! But we all survived, waved goodbye at the airport (K was going on to Florida for more business meetings), and drove 6 hours back home. Now that the kids have had a taste of Christmas, I feel like I've officially climbed the big holiday slide and hit the "no turning back" point! WHEEEEEEE ... This time next week, IT'S CHRISTMAS EVE!
The Arch in St. Louis was a new thrill for me. I had never been up inside of it - WOW - is that amazing or what! K and I traveled our little pod to the top and I was SO relaxed that I think I could have napped and been quite happy! It offset the stress of the day. That sounds strange, but it really did. We took our time and were able to watch the sun begin to set at the top and see an amazing sky deepen into nightfall.
This was another one of my thrills this weekend ... an EAGLE! I was between appointments, standing by a river, and was getting ready to get into the car when I saw "a bird" and almost thought, "Nah, I'll won't take more time. I'll just hop in and go." But for some reason, I couldn't resist and decided to pop a couple of photos as I stood in the car door while the bird flew overhead. I couldn't see it this close, of course, when I was taking it. But I had my telephoto lens on and was curious to see if i could follow the bird and have a clear image. The thought crossed my mind, wouldn't that be cool if this was an eagle? I squealed out loud when I looked at the photos. AN EAGLE! How amazing is that?
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
Friday, December 08, 2006
My first Christmas Party with the Girl Scouts ... and I had to steal to come away with this ornament! (Actually, it was stolen from me first, and I was able to creatively steal it back once another turn had passed ... I'm working on the guilt.) But how cool is that? My first Christmas in Oklahoma (note the date) with K! It's romantic! And considering our "Santa Talks" lately, it's the perfect ornament. Come to find out, Pier 1 has a series of these. They are handpainted from the inside! We may have started a tradition!
Thursday, December 07, 2006
It was winter concert time tonight. The bands did GREAT. The advanced band was awesome. The only complaint (from my son) was that they cut out the hard piece. But since the parade was cancelled because of the weather, we got to hear that piece here - impressive cadence and all! GREAT JOB BANDIES! (I hope that's a "good name" to call them ... not always sure with Kevin's teasing!)
Click on the clip below to hear them (the video itself is terrible - sorry - but you'll get a little Christmas cheer from the band and even see my handsome young man at the end when they stand).
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Saturday, December 02, 2006
There's nothing like a day of sledding! There's a hill near us, and it was worth it to navigate the uncleared roads to get there! Naturally, I have a whole album of photos (click the square photo for more) ... but I have a good reason. I wanted Grandpa to see his sleds in action. My little one figured out how to steer hers and had a ton of fun. My son looked like a model out there - until he landed spread eagle in a puff of snow!
It is still a winder wonderland today. My mom laughed at me via email (if you can do that) and told me I have been away from the north too long (I grew up in North Dakota and Minnesota). I told her how I woke up the kids early yesterday because I saw the bright sun and didn't want them to miss any snow time (just thinking things would start melting). Back in Georgia, we were lucky to have snow at all much less overnight!