Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Giggles of Girls

My sweet, precious Grandniece Madison at 16 months old.  She’s lively, curious and such a delightful baby. I hope you go through life with the same happy outlook you have right now.

My beautiful, thoughtful Grandniece Brookelynn at 3 and a half. She’s introspective, shy and so very smart. I hope that life brings you and abundance of happiness. You are such a blessing to so many.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Beauty Found

The amazing view of a winter sunset as seen from our backyard.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas 2011

I was very blessed to have the opportunity to spend Christmas with my family this year.  However, my heart goes out to Arnold who is so far away from his beautiful girls, his family and me. He doesn’t really even get the opportunity to celebrate Christmas the way I do since he is not in a Christian country. All of my Christmas wishes aren’t for presents or happiness, they are just for Arnold, in hopes that he can feel the joy of the Christmas season while he is so far away from those he loves.

Awwwww, Cute Kitty! Casanova thinks he’s cute enough to be a Christmas present.

Yep, Christmas eve and we are still wrapping gifts!! Great job Tammy!!

Even my nieces, Kaitlyn and Brittany are busy being Santa’s elves.

My Dad brought my sister some old wagon wheels to place in her yard. Boy are they big!

We love, love, love playing Apples to Apples. It’s a card game that is sure to get everyone laughing.

They have now come out with Sour Apples to Apples, a new twist on our old favorite

Now, if you lose you have to pay the consequences of giving up a card or even remaining silent for a turn.
Yep, even though he was told to hold his tongue his face still spoke loudly!

Dad, Mom and Sis, you made me who I am today. There aren’t enough words to say thank you! I love you all so very much! Merry Christmas.

My Mom and Dad have been blessed with 3 wonderful grandkids, Brittany, Brendon and Kaitlyn.'

My sister, Ta (Tammy) and I.  WE have been through plenty of ups and downs but she will always be my one and only sister.  I love you, sis!!

Unfortunately, later that evening  I had a severe migraine attack.  My mom ended up taking me to the hospital emergency room around 2 am.  The doctors recognized my severe pain and shot me full of dilaudid (a form of morphine).  So I spent all of Christmas day sleeping off and on at my parents house while everyone else enjoyed unwrapping presents, spending time with each other, etc. I won’t complain. Blessings come in all shapes and sizes.  For me, my Christmas blessing was the dilaudid and an end to the pain.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dad's Christmas Lights

Every year my dad goes all out with the Christmas lights.  It seems that every year he continues to add another new element to his light spectacular.

 Dad likes collecting all the different colors of lighted trees. 

The reindeer and Santa's sleigh loaded with gifts!

The hedge all decorated with net lights.

 The manger with Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus.

 Frosty the Snowman.

 Miniture Santa lights lining the flower bed.

 Miniture Frosty the Snowman lights.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Spending time with the Grandnieces

Why yes! Everyone wears their red, white and blue tutu on their head. 

 Sweet Brookie working on tying her shoes. 

Madi just being a cutie.

 Such a sweet happy lil girl

"Look at me! I am smiling."

 "Hu? We weren't doing anything."

Sisterly love.

Sisters make the greatest pillows.

Just chillin' in the fridge.

 Madi enjoying reading on my nook.