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Thursday, December 31, 2009


On our way up to the mountains to play in the snow.
What's this I see?  Really?
Deserves a closer look.
Not that I'm a fan of this type of establishment, but I mean really?
Who thought this was a good idea?
What business man took a look at this when it was all done and said, ya, I think that's acceptable.
Does this sign really drum up more business, and do they really want the type of business it drums up?
Lordy be!   I LOVE this state!
Strangely, it just kinda makes me want to go inside and see what's up.  I'd just love a glimpse of a bovine doing a pole dance!  But that'd be wrong.
Where else could you see this?  I couldn’t make this stuff up! 
Probably a feed & grain store originally that eventually became a “business of ill repute.” 
Or maybe you can get a lap dance and some round rump all at the same time? 

Star Valley, Arizona, state route 260, on our way up to the mountains to play in the snow.  

Happy New Year's All!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Tag Was Olb

Coincidentally both Papa's and my parents are out of town.  Well that's putting it lightly.  More specifically, they're out of country on the sandy, sun-drenched, beaches of Mazatlan, Mexico, and Nicaragua.  You remember sun, right?  That's that warm yummy-feeling stuff that you expose your bare skin to?

Comes out of the blue over-head thingy that's behind all those grey clouds? 
Sun block lotiony stuff? 

I'll pretend not to be insanely jealous!

So these are some pics from our Christmas morning rip and tear extravaganza, just for T.A.G. W.A.S. O.L.B.  (Totally Awesome Grandparents Who Are Sunbathing On Latin Beaches)  In this glorious age of modern technology how awesome is it that not only I can capture some of the emotions on the kiddos' faces, but that I can use my magic tansporter to beam the images all the way to sun-drenched latin beaches?!  No doubt their fingers are moist from all that sunblock and greasing up their keyboard as we speak!  I feel NO sympathy!

Thank you so much, Grammy and Grandpapa, and Granna and Storm!  The looks on their faces were priceless.  

Tess rummages in her stocking

Boo has grand visions of being a rock star!

Patch helps Jujube open a gift.

Livy was pretty positive that this ipod was not a possibility...

...but Christmas surprises are the best.

How 'bout a play-kitchen?

Really they shared like this the whole time!  Never-you-mind my nose that keeps getting longer.

And never-you-mind that bump on Tess's head where Jujube clunked her on the head with a pot for not sharing!  Let me live in my bubble where all my kiddos always gets along for the sake of their mother's mental health!

The culprit pot!

Patch on being Patch.

Oh see how sweet are they always are?  Denial is bliss!

Missing you already T.A.G. W.A.S. O.L.B.  Stand in the sand and let the waves roll over your toes for me.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Sunset and Silhouette

Starting a new tradition can be met with resistance.

After Papa's wonderful Christmas supper of prime rib with Yorkshire pudding and asparagus, I could feel the extra pounds adhereing themselves to my already mushy tushy!  It was scary!  Quick, I think!  A new holiday tradition!  A late afternoon hike!  I could only muster up participation from 4 of the 8 of us.  Oh well.  It's a start.

This desert trail is just a couple miles from our home.  Yep, I'll rub it in a little for those of you buried in the snow!  Those are shorts and t-shirts on Christmas Day!  The advantage of living in the desert is that we get to rub it in every month that's not summer.  Maybe y'all can soak up some of the warmth telepathically.

I am in love love love with the last picture of Papa and Patch.  Something about the way he's looking up at his dad to absorb every word of wisdom.  Might try to use it for a Father's Day gift in some way.  Any ideas beyond a frame?

The look on Papa's face is priceless!
 He's like come on lady!  Stop shooting pics and start walking already!
All in the middle of a stand of chollas.

Camelback Mountain in the distance

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Dear Santa Claus,

I've been a perfect girl this year.  And I'd like many many things.
Like lots and lots of cousins playing together.
And decorating Christmas cookies...
And eating them of course!
I'd like a 13-year-old beauty who will still humor her mama and play along...
I'd like little ones who are ever so patient waiting to sit on your lap...
but know eventually it'll be their turn.
I'd like to be a mama that can take a swift right hook...
...then simultaneously wrangle a fussy toddler, put a 7-year-old in a choke hold, and still maintain a conversation!
I'd like smooshable kissable babies...
...and a mama for each to hold them tight.
And LOTS of sticky candy canes...
And granddaughters that eventually grow taller than their grandmothers!

Merry Christmas all!  May you get all the things on your wish list.  I got all mine!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

It's a Good Thing-Christmas Memory Book & the Annual Family Pic

This one's especially for Catie and Pamela and Staci cause they are so young and can start the tradition early!  But so awesome for us all.

So I have this Christmas memory book.  It's one of the things I would grab should my home spontaneously combust, (read-Patch gets over zealous trying to earn his fire-starting boyscout badge.)  I surfed around and found it is still available here for about $20.  It's not really a scrapbook, cause that's just too much work.  It's more like a fill-in-the-blank book.  It's an awesome tool for making family traditions easy.

It has 2 pages for each Christmas and about 25 more open pages, thus 25 years worth of holiday memories.  Each year I put a family photo, usually in the form of the Xmas card we sent out that year, and jot down a little about our Christmas, like who was there and what gifts we gave and received.  Often I have included the kiddos Santa letters.  Over the years it has become a treasure. I look forward each year to putting in this year's memories.  And someday I'll be in "the home" and be able to entertain the nursing staff with decades of my family as it grew.  They're gonna love me so. 

So The Christmas Memory Book is really such a good thing and so easy.  But even without it, make sure you get out there and take an annual family picture each year, even without the book or even if it's after Christmas.  Ask a friend to take it or use your camera's timer.  It doesn't have to be great, just as long as it's done. 

1996.  We look so... rested with only the 2 girls with us.  If we only knew what was in store!  Not sure what I was thinking about that turnicate around Livy's head!

1997--In the phase where we spent several Christmases on the beach in Mexico and also my short hair phase.  We still look so young.  Man I wish I knew what diet I was on!

1999-And the addition of #3. 
Gotta love the "red ensam" we're sporting.  It was all about the  color coordination!

2002-Entering my artistic phase and #4
Notice the black and white photo and artsy-fartsy glasses that I didn't really need.

2007-The year I learned about Photoshop and how to "color-in" my grey hair, not represented here.

2008-Enter #5 and #6. This year's was priceless to me cause it was the first year T&J were with us!  Jujube still had his casts on and Tess, who was was havin' none of this! 
I think she looked like this in 99% of the photos.

2009-Well there's nothing to show you for this year, 'cause my computer has been in the shop for almost a month now.  At first I was like, who really needs the right-hand side of their key board and x's and f's and z's any way?!  But after trying to write a little with no words containing any t's or r's or e's or a's or s's, I gave in and sent it in to get fixed. 
Almost 4 weeks later, I still got nothing but Papa's back-up computer. 

If I had my computer I could show you more reasons this is such a good idea. Like 2002 when Granna was going through chemotherapy, and we all wore bandanas on our heads to distract from who had hair and who didn't.  Or 1992 with just Papa and me sans any kiddos looking SO very young.  I look back on each of these in my Xmas memory book and am reminded of how God has blessed us over the years now turn decades.  It's a good thing.
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