Saturday, December 31, 2011

A New Year!

Happy New Year my friends.  

Sending out all of my best wishes to you for a very happy, peaceful, successful, and blessed New Year!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Christmas Recap

Our Christmas actually began on the 13th because we had my parents here visiting and because Valerie and Parker were going back to Utah with them on the 15th.   So we each opened a gift or two or three.  

As mentioned earlier, Valerie, Bob and Parker went to Utah for Christmas this year.  So Dear Hubby and I got the job of dog sitting for them.  DH and I celebrated our Christmas in the usual way except it was just the two of us and the dogs... all four of them.  

So you could say that it was a Doggone Good Christmas!  Here is the proof!  Woof woof woof woof!

Aren't they sweet?

The dogs had more gifts to open than we did!  Really!  As you can tell by this picture we had a dog toy revolution!  

At noon DH and I headed over to Aunt Patsy's house for Christmas Lunch with some of the family.  We had a nice visit and excellent food.  It is nice to get to know DH's family a little more.  I am grateful to have a lot of in-laws around especially when I am missing my kids and my family so much.  

Later that evening we were invited to Brad & Shelly's house (DH's brother), for Christmas Dinner, White Elephant gift exchange, and Games!  We had such a great time and are so thankful to Brad & Shelly for hosting this get-together.   Next year it will be held in our new home!

And this is a picture of my cool nephew who was showing us how he rocks on his new drum set.  And boy is he good!  Great job A!  

I am so thankful for my DH's family for making Christmas really wonderful for me.  I will be honest and say that I was having a hard time being without my kids (again), and I was really missing my family... but Christmas turned out to be really nice and I am blessed and so grateful for my other family. I Love You All!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


A couple weeks ago Valerie and I went to the Arlington Texas Stake 17th Annual Nativity Display.  There were hundreds of nativities on display.  Here are my favorites....

This is the cutest nativity I have ever seen!  

This one is such a beautiful piece and is my 2nd top favorite

This is my top favorite.  It is so detailed and beautiful! 

Just Gorgeous and so Special! 

We had a great time viewing the nativities and being entertained by the Texas Children's Choir... they were amazing!

Tis' the season and so I just wanted to share these with you.  

Thanks for going with me Valerie  
It was a fun day!  

I Love my Sister!

What a Birthday Cake!

So it was my DH's birthday a couple weeks ago.  My sister, Valerie, is quite the cake maker decorator and this is what she came up with for my DH's big day.   Any of you who know my DH knows what a big fan he is of hiking and mountains, especially in Montana, so this is the perfect cake for him.

Every single thing is edible except for the animal figures... yes even those rocks!  

Billy and his brother Brad

What a cake!

That's my guy!

Going for it!  

Just so you know, it was really hard to tear into this thing and ruin such an amazing creation.  But we did it! And the cake was so delicious!  

Thanks Valerie!!!  

Happy Birthday 

Saturday, December 10, 2011

A couple months ago on the Beach...

You might remember that a couple months ago I went to Florida to attend my Uncle's funeral.  While we were there we got to experience the white beaches of Panama City Florida.  Here are a few pictures......

Nibblin on sponge cake, watchin the sun bake, all of those tourists covered with oil...

Wastin away in Margaritaville 
(Ya sing it!)

Heading to the Beach

Got my toes in the sand
(look at that beautiful white sand)

Aunt Pat, Uncle Dennis and my Dad

The Pier

Love this photo!  
Me, Valerie (my sis), my Mom, and Aunt Pat

Beautiful Beaches of Florida

Mom looking for shells

Val looking for shells

Mom and Val searching for shells

Yup we pretty much spent all day on the beach looking for shells. 
We found some nice ones too. 

We had so much fun and really could have spent all of our time doing this!

Me, Val, Mom
Love this Photo too!

Uncle Dennis and Dad

The sun is beginning to set 

Yup.. still searching for those shells
Love those footprints in the sand!

Beautiful Sunset

We had a nice time being beach bums for a day or two.  Can't wait to get back there.  The fall is really the perfect time to go.  No crowds and it is still warm!  

Monday, December 5, 2011

Hot Doggity Dog!

Daisy's Halloween Costume!  Appropriate don't you think?  I'm not sure she agreed... do you see that look in  her eyes?   However, she was the hit of the whole night.  She walked for miles trick-or-treating, and was stopped to have pictures taken over and over again!  She's a trooper.  Love Her!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Autumn on the Farm......

On Saturday I woke up to the most beautiful day so I took this picture to capture the moment. 

This is Autumn at the Farm...  

It was nice and warm and sunny. Sandals and Capri wearing weather! (I almost took a photo of me wearing my sandals, but I didn't).

And these are our Babies..... (Two of them anyway)
Meet Cinnamon and Baby Cakes

And this is Cesar
sunning in the pasture

I am so happy to say that it is December 1st (Already?) and I am still wearing my Sandals and Capri's... and I am not missing the snow at all!  

It is supposed to be cold and rainy over the weekend and into next week so I will enjoy this while it lasts!

Christmas is around the corner and soon there will be a ground breaking on our new home.  Can't wait to get started!  And.... my parents are coming for a visit!  They will be here on Sunday (if the weather and roads are decent).  

Lots to look forward to!  

Now I just need to finish the Christmas shopping and start the baking and the candy making.  

What are you looking forward to?  

Saturday, November 19, 2011

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

The Things I Learned on An Anniversary Getaway!

Dear Hubby and I recently shared our 3rd Anniversary together. We celebrated this weekend in San Antonio.  Yesterday was spent on the famous River Walk including dinner reservations at Landry's Seafood. We had such a wonderful time and the food was great!  Here are some photos of our evening...

This is the stage where Sandra Bullock filmed Miss Congeniality

Getting ready for Christmas

My Dear Hubby (Love Him)

River Walk Cruises

The United States of Texas

San Antonio

A pretty little waterfall 

Beautiful scenery

Anguished Faces on a Building

San Antonio

On the river cruise 

Each of these bells represent each of the five original missions in San Antonio

Our Cruise Tour

Beautiful River Walk

We also made plans to visit the Alamo and the San Antonio Missions State Historic Park today, as well as some other possibilities depending on time.  What we didn't count on was a Marathon.

While we were downtown last night we kept seeing signs that said the Alamo would be closed today due to the Marathon.  Then as we were driving back to the hotel we saw signs on the freeway notifying us that the freeway would be closed for the marathon.  Being a little concerned by this, when we got back to the hotel last night I did some research about this so called marathon.  What I learned was it is the San Antonio Rock-N'-Roll Marathon and there would be events happening all day long.  In fact I looked up the map of the road closures and it pretty much confirmed that it would be impossible for us to go anywhere near downtown San Antonio today.  Here is what I saw....


So at this point we decided to find something else to do today, but everything that looked good took us back through the downtown area.  I have to admit I was discouraged, after all I wanted to visit San Antonio to see and do the things we had planned.  My DH, however, was not discouraged at all!  

After breakfast this morning we loaded up and headed back towards home.  DH wanted to drive through New Braunfel's, which is a quaint German town city with much to see and do and experience.  I loved the town immediately.  The park was awesome! We got some information about a recreational area where we could drive along the Guadalupe River for miles, and where we could even spend some time (in the summer months) canoeing.  The drive was spectacular!  The fall colors were amazing!  Here are a few photos...

Beautiful tree lined road 

Pretty Colors

Guadalupe River

I thought this was cool

My favorite of the day

Gorgeous Colors

Sail Boat Races at Canyon Lake

I was reminded today that "Life is what happens in between your plans".  I had all kinds of plans made for today, and pretty much most of those plans did not work out.  Instead we went with whichever way the wind blew (so to speak)... and I am glad we did or I would have missed out on this!  

A good lesson learned!  

I am so thankful for my Dear Hubby who never lets anything discourage him and for reminding me of all the good that came out of not following our plans.  I love you sweetheart!  Happy Anniversary!  

P.S.   I REALLY enjoyed the 80 to 89 degree temperatures we had this weekend.  It was perfect! 
(Yes I am trying to make all of you jealous who are experiencing the cold winter weather)