Thursday, December 31, 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to everyone!!!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Some Christmas Images

The kids with their Big Present..... Wii's

Brian so happy he connected the Wii...

Mom and Dad looked everywhere for these Pillow Pets, but could not
find them, but, Santa Claus came through and Lily and Forrest were happy.

Lily was happy about her Moxie doll!

And Ma in her, no, it is my new wool hat. I have been wanting one
for awhile....

Lily played Santa...

Lily and Julia....this is how she likes to smile....a little wide-eyed for Meme...

Max with his Legos

Kevin and Forrest looking at Forrest's Star Wars Pop-Up Book

Hanging the Stockings

Lily with her Jewelry from Granddad M

Forrest...Future Rock Star

Snugggle Bunnies

Meme Reading "The Night Before Christmas"

Amy's Dad with his present....a book about Marine's....

Shannon after making Santa Cookies....flour on the nose...

Forrest opening the Advent Calender for Dec 24

Shannon's dad, Bill checking his phone, or playing one

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Santa Cookies

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When the boys were young I helped a friend make Santa cookies. In return she gave me a Santa cookie cutter. From then on, we made these cookies every Christmas. I always made the cookies and the boys decorated them later. It was quite a tedious process as the batter could be quite stiff, this was before the days of Cuisanart or Kitchenaide Mixers. Then, the raisin eyes had to be cut and placed just right or Santa would have a funny look in his eyes...really, you cannot imagine a Santa with the Evil Eye...Anyway, it was always fun and became Tradition....As the boys became adults it was hard to do the Santa cookies for awhile so we did them only when I could get them and Shannon together....After the grandkids arrived, it has once again become a tradition. Max was the first to bite into a Cookie and said it was as hard as a brickbat. I looked at him and said, I said they ere pretty, i never said they were good. Then he quickly replied they were good! Shannon's dad photographed all the fun the other night when we gathered for our Christmas celebration. I went to his blog and was so touched as he described our evening. I was overwhelmed though when I read what my son Kevin wrote in the comments..So much so I copied it for you to read....
"To clarify about the Santa cookies... at times they have been a bit hard. The dough is extremely tricky. And after a couple of days, you could build houses with them. But fresh Santa cookies done right are the best cookies I've ever had. And the taste is only an extra benefit from the joy of making them. I can't recall the first time we made these, as it was just something we always did around Christmas time when I was a child/teenager. They took a hiatus for a while, but I am so glad that these cookies are again a part of Christmas.
Go to Father of Click

Thursday, December 17, 2009

For Kevin

My youngest son loves the Christmas Lights....

Ho, Ho Ho, Merry Christmas

I was at work, it had been a hectic, busy day. Announcements were being made over the intercom to come for Christmas dinner, for the umpteenth time, then, out of nowhere, the voice said these words. Ho, Ho, Ho Merry Christmas, followed by a hearty laugh.....Could it be, could be, Santa??? We all smiled even though we were weary....Then we decided to call security where we knew Santa must have been.....I heard a happy hello, and we all yelled Merry Christmas...HoHoHo..... It made our day!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

A Fellow Blogger Seeks Our Help

A friend of Brian and Shannon, has a missing relative. Any help would be

Monday, December 7, 2009

Half Marathon

My son Brian ran his First Half Marathon on Saturday for St. Jude Children's Hospital.....I am so proud of him.....

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Shelby Girl

This little pup will be 12 years old the day after Christmas. You could not tell it by me. She is such a puppy. She is demanding with her whines...I know what each one means. I have, after 12 years, started to ignore some of her demands. If she had her way she would be attached to me at the hip. Now, don't get me wrong, I love her dearly. She has had four spinal surgeries, and I fretted, worried, cried over her. I cannot bear to see her in pain. The people at the vet had to throw me out once when I was practically crawling in the cage with her after one of her surgeries. I then felt so bad for all the times I had to tell parents visiting hours were over and they had to leave. Oh me, I am rambling. More on Shelby later....