Formal nights on board ship are always among my favorites. Not only because I love to dress up, but because I really love to dress my kids up! And they do clean up pretty well, if I do say so myself!!
Monday, November 30, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
**NOTE** The pictures from the cruise are being posted after the fact, but I am dating them for the date they took place.
This is the skyline as we pulled away from the Tampa ship terminal, on our way for a seven night cruise aboard Holland America's Ryndam. Destinations of Costa Maya, Belize City, Cozumel and Santo Tomas.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
The house is all decorated for Christmas! It went so much quicker this year, since we had not only my mom here to help, but Perry's parents, too. It really is easier the more people you have. Much less stressful, too, since we were done in plenty of time to relax afterwards!
Friday, November 27, 2009
When Grammy and I went shopping for a few essentials at Walgreens, we came across this, and as she put it "just couldn't leave it in the store." It plays a bunch of different Christmas songs, and through the wonder of DVDs, my kids actually know who Charlie Brown and Snoopy are.
Thursday, November 26, 2009
This year we decided to get a new Christmas tree. Our old one was not pre-lit, which meant a GIANT hassle for my mom and I every year when we had to test lights and string them on there. Call me lazy, but I detest hanging lights. I can handle doing ornaments, but I think lights are nothing but a huge pain in the ass. So we went with a pre-lit one, with those led lights so that they supposedly will not burn out so quickly. I guess only time will tell on that one, but they rock this year, and are so much brighter than the old non-led bulbs. Loving it!
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Since we moved into this house in 2001, I have disliked our front door. At times hated it. It just didn't go with the rest of the houes - too dark, too plain, etc. Finally we have a new one, and I completely dig it. I would have liked to get the matching sidelights, but they were insanely expensive, so we took a pass on them for now. Oh, and of course our door opening, with the sidelights, is not standard size (shocking, given everything else we've learned about our house - you might recall this from the shower door replacement) so it was going to be a big custom job to do the sidelights, not just a plug and play like the door is. Thankfully the door itself is normal door size. And super cute, don'tcha think?
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
When Maura showed me the holiday items PDF from Scentsy, of course I had to have this warmer. Since I go all out with Christmas decorations, naturally it only makes sense to have a red one to pull out just for the season. This will live in the dining room during the month and a half I'm decorated for Christmas.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Sunday, November 22, 2009
So we ordered this shower door for our master bath like summer of 2008. Partly because ours was boring, and partly because ours was just wearing out. We had to special order it, because apparently, like most everything else in our house, ours was not a "standard" size. Apparently the builders here didn't figure we were off the rack type of people. They were wrong, but what can ya do? So we special ordered it, it came in, and then Perry told me he had no idea how to install a shower door. Why would I think he would, I guess is the question. He's not exactly Mr. Fixit. So the door sat in the garage. For over a year. And then finally we had a "guy" (you know, the guy, the one who CAN fix things) in to do some other work, and I said, "hey, can you install a shower door?" And sure enough, he could. One less thing in our garage, and one happy mommy.
Saturday, November 21, 2009
We have gotten into the habit of bringing Rico along with us to our various sports practices. Soccer really seems to be a good fit, because it's close by, so not a long drive, and it's only an hour, so he doesn't get too restless. And he seems to be a big hit with the kids, too. Not to mention there are often other dogs there for him to play with.
Friday, November 20, 2009
For awhile now I have been feeding elevated, based on the things I'd read about it helping to prevent bloat, helping digestion, etc. But then the more I read, the more I realized I might not be feeding elevated ENOUGH. So I ordered new bowls, after a long and extensive search online, since most stores locally don't carry anything that is both elevated over 8 inches AND cute. This is what I came up with, and I completely LOVE them. =)
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Sunday, November 15, 2009
Today we had to say goodbye to Jasper. He was 12 years old and had been a very sweet boy for a lot of years. It was finally just too much to put him through. He was diabetic, arthritic, senile and incontinent by the end. Still sweet, but just no more life left in him at all. We'll be getting his ashes and his urn will join those of Calvin, Spike, Milo and Sammy on the shelf. I know he's SO happy to be back with his Calvin. There was no other critter in the world he loved as much as Cal.
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Another fun day out at the fields. Owen's soccer team is fairly decent. I think he's probably been playing longer than most of the kids, so he tends to do better with the ball. But a couple of them are keeping up with him pretty well.
Friday, November 13, 2009
I am taking a picture of my photo printer because I am mad at it. Do you have any idea how incredible irritating it is that for some reason I can't print TO it from the computer, only from the memory card directly by inserting it. That's just wrong. Because what if I want to print something that is not ON the camera's memory card? Then what? One would think that I could just copy a picture from my hard drive over to the memory card. But no, that isn't working either. I know you're thinking there is user error involved in here somewhere, and you might just be right, but I am choosing to stick with blaming the damn printer.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
This is a shelf of guilt. Well, it's actually books, but it represents guilt, because it's a bunch of crafting and decorating books that I've never read. Will I ever? Maybe. Hard to say. They all seem like such a good idea when I get them, but then they pile up (much like magazines - remember the magazines?) and then I never get around to them. I think I would need like a whole month off to catch up on all the little crap around here that I have the best intentions of doing and never seem to have time for.
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Monday, November 9, 2009
317 days into this this, and I have officially run out of things to take pictures of. I actually probably hit that point about 300 days ago. This is one shot of Sherbert. I tried about five times to get a picture of him actually looking at the camera, but it didn't work out. Not sure why he was being so difficult today. Usually he's pretty easy.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Since I so rarely get a shot of Lily, when she's out and about and I have a camera handy, I can't resist getting a pic. And I do have to actually have the camera handy, as in already in hand, because if I have to move to go get it, she'll be gone. She's really quite the shy little thing.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Friday, November 6, 2009
Once again things are out of control in my scrapbooking room/home office. While much of it is my fault, I will also lay some of the blame on my kids, who drag their crap in here and then leave it until I toss it out or throw it back into their rooms. I would SO love to have a neat, clean house, without all the clutter and crap everywhere, but it just doesn't seem like that will ever happen.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
I picked up these flowers for Halloween, and they've done a wonderful job not dying on me. That's not at all typical. I excel at killing plants, flowers, etc. If plant death were an Olympic sport, I would medal every time. But still, pretty, eh?
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Nicole and Sherbert. I hate to say it, but of everyone in the house, I think Nicole does the least well with the cats. I'm sure some of it has to be her age and the fact that she's so high-pitched when she talks to them. She's just so excited to cuddle them, so eager. Most of the time they're not thrilled, because she's typically squealing in their ears. Apparently they don't much care for that. I think if they would sit still for it, she'd probably dress them up in doll clothes. Despite the fact that they're boys. On the other hand, though, Sherb and Jeff do love hanging out in her room. Hmmm...I don't know, maybe that blows my whole theory. Or maybe they just like it because her door is always closed so it's a dog-free zone in there.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Perry got this coin from someone up at the airport, and he felt it was photo-worthy. After 300+ days of doing this, I think pretty much everything is photo-worthy (really not sure I can do this again next year, btw. But at the same time, I will feel bad if I don't. Decisions, decisions.)
Monday, November 2, 2009
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Another thing that never seems to be caught up in my household is laundry. I guess that's to be expected with four people, but really, does my son have to use a new towel EVERY night after his bath? And a beach towel, no less. No matter how many times I explain to him just how very wrong the entire scenario is, he still does it. Ugh.