Sunday, January 22, 2012

Twins Day

Friday was Twins Day at school. The idea was to dress the same as your best friend.

We decided to bump it up a notch with wildly uncoordinated coordinating outfits. My idea, born of sheer desperation in trying to go matchy matchy at the last minute. Small wonder no one asks me for fashion advice.

Made even better with colorful umbrellas. C'mon, it's kind of catchy, isn't it?

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Yard Work

We've been sprucing up our long-neglected yard a bit. We had enclosed a dog run for Jax before we got him--a 20' x 8' area where we laid down pavers. The idea was to have a place where he could hang out and not get all muddy in the rainy season. Which still hasn't materialized.

ANYway, it quickly became clear that we needed a large, somewhat safe area to let him run around. Enter John, Mark's brother, who came down and helped enclose the ENTIRE 3/4 acre with stock wire.

While not completely dog proof (there are some low spots and a gap under the gate where a determined dog might escape), I think it should do the trick.

Next, Mark was re-stacking some siding he had buried under a tarp, and lookit what he found:

The markings look like a rattler, but the slim head and bare tail let us know that it was a big, fat gopher snake. Which made Mark want to capture it, of course.

Yep, probably five feet long! Mark was already putting together a grand plan to keep it, making phone calls to get an aquarium, etc., when I artfully suggested that if we were going to keep a snake, maybe we could buy a small one from a pet store, not capture a 5' wild snake and bring it into our home. Reluctantly, he finally recovered his senses and agreed.

He kept the snake until the girls got home from school, and we released it under the shed, where it could perform rodent control. Or it could scare the hell out of us by hanging out in the shed.

Aren't we just full of good ideas?

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Christmas Day

Mae woke up early on Christmas Day. She was so excited to look into the living room and see that Santa had visited. But rather than go down and really investigate, she wanted to get dressed, comb her hair, and make her bed, so that she was FULLY READY to enjoy the morning.

Weird, huh?

Next, we peeked outside to see if the reindeer had found their food.

Those reindeer made a mess!

Santa sampled the cookies, and left a thank you note, like the polite (and chubby) guy he must be!

Look at those beautiful (and full) stockings!

Mae made me an exercise ball for my hand. I have to admit, crumpled paper and packing tape are just as good as the little ball of sand I bought a few years ago. Who knew?

Next, per our custom, we all turned out for a round of golf on the back 40. Well...maybe it's closer to a driving range.

Dad coached all of us on our swing. He was dutifully polite about mine.

The cattle thought it was all a great spectacle.

Maybe it was. Just a little bit.

And after Christmas dinner, we retired to the pool room for a few games. Because nothing says "Merry Christmas" like a nice game of pool.

Another wonderful Christmas Day...what a gift!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Christmas Eve

Twas the night before Christmas

And all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse (or a dog).

The reindeer food was set out with care

In hopes that Saint Nicholas soon would be there.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Remnants of Christmas

OK, I'm back. I've been gone in the figurative sense before Christmas, doing those very pressing Christmas things, and in the literal sense the week following, on a trip to San Diego. But now we are back, and back in the swing of school and "normal" life. Which includes my blog.

So, a bit of catch-up is in order. Here we are at a cookie decorating party!

Santa snacked on a few of these!