Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

I finally found a few minutes to take some holiday pictures before putting the Christmas decorations away for the year. It is "supposed" to be bad luck to not have them down by New Years...I'm not tempting fate...everything is down and put away! :)


Cocoa anyone? It's way too warm, so the picture will have to do.

I can't help but hope that 2012 is a better year than 2011. More downs that ups, but we take one day at a time and it has made us stronger.


Our 1st Christmas ornament from many years ago...together, anything is possible!


A year later we added this one...


And as long as we have this...ALL things are possible. Wishing everyone a safe, happy, healthy and PROSPEROUS New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

Dear God...

THANK YOU for the GLORIOUS sunset on my drive back home last night. Although trying to find a spot to pull over (without power lines and during rush hour) was a bit crazy, but I did it! And it kept getting prettier the further I went...unfortunately by the time I found another spot with a clear background it was almost gone. I LOVE this state and its beautiful sunsets.


Wednesday, December 28, 2011


2 pictures that tell a completely different story. The first one taken on an early morning run to town last week. It looks like a cold winter day, but with cool clouds though, which is why I stopped in the middle of the road to take the picture. Good thing there's no traffic at that time of the morning! The next picture looks like it's going to be a beautiful day at the lake as the fog burns off. Looks can be deceiving! In the first picture, it was quite warm, but the cold/rain had not come through yet...and the lake was freezing (as I hiked down there in my jammies because I was afraid I'd miss the picture I saw in my head if I took the time to get dressed)...and it was beautiful as the sun was out! The lake is just no fun when it's cold out...but that's just my opinion!



Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Madelynn Noel

...born 12-19-11 @ 805am...7lb 12oz and 19 1/2" long...and so, so beautiful. I see plenty of weekends visiting this coming year. Good thing it's a quick 2 hour drive! It's amazing how fast they change. She was even cuter this morning! How can that be?! I can't wait to see her again and take her newborn pictures next week! Happy Birthday little girl!


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Sugar and spice and all things nice...that's what little girls are made of."

Santa baby...

I made a Santa Hat, from scratch, in about an hour, WITHOUT a pattern. Go figure. It turned out great...a hair small, but some pulling and stretching made it fit better...and too cute on baby! (I bet you're waiting on a picture!) :)


Sunday, December 18, 2011

The List...

I'm checking off things one by one and I'm starting to see the light. Packages shipped, shopping done, handmade gifts finished...sorta..., school's ALMOST out and the spirit is slowly returning. I'm heading out of town to go meet my new niece/nephew, so hopefully new baby pictures to come!


I love holiday bokeh...need to try some more before taking down the lights.

Friday, December 9, 2011

A manger....

At the end of our Christmas program, I caught this...


Tuesday, December 6, 2011


I have lost my Christmas Spirit. I am trying hard to find it or regain it, but it's tough. I'm tired and emotionally beat up. This is a hard holiday after a hard year. I hate that the kids can tell, but I love all the hugs they randomly give me. It's what keeps me going. But I try to remember...


Sunday, December 4, 2011

I have to remember...

That when the winter doldrums set in in the middle of know, when it's cold, snowy and generally ugly outside, Opryland is a safe haven. :) When you need a dose of summer, their indoor gardens are always blooming and green. I will be back in a few months for my spring kickstart!







And as I was leaving, their beautiful Pansy's that will bloom outside all winter.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Tis the season...

Sometimes it's hard to get into the Christmas spirit. We try, because we know at the end of this tough year, we've survived it...and we're looking forward to a brighter and better 2012. So, since I forced Mr Social (not really) to drive me up to Bass Pro for some Christmas shopping, I wanted to walk thru Opryland to look at their decorations. Mr Social stayed in the car. :) It was worth it...some of it has changed due to the flooding, but it's still beautiful and worth a look see if you get the chance.








We did go home and dig out our decorations! :)

Wednesday, November 30, 2011


Another before/after rollover with just minor adjustments...after 7 days of rain, cold and yes, snow, I needed a reminder of what that big, yellow thing looks like. Hoping it returns today!

Tuesday, November 29, 2011


While taking fall pictures, the kid got a hold of my remote. 'Nuf said! :)


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A gift for daddy's birthday!

Sunday, November 27, 2011


I saw this tutorial from Rita @ The Coffeeshop Blog and thought I would try it. I love this picture, but it was kind of blah. So I adjusted it a little and added a couple textures....(Rita's again)  ...and Jerry's raised texture. If you run your mouse of it, you'll see the before/after...well, that's kind of backwards, because I've got the 'after' first. :)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Over the river...

The guys went fishing over the weekend and caught a bunch of fish. They came home so excited about going again on Sunday. Unfortunately they were rained out, but planned on going Monday after school. More rain Monday, but it cleared a enough to head back out after school. As we got closer to the "honey hole", I knew we were in for a lack luster fishing day. I could tell the streams were running high from the rain runoff and turning down the farm road, there was a "road closed" sign. I wasn't worried about the bridge (or cement pad) that crossed the river, because we weren't crossing, but if it was closed, then the river was also high and fishing was going to stink. I was right.



The spillway was overflowing big time! And lots of foam!


Even weeds can be pretty!





This just looks like winter! The top of the spillway and all the white is the foam floating downstream.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011


We were supposed to get bad storms today. The kids got out of school early "just in case"...well, we may not have gotten the storms, but we got an awesome sunset.




Thursday, November 17, 2011

Cotton anyone?

I happened to be in town last week and saw a cotton field that had not been stripped yet. Had a few minutes and there was an easy spot to pullover without getting run over, so I stopped. (I also resized wrong, so these are a bit smaller. )