Monday, December 31, 2012

More Christmas

Look - proof that I DO exist!  I'm not always behind the camera.  Thanks to David and Laura for the fun Texmas ornaments for the tree!  I got some nice LARGE silver stars and silver pine cones to put these with one year for a down home Christmas feel ;)  should make for a pretty tree.
I also got a new iPad and the security system I have been wanting for a while now.  Two of the four cameras are in operation much to Butch's delight - he's constantly flipping the TV over to see it!  ha!
 Christmas Dinner all set and ready to go!
(left to right: Liz, Sally, Butch, Me, Dad and Angela - mom is taking the picture)
 Looks like Lizzie is getting into the good stuff... she's not, it's the sparkling cider they so love during the holidays!  ha!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas 2012

This Christmas was a "stay at home" Christmas and I'm afraid I took it way too much to heart.  I don't think I left the house with the exceptions of two outings.  Really.  I read and puttered around the house and read some more.  I managed to finish two books and get well into the third and if all goes as planned tonight, I may just make it all the way through book three and start into book FOUR!
I know, I know... get out of the house.  Nope.. thanks, enjoying my time at home sleeping in and being a total bum!!

Oh, and we discovered, or should I say, rediscovered puzzles.  Butch was even caught in the act.  I think I'm the only one who didn't sit down and really work on the puzzle :)

Traditions carry on and each child gets to open ONE present on Christmas Eve.  Angela got a neat air brush set from Grandma - she has had such fun with this!!

 Liz chose to open one from her friend (yes, just friend; and no, not gay!) Alec

The tree after Santa came to visit
 Angie was the first up... tried out her bike - varrroooom!!!

 Liz loved the cute light up bag that grandma gave each of them!

 Grandma got a nice new back scratcher... ah, nothing beats a good back scratch!!
 The last few pics of Elizabet were of her trying to get her new ipod out of the box - it was taped into a shoe box with little jingle bells inside... then she finally got it untaped off the bottom to discover it was GREEN!!

 Black Friday shopping WITH kids puts a damper on giving for Christmas, so Grandma wrapped the headphone box - to the headphones Angie has been using since she got them "early for Christmas" - hahaha - love it!
 It's a Dr. Who Christmas at our house!

 Playing push the dummy with Grandpa.  My camera was horrible against the light - I hope someone shares their pictures with me so I can get a good one going.  I'll try to photoshop these two - once I get photo shop loaded back on this computer!

 How we REALLY spent our vacation :)
 Pretty full moon right after Christmas!

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Bye Bye Blackbird

Butch is unfamiliar with blackbird ribbons through the sky.  Apparently northern Florida coastal areas never witness them
To be honest I don't think we've been in their flight pattern really well until this year.  and that's saying a lot as we've been here ELEVEN years now.
can you believe it?  Two more and this will be the LONGEST I have lived in one spot since 15. 
Wow there's a weird statement. 4 years old and 13 year is my longevity for a single location. 
Yep, built for a nomadic life.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Elizabeth's Christmas Concert

Yes that is her with her hair across her face. Glad I didn't remember the good camera! Wouldn't have done any good. Sigh.

We did get a good photo with Santa, however.

And this goes to show you're NEVER too old for Santa :)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012


The house is all lit up!

Burr. Georgia version if icicles...ha!!

Monday, December 17, 2012

OMG, I'm dead....

Donna Marie Autrey

WINSTON-SALEM — Mrs. Donna Marie Robbins Autrey, 57, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2007.
A graveside service will be conducted 2 p.m. Sunday, July 1, at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens by Brother Paul Autry.
She was born June 6, 1950, in Forsyth Co., to the late Herman Louis and Patsy Smith Robbins. Donna was a very loving wife, mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt. She loved singing, riding motorcycles, and horses. But most of all she loved her family dearly.

OK, so it's not me, but I was doing a search and wondering just what people would find under my name - shocking to see I had an obituary to the "T" on my maiden name!!

Great news, I'm still alive - bad news, a lot of folks I wouldn't have suspected to be dead at our age are dead.  Sad, I found out Tim Foster (from Missouri in the late 80s) has passed away - 10 days after his 47th birthday... that's just not right.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

debate, debate, debate....

YOUR VACATION:            India's Golden Triangle $1,569.00 per person, twin occupancy

DEPARTURE DATE:           21-Jan-2013          

VACATION START DATE:               22-Jan-2013          


1 ADULT  $1,569.00 + $820.00 = $2,389.00             


YOUR SELECTED HOTELS                               

Delhi: Park Plaza New Delhi Hari Nagar

Agra: Hotel Clarks Shiraz

Jaipur: Clarks Amer

Delhi: Park Plaza New Delhi Hari Nagar   (Included)


DEPARTURE DATE:           21-Jan-2013

RETURN DATE:  30-Jan-2013

DEPARTING FROM:         Atlanta, GA

AIR TAXES/FEES:  $1,443.00




So….the only depressing thing (besides the actual price) is the fact that there is an eight HUNDRED single surcharge for this trip…yes, HUNDRED… almost a thousand dollars just because I will go solo.  Really – I need someone to go with me…





Saturday, December 8, 2012

Christmas is starting to take shape

I found a tree finally!! I got a nice one at Hobby Lobby - love that store...
 Fluff girls, FLUFF!!!
 almost there!!!
TA DA - full height up and ready.... 
 Lights and no stars...
 Angela she SO wanted to put on the star....
 PRETTY with the LARGE red balls from Italy that I picked up on our last trip
 Not sure why this one looks so yellow, but it's a pretty tree!
Liz looking through the "delicate" box of ornaments.