Wednesday, December 31, 2008
No one was behind me, so I stopped the car and grabbed the camera from my purse, knowing there was no way I could capture how truly beautiful it was.
This photo came pretty close, and I thought it a lovely way to end the last day of 2008.
Monday, December 29, 2008
At this family gathering, we open each gift one at a time so everyone can see what we got. We usually go youngest to oldest or vice versa. This year it was the, eldest who began, so Nanny and Poppo got their one gift. We all went together and gave them a Wii! Immediately Nanny turned to Nick and said, "I challenge you!". LOL.
Here is Nanny with her favorite grandson - well, her ONLY grandson. :o)
I worked Friday morning, them came home to cook and finish some gifts for our Regier gathering. We all got together at Randy's and Leslie's new house. The kids were such fun - so excited when each new person came in the door, and asking a thousand times if we could open presents yet?
Jessi and Grace. Grace is wearing the dress my sister made for Jess when she was a little girl.
Not the rest of the kids - they were happy to rip into their packages. Each present excited them. Here's Grace with her tea set:
Here is Case, the youngest of our family, obviously enjoying his lunch:
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
This past Saturday morning I got out the little Alpine tree and some ornaments from email friends, and got a little holiday glow going. There aren't any wrapped gifts under it yet, and probably won't be because the cats will eat them, but I love the lights as the house darkens in the late afternoon. Next to the front door I threw together these candlesticks, a poinsettia spray, and the black framed "Joy". (I just used Christmas scrapbook paper, cut the letters with the Cricut, and smudged the edges with a little gold ink.)
On the old window I hung a grapevine wreath with the cross-stitched Santas I made over the past year, and topped it all with a large poinsettia spray.
Monday, December 22, 2008
On Thursday morning we watched as the ship docked at Cozumel. It was cool and cloudy, and just before we disembarked, there was an announcement that due to the high winds, Port Authority had closed the beaches and cancelled all water excursions. That was a huge disappointment. We hadn't scheduled an excursion, but had plans to go to a beach. Jessi snapped this photo of the sign on her bathroom stall door in the public restroom on the pier. Hmmm. Glad I waited until we got back to the ship...
Granted, I only drank half my drink, plus several sips of Jessi's peach margarita and some of Greg's strawberry one, but that was more than enough. I don't remember what struck me as being funny, but I remember I couldn't stop laughing. And then I laughed some more. Oh, it was a happy lunch at Pancho's Backyard in Cozumel.
By morning, we were all feeling the effects of the 12-15 foot waves and strong currents. Ugh. Sea-calm was our best friend. I'll introduce you next time.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
On our way back to our bus, we saw this Mexican police truck. Jess wanted a photo to show her friends because it had a cage enclosing the bed of the truck. She didn't realize there was an officer not far from us as she was laughing about it and we were telling her to be quiet. She said, "Who's afraid of the Mexican police?" And the people who were walking with us scurried away. Then I told her to SHUT UP and get on the bus. Oops.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
We started our trip by driving to Tonita's and spending the night. We had a nice supper, then took a little walk around the neighborhood. This is where all the cool kids were...
The next morning we zipped over to Galveston - by way of downtown Houston. I HATE driving through Houston, and the kids just laughed at me when I started praying out loud. Those people are nuts. We did see some hurricane damage as we drove into Galveston, as well as lots of construction/repair. We didn't go to the seawall, though. That's usually the area we've visited when we've been there in the past.
It didn't take long to get checked in and board the ship. We delivered our carry-on bags to our cabins, then took a walk around the ship to see the sights. The casino was of particular interest to Nick - actually, we all lost some $$ there. I did do pretty well on the nickel slots one afternoon, but I shared my winnings and one by one we each gave it back to the casino.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Their technique needs a little work. :o) Grace would put her ball down, then kick it like a soccer ball. Garett would send his ball down the line while the pins were still being reset, but the ball went so slowly, there was plenty of time.
It was a fun way to spend part of my afternoon!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
He made us into a family.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
When Grandma rocked us to sleep, she didn't sing, instead she hummed in a rather monotonous rhythm. No matter how tired you thought you were not, you went to sleep.
Sunday, December 07, 2008
The weather is beautiful. As we drove further south, we shed layers of clothing. When we got to Tonita's we were amazed that she had her furnace on - we were in short sleeves, enjoying the warmth. :o)
We'll leave here pretty early in the morning so we get to Galveston in plenty of time to find where we're parking and take the shuttle with our luggage to the terminal. It's been a fun evening visiting, seeing the Christmas decorations, and even the little rat-dog, Lucy. :o)
I'll be back next week! Until then, 'Adios!' :o)