Wednesday, November 29, 2006

The Construction Continues

So last night we had our second annual Gingerbread House extravaganza. We were so excited to add Lydia, Kimberly, and Lauren to our party! Hannah and I set out to build brownstones, but it really ended up looking more like a Florida retirement condo. I ate WAY too much chocolate and woke up with a migraine this morning, but it was totally worth it.

Our beautiful brownstone:

Miss Jenny adds "sparkles" to the rainbow (what you can't see is Martha and Rachael protesting that "it will be too busy" in the background):

If you leave your camera unattended, Rachael WILL take a random picture of herself and anyone else who happens to be around...

Allison, Kimberly and Lauren (who ADD-ed out on gingerbread houses) play with my doll house. I was glad someone is finally playing with it...I think it's been 10 years since I last pulled it away from the wall.


Saturday, November 25, 2006

Triple the Turkey

So Thanksgiving 2006 has come and gone. We had dinner with Jimmy and Rachael & family on Thursday, ate leftovers with Aunt Martha and Uncle Dan for lunch AND supper on Friday, and spent Saturday gathered around the stew pot. Hannah and I polished off most of the leftovers tonight. I've eaten entirely too much dressing and mashed potatoes in the last 3 days...and I couldn't be happier. I just need something sweet now...

Fred, Shirley, Ginger, Aunt Martha, & Uncle Dan hanging out after supper...


Hannah takes a turn stirring the John supervises.

Too many cooks around the stew pot?

Max and Ginger plead for a taste...

And to top it all off, we got out the Christmas decorations and put up the tree. Oozey was excited that there is a tree in the den just for her. She looks awfully cozy there. I'm pooped. I think it may be time for me to go to sleep too...


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving

Now thank we all our God, with heart and hands and voices,
Who wondrous things has done, in Whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mothers’ arms has blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.

O may this bounteous God through all our life be near us,
With ever joyful hearts and blessed peace to cheer us;
And keep us in His grace, and guide us when perplexed;
And free us from all ills, in this world and the next!

All praise and thanks to God the Father now be given;
The Son and Him Who reigns with Them in highest Heaven;
The one eternal God, Whom earth and Heaven adore;
For thus it was, is now, and shall be evermore.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Everybody Remain Calm

Oozey got her foot caught in the dishwasher door as we tried to close it tonight. She let out a horrible scream and then ran away to lick her wound. We expect her to recover, although she's been milking her injury for all it's worth. In lieu of wet food, please send cash to Hannah Carson.


Wednesday, November 15, 2006


Calling all who didn't grow up in a third world country and have malaria every other week!

The Blood Mobile will be at Piney Grove this Saturday morning. I'm planning to eat a very large breakfast (so I won't pass out again) and then give blood. They give you a free snack and everything.

Y'all call me if you're feeling heroic and want to save someone's life...


Sunday, November 12, 2006


I had a great time visiting Alla and Steve in Boston. The trip got off to an exciting start when Steve picked me up from the airport en route to cover a fire in town. Since it was a slow news night, the station sent a reporter over and they led the broadcast with a live shot. I had no idea how much work goes into 45 seconds of television. Here's Steve getting some shots of the fire...

We spent Thursday touring Cape Cod (which only has ONE Taco Bell), watching guys harvesting cranberries, and eating the best clam chowder ever made. Completely worth $5.75 a cup. Then we drove on up the coast to the Nauset Light. The "professional photographer" took the lighthouse pic...but I took the cranberry bog pic and thought it turned out pretty good!

We spent Friday morning in Plymouth, where we saw Plymouth Rock, the Mayflower, and lots of neat old buildings.

Finally, we headed into Boston, where Steve drove us around with the precision and zeal of a cab driver. We saw Fenway Park, Harvard, Boston Common, the "Cheers" bar entrance, swung by the North End for Italian food, gelato, and cannolis, and saw the Old North Church and the USS Constitution. I had a wicked awesome time with my wicked cool cousins in a wicked fun city.


Monday, November 06, 2006

take note

Lessons I learned while at the Ft. Branch Reenactment:

1 - Don't pick up the cockroach. It is actually a mole and it will bite you.

2 - Rachael has to have the room at 40 degrees so she can sleep.

3 - If you have to sleep with Hannah, she doesn't want to be touched, even if it's 40 degrees in the room and you're just trying to stay warm.

4 - It is possible to be too drunk to sit up.


Wednesday, November 01, 2006

spooky sounds

You know, it's just not Halloween unless you dress up like a dork, get creeped out by Miss Jenny's haunted house CD, eat way too much candy, watch a creepy Johnny Depp movie, get caught by a bounty hunter packing silly string, almost get slaughtered for being an infidel, and snuggle up with your favorite black cat.

I just got the urge to put up my Snow Village...