I took a vacation day nap today (well, a few days ago by the time this publishes). When I woke up, what to my wondering eye should appear but SNOW! A pretty snow that actually stuck.
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Some of my favorite gifts can't be bought at a department store...at least not in 2012. I love to antique and shop for old things, but it's even better when the sorts of things I love come from my own family.
Saturday, December 29, 2012
I don't know that "sneaky" is something to look for in a mate, but David uses his sleuth skills for good, so I think it's okay.
Friday, December 28, 2012
We spent most of Christmas day in our pjs...opening and enjoying presents, napping, eating cinnamon rolls, and making chili. Our friend Kevin (who accidentally became locked in his room on a previous visit) was headed to our house from Ohio. In the afternoon, I texted him a picture of the chili awaiting his arrival, and got a picture of the St. Louis arch in reply. Soon, another picture came. Six Flags.
I sent a picture of Riley, calmly awaiting his friend's arrival, and got a few more pictures showing where on the road Kevin was. Just a side note, I am certain that he pulled off the road for each of these. Let me believe that, please.
I think the final picture is the best one of all...our house just before he pulled in the driveway. It was a fun way to check his progress, and to know just how long I had to get the sheets washed, dried, and on his bed.
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Like Clark Griswold, we thought a fun, old-fashioned family Christmas would be fun. Fortunately, we don't have a Cousin Eddie and most of our relatives live close enough not to spend the night. :)
In 2008, we took a very similar picture. Most of us look the same...except Dylan, Kristan, and especially Ryan! Does this mean we are hosting Christmas again in 2016?
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The REJOICE is my favorite of the light displays. We would have had an even better spot for a picture of it, except that we got chased off the back porch of a store. ;)
This is the Christmas tree in the little log chapel.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Most of my Christmas decorations find their way to the same spot year after year, so you could go back to any December post and see the same thing. There are just a few things new and different this year, such as...
A bowl o' cookie cutters. The plastic cookie cutters are a combination of my mom's and David's mom's. The silver ones are from a dime store in my hometown called Modern Variety, but they look the part.
A new sign over the stove from one of my favorite shops.
Some festive candy in jars
I've had these salt and pepper shakers for a long time, but I never remember to get them out. So this year I put away our regulars and am leaving these out for Christmas. The spoon isn't new either, but I like it. It has a tiny saltbox house, stocking, candy cane, and snow man painted on it. Someone has more patience and talent than I!
These are also not new, to me or anyone else, but I finally got a decent picture.
A new ornament commemorating our climb to the top of the Key West Lighthouse
Garland on the mantel was new last year
but I still really like it this year!
Sunday, December 16, 2012
I have found me a home,
You can have the rest
of everything I own,
'Cause I have found me a home
I Have Found Me a Home, by Jimmy Buffett
Our plane didn't leave until 2:30, so we had one last morning to spend in Key West. I was very sad to have to go, and I'm pretty sure KW felt the same. As we started to ride our bikes, it began to rain. I was pretty sure the island was crying because we were leaving. ;)
Despite the light rain, we rode our bikes past the Southernmost Point marker then to the end (and beginning) of US Highway 1. The rain stopped and the sky soon became blue again.
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Title from Last Mango in Paris, by Jimmy Buffett
The camera is a little tilted - I promise the ocean doesn't actually look crooked. ;)
It's dark, it's quirky, it's Key West. If you're ever there, you've got to check out the legendary Capt. Tony's.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Title from Son of a Son of a Sailor, Jimmy Buffett
Last time we were here, our kayaking trip was rained out. But this time, the weather was perfect!
We paddled in the back country of the Atlantic Ocean in open space and through mangroves.
This was my favorite part. We paddled through a narrow path between the crazy roots of the mangroves.