A few totally random pictures this beautiful snowy afternoon. The kids and I were just chilling, waiting for Doug to come home and for time for them to head to the pool. It was just a relaxed, fun day. Natalie and I went out for a four hour lunch. The kids were in great moods, teasing and laughing. Just a great day. I decided that since I hadn't had time to blog yet, I'd just grab the camera this afternoon and take a few pix before Kelly and Zaylee arrived for their visit.
This has been hanging on my kitchen wall since this time last year when we did the renovation on the upstairs. I was looking at it a few weeks ago. It bugs me. Then I figured out why. It looks like a giant four foot pig staring at you... snout, eyes, giant ears. It's scary and it has to go as soon as I find a perfect clock to replace it!
The kids and I were just chilling in the living room together. I was telling Zeej stories of Dale's teenage years with some of his friends who I still just love and keep in touch with. We were all laughing so hard. The babes don't know Dale at all. They've only been around him a few times in thier lives because he was living in California before ZJ was even born, which is sad. Anywaaaaay... ZJ's smile just makes me happy.
Quayd walked into the conversation late, but added to it with his dry humor quickly. He'd been outside shoveling the snow before his dad got home from work... a pleasant surprise for Doug! I love having a big strong kid at home... especially one who's willing to work and help 99.9% of the time!
Grace... those eyes. There are no words.
After shoveling the driveway, Quayd finished off my lunch from Black Pearl, two sleeves of Ritz crackers and a banana. He said, "I'm a growing boy! I'm hungry!" Have I mentioned that his record is seventeen pieces of pizza! Shoot me!
ZJ loves to just break out with her "Nana Ruby" impersonation. It cracks us up, every time... especially when she shares her glamorous "Wellllll, Well, I am soooooo beeeauuuuutiful that......" stories. She has my mother's mannerism down! Notice the hands and the crossed legs! ZJ really could be a stand up comic!
The corner cabinet in the kitchen...
...and my tablescape table. I look forward to changing them each month as much as I do the Lang calendar pages.
Go-Go really needs a haircut, but he'll freeze to death if we cut it now! That's an acrylic type bone in his mouth, looking like a cigar. Can you see his eye? We can't!
The second of three houses that are going up across the road. Family number one moved in before Christmas. This home was started just a few weeks after theirs. I don't think they'll be moving in anytime soon! Look at the snow! HAPPINESS!!!
And then Quayd nabbed the camera and took a few of me. He loves to be behind the camera, especially mine. Here's a recent Doug funny! I never wear pink... until my pink Grand Canyon sweat shirt. Anywaaaaay... a few weeks ago, I saw this sweater and thought I needed it. Bought it, hung it in the closet until getting ready for church on Sunday. Doug came into our room and noticed, "New sweater." I asked if he liked it. His response, "Can you still return it?" I was shocked! (He loved the color but didn't like that the large loops in the seams because they were "seethrough".) I love the color, love the sweater and thought he would too. So. I wore it to church. I'd barely stepped in the door when Sister Duncan, in her 80s came up to me, "Sophia, that sweater looks so beautiful on you!" Two feet later, Marilyn, "Sophia, you look wonderful in that color!" Two feet later, "I love that sweater on you!" Without exception, every single person that spoke to me mentioned the sweater... women, men, teens, even a little girl. I laughed so hard everytime. After church, I was on the phone with my neighbor friend. As we were about to hang up, Trish said, "Oh, I wanted to tell you, I love that sweater you had on today!" I started laughing, put the phone on speaker and said, "Trish, could you repeat that for Doug." She did. He said, humbly, "Keep the sweater, it's beautiful." Go figure. Friend, Todd said, "Maybe he just didn't want to pay for it!" Not that time, Todd. ;)
After dark, we enjoyed a nummy casserole, watched American Idol and called it a day... well, everyone else did. I'm still up blogging. Life is good. So dang good!
Take a deep breath and ENJOY your life!