Thursday, December 30, 2010

What a difference a day makes

I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas Texas anymore!


(if you squint just right, you can see the house across the street)

We spent the holidays in Amarillo this year and had a wonderful time. Santa was good to everyone and we spent lots of time with family. The weather was gorgeous when measured on the Fargo scale-40s and 50s mostly. It’s always a bittersweet trip for me though because I still truly deeply miss Texas. In my heart it’s still home. Our air travel experience was about what you would expect during the holidays-crowded planes and airports and delayed flights. I shouldn’t complain though since we saw firsthand the results of the northeastern US snowstorms. There were a hundred or more passengers gathered around gates, hoping to land a standby seat that would take them home before Christmas.

As inconvenient as our blizzard today is, at least we are now all safe and snuggled in a warm house. We needed groceries and we will have to be “creative” with meals for the next few days. Max absolutely refuses to go outside and eventually that could get messy. All interstates in the region are closed…but the heat is still on, the satellite and internet are still working and a little togetherness never hurt anyone, right? Besides, it gives me a chance to sit down and watch the Vikings-Eagles game. We were flying while it was being played so I recorded it. Figures, the one game we play well, I miss!

Our weather isn’t supposed to improve until Saturday afternoon so we will be holed up here. I hope everyone is able to ring in the New Year surrounded by loved ones, looking forward to what 2011 will bring. I will say a prayer for all of you on that night. As you say your prayers I ask you to remember my very best friend Tina who is on bed rest and waits impatiently to deliver her baby girl.

Love you all

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas cookies


Braxton made Christmas cookies this afternoon.  Usually I would say “Braxton and I made cookies” but this afternoon Braxton did everything by himself.  Ok, maybe not everything because he sure didn’t clean up after himself!



In order to make things a little easier I bought this frosting at the grocery store.  Have you tried this?  Braxton correctly described it as frosting in an easy cheese can.  They even sell additional tips.   The shade of green was not what I would call a Christmas color but it was easy.








This is pretty much what he does with a can of easy cheese too so I wasn’t too surprised.



I am still cleaning up the kitchen but the cookies are delicious!

Friday, December 10, 2010

To Braxton

 my smart, surprising, silly, special, strong, superlative, self confident, sociable, stubborn, spirited, smiling son




the world is a better place with you in it!


Happy Birthday!!