Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Gobble! Gobble, Gobble!

This year I had way to much to be Thankful for!!!  Yes, there have been heartaches along the way and troubles, but I think that is why they call this life and not heaven.  I believe in heaven you definitely don't have to deal with the problems and issues you do down here on Earth, but this is truly a gift from God.  He sees you through what you need.

We went to my aunt's house in Southern Oklahoma.  When I think of Southern Oklahoma, I definitely don't think of ice and snow, but I don't think of cold weather in the desert either... That's what I get for living in SW MO, where if you don't like the weather, hang around 30 minutes and it'll change.

When we got down around the Arbuckle Mountains we were greeted with ice on the trees.  My aunt said it had rained there earlier that morning and that it froze into the trees.  On the radio heading out of town we heard that it was snowing in town, we missed all of that.






When we pulled into AC & B's place I was taken by the ice on the pipe fences... That meant I had room to play.  I grabbed my camera and took off running!




It was super cold down there for running around in a sweatshirt like I was but I didn't care.  Once I finally came in from outside, I was behind everyone else, I heard my aunt ask where I was.  When they told her I was taking pictures, my uncle said, bring your camera, take pictures of this so out the back door I went, this time without my shoes on (you don't walk in my aunts house in shoes) and of course they proceeded to be mean and lock me outside but whatever, I got the pictures they didn't!



So after I finally got back inside I decided to take pictures of the desserts lining my aunt's table.  I had my telephoto lens on and was to lazy to switch out so I was standing clear across the kitchen to get these photos.



Those are the only food photos I chose to take....

Last year PC and I spent Thanksgiving afternoon running around in the 50 degree weather taking photos.  I thought it would be fun to do that this year but 30 degree temps, No Thank you!  But in the end we wound up running outside for a few snap shots.  As you can see, here I am setting up the photo... no I'm not shooting into a mirror, PC was on the other side of me taking my picture while I was playing with the settings to get our photo.


Then we ran around to the front of the house to use her front entrance for a few shots.




And the sky was absolutely breathtaking!  These photos don't do it any justice!!!



Then back to the back of the house to take more sky photos!!!  It was beautiful!


On Friday we got up and the girls headed out shopping, the boys headed on into Ft. Worth for the NCHA Futurity that is going on there and then we all met up at the house my aunt & uncle are renting (to save on hotel bills) and stayed the night there.  Friday night we got to watch some of the World Finals for the Open and Non Pro classes.

So we had an eventful and productive Thanksgiving weekend!  I was sad for one reason, I didn't get to see the Sunrise on Saturday morning over my aunt & uncle's field like last year :(... Oh well... I got to go to Ft. Worth, you win some, you lose some!

Peace, Love & Family time!
Nicole

Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Cards 2010

So last year we decided to do a family photo even though then we weren't technically a family.

But it's kind of a tradition that PC and I want to keep going, well in to our 90's :)... So yesterday we planned on taking our family photo since Tbug was with us.  Boy it just spelled disaster! :(

Unfortunately there were just too many shadows on Tbug & PC's faces through these.

The hat was bought with this intention until my mom told me to put it on.

Dang it... why wasn't I looking at the camera?

Tbug has a hard time keeping her hair out of her face.

Oh good, now Audrey isn't cooperating.

The Tbug started throwing her arms around saying Ho Ho Ho.

Now arms & PC not looking... <sigh>

Audrey was getting fussy!

Here's the horse whisperer and what on earth is Tbug doing now?

Yo Nicole, Look up!

Ok so let's try this again, oh wait, we're missing one person
Oh that's right, she's chasing KG (big show gelding) around the yard b/c he let himself out through the gate

And there goes the Santa hat... dang

Who needs smiles? Tbug has that one down good :) Yey :)  Guess PC and I should take lessons!

And truthfully, the top of my head is highly overrated!

shadows shadows shadows, heads missing, and Tbug was ???? and I think Audrey was trying to jump down.

Oh now that isn't so bad!

But finally we got one we were proud of :)

Now help me off here please baby!

These are all SOOC (straight out of camera).  I did doctor the one we used up a bit but I have to same some mystery right?
Nicole

Reason Number 744

Reason number 744 why we shouldn't have to dress up to come to work:
So it's a typical Monday morning, walking in to work, the siren from wherever it is off in the distance is going off screaming it's 8am Monday Morning (ok I was actually early this morning oddly enough, that's not usually the case, that's how I know about the 8am Monday alarm off in the distance....)... anyway I was walking in to work down the middle of the drive toward the steps.  When they re did the steps a year ago it's kind of slick concrete, add some leaves in there and you have a helluva mess!  Yeah you guessed it, I hit those leaves and went sliding.  Luckily I didn't fall down... I could just read the headlines now, Risk department worker has concussion.  Yeah that would be just my luck, but see, my shoes, those leaves, that concrete... reason 744 not to dress up for work!  If you want to hear the rest of my list, maybe someday I'll reveal it! :)



Nicole

Friday, November 26, 2010

The Good Wife's Guide

Housekeeping Monthly 13 May 1955

~ Have dinner ready.  Plan ahead, even the night before, to have a delicious meal ready, on time for his return.  This is a way of letting him know that you have been thinking about him and are concerned with his needs.  Most men are hungry when they come home and the prospect of a good meal (especially his favourite dish) is part of the warm welcome needed.

~ Prepare yourself.  Take 15 minutes to rest so you'll be refreshed when he arrives.  Touch up your make-up, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh-looking.  He has been with a lot of work-weary people.

~Be a little gay and a little more interesting for him.  His boring day may need a lift and one of your duties is to provide it.

~ Clear away the clutter.  Make one last trip through the main part of the house just before your husband arrives.

~Gather up schoolbooks, toys, paper, etc and then run a dustcloth over the tables.

~Over the cooler months of the year you should prepare and light a fire for him to unwind by.  Your husband will feel he has reached a haven of rest and order, and it will give you a lift too.  After all, catering for his comfort will provide you with immense personal satisfaction.

~ Prepare the children.  Take a few minutes to wash the children's hands and faces (if they are small), comb their hair and, if necessary, change their clothes.  They are little treasures and he would like to see them playing the part.  Minimize all noise.  At the time of his arrival, eliminate all noise of the washer, dryer, or vacuum.  Try to encourage the children to be quiet.

~Be happy to see him.

~Greet him with a warm smile and show sincerity in your desire to please him.

~Listen to him.  You may have a dozen important things to tell him, but the moment of his arrival is not the time.  Let him talk first - remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.

~ Make the evening his.  Never complain if he comes home late or goes out to dinner, or other places of entertainment without you.  Instead, try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.


~ Your goal: Try to make sure your home is a place of peace, order and tranquility where your husband can renew himself in body & spirit.

~Don't greet him with complaints and problems.

~Don't complain if he's late home for dinner or even if he stays out all night.  Count this as a minor compared to what he might have gone through that day.

~Make him comfortable.  Have him lean back in a comfortable chair or have him lie down in the bedroom.  Have a cool or warm drink ready for him.

~Arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes.  Speak in a low, soothing and pleasant voice.

~Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgement or integrity.  Remember he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness.  You have no right to question him.

~A good wife always knows her place.


Nicole

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