Saturday, December 27, 2008
I'm not sure it will stay this way. Every time I try to do something on the computer I end up having to learn 30 new things and changing my original project. That's okay though because you should learn something new as often as possible otherwise, you just get old and wither. At least that's how I see it.
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! We had bad news on Christmas Eve morning. Mr. Plantfreak's grandmother passed away. She had been ill for quite a long time so it wasn't a surprise, just sad. Since it was Christmas Eve, and we have an ark's worth of animals, and we are broke from Christmas shopping...I stayed home with the boys.
Mr. Plantfreak did get to see family that he had not seen in years. I'm glad for him on that aspect. I think Granny's passing was more of chapter of his life closing rather than a shocking tragedy. I understand that she was a spitfire of a woman. She was obviously endearing enough that my mother-in-law stayed close with her (mother-in-law) long after Mr. Plantfreak's father died (almost 30 years). I met Granny once but her mind had already faded so I really didn't get to know her.
One of Cody's friends came over to break in the new toys and they spent the entire night being rockstars, military snipers, and whatever other video games they've bought over the last week. They are still playing!!! Scratch that, I just looked over and both heads are nodding and the game is motionless.
I myself had a great haul for Christmas! Page and Dad gave me a digital picture frame and loaded it with tons of pictures. I'm going to post some of the pics of my grandmother as a teenager later. I also received a beautiful mask from Venice (posting later), a woodland Santa that is our only decoration this year, Cajun cookie cutters, and not one but 2 awesome new cookbooks! One cookbook is from the Times Picayune ("Cooking Up A Storm")out of New Orleans who, after hurricane Katrina, were inundated with requests to replace lost recipes. OMG, absolutely the most amazing recipes! The other cookbook is from Jimmy Buffet's sister LuLu, who has a restaurant in Gulf Shores, AL (my old stomping grounds). The book is called "Crazy Sista Cooking" and it features recipes from the restaurant. Good Stuff!
The boys (Mr. Plantfreak actually) surprised me with a food dehydrator. I've been wanting another one ever since I wore the last one out. I'm cranking that bad boy up today!
Now it's time to clean up the pigsty that is my kitchen (remember, teenage boys were awake all night) and play with my new toys!
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
I think AJ had the most fun. He shopped with Page and me and found some little treasure to buy. He loved Borelli's, and had his own room in the guest house.
Here we are in front of the guest house where we stayed.
Cody is only smiling because Grandpa Sute was yelling at him to smile. Who knew that was what it took!
Page was such a trooper! She didn't feel well but she still looks great.
I'm including this picture with Grandpa Sute even though my eyes are closed like a dork. I did that in several pics. Typical.
I'll post more pictures of the place as soon as Grandpa Sute sends them. The place was just gorgeous! We stayed along the Mississippi river and shopped in the downtown area. There is a restaurant downtown called Borelli's that has excellent food. If you find yourself in Vicksburg and you're hungry....BTW the tiramisu was beyond fabulous!
The visit with the family did lift my spirits and yesterday I bought Santa which always makes me happy. I actually caught myself humming Christamas carols all the way into Walmart...then I actually went inside. OMG!!!! People everywhere acting like jackasses! How is it that everything I need to get is right in front of the old lady who needs to inspect every item on the shelf?! It's canned tomatoes lady, there is no way to screw that up.
Customers aside, the employees seem to think they have the right of way. I usually give it to them because they are (ahem) working, but the meat girl just never looked up to see if anyone needed to get by. The freezer guy blocked the entire walkway with his cart and beerbelly. The computer goober was nice even though he thought he was impressing me with his video game knowledge. Please little boy, don't insult me. Then there is the gaggle of employees laughing and jabbering in the middle of the main aisle and we can just go around thankyouverymuch.
No humming when I left.
PS. Merry Christmas everyone!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Here is Ol'Man with my brother and my cousin Mandy. He has always loved kids. Of course we all know it's because he is just a big kid himself.
Just look at that cheesy mustache!! Mr. Plantfreak is sporting the exact same mustache this very minute. Just deliver me.
Here we are in all our sweater glory! At least we coordinated well.
I don't have any kid pics of Ol' Man right now. They are in the bottom of a huge box of photos that I'm currently sifting through.
Happy Birthday Ol' Man! Love you much.
Niblet liked it so much that he just moved right in!!
Wasabi says there is plenty of room for him!AWWWW!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
This is Aj and me in the hospital. He was a chunk at 8lbs 12 oz.
AJ in all his Batman glory.
This is a rare moment of happiness for AJ. He was the most sour baby ever. He didn't want anyone but me and sometimes I couldn't even make him happy. He sure was a cutie pie though.
I love this shot of AJ in the tub. Those ears!
I knew this would be the only time I could dress them up in froufrou clothes. They look like little dolls!
AJ and Ol'Man. The little angel to the right is my neice Emilie. She would have ten this year, but we lost her at 4 months old.
Cody and AJ used to be best friends. I have to threaten bodily harm on a regular basis now to get them to quit bickering.
This was taken at AJ's daycare. I think this is what AJ's world really looks like- if you add aliens and machine guns.
AJ is my outside the box boy. We found out that he had ADHD, learning disabilities and a speech impediment at an early age. It's been a struggle but it's worth it. AJ has plans for his future and I hope that he can achieve all the goals he has set. I love you AJ-er. You'll always be my little fruity-pie.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
This was the Christmas that the daycare came down with a raging case of lice (because some &$#$#$ parents didn't put in the effort to get rid of them). He was still pretty.
I have hundreds of pictures like this. Cody was/is my little ham. I have tears streaming down my face...partly because of nostalgia...and partly because Mom isn't here for Cody.
Christmas is looking a little bleak this year. There is just a grey pallor over everything for me...and since I'm the only person who takes care of the holidays...well, you get the picture.
Our one bright spot is that we are meeting Grandpa Sute and Page in Vicksburg, MS (it's halfway from Daphne, AL to Nowhere, TX) for Christmas. Actually we are meeting this coming weekend, and Page found the best Bed and Breakfast called Annabelle's. Check it out and firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Birthday Cody-Man! I love you even though you act like you don't care. God help me next year when he turns 16.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
I'm hoping it's only because of the cold weather. Maybe I'm supposed to be running an animal shelter instead of a plant nursery. All I know is that the animals are now coming to me. Truth be known, Mr. Plantfreak is the one who established contact first with these two, and he named Spunky. So there.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Monday, December 8, 2008
Mr. Plantfreak has dubbed her "Spunky". She's terrified of our cats and they are less than thrilled with our new friend.
Thursday, December 4, 2008
I know this year her birthday will be hard without mom and I feel for her.
Jen says I'm the mean one and sometimes I am, but she's the sneaky one. If you need a devious plan...Jen's your girl.
She was like a little doll when she was a baby...then she learned to talk and all hell broke loose!
I hope you had a good one sis!!!