Thursday, February 19, 2009

It is What it Is Because Photos Don't Lie...

Two things -

#1 - new template, with fun spring colors. Have I ever mentioned I am easily bored? If you cannot see words, etc. please don't tell me because I'm in love with it - for now. A bit like I tell Manly about whatever haircut I'm currently sporting - if you don't like this one, just wait, maybe you'll like the next one!

#2 - Re American Idol, if America had voted through that crazy girl, Tatianna or whatever the heck her name was, I would have set my hair on fire before I would have continued to watch the show. She made me foam at the mouth just a little. And even though I don't vote, thank you America for voting for Danny and the oil rigger guy from Jasper, Texas - it tickled me to pieces. And that's maybe all the review of American Idol you'll ever get from me, but I just had to get that off my chest...

So - The last family photos from our visit with Dan and Janae. I don't usually even make it into the photos, since I'm generally the one stuck holding the camera. But when Janae is in the house, look out - that girl loves to take pictures!

Leslie actually took this one. Every member of our family has a nickname and Janae's is "Pinch-Pinch". Very fitting. Sometimes Landon runs when he sees her coming. She loves fat baby cheeks. Now that I think about it, I'll have to ask her if that's top or bottom variety, or both?

Landon has fallen head over heels in love with Dublin, which works well since Dublin is pretty crazy about him too. Lately, Dublin has been standing in for the pony he did not get for his second birthday. Lately, Landon has been kissing Dublin on the mouth before we can stop him. We know - gross, but seriously, how do you stop a kid from doing that?

Sarah, where are you? We call ourselves 'the original five', but love that we divided and multiplied. Janae took this one of us in pajamas, ready for a TV night. Some of us look adorable, some of us look dorky.

Last year for Christmas I sewed all the girls in our family sheep pjs. Sarah and Miss Addie have some too, but we've yet to get all five of us in one photo. Again, some of us look adorable, one of us looks dorky. When you're over fifty and you don't sleep enough, you tend to look dorky.

Don surprised me with flowers for Valentine's Day, and Janae snapped a photo in spite of the fact that my hair resembles one of the Three Stooges. I still have not managed to figure out how to have grown kids come to visit, and take regular showers and fix my hair and apply makeup. What can I say? It is what it is.

Dan and Don being sweethearts. I think other than Dan's skinny nose, they resemble each other quite a bit. These two are my main men, with a few others who hold my heart too.

Here's one of the 'few others'... Landon opening his Valentine from Papa and Grammy. He thought the card was interesting and the chocolate was fantastic. That boy already has quite the sweet tooth.

Toward the end of our visit, we got a skiff of snow, which delighted Dan and Janae, who ran right out onto the deck. Those of us who have to put up with this much of the time tend to stand at the window and mutter under our breath. I could not see a thing when I snapped the picture, and missed the fact that Janae's entire face is covered by one snowflake. I don't know if I've ever met anyone who loves snow more than Janae and Caiden. That may be because they don't put up with it very often.

Late at night, colder than all get out, but posing for a few last minute snowy photos in front of the house. This was likely Dan's last visit home where the house was intact. Hopefully next trip, he'll walk in to mountains of packed boxes that he's going to help us get to Texas.

Janae thought we should snap one of me, in pajamas and a down vest. I love standing next to Dan, he's one of the few males who makes me feel small.
So they're back in Texas (which BTW was 75 degrees today but I'm not bitter), and tomorrow I begin in earnest the cleaning and decluttering and staging of this house for the realtor. My sister has absolutely inspired me, along with everyone else, to grab the cleaning bottles and get busy. I'll try to remember and share some before and after photos, which is better than dorky hair.


secondofwett said...

Well....I just came back from Texas to Canada on Monday night and I let out a groan when I saw the temps that I was missing in Texas yesterday as I watched the snow coming down outside my bedroom window yesterday! :0(
Not fair really...I'm too old for these Canadian winters!

Becky said...

You are not dorky! You are comfortable!

Remember when we were young and so insanely self centered that we would not allow a picture of us to be taken unless we looked great. Well, mostly anyway. I was never too worked up and I doubt you were either, but still. Those younger days we were different.

Now we are comfortable enough in our own skin and pjs and that it doesn't matter. There are a lot of things that really matter. But that is not one of them.

Looks like a GRAND time. I love that you shared it all with us.

Lynne said...

Your blog looks so nice and spring-y now! Love the look!

And I love the pictures of your family, PJ's and all.

Jen said...

Love all the family shots....your roses were beautiful and the snow is just fantastic.
Enjoy cleaning...I need to do some deep cleaning myself.

Kelly said...

Beautiful family , and I love the new template:-)

Good luck staging the house-we are still making changes to ours, and taking things to storage, after 3 weeks on the market. At this rate I won't need to move, I've "found" so much more space:-)

Barb said...

I have that same sheep flannel! Lots and lots of it and I have a pj bottom pattern! Cute, cute. I must have a pair.

You do NOT look dorky. You look like my little sister and adorable. I swear, these photos make me miss you so much. And the photo of Janae pinching his cheeks, and the one of him sitting on Dubby - oh, I just love all these photos.

I can see a little of Don in Danny, but I think he really, really looks like you. xoxoxo

Dianne said...

Great pictures. That is some SPRING background though - LOL!

Susanne said...

Loved all the family pics and dorkey you are not!

I agree with Barb, I think Dan looks quite a bit like you.

I hate to burst your AI bubble but I don't think we've seen the end of Tatiana. I have a feeling they'll put her into the wild card round because she makes good contraversial tv.

Beck said...

I think your whole family looks adorable - and how cute is that that you all have matching pajamas? I can't even IMAGINE!

FaceforGrace said...

I LOVE the new template- the colors are beautiful! I guess you are dreaming of Spring, huh? Those of us down south would trade the budding flowers and green grass for a few snow flurries! At least those in my house!