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Sunday, December 27, 2009

My favorite photos from Christmas

We also played Old Maid. It should be rated PG13. The kids were scared of the old maid. All is calm.
Some one bought 5 guitars this year.

The microwave was a big hit.

This is what his mother told me to get him. She was right...big hit.

Right before he fell off.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Before you open your gifts,

Everyone has to stand in front of the tree and smile.
We had a wonderful Christmas with 7 of our grandchildren here and we are very grateful they had a safe trip home in the aftermath of the Christmas blizzard!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Lights on the Concho River

It was a beautiful night for walking through the Christmas lights! The boys had a great time trying to upset little sister with stories about Nutria leaving the river and doing some strange things.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Some things that made me happy this week

A friend gave me a scrapbook bird house for my birthday. The cutest kids in San Angelo came to my house to sing carols.
Children enjoying making music and daughter #3 playing "O Holy Night" at the piano recital. (which I video recorded but couldn't get it on here)

Walking around San Saba, Texas on Thanksgiving morning with my camera and finding a church with Thanksgiving hymns playing from their bell tower. That wasn't this week, but it was really special and I'm still happy about it.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Cleburne State Park

After leaving Dallas last Tuesday, we drove to Cleburne and visited their beautiful state park on Wednesday. It was beginning to fill up with campers for the holiday weekend but no one was out hiking yet so we had a very nice secluded hike around Cedar Lake.

Scenic Overlook
I took this one!
The trail

He has a lot of equipment, but he doesn't have a blog, so guess who's photos you get to see most of the time!

OK, here's one of his...the end of the trail. We do have to turn around and go back, though. See my hood is missing. I lost it on this trip. I also lost my camera case. Then, yesterday when I went out to get some snow pictures, I discovered I have lost my polorizer!

Do ya'll want to see pictures from the seminar in Dallas?

Snow in San Angelo

December 4, 2009...The Standard Times reported that this was the earliest date snow has ever fallen in San Angelo since we have been keeping records of this sort of things. This is my street.
I hope daughter #3 posts some of her photos of her boys making their first snowman...they were so excited!

More about Turkeys

Some of Basil's pictures at the lake last week were too good not to show you. Here's a little woodpecker. Need some mistletoe?
And the family of turkeys having a little disagreement.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Some Turkeys Who Survived Thanksgiving

We had chicken subs at Colorado Bend State Park.
And these guys are walking boldly around Lake Nasthworthy:

And some more looks at the lake from Saturday:

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Gorman Falls

This was our hike on Thanksgiving day at Colorado Bend State Park. I tried to put the photos side by side because this is the way the falls really is. It is huge. I had no idea there was anything like this in that part of the world. What a blessed thanksgiving surprise!

Friday, November 27, 2009

The Nativity Display at The De Golyer Home

Charlsie and the Christmas tree.
This is a 25,000 square feet home on the grounds of the arboretum. It is full of thousands and thousands of nativity scenes. I was amazed. I wish you all could see them. I took pictures of only a tiny fraction of them. This one is from Romania.
This is the library. The nativity scenes in here are on loan to the house and are all owned by one person. This is not the whole room, but you can get an idea of how overwhelming it is.

The owner made little cards to go with each one that say where he got them and what country or state they are from.

This one says made by Mom. There were more made by other family members.

This one is ceramic.

This is a table with several scenes.

This one is from Alaska.

You can read the card on this one.


The Arboretum at Dallas

The Dallas Skyline
Charlsie and I spent the day here Monday. The day was just as beautiful as the arboretum.
Charlsie liked the cabbages.
Just one of the many sculptures.

We have been friends for a very long time. (Don't ask)

There are some beautiful homes near the arboretum.

The children can play in this little village.
The infinity pool empties into White Rock Lake. There are sometimes sailboats on the lake but there was no wind today.

I need to go back in the spring and see this crepe myrtle archway.