Byron Visits!!

My brother, Byron and his friend Tracy came to visit for a week before Christmas. It is always great to see him. My kids just love him!
Oma, Opa, Byron, Tracy, Susie, Kirby and Sparky


Kid's Christmas Picture
Thank goodness for trees in airports!

Kirby 15, Christine 22, Shaughn 20

Christine and her sweetie, Taylor, soon to be husband!!!
I am to young to have a daughter that is getting married!



Shaughn a Snoozing!
and that was before the shot of Tequila!

Tim's Typical Breakfast
And he wonders how he gained 12lbs in 4 days! And this was just the first plate!

Taylor and Christine!

The PUTT PUTT Champs are......
The McCormicks!
(there may have been a little cheating going on!)


I have added a new page to my blog! Wedding Stuff as we prepare for the big day in March. You can get to the wedding stuff at the tab above this post.



Tim Turns 50!!(I am a month late posting)
Tim didn't want to do anything special for his 50th Birthday! He was feeling a little old, I mean sad! Our dearest friends offered to cook him dinner for his birthday! She beats Martha Stewart and Paula Dean. She is the best cook. She invited my parents over also. We had a wonder time.
Thank you so much Susan and Peyton!
You are the best!

I made my version of Too Jays, Banana Dream cake. If I must tell, it was just as good!


Halloween 2011

Halloween 2011
I don't know what got into me this year, but I had a great time making decorations and decorating for Halloween. I haven't done a thing in years but really got into it this year. For the first time ever, I forgot to buy pumpkins to carve! Yikes!!! We ended up eating spaghetti squash on Halloween and Kirby came up with the idea to carve it. He drew the line when I told him I was going to put them at the front door for Jack-O-Lanterns.

I call these our RED NECK PUMPKINS!
I rounded up all the empty glass jars I could find and printed eerie labels of the Internet. I filled them with items that represented the label. As much as the kids made fun of me, they made sure to tell all the neighbors!

I found a couple of cool spell book designs online and made them. I picked up the books at the local Goodwill. They came out really cool!

The family Room!
I can finally clean those cob webs off the ceiling!

I bought this candle holder at Michaels. I made candles from toilet paper rolls and electronic tea lights.

Until next Halloween....BOO!



Tim and I traveled to Oktoberfest again this year! You would think that we are big drinkers since we have gone the past few years, but really we aren't! I have finally figured out that if I drink "Radlers" (1/2 lemonade, 1/2 beer), I can last survive the night. Plus for someone that doesn't care for beer it's great.

This is one of the many beer tents. In the late afternoon everyone is calm but by sundown everyone is standing on the benches prosting and singing. It is really something to see. Someone asked me if we have an equivalent in the United States and the closest thing I could come up with is Mardi Gras, and I don't even know if that is comparable.

When I think of a German this is the image I get. What a great outfit. Tim and I thought it was really neat that so many of the Germans dress in the traditional outfits. I would say that about 80% are dressed up, even the teenagers and young adults. Next year you may see Tim in lederhosen!


I am not the Maid!

I got tired of constantly finding dishes in the kitchen sink when the dishwasher was empty. I decided to cut this saying out of vinyl and attach it to the sink as a reminder. I came home from work to find the sink full! Tim said Shaughn took all the dishes out of the dishwasher and put them there to get back at me! I am hoping my little message works! The next sign is going to be on the toilet lid that reads, "Aim for the inside and flush please!"


Valentines Day!

Happy Valentine's Day!
I wouldn't let the boys open their Valentine's bags unless they let me take their picture. Of course they let me...and with SMILES! They both got candy, headphones for the computer and $10.


Girl's Cruise

Girl's Cruise!! We celebrated Brenda's 50th birthday but taking her on a three day Carnival Cruise. We had the greatest time!
Happy Birthday Brenda!!


Don and Pam's Wedding
January 1, 2011

The Happy Couple

The Table

Our friend Susan, aka Martha Stewart, hosted the wedding at her house. She planned everything but the food. It was unbelievable. Pam and Don were thrilled!

The Cake

I did the cake. It was chocolate with whisky cherry filling and cream cheese frosting. I have to say it tasted pretty good! The bride and groom were happy~

The Wedding Family and Friends

There were 30 people at the wedding.

The Girls!

Us with the beautiful bride!

Best of luck to Don and Pam!