Authors I’ve Met

Since I’ve started blogging, I’ve had the chance to meet several wonderful authors that I adore.
Here’s a list of the literary masters I’ve met:
Holly Black
Holly Black, author of White Cat and Zombies vs. Unicorns
Visit her website.
Follow her on Twitter.
Meg Cabot

Meg Cabot
, author of Insatiable and contributor to Zombies vs. Unicorns
Visit her website.
Follower her on Twitter.
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl
Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl, authors of Beautiful Creatures and Beautiful Darkness
Visit their website.
Follow Kami on Twitter.
Follow Margaret on Twitter.
Kristen Miller
Kirsten Miller, author of The Eternal Ones.
Visit her website.
Andrea Cremer
Andrea Cremer, author of Nightshade.
Visit her website.
Follower her on Twitter.
Scott Westerfeld
Scott Westerfeld, author of Leviathan and Behemoth, and contributor to Zombies vs. Unicorns
Visit his website.
Follow him on Twitter.
Justine Larbalestier
Justine Larbalestier, author of Zombies vs. Unicorns
Visit her website.
Follow her on Twitter.
Maggie Stiefvater
Maggie Stiefvater, author of Shiver and Linger
Visit her website.
Follow her on Twitter.
Charlaine Harris
Charlaine Harris, author of the Sookie Stackhouse series.
Visit her website.

Wishful Wednesday: Christmas Edition

Wishful Wednesday

As you know, I’m an avid blog stalker. I love finding these blog carnivals and reading about their assigned topics. What a great idea to have many different bloggers give their insight on one topic! This is Wishful Wednesday over at The Seattle Smith’s and I thought I’d participate.

Here’s the topic: “I wish … Santa would have remembered ________ on my list!”

There really isn’t a whole lot that I wish I would have gotten for Christmas. As you’ve read, I got a really good haul this year!

But, there is *one* thing that I was hoping to get that I didn’t come away with. This *amazing* necklace from Lisa Leonard Designs would have made me very happy:

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Maybe it will be a nice Valentine’s Day or birthday present. I just have to convince The Nerd that the reason I don’t wear necklaces is because I don’t have *this* necklace. :)

And now, for your viewing pleasure, some photos from the Christmas celebration with my side of the family. You got to see our family photos yesterday, but now here are some photos of everyone opening their presents!

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River had lots of presents. She got a Pooh Bear doll from The Nerd and me, a Pooh Bear tree house from Nanna and Pappy, some adorable clothes and a toy vacuum from Brad & Jet!

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Riv was so excited, she couldn’t wait to get it out of the box!

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She really loves Pooh Bear!

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Brad got some super-sweet sunglasses! (And the Game of Life!)

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Here’s Jet looking at some of Hyrum’s haul: a Baby Bjorn carrier, a singing bear and a singing octopus!

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Isn’t their family so cute?

Sadly, I didn’t get any photos of James and me, or Nanna and Pappy. :( I was too absorbed by the babies to photograph much else!

I got the complete set of Sookie Sackhouse books (the books that True Blood is based on).

James got Battlestar Galactica: The Plan. We now own every BSG show/film ever made. Score.

Pappy got a novel on revelation. He’s reading it now.

Nanny got an awesome frame that says “Nanna and Pappy’s House” and lists their grandchildren.

Awesome presents, right?

What do you wish that Santa had brought that he didn’t? I’d love to hear your wish lists!

Thanks for looking!

Welch Family Photo Shoot

It’s been a pretty crazy week, and I’ve been putting my new Canon Digital Rebel XS to good use!

My family is all gathered at my parents’ house — Brad, Jet and Hyrum drove in from New Mexico and Andy, Alex and River came in from Mt. Pleasant, and MeMa came in, too — to celebrate Christmas. With two grandbabies in one place, my Mom decided it would be time to take family portraits.

And who better to take family portraits than the child-less daughter with a brand new digital camera?

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This is the group family shot!

Later in the day, it started snowing! Of course, we went outside and took individual family pictures!

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Don’t Alex and River look like models?

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Their whole family loves tasting snowflakes!

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Andy and River having such a good time!

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Brad, Jet and Hyrum. I absolutely love this shot!

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Isn’t Hyrum so cute on top of Brad’s shoulders?

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Nanna and River had to go out in the snow!

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Aren’t they adorable?

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Nanna, River, Pappy and Hyrum — this is one of my favorites!

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And last but not least, the Nerd and me. I didn’t get a chance to edit ours like everyone else’s. We don’t have kids, so we don’t matter as much. :)

I took so many pictures, and I’m going to post many of them in a photo album on Facebook. If you’d like to download copies of any of them, add me as a friend.

It was a fun day, and I think we got a lot of really neat photos. 

Thanks so much for looking!

Christmas on the Beach

The Nerd’s parents recently moved to the Texas coast. This was a very beneficial move for us, because we get to go to the beach whenever we visit.

That’s why I was super excited to head out Saturday morning for our Christmas visit. They rented a beach house in Port Aransas for the festivities. It was a great house, despite the tacky sea horse statues and the lamps that looked like fish mouths (seriously).

On Sunday, we decided to go for a walk on the beach to watch the sunset.

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This is Kate and Paul. They agreed to be my guinea pigs for silhouette photos.

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I think this turned out very nicely. :)

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Here are the four of us together.

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I really like this shot of The Nerd and me.

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Here are our shadows. :)

When we got back from dinner, the Christmas festivities ensued. Lots of wine and beer was imbibed.

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Yum! Leftover Wedding Wine!

Then the fun began…Here are photos of everyone opening their presents from us!

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Kate got a sweater from us. The color will compliment her beautiful blue eyes.

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The Nerd’s mom, an avid quilter, got a a coffee table book about American Quilts.

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Paul got a belt buckle flask. It’s awesome! :)

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Lonnie got some fishing shirts, a necessity.

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The girls modeled their present bows (made from awesome ribbon from the Container Store!)

It was a great trip and we had so much fun.

Lots of Love!

River & The Gingerbread House

I have the most *adorable* niece on the planet. There. I said it. You can’t dispute it.
A few days before Christmas, I got to watch (and take photos!) as her parents showed her how to decorate a Gingerbread House. I just loved seeing her excitement as she placed the little bits of candy on the icing, and then discovered that she could eat the little bits of candy!
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First things, first. Daddy shows her how it’s done.
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Oh that’s what I’m supposed to do?
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She’s a quick study.
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Now everyone joins in.
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Still decorating.
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Oops! She caught me!
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This is where things got interesting.
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More decorating…
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Or tasting I guess we should say!
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Yummy!
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That icing is so good with the sprinkles on it!
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So, so good!
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Red fingers!
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Who, me?
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Yes, me!
I love that little angel! :)
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and that it was filled with the joy of family.
Thanks for looking!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all! What a wonderful morning it has been. We woke up to snow on the ground (left over from yesterday’s blizzard) and stockings full of goodies!

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The puppies even got to share in the fun! They had stockings with toys and rawhide bones…yum!

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As I write, I’m cuddled up on the couch in my PJs with my two puppies (Georgie is keeping my feet nice and toasty, while Kaylee is nestled into my lap under the blanket) and James is in the Nerd Cave enjoying one of his presents.

I have to say, the first Christmas as a married couple has been quite nice.

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As far as presents, I think we both walked away with a pretty good haul. I got my *big* present a few weeks ago — a brand new Canon Digital Rebel XS with the kit lens. It is lovely, and I’ve been putting it to good use taking photos lately.

Tomorrow, you’ll get to see my latest project photographing River as she decorated a gingerbread house. She’s absolutely darling!

Today, I got several accessories for my camera — a new lens (Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8), a tripod and a camera bag! Woot!

I also got some awesome things from “Santa” in my stocking — Super Mario Bros Wii and some beautiful earrings.

James didn’t do so badly, either.

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What could it be?

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I think he likes what he sees.

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The complete Battlestar Galactica series (with a collectible Cylon!)

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Ok, what’s next?

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A remote-control Cobra AH-1! I think the Helicopter Engineer is a bit excited.

Oh, wait. Someone forgot to get batteries. I suck.

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And last, but not least? Assassins Creed 2.

Guess where he is right now…

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That’s ok, though. I got to try out some new tricks with my new lens.

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No photos of Kaylee. She was hiding under the couch because it’s so cold outside!

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If you look closely at the last one, the Christmas tree lights are shaped like stars. No, we do not have star-shaped Christmas lights. Isn’t that cool?

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday, and that Santa brought all the goodies you were hoping for.

Tomorrow morning, we leave for Port Aransas to visit James’ family. Christmas on the beach. Can you say YAY?

Until next time, live long and prosper!

A White Christmas … Eve!

I live in Texas … land of crazy, bizarre weather.
Take this morning for example. James comes running inside, hollering about how it’s snowing outside. Snowing!?! On Christmas Eve??
You better believe it. Here’s what it looked like out our back door:
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And my Canadian-bred husband? Yeah, he ran into it in a short-sleeved T-shirt:
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He immediately went to the fence, which was collecting a great deal of the white stuff:
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And grabbed some to make a snowball!
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He knows better than to throw that at me, right? Right!?
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This is where I slammed the back door in his face and locked him outside:
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More fun photos from the blizzard (yes, this is a blizzard by North Texas standards…)

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Have a very Merry and (here’s hoping!) Have a very Merry and (here’s hoping!) White Christmas!



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