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!

A Common Sight

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At least it’s not a headphone helmet.
Happy holidays!


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