Friday, November 30, 2007

Busy time of year

ROFL...and I thought I'd do better blogging...it's been a month! Why am I not really surprised?
It's been a really busy month for our family. We went on vacation the first full week of November, and had a great time. It's the first 'real' vacation we've taken as a family. We stayed in Houston with mom for a few days, and went to the Texas Renaissance Festival. I hadn't been in about 20 years, but it was wonderful! I took LOTS of photos, and I've scrapped a handful of them, but have alot more to get done. Take a peek:

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And a few layouts I've done...this first one was done with K Designs' Tapestry kit from Seaside Scraps:
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And here are a couple more...these are done with Rebecca Myers' Renaissance Festival kit (how perfect could that be for these pics, LOL!!)

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We stayed and had some family time for a couple of days, and then hit the road to San Antonio. I never looked at S.A. as a vacation spot...it was always more like a weekend getaway, but it really felt like a vacation. We visited the Alamo (of course) and the Riverwalk (which really is beautiful), and also managed to visit all but one of the old historic missions, but we plan to go back in a year or so and take Rachel to Sea World (who am I kidding---I want to go to Sea World!) The SA Botanical Gardens are having a Dora & Diego thing going on through the winter, but we missed out. I really wanted Rachel to go see it, as she LOVES Dora with a passion, but money and time weren't on our side. Here are some SA pics and LOs:

Saying bye-bye to NiNi:
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At Washington-on-the Brazos, site of the signing of Texas Declaration of Independence:
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The Alamo at night:
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At SA Missions NHP:
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On the riverwalk:
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Playing in the hotel room:
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And finally, from a stop at Old Ft. Parker on the way home:
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If you're a history lover, this is an interesting little side trip in the Waco area.
Ft. Parker was built in the early 1800s, and it was basically the homestead of the Parker family; the fort was for protection against the Comanches. In 1836, the Comanches raided the fort, and kidnapped 9 yr old Cynthia Ann Parker. She was raised by Comanches, and ended up marrying their chief Nocona. She was the mother of Quanah Parker, the last great free Comanche chief, who eventually led his people onto the reservation in Indian Territory. Cynthia Ann and her 4 yr old daughter Prairie Flower were re-captured by her family when she was in her thirties. She didn't adapt well to the white world of her family, and she and her daughter both died within a few years. Her son took his mother's last name and was a great leader for his people. Enough of the history lesson, but if you're interested, there is a WONDERFUL book about this story entitled Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson.

Finally, I've been doing some scrapping of other pics, some for fun, some for CT. Take a look...this is from Rachel's first Christmas...I can't get over how much she's changed, and how fast time has flown!

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I did this LO with SeAScrApS' Santa's Workshop from ScrappinFreestyle. Speaking of Santa, we're going to try to visit him on Monday...hope the mall isn't a zoo!

This LO is of Jordan, a family friend who visited us over the summer on her first vacation. These pics are from the lake, and I think they came out very well.
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This is scrapped with Demiurgia Designs' Radiolaria kit from Seaside Scraps. I thought this was a really neat kit...I love the designs in it! I used an Andrea Gold template for that one as well.

Finally, my little diva, playing dress up. I can't wait until she's old enough to wear the dress up princess dresses and heels, LOL...I'll be drowning in frou-frou!
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This one is scrapped with Rebecca Myers' Dress Up from Seaside Scraps, and the frame cluster is Rebecca's as well...it should be on sale in the SSS shop very shortly.

I guess that's enough of that. Let's see, what else? Oh yeah, while we were in San Antonio, I broke my tooth out, it's that lovely! So the first Monday we were home, I got to go to the dentist. I got to finance a crown, a bridge, and a few fillings...whoopee. Please note the sarcasm. Insurance is covering some, but not all. I get to go back in early January for the permanent crown and bridge. What else??? We got a new (well, new to us) Dodge Ram. We traded in my OLD Corolla, which had over 150,000 miles on it. DH is loving the truck, and so is Rachel...I think because she can see so much better from up high. My stepdaughters' miniature donkey broke her leg and had to have surgery. Don't know how she managed to do it, but she did, poor thing. Thanksgiving was pretty quiet, and we didn't go in for all of the Black Friday hubbub. Christmas will be scaled back, but that's fine. We really don't need anything anyway. DH was going to buy me a laptop, but with the new truck, that's not happening (boo-hoo). Oh well, there's always birthday and mother's day, LOL.

I've been playing at making some Christmas goodies for you guys. I have them, but need to get them all packaged up and then I'll post them for you. I'll give you a hint...HARK. That's all you get for now, LOL. Off to get some work done, God bless!