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Happy New Year from Shannon Ranch
special treat for anyone who wants to see what all Atlanta and Jordan are up
to in Tennessee. This monthly slideshow features pictures sent from Atlanta
and Jordan's phone back to Texas. No major details, but rather an overview
of recent events.
Don't miss it!
Tuesday, December 31 - Workin' Cows
- The last day of 2013 was spent branding and ear tagging some new cows.
Rusty keeps the newly branded cows at
the back of the pen.
Monday, December 30 - Impromptu
Cowboy Lunch - The guys went down the road to help gather some cattle
that we were buying. I was expecting them to come in for lunch and maybe
bring a few of the other men that were also there helping. Then Nathan
called and said that we should bring the lunch to the location instead. We
only had about 40 minutes to get it all together and loaded. We managed to
get there and get set up without being too late.
We served taco soup with cheese and
blue corn tortilla chips and apple cake.
You can see the helicopter used to
gather the cattle parked here.
Mailing Mermaids - We mailed
these two lovely ladies off to Louisiana this morning. These are for cousins
Maddie and Erin. Desarae Phipps (Gladness
of Heart) did a wonderful job crocheting these dolls for me.
Saturday, December 28 -
Get Together with Family - We traveled to Halfway to spend some time
Cousin Linda with her two
Isn't it wonderful to see
today's generation relating to each other so well?...
Hosts, Inez and Ray with
kids Shan and Randy.
On the way home, we
stopped by Hale Center to say hi to the Campbells.
Friday, December 27 -
Christmas at Wilson - Our annual trip to my sister's house always proves
to be very yummy and fun.
On the way there we came
upon this cotton module truck that had just tipped over.
The appetizer table...
Macy, Hannah and Carolina
Conversation with Blaine:
(Notice the overturned
bricks in the background) "Blaine what are you doing?"
"Oh, you're looking for
worms?" (nods his head yes). "Did you find any?"
(shakes his head no and
holds his empty palms out) "Any."
The girls made this
amazing fort out behind the house.
Beautiful sky whose color
contrasts nicely with the rich redish brick of the Pringle house.
Mermaid dolls for all the
girls. Desarae Phipps crocheted these gorgeous ladies.
Time to open gifts.
Time for a few family pics.
Thursday, December 26 -
Day After Christmas - Sunny, Granny and Hannah came down and spent the
day. The kids had so much fun playing with all their new stuff.
Yummy tower of fudge!
Stockton tries out his
lizard leash that he got from Aspen.
Wednesday, December 25
- Christmas Morning - Santa came again this year.
Stockton started early
assembling the lego sets he received. His goal is to get them all done on
Ever heard of a cuddle
pod? It hangs from the tree and is just the right hide out for two.
No, this isn't a Russian
invasion. The guys are headed out to try out their new coyote call and
Here's what they came up
Stockton got all his new LEGOS put
together before the day was out.
Tuesday, December 24 -
Christmas Eve - Everything's ready for the big night. This is when we
open our gifts to each other.
A light meal consisting of
ham, rolls, sweet potatoes and spinach & dried tomato salad was prepared.
Time to open gifts!
Cimarron and Laredo got
these great hats from Atlanta and Jordan.
Earlier in the day...
Monday, December 23 -
Early Christmas Gift? - Atlanta got ready to make a call, but couldn't
find her phone. When she called it to help locate it, she discovered that it
was wrapped under the tree. Little sister, Carolina, had played a funny
However, she made up for
being mean by giving Atlanta a nice massage.
Saturday, December 21 -
What is this? A basketball
Friday, December 20 -
Gingerbread House - The first order of business was making this
"gingerbread" village. Atlanta brought all the supplies. It took her and the
kids all day, but it was worth it. It turned out so cute.
Thursday, December 19 -
Atlanta and Jordan make it to Northfield for Christmas
Monday, December 16 - A
Nice Evening to be Outside - Unseasonably warm and calm weather made for
a lovely evening in which to view a large full moon rising.
Sunday, December 15 -
Play Room Clean-Up - The kids and I have been working on re-organizing
the playroom for a few days. We kind of got to a stopping point today.
There's still a lot more to do, but we've made good progress.
Vintage suitcases holding
toys and games fit nicely on these shelves made by Cim and Laredo for just
Like I said...we've still
got more organizing to do...
Christmas Treat -
Enjoy this awesome video.
Wyman Meinzer and Doug Smith present: "We Three Kings" from Wyman Meinzer on Vimeo.
Saturday, December 14 -
New Hobbit Movie - This is a day the kids, especially Aspen, has been
looking forward to for weeks now. Tonight they have tickets to go see the
new Hobbit movie in Amarillo. They decided to dress up in costumes similar
to the ones that the characters in the movie wear. They are meeting several
friends in Amarillo, but I think they are the only ones brave enough (or
crazy enough) to don costumes. Before they left this morning, I made of few
pictures of them in their costumes.
Thursday, December 12 -
Coloring Fun - Some friends of ours in Tennessee sent the kids each a
copy of their new coloring book. They jumped in to it right away and have
had lots of fun coloring the darling drawings by Vicki West. The book is
filled with old-fashioned pictures of simple day to day country living.
There are pictures to interest boys and girls alike. Animals, chores,
cooking and gardens are just a few of the subjects represented in the book.
Kids can learn good stewardship just by coloring and having fun. Now, I know
about now you're saying to yourself, "Those Shannons, they have all
the fun"...but this time, you and your kids can experience the same fun as
Stockton and Carolina. Visit
website and grab some of these for yourself! They would make great Christmas
- Seen out the kitchen window hopping about today.
Lazy Dog and Others -
No names will be mentioned.
Knock Your Socks Off
Wednesday, December 11
- Notes to Herself - I noticed this note taped to the wall. Carolina is
an obsessive note-writer. I find little pieces of paper all over the floor
where she's been sitting. Each one has some message scribbled on it.
...and yet another one on
the bathroom door...
Tuesday, December 10 -
Christmas Nap - Look who I found snoozing under the tree?
Sunday, December 8 -
Staying Warm - What's everybody up to around the ranch today? How is
everyone staying warm?
The kids are keeping their
blood pumping with a very loud and exciting game of "Splash". It's like
"spoons", except that you grab dolphins instead.
Coconut by the woodstove
in the school room.
Gypsy on the couch by the
The lizards have two heat
lamps and an "under sand" heater.
The turtle also has an
You can see the fish
aquarium heater on the inside of the tank.
Fenton the finch is by the
woodstove in the kitchen.
Unfortunately, he lost his
mate a couple of weeks ago.
Aspen and Rusty don't seem
to mind the cold as they head out to milk.
Saturday, December 7 -
Cozy Critters - This was the early morning scene from my kitchen sink
window looking out into the school room. Carolina, Coconut and Rusty were
enjoying the warm fire that Nathan had started.
Friday, December 6 -
Crisp Evening - Expecting an overnight temperature of only five degrees,
the guys are out doing chores and checking stock, and (shocker) I'm out
taking pictures of the sky.
Check out the icicles on
Uncle Chris' pickup.
Bright Morning -
Some lovely sparkly scenes this morning.
Thursday, December 5 -
Snow Day - Snow and sleet fell intermittently all day.
Wednesday, December 4 -
Preparing for Bad Weather - Today the guys cut loads of firewood,
watered the stock, drained the hoses and covered the faucets in preparation
for several days of extremely cold weather headed our way. In this picture
they're moving Aspen's peafowl pen around to the south side of the house
behind our front yard fence so as to enjoy more sunshine and have a wind
block. Cim is in the tree cutting off some low hanging limbs that are
keeping the enclosure from being scooted all the way against the fence.
Tuesday, December 3
- We've had some beautiful weather this last week. This allowed me to
finally clean out my storage building. This meant pulling out tons of stuff
and having it set outside for several days while I went through it. I'm so
glad to have it done. Now, I can clean/organize several other spaces, since
I'll have a place to go with items that don't belong in the house, but don't
need to be discarded either. Tonight the weather was so pleasant and the sky
so appealing, I tried out several filter effects as I wondered around the
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