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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
phone back to Texas. No major details, but rather an overview of recent
So fun! Don't miss it!
Saturday, November 30 -
The Christmas Tree - Carolina and Stockton completely took over the
decorating this year. They decorated the tree, strung lights all around and
put up the Stockings. It feels very Christmasy now. They did a great job.
Thursday, November 28-
Thanksgiving - A few to pics of the preparations and yummy food we had
Adding the meringue
Making the dressing
Dogs staying close to the
Three pieces of pie?
Tuesday, November 26 -
Karate Lessons - Versatile Coconut is now enrolled in karate lessons.
Judging from the black belt, it seems she's advancing quickly. Gypsy better
Sunday, November 24 -
Fried Pies - Some pumpkin and some apple filled fried pies for a change
Saturday, November 23 -
Sledding Video - I put this video together from some great footage
Nathan shot a couple of days ago. Hope you enjoy it.
Friday, November 22 -
Cold Blast of Ice - Look what blew in during the night. Icy and crusty
Stockton scraped the ice
off the sidewalks for us, making it a lot less dangerous.
Wednesday, November 20
- Intensely Fun - The kids were playing monopoly tonight, staying close
to the woodstove. They seem very serious about it, don't they?
Tuesday, November 19 -
Central Standard Time - Atlanta and Jordan are in the same time zone as
we are, but we are actually at least an hour different as far as the sun is
concerned. They are on the eastern edge of the central time zone, and we are
on the western edge of it. Here's an example of the difference. Atlanta sent
the first picture of a beautiful sunset to me and I went outside and took
the second picture of our sky immediately after. We still had lots of
Monday, November 18 -
New Boomer Cage - Remember Stockton's mountain boomers and smaller
reticulated lizard? Well, now that cold weather has arrived, it's become a
challenge to keep them warm. When it gets really cold, we have to bring
their container into the kitchen beside the woodstove. It didn't take long
for me to realize that this wasn't a long term solution. They were really in
the way. So, we decided to spend a little money now, to save ourselves some
trouble all winter long. First we purchased a heating pad that goes under
their aquarium, but since we were using a plastic bin as a temporary
aquarium, we found that the directions said not to use on plastic. So, we
had to go ahead and get Stockton an early Christmas gift of a new large
He had fun rearranging his
rocks and stumps just so.
The heating pad, along
with a couple of heat lamps means...nice, warm lizards...
The Hunted- Nathan
got a shot at a nice buck. I think it would be a good idea for deer to stay
away from here. These Shannon's are good shots.
Friday, November 15 -
Fun Night with Friends - The kids were invited to a game night at the
Campbell's. Windy was supposed to drop Aspen off on her way home from
Lubbock, but ended up staying, too, when she saw that there were other kids
Stockton and Carolina's age there and plenty of parents with which to visit.
This picture of the kids
playing a game was the only shot I took all night.
Thursday, November 14 -
Pretty Skies on the way to Lubbock - Just had to stop on the side of the
road and snap these out of the car window. I just can't stand to
think that a sunset could go by without someone keeping a record of it.
Wednesday, November 13
- Friends - We're glad we gave Stockton and Carolina puppies for their
birthdays a couple of years ago. Yes, they're a lot of trouble, but when you
see the good times and good memories being made between these good friends,
it's worth it. Every kid needs a special dog in their life. Read all about
that memorable birthday
Tuesday, November 12 -
Laredo Shoots a Buck - Now it's Laredo's turn to bring home the bacon,
or venison, as the case may be. Nice deer, Laredo.
Don't worry, Rusty wasn't
Sunday, November 10 -
Chris and Debra - While we were in Tennessee, Nathan, Aspen and Mambo
got a chance to have some fun of their own. Chris and Debra came for the
weekend. Before they left on Sunday, everyone got to wish Debra a happy
Chris brought the
decorations as a special surprise.
Wednesday, November 6
through Sunday, November 10 - Quick Trip to Tennessee - We couldn't wait
another minute to see what Atlanta and Jordan were up to over in the hills
of Tennessee. Cim, Laredo, Stockton, Carolina and Windy left today for a
flash visit. You'll see by the pictures how much we were able to squeeze
into our three days.
Atlanta's sweet potato
biscuits Thursday morning were a treat.
Time to hold the pet
The guys went nearby to
saw some of Jordan's wood into thin planks.
Making a plan of action
for tackling the ceiling.
Carolina gathered this
darling basket of moss and acorns.
Yummy sausage, mushroom,
cauliflower, asparagus, potato soup for lunch.
Fun with "Squirrel
scrapbooking...It isn't easy with three men and four kids around.
Atlanta had to finish a
regency petticoat order for her
Carolina gathered up the
wood scraps and worked tirelessly on a set of alphabet blocks for the coming
Another afternoon we
experimented with inking some leaves from the forest. Didn't they turn out
I have to snap gorgeous
cloud pix when I see them.
Apparently Texas isn't the
only canvas on which God paints.
Atlanta in front of the
wooded hill behind their house.
There they are. Proud of
their handiwork...and rightly so!
3 - Dramatic Skies - Most of these were taken out the window of a moving
vehicle. Which is your favorite shot?
Big Whitetail Buck - This weekend proved productive for Stockton. He
shot a very nice buck on his very first shot of the season. He and Nathan
were here on the ranch near the western border when this big guy came by
their corn feeder.
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Saturday, November 2 -
Vintage Girl - Cute Carolina around the house today.
Friday, November 1 - At
the Mailbox - Almost every morning, someone has to meet the mail lady
down at the mailbox. Either we have a package for her, or she has a package
for us, or we just want to take the mail and pick up the new mail in one
trip. It's about a mile and a half from the house down to the mailbox. Today
Carolina and Coconut went with me. While we're waiting, we listen to a local
call in show out of Childress called "Trading Post". People from a wide
listening area call in with their items to sell or trade. It's very
entertaining and informative. We've actually bought and sold a few things
The second picture is a
very sad one. Can you see how they have come through and ruined the
beautiful landscape with these hideous power poles? However, they haven't
actually strung any electric cables yet. This is more of the dreaded scheme
to completely cover the once wild and untamed Texas ranch land with
windmills and power lines that MAY or MAY NOT someday help the good citizens
of the Dallas area have more electricity choices. It certainly won't ever
benefit the average person who has to look at them for the rest of their
lives. Shame on the local land owners for accepting their one-time payment
for these view-killing monstrosities that will be an eye sore for all
generations to endure for decades to come.