Well, the tales have been flyin' by here in SC, and I finally grabbed a few to toss on this post. Whew! Things have been busy, and the computer is slow - not a good blog combo. The normal pace was loudly interrupted by a quick visit from two of my Cincinnati cousins - Emily and Leslie who joined me on a little trip to GA where we attended the funeral of our late Grandpa's brother. The three of us had more laughs in one day than in previous years combined, and my sides and face are still recovering! :-) I learned all manner of things about my cousins. One of them being the fact that Leslie is terrified of other people's driving. What fun Em and I had!!!!!! Les even resorted to spending part of the time under her jacket as we reached ungodly highway speeds to make up for lost time. (Time that was lost when Troy accidentally dropped the GPS in my glass of milk! That's another story. . .)
Notice Em's look of glee!
Notice Les' look of unglee
With my Grandpa's
sister - the only living Rollins from that generation.
Aunt Juanita and cousins of all degrees.
I had intended that the video be posted on the top, but since Bloggger is not cooperating, you'll have to visit the bottom. I captured the lovely video for some of the fam to see what happens when a bunch of us get too little sleep and too many laughs. I honestly cannot remember when I have laughed so much in one 24 hour span. Enjoy the video - especially you, Aunt Kathy! :-) That's your baby girl! Hee! Hee!
As for our "normal" and not so funny grind of life,
I have included a few pictures for your enjoyment.
We have a little boy who is quite fascinated with the Betta,
books with animal pictures,
He is in the midst of an early morning play session.
Aunt Joanna reading a bedtime story.
Ethan designing a t-shirt in school.
Only in SC will you find orange elephants!
Bob the baby orangutan has endured many of our stares
The animal lover enthralled with the zoo!
An outing with Aunt Joanna and the Russos
always a memorable time!
Some people take their cake eating a bit too seriously!
Some people take their computer games a bit too seriously. :-)
Playing in the dirt with Stevie Russo.
I love the view from my dining room table! No, it's not in the mountains or out in the country, but I have a lovely view of "my" trees. Their foliage makes my heart happy each time I gaze at them. They are spectacular in the full green of summer. . .
or ablaze with fall colors - my favorite
! They are a magnet to me during that season as I find myself constantly wandering to the glass doors to get a good view. I have had one little wish
though. . .to see them sprinkled with snow. And it came true
!!!!!!! You have no idea what peace this brought to the heart of a snow loving gal! My trees looked amazing as the snowflakes covered their sad and bare winter branches. I think the trees themselves must have been proud of their new fashion. :-)Imagine my surprise
to peek out the window and see it cascading from the sky. My family laughed at my squealing and yelling, but it was so fun to grab Silas and run out of doors. Letting the youngest lad get his first feel of the white fluff. Notice the heart shaped snowflake. I told my Southern pals that God sent this snow for me. The friends that lost their electricity were not as impressed as I was. :-)
. . .part of my back fence. It looked at home in the snow.
Monday morning found the little guy "checking it out" but not too sure. . .
Mommy gave him a little boost into the snow, and he was fascinated.
Two of my four favorite men!
Neighborhood snowman and happy builders.
It is amazing what a little bit or precipitation can do to your spirits. :-)