Saturday, February 19, 2011

Just a little cuteness

Just a few cute pics of my little boy...
he has "westie-tude"!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

My Furry Valentine

Who wouldn't want this little guy as their valentine? He loves unconditionally, always wants to be with me, gives lots of slobbery kisses, and loves to cuddle. And he really enjoyed his valentine cookie, but he obliged me with a couple of pictures before chomping down.
I'm so thankful for my furry valentine!

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

7th Annual Scrap the Super Bowl Party

Genny and I have a tradition. Because neither of us cares anything about watching the Super Bowl, even the commercials, we SCRAP the Super Bowl. (The last one I actually watched was when Janet Jackson had her wardrobe malfunction!) In the 7 years we've been doing this, it has varied from just the two of us at Genny's house to a large group in the craft room at the church, and the year I was in Scotland it was just Genny. I was SO glad we were able to work it out the scrap this year's Super Bowl. I headed over to her house Saturday evening, and we worked for a couple of hours before getting ready for bed. Then, after church the next morning, lunch with the family, and Brodie jumping in the frozen pool and being exiled to Amy and Amanda's back yard, we got back to scrapping around 2:00. Melissa came over and joined us, and we had a fabulous time scrapping until the mid-4th quarter when I left to make sure I missed any traffic that the Super Bowl might generate. It was so much fun, and I got 10 pages at least most of the way finished (only journaling still needed on most of them).
(one of the pages I was working on - from 2007!)

Super Bowl Fun in Cowtown

In case you weren't aware, this year the Super Bowl was played in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX, which is right in the middle of Dallas and Fort Worth. The Packers used the city of Dallas as their homebase - the Steelers were based in Fort Worth, and cowtown did them proud by setting up super bowl central, complete with ESPN's broadcasting center, in the middle of Sundance Square. I'm sure they didn't have nearly as many visitors as they were expecting during the week, because of the winter storm that hit and paralyzed the metroplex. But on Saturday the sun came out, the temps finally rose above freezing, and EVERYONE in the metroplex hit downtown to get rid of their cabin fever. Rachel, Amy, Amanda and I were right there with them. It was an absolutely gorgeous day and even though downtown was crazy, we enjoyed the opportunity to be tourists in our own town.

Those Steeler fans were crazy!

And here are a couple of pics of Super Bowl stadium just for fun - "borrowed" from a friend on facebook. :)

Monday, February 7, 2011

Snow Day part 2

So yeah... the snow/ice/sleet day I blogged about in the last post ended up being FOUR DAYS long! Four days out of school. Four days stuck at home. It was a LONG week! Actually we were supposed to go back to school on Friday (the 4th day), but on top of the couple of inches of ice and dusting of snow we already had, it started snowing on Thursday night and by the next morning we had nearly 6 inches of snow. Putting that on top of the ice layer made it really dangerous and slick. So we were out again...
Here's a progression , from the ice layer before the snow, to the snow when it first started falling, to the winter wonderland I woke up to.

Finally, there was real snow to play in! It's hard to be stuck home on a snow day if you can't even go out and play. Up til Friday it had been bitterly cold with a crazy low windchill too, so I could barely stand to be out in it long enough to take Brodie out for a short walk. But after the snow, it wasn't quite as cold or windy so we went out to play in the snow with four of his doggie friends. We were out there for nearly two hours, and he played his heart out.

Brodie had so much fun, but when we got back to the house he had clumps of snow the size of golfballs hanging from his fur. Poor baby! I had to put him in the bathtub and put the blowdryer on him in order to melt the clumps off. I put a towel by the fire and let him rest there to dry the rest of the way. At first he wasn't too sure about being that close to the fire, but it didn't take him long to settle down and fall fast asleep in front of the fire. That afternoon the sun finally came out and rapidly melted the snow and ice on the roads. I took the opportunity before things froze again that night to drive down to Fort Worth. I had had ENOUGH isolation and really needed to be with friends. I met a group of the girls outside the dorm at SWBTS for an impromptu snowball fight.

Like I said - this was a REALLY long week, but the FOURTH snow day was so much fun!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Snow/Ice/Sleet Day 2011

Nobody can say that Texas weather is boring, that's for sure! On Saturday I was out at the dog park in short sleeves and perfectly comfortable in the 70 degree sunshine. When I went to bed last night it was 50 degrees out with no precipitation. The rain hit in the middle of the night, followed closely by an arctic cold front, and the metroplex woke this morning to a couple of inches of sleet and ice topped off with snow. The nighttime hours were crazy, with 30-40 mph wind gusts throwing the ice against my bedroom windows, and "thundersleet" (thunder and lightening during the sleet). Not to mention a 4:30 a.m. text from Dr. Wolfe telling me "no school tomorrow" and asking me to post it to the school website! And if you think the snow/ice is bad, you should feel the cold/wind! The high today was at midnight - the temp's been falling all day; right now (6 pm) it's 19 degrees with a windchill of 1 degree! BRRR!!! And it's not supposed to get above freezing until Friday afternoon! Let me tell you, I feel every bit of that cold each time I have to take Brodie out. Not to mention the fact that my apartment complex doesn't sand/salt our stairs, so I'm always nervous I'm going to slip on the ice and fall down the steps. But I've not been neglecting my boy. I took him on two walks around the apartment complex in the ice. He did great - he loves to run, roll, play, and dig in the snow. He did slip once though - he was running on the grass and jumped down into the road, and all four legs flew out from under him and he kept sliding. It was hilarious, but it didn't stop him. He just kept going. Crazy boy! Here are a few pics of our winter weather adventures.

(He blends in!)
My slippery stairs - treacherous!
Home from our walk, and he wants to hang out on the balcony!
Can you see the ice crystals on his beard?It was a perfect day for a fire.
Brodie enjoyed the warmth of the fire too.
Snug as a bug in a rug on a cold, cold day.