Thursday, December 23, 2010

'Twas the Week Before Christmas....

When all through the house,
Lay the college kids' shoes
And all their other crap.

And I in my pajamas
And Chuck in his sleep attire
Sat out on the back patio
And built us a fire.

Okay, enough with the poetry...

It's been a very relaxing week.  Although I had dreams of sleeping in late, my body wakes up at 7:00 a.m. each day.  And by body, I mean bladder.  Chuck and Cameron have had to work, Will has been busy with his hometown friends, so I have had the house mostly to myself.  Nice and quiet and relaxing. 

Gift wrapping while watching HGTV....second cup of coffee....catching Ellen at complaints. 

Last night was the first evening with all four of us at home, so I begged asked if we could all meet out by the firepit. I love when they say yes without a fuss.

This is the smile of a college student with only one semester left! 
 And she loves her internship at the job that is
 waiting for her when she graduates. 
This one operates on very little sleep. 
She headed to bed before the rest of us.

Our very own pyrosomewhat maniac. 
He kept the fire going with some dead branches
we had pruned from a tree last weekend.

And then Will, the fire builder, got the hose and put the fire out...and we all went to bed. 

It was a near perfect evening....I missed having Jordan and Chris out there with us.


Last week, I thought the area around the tree looked a little empty without packages,
so I pulled out a trunk with some old toys.

And then this happened.....

Oliver, sunbathing. I guess the Matchbox cars were a little in his way.

I really hate cats.  But this one is part dog.

 Merry Christmas Eve Eve!


  1. Merriest Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours!!!

  2. Oliver is adorable. I keep thinking I'll buy a firepit. I think I should.... Nice to see our husbands have the same clothing. Happy Christmas Eve Eve to you, too!

  3. I want that Oliver. Don't make me beg. It sounds like you are enjoying you break. It must be a little bitter sweet not having all of your chickens home. I'm not looking forward to that day.

  4. Julia, I just love you!! First, the goats...then the cat....then the GINGERBREAD MAN!! You are wonderfully corrupt!! And I still have another post to go.... Merry Christmas &&& a Happy New Year!!

  5. What a gorgeous tree!!! I MUST know where that ribbon came from!!!