Sunday, December 31, 2006

My brother took these videos with his camera on Christmas morning, so here they are for your enjoyment: The first one is of her digging through the wrapping paper to find her bone, and the second one is of her not-so-patiently waiting for me to open it!


Thursday, December 28, 2006

Christmas Pictures!

Mike and I had a great Christmas! It was wonderful to see both families. On the day before Christmas Eve, Mike, Sophie and I headed to St. Augustine to see Mike's family.

Sophie enjoying the view on the way to St. Augustine

Mike's dad, Clyde (aka "Good Ol' Dad") modeling his Christmas present, a Land's End anorak with some very special monogramming:

In the Casa Monica Hotel

Is this not the most ridiculous thing you've ever seen? We saw these dogs on St. George Street.

Oma, Phyllis, Kathleen and I *trying* to make a Gingerbread house. We ended up just eating the pieces!

We went to church in the morning with Mike's family, then headed to Clermont in time to go to the Christmas Eve service with my family:

With Keri (who was in my wedding party) before the service. Keri sang, my brother David, who was visiting from Kentucky, sang and played the guitar, and my dad sang and played bass.

Sophie opening her stocking on Christmas morning.

Mommy dearest with her present from the Wolfes

Mike with his main Christmas gift from me, a guitar pedal.

We usually bury my brother in all the wrapping paper, but this year we put a bone in the bottom of the pile and let her tear it all apart. It made for a very good show!

Once the whole family got to my parent's house, we did our annual Christmas gift exchange. My Grandma Lynda started doing this several years ago, and it quickly became a tradition. We do it "white elephant style," but after the exchange ends everyone barters for things they want. We always have a blast!

David with my Grandma B. opening his selection.

Uncle Jerry wound up with a gift that, er, wasn't exactly his style. He traded with me and my cousins until he was happy, though.

Rachel and April modeling their new clothes.

WHEN did this girl grow up?!?

We really had a great Christmas. It was good for my soul to be with my family for a few days without the worries of school. I especially enjoyed seeing my brother, since I hadn't seen him since last Christmas. I'm determined to get up to Kentucky for his graduation, however. We'll see!!

Saturday, December 23, 2006

The whole concept of God taking human shape had never made much sense to me. That was because, I realised one wonderful day, it was so simple. For people with bodies, important things like love have to be embodied. That's all. God had to be embodied, or else people with bodies would never in a trillion yearsunderstand about love.

-- Jane Vonnegut Yarmolinsky

Friday, December 22, 2006

Meet Maestro

We took Lenore back to the Humane Society yesterday and got a new foster kitty on the opposite end of the spectrum. While Lenore needed to gain weight, this cat is a monstrosity!

Check out that belly!! When Mike picked up his carrier to take him home, he had to lift with his knees! He's pretty independent, but likes to be petted on his own terms. He's been living at the Humane Society since April 2005, so he needed a break in a real home. It's sad because adult cats have a really hard time getting adopted, especially big boys like Maestro. But for now, I hope we can give him a good home for awhile.
Three more days!!

Merry Christmas to everyone, and to all my Jewish friends (well, my one Jewish friend, Chad!) I hope you had a wonderful Hannukah. All the lights are up, the presents are wrapped, and the bags are packed to go to St. Augustine tomorrow and Clermont on Christmas Eve. This year I really got into present-wrapping! Here are a few pictures, but I can't tell you what they are in case one is for you!!

Yesterday Mike's sister, Kathleen, came from St. Augustine for a visit. Every year the downtown Plaza puts up an ice skating rink, so after lunch we tried it. I hadn't done any form of skating in at least five years, but at least I tried! Mike took pictures :)

Having trouble already, and I'm not even on the ice yet!!

Ready to go!!!

Kathleen trying to help me. I eventually got the hang of it...kinda.

She makes it look so easy...

I used muscles I never knew I had! I'm definitely feeling it today!

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

We're taking Lenore back to the Humane Society on Thursday. We've really enjoyed having her with us, and I hope she can find a good home. As a farwell gift, I made her a collar out of macramae with her name on it. I built a stretchy hair tie into it so she can slip out of it if she gets caught up on anything. I hope it will give her a little bit of edge so she'll get noticed more in the shelter!

She seems to like it okay!

Wherever she winds up, she'll have to either be an outside cat or her new owners will have to do what I did today - take her for walks! She's spent most of her time trying to figure out how to get outside, and when she finally got there, she froze! She didn't make it two feet off the patio! I think she satisfied her curiosity for awhile.

Monday, December 18, 2006

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Our foster kitty continues to do well. She's gained some weight, and she's even starting to do the quintessential kitty activity: PLAY!!!


"Adopt me, adopt me, adooooopt meeeee....."

"Okay, you can quit taking pictures of me now..."


Time for a new victim!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Rest in Peace, Peter

Monday, December 11, 2006

Friday was Mike's 23rd birthday, and we went to my parent's house - isn't he such a good hubby? He's willing to spend his birthday with his in-laws! They have been so great to him that he didn't mind at all. My mom made him a special dinner, and on Saturday my mom and I went with my cousins and grandmother on a shopping trip. Every Christmas, my grandmother takes them shopping and gives them a budget to pick out their Christmas presents. They get to pick one item to keep and the rest are wrapped and put under the tree. It's been so much fun that my mom and great-aunt also send money. She used to do the same thing for me, and it was a win-win situation because I got what I wanted and we spent the day together. I know I sound old when I say this, but I just can't believe what beautiful young women my cousins have turned into. They were both such good shoppers, and they have cute style while still being tasteful.

On Sunday, we went to the company Christmas party, which was the reason we went to Clermont in the first place. It was nice to meet everyone from the company. Mike seems to really enjoy interacting with them, and they like him. I don't think a lot of them knew that Mike is my dad's son-in-law, but we don't want to call attention to it and make it seem like he gets special treatment for it. My dad expects just as much from him as he does from all his workers! One of the employees talked to Mike and I about how much the employees respect my dad because even though he's the "boss-man," he's willing to work right along side of them. He built that company from the ground up, and Mike and I are proud to be carrying on the legacy. Wow, this post is really sappy! Enough of that - onto the cute animal pictures!!

Sophie just loved going to see her grandparents! We took her for a walk this morning, and boy was she tired! She loves to lay on their cool tile.

I also snapped this picture, and I think it makes her look so noble:

Brooklyn and Lenore stayed home, and nothing is destroyed, so I guess it went okay! They probably did a lot of this:
Brooke has taken to sleeping like this, and I think it's too cute!!

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Sophie + reindeer horns + camera = Really Funny pictures!

36 frames, and this is the best shot:

Friday, December 01, 2006

How many animals can YOU fit on a loveseat?

I guess the animals are getting along better!

This seems to be Lenore's favorite pose for the camera. She's still eating voraciously, and I've found out she does NOT like having her belly touched. I think Lenore would be perfect for an elderly person who can give her lots of attention. She likes being held up to your shoulder like a baby and wants to be carried around everywhere! I guess it's good practice!