Sunday, December 27, 2009

SeaWorld 12-27-09

Loved heading to SeaWorld on Sunday with Scott while the Basketball team went to Universal Studios!!!

I wanted to get a photo with the Clydesdale "Noel"...unfortunately my photographer [Scott] lacked the skills to include the animals' head :( We enjoyed the shows tremendously - here are the dolphins...did you know dolphins are just small whales???!!!
AAaahhhh....the crowning jewel...Killer Whales...
I loved these animals as a kid and love them more now...they are quite magnificent and awe inspiring. Scott was impressed with the size of Shamu!!!

While the basketball team finished 1-2 in their tournament, everyone had fun and learned a lot!

Hollywood Studios 12-23-09

Loved spending the day at Epcot with the In-Laws!!! While there we discovered a Tiger and an Angel...

Here we've got a Tiger and a Monster roaring...scared yet...Well, you should hear his I'm scared!

Somehow we are all protected by that same tiger with his awesome Mickey Sword.
Thought this little display was quite cute...Alle makes quite a cute little light!!! By the way, Scrooge's eyes moved - it was creepy :)This was definately a first... Osbourne Family Chrismas Spectacular at The Studios. The lights are timed with music and much fun!!!

Scott even posed for a shot!!! That rarely happens!!! We had a blast!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas!!!

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Last few...

These are little stars we found in the attic after we moved in. (We also found a 6' pre-lit tree!!!) We believe the Chinese family that lived here before us left them...there were actually about 100 of them but I've only saved these few. Memories...
Here is our ornament for Reagan...we think it looks just like her!!!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Friday, December 18, 2009

Scott's true loves...

Yes, I know the boy loves me dearly - but I loved incorporating his other 'women' in our tree...

lady college football....
and mistress home brewed beer...
oh, the things I have to compete with - how will I ever compare???!!!!???? :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Mickeys

Here is my tree topper. I guess when I bought this I didn't quite realize just how enormous it it works perfectly at the top of my tree!
Here is our wedding ornament. It's got our names on it!!! Just LOVE personalized stuff!
Our "First Christmas" ornament. Teacher Mickey!
This one is more for Scott. I think it's pretty cute though!!!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Go Blue!!!

Gotta support the team....

These are our two U of M ornaments. I gave my parents the first one too, they just thought it was fabulous!!! Second one I found randomly in the middle of spring at Replacements, Ltd. (a store for china and plates and flatware, etc.).

So that's what a Wolverine looks like!!!???

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Ornaments Galore

Decided to showcase an ornament collection a day for the next few days - I'm getting so excited for Christmas...
These are the oldest ones...made them the year we graduated from Elon.
I'm still quite proud of my Phoenix!!!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Like Mother, Like Daughter

Tried out a new recipe for one of my favorites and just had to share...sound like anyone else you all know?!?!?! Ha Ha Ha

It's Chocolate-Caramel Angel Food Cake. I love Angel Food Cake and thought this sounded pretty good. Couldn't have been easier. I did have to improvise when the chocolate just wouldn't melt nicely like I asked it too...Hershey's chocolate syrup (you know, the stuff you put in milk) to the rescue!!!
Tastes great! And it was a big hit at the holiday party we went to last night!!!

Daddy's Girl!

A few months ago I had become so overly frustrated with my students lack of respect for taking care of our classroom books...the picture below is on a good day! ;-/

I asked my dad if he would be able to build me some bookshelf dividers in order to help the kids keep the books upright when they take one out and maybe that would help them to keep things neater and from just becoming stacks of books.
He agreed he would try to come up with something and I couldn't be happier with how they turned out. I've categorized the books (the students even helped and enjoyed the idea of organization) and grouped them using the white dividers you see in the picture below. They are stationary as they are attached to a bracket behind the books!!! I love it and the kids do too!!!


It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!!!

I've got the house all decorated inside and out!!!

Here is the view of the house - since this picture I've added lights to the bushes. I also purchased a timer for the lights - goes on at sunset and stays on for 6 hours - LOVE IT!!!

Scott calls it torture but I just love trying to dress Reagan up...she definately wasn't into it this day though. This was the best one I got!

Here is the tree all decorated. I contemplated on not putting our tree up this year but couldn't resist once all the holiday stuff went up in stores. Now I've got all the gifts under the tree!!! Phew, I'm glad to be done wrapping!
I took a picture of my dining room table because of the new runner I bought...later I realized that I've got a halloween bag laying out and my thumb was in the shot too. Oh well...
Here is our fireplace. The stocking Scott's Mom and Dad gave me for my birthday along with Scott's stocking growing up work perfectly with Reagan's!!! We now have our family of stockings!!! Also, while I love the advent calendar, I neglected to fill it and miss when last year I got to open it every day to a new surprise!!! Thanks for that Mom! It was fun :)
We will be headed to Florida once again this year for Christmas with Scott's family...immediately after (as in Christmas night) we will be going to Kississimmi, FL for the Great Florida Shoot-Out Basketball Tournament once again. Wish the boys Good Luck!!!

Michigan vs. Ohio

For the game we invited the Grover's and the Chappell's over. Unfortunately the Wolverines did not come out on top but we still enjoyed the time with friends!!!

Here is Brandon giving the Wolverine a little love!!!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Apologies for having not updated in FOREVER!
Will soon, it's a very busy time of year :)