Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Last day . . .

. . . of 2008. CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?!? I'm not ready for '09. . . but does that matter? No! It's coming anyway!!!!!!!!

Different note: I went to Plano today to give my cousin-in-law a gift (finally) for him and the boys. And he brought Brandon with him! (We met at Collin Creek Mall - which is a nice mall, by the way.) If you know anything about the situation with my cousin, Audrey, you know that she - and Ron and the boys - are, well, having a hard time. . . but Brandon is such a neat kid -and has such a great attitude. I loved seeing him!

Here's Brandon and me.

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Pics from last night . . .

Caroline has a birthday cake 2 days in a row! Well, she's so deserving. (I didn't have my camera for the chocolate one.)
Linh and Andrew - so sweet . . . (though it looks like he might be ready for night-night) . . .
Is this not cute?
And I love this one . . .

I think I might need to get that one framed.

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

The reason for the season . . .

. . . is, of course, celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In honor of that wonderful reason, here are some pictures I took just tonight of some of the nativity scenes that we have collected, and have been given, through the years.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Fun . . .

. . . in the tea room today. Santa showed up! He was there for a little birthday party. Here he is with me and a little girl named Saylor (yes, with an 'S'). She sang 'Jingle Bells', 'Rudolph, the Red Nosed Reindeer', and 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' to my accompaniment. She also did an interpretive dance to 'Away in a Manger', 'The First Noel' and 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'. She's eight years old and quite a delight. I hope she comes back.
Oh, and here's the Village. If you click it you can see it in a little more detail.

I almost bought this dish towel in Trish's booth. . .

Oh, Zero Church was great tonight. Attendance -- hmm, well, quality not quantity. Sam gave a great talk and Bailey nailed her solo. . . it was awesome. mm. And Laura felt up to attending.
Life is good.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Laura's sleeping . . .

. . . on the couch . . . minus her wisdom teeth.
The procedure went well. Now there are no wisdom teeth in the Sam Carmack family. Hmm. I guess that's a good thing.
The all-knowing Wikipedia says 'they are called wisdom teeth because usually they come in when a person is between age 17 and 21 or older—old enough to have supposedly gained some "wisdom".'

Different note: this Saturday (tomorrow) at Zero Church (5 pm - Bear Valley auditorium) we're having a kind of Charlie Brown Christmas theme. Bailey is singing, "Christmas Time is Here", and though she wouldn't want me to tell you, you should come hear her. And there will be a good talk, also.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Thank you!

All of you I tagged (see Dec. 12th post) answered the tag by posting 6 interesting things about yourself. Thank you! You guys are more interesting than I thought!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Pictures from the last 2 days . . .

Will and Michael were asked by Buon Giorno in Grapevine to be last Friday night's entertainment (a 2 hour gig). They were GOOD! (They've been asked to do it again, but I don't know when.)
Will, of course, did I wowy job on some solo pieces. . .
Earlier that day, I went to a fun cookie party! Elizabeth and Caroline hosted a cookie decorating party with Caroline's little friends and their moms and grandmom . .
I thought that butcher paper on the floor was genius . . .

And last night Zero Church had a Christmas party at the Zuefeldt house . . .

From left, Cameron (Bekka's boyfriend), Bekka, Gretchen

Julie, Jim, Kim and even Bekka . . .

Kelly, Jamie, Susan and Jan . . .

Upstairs with David, Dan, Barris and Kim, and Sophie. Sam and Stefan are playing chess in the background.

Dan and Sam playing chess. Sam won, I think.

Friday, December 12, 2008

I've been tagged . . .

My lovely niece, Elizabeth, tagged me, so that means that I am now going to tell you 6 INTERESTING facts about myself . . . and then tag 6 of you and you'll have to write 6 INTERESTING things about YOURSELF on YOUR blog. (Well, if you want to. I hope you do.)

Here goes:
1.) The only bone I've ever broken is my little toe on my right foot - about ten years ago. Oh my did it hurt!
2.) I started riding roller coasters when I was 43 - and it opened up all of Six Flags -and every other theme park-for me. What a thrill.
3.) I have the same birthday as Nicolas Cage and Katie Couric.
4.) I am a big fan of the actor Tom Berenger. Where has he been lately?
5.) I prefer vanilla ice cream over chocolate.
6.) I had a pet dachshund as a child and her name was Sheila.

Okay. I'm tagging the following:
(click each name to go to his/her blog and hopefully soon he/she will have listed his/her 6 interesting facts. As you can tell, they don't have to be important facts.)
Beth -
John C.
(Oh, is that nine?!)

There are many others I could tag, but they either don't have a blog, or don't post very often (because they have good reasons (like Jennifer who is SWAMPED with 3 little ones and being a pastor's wife, and Rob who, well, has more on his plate than four people). I'm not punishing them by omitting them. They're probably relieved.

If you want to be tagged, though, and weren't, then I'm tagging you now. YOU'RE IT!!!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Sugar Dog . . .

That's Shiloh telling me to sweep the porch.

We've been letting him in at night since it's been so cold. He's got a lot of fur and is supposed to be able to thrive in Alaska, but he's only known Texas weather so we've had some heart and have brought him in. I had thought about letting him be an indoor dog again, but when he started scratching himself on that white sofa it was time to show him the door. (I know, to some of you sofas shouldn't trump dogs.)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Yesterday was quite a day.

Mother, Elizabeth, Caroline, Andrew and I made the trek to the Colfax Cemetery, about 10 miles east of Canton, to put poinsettias on the grave sites of my dad and my twin sister (Elizabeth's mom and Caroline and Andrew's 'Grandma Peggy'). Elizabeth had made some signs that Caroline (and maybe Andrew) had drawn on. One said, "We love you, Granddaddy Andy, Love Caroline and Andrew. The other one said, "We love you, Grandma Peggy. Love Caroline and Andrew". (I may have not gotten the words exactly right - I was so touched by those signs - and yet, I'll have to go back and make sure what they said. (Tears blur my vision.))
Yes, it was very emotional, which, in my view, is good. Healing, if you will. We stood around and hugged each other. I took some pictures, but may post them later. Then we said a prayer before we got back into the car. Then we drove by White Haven, the old homesite of my great grandparents, and where my mother and dad built a home in '77 and lived there till '05. Oh, the memories there. As we got close to the house we saw a lady getting mail out of the mailbox. We stopped and introduced ourselves. She was so nice. She yelled at her husband, who was in the barn, to come down to the road and meet us. He was so nice, too. He said he'd been wanting to meet Mother. He said that he and his son (who's in high school) have found old jars and stuff around that must have been from the time my great grandparents lived there. We said, yes, there's probably lots of stuff just under the ground waiting to be found. My dad used to use a geiger counter thing to find treasures. Anyway, we talked quite a bit- which was great. I was hoping they would invite us in, but they didn't. Turned out my mother did not want to go in anyway, which I understand. One of these days, I want to go for walk-through, though I'll probably cry the whole time. Those people (the Smiths), though, struck me as the kind of folk who would let anybody cry. (That's my kind of people.)
After that we went into Canton and ate some comfort food (that we all very much needed) at The Sisters' Cafe. Elizabeth said she knew was going to like it because of the sign out front: 'Put a little South in Your Mouth'. And we did. YUM.
It was a long, teary day. But VERY GOOD. And that little Caroline and baby Andrew made it WONDERFUL. They were SO good. Well, we thought Caroline would take a nap on the long drive home but, no, she made sweet sounds, mostly talking and singing and one time when her mother said 'Don't be so loud because Nana is sleeping', Caroline yelled, 'DON'T BE SO LOUD, K- LINE!' (something like that).
Anyway, I hope everyone on that trip can rest today - well, and you, too, reader.

Yeah. LET'S ALL GET SOME REST!! ..... and cry some more if we need to.

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