Thursday, December 16, 2010

"I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas!"

Just like the ones I used to know
Where the tree tops glisten And Children listen
To hear sleighbells in the snow!
May your days be Merry and Bright
And may all your Christmases be white!

Monday, November 29, 2010

Veteran's Day Weekend in Fayetteville, North Carolina 2010

 At Tammy's house, you can expect to eat gourmet.  Both Robert and Tammy are wonderful cooks! Here is my Sunday morning breakfast; homemade crepes, fruit, steak, eggs, potatoes, grape juice.  I literally ate like a queen!
Even the cheese in my grilled cheese literally melted in my mouth and the variety of fruits was amazing together!

 We went to Church together at the Spanish Branch.  I enjoyed trying to understand the service in Spanish.  Afterwards, I verified my knowledge with Robert.  I understood some messages right, some dead wrong!
 Right before I left, I enjoyed posing as a biker babe on Robert's beautiful Harley
 And I really enjoyed the real biker babe (Tammy Clere Ortiz) giving me a ride on her beautiful bike!
 Robert and Tammy.  It was cute.  He told me he got the cookie out of the cookie jar with her!
 Lynn and Tammy had a deal with this recumbent bike.  She got the bike, he got money for a new TV
Unfortunately, it has a gazillion pieces to put together!
 A determined, happy Tammy!
 Robert fixes me an authentic Puerto Rican lunch;
 Beans, Rice , pork chops and
 amazing fried plaintains!

I loved our bike-ride on Saturday afternoon. 
 This is their Maltese---Tuffy, in his cool riding glasses!
Tammy and Robert Ortiz

Tuffy, Tammy and I

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Our “New Arrival” Wednesday November 17, 2010

He loved the TV he won in 2006 for carving a pumpkin for a commissary Halloween Contest.  He won for carving President George Bush
Dad loved the television he won in the commissary pumpkin carving contest of 2006.  He carved President George Bush.

But, out with the old!  Here he is giving the old TV "the boot!"
But, out with the old---this T.V. lasted ironically until Dad's 51st birthday of September 19, 2010.  So, it's out with the old as Dad gives his former beloved T.V. "the boot!"
I have to add my goodbyes to our old HD television set.  Afterall, I helped Dad win the set by providing pictures of the pumpkin lighted in the dark!
I had to have the area for the new television vacuumed, and was about to do it, but Dad volunteered and used the shopvac to clean it`
A more flattering view of your father1
Did you say 55 inch?
Did you say 55 inch?
In case the 55 was hard to see...
In case the 55 was hard to see...
Tony, one of the installers with our new TV stand.
This was one of the T.V. installers setting up our new cabinet first.  His name was Tony.
Lynn gets close to viewing Heaven!
Dad gets close to viewing Heaven!
Our new arrival is here!
Lynn and Melody loving their "New Arrival!"
Such a proud moment for us!
Here, Lynn and Melody are loving each other!
The proud "parents!"
We watched Alias together.  This was the tail end of it.
What an adorable baby!
On the very day we got our "new arrival" of the television set, Connie gave birth to this aweseome new arrival to our family unit--Hyrum Anthony.  He was born Wednesday November 17 at 7:01 a.m. and weighed 7 pounds one ounce.  He was 19 and 3/4 inches long. He's petite for now, a real beauty of a boy! This is the "new arrival" that Dad and I truly love! 

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Keeping up with the Balluff’s! October 11, 2010

Not to be outdone by Connie’s recent blog about her Halloween Pumpkin Patch escapades, on Monday the 11th in honor of Columbus Day, Lynn and I were both off from work, so we spent our day in similar fashion! This first picture is of the bake sale.  My favorite goodie was a brownie, chocolate chip bar!  Yummy!  When I figure out the recipe for this one, I will share!P1050205


We got that feeling for fall that is so common this time of the year, even though the weather that day was 80 degrees!P1050209


We took our couples picture that I love so much!  Lynn was happy with just one, so this is it!P1050216

It was hard work picking the “perfect pumpkins” but I  walked away happy with our purchases!P1050215


I really had fun with my handsome one, your father, and Jed Rock to the grandkids!P1050213

This is the “pumpkin patch” we have the tradition of going to—it is off of Quaker Lane, and Seminary Rd.  The address is 3606 Seminary Rd. Alexandria, Va.  It reminds us of Grandma Nelson as it is an Episcopal Church.P1050217

After we left the pumpkin patch, I was hot and thirsty and in the mood for ice-cream from Baskin-Robbins!P1050222

Guess what flavor ice-cream I was in the mood for? That’s right, pumpkin of course!P1050224

Later that day we put out our pumpkins for a picture only!  We can’t leave them out for fear of squirrels!  In fact, our neighbors bought a pumpkin that day as well, left it out, and not it is history for all the hungry squirrels in the neighborhood!P1050230

I wanted a quick dance with someone, but found this guy a little “stiff!”P1050231 P1050235 P1050234

Later that night we walked to Fairlington Pizza as part of our Family Home Evening.  O’ yeah,  we walked to breakfast this morning to Bob and Edith’s Cafe.  All in all, we logged in over 9 miles of walking together this day. It was a great way to stay fit and welcome in our fabulous fall!




I told Anne I would show her my new magnetic “spice rack”.  The rack is actually the side of my frigerator!  I am so proud of this. I now have room for food in my cabinets, instead of just spices.  My labels were made with the new label maker Lynn suggested I get that is computer compatible. Go ahead, spice up your life like I did mine!