Sunday, December 26, 2010

Count Down to Christmas Pics

On the Budapest to Frankfurt flight, Claudia insisted I sit in her lap.
I can't think of a more comfortable way to fly.
When we arrived in Houston, we were greeted by Santa.
I didn't get Claudia's picture taken with Santa this year,
so this is the closest thing I have.
The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.
... and my sweet girl Claudia has just gotten in some more hair!
She liked seeing the lights twinkle on the tree.
And she loved all the attention from Gram & Grandpa.
In Shreveport, she learned how to play Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
with her great Memaw.
Look at that concentration!
Next stop Oak Ridge!
Russell, Claudia, Kristy, Wally & I were golf carting around Oak Ridge.
We saw this sign... Kristy pointed out that there might be about
five people under the age of fifty in the village of Oak Ridge.
They have about five of these signs within the two square mile village.
Love it!
Claudia & Wally... nothing but trouble!
They can be pretty darn sweet too.
I wanted to bring Wally home with us. I love him. =)
At one point Claudia escaped from the McLendon's house at Oak Ridge.
She was a girl on the run.
Until she found some rocks. She breaks for rocks.
Claudia and Wally discussing what goodies Santa would be bringing them.
Candy. Fireworks. Bulldozers.
Claudia sharing smooches with her sweet cousin Lilly
She got in another picture with Santa in Mer Rouge.
I still can't believe I didn't get her a picture with Santa this year.
The Mer Rouge pecan orchard where Russell's boyhood house is.
It was spooky, but beautiful in the morning fog.
Great Grandad McLendon with precious Lilly
Lilly was all smiles.
I can't wait to see her running around with CC & Wally.
We also visited with everyone in Bastrop.
Claudia impressed Aunt Daina with her expanding vocabulary.
She even formed a sentence ...
"Man sit." She was looking at a little statue of a man sitting.
Russell with Great Grandpa McLendon, Great Grandma McLendon & Aunt Jerelyn
... funny story...
Claudia saw a bunch of horses in Shreveport & demanded a "ride! ride!"
We didn't know those horses, so no riding.
She threw a huge fit and rolled around on the ground for five minutes,
screaming "ride, ride, riiiiiiiide!"
We get to Mer Rouge where Grandaddy has two horses and
this adorable baby saddle waiting for Claudia.
We bring her to the horse... she couldn't get away fast enough.
No ride! No ride! No riiiiiiiiide!
Don't worry, Grandaddy, we will definitely try again!
Back in Shreveport we opened up presents from Aunt Debbie, Uncle Matthew,
Mandi, Michele & Staci. She loves her snap it dolls.
I love this smirk picture.
Funny one of Claudia & Aunt Mandi
Funny one of Claudia & Aunt Michele
Funny one of Claudia and her Great Memaw
Back in Houston, Claudia started getting ready for Christmas.
This preparation involved throwing boxes around and unwrapping other people's presents.
Claudia was extra sweet to balance out her "naughty" moments.
She was very impressed with the glowing Santa. He's been hugged about 100 times in the past few days.
Oh, yes. I celebrated by 30th birthday on Christmas Eve.
Neither of us was too excited, but at least the cake and company were fabulous.

It took nearly 24 hours to get from door-to-door (Budapest to Houston), but we finally made it! It was pouring snow in Budapest & Frankfurt, our connecting city, but, by God's good grace and some awe worthy runway salting by the Germans, we made it out! Upon landing in Houston, we blazed our trail across Louisiana, hitting up Shreveport, Mer Rouge, Oak Ridge, Bastrop & back to Shreveport. We had lots of family to visit, so it was a pretty action packed week. Poor Bop slowly adjusted to the time change, the new places & faces, but she was pretty tuckered out by the time we made it back to Houston. It was truly a blessing to be back in Louisiana. We miss our families so much and we treasure the time that we spend with them. It was a wonderful way to countdown the days to Christmas. Christmas pics to follow!


  1. These pictures are so sweet! I am uploading mine now. Happy Birthday! BTW-What kind of camera do you use?

  2. Thanks, Rebecca! I use a Canon Rebel xsi. It takes amazing pictures. I love it.

  3. Happy birthday! Your pics are great - it looks like Claudia is having a great time. We didn't make it to Santa, either. We head back to Budapest on Thursday. It has been great to be home!

  4. Carey, I can't believe you're already going back!! I will see you soon. =)


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