Friday, February 26, 2010

I have of .........THEM!

A few months back I complained about no one blogging anymore because everyone was on MySpace, FaceBook and Twitter. Well I have joined that group. I spend the majority of my time on Facebook. I hang my head in shame that I have let down my fellow bloggers. In my defense, though, I will say that I do NOT have a Farmville farm. Please forgive me. Now I will attempt to do a blog.
I didn't really have anything planned for my imaging my surprise when my husband got me a FAIR! No really....we went to the Osceola County Fair. Wade had worked all day and called in the evening to wish me a happy birthday and see if we wanted to go to the fair with him, Diana and the girls. Like he really didn't know the answer to that. Of course I want to see my girls. So Hut, Scott and I headed that way. It was a little cold but we had a good time.

Rossi Jean's first fair....doesn't she look really excited?

She is really excited here! She had just eaten and was ready for some nap time. How she slept through all the noise gets me.

Layla's first rollercoaster ride. Even though it was for kids, it was really fast and had a fairly high hill. Daddy rode with her. As you can probably was hard to take a picture.

Then it was off to ride the motorcycles. I'm sure in a few years she'll have a real one.

Then here we are at the Himalaya. This one one of my favorite rides at the fair. This one went extremely fast and poor Layla had a hard time holding on. But she loved it.

Slowing it down a little bit with the Dinosaurs. This was kind of neat because it had a handle and you could make his head move left and right.

Time to warm up a bit in the exhibition hall. Just like her Nana...Layla likes to have her face painted. Grampy tried to tell Diana that Rossi wanted her face painted too, but Mom wasn't falling for that.

And the end product. Isn't she just beautiful? Just like her Nana, lol. We had such a good time. Next month it's off to the Strawberry Festival.

Blogging Issues

Well really computer issues. I have been trying for close to a week to upload new photos and my home computer is being a pain. And I can't upload from work. I'm not even supposed to be blogging from work anymore. But I wanted to get something out there so you guys would know I'm still alive and kicking. So please be patient while I try to work out whatever issues my computer seems to be having. I can't even get on to Facebook but for maybe 5 minutes before my computer freezes up. I hope everyone is doing fine and I will try to catch up with everyone as soon as I can.

Monday, February 8, 2010

You "Otter" See This!

Yesterday I went on a 5 mile walk around our Nature Walk at South Lake Howard Park. While I was walking I saw an otter cross the street from the big lake and get into the retention pond. Let me tell you that he was not the least bit camera shy.
He had jumped in the water near this guy. He tried to get the bird to play with him, but the bird would have nothing to do with him.
He seemed to sense I had a camera. He came right near the bank by me.
Here he is swimming around in circles and back and forth in front of me. He seemed very friendly. I'm not even sure if it's a he or not, but for my purposes he's going to be, lol.
Here's another close up of the little cutie.
This picture is not so clear as he was too far away but I snapped it anyways. At least you can get an idea of how big this otter was. He was done playing and getting ready to cross the road back to the big lake. I watched him and he really did look both ways before crossing.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Best Dang BBQ on this side of the Mississipi

Well maybe not the best, but it was pretty darn close.
Smoke on the Water BBQ Competition. This was the first year we have gone and we will definitely be going again. Proceeds from this event go the the Boys and Girls Club of Winter Haven. Alot of local teams out there but there were also teams from Tennessee and Wisconsin and who knows where else. 78 teams were out there trying to win. And some of the names they come up with. The next few ( yeah right) photos are some of the vendors that were out there.

Don't some of these names just crack you up. But the BBQ was fantastic.Our very own Fire Chief was there with his competition BBQ. This was Hut's favorite stand.Here's Hut eating the Fire Chief's ribs. Finger lickin' good!This was our favorite stand. You didn't even need BBQ sauce for their BBQ. Hut said they won 5 awards for their BBQ.This sign cracked me up. It was hanging at one of the stands.And our wonderful Sheriff Grady Judd was there. Hut is on his advisory committee. Sheriff Judd laughed at Scott's t-shirt and told him he should post this photo on his FB. This Sheriff is awesome. Our Governor was also there, but I didn't really care because he hasn't done a damn thing since he got in office except to run for Senate. Lord help us if he wins.

There were probably 10,000 to 15,000 people there. If they didn't go home full it was their own fault. There was also banana pudding, strawberry shortcake, fried candy bars and fried strawberries. Yep fried strawberries. We were going to try those but the line went on forever. Maybe next time.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Road Work

Saturday morning all I heard was something BIG driving up and down our road. We are due to have our road worked on. New sewage and water lines and the road repaved.

This front end loader was making all the noise. Driving up and down the road with loads of rocks and sand. I took all these pictures on Monday when I got home from work, as they were at it again. That's our driveway.

Another shot from the front door.

He was driving just beyond our next door neighbor's house. I'm not sure what exactly they are doing.

Our poor neighbors at the end of the road couldn't leave or get to their houses. We live on a dead end street. I have no idea what they are doing across the road there. But this is just a sampling of bigger things to come.

Monday, February 1, 2010

More Rossi

Grampy's birthday was yesterday and he decided after breakfast at Fred's that we were going to visit Rossi, Layla, Diana and Wade. Scott and I had no idea we were going anywhere and we weren't even dressed for it. Oh well at least it was family. We surprised Diana when we got there. Wade was off at the BMX track with is friend Tony. None of us had a cell phone on us to call them to let them know we were coming.

When we got there, Layla had to walk us over and show us her sister "Wossi Jean".

Layla stylin' and profilin' for the camera with "Wossi Jean"

She was sleeping when we got there. She is so precious.

Diana took advantage of us being there and jumped in the shower. She told me I couldn't take a picture of her just out of the shower. Oh Yes I Can! She's always beautiful, no matter what.

I love this picture of Diana and Rossi. You can just see the love on Diana's face.

Layla holding her sister.

Uncle Gotty holding Wossi Jean. He just loves that baby. I told him not to get any ideas, lol.

This picture was taken in a mirror. There is a big mirror on the wall behind where I was sitting. Rossi was looking at herself in the mirror.

Nana and her girls. Layla is so proud of her baby sister "Wossi Jean"

After all that, we didn't even get a picture of Grampy holding his girls on his birthday. My next goal is a family picture with Wade, Diana and the girls. Probably won't happen until the weekend.