Archive for January, 2014

Puppies in the Snow

Esther and Reuben have loved the white stuff falling from the sky.  They have chased each other around in circles – buried (and unburied) all sorts of toys – barked and played and had the time of their puppy lives!

I loved taking pictures and watching them have fun when the Caterpillars came out to play, too.

Happy SnowFlake Puppies!

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

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Our First Snowflake Fall

SWEE says "HI!"

SWEE says “HI!”

We were solidly snowed in – B10 was at Cookie’s house (we “sent” him there to get a head start on his term paper, better to get stuff done while we CAN’T go anywhere), the rest of us were at home (safe).  We did a little outside time, Went was NOT a fan of the cold/wet stuff.  When Papa Otto was holding him, he was okay, but he did NOT want to get put down.

"WHY ARE WE IN THE COLD STUFF???"

“WHY ARE WE IN THE COLD STUFF???”

The back porch.

The back porch.

Snow Fall Fight

Snow Fall Fight

"PICK ME UP, PAPA!"

“PICK ME UP, PAPA!”

Olaf is bleeding...

Olaf is bleeding…

Okay, not quite as sad now...

Okay, not quite as sad now…

Checking out the backyard.

Checking out the backyard.

A walk into "our woods".

A walk into “our woods”.

We played some games inside and CW did a lot of reading.

OH!  And my sweet girl made her own loaf of bread in the bread maker.

OH! And my sweet girl made her own loaf of bread in the bread maker.

Our family ended the night with a fire in the fireplace, and I even had smore fixins – which the Caterpillars LOVED.

Papa was the better Smore Roaster.

Papa was the better Smore Roaster.

SMORES!

SMORES!

Loving the Smores.

Loving the Smores.

It wasn’t perfect, but we were safe, warm and together.  That made it wonderful.

"Whew, back inside the warm part!"

“Whew, back inside the warm part!”

Naptime on the couch with Mummy, dressed as Snow White...typical snow day.

Naptime on the couch with Mummy, dressed as Snow White…typical snow day.

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

Happy Birthday-Snowday to GO!

Look at the sweet smile!

Look at the sweet smile!

GO’s 5th birthday was a true treat.  We went to bed the night before, knowing that school was letting out a little early.  There was a “risk” of ice (which turned into one of the worst ice storm situations Atlanta has seen).  I was nervous about Otto getting home.  By the time I buckled GO in the car after school, snowflakes were falling.  Otto made it home safely, before dark – and we spent GO’s birthday celebrating in snowy style!

All dressed up in her Snow Gear.

All dressed up in her Snow Gear.

Playing with the Papa

Playing with the Papa

Snowball fight!  (Or, more like "snowfall" fight - toss the snow in the air and GIGGLE as it rains down on you!)

Snowball fight! (Or, more like “snowfall” fight – toss the snow in the air and GIGGLE as it rains down on you!)

Papa and the Littles (and Olaf)

Papa and the Littles (and Olaf)

The snow still falling at dusk.

The snow still falling at dusk.

My babies and Olaf

My babies and Olaf

Singing a song from "Frozen", while building a baby Olaf.

Singing a song from “Frozen”, while building a baby Olaf.

Building a baby Olaf.

Building a baby Olaf.

SNOW!

SNOW!

I think she believes God sent her the snow as a personal present!  😀

Running through the snow!

Running through the snow!

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

Trip to Calhoun

Instead of trying to do a drive up and back to pick up the boys (B10 and CW were at their Dad’s house for B10’s Birthday/New Year), Otto surprised me with a trip to Calhoun.  We loaded up the puppies and littles and headed up I-75 to explore a little town we had always just driven through.  We tried restaurants that were listed in our book (one of my Christmas presents from Otto was “Day Trips From Atlanta).  It was FREEZING – we even saw a bit of snow!

Me and Girly getting ready for dinner (on cafeteria plates - I had hamburger steak - delicious!)

Me and Girly getting ready for dinner (on cafeteria plates – I had hamburger steak – delicious!)

Papa and Went at The Yellow Jacket - an old time cafe (it still only takes actual CASH)!

Papa and Went at The Yellow Jacket – an old time cafe (it still only takes actual CASH)!

The Yellow Jacket Cafe

The Yellow Jacket Cafe

Catching snowflakes on our tongues.

Catching snowflakes on our tongues.

GA State Historic Site - we saw a movie, but didn't stay for long.  It was COLD!

GA State Historic Site – we saw a movie, but didn’t stay for long. It was COLD!

New Echota State Historic Site

New Echota State Historic Site

Buildings at New Echota

Buildings at New Echota

We enjoyed snuggling and staying warm with the puppies and watching lots of HGTV – not that different from home in some regards.

We picked out flavored popcorn and shared it!  Delicious!

Picking out our popcorn.

Picking out our popcorn.

One Bag Each (but we shared and tasted all of them).

One Bag Each (but we shared and tasted all of them).

GO eating her "pink" popcorn.

GO eating her “pink” popcorn.

We visited a Russian Orthodox Monastery – the best part for Otto and I.

The Monstery - we were welcomed with open arms.  They even made hot tea for us and cookies for the littles!

The Monstery – we were welcomed with open arms. They even made hot tea for us and cookies for the littles!

The Monastery

The Monastery

Well, I thought the matching pjs for the littles was cute, too!

Matching Alien PJs!

Matching Alien PJs!

An amazing short trip, that started the year off right…  I am lucky to have such a great husband, who knows me so well.

I love this photo of them both snoozing away.

I love this photo of them both snoozing away.

Esther getting warm and riding on her little boy.

Esther getting warm and riding on her little boy.

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(

Happy New Year!

Today we are baking fresh bread in my new bread machine!

All the Ingredients lined up (can't wait to try for Bloody Mary Bread!).

All the Ingredients lined up (can’t wait to try for Bloody Mary Bread!).

XL White Loaf of Fresh Homemade Bread!

XL White Loaf of Fresh Homemade Bread!

And watching the Tigers play on TV!

This cracked me up.  Went HATES to have his clothes taken off or put on.  HATES it.  SCREAMS bloody murder every time.  Well, after we got him in his jammies (screaming and flopping), he went over to my bag that I hadn’t yet unpacked and pulled out my LSU sweatshirt.  He spent about 10 minutes trying to wrap it around his shoulders, then he brought it to me.  He sat incredibly still and let Otto put it on him and roll up the sleeves.  Then he wore it ALL NIGHT LONG.  He loves it.

"What, Mummy?  Did you think this was YOURS?  I mean, it SMELLS like you, but that just means I'll sleep better."

“What, Mummy? Did you think this was YOURS? I mean, it SMELLS like you, but that just means I’ll sleep better.”

GEAUX TIGERS!

GEAUX TIGERS!

Playing with the Puppies

Playing with the Puppies

Refusing to take off "his" sweatshirt!

Refusing to take off “his” sweatshirt!

Crazy.  A true Tiger Fan!

Watching The Rose Parade on HGTV (I love the Property Brothers and they are hosting).  Football comes in just a little bit.  Dropping Otto’s car at the shop and GO off at her cousins house soon, then Jambalaya and fresh bread for dinner!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

~Mummy Butterfly  )i(