Monday, November 17, 2008


Daisy is the one on the right in the front with her nose to the ground

I went to the Washington DC Beagles club and took Daisy for a play date hahaha. I know that sounds insane..but it was hilarious! We met at a Doggy Daycare center in Vienna, VA and met 22 other Beagle owners and the dogs ran around and had fun. Daisy was cautious at first , but then relaxed and ran around. Thought you would enjoy the pictures.

Hannah Banana's 16th Birthday WASHINGTON DC STYLE

The whole gang Chinatown Washington DC NOV 15, 2008
Hannah and her coldstone cake

Blowing out the candles re-enacted haha

Having fun!

Hannah the leaf eater and Lauren the steak eater!

I can't believe Hannah is 16 already! Where did the time go? She had a blast for her sweet 16 and had 9 of her friends meet at the house at 11am on Saturday. They all took the bus to the metro and rode to the Washington National Zoo. We then met them up in Chinatown at 6:30pm at our favorite restaurant and had some great food! We got her a ColdStone ice cream cake and everyone had a great time. Her friend Lauren from Guam (who moved to Japan last year) is living about 30 minutes from us now and came down as well. She got her this hilarious Brontosaurus "VEGETARIAN" shirt and Lauren wore her TREX "CARNIVORE" shirt. If you don't know by now, Hannah is now a vegetarian .but still eats eggs, milk and fish. Not the whole family..just her...we still need our extra rare steaks! haha.

Tonya, Donald, Mallory and Kaiden Leathers

The cast didn't even phase her! Look at that gorgeous SMILE!!!!!
He looks like a toddler in this cute big boy outfit! What a sweetiepie!

The Leathers Family November 2008

I got to make a quick trip to Kentucky last weekend and had a blast! First I got picked up at the Louisville Airport by Tonya and Donald Leathers and their adorable daughter Mallory! THANKS FOR COMING TO GET ME!! Tonya was one of my former high school students from Oneida Baptist Institute. She was one of my favorites, we unofficially adopted her, she was part of our wedding and I MISS HER TERRIBLY! She married Donald and they have two adorable kids. Mallory (16 months) just had surgery last monday for a tumor on her hip and is doing really well now...but in a big blue body cast. Kaiden is a sweet baby who was born in September and is growing like a weed! I also spent some time in Oneida with our friends Sheri, Lance and Cameron Nutter. It was Sheri's birthday and we had a wonderful time (as always) and I made her supper. We got to see Matthew and Melissa Coldiron and their kids, Mike and Debbie Winters, Becky and Ellie Kendrick, and got to meet the lady who is illustrating Sheri's children's book Sandy. It was a nice evening, and I sure do miss everyone!We got to go up to see their oldest son Robert , his wife Savannah and their new baby Piper (sorry no pictures...UGH forgot the camera!)... We also got to stop at the Corbin Medical Center and see the Garretts for a bit! Suzi Garrett is recouperating from surgeryand is in great spirits!! Thanks for the wonderful weekend Leathers , Nutters, Coldirons, Winters, Kendricks, and Garretts

Wednesday, November 5, 2008


On the Face please!
All filled out ...I get an A+

The Golden Ticket

Which Way Do I Go? Which Way Do I Go???

Being 18 Rocks!!!

Katie got to vote! She registered when she got her permit right before her 18th birthday in August and got her voters card in the mail about a month ago. She was so excited to be able to vote this year! I took pictures and she was even a good sport about it haha. We had fun going to the polls together. Enjoy these funny shots!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween 2008 Hannah the Panda

Hannahhhh the pandahhhhhh on our front porch. Hannah and her friends all went trick or treating over at Fort Belvoir and then watched scary movies. I insisted that 16 year olds are too old to trick or treat, but I was overruled haha. She will turn 16 in 14 days!!! Where has the time gone???
The Panda and Pumpkins on the porch

Sunday, November 2, 2008


The finished pumpkin except Katie's because she is a perfectionist and took an hour longer than the rest of us haha. Check out Daisy the Beagle with the creepy glowing orange eyes looking out the door....WEIRD!!! She is a Halloween DOG Katie (age 18) and her musical has her name on it and music notes. Daisy the Halloween Beagle of the Dead with the glowing orange eyes is looking out the door here too!

Katie Daron and Hannah carving (more like STABBING)
Katie is so gross haha. Daisy was watching everything she was doing and wanted to jump in and eat whatever it was she was trying to eat.

They are both biting their lip..thought that was funny

Scary pumpkin carving..we found some HUGE pumpkins this year!

I KNOW I KNOW IM LAME for not keeping up with this! So much has gone on since June 2008 haha. First of all we now live in Alexandria, Virginia. We found a house on Patton The Patton's live on Patton TOO COOL EH? Katie decided the Academy was not for her and came home after 3 weeks saying that she doesn't want to be in the military after all. (We were disappointed, but 10 years in the Air Force when she didn't like it would have been horrible, so we are dealing with it all). She is planning on going to Eastern Kentucky University for the first year and working with her old Flute teacher (Professor Kristen Keane) and try to get an audition together for a music school?? Not sure yet..but will let you know. She is now working at Ted's Montana's Grill (Ted Turner's upscale steak place) in Alexandria and she really loves it. She will start school in January. Hannah is liking her school and is a junior at Mt Vernon High School (about 2 minutes from Mt Vernon Plantation). She is in the Culinary Arts program and wants to be a chef. She has made several friends now and is enjoying school and making A's and B's. Daron likes his job..he is working for the Washington Navy Yard at NavSea. He goes into the newly built ships (The George H W Bush is the latest (a carrier)) and tells them where to put medical equipment etc. I decided not to teach this year and to be a nanny for 2 (3 month old) boys (TJ and Caleb). I work until around 2pm and am really loving it. Here are some pictures of pumpkin carving!! Enjoy..Ill try to post something every week now that Im finally all settled in We love and miss you all!

What I"m reading!

  • Atonement by Ian McEwan
  • The Visitor by Lori Wick
  • Mansfield Park by Jane Austen
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
  • Pretense by Lori Wick
  • Bamboo and Lace by Lori Wick
  • The California Series by Lori Wick