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Holiday Recap 2010

December 31, 2010

In minutes clocks will strike and the year 2010 will be over. Geoff and I live in the Eastern Time Zone of the US and this will be my first time to celebrate ringing in the New Year in this time zone. If I get nostalgic though for the old days all I have to do is get in my car, drive the 1.5 miles to the Adair County line and I can celebrate the New Year’s arrival all over again in the Central Time Zone. Living in a time warp has its privileges.

Before the bells toll I want to take a moment to recap the holiday fun I’ve had in 2010. Geoff, Scooter, Bailey, a dog bed that smells like throw-up, and I piled into the truck and headed out to be with Geoff’s family in Arkansas for Christmas. It is a quick 8.5 hour drive to their home nestled between Toad Suck and Pickles Gap, Arkansas. Technically their mailing address is in the town of Conway, which is just north of Little Rock, but the Toad Suck Park, Toad Suck Harley Davidson, Pickles Gap Village, and the Pickles Gap Presbyterian Church surround their home on Lake Beaver Fork, which describe their locale with more color than the mailing address implies.

All of Geoff’s brothers and our sister-in-law were in town, which was  a real treat because we all live so far apart. We commemorated this landmark with a holiday photo:

A Very McP Christmas!

I wish I hadn’t worn white, so I digitally altered the photo to reflect a better color choice for the picture.

In other news, I have joined a gym.

My digital holiday sweater.

Geoff is very lucky and has three living grandparents. We got to visit each of them on this trip. Geoff’s G.G gifted us some super awesome Norwegian cow bells to help make our goats more stylish. She ordered them off of the internet with the help of a customer service representative. They struck up a friendship as G.G regaled the operator with stories of her grandkids. The operator fell in love with us over the phone and threw in a little something extra for G.G’s grand children. Behold (she obviously thought we were grandchildren):


Seriously, Moo.

We also got to visit with Geoff’s Nana and Da and Geoff’s cousins and their kids on that side of the family. I spent some real quality time with Geoff’s little cousin Houston. Although he is only a little over 2 years old he already has an appreciation for the finer things in life. For example, when I asked him what toys he wanted to play with in his play room he, with authority, grabbed a pacifier and proceeded to repeatedly throw it at the ceiling fan. If that’s not fun, I don’t know what is.

A major highlight of the gifts we received over Christmas was the beautiful wooden sled Geoff’s parents Pam and Randy gave us. It is awesome, and we put it to prompt use as soon as we got back to the farm. Kentucky had a white Christmas and when we arrived home there was at least three inches of snow blanketing the farm, as you can see:

Sled puppies.

And now, the video you have all been waiting for…

Happy New Year!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Bonnie Brawner permalink
    January 1, 2011 12:28 AM

    Yes, the digital sweater is so much more natural looking — good choice. If not for the words “digital sweater” I never would’ve suspected the alteration. Happy New Year, McPhersons!!

  2. Randy McPherson permalink
    January 1, 2011 9:15 AM

    Love the video!!! Keep practicing and try again when there is more snow…

  3. Sheila McGuire permalink
    January 1, 2011 12:32 PM

    Poor old Aunt Sheila and Uncle Lynn (the cutie patootie) got relegated to the nameless rabble. 😉 We loved having y’all and everybody else here and look forward to doing it again next year – of course, we hope to see you again before next Christmas. And we’ll stock up on things for you and Hoots to throw at the ceiling fan, probably not pacis, though – who knows what Hootie will have discovered by then. Btw, love the hats! Have you thought about putting a strap on one and teaching Sgt. Pepper to wear it? He could be the fiercest LGD around!

  4. Angela permalink
    January 1, 2011 8:10 PM

    Looking foward to sled-cam… I know it’s coming…. Happy New Year!

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