Monday, December 29, 2008

Rockin' Around the Christmas, um, Fireplace

Santa paid a visit to Marc and me on December 17th. Because of our travels over the Christmas Holiday, we were not together alone for almost ten days, so we had our holiday a little early. After a very festive dinner out, we all sat around and opened gifts.

Lullabelle, anxiously awaiting the unwrapping of a stocking gift. What could it be?

It's a gelpack!

Sharing the gelpack love with Sandy.

One of Marc's favorite gifts - a Jim Tressell-style sweater vest!

Jewelry is always a winner

All the exitement wore Lullabelle out.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Lessons Learned

Lesson Number 1:
The videos must be taken horizontially. I can't rotate the video like I can a photo. (At least I haven't figured it out yet.)

Lesson Number 2:
I shouldn't shoot a video and hold a dog leash while the dog is chasing a go-cart. It creates a "Cloverfield" type movie.

Oh, and Michael, wait I mean Hudson and Bowen got a go-cart from Santa. :-)
It was lots of fun! Except for the part where Michael and Hudson drove through an ant bed.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Ring the Alarm

My faithful camera died on December 22. After a string of obscenities and an appropriate mourning period, I bought a new, updated version of the camera I lost. It is thinner, lighter and was almost $100 cheaper. And it has a neat video feature!
So enjoy Tom driving away. And get excited about the future of a blogger with videos!

Friday, December 26, 2008

The Fireman

Our good friend Tom is a firefighter and paramedic in Fort Walton Beach. Last week he participated in the funeral of a former firefighter and drove this early model fire engine in the procession.

He and his dog Epi dropped by the LaMotte's home to show off the engine and we really enjoyed checking out the truck.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Early in the Morning

This is what happens when I get up earlier than everyone else.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

They Say it's Your Birthday

Last weekend we attended My nephew's birthday party. It was held at Jumpin' Joeys, also known as my own personal version of hell.

The kids LOVE this place and had SO much fun. But all I could think - in between the high pitched kiddie screams - is that my nephews were going to break their necks. I guess this is what it's like to be a mom. Yikes! How do you deal with this stress? So different than work stress.

Regardless, I was glad we could join the family and celebrate with Huddy. I love that little man!

And the other little man LOVES a cupcake! Or, at least, the icing on top :-)

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Happy Birthday Huddy!

Aunt Mary and Uncle Marc love you VERY much!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Hard Habit to Break

We are trying to break a bad habit - letting Lullabelle on the couch. It has just been easier to let her get up and sleep on it rather than tell her no and have her try and get us off the the computer. (And believe me, she knows how to stop the hand from typing! She is too smart for her own good.) But the dog hair on our clothes got to be a bit much - Lullabelle sheds A LOT - and she took up more than her fair share of the sofa.

So what does a crafty dog do? Try and find ways around the word no, of course!

See, she's not really on the couch if two of her paws are still on the floor!

And laying on the pillows from the couch that Marc needs to stretch his neck aren't technically the couch, so that's okay, right?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

A Whole Lotta Marc!

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Fellow blogger Melissa and her family were elfed, and I laughed so hard that I decided to elf the McMottes. We added in Marc in the Brutus head so we could have five of us gettin' down!

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Iron Men

Saturday, during that pile of crap called a football game, Marc and I had an interesting experience. We met Ironman Scott Rigsby. There were two Ironmen in the same room - and we weren't at a race!

Scott is a UGA grad and a double leg amputee. When he was 18, he was in a pretty terrible traffic accident. One leg was immediately amputated, and he lost the other one later due to complications from the accident.

And y'all, he runs marathons. And competes in Ironman triathalons. I have both legs and could only compete in couch sitting and internet surfing.

He is an inspiring man and I was so glad we got a chance to talk with him.

Friday, November 28, 2008

I'm thankful for. . .

A nephew who finds great joy in playing in the leaves

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Who Loves Marc the Most?

Pretty sure it's Lullabelle :-)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Random Wednesday

Katherine and I are trying to take a cute couples picture and Marc and Ed have to go and act goofy!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Road Trip!

Our dogs have totally different car personalities. Sandy is nervous the entire time - won't sleep, doesn't want the window down, wants to be right next to you and gets nervous when cars pass. Lullabelle LOVES to get in the car, LOVES to have her head out the window and will sleep most of the ride if it's a long one. But amazingly, they ride well together, and Sandy is less anxious with Lullabelle sleeping beside her.

Here are some pics from our recent trip to SSI.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Random Wednesday - Doggie Lovin' Edition

Even though he is very allergic, Bowen LOVES Lullabelle. He followed her everywhere - even to the water bowl.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008


While Marc and Sandy stayed at the condo on Halloween waiting for trick-or-treaters, Lullabelle and I went trick-or-treating with Buzz Lightyear and Woody (aka Hudson and Bowen.)

It was so fun watching Hudson ring the doorbell, say "Trick-or-Treat" and then "Thank you." Bowen was very friendly - he wanted to go right on in the house when the door was answered.