Saturday, November 29, 2008


Thanksgiving 2008

I have to say...Caramelized apple pecan pie...YUM!

Sitting by the fire

Derek trying to tickle me
My Mom

Nichelson Fam

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Orchids and Titan

So, for a couple of years now I've had a love for orchids. My first one was given to me by my dad. It wasn't was one that comes in one of those little mesh bags. I wasn't sure it would ever bloom, but, six month or so after I got it sure enough it did and since then I've collected them. About 2 years ago at a marriage retreat I bought my 2 favorite orchids: a Chocolate orchid(seriously it smells just like chocolate!) and a yellow spider orchid. They were in bloom when I got them so I got them for a really good price. But, about a year later when it was time for them to bloom again, we moved twice and if you have orchids you know they don't do well with big changes. So needless to say they didn't bloom that year. Well after getting to our new house, and finding the perfect spot for them, they started to flourish! I was so excited! New blooms! I went out everyday to check on my little blooms just waiting to see their beautiful flowers! They yellow one bloomed was so pretty. Then one day I went outside to check on the chocolates progress. I looked into the tree where it normally hung. It wasn't there! Just then, in the corner of my eye, I saw Titan flipping my orchid into the air with such joy. NOOOO!! 2 years waiting for this sucker to bloom only to find my puppy chewing it and flipping it into the air like a ball! I was crushed! My husbands response "well's smelled like chocolate" didn't help much at the time...but, has a lot of truth in it. Who wouldn't want to eat something that smells like chocolate? Titan didn't stop there. Before I could move these oh so temperamental plants to a new location, Titan found the yellow spider orchid and devoured it as well. Gotta love him! The happy part of all this is for my birthday Derek got me 2 beautiful orchids! I was very happy to get them, not only because they're orchids, but also because it was very thoughtful of him. I guess now I just have to find a place where my ever growing Great Dane puppy can't reach because hes eyeing them already!

The Spider Orchid

The Chocolate Orchid R.I.P

The culprit!

The spiders remains

My new orchid!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Back to Vero

This past weekend we were able to go back and visit our families and again celebrate my and my sister-in-laws birthdays. Everyone has 3 birthday dinners...right? Anyway, while we were there I was able to see most of my girls, go to dinner with Nate and Jeni and visit Raines, Finley and Whitten. Man have they grown! I miss them so much! Although things are not the same as when I was them everyday, I can still see in their eyes (especially Finleys) a bond that won't ever be broken and that means more than words could express. All in all we had a great visit...but its always good to be home!
Finley giving kisses...look at those curls!

Raines being a ham!

Titan figured out he could stand

Cosmos a lap dog...really.

Oh, yea...and the Titans are 10-0!!!!!! GO TITANS!!!

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Happy Birthday to Me

I'm 24!! We went to dinner with Jay & Debra at Olive Garden tonight. It was a fun time! The best part was the birthday cake ~ NOT! They apparently are cutting back on birthday cake and you get a mint .. with no candles! We still had fun! Now Deb is helping me start my blog...your the best Deb!

Deb & Jay
First a serious one....

Then Dereks signature to end it <3>