Sunday, December 19, 2010

Not to Keep You Waiting Any Longer But ...

... I'm going to be keeping you waiting a little longer!  Now, I know ya'll have been really looking forward to my post(s) about our recent stay at the Hawthorne Hotel and please believe me that I am working diligently at picture-editing and the like but it's been a pretty hectic last couple of days what with spending three days in Massachusetts before hostessing our what-has-now-become Annual Dispatch & Scheduling Christmas Party at my house last night.  As you can see from the picture below, a fine time was had by all but of course I had to spend most of Saturday cleaning the house, baking some desserts, and just generally running around like a chicken with my head cut off to make sure everything was just "so"!  It's the Virgo in me and I just can't help it sometimes!

A Toast to Russ

In case you're wondering what we're doing in that picture - one of our former dispatchers who left the company last spring to move to Oklahoma and start a small restaurant, was diagnosed with cancer shortly after he moved west.  Russ loved his Jack Daniels so we thought it would be nice to have a toast in his honor and take a picture to send out to him just to let him know we hadn't forgotten him and that he was there with us in spirit last night if not in person. Cheers, Russ!

As for the rest of this post, Amanda is probably going to want to wring my neck or take away my Nikon when she sees it, but I thought it would be fun to post some of the "outtakes" from when I was trying to get her to pose in front of the door to the second room that we stayed in at the Hawthorne like I've done in the past with Jamie.  Needless to say, it was quite the undertaking!

Amanda - Take One

"Okay, so what do you want me to do?"

Amanda - Take Two

"But I'm not scared so how am I supposed to look scared?"

Amanda - Take Three


Amanda - Take Four


Amanda - Take Five

"How about we go for contemplative instead of scared?" 

Amanda - Take Six

"I know!  We shall ward off the evil within!"

Amanda - Take Seven

"Oh come on, Mom! Don't you have at least one you can use yet?"

Well, I guess it's pretty easy to see who the actress in the family is ... 

Jamie in front of Room #325

Now if you'll excuse me, I guess I'll go back to working on that other post now! 


  1. Looks like everyone had a great time indeed. Good for you. I'm a Virgo too so I can so relate to everything has to be just 'so'.

    Amanda is going to kill you when she sees these. I think they are great. Can't wait to hear about your adventure.

    Have a terrific day. Seventy more days (soon to be 69) until our cruise. Big hug, and a very Merry Christmas to the three of you. :)

  2. too funny! and yes, they'll be taking away the camera i bet! ha ha ha

    smiles, bee

  3. This is the time of year for I eagerly anticipate the rest of the story.

  4. Well, first off... Love the header photo! Is that the Hawthorne's sitting parlor? We use to have a formal room, but then a smaller house and too many kids equals absolutely NO formal anything!

    I think your kids (if I am still allowed to call them kids) are probably use to the front of your Nikon by now. If not, they will be soon! :D

    I'm not a Virgo, but I use to want everything 'just so'... now, as long as it's just so close enough! hahahaha!

  5. Anonymous6:59 PM EST

    (raises hand)
    Fellow virgo here...LOL
    I completely understand!

  6. Jamie may be the actress but Amanda is adorable. I loved the cross-fingers attempt. Hysterical. Both girls are a mess!! (much like their mother of royal-born heritage)

  7. Anonymous8:45 PM EST

    HA--Jaime is so funny with her expressions. Loved the first pic and what a wonderful tribute.

  8. I love this post. Yep, you'll be dead meat, but that just what moms do. It's your job. Pay backs. Sweet.

    Big hugs, honey...


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