Wednesday, December 31, 2008

2008 in Review

The year is coming to a close. Here is a look back on 2008.













Here's hoping 2009 is not as hectic (and Chinese).

Monday, December 29, 2008

Christmas Fishing

Not quite Christmas, but I made it out fishing on the 27th of December. It was around 60 degrees - I could not resist.

It had rained quite a bit, and as expected the water was blown out. Running high, fast, and very muddy, I did not even put on the waders. I did get a few casts in from the shore though. There were wind gusts in the 30s, but that makes good practice for fishing saltwater flats.

I was out for about an hour. No hits, but a nice afternoon. Thanks, Kristin, for letting me get out for a while.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Today's Topic for Discussion...

What is the difference between Normal Ketchup and Fancy Ketchup?

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas Everyone!!!

Sunday, December 21, 2008



This is my little angel.

This morning we took some pictures in her Christmas dress. Usually this is a bit of a struggle. Not this year. This year she loved it.

It started out innocently enough. She would look at me and say cheese. Then she started twirling and posing.

At only three years old most her friend are boys. Enough already!

I think I'm going to have to lock her in her room until she is 23. (And no, her aunts do not have any say in this...)

Saturday, December 13, 2008

Oh Christmas Tree

In an effort to broaden our horizons, this year we kicked off our fun old fashion family Christmas by heading out into the country in the old front-wheel drive sleigh to embrace the frosty majesty of the winter landscape and select that most important of Christmas symbols. No, not one of those stupid ties with Santa Clauses on it, but rather the Ricks Family Christmas Tree.

We walked through the rows of trees, trying to decide which one to cut down. At long last we spotted The Tree. The Tree that would be the symbol of the spirit of the Ricks Family Christmas.

The Tree was cut down and transported to its' new home - our house. I trimmed the tree and placed it in the base. Kristin setup the lights. You can never have too many lights.

And Rachael, well Rachael made sure the bottom branches of The Tree were well decorated.

Merry Christmas. Crapper's full.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Mullet Madness

On our recent vacation I witnessed the following:

While I have to give him credit for pushing the wheelchair, points must be deducted for the Mullet hairdo.

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