Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Celebration in the Oaks

It just doesn't feel like Christmas until our family does the annual Celebration in the Oaks Race at City Park.  Unfortunately, this year Cille was under doctor's orders not to attend the race.  She was recovering from an ear infection and having tubes put in and her adenoids taken out on Monday, so the doctor thought hanging out in the cold weather was probably not in her best interest.  Geeze.  Then Friday night while Tripp and Aunt Sarah were having their weekly sleepover and Daddy was taking the first shift, I received an early Christmas present from one of my students: a stomach virus!  Whoo-hoo!  That, and the fact that we couldn't find a sitter, pretty much sealed the deal that I would be the one to stay home with poor Cille.  

But, I digress.  Back to the race.  It would not be a true Celebration in the Oaks if the Pourciaus were not A) late, and B) in possession of an exhausted child.  As you can see from this picture of Stella, we accomplished B, and most of our friends can testify that we also checked A off the list again this year...
Since it was going to be a bit nippy, I made sure to send plenty of warm clothing for my Stell-Bell...
I am sorry that your eyes are closed, Damon, but I love this picture of our sweet monkey...
That girl loves her daddy!
Again, Damon, I apologize but this kid is precious!
Part of our tradition is the group riding of the carousel...
Skyler was really excited that he would actually get to see the lights this year...
Our carousel action pics all turned out a little blurry, but you get the point.  Our buddy Cohen and his family were there...



Along with our friend Mattie Ann and her family...
Stella helped entertain Skyler by playing patty cake with him...
From the look on his face I think he was enjoying it...
Aren't they sweet?
Later Stella and Mattie Ann got fresh with the three little piggies in Story Land...
Pawpaw helped them explore the belly of the whale...
Not sure what they're looking at, but it must have been amazing...
Two little pink princesses ready for the ball...
She's king of the world!
Lyons decided the pirate ship was a cool place to pose with the ladies...
Looking for mermaids...
Squashing the life out of Snow White...
After Story Land, it was time for some rides...
Pawpaw won the first race, but Stella demanded a rematch...
Practicing driving on the wrong side in preparation for our next trip to the UK...
It's more fun on the right!
I don't know about you, but to me it looks like Daddy was making Stella do all the work...

Finally, as the finale of this post and your reward for looking through all my pictures and perhaps chuckling at one or two of my dorky jokes, our annual Celebration in the Oaks Santa-less Group Photo.  If you check our old Celebration in the Oaks blogs, herehere and here, you will see that our group grows a little every year.  The first year we had 10 people, including Stella as the only child.  The next year the photo mysteriously didn't make it to the blog, so I have no idea.  Then last year we had 17 people in the photo, including 3 kids, and one stowaway (Skyler-so there were technically 18 people in the photo.)  This year we had a whopping 20 people in the photo, including 6 kids, and one stowaway Rane-drop (technically bringing us to 21!).  Plus, just check out this photo...everyone looks great!  Romaguera Photography really outdid themselves on this one, even if my buddy Ralph was not the one behind the camera this year.  I do have a couple of complaints about this photo, which I will voice now, but which were in no way under the control of the photographer.  First of all, Matt?  Where ya at, dude?  And your sister too!  We expect you both to wait for the group photo before heading to dinner next year.  Also, Jamie...don't be a skipper!  Katie's dad was also present but ducked out on the group photo, so I will let Katie deal with that one.  And there are also two special representatives of the Roussel-Zeringue clan that I was expecting to see in the photo and missed.  Mrs. Paula...I know you are an occasional reader, so tell Skyler's Pawpaw to get ready for his close-up next year!
Hopefully we will be able to add myself and Cille to the photo, plus all our missing folks, and that sweet Baby Raney will make his/her outdoor debut in next year's photo.  I have to go now so I can text Ralph and tell him to get a bigger backdrop...

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

or at least queen of her castle!!