Sunday, December 28, 2008
Here is a photo from my brother and sister in laws house taken yesterday. This is my mother in law and father in law (they are the grown ups in the back :)
They are standing with all the grand kids but one. My niece Erin could not be with us at this get together. She was a lucky girl and got to take a little holiday get away with her other set of grandparents to Branson Missouri this weekend. We rarely get together to have a picture of everyone taken on this side of the family. Everyone is busy and it is so hard. But, here is a rare picture with my girls and their oldest cousins Kayli (she lives in Pennsylvania) and Amber (she goes to school in southern Indiana and we only see her usually once a year! Poo Poo!) Both of these girls are amazing people. Hard for me to say adults because I can remember not too long ago playing baby dolls with each of them. Kayli is going to be a nurse. She is getting married this coming October 9th. We are all looking forward to going to Pennsylvania to see that wonderful day. Amber is going to college and has plans to move to Africa after she finishes and help people in villages become self sufficient so that they can take care of themselves. How amazing is that!!! Both girls obviously have hearts for helping others. Can you think of a better thing to do with your life?
The handsome grandson in the picture is the only grandson my in laws have. When my brother in law married Carrie, we got Zack as our new nephew. He is a really neat kid. He loves to play games and build things. Wonder what he will do when he grows up? Architect maybe? Who knows! But, this group of people are very special to me. And, I am thankful that I have this picture to remind me of a really fun day that I was blessed to have with them.
Christmas thew up in my kitchen! HA! Down, down, down came the decorations. I am one of those that like to put things up the day after Thanksgiving and take them down the day after Christmas. I have friends that like to leave their tree and things up until after the New Years....but I just can not do it. There is something so lovely about having all that clutter down and a fresh, clean, simple house back again. I am sure they make a pill for whatever this is called....ha! Anyway, my sweet 13 year old daughter helped her mama take things down and she even swept the living room when the tree came down! What a sweetie pie!!! Do you see my sweet fuzzy kitty on the kitchen chair in the middle picture. Of course he had to get in on the action. Nosey kitty!
So long Christmas 2008. You were wonderful but I am happy to see you go. I wonder what 2009 will bring for me and those I love? I guess I will throw that question out into the universe and time will tell what answers I get. (Hope good ones!)
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
Another one of our family traditions at Christmas time is making Grasshoppers. They are a ice-cream drink that has Creme De Menthe and Cream De Cacao in them. My Grandma Mac used to drink them every Christmas. Since she passed away, we carried on the tradition. I don't think we have missed many Christmases without them. We just make one blender full and share a tad with everyone (except kiddos.) They are extremely sweet too. A little goes a long way with these babies.
And, here is the bartender himself mixing up our batch. He looks like he has done this a time or two or fifty or so. ;) This is my daddy. It was his mama's tradition.
By the way...how do you like my new blender? My hubby bought it for me as a surprise for Christmas. I have been making home-made salad dressings and needed a blender for them. No salad dressing here tonight....but it did work fabulously for Grasshoppers!
Thursday, December 25, 2008
This next picture is a book that I saw one day at Borders and thought it would be such a fun book to read. It is called Dewey and it is a true story about a kitten that was dropped into a return book slot at a library and the library kept him and raised him for the next 19 years! He became very special to that town and the people in it. I like stories like that! Stories that make you feel good. Those are good!!! So, I will be curled up in my chair sometime very soon, I hope, to read this little baby.
This last picture is me with a sweet print my sister got for me off of Etsy. I think it is just so cute! I can not remember who she said the artist was that drew this, but I think is is just so darling! Someday, when I have that little studio I am dreaming of, I will hang it in there for a little bit of sweetness for me to look at while I create. Until then, I believe it will hang in my bedroom for me to enjoy. Did you notice that it had some pink in it? Boy, does my sister know me or what?!?!?! Hee hee!
So there you have it....some of my Christmas goodies that people that I love dearly gave to me. I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas with those that you love and I do hope that you got a little something special under the tree this Christmas that made you smile too. Merry Christmas!! :)
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
This one is our Santa plate for cookies. As you can see, Santa enjoyed the snack we left him. There are only a couple crumbs left on the plate. Even the carrot for the reindeer is gone. (Wink!)
And this last one is the mug that holds the eggnog. (yuck!) It is empty as well. It says "For Cookie Dunking" on the inside. See why I had to put it out this year in this house of non-believers? It is just simply to cute to leave in the attic. :)
Our message tonight at our church service was about silence. It was about being still and quiet so we can hear God and His message to us in this noisy busy world in which we live. It was about God's gift of a baby. God's perfect gift. We sang some wonderful songs. I saw some of my most favorite people. I sat in a long pew with people I love. I remembered tonight what this season is all about. It was an awesome night.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
Welcome baby Jesus.......
It is tradition in our family to have Santa leave his footprints in the house on Christmas Eve when he leaves the presents for good girls and boys. Tonight, on my way to bed, this is what I found! Santa's boot prints! It is "magic snow" from the North Pole because it never melts! :) We have done this as part of our Christmas Eve ritual for the past 13 years. Tonight it was no different. Although this year, no one in our house believes in Santa but me. I still set the plate out with cookies on it. Still filled the Santa mug with eggnog because that is what Mr. Clause likes to drink. Mrs. Clause DOES NOT by the way. Hee Hee! I still set out one carrot for the reindeer too. Just in case they needed a little snack too. It was hard to think about not doing all these little things for my girls this year. So, I did them. And, I feel pretty happy about it to. And, I bet my ten year old will appreciate it in the early morning when she gets up and I even bet my moody 13 year old will appreciate it too. Even though she would not dare to admit it. :)
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Here is the only baking/candy making I am doing this year. It seems that Christmas kind of snuck up on me for some reason...even though I know it is the same day every year. Usually I have several things made like little baby loafs of bread and different candies. And cookies, of course, for Santa and his big night at our house. This year though, no one believes (except me) so I will still make some sort of cookie on Christmas Eve for the big fella when he comes to visit me. :)
I got this off some one's blog....but for the life of me I can not remember for sure who's. So, sorry that I can not give credit where credit is due. I made a double batch of it to give out to family and friends. It is pretty good, if I do say so myself. :) Here is the recipe if you would like to make some for yourself. Enjoy it! By the way...only four more days till you-know-what!!!!
Vanilla Snack Mix
2-12 oz packages of vanilla chocolate chips
5 cups Cheerios
5 cups Corn Chex cereal
2 cups peanuts (cashews work great too!)
10 oz bag of small pretzel (twists or mini sticks)
1 pound plain M & M's (I used the holiday colored ones)
Melt 2 packages of chocolate chips with 3 tsp of oil in a microwave safe bowl for 2 minutes. Stir frequently while melting. Stir chocolate until smooth.
Dump in a LARGE bowl all the dry ingredients.
Pour melted chocolate over the dry ingredients. Toss to coat. Spread on wax paper to cool. Break apart after cooling and store in a sealed container.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Look at this handsome fellow! He is our worship minister and his wife's new baby! He was one week old today. Our church has a Caring Ministry. The ladies take turns making meals for people in our congregation who are sick or recently out of the hospital or have just had a new baby. Tonight was my turn to cook. My daughters and I took dinner to this sweet family tonight. My eldest daughter LOVES babies. Seriously. She would much rather be in the nursery on Sunday's at church holding wee ones than to listen to our minister talk. She says he is "boring." HA! But, I have learned that even when it appears that kids are not listening in church, they do catch some things. So, she sits with us against her will and I pray that she is learning something from God's word each week.
Anyway, this is sweet Eli. He is a very lucky and blessed boy. He has two parents who love Jesus very much and wanted him very much. He will be raised in a loving Christian home and be surrounded by people who love him very much. Welcome to our world Baby Eli!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
When God gives you two snow days in a row...what can you do....but draw on the kitchen chalkboard! :)
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Anyway, this is my little vintage looking Santa. And, I think he looks quite nice standing on my porch greeting my guests with his friendly wave. By the way...Christmas is only seven days away. ;)
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Here are some more pictures from our Christmas trip to Chicago. This one is of myself in the middle and my wonderful boss and his lovely wife.
These pictures are of us in a van taxi. There were eight of us piled into one taxi. Talk about a hoot! On the top picture you can see one of my co-workers sitting on the others lap! We were all laughing so hard! My bosses wife was sitting on his lap too! The bottom one is of me and another co worker. Did you notice the playbill she was holding from the show? Ahhhh....
Sunday, December 14, 2008
This is the tree outside Water Tower Place. Also right outside the Cheesecake Factory where we ate dinner. And a piece of cheesecake, of course. ;) This picture can not really show you how huge this tree really was. It was filled with colored lights and a ton of them too. I mean a ton. It actually caught my breath when I first saw it.
This is on our way to the Oriental Theatre to see ...................................................
And oh my was it good! The singing was amazing! The orchestra was also amazing. So was the set and the costumes and the theatre itself was so ornate and beautiful. Basically the whole thing was amazing! :)
One bonus from our weekend was while we were traveling through a small town on the train on the way home, we ran into The Santa Train. We slowed down as we passed by it and I could see Santa and a beautiful tree all lit up and other lights as well inside the train. There were several people inside probably meeting Santa. For a minute, I wished I was there, a small girl again....sitting on Santa's lap telling him what I would like to have for Christmas. And then drinking a warm cup of creamy chocholate-ty hot cocoa with extra marshmallow on top! And maybe even a candy cane sticking out the top for more loveliness. YUM!
Anyway, I am back home and my weekend with my co-workers was fantastic! I know that I am extremely blessed to have a boss that would do something so special for his staff. I am very thankful to be able to work for him!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
I thought this one was to good not to share it with anyone who stumbles upon my blog. I think there is a lot of truth in this little day, don't cha think? ;)
Monday, December 8, 2008
Yesterday was my husbands 42nd birthday. He loves coconut cream pie. LOVES IT! So, my mama indulges her son in law with one every year. A tradition in our family is that the birthday person gets to pick the menu for their birthday dinner. He usually picks fried chicken, mashed potatoes and white gravy, corn and his pie. Yum Yum! This year, we decided to do something a little simpler since my mama is not feeling well. We ordered pizza, had a big nice salad and his pie. We stuck two candles in the middle and sang the birthday song to him. My sister and nephew were not able to celebrate with us this year. My sweet nephew has a nasty flu bug that has stayed around to long, if you ask me! It is time to kick that bugs bootie! :) We all missed them very much at our little celebration. We are praying that he gets better very soon.
Sunday, December 7, 2008
My boss and his wife are taking us girls from the office to Chicago this weekend to have our Christmas party. We are leaving REALLY early on the Am track train on Friday for Chicago. It will take us about three hours to get there. We are going to be given our Christmas gifts which is money and we are to shop for things on Michigan Avenue for ourselves. Those are the orders from our bosses wife. Sounds good to me! :) After our day of shopping, we are going to dinner at The Cheesecake Factory. After dinner, are you ready for this, they are taking us to see the Broadway play Wicked! Oh yes they are! Do I not have the most wonderful boss ever?!?!?!?! After the show, we will go back to our hotel and die, I mean sleep. Then the next morning we are having brunch at a cafe (but I can not remember the name of it!) and then shop a tad more (just in case we are kicking ourselves for not getting something the day before and have to live with that awful regret for the rest of our lives) and taking the 6:00 train back home to reality. Sigh.....can you imagine the fun we will have together? Even though we work in an office with six women, we all get along very well. My poor boss though....he will have to put up with all of us girls, including his wife, for something like 36 hours. Maybe I will pack an extra candy cane for him. :)
Friday, December 5, 2008
This is my "studio." I reeeeeeeeeeeeeelly want a room/studio of my very own, but we have a small home (that I am very thankful for) and there is no room to do that now. So, here is where I have my "stuff." It is an antique armoire that I bought a couple years ago. The talented friend that I have put shelves in it for me so I could load her up. :) It is sitting in my living room now. At first my intentions when I bought it was to keep my linens in it and my bigger pieces of china like serving platters and such. Well, I decided that my growing love of sewing and crafts was much more important than silly serving platters. So, here is what it looks like with the doors open.
Can you see the goodies inside? There is little buckets with scissors and paint brushes so I know where to find things. There is also one with all the different size crochet hooks in them. I have the little baskets with my linen napkins and other assorted linens in them. If you look on the next to the bottom shelf, you will see my fabric stash and my table cloths. Not much of a stash. I simply must do something about that! Hee hee!
Here is a closer look at the "stash." Do you see a color scheme going on here? Say pink? All I can say is "ahhhhh." :)
Here is my little basket of ribbon. So neat and tidy. Makes me want to make something! What shall I make? Isn't it so nice when your things are organized and just waiting on you to come play with them? :)
Here is my corner of books. There are some great ones in here that I have not had a chance to use yet. A couple are because I don't know how to sew well enough yet. The Amy Butler book has a pattern in it to make jammie pants. I bought it with the intention of making some for my friends but sad to say, I don't know how to do jammie pants. Maybe someday.
Well, that is my craft studio. Not much as of yet...but you should see the area I have designed in my head for someday!! Lets see now...only five more years and my oldest will be in college.....that gives me time to start saving before I can take over her room. HA! I know, I know....it will be here before I know it. Then I will be crying and worrying because she is not living here any more......Sniff Sniff. Well, a girl can dream, can't she? :)
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Hallmark magazine is one of my newest favorites. I love the stories in there and the recipes are great too!
Anyway...it's time for a cup of coffee (in my cute Mary Christmas cup), curl up in my comfy spot on the couch with a soft blankie and read some of these. Wish you were here to join me.
The grandkids one is for my co-worker. She ADORES her grandbabies more than anyone I know. I think she is going to love it.
The third one that says cousins is for moi'. I bought the frame this summer with intentions of putting a picture of my girls and my nephew from Disney in it. Obviously I never got that done. So, after I fancied it all up...I am ready to put the kids picture in it. Of course my frame is pink. Of course. :)