Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
We have no shortage of ornaments around here. M's grandma made the grandkids a new ornament every year and my mom would (and still does) make or buy a new ornament for us every year. It is so much fun decorating the tree every year and thinking back on the Christmases past. So, our tree may not look like it has a theme, but it has a theme of love.
(You can't see it very well in the picture, but our topper is a shabby chic white wooden star. I love it!!)
Sunday, December 28, 2008
Saturday, December 27, 2008
And since we don't have a chimney, our stockings are hung by the stairs with care. My mom has made many of these stockings, each different. We even have a set that is still at their house. I am thinking I will try to add some greenery up there next year.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
And here are my pancake/egg shaped reproductions:
See the resemblance? No? Oh, fine, I don't either.
At least my cookies have all been turning out. I guess I will leave the candy making to those more gifted in that area. (Like Katie and my sister-in-law Jenny.)
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
The one casualty that we have discovered so far is a crack in one of our front windows. We both heard something in the middle of the night and couldn't quite identify it. This morning, I saw the window and realized that must have been it. Hopefully that is covered in our one year home warranty.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
The good thing about all of this is that on the actual day of the blizzard, M and I didn't set foot outside of the house. We stayed in where we were nice and cozy glancing out the window to see how the storm was progressing. Everything in town was closed, so even if you could get out, there was nothing to get out to.
We enjoyed watching several movies, finishing the Christmas cards, and starting on the Christmas baking. (Having an extra set of hands when baking is really nice. I don't know if I ever want to go back to baking alone again.) I really enjoyed the day with just the two of us. (M has been working extra hours lately, and it was so nice just being together.) It was also nice to get a jump on Christmas preparations.
Monday, December 15, 2008
I was at the good old FF the other day looking for a good pair of winter boots. I not only came away with the boots, but 5 Christmas presents, dried cranberries, white chocolate chips, and two kinds of sparkling beverages for the pregnant lady at Christmas.
Time and time again, M and I stop at Fleet Farm and find just what we were looking for at a decent price. Once you get over the tire rubber smell, it really isn't such a bad place to shop. However, with the exception of my winter hat and my new boots, I have not purchased clothing for myself there. Don't think that I ever will go that far. But other than that, I think the sky is the limit!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
(Notice the distinct line in the snow. That is our exact property line. Wonder what M planted that they like so much. Maybe it still has a hint of the timber that M dragged around.)
M just says, "I hope that rabbit turds are good for the lawn."
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Yes, it is the SUN!!! Not only is it the sun, but it is above freezing outside right now. There still is a bit of a breeze in the air, but I don't want to be greedy and ask for too much.
Ah, how refreshing to feel the sun kissing your cheeks rather than frost bite nipping at them.
Hope that all of you are having a sunny day as well.
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Mission Cillantro Lime Tortilla Chips
m&m's Holiday Mint Candies
And for those times that I am not really hungry:
with three layers: Gingerbread House, Maple Pecan Cookies, and Hot Cocoa & Cookies
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
We must have moved into jack rabbit territory when we bought our house. At first it was fun watching them lope across our backyard. Then M started to notice that someone was munching on our nice, new grass. Since then, it is a common sight to look out our back window and see the sight of a jack munching our green goods. Tonight I looked out and found four of these giants out there. (Imagine how much grass four jack rabbits can go through?!) I tried to catch them on film, but unfortunately the lighting wasn't good.
I am thinking that we need some of the white stuff or we won't have any green stuff left.
Monday, November 24, 2008
Friday, November 21, 2008
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Now that I have been nominated I am supposed to name six things that I am thankful for and then pass this on to six of the blogs that I read. Now even though I am a teacher, I am not always very good at following directions. I have decided that I WILL name six things that I am thankful for, but I will not nominate six other blogs. Most of the blogs I read have already been nominated. (You know who you are!)
1) I am thankful for a loving God, who forgives all of my wrongs and sends me countless earthly blessings.
2) I am thankful for a wonderful marriage that just keeps getting better and better.
3) I am thankful for the new life that is growing inside of me. I can't go a minute without thinking of our little baby and the amazing miracle being performed inside of me.
4) I am thankful for all of those that hold me near and dear. (I can't wait to see many of you at Thanksgiving and Christmas!)
5) I am thankful for the new home that we have been enjoying (for 4 months now.)
6) I am thankful for the jobs that M and I are able to go to everyday. (Even on the days we don't want to get out of our warm, soft bed.)
While I am not passing this on to anyone, maybe you can take a few moments today and think of what the blessings are in your life.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Saturday, November 15, 2008
Just this month, however, we went to a "real" theater two times. (It was even an UltraScreen!!) We had coupons to get $4 tickets the first time and then free ticket vouchers the second time. You should have seen us as we walked in. It was like being in New York City for the first time. The carpet was vacuumed. There were digital signs naming the movie playing outside of each theater and how long until show time. Once we entered our theater, we walked to our seats without having to peel our shoes from the floor. Oh and our seats, they were so comfy!! Even better, I didn't need the extra coat I always carry to movies as they seemed to have the heat turned up to a comfortable temperature.
Now this doesn't mean that we won't be going right back to our cheap theater ways now that the coupons have been redeemed, but it was nice to see how the other side lives--even for a few hours.