Monday, December 31, 2007
What a year this has been! We've had soo many good things happen this year. We finally got good news from USCIS (formally INS) for Craig, we welcomed our baby Camille to our family, Celeste started Kindergarten, Kaitlyn continues to do well in school and was invited to join the Tri-M Music Honor Society for band and more recently, we've gone from a one-income family to two incomes.
I am looking forward to the new year, the new challenges and happy things that will come with it. Happy New Year everyone!
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Saturday, it's 80+ degrees outside. We're wearing shorts, short sleeve shirts and flip flops. Washing the car, riding bikes, playing outside. It all sounds lovely, yes? NO! It's December, it's supposed to be cold!
Yeah, well fast forward to Monday - it's 34 degrees outside in the morning. Sigh. This is why people get sick, the constant up and down with the temps wreak havok on a body's immune system.
Monday, December 17, 2007
And last, but certainly not least - thanks to a suggestion from Shannon at Gabi's World, I was able to get a picture of our outside lights. :) Thanks, Shannon.
The countdown is offically on - only 8 days until Christmas! Anyone else out there totally and completely unprepared? We have hardly anything purchased as far as presents go, I'm way behind on my holiday crocheting, nothing is wrapped. At the rate I'm going, I might be ready by the time NEXT Christmas rolls around. At least the decorations and baking are done. :)
Head over to Melissa's blog for more Holiday Traditions!
Friday, December 14, 2007
I was newly pregnant with Celeste and we had recently had "THE" talk with Kaitlyn about where babies come from and how they get there, etc, etc. She and I were driving in the car one day and she made an off-handed comment about wishing she never had twins. When I questioned why, she replied that she wouldn't be able to feed them both. I assured her that yes, if she had twins, she would be able to feed them, that is after-all why we have TWO breasts. She sat quietly in the car for a moment and then quipped "well, then I hope I never have triplets!" lol
I've been reminiscing a LOT lately. My oldest will be 14 next month. Fourteen. I realized this morning that I could potentially be a grandmother in 10 years time. Eeek!
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
OK, now that I got that out of my system, in case you didn't know - today is my birfday. And to celebrate I went yarn shopping the other day. I got some yummy fingering weight yarn in a pastel purple that will go towards something for Camille, a worsted weight pastel purple that will go towards something for Celeste and a gorgeous teal colored aran weight yarn that I'm not sure what I'm going to do with.
And then, as an added bonus, I got a package in the mail yesterday from a yarn exchange that I was taking part of and I got THIS yummylicious sock yarn from ShiBui Knits. *drool*
Monday, December 10, 2007
Every year, I love to bake, bake, bake and bake some more. I always make way too much sweet stuff and end up bringing a bunch to work. Hey, they’re not complaining so why change. Here’s a few of the tasty treats I make each year.
Pecan Tassies - These were always my grandma’s favorite and are a favorite of my dad as well.
Peanut Butter Cookies - Just the recipe off of the PB jar.
Banana Bread - I add a splash of vanilla to this recipe and it is so yummy.
Oatmeal Cookies - Craig and Celeste both LOVE these, especially when I add raisins.
For some reason, I can NEVER get sugar cookies just right, so this year we’re going to try a new recipe from Pioneer Woman - Fingers crossed that they come out well.
I think I’m going to try these this year as well. They look scrumptious!
And I really want to try making gingerbread cookies, but I haven’t found a recipe yet and I think I’ve got enough going on, so that will get pushed to the back-burner.
I will be sure to post some pictures once all of our delectable treats are complete.
Tuesday: Italian style sausage with steamed rice and broccoli.
Wednesday: WW Spaghetti with crusty bread and salad.
Thursday: Strip steaks with baked taters and green beans.
Friday: Homemade vege-chili over rice for me and grilled cheese with fruit for the girls.
Saturday: BBQ chicken with garlic roasted potatoes and corn on the cob.
Sunday: Free Night!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Melissa at Banana Migraine and I met through an AP message board that we are both still a part of. It's amazing how much has changed in the years that I've been posting there and how close I feel to all of these wonderful mamas that I haven't had the pleasure to meet in real life yet. Plus she's got the Holiday Traditions Festival going on right now, and I love reading about other people's holiday traditions. But the real reason I stalk her blog is to catch new pictures of her A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E children. Seriously.
InsaKnity is a blog for the knitters from the above mentioned AP message board. Although I don't knit, I appreciate the time, care and effort that goes into their works and I love looking at their beautiful finished works of art.
Another Melissa at Inner Child Crochet was soo helpful to me when I first started crocheting again. I was having a serious brain-fart moment and did a search for crochet help. Her blog came up and I sent her a random email asking for help about a hat, she was soo kind and helpful and responded to my many, many questions. She is an amazingly talented crocheter and has several patterns on her site.
I first came upon Green Style Mom's blog through the Menu Plan Mondays. I love reading her product reviews, as I am always on th elookout for more "green" products, toys, etc. Plus she lives in a co-housing community and I've always thought that would be neat.
And, last but not least, I found Bitter Sweet's blog through a pattern from Ravelry. She takes amazing photograghs, is a crazy talented crocheter/knitter and writes the funniest, wittiest blog posts.
Care to share your favorite blogs?
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Here is a picture of our table decoration. I love snowmen and have collected several different ones. The teddy bears music box is from my childhood - it still works! Celeste loves to listen to it. And an added bonus - in the backround is a photo from our wedding. :)
Monday: Vege-Spaghettti with salad and bread.
Tuesday: Seasoned chicken, steamed rice and green beans.
Wednesday: Stuffed baked potatoes with steamed broccoli.
Thursday: Oven-fried chicken srumsticks with mashed taters and corn on the cob.
Saturday: Home-made pizzas, using this recipe for the dough. So easy and tasty.
Sunday: Free night.
I've started getting into my holiday baking mode. Yesterday, I made home-made bread for the girls' sandwiches for lunch and it is delicious, if I do say so. I plan on making some more bread, some of my favorite mini-quiches and probably some rice-krispy treat for the girls.
For more menu ideas, head on over to Organizing Junkie!