Thursday, December 31, 2009


You know,

I really thought that I had done a phenomenal job of taking pictures over the holiday season.  I thought that I had been toting my camera around with me almost the whole time.  After all, I did get pictures of the tree and stuff - but still, that was done before the break.  Now that I have looked over the disk, I have found that I have not taken near as many pictures as I thought that I had before... :(  Sad.

So, I am sorry - I don't have pictures to post here because I didn't take any.  Guess I will have to do better next year.  You know, it's only a day away!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Can you believe that Christmas is going to be here in just 3 more days?  (A little less for those of you who are getting up before me - hahahaaa!)  Anyway, I just wanted to share this little gift that I made for Kennedy .  She needs a new swimsuit, but I can't take her to try one on before Christmas otherwise she will know what she's getting!  (And I can't have that) So, I made this little certificate for her...

Pretty nifty, huh... :)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

I miss the days of "Warm" already... and though it's not quite Christmas (7 more days for those of you that have lost count) I am ready for Spring to come back already.  Last night Rick and I stayed up and wrapped presents - it's an advantage when we don't have kids with us nightly.  Just about everything is done - just about.  There are a few loose knots that need to be tied up, but otherwise, we are ready to go. So, as I am sitting downstairs amidst all of the mismatched pieces of cut up paper, I realized, it's COLD.  I can't wait for spring to return!!  So, from me to all of you snow bunnies out there - I am officially on STRIKE!  I gladly take up my picket sign and chant "No more snow!  No more snow!"


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Butcher, The Baker, the Candlestick Maker...

You have all seen the pictures that I have of Darrell in the kitchen.  This boy just loves to cook.  I don't know what it is - but he has a thing with being hands on in the kitchen.  I am totally alright with that as long as it is a recipe that I am willing to do with him.  He has this cookbook and personally, none of the recipes are worthy - so, I spend time finding ones that are.  And he spends time helping me make things.  This season it has been cookies.

He helped to soften the dough, roll it out, cut out the shapes, and even place them on the cookie sheet.

We have yet to decorate the delicious cookies - And I have a LOT of cookies that need decorating... What to do! What to do!!

Monday, December 14, 2009

More on Natalie and Saturday Fun...

NATALIE COLE - was incredible.  My personal assessment, the gal can sing. HahaHaha.  No, really, she can.  Something about winning a few Grammy's - I guess she can.  The performance was not up to Sissel or The King Singers, but I liked it a lot better than Brian Stokes Mitchell.  She has a very smooth voice -

Now, there was a slight mishap with the tree.  They dancers and choir did a song, and as the tree was coming up from the floor it must have gotten snagged on something, because there was much shaking and I am certain that everyone in our section Gasp as loud as they could.  I don't think that they will pull a fully decorated tree from the floor again any time soon. Tee hee...

Now, onto the Party!

YAY FOR GINGERBREAD HOUSES MADE OUT OF GRAHAM CRACKERS!!  This weekend we had a "Cousin Party" hosted by Auntie Aislinn.  The cousins got together to make Gingerbread Houses and Play Musical Chairs and Open presents from each other, white elephant style.

Making a Gingerbread house takes precision and a steady hand!  It also takes a strong will to not eat the special gingerbread-house making ingredients... ooooh, but they look so tasty and delicious!!

THERE ARE TOO MANY PICTURES!! Just wanted to point that out.  Anywho - Aislinn has completed pictures of the gingerbread houses.  Perhaps I can get some of them from her to put up here- or maybe she will post them herself... HINT HINT...

Friday, December 11, 2009

Tonight...Is... THE NIGHT


I know that you are all VERY Excited - just as I am.  After all - this is the Annual Christmas Concert that you have to be in a raffle to get tickets to. Tonight, I get to go with the sweetheart and the sister and her husband.  Tomorrow night my mom and D are going with the gals.  I can't wait to see how this one turns out.  I really like Natalie Cole.  Ooooh the anticipation!!!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Girls Night Note

So, last Friday night - I know, I know, I am way behind. I just happened to find this note and though "ooh yeah, I was GOING to post that." - ANYWAY, last Friday night was "girls night" at Heidi's house. Oh yeah, she rocks. So, it was me, my sis, Heidi, Nikkie, and Lili (I think that's how you spell her name...)

Anywho... we played this game. One person starts a note, and folds it, and the next person adds on, and folds it - so you can only read what the last person wrote, and you have to add on to it. Some that we came up with were really funny. Either way, I just wanted to share one of them:

What if one day you woke up and found out that you were the President of the United States?

I would Buy A Dog

I would Buy A Cat

And Then I'd Have to teach it how to "Fish" because my dad needs a fishing buddy.

And Fishing buddies are forever friends! :)

The End.

Tee hee hee

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Good Golly Gallivan!

So, I work downtown by the Gallivan Center. Now that it is winter, they have their lights up, and every morning when I drive in to work, I get to see the lights. Sometimes, I work late enough at night that I get to see them when I am leaving as well. Though I didn't capture the precise way that I truly see the Gallivan Center, I wanted to share a few pictures with you anyway.
The Gallivan Center is an outdoor amphitheater area. It also has an ice rink, a HUGE outdoor chess board, a sun dial, and is home to quite a few pieces of unique art. I walk through the Gallivan center at least once a week and it's become a downtown haven when I need to get out of the office building and take a quick walk.
Now, I know this is going to surprise the heck out of you all, but - I don't do well on Ice Skates. (GASP!) No, really, it's true. I never have. So, I can't guarantee that I will ever skate at the lovely blue pool of ice in the center of, well, the center. But - it's still nice to look at.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Dipping Chocolate

This past Saturday, my lovely sister taught me how to Dip - pi - dee - dooo things in chocolate. You see... delicious, wonderful, melty bowl of happiness above? Yeah... it's all that and more. More like... PERSONAL HEAVEN. :)This is before the melty gooiness can get all over the place. The dropping of the Mallows... quite a fun experience. It's lots more fun trying to get them out... slippery little devils.
One of the lovely finished products - I figured that I would sprinkle a little pepper-minty happiness on the tops of my mallows of chocolate bliss.
AND ALAS! An entire cookie sheet of chocolaty melted bliss! And I did them all myself- with a little help from the eldest... Aren't they the most lovely goodies you have laid your eyes on? Ok, fine, that could be taking it a little bit too far. After all, I have seen better. But for my first attempt, they turned out pretty well. And they weren't very hard to do. I am grateful that Ais showed me how so I can dippity doo the chocolates each Christmas season now. (Hey, that rhymes...)

Lovely Snow Flakes

So, have you ever wondered what the lovely white snowflakes that are falling from the sky look like up close? You know - no two snowflakes are the same:

Thursday, December 3, 2009

ALAS! The Festival Of Trees!!

So, Last night Rick and I went on a... d-a-t-e... tee hee. We don't do that very often, and I have never been to the Festival of Trees, so - off we went. For those of you that are thinking of going, it's busy - and there are LOTS of people - and no one has break lights on their butts, so be careful because people stop abruptly to view... BUT, it was only 4$ per adult, and that is quite reasonable for dating standards. *and remember, all proceeds go to our wonderful Primary Children's Hospital... what a treat!*
Actually, I took this picture on the way out, but I just love how it turned out - so there ya go. Trees upon trees upon trees... and more trees. Pretty excellent if you ask me.
This was the picture I took about halfway through the tree looking process. LOOK at all the people. And for those of you that have been scrapbooking with us before - this wasn't just that one section of the Expo center - it was the WHOLE expo center. All three areas were opened up for this tree experience. So, this is halfway through the entire center... craaaayyyyyzzzeeeeee!!
This was the camping tree... We really thought that the Marshmallow top was cool - so, naturally, I got a picture of it.
1000 Origami birds make up this tree.
This was the Michael Jackson tree - notice the glittery gloves and the white socks.
This Santa is HUGE - I would say bigger than 8 feet tall, but I am not positive. I know that I am shorter than the black background sheets, and it's taller - so... it's pretty tall...
This one was really cool - the toymaker - someone carved it. Really well done.
And, naturally, my favorite of the bunch was the nightmare before Christmas tree. Whoever did it used one of those nifty upside down trees as you can see. And the white balls on the tree all had a different Jack Skellington facial expression painted on them. I thought it was very well done.

I have a ton of other pictures of trees that I felt were impressive, but this is a blob so I didn't add them here. I do think that everyone should go - try not to worry so much about the crowds, and just look at some of the creations that people come up with. VERY impressive! What a great way to start out the month of December.