Dec 31, 2008

Big Day

Well today my son got his learner's permit. Oh me oh my....how is he old enough for this. And where oh where will I come up with the money to pay the hefty cost to insure the boy. Ahhhh what a great way to end the year.

Dec 30, 2008

Time to clean and organize

Every year after Christmas I start a major cleaning/decluttering/reorganization around the house. This year we started in Meghan's room. It is looks so good and we plan to finish it up today. We rearranged the whole room and it looks so good. Not sure where I will head next probably the game room or my closet.

Anyone else get this urge this time of year?

Dec 26, 2008

Wow

I can't believe it is over already!! So much work and preparation then poof it is over!!

I am having a relaxing day, hanging out at home with the family and enjoying our new gifts.

Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas.

Dec 23, 2008

Are ya ready yet?


I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas!!!!
I am working on my baking now and need to clean a little... to get ready for our guests tomorrow. But I am in good shape and don't feel the pressure anymore. I want to be able to just relax and enjoy it all....since it will be over so quickly.

Dec 19, 2008

I am so excited

Did I tell ya I am so excited?

Why you ask?

Well I won something here Catherine Holman Folk Art

I can't believe I won!!!!! Yippee......yahooo!!!!!!

Thanks Catherine!

Dec 17, 2008

So much to do....... so little time

Tis the season for busy. But I have zero energy to get it done!!!

Dec 16, 2008

The Night of too Many Concerts!!!!!!

Tonight is one of the times as a mother that just makes you feel terrible. Both my kids have winter concerts tonight at the same time. I want to see them both, but must make the choice to only see one. Hubby will go see our son's and I will go see our daughter's......but wahhhhhhhhh I want to see them both.

Off to sulk a bit!!!!

Dec 14, 2008

Baking










Today I am planning to spend most of the day in the kitchen.....hoping my back holds out.



We will be making these cinnamon rolls for giftsThe Pioneer Woman Cooks - Ree Drummond. A couple of coffee cakes for a get together tomorrow morning. And COOKIES!!!!!!!!



I will take some pictures when we are done!



Off to the kitchen I go!!!!!!!!!!!!



Dec 11, 2008

More Christmas

My nutcracker collection...I think I may add a snow blanket under them.


The garland going up the front stairs. I love how this turned out and it is all stuff I got at Target on clearance after Christmas last year.



Dec 10, 2008

My Christmas Village




Here are some pictures of my Christmas village that hubby and I started when we were first married. It has grown quite large over the years. It is one of my favorite things...once it is set up. It takes quite a long time to get it just right each year.


Dec 7, 2008

Aren't we talented?

Send your own ElfYourself eCards

Christmas Tree and Mantle

This is my mantle in the living room! I had trouble getting a good picture of it....I think it is much prettier in person.
Our Christmas Tree!!!! It is the biggest tree we have ever gotten. Most of our ornaments go on this tree. We do have another tree in our game room that the kids put some of their ornaments on too.


Dec 6, 2008

Confession


I kinda have a little thing for bundt pans......why......I have no idea. I just love them in all shapes and sizes. Aren't they just the cutest??? I love a good bundt!!!

Dec 2, 2008

Crazy week so far!!!

Oh man things are crazy around here this week!!!

I am still working on the last little bits of decorating......then I can take some pictures to share with you.

Nov 30, 2008

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas

We have been busy putting out our Christmas decorations the past 2 days. I am hoping we can finish up all the loose ends today....but it is raining so the outside stuff will have to wait. I will share some pictures this week.

Nov 28, 2008

Pray for Katianna

My daughter has a good friend that has a rare, aggressive and untreatable form of thyroid cancer....she is 9. She is such a wonderful little girl. Please if you are so inclined pray for a miracle for this little girl.

Nov 25, 2008

Pumpkin pudding

We made this today in my class.....oh it is so yummy and easy

THE BEST PUMPKIN PUDDING

1 cup pumpkin (canned)
2/3 milk
1 package vanilla instant pudding
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 tablespoon cinnamon
2 cups Cool Whip
graham crackers (to crumble on top)
Combine pumpkin, milk, vanilla, and instant pudding together in a bowl.
Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, and fold in the Cool Whip.
Sprinkle the crumbled graham crackers on top.

Tuesday

I am feeling better today. I worked until 2pm, then came home and have been puttering around the house. I have so much to do to get ready for Thursday....but I am trying not to stress about it all.

My Thanksgiving menu

Appetizers

Veggies and dip
Crab dip
Sharp cheese, crackers and grainy mustard

Main meal

Turkey
Mashed potoatoes
stuffing
sweet potatoes ( still need to find a good recipe)
green bean casserole
corn
rolls
cranberry sauce

Dessert

pumpkin, pecan, apple and boston cream pie
ice cream
whipped cream

cider, soda and wine

I think that is everything!!!

Nov 22, 2008

What Part of Thanksgiving are you?

Blogthings - What Part of Thanksgiving Are You?

What Part of Thanksgiving Are You?


You Are Mashed Potatoes
Ordinary, comforting, and more than a little predictableYou're the glue that holds everyone together.

What a week!

I have been so sick all week. At first I thought it was a cold....but now I am thinking maybe it was the flu. I did get my flu shot several weeks ago.

Anyway....I am hosting Thanksgiving and have done NOTHING to get ready yet. YIKES!!!!!

So hopefully today I will have some energy to get a move on. The kids and DH will be helping too!!!!

Nov 16, 2008

Feeling a bit like my old self

I am happy that the funk seems to be lifting and I feel more like myself this weekend than I have in a really long time.

I have gottens lots of cleaning and organizing done. Even working on my menu for Thanksgiving. I will share with you when I get it finalized.

I won't have much time around the house to get things done this week..it is a busy one again.

Nov 14, 2008

Busy Week

Oh my it has been a full week of activities. I am looking forward to the weekend, even though we have quite a bit on the agenda.

My blogging has been kinda pathetic...I just don't have anything I feel is worth writing about.....what do you all do when this happens? Give a new blogger some tips.

Nov 10, 2008

The Things I am Grateful for from this weekend

1. Spending time with my family...playing games..watching football just good times!

2. Making cookies with Meghan....we laughed so much....and the cookies turned out good too!!!

3. The warm weather for Colin's last marching band performance

4. A nap on Sunday afternoon

5. Getting caught up on Mt. Washmore!!! this rarely happens around here LOL

Nov 5, 2008

Grateful Wednesday and random stuff

1. That I was able to leave work today to pick up DD who was sick at school.....cause being a Mom is what matters most to me.

2. An awesome coworker who took care of things for me so I could leave

3. Time at home....

4. The beautiful fall colors in my yard

5. That I don't have to see any more political ads....yahooooooo!!!!!


I should have spent today getting caught up around here....but I am not feeling that great either. So I did very little. The funk continues...but life moves on!!!

I am still working on the bathroom updating....still need to find a few more goodies to jazz it up...then I will share some pics.

Nov 4, 2008

FUNK

I am in a funk and can't seem to shake it.

I know that I have much to be grateful for in my life.

So hopefully it passes soon and I will back.

Do you ever get in a funk? How do you pull yourself out?

Oct 27, 2008

Need Decorating Advice




This is my first floor bath. We remodelled it just last year. I am at a loss for how to decorate it....this is so not like me!!!!
So any ideas???? What would you add????....take away????? HELPPPPPP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Oct 22, 2008

Grateful Tuesday

1. My kids are healthy....this is just priceless.

2. Dismissed from jury duty.....it was going to be a long trial and I am so relieved to be done.

3. My normal life as crazy and busy as it gets...I do love it

4. My mom and dad for helping me out this week while I was at jury duty...couldn't have done it without them

5. A cup of hot tea on a chilly day

Oct 19, 2008

Fresh Apple Cake with Caramel Glaze


I just made this and it is so yummy!!!!


Weekly Meal Plan

Sunday-Steak, au gratin potatoes and salad

Monday- Chili

Tuesday- Roast chicken, carrots and potatoes

Wednesday-Leftovers

Thursday- Soup and Sandwiches

Friday- Pizza

Oct 18, 2008

Grateful Friday

1. Having the day off with the kids

2. Shopping with Meghan

3. Making pizza with the kids....lots of fun

4. Another day with Domino(our dog)....I know they are numbered

5. All my bloggy friends for their wonderful comments about my fall decorations...I so appreciate them.

Oct 14, 2008

Grateful Tuesday

1. My kids keep me going and doing my best
2. The weather continues to be gorgeous
3. My mom for helping out today
4. My meal plan so I didn't have to think about WWFD after a tough day
5. Tracy for being there for me she ROCKS!!!!

Oct 13, 2008

Grateful

Five things I am grateful for....
1. Warm fall weather
2. Cold meds
3. Chocolate
4. Colin for making me laugh....that is when he isn't driving me crazy!!!
5. Hot tea it is about the only thing I can handle right now

Oct 12, 2008

Dinner tonight

Pork Chops alla Pizzaiola

Pork Chops alla Pizzaiola Recipe : Giada De Laurentiis : Food Network

It was super yummy and a hit with the family!!! Definitely a keeper.

Weekly Menu Plan

Monday-leftovers.... this new plan is working well since everyone is eating at different times

Tuesday-Tacos/Taco salad

Wednesday-Soup and Panini's

Thursday-Pasta Bake

Friday-Homemade pizza and salad

Sunday Sunday

Well Sunday's usually finds me and the family watching the Ravens. They did not play well at all today.....BUMMER!!!!!

Other than that we worked around the yard, since the weather is so nice. I am not feeling well...this cold is kicking my butt.

Happy Sunday!!

Oct 11, 2008

Why did I wait so long

Finally did it! I love reading blogs.....it's like a peek into other peoples lives. I don't know why I didn't start one sooner. Guess I thought I had nothing to share. So here goes!!!!!