December 23, 2009

Grammie is coming to town!

My mom is on the road, headed North to see me and the chitlins! We are excited! This is the first time she has seen my place. It is also been 2 years since she was here last. December 2008 we had a couple feet of snow and the roads were awful and she was not able to make it for Christmas.
I really like that she drives up here to see us. This will be a different Christmas for us all, but with my mom here, and several good bottles of wine, I know I will make it through.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.

December 21, 2009

I figure it's only once a year, so why not? Thank to Noodleroux, I am playing along!

1. Have you started your Christmas shopping? Started and finished on this past Friday!

2. Tell me about your special traditions: We eat M&M's for breakfast while we open stockings and presents on Christmas morning. We have a special glass sleigh that we put them in.

3. When do you put up your tree? Whenever I get around to it.

4. Are you a Black Friday shopper? With the exception of this year, YES!!!! Love to do it, crowds and all.

5. Do you travel at Christmas or stay home? I stay home and my mom comes to me.

6. What is your funniest Christmas memory? Too many good ones to pick from.....

7. What is your favorite Christmas movie of all time? It's A Wonderful Life

8. Do you do your own Christmas baking? What is your favorite treat? I really don't like to bake cookies but I like to make treats! I like to make Caramel Squares (made from cereal) and a spicy chex mix.

9. Fake or real tree? For the first time in my life I have a fake tree.

10. What day does the actual panic set in to get it all done? Around December 15th.....

11. Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve? No. I am impatiently waiting for the kids to go to bed so I can fill their stockings......

12. What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas? Hometown Christmas Parade.

13. What Christmas craft do you like best? Cards...... I usually make my own.

14. Christmas music, yes or no? And if yes, what is your favorite song? Yes, yes yes to Christmas Music. Although, especially when you are out shopping, it can get a little old as it seems every store has the same cd they play over and over and over again. Favorite song, "All I want for Christmas is you" by Mariah Carey.

15. When do you plan to finish all your shopping? Done, done and done!

16. Do you know the names of all of Santa’s reindeer {without googling it}? Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen. And do you recalllllll the most famous reindeer of all? Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

17. When do you take down your Christmas tree? New Year's Day, or there abouts. Depends on the hangover.

18. Hardest person to buy for? My boss.

19. Easiest person to buy for? My daughter.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Neither. I have a sparkly white snowflake.

21. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Other people in the store. Don't they know I am coming shopping and to get out of my way?

22. What do you want for Christmas? A coffee grinder.

C'mon ... you know you wanna play along. Copy and paste the questions into your blog ... then spread some Christmas cheer by leaving a link back to Heather, the originator of this meme. She’ll even go back and add your link to the list if you participate.

December 18, 2009

7th Annual Cookie Exchange

Every year, the ladies from the hood host a cookie and ornament exchange. As it has grown over the last several years, so has the amount of cookies you have to bring! It started out with 5 dozen and this year graduated to 8-10 dozen cookies!!!
Don't they look wonderful?
First we eat! Everyone brings a dish to share and we sit around and gab. Then comes the highly competitive ornament exchange. After you draw your number the "stealing and swapping" commence! Here is the beauty I got to take home this year:

Mind you, this ornament was opened by the 5th pic and I called it as soon as I saw it. Had to have it, coveted it in fact! I made it known to all attendees that this ornament was MINE. Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine.......... (seen Finding Nemo?) :)

After we have stuffed ourselves silly and everyone has an ornament, you grab your container and circle the tables to fill up with those yummy cookies! It is a lot of fun, and even though I am not a baker (visual of my cursing and wondering why I do this every year) in the end it is all worth it!

Here are some shots from the crowd:

Good time was had by all. Ate 1/2 the cookies I brought home, froze the other 1/2 so my mom can try them when she comes.

December 10, 2009

Weekend Fun

This past weekend was very busy for us!
Friday Night: Lil' C babysat for some extra holiday cash. Doodle and I spent some "mommy and me" time together and she decided she wanted to make some sugar cookies. Seriously? I HATE making sugar cookies. They always turn out hard, you get flour all over the place and who really wants to wield a rolling pin anyway? I take the easy way out and by the pre-made sugar cookie dough. It was not as painful as making from scratch but I know this is only something I ever want to do once a year, swearing under my breath the entire time.

Saturday: Doodle and I head to Home Depot with CHB's other half and kids to make a project. Love that the people's at Home Depot do this for the kids for free. Today they were making a small wagon:

They look great don't they? Doodle and I picked up Lil C at home and then ran some errands. We ate dinner, bundled up and headed out to the hometown Christmas celebration downtown. There was no parade this year like in year's past (due to budget constraints) so we were mainly there for the lighting of the water tower and for the kids to take photos.

Here is my whole gang of peeps and the hoodlings. We had a great time, even though we froze our tooshies off!

Sunday: We lazed around the house all day, cleaning and doing laundry and watching tv. It was nice to be able to do that since we so rarely get the chance.

O' Christmas Tree

So this year my Christmas tree is surely something special. My first ever artificial tree purchased back in July from Craigslist. Not pre-lit, but 7 feet tall and well filled out.

The lights are courtesy of all my peeps, as well as the ornaments. When they heard I was lacking in baubles for my tree, they rushed to take on the job of finding me some. They all passed along ornaments from their own stash, bought white lights for my tree. CHB's mom even provided some!

I had 4 ornaments to my name before these ladies brought along their Christmas cheer! Well, enough said: here is my tree. With the help of CHB, Ms. Em and Moxie this tree took 9 strings of lights. The kids hung all the ornaments and did a great job if I say so myself!

This is the 2nd best tree topper out there! This picture does not do it justice. It is white and glittery and so pretty. The best tree topper would be the Frosty-esque top hat, but alas the budget does not allow for it this year.

I of course have to set out all my Christmas Frogs as well. After reading this I needed to share what I had!

December 3, 2009

Motorcycle Safety 101

Do not ride your motorcycle after the sun has gone down on a dark stretch of road when you promised your wife you would be home before the sun set. Please! Last night Dave, CHB's stepdad, gave us the scare of a lifetime. CHB gets the call that he has been in a motorcycle accident and is in the hospital. She runs to my place, we jump in the car and head down there. CHB's mom is stuck dealing with the tow truck and we got to the hospital before her.

Dave was awake and alert when we arrived. Turns out he broke his fibula and tibula in his left ankle. This will require surgery and a couple months of rehab, all the while he will not be able to work.

Now, I am super happy that he is still here with us and it is just some broken bones, scrapes and bruises, but FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING HOLY it is time to hang up the leather chaps, put down the helmet and turn in the keys before you kill yourselves. CHB loves you, so does the rest of your family, including me, and we want to see you around for a long time.

A speedy recovery to you.