December 19, 2012

Weekend in Review

It was a jam packed weekend. To say the least.

Friday, after working all day, I packed up all the craft items my girl scout troop was going to need on Saturday. They were hosting a babysitting event to raise funds to go to London in 2014.

Let's see, what all do we need? Scissors, glue, paper, foam letters and Christmas cut-outs, a couple of Christmas stories, a portable DVD player, snacks, water, garbage bags and TONS of energy.

I spent the rest of the night lounging on the couch. Saturday morning arrives. I jet out, run a few errands (skipping Zumba since my stomach is acting up) and come home to get started on my cookies for the cookie exchange. Which is Sunday. I need 8 dozen. Better get to work!

2 batches of Peanut Butter/Chocolate Bark later, I get ready to load up the truck with all the crafting supplies my girls will need for the babysitting.

We all show up, but NOBODY else does. Our event was a flop. We will know what to do better for next time.

After I unload the truck, I get ready to go out. A friend of mine was having her 40th birthday party in a local dance club. Moxie and PB were also coming, as it was a guys and dolls party. We head out to the club, have a great time, and roll up to the house at 230am. Oi.

I wake up Sunday morning, ready to get started on all things cookies. Like I said I need 8 dozen, and thankfully, 2 batches of bark makes more than enough! I package them all up, get dressed, leave the house and help CHB set up at the location.

This was the year of our 10th Annual Cookie/Ornament Exchange. We had the most people ever who had RSVP'd, and we were going to be busting at the seams in the location we have reserved for the day.

1:30pm rolls around and it goes from 6 people, to 42 people in the space of 5 minutes!

We ate, we laughed, we exchanged ornaments and loaded up our cookie tins. All in all, another successful cookie exchange! I can not believe that we started as group of 6 ladies and have grown so much over the years!

 All the ornaments

These ladies know how to put out a good spread!

Cookies, cookies

And MORE cookies!

After the event was over, and all the tables and chairs were cleaned and packed up, the garbage all collected and everyone else was out the door, there were 6 of us left. Jgurl had brought us a treat.....

Pudding shots! Alcohol laced pudding shots! And oh man, did we deserve them!

What an absolutely fantastic way to end the cookie exchange!

I went home and literally collapsed on to the couch. I was exhausted. Did I mention that some jackass gave me a cold? And, with all I had planned for the weekend, I was fighting a cold on top of that? Ugh. Even though it was a jam packed weekend, I had a great time, and boy was I thankful I took Monday off! A day to rest and recover from my crazy weekend!

December 13, 2012

Ladies Night 2012, Christmas Edition

What do you get when you take 9 ladies, 50 jell-o shots, a hotel cart full of luggage and a night off from men and kids???

3rd annual Girlz Shopping weekend, that's what!

It was Saturday. We met close to the freeway at 9am. Overnight bag? Check. Cell phone and charger? Check. Credit card? Check, check, CHECK!

We hit the road and as we made our way to Downtown Seattle, we stop in the University district to do some shopping. (University of Washington for all you out of towners) We hit the UW bookstore and the DawgDen, home of all things UW Huskies.

We hit the freeway again and make it to our hotel by 11:30am. We check our bags, as our rooms are not ready. This is what 7 girls worth of stuff is for an over-nighter. Not bad right?

We head out shopping, after a few of these of course........

Now, before you get your panties in a wad, we were all WALKING to the shops. We were within 2 blocks of everything that downtown had to offer. And boy did we take advantage of it!

I have realized something. I HATE shopping at Nordstroms. Sorry folks. Just can't do it. I get anxiety everytime I see the price tags, not to mention that if I have to deal with anymore mindless, bottle platinum blonde twits, I could be spending the holidays in jail.

Don't get me wrong: the customer service they offer is FANTASTIC. No doubt about it. I just can't stomach the inside of another one of their stores. I told PB that I would rather shovel dog shit then go back in that store. EVER AGAIN.

Downtone Seattle is wonderful at the holidays! All the trees are lined with whote lights, there is a HUGE carousel in front of Macy's, there are carolers, and just this bustle around the stores. I think it makes the lines and the extra people milling around worth it.

Just as darkness was falling, I took a picture of the big tree in front of the mall.

7 hours, several shopping bags, a couple of pairs of sore feet, and 2 more girls later, we drop everything in to our rooms, grab some food and all dolled up to go out!

A couple of drinks, a scary 5 minute cab ride, and we finally hit a local night club, where we proceed to dance the night away!  

*Photos courtesy of Trinity*

 Had a seriously great time! It has been a while since we all got together and did this, and I am so glad we were able to this year! No hangovers, no throwing up, 9 women who got along for 2 days, and everyone came home with all their clothes? A success indeed!

December 6, 2012

Turkey Day 2012, part 1 and 2

Yeah, a little late with this post. I honestly feel like the last 10 days have flown by and I haven't had more than 5 minutes to sit down and remember my own name, let alone what it is I am supposed to be doing or running off to.

So, since we were not hosting, we had a pretty lax morning. I made cranberries from scratch, (thank you Good Housekeeping! Here is the recipe:) and a pumpkin cream cheese cake. PB made a maple pumpkin cheesecake and pumpkin pie (from scratch), and Doodle did homemade fudge.

We went to PB's aunt's house this year, as she was hosting all the family. Was able to capture some photos there, but the boys were being stubborn. Damn teenagers.

We came home from Turkey Day part 1, watched a movie, and hit the hay early. I had to work the day after, and Doodle went along. Lil C and Big C both had to work at the outlet mall, so we all needed the rest.

At a local grocery store, where we do ALL our grocery shopping, they offer a deal every year. Spend more than $150 in one transaction, the week of Thanksgiving, and receive a free frozen turkey between 10-20 pounds. Well, during our regular shopping trip the Monday before the holiday, we spent MORE than enough to get the awesome free turkey deal.

But what to do with it? We were eating elsewhere on turkey day.......... Friendsgiving 2012 here we come! We invited all of our friends over on the Saturday after the holiday to enjoy a feast, prepared by us! Well, half by us....... our friend and neighbor Michelle helped a LOT!

There were 16 of us for dinner. I made everyone around the room say what they were thankful for, before we ate, and then we all dug in!

In some weird occurrence, I only got photos of PB carving our delicious bird, and NO FOOD PICTURES! Ugh. Dropped the ball on that. Here is what we had: turkey, garlic mashed potatoes, stuffing with mushrooms and Italian sausage, the BEST home made gravy, Michelle's green been and Swiss cheese casserole, carrot/onion dish, my cranberries, our desserts, dinner rolls, Garden Girl's hand made spring rolls, and a couple of bottles of wine!

We all sat around talking, laughing, eating! I had a great time, and we plan on doing this every year!

Did you all enjoy your holiday? Make any new traditions?