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it was merry. and cold.

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

I feel like I should begin this post with … merry christmas!  but now I am rethinking this considering Christmas was three whole days ago.  Does it bother anyone else that we prepare, plan, buy, decorate, shop, plan, make lists, etc. for months only to have the day come and go with a swish?  This year christmas day literally slid by.  I was going to recount the horrifying experience yet again but realized I had already talked about it on the blog and probably to everyone who would listen because it was stressful ya’ll!

I’ll just continue with Christmas day where I left off… We did have lunch at mom and dad’s house.  It was delish and good to get out in spite of the crazy high snow and slick streets.  The cars stuck around our neighborhood caused us to almost not make it the whole block to mom’s …  We took turns opening our presents with suprised cheesy faces for pics and then put them back for later opening at the actual party.  We watched mom and dad exchange gifts.  Sweet.

For Christmas dinner we headed to my brother’s house.  He made a fabulous dinner!  I’m not sure what was more stressful, watching Matt carry Izzy across the frozen driveway… or watching mom navigate the ice.  Yikes!   Some fun gifts from the day were funny owl nick & nora pjs given to me by mom… paris hilton perfume for iz… and a key chain for bailey.  You know what that means?  He will be 16 … SIXTEEN … 16!!!!!!!!  in about a month!!!  Crazy huh?  Such a good kid and already a great driver.

Saturday morning began with a delicious and nutritious breakfast of chex mix and pecan pie.  Yum.  Man I have got to hit it hard when the holidays are over.  I feel like a slug.  That’s not a good thing.  I then braved walmart for groceries and that’s all I remember about Saturday!  A big snowy blur.  Matt’s mom, john, jane ellen, ron, and jane ann were all going to come friday… and then saturday… but the roads were just too slick to risk the long trip from Tulsa.

Sunday we drove to Bethany for another Christmas!  We just do kids gifts there… I did come home with some salmon from Portland, and some godiva chocolates which I totally hid immediately (bad thing is I hide stuff like that and then remember it like a year later lol).  Amanda got the coolest estee lauder makeup set that I totally wanted!  Bailey got a cool box that you have to follow directions to open and guess what was inside once he figured it out? $$!  Emelia got a cool ipod that take video.  Hot pink.  She loved it instantly.  Emelia spent the night with her cousin Brook.  Emelia is 11 going on 35.  Brook is 10.  period. Izzy got the sweetest pjs ever and a pottery barn kids pink fluffy blanket that is heavenly.

Mom and I went shopping last night … my favorite after christmas sale items were:  a gold serving tray.  I love that tray!!!; a really cool pretty neat towel; and a snowman flag that was only $4!!! at Marshalls.  I love stuff like that.

Today I picked Emelia up from Yukon… ran errands… I did highlights for Amanda who had been begging asking for a week and trimmed up her ends.  I bought a stupid cute gingerbread house kit thinking the girls would be all over decorating it.  Not the case.  It stayed in the box as Christmas came and went.  Today I couldn’t stand it another second so I ripped it out and decorated it myself.  Sure, the girls stuck a gumdrop here or a candy piece there… but I learned my lesson.  Don’t buy gingerbread house.  They don’t care.  Emelia has a friend over tonight.  Tomorrow I may take the girls to the mall.  or not.  After about 40 minutes in Blockbuster refusing to let them rent a horror movie or anything R  I’m losing my generous sweet spirit. 🙂 …  She did apologize for being “bratty,” and I know her little friend watches all the scary movies but I just don’t like her to put that stuff in her brain!  It’s just ugly.  I’m typing this and in the background the movie Inglorious B.* is playing.  But there are no children (except Princess and she’s a dog child) in the room.  And I am positioning my laptop screen to block the television screen because it is mainly a war bloody type movie.  ICK!

So, I think I’ll post this… close my laptop and do day 12 of my Beth Moore study called, “Jesus.”

Today is the last Monday of 2009.  Sad.

only three days til christmas.

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009


Can you believe it?

The count down begins…

Yesterday I “almost” had a melt down.  Several things didn’t go quite right… wrong items sent… some cancelled, some delayed.  BUT I kept pressing on and hoping I could keep my happy mood. 

Mom and I went to Edmond to try to find some replacements for the above mentioned problems and we arrived just in time for a power outtage.  Which meant the stop lights were down and the stores we had planned to visit were closed until power was restored.  After fighting through traffic for an hour we wound our way to McAllisters and got some sandwiches and yummy sweet tea.  Power was restored.  One present replacement bought. One found, undecided. 

I officially have one present left to buy.  One present to mail back.  And one present left to decide on…  But more than anything I’m just enjoying the kids, the lights on the tree, the Christmas music, the parties, even the shopping!  I’m loving Christmas 🙂 …

p.s. Amanda knew my day was a little rough so while I was gone she cleaned out my closet.  I have had that on my to do list for a few weeks… Made my day! free web directory

p.s.s. I am printing a list of things to make for various parties this week… any suggestions?

I think I’m making boomama’s chocolate pie for something and I’m kinda excited about it because I usually don’t make pie.

choc pie

boomama’s chocolate pie.

3/4 cup sugar
3 heaping tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 heaping tablespoons cocoa powder (I like Hershey’s)
2 eggs
2 egg yolks (that is not a typo – that would be 4 egg yolks total, or two days’ worth of your recommended cholesterol intake) 🙂
2 cups milk
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons good vanilla extract

In a medium-sized saucepan (no heat yet), stir together first three ingredients until there are no lumps. I actually run mine through a sifter, but hey, I’m OCD.

In a separate bowl, beat your eggs.

Fold eggs into dry mixture.

Once eggs are fully incorporated, add milk, stir until combined, and then turn on stove to a medium-high heat. You do not want to boil this custard…so be careful you don’t have too much heat going or the pudding will curdle.

Stir or whisk mixture constantly until it starts to thicken – about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.

Makes 4-6 servings, which I pour immediately into individual dessert bowls (cools quicker that way).

(Just FYI: for my meringue, I whip four egg whites with 1/4 cup sugar and 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar. When the egg whites make stiff peaks, I spread the meringue on top of a cooled chocolate pie, then put the whole thing in the oven until the peaks start to get some color on them.)


Sunday, December 20th, 2009

Amanda is home for about four weeks.  Friday we went shopping for her boyfriend’s Christmas gift at the mall.  Isabelle didn’t have school because her teachers weren’t there, so she got to shop with us.  She has had a cold and only lasted about an hour or two before getting pretty sick of shopping.  We ate at Cantina Laredo at Penn and then headed home.  Amanda found the perfect gift for Lorenzo and I got a few things on my list too. 

Bailey’s play was Friday night, “Don’t Touch That Dial.”  He did such a great job!  It was hilarious.  Mom, dad, Amanda, Lorenzo, Paula and John all came to watch.  I can’t wait to see the dvd and watch it again. 

Saturday Emelia had a birthday party at an indoor swimming pool.  While she was there Amanda and I went grocery shopping.  Fun fun!  It is nice to have a sidekick though :)… Emelia had a game at 6 p.m. … in Luther USA.  I am not a big fan of that gym, but it was good.  Lorenzo’s brother Christian came home for Christmas break and spent the night with Bailey.  Bailey has really missed his good friend Christian! 

Sunday morning was the Christmas program at church.  Izzy stayed home coughing and sneezing with Matt.  The others were in the program and Emelia sang a solo.  They all did great.  Mom and dad came to watch.  After a great nap cut a little short with Iz I headed to the ladies dirty santa party at church.  It was tons of fun.  Lots of stealing gifts etc. but I ended up with something cute. yay!  I also found out my good friend Miki had been my secret sister all year.  I had wondered but she kept assuring me she wasn’t.  She was!  And she got me a great gift for reveal… a bracelet from my fav place brighton that , “believe in miracles,” a cool cup from starbucks (she has one and I had mentioned liking it), and some peanut butter fudgy wudgy. . . oh and some gum 🙂 .  It was a great evening! Now to post about santo domingo.

oh ho ho ~ favorite ornaments

Thursday, December 6th, 2007

One of my bbf’s Amanda has been having fun Christmas carnival… this is week FIVE!

To be entered for this week’s prize, we are asked to post pictures of our favorite ornaments…

Here are a few of mine…

I love this “hope” ornament!

I got this one when Bailey was a little toddler. It just reminded
me of him! It is blurry but reads, “I love Christmas.”

My other favorites are the pretty engraved ones with
the kids pictures. I love these! Look how young and cute
little Bailey looks!

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oh ho ho ho!!!

Thursday, November 1st, 2007

My sweet friend OhAmanda is having a bloggy Christmas! You should pop over (click on the cute banner) and see what’s up!