Friday, December 30, 2011

Christmas Part 1

For your viewing pleasure, the unedited pictures. (better story to come later)

Here, the girls are seeing the tree decked out with gifts for the first time Christmas morning.

Inspecting the loot

Getting ready to open Santa's present

So excited she had to remove her socks
MayLee showing mommy her new puzzle

MayLee opening Santa's present

Santa even got the girls a floor puzzle to share - they got to open it together

Some of the felt food made by mommy

The smoker we got for Daddy that was supposed to be a surprise

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Not again.

It's just not fair I tell you.

Last month, I had a canker sore the size of a dime on my right tonsil.  It stuck around for 14 days.  It hurt to even exist.

I can feel another one coming on - this time on my left tonsil.  Because, you know - that's just fair, right?  Might as well spread the love.

This time, I'm going to be ready.  I need to go to the store and get myself some alum powder, that should help it to resolve itself faster.  And if I don't feel better by next Monday, I'm taking the day off! ... oh wait, I already have the day off in observance of New Year's.  OK, then Tuesday!

You know the funny thing?  Last time, after about 10 days of misery, I finally took a sick day to rest and hopefully feel better.  And at the end of the day of studiously staying in bed and not playing with anything fun (like my sewing machine or computer), I felt worse.  Yes, I started developing a cold.  Because my body has a sense of humor that I don't always appreciate or understand.

Luckily, thanks to a friend, I never developed more than the very beginnings of that cold.  But that's a story for another day.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

At a loss for words

I have two things to admit.  They do not make me proud.

They even confuse me a bit, but here goes.  Healing comes with acceptance and sharing.


I went for years without eating a Snickers bar.

Because I didn't think I liked nuts in chocolate.

I went all through high school without eating one.  Until I was a senior.  And then I ate one and realized I'd been a fool.  A fool I tell you!

I've been making up for lost time.


Next, and related to the above.

I went for years without eating my parents' glorious spaghetti sauce.  Oh, I can taste it now.  Savory and fresh, chunky and smooth - just a little bit of fire to keep you coming back for more.

And I rejected it for years in favor of cheese because I didn't think I liked onions.  Well, let's be clear - I didn't like onions, but one day, we were out of cheese.  I remember thinking to myself - come on Mom, how could you do this to me?  You know I don't eat that stuff.  But I grudgingly tried it.  And the same thing happened (although, I'm pretty sure this happened in early middle school).  I realized I'd been a fool.  A fool!

I can't get those years back because I can't find my copy of the recipe.


Mom?  Dad?  Please, look kindly and mercifully on this, your wayward daughter.  I'd like to come in from the cold and enjoy a feast of thanksgiving.  Give me the recipe again?

I may even share some with my family...  but only if we're out of cheese.

Changes - What you need to know

I will be changing the name of our blog. 

I will be updating it every day.

It won't always make sense - but you'll thank me anyway.

Merry Christmas part II

OK, so I know I'm doing this a bit out of order since I haven't even got the pictures from Christmas up yet, but here are the pictures of MayLee and Alyson in the jammies Gma & Gpa got for them. You'll see in their arms the little bears they also included who are wearing little aprons.  The girls have matching aprons to wear too.  :)

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Changes Afoot

Oh, no what has she done now?

You'll find out on January 1.  That's when the boat's going to start rocking. 

More details then. 

But as a preview: