Sunday, November 30, 2008

Whirlwind Weekend

Wednesday- Angie, Eric and Meg came over after work and helped us move furniture (I hate to have Aaron do it after his back surgery last year, it just scares me that he will do something awful to it again).

Thursday - Met Ang at the store to do a little Christmas shopping, got gas, and headed home to get ready for everyone to come over. Cleaned, prep-ed dinner, etc. Had a great dinner with family and friends. I am truly blessed with wonderful family and friends both! Scoured the ads, and made a game plan for Black Friday shopping.

Friday - Got up at 2am, left the house at 2:50am, and headed shopping. Finally got home around 3:30pm, exhausted. Cleaned up from Thanksgiving, put packages away, had dinner and relaxed until I could crawl into bed.

Saturday - Got up, packed up the Tahoe and left for the mountains with Bob & Bobbie and their kids. The 10 of us searched many hours for the perfect trees, the dogs had a blast (though their little dog Lola got cold much quicker than Scarlett). Finally got home around 6pm, unloaded the tree, I got Chinese for dinner, and Aaron got the tree in the stand. Wow, what a day. The weather did not do what we asked, there was not a SPOT of snow. Believe it or not on the top of the mountain it was 53 degrees. I trucked around in jeans and a long sleeve shirt, not even a sweatshirt.

Sunday - Got up and everyone else was asleep, started cleaning house, then the kids & Aaron woke up and helped. I showered and headed to the market. Spent $140, and headed home. We all unloaded the groceries, and the kids started homework, Aaron put up the yard lights, I started wrapping presents. Finally around 5pm, Aaron and Dominick put the lights on the tree, and around 6:30 we started to decorate the tree. We just finished at 8:45pm. And I am exhausted! All the presents are wrapped (except the few I have left to by), and the house is decorated.

Now hopefully I can get the last few things done before the 16th when I have surgery. As after that it is all up to Aaron (and my mother and sister who are coming to town for Christmas) and leaving it up to my husband is very scary for me. :)

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas Survey

Getting Ready

Do You Look Forward to Christmas?: Heck yes!

Do You Prefer Real or Fake trees?: Real

Which Do You Have?: none yet......getting it on Saturday the 29th

Do You Hang a Wreath?: sometimes

Do You Hang Lights On Your House?: Yes, and they are up, but not lit yet.

Do You Play Christmas Music?: Yes, have been listening to it for weeks now

Do You Hang Stockings?: Yes, but on the wall, as we do not have a mantle

Do You Get Ornaments Every Year Like Hallmark Ornaments?: Only the kids from Grandma Fish

Do You Hang Mistletoe?: No, but Savannah asked for some this year (sure would like to know who she thinks she is going to be kissing under it.)

Do You Put Candy Canes On Your Tree?: No, dog would eat them

Do You Use a Tinsel Garland or Strands of Tinsel?: No, cats eat tinsel, and dont like garland


Christmas Candy: Origional Candy Canes

Christmas Cookie: Home made frosted sugar

Holiday Food: Seafood Fondue

Holiday Dessert: Fudge

Holiday Drink: Champagne

Candy Cane Flavor: Origional peppermint

Santa's Reindeer: Rudolph

Christmas Carol: Santa Baby

Christmas Movie: Miracle on 34th Street (going to the play on the 14th)

Christmas Color: Red/Silver

Christmas Activity: Aaron reading the night before Christmas to the kids every year

Do You Believe In Santa?: Yes

Do You Like Fruitcake?: No

Do You Like Eggnog?: No

Do You Go Caroling?: Only when Savannah was in girl scouts

Do You Drive Around and Look at the Christmas Lights?: Yes, brings back childhood memories

Do You Do Christmas Baking?: Not much

Ham or Turkey for Christmas Dinner?: Prime Rib

Do You Set Out Cookies for Santa?: Yes

Do You Leave Carrots for Santa's Reindeer?: Yes, and reindeer "food" (aka glitter adn oats)

Do You Have a Family Christmas Dinner?: Yes

Do You Read T'was The Night Before Christmas Every Year?: Yes

Do You Open a Present on Christmas Eve?: No, strongly believe in waiting till christmas morning

Do You get Photos Taken With Santa?: Every other year yes, but just can't talk the kids into it this year.

Do You Go To Holiday Parties?: Sometimes

You Host a Holiday Party?: No

Do You Prefer to Give or Receive?: Give

Do You Drink Hot Chocolate?: Yes

Marshmallows or Whipped Cream?: Whipped Cream

Do You Send Christmas Cards?: Yes, try to

Would You Want a White Christmas?: Always

What Do You Do On Christmas Eve?: Have friends over, this year my mother, sister and niece are coming from Arizona too

Do You Have Any Special Family traditions?: Read night before Christmas on Christmas eve, put cookies out for Santa, kids can open stockings when they get up, Aaron and I do ours in bed before getting up.

How Early Do You Wake Up on Christmas Morning?: Whenever the kids get us up usually around 7am

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday Fill-In's

1. The last band I saw live was Rascal Flatts :)

2. What I look forward to most on Thanksgiving is the Macy's Thanksgiving parade, getting together with friends & family, and scouring the ads for great shopping deals on Friday!

3. My Christmas/holiday shopping is started, but so need to get it finished before my surgery.

4. Thoughts of the future fill my head.

5. I wish I could wear cute shoes, but in size 11 nothing is cute!

6. Bagpipes make me think of men wearing skirts.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to Aaron grilling steak, a few glasses of wine and pretty much doing nothing, tomorrow my plans include grocery shopping, & maybe a few chirstmas bazars and Sunday, I want to enjoy some time with my family and friends!

Getting to know me.....Christmas Edition

Getting to Know Me...Christmas Edition

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper and it must match. Ask friends, if you bring something that does not match, it goes into hiding behind others until opened. :)

2. Real tree or Artificial? REAL!! Come on we live in Oregon, the tree state, and a bonus, we cut it down ourselves. This year we are even heading into the forest to do so! What fun!!

3. When do you put up the tree? Usually we do it the weekend after Dominick's birthday, but this year we are heading to the mountains on Saturday after Thanksgiving so we will be getting it then.

4. When do you take the tree down? Usually Christmas night, or the morning after. We get it early, and get a HUGE tree. So it takes up a lot of space, and with doing daycare I need the space.

5. Do you like eggnog? NO!!

6. Favorite gift received as a child? My 10 speed bike, sitting there by the tree, sparkling by the lights, in such a pretty light blue color.

7. Hardest person to buy for? No one consistently. I can't think of anyone on my list that regularly causes me trouble. Some years I don't have a great idea for someone, but then the next year they're the first one I find something for.

8. Easiest person to buy for? Savannah, she and I spend a lot of time together, I know her well. (Plus she makes her wants known :)

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes, one. But we do not have a good place to put it in this house, so it has not been out in the past couple of years.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail, there is NO other way to do it!

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Well, my family reads this so I plead the 5th :)

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Miracle on 34th Street!

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? October, but really kick it up the day after Thanksgiving!

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? I'm not sure if I've ever recycled a Christmas present. None come to mind. I have recycled gifts, but I think they were wedding and/or birthday gifts...

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? Prime rib on Christmas day, but on Christmas eve we do crazy things, like Chinese, seafood or sometimes just appetizers. I love me some seafood fondue!

16. Lights on the tree? Yes, but white only, and no blinking ones!!

17. Favorite Christmas song? O Holy Night

18. Travel at Christmas or stay at home? Stay home AND visit family close by. Never traveled away from home at Christmas (yet).

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeers? Of course!

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Depends on the color of the wrapping paper, Silver based a star, gold an Angel.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning unless its from the friends that we spend it with on Christmas eve.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? When people start discussing all the nasty parts of Christmas and how annoying things are and how they don't like blah blah blah. I don't like negativity in general, but at Christmas, it just bursts my happy Christmas bubble! :)

23. What theme or color are you using? Varies by year, this year it is red/silver/gold.

24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? Food, is food. It is more about who we are with!

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? Fiestaware! I love me some Cobalt and Scarlett dishes, and accessories.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I HATE thieves!

Aaron and Savannah were getting ready to leave for work/school, when all the sudden they returned after only being gone for a minute. Now it is not uncommon for Savannah to forget something, and run back into the house BUT Aaron does not come with her. So I knew something was up.

Some stupid ass fool thought that they would throw a rock through Aaron's window and break into his car. The only thing that they took was his briefcase, but there was just notes and paperwork in it for work. I am sure they thought there was a laptop in it. Because it is soft sided and looks like it would have one in it. But sorry you got screwed! HA HA HA!!

But now it has ruined my whole day, thrown it into a spin. I have a headache, I need to call the insurance company, already called the county sheriff (yes we call the sheriff, we live too far out for the actual city police to come). They took a report. And I also need to call the glass shop. Glad he does not have to drive it today, as he took my car, because it is raining for the first time in a while.

Thieves suck!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Friday Fill-In's

1. Please feel free to leave me a comment and leave your name so I know you stopped by!

2. When I get new perfume I can't help sniffing it occasionally.

3. My favorite thing to cook is lasagana.

4. Loves from my children and my husband is something I can't get enough of.

5. I can not imagine my life with out my family.

6. Hickeies on anyone always makes me think to myself, what the heck?

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to heading to the gym to set up for a meet, tomorrow my plans include working 4 shifts at the Level 4 Sectionals meet at Savannah's gym, and Sunday, I want to do laundry, clean house and take Savannah to a private lesson at the gym.

How about you?

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Thursday thoughts........

At my daughter's school they annouced a new web site to help parents. It is call PIV Parent Internet Viewer. I LOVE IT!

You can see your childs grades, missing assingments, and attendence. You can even sign up for daily emails.

Granted Savannah does well in school, but this keeps me aware of any problems that happen before they get out of control. Such as her teacher giving her an F for missing a state testing day, when she was at the orthodontist. They have 2 days to do this test, and she completed it in the 1 day that she was there. And made excellent marks on it. We discussed it, she talked to her teacher and got the grade changed before report cards/progress reports came out. :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

November 11th

Happy Veteran's Day!

Happy 48th Anniversary Mother & Daddy!
(Hope you are having a great time in Hawaii)

Friday, November 7, 2008

Friday Fill-In's

1. My blueprint for success includes trying to be a better person each and every day.

2. Payday was the last candy I ate.

3. The best facial moisturizer I've ever used is Estee Lauder DayWear Plus Multi Protection Anti-Oxidant Lotion.

4. Crying can be good therapy.

5. I'd like to tell you about a man named Jed, poor mountaineer, barely kept his family fed And then one day, he was shootin' at some food, And up through the ground come a bubblin' crude, Oil, that is, black gold, Texas tea.

6. Reliability is my strongest characteristic.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to shopping with Amanda in Salem, tomorrow my plans include watching Dominick's soccer playoffs and Sunday, I want to do nothing!

Monday, November 3, 2008

6 Random things

The Rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you: Cathy (CntryCathy) & Nayda too!
2. Post the rules on your blog (this is what you are now reading).
3. List 6 random things about yourself.
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know they have been tagged and leave a comment on their blog.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up!


1. My food can not touch. I do not want my roll on my salad or touching my meat. Things must not overlap, of juice from something running into something else. I will not eat if it does. I dislike potlucks because of this.

2. I fold my laundry a certain way. DO NOT fold it for me. I want it my way! Please mop my floors, or vacuum my carpets, but do NOT fold my laundry.

3. I love RED/WHITE/BLUE together. My kitchen is doing in red/white/blue, flags, patriotic theme. My dishes are scarlett and navy Fiestaware. I would do my whole house in it if I did not think it would drive my family crazy. I love being an American, cry at the National Anthem (every time).

4. I always cry at weddings, funerals, and births. Does not matter who, where, or when. They are just such special moments, to be remembered for ever. Live changing, superior moments. I never get tired of giong to weddings, they are special days, creating new lives together.

5. It drives me crazy to have drawer and cabinet doors open. Even for a second. Yes it takes longer to close it, use the item I have taken out, and then re-open and close it. But I just can't do it. It drives my husband nuts, I will go behind him and close a door, when it goes to put something back and it's is already closed.

6. I love to search the internet for things. Does not matter what, clothes, furniture, beauty products, etc. I just love the thrill of seaching and the glory of finding exactly what I want.

I know I'm s'posed to tag 6 people, but right now I can't think of 6 people I know who blog that haven't already done this exercise. I'll have to ponder that one. If you read this and have NOT be tagged, PLEASE do this!!