Archive | December, 2009

2009: A Look Back

31 Dec

Here we are, at the end of another year.  One that has seemed to fly by faster than usual. It has had it’s up and downs, but overall it has been wonderful.  Jordan and I got married, Fisher lost his first tooth, we drove 20+ hours to Oklahoma with 2 children and a puppy; it was certainly eventful.  *wink*

I’ve put together a slide show for your viewing pleasure.  It’s a look back on our family highlights for 2009.  I hope that you enjoy:

2009: A Look BackSlideshow Maker

Unfortunately, WordPress is ridiculous and will not allow users to embed videos, slide shows, etc… into their blogs.  I shake my fist at you, WordPress, for making my 4.5 hours of work a complete waste.
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2010…but how do you see through the 1?

30 Dec

Well, today is the 30th.  You know what that means…everyone will be going out today to stock up on champagne, noise makers and those ridiculous glasses with peep holes.  (I’m sure that someone has figured out how to make “2010” into glasses.) 

I, of course will be picking up my usual bottle of Martini and Rossi Asti Sparkling Wine.  Though, I have been eyeing a bottle of Banfi Rosa Regale 2007.  You know, just to mix things up a bit.  I like to live life on the edge.

Anyhoo, along with bubbly and glasses comes the all important calendar.  I don’t know about you, but picking up a new calendar for the year is just as exciting as buying a new car.  (At least, it is for me)  Whatever calendar you buy will set the tone for the rest of your year. 

My mom and Charles were kind enough to give me a Vintage Wines calendar for Christmas…they know how much I love my vino.

It’s an awesome calendar and is the perfect size for my desk at work.

However, I still need to pick up a calendar for my house.  This is where the exciting part comes in: 

Etsy has hundreds of options to peruse.  I, being the thoughtful person that I am, have compiled a short list of my top picks for 2010 Calendars.  These are sure to tickle your fancy:

2010 Printable Calendar

by Happy Papers

$5.00

 2010 Animal Pastimes Calendar

by Sadly Harmless

$8.00

The Town

Large 2010 Poster Calendar

by The Sketched Book

$44.00

2010 Calendar

by Happify

$12.00

Woodland Whimsey 2010 Desktop Calendar

by Ruff House Art

$14.00

 …

I am in no way sponsored by the aforementioned shops.  Nor was I asked to advertise for them.  These are solely my personal choices.

Creme de la Creme

29 Dec

What?  Do you think that out of 379 pictures, that I would only show you 13 of them?  Psh.  *wink*

Yesterday I showcased my favorite funny moments from Christmas day.    I’m hard pressed to say whether those are my favorites or if the “classic” holiday shots are even better.  I’ll let you decide:

This picture is worthy of a caption: Chloe spent the better part of five minutes crawling around on top of this box to unwrap it.  It was the best entertainment that anyone could have asked for. 

And this is what was in the box.  She couldn’t wait for her dad to put it together before hopping on for a ride. 

Take Three

28 Dec

Every Christmas, after the presents have been unwrapped and the kids have been tucked away in bed, I sit down to look at the pictures that were taken during the day.  This year I hit an all-time record….379 pictures.  My computer actually groaned when I started uploading pictures.  Usually it is the tender moments that capture my attention.  The candid points through-out the day that tug at my heart-strings and make me a tad misty eyed are usually my favorites. 

However, this year was a bit different.  Sure, there were plenty of tender moments, all of which I’ll share with you later.  The star this year was the plethora of bloopers that the camera captured.  Among the hundreds of pictures taken were little gems of hilarious goodness.  I think these pictures best represent Christmas this year.  We laughed and smiled more this Christmas than ever before.  It was certainly a great day:

Jordan was caught showing off Jaden’s Lego set.  Nice, dear.  Nice.

 Fisher had more fun with the packaging than with the toys that came in them.  Sadly, this box belong to Chloe, not him.

My mom surprised Charles with a new “fist bump” that Wren had shown her earlier.  Ever heard of “the snail”?  It’s a doozie.

My mom REALLY liked the present that Jordan and I gave her.  You can almost imagine her calling out for Elizabeth in the photo.

 The hot sauce collection that my mom and Charles gave Jordan was definitely a hit.  Though, I’m not brave enough to try any of it.

Who wouldn’t want to sprinkle on a dose of “Screaming Sphincter”?

Oh, Martini and Rossi Asti.  You make Christmas bubble over with tasty-grapeness.

Can you say, “I’m on a boat”?  ‘Cause I did all day long.

Charles showing off his hat Clint Eastwood style. 

Speaking of ole Clint, Chloe was channeling him a bit herself as she rode her pony.

And finally, what’s a trip to my mom’s house without a cat attack?

Tune in again tomorrow, same bat time, same bat channel

for some more yuletide goodness.

Lemon

24 Dec

Okay, so I lied.  I fully intended to stay away from blogging for a few days, but it keeps drawing me back in.

Introducing, Lemon.  The newest addition to our family:

I know, what kind of name is Lemon?  Ever watch 30 Rock?  Exactly.  It’s an awesome name.

She was left at a shelter and scheduled to be put to sleep.  My step-mom, who works at the shelter, brought her home.  After playing with her for an hour last night, I couldn’t imagine not having her around.

She and Denny are getting along famously.

It is going to be a merry Christmas indeed.  *smile*

Happy Holidays!

24 Dec

Merry Christmas, yo!

My lovely sister, Wren (left) & yours truly (right).

Posting will be put on hold for the Christmas holiday.  It will resume on Monday, December 28th.

See  you then!

 

That goose has got class.

23 Dec

Armed with a rather large loaf of bread, the kids and I set out Sunday afternoon for Lake Loretta.  Conveniently, it is only three blocks from our house.

The lake is chock full of ducks and geese of all varieties.  After decades of being fed by the public, they can smell a loaf of bread in the front seat of a car from a mile away.  It was no surprise to park the car and immediately see a flock of ducks/geese swimming our way as fast as their little legs would let them.

I foolishly thought that the over-sized loaf of bread I’d brought with us would last for a good while.  I was wrong.  Never underestimate the excitement of two, young children.  They were throwing out whole slices as if Lucy & Ethel were right there slinging out new slices of bread like chocolates on a conveyor belt.  After half the bag had disappeared in under two minutes, I got them to calm down long enough to start pinching off portions of bread for the ducks.

Pinching off pieces of the bread stretched out time by only a few minutes.  Five minutes after arriving at the lake, the bread was gone and the ducks were bored with our presence.  No matter, the lake had more to offer than just ducks hyped-up on carbs.  The plant life around the lake made for fantastic flags.  Fisher marched around the lake, flag in hand, showing it off to anyone who would look at it.

As we walked around the lake, we came across a very peculiar goose.  The large lump perched atop his head made for a distinguished looking profile.  He appeared to be proud of his surplus cranial space and made sure to let us know.   He strutted/swam slowly along the edge of the lake, making sure to keep pace with us so that we could marvel at his features as we walked.

I named him Sir Robert, of course.  I’m calling him Bob for short.

As Sir Robert finally grew tired of our company, we came across THE tree.  It is THE perfect tree for climbing.  You’d be hard pressed to find a better one.  The lower branch spreads out low and level and then juts up at the end.  The kids made short work of it, climbing up and out on the branch.  They swung their feet, they checked out the leaves, they even pretended the branch was a horse for riding.  After they wore themselves out, I was able to catch a few snapshots of them.

Shortly thereafter the wind picked up and we turned back towards home.

We can’t wait to go back, but we will definitely have to bring more bread next time.  I can almost hear the ducks and geese licking their beaks.  *wink*