Monday, December 31, 2007

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S EVE

We are having our annual bonfire to ring in the new year! I love planning, preparing and yes.. even stressing for this party.

It's MY party and I have it the way I want and how I want and there is no wrong about it!

Will take pictures!! I'm so excited!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Reflecting

We skipped the work party - we were just to tired. I thought we would get out and do some last minute shopping but that fell through also.



December 22 we celebrated Cmas with Rich's mom and brother's family. We really had a great time and the food was awesome. Everyone loved their gifts and enjoyed their moment in the spotlight. We started something a few years back. We starte with the youngest kid and move up. One at a time, each person opens a gift. This way we all get to see their face, see what they got and if there is a funny story about the present we share. Then it's off to the next person. While you are waiting for your turn to come around again you can either watch the person opening or take a closer look at your already opened presents. It's easier than you think to get the kids to do this and Cmas opening seems to stretch that much further :) And that's always a good thing.



That night we finished up our shopping. Rich loves picking out things for his kids. This year he was in charge mostly of the stocking stuffers. My kids aren't particularly fond of cmas candy and I find the foil wrappers everywhere. So, instead, we get them things like corn nuts, beef jerky, sunflower seeds, etc. they love it.



I had to work over the weekend and had great hopes of wrapping, working and resting. I only got the working and resting part done. Darn.



Monday was work too. blah! Oh well, such is the life. We headed out to hubby's grandparent's house for the annual eggnog making. Yup, eggnog from scratch. MMMM and it's soo good. That tradition has been going on for as long as grandpaw can remember. It was HIS grandfather who started it with them... so.. (rough estimate) we have been making eggnog in the family for... ohoo.. about almost 200 years! That's a lot of nog!!



Everyone gets a plate with an egg white on it and starts beating until it forms stiff peaks. If you can flip the plate upside down over the head of the person hear you (heheehe) it's ready. Hubby's mom has 5 siblings.. and they have kids and some of those have kids.. so the family is quite large. We sounded like chickens pecking in troughs. They make some with and some without alcohol. Yummy! Nothing like what you get in the stores. Everyone had frothy mustashes.



We left the eggnog around 9 because I still have a few gifts to wrap. Except, when I got home that "few" turned into more than I thought. It didn't take me long, but by 11 p.m. I was fast asleep.



The kids woke up around 7 and after divying up the gifts in piles they woke me up. Rich had long been up making our traditional Christmas Morning Breakfast - hominy, bacon and lil smokies all cooked together. His grandfather started that tradition, except they also had cinn. rolls and tomatoe juice. We just do the hominy. Maybe when we need to stretch it in a few years as our family grows we'll add to it. I sipped coffee and ate hominy while the kids giggled and guessed at their gifts.



Once again we went from youngest to oldest, each taking a turn, and opened our gifts. I think we opened for over an hour. They loved everything they received and immediately Daniel and Jessica hopped online to get some songs via iTunes. That should be a great gift in the future - itunes gift cards. Jessica got the ipod nano and a transmitter for her car and said it worked great. Daniel had the ipod already, so he got the docking station for it with nature sounds and the clock/radio/alarm. Sarah was snapping pictures left and right.

Rich was happy to put together his tool box. It's nice! Hydraulic lid, foam padding in all the drawers and the drawers are tightly shut and you have to tug on them to open them. That way they don't always pop open anytime the tool box is moved.



They fooled me this year. They really got one over on me. Normally they are not good at being secretive and don't clean up their tracks very well. This year I had no clue. They knew what I wanted, but I hadn't seen Rich leave to go get it. Usually he announces he is going out to get my gift. No word his year. I figured since it was jewelry he would wrap me a note saying I could go pick out whatever it was I wanted. Blah! I wanted HIM to pick it out. He and Jessica got together and picked it out and she had been hiding it in her car. They brought it in cmas Eve and wrapped it in a bigger box so I wouldn't see the store name on it. Smart! And they made me open it last! buggers!


Needless to say, I cried.. and cried.. and it's beautiful! It's a Pandora bracelet with the frog, snowflake, and glass bead with flowers painted in to charms and the heart spacers. Jessica picked the frog cause I like frogs and the snowflake for my grandmother who has passed. Rich picked the glass bead with flowers cause I love flowers and the heart spacers cause they love me. AWwww.. see, it really does mean more when someone picks it out! I cannot wait to add to it :) Oo, just remembered I have $ from the grandparents.. I think I'll head that way soon and get me some new beads!

And no.. we didn't forget the reason for the season.. but that kinda stuff is very personal and I tend to leave it off the blog. Remember, when you read a blog you are only getting a glimpse of a person's life.. the part they want to share with you. It's not their entire life :)

Now I"m working on planning the New Year's Eve Bash! :)

Monday, December 17, 2007

Tired and more tired

I have been trying to rest up since Friday's office party and Saturday's Cmas at my house with my family. I don't bounce back like I use to.. and Friday I had two glasses of wine and that was it!

I think I'm mentally draining myself and then I'm so drained I cannot do much of anything after work. I felt the "blues" coming over me and realized today was day my grandmother passed away. It's been 3 years.. you'd think the pain would lessen. Then I have Rich and his mom and brother... the passing of my FIL was way too soon. I see my husbands brain churning at family gatherings - his father should still be here. No more memories to be made. No more things to look forward to. No more talks, visits.. it's just too damned depressing.

As my kids would say... It's just not fair.

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Holiday time!

I knew the holiday time was keeping me busy, but it's been almost a month since I blogged. I do read other blogs. I just cannot find the time needed to gather thoughts, edit so it's flowing and easy (hopefully fun) to read.

This year I got my tree up in record time and even starting shopping early. I was so proud of myself. Each year I try to add one more thing to help me get more organized instead of saying I'll get more organized and then having it overwhelm me only to give up totally. If you haven't gotten a card from me - don't hold your breath - I missed that getting organized idea somewhere along the way and now it's too late. Maybe next year? hahaha

Cmas time is celebrated early with my family; usually the 2nd weekend in December. This forces me to shop early for my side, get it wrapped and be ready. The kids have something to keep them busy and time to enjoy their new stuff before Cmas day. It works out great. No more rotating holidays with inlaws or others.. it gets the Holiday Spirit flowing and begins the parties! This year it was held at my house. How nice to have everyone over. Rich cooked gumbo and rice, sister brought potatoe salad, mom brought dessert. We all brought snacks and had a great time eating, nibbling and then... opening presents.

I wanted an apron. I have a nice, big kitchen and love to cook and there is always something to clean. I'm short, so the cabinet top hits me just under the boobs. GRRR.. I'm usually in good pants and an uglee shirt becuase of the mess I tend to make with myself in cooking and cleaning. My shirt is usually wet from washing dishes.. I tend to really get into my work. I hunted high and low for an apron and finally found one online that I loved. I had decided that with the $ my MIL was gonna give me this year an apron would be the item I was getting. Cause.... well.. I really need to stop shopping for myself already hahaha

Needless to say, I cried when I opened the apron from my sister. It is perfect! It came from the store I wanted - which had all the apron qualities i wanted! - and it's a perfect match for my kitchen and much prettier than the one I was going to get myself. She kept saying she kind went overboard with little things here and there and that she was in a giving mood. Hey, that was fine with me as I was in the receiving mood!

Everyone loved their presents and had a great time. We open from youngest to oldest (one present at a time) to make it last and so we all can see what each other received.. it helps stretch things along. The kids love it and know exactly who is next to open a present.

My sister takes great pictures and we moved some furniture around in the house and snapped some family pictures. I cannot wait to see them!

Friday night was a business party - what a great time! Oh, I hope to be a hostess like that one day and decorate so effortlessly! She makes it look so easy. Plan, plan, plan.