Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Last year, I almost didn't send out any cards. 2007 was not the best of years for us. (That's a very tactful understatement.) It was a painful year, with several people close to us going through separation, divorce, and loss. My dad was in a coma for several days. My cornea started to peel off. Lots of other things happened that I still have trouble talking about. By the time December rolled around, Stuart and I would joke about our Christmas letter. We had several versions going that we could never send. (He still thinks I should write about it in a book, "The Christmas Letter We Never Sent") Somehow, at the last minute, I scraped up enough good things to write about, and sent out a family self-portrait.
We got so many good responses from that picture. I would have never have believed it! So many people commented on it that we decided to make it "our thing". A family self-portrait. Not us at a breathtakingly beautiful vacation spot, or us at a wedding or other event. Us, at home. By ourselves. Taken by one of us (usually Stuart, since his arms are longest). We have to take lots of pictures to get one that we all like, but that's part of the fun. Last year, us on the couch. This year, us with lights.
Hope everyone had a very great Christmas. See you next year!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
Making cookies for Santa!
Sally's got mad baking skills.
I got Sam's blanket finished in time! :)
Here they are sprinkling it on the yard.
Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
Sunday, December 14, 2008
And you thought it couldn't get worse - it just did.
Jessica Simpson singing Breath of Heaven.
With strange out-of-focus victorian angels.
I'd love to get a digital frame and load this up for the next white elephant gift exchange!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
"There's room for everyone on the nice list."
"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear."
"Son of a nutcracker!"
"I'm a cotton-headed ninny-muggins."
"I just like to smile. Smiling's my favorite!"
"Francisco! That's fun to say! Francisco."
"Oooh! It's very sucky."
"Candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup."
"Did you hear that?"
"The yellow ones don't stop."
"He's an angry elf."
"SANTA!!! I know him! I know him!"
Did I miss your favorite? Sing out in the comments!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
i am sure my scroogieness had something to do with the boy being unpleasant this week. he's been surly and stomping his feet and i'm sending him to his room so i don't smack the attitude off of his face and off he goes, stomping and growling at me, and then decides to punish me by having a real loud cry in there. it's wearing me down, people. but, never fear. i've revived myself with coffee and cheerios, and i'm ready to face another day. (but not ready for capital letters - don't know what that's about.)
i've decided that the rest of the posts this year will be about christmas at our house. hold on to your seats, because coming up are our favorite quotes from elf, our favorite songs this year, and lovely pictures to dazzle you and put you right in the christmas spirit. it's gonna be cheerful, it's gonna be sappy, and so help me, YOU'LL LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT. (oh look, the capitals are back)
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
today i cleaned the pool, and guess what? it's green. bah.
in the car, i turned off the christmas music. (sorry sherry, i should have made sure you were sitting down before i told you that i did not listen to christmas music on a day in the middle of december. hope you didn't hit your head or anything.) i put in some big&rich and turned up the volume real loud.
i need some christmas spirit, but sadly, i have to play a video game with the boy and then head off to find some freshly made tamales for my man. maybe i need angry girl rock instead of snarky country songs. maybe my bad mood calls for some kelly clarkson.
i do have the meredith brooks if things go very wrong.
what music do you listen to when you're having a bad day? sing out in the comments. i need inspiration!
Monday, December 08, 2008
Saturday, December 06, 2008
After the first few years, I told him to not get me an anniversary gift - just a card and take me out to dinner. On our ninth anniversary I told him I expected something Very Nice for our tenth anniversary, and he had a year to shop. (He did very very well, but I suspect that his mom "helped" quite a bit. (thankyouthankyouthankyou!))
For the past few weeks, I've been telling him all I want for Christmas is a new vacuum cleaner. I suspect that he didn't believe me and that he secretly is hoping that this isn't some sick kind of joke. It's not - that is really all I want. Bagless. HEPA filter. Attachments that I'll actually use. And yesterday, I got it. A store by us is going out of business, and they are down to 40-60% off. Stuart called me twice to see if I went to check the deals and get my vacuum. The one I got was the last one - the floor model - and I got it for a steal. I'm really really happy with it. I brought it home and tried it out, then called Stuart. "Hi honey! Guess what? I just vacuumed our bedroom, and then I walked out, and I left shoe marks on the carpet! Shoe marks! This vacuum ROCKS!"
Today, Sally and I used every single attachment - which, by the way, all of them are "on board" in nifty little slots - and we cleaned baseboards and corners and the fan vents in the bathroom (ah, yuck!) and then we emptied it and were totally disgusted with ourselves. Then we took the sheets off of the bed and vacuumed the mattress. We kept saying to each other, "It's very sucky!" (Points will be given for the first commenter to identify the movie that quote is from!)
I'm thrilled. About a vacuum. Merry Christmas to me.
Friday, December 05, 2008
"Two for Five. That one's two for six. There's a seven. Oh, ten for ten. That means if we get three, then that's three. Why are you only getting three? Can we get ten? Oooh - there's a Santa!"
Thursday, December 04, 2008
As an early birthday gift and a Happy Twilight Day gift, I gave Beth these:
Twilight fingerless gloves.
The images are based on the first book (Twilight) and the third book (Eclipse).
Yes, she likes.
Beth, I hope you have a very happy birthday and get everything you want and more.