Tuesday, December 30, 2008

On Christmas Cards

I just mailed our Christmas cards yesterday. They are late, but I'm not too upset by it. I'm over it. I thought the story behind our picture would make a great post.

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

Samuel ready for his Christmas show at school :)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Christmas Eve

hanging out and having snacks

Making cookies for Santa!

Sally's got mad baking skills.

the Christmas Eve gifts

I got Sam's blanket finished in time! :)

Sally gave Sam some reindeer food.

Here they are sprinkling it on the yard.

(notice - short sleeves and no shoes)

Merry Christmas!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Making fun of Twillight

Thanks to Amber for this link - it is way way funny.

The Juice Box ~ The Twilight Before Christmas

I have about a dozen favorite parts, but won't put any of them here because I don't want to spoil it for you. Go watch. Enjoy!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Most popular forward of the season

I've received this link four times via email in the past week. It is funny!

Beware of the Doghouse!

"Fold this, Double Bag!"

"Quiche and chai lattes - every night."

Thanks for a laugh, everyone!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008


Where we live, we won't get any real snowflakes, so the kids and I made these:

Where did I get my mad snowflake skills? This website: Make-A-Flake. Very fun. Sally and I played with it for a while, then we started in on the real thing. Pretty good, huh? (Yes, I need to even up the hanging. Next year . . . . more even thread cutting.)

Monday, December 15, 2008

One from last year

I found this one last year and still like it quite a bit.

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Good Christmas Songs Gone Bad

This one's for our Adult Sunday School classk, especially for Scott.

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

love actually

This is a favorite of Sally's and mine -the school concert scene.


Friday, December 12, 2008

Favorite Quotes from Elf

"Treat every day like Christmas."

"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

back to regular programming

my scroogieness is over. thanks for all the suggestions for music. turns out i needed retail therapy (gifts for the kids), a few episodes of scrubs, and a new knitting project. (yes, i am weird that way. it's all part of my charm.) i'm working on a cotton scarf knit lengthwise, so it took me awhile to cast on 234 stitches, but i'm only knitting a few rows for a skinny scarf. i should finish today or tomorrow. nothing makes me feel better like a freshly knitted scarf.

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


i'm feeling very grinchy today. i'm sure it will pass, but yesterday i actully did not like this mother job and had a very sucky day (yep, very sucky) and even the dog didn't trust me and ran away from me, even though i held a treat and he usually will do anything for a treat.

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.

it helped.

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

Another Gold Star Winner

Alli from That's What We Said correctly identified "It's very sucky!" from the movie Elf. Great job! She gets a Gold Star AND a link on the sidebar (ok, would have done that anyway, but doesn't it feel better as an award?)

PS - they got their blog title from The Office - here's a great YouTube video with all of the "That's what she said"s. So funny. As good as the "So's your face" from Scrubs. HELLO! (Which reminds of me of the Seinfeld "Hello! La la la!")

Saturday, December 06, 2008

It's come to this.

Back when we first got married, I was very specific about my gift needs with my new husband. Major appliances did not count as Christmas or anniversary or birthday gifts. If the washer happened to break some time after Halloween, he could not buy a new washing machine and announce, "Merry Christmas honey!" Not acceptable.

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

Conversations with Samuel

Today, a monolouge from the grocery store.

"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

Knit Bit: Fangirl Gift

So I was a little obsessed with the Twilight series and movie, but I'm pretty over it now. The movie was good, but I didn't find it great. However, I did have to knit a gift for my fangirl friend who dragged my very old self out to the midnight showing, introduced me to her nice (and young) friends, and made me feel young all over again.

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.