12.21.2011

In Search of a White Christmas...

While I always complain about the snow, there's just something to be said about a nice white Christmas. A light dusting Christmas morning would be nice. Then again, I'm not going to complain if it's 50 degrees like it is right now.  It's the first day of Winter, right? 

Christmas shopping is nearly finished, wrapping is about 85% done and I need to do some baking to get that out of my system: some sugar cookies, gingerbread men, turtle candies, peanut butter balls and peanut butter sammys, just to name a few.  I also got a new candy mold in the shape of mustaches that I used to make soap for gifts, but I can't wait to see how it looks with chocolate...don't worry, I've washed it several times! And the soap turned out awesome too! 

I also realized I way overspent on Harper. Like, I found a bag of toys I forgot about bad. So now we need to figure out what to give her now, and what to hold on to for her birthday. Or maybe just spoil her, she won't remember much this year, right?  Plus, if I hold items, how can I give her a kitchen set in June?? Decisions, decisions.

I think one of the things that get me in the holiday mood is getting cards in the mail.  I love good old fashioned mail, particularly of the non bill variety.  I love all the holiday cards we've gotten; I put them all on our closet door in the kitchen, and Harper and I like to look at them and name everyone off.  Still waiting to get my sister's annual Hanukkah card...hint, hint. 

We have one Christmas town, and 3 to go.  Plus next week we have my aunt's annual cookie decorating party, which I am excited for Harper to get to participate in.  They made her an apron last year that was a little big, so this year she should be good to go.  We're going to practice tomorrow to see how she acts around the frosting and sprinkles and madness that is sugar cookies.  Can't wait.  Also trying to figure out what to make for Christmas Eve...any suggestions?

I probably won't post again until after Christmas, so have a Merry One! 
My Gramma, always so merry lol!

After we sang our annual, Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer!

Mid song, circa 1989?
















12.12.2011

December

It's more than a week into December...what? This year has gone by way too fast in my humble opinion.  I am grateful that the snow held out as long as it did, and it's already starting to melt as it gets warmer. Will we luck out with one snow?  Doubtful, but a girl can dream, can't she?

November was pretty uneventful...I think...I can't really remember anything before the week of Thanksgiving, so I'll start there.  The day before Thanksgiving I went and saw Breaking Dawn with a couple coworkers.  It wasn't too bad, except for the talking wolf scene...if you've seen the movie you are probably nodding in agreement.  It was a nice time, and can't wait to do it again in November 2012!  Also, on a sidenote, there was an awesome Hunger Games trailer before the movie, and I am so psyched to see that in March with my fellow HG fanatic Val.  Team Peeta baby!

On Thanksgiving Day, we headed to Columbus to celebrate Thanksmas with Erich's mom's side of the family.  We usually do this on Christmas day, but with everyone getting married and having kids, it's getting a little more complicated...so this is our compromise.  It was a fun day, and it was so stinking nice out!  We did some family pictures outside and just enjoyed each other's company...and reviewed the black friday ads of course. 

It goes without saying, this didn't make the Christmas card!


Oh yeah, before I go any further, I remembered a couple things we did before Thanksgiving.  My friends Lindsay and Tony visited with their new little girl Arianna (Ari for short).  We gathered the masses and had a nice football party.  The three little girls in the group were fast friends, and I can't wait to see them grow together.
Ari Stern

Harper and Emily Ballou

The three girls

Let's touch her face! Yeah!

Harper loves Emily.

Another fun thing is that we celebrated Christmas a bit early at the cupcake shop.  We did some decorating, drank all the wines, and played a fun game where the girls dominated!  I even donned a Christmas sweater and sang along to Last Christmas, all before Thanksgiving. It was a first!


Matt and Heather

Some of our handiwork...guess which one is mine?

Rocking our awesome sweaters!

Some of the cookies. Notice the camel to the bottom right? Awesome.

OK, back to Thanksgiving.  I went back and forth about black friday shopping, and in the end, it won out.  I headed over to Toys R Us Thursday night around 8, and they opened at 9.  The line wrapped around the store, and my only hope was that since I wasn't there for an xbox or baby alive, I should be safe.  Made it into the store (after sitting through some interesting convos along the way) by 9:30, and was out by 10:30 (with majority of time inside in line to pay...ahh, the things I do for a grocery cart and guitar).  I was initially gonna head home, then I remembered some of the deals Kohls had, and I figured I could get a good spot in line since they opened at midnight, and it was plenty early.  I was right, and got a great spot in line...so I waited, in the cold, for over an hour...only to be almost trampled by line jumpers as we entered the store. Jerks. But, I got what I went for, and a few other items, and was out of there by 12:30.  All in all, a success! I was initially against the midnight openings, but I think I can get behind them. 

We then proceeded to celebrate a couple more Thanksgivings; one with my mom and the other with my dad. My pictures didn't turn out that great, but Harper was obsessed with my dad's camera, so I bet he has some great shots that she took :) 

Some random items of note.  Our tree is up and Harper has left it alone.  We made sure to only decorate the top half to hopefully steer her away from the ornaments, but she just likes to look at it and point, and then she has a lot to say about it...wish we knew what it was.  She's a talker, and sometimes the words are coherent, like: up, ball, tree, mama, dada, abbey, dog, grr(bear), quack(duck), NO! That last one is most definitely her favorite.  For yes, she gives you a very decisive head nod.  That kid is pretty hilarious.  Coming Soon: Pictures from our visit with Santa, and from Harper's 3 minute Christmas program at daycare. I know, you can hardly contain yourself!  I promise to post those yet this week! 
Cheese!

She kept trying to put her tongue in my mouth

My grandma made this jumper for my sister, and we've all worn it!


I love leaves!



Guess what happened next?








New boots!


Abbey hated this darth vader toy.

Her dad is a meanie

I'm not a tree Dad!


Untangling the lights...


She took all the brass ends off the ornaments, so now they're decorative

Helping empty the dishwasher.