Ella and her Aunt Annie eating their house Lady and the Tramp style
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Ella and her Aunt Annie eating their house Lady and the Tramp style
Side note: The Bath and Body Works gift card for Christmas is an awesome gift due to the super sale they do from 12/26 until sometime in January.
Post side note: I'm wearing my other gifts from Steve and Lindy in the picture above, too (gloves, black scarf)
Saturday, December 25, 2010
2.) I got a call from my Mastercard's fraud department on Wednesday. They wanted me to verify my last three purchases. This was tricky because Aron and I share the account and the purchases could have been his or mine plus we put it to use frequently in lieu of cash because it is convenient. They asked if I had gone to a fast food restaurant. I said yes because Luke and I went to Subway to celebrate the last day of school. They asked if I purchased items at DSW. I said yes because I had just bought 2 new pairs of boots. Then they asked if I bought something for $9000 from a car place. I said NO! The lady said that she thought it wasn't us because it was out of our normal purchase pattern. The charge was declined at the car place even though our credit limit would have accommodated it because it was so unusual. They cut off that credit card and are issuing us new ones. Two bullets dodged.
Merry Christmas to us!
Aron in the foreground, Grandpa Steve (Aron's Dad) in the background
Poppy's creation (aka the manger complete with sheep, wisemen, Mary, Joseph, and baby Jesus (nice, Dad)
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Back up, Pint-Sized Romeo. She's not on the market yet so BACK OFF cause her father will be displeased that you're checking out her mental and physical attributes. Besides, her dowry will be small so you may want to hold out for another chick....maybe there's a girl whose Mommy drives a Lexus or something.
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Check it out around the 1:28 and 1:55 marks. Yup that's my kid going ape with the bells. So proud(ish). Yes, proud-ish. That's the emotion I'm feeling right now.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Ok, so the real reason why I did that quiz the other night is because the kids don't have a whole lot on their Christmas list. Everyone keeps asking what the big ticket items are for the kids this year and quite frankly, there just isn't one. During the quiz the other night, I asked them what they were just DYING to get for Christmas. Ella said she wants some Zhu Zhu pet stuff and Luke wants a remote controlled Bigfoot. I've already got both of those items taken care of with other people so that left us with nothing to buy for the kids.
Ella's been asking a lot about Santa and if he's real or not. Long time blog readers know how I feel about the subject of The Great Santa Hoax every year. I remain pretty evasive about the subject and I think she's on to me. She asked me again the other night. I usually turn it back on her and say "What do you think?" She said "I think it could just be parents that buy the presents and give them like they're Santa." I said "Oh yeah?" She said "Or it could be that he's real. Is he real?" I said "What do you believe?" She said "Not sure. You ever notice that you don't answer?" I said "Yes." in a way that did not encourage follow up questions. She said "Huh." I said "If I were you, I'd sit back and collect the presents and not ask a lot of questions." She said "Ok."
I can't help it. Call me a Scrooge, call me a stick in the mud, or whatever but I just don't care for the commercialism of Christmas. I don't enjoy the jockeying for position of who is getting what gift and am I spending as much on them as they are on us and did I accidentally buy a gift that they already have. I don't enjoy lying to the kids and telling them to believe in Santa.
Disclaimer: That's not to say that I don't enjoy the idea behind Santa and what I lack in enthusiasm for the tradition, Aron certainly makes up for. He has the kids leave out cookies/milk for Santa and carrots for the reindeer. Personally, I just think he wants an excuse to eat the cookies.
P.S. I was cleaning out a closet and organizing it (yes, Robin. You read that correctly...organizing it) and found a gift card to Bath and Body Works that I bought in 2007 and never gave away. If I remember correctly, I was going to have Luke give it to Ella for Christmas but lost it before it could be given. Score one for me! Looks like Santa came just for yours truly!
Thursday, December 09, 2010
"I don't wanna see yours, buddy"
"I'm gonna show you and you're gonna like it, Ma!"
"I think I'll make dinner now...."
I kept forgetting to take a picture of her with her gaping hole until tonight. She was a bit resistent....
"Hey E. Lemme see your big, nasty tooth hole so I can get a picture."
"Why you gotta be like that? Lemme see!"
"No. Are you gonna blog this?"
"It's taco night..."
Monday, December 06, 2010
Friday, December 03, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Friday, November 26, 2010
Cranberry sauce, corn pancakes, carrots, celery, beans, summer sausage and deer jerky (yup, actual deer jerky) along with milk. For dessert, there was pumpkin pudding (4 boxes of vanilla pudding, 6 cups of milk, a small tub of Cool Whip, and 2 cans of pumpkin all stirred together) with vanilla wafers. They made their own butter, too, by shaking heavy cream and salt together in a mason jar (you might want to think about this for your kid-time library club, Mom).
What was Ella thankful for? Her Mom.
Take that, Aron!
Cathy was definitely a good sport. She braved 70 to travel to the 'bus. Look at her carrying her lawn chair (it was a BYOLawn Chair event, you know. Not kidding. Loved it--made it feel more intimate).
See my awesome Roller Girl stamp? Jealous? Yeah, you are. SUPER LOVED IT. I haven't had a hand stamp this spectacular in years.
This was the ceiling. It was only caving in a little bit...or a lot...Did not love that
See the guy to the left of Krystal? He was awesomely drunk and kept yelling obscenities that I can't write on this blog cause I like to keep it G rated for the kiddies. (yup, loved it. He added some atmosphere and a general feeling of queasiness to my tummy) Yup, we were this close to the action...Loved it
Everyone had their own awesome nicknames. You can see some of them on the backs of their t-shirts. Again, I won't repeat some of their names but I super duper loved it. I sat there the whole night trying to think up an awesome name for myself.
The chick on the far left acting like she didn't know us was Amy, then Krystal (looking super cute, btw), Jeanne, and Cathy. You might know Jeanne from this blog right here and Cathy from this soon to be well known Dayton based candle company that I may have promoted on this blog once or twice.
Here's the whole motley crew starting with me and rotating clockwise: Me, Krystal, Amy, Cathy, and Jeanne.
After the match, we scurried on back to the 'burbs to have some dinner purchased with multiple coupons. We like to live on the wild side.
Is there anything that I really didn't like, you ask? The funky smell. It was some sort of strange combo of popcorn, stale socks, and old urine. How do I know about old urine? You just don't want to know.
Fun night with great friends: LOVED IT!