Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Christmas Ramblings

So Christmas is always a fun time, but busy. And I forget every year how tired I am afterwards. Maybe I'll write a note to myself to remind myself how busy it is and how tired I get and tape it to the Christmas boxes. We'll see. I DO love the holidays though. A lot.

So our Christmas tradition means that on Christmas Eve we attend the candle lighting ceremony at church. This is something I've done for a really, really, really long time. This year....not so much. Service was cancelled due to snow. Made me kind of sad. Ok, a lot sad! After service we go to our good friends' house to have cookies and take the annual picture of the kids on the couch. No picture this year....again, makes me sad.

So this year, in trying to make the best of Christmas Eve, I made a ham dinner. Yeah me. We need to finish the left overs or freeze them. We read a Christmas story and then The Night Before Christmas. Then time Shorty fed the reindeer some carrots and left cookies for Santa and headed to bed anxiously awaiting Santa's arrival. See my Weekly Winners to see pictures of both of those activities.

Christmas morning she awoke early clearly stating that she'd heard Santa say "ho, ho, ho" when she was in bed. Both her dad and I added that we'd heard his bells. What fun Christmas was this year. So we all went downstairs to open stocking gifts from Santa and then we headed over to Grammy's house for our Christmas with her.

My husband's family's tradition has always been cinnamon toast and eggnog and stockings on Christmas morning. And we've stuck with that. We head over and open gifts then eat cinnamon toast and some people drink eggnog. I just stick with my trusty cup o joe.

Everyone was spoiled this year at Grammy's house. Read here or here or here about all the goodies she gave us. She is such a thoughtful person. I'm lucky she's my mother in law!

After all the fun at Grammy's we headed home. There we opened gifts. Grampa came over around noon and played with Shorty. I took a much needed shower and nap. Then I got up to get some stuff ready for dinner (all I did was roast yams). My mother in law brought the rest. Man, she's an amazing cook and so generous. She brought dinner and we all feasted and visited. It was a nice night. After everyone went home we crashed.

I love the holidays! Now I want time to play with some of my new toys.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Weekly Winners (a day late)

December 21-27, 2008

The day before Christmas and I REALLY wanna open a present....yup, we caved....

Mmmmmm.....cookies....with food coloring colored marker pictures on them....

Angelic Impression

Snow Baby

Snow Angel Makin McShort

It has to dry how long?

Run, run, fast as you can.....

gingerbread house decorating McShort

No, I'm not eating sprinkles...
Gingerbread House Perfection. Can I eat it now?

McShort & McMama

Feeding SantaFeeding Santa's Reindeer
Enjoying the Loot from Santa

Can you see the slush and ice? Christmas morning "sleigh ride" to Gramma's house.

Isn't it purty? I love how they don't plow here....

A friendly game of hot hands with Papa

Chupacobra McShort

Dance dance fever McShort

And we had a VERY white christmas. How nostalgic it was.

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Friday, December 26, 2008

Haiku Friday

Christmas is over.
three hundred sixty-four days
till we do it 'gain

my cards still not sent
do i save them for next year?
or just send them late

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Maleese Falleydod (how Shorty says Feliz Navidad)

So we hope you all had a VERY Merry Christmas!!! Don't you just love how I don't know all of the words? I know, I'm lame. Anyhow...here is your (late) Christmas Greeting from Shorty and I. Hope you had a blessed holiday!!!

Monday, December 22, 2008


Ok, so if I haven't said it yet....I'M SO SICK OF ICE AND SNOW! I'm not going out today if I can help it. Yeah, that means I'm NOT going out to give blood (I'll just have to reschedule) and I'm NOT going to get a pedicure (waaaaaaaahhhhhhh). Pfffft.....

There, I said it. Now weather gods, please hear me and make a change! I promise not to complain on the next hot day. You know, like the heat wave we had this summer? Yeah, when I tried to pop popcorn in my car? Yeah. No. More. Complaining. Serious.

So now that we're done with all that...we got more snow yesterday and then today it was snowing when I woke up and looked like it had snowed a lot through the night. Everything has a covering of ice and snow this morning. It's still 22 degrees and I'm sick of it. Here are some pictures I took yesterday.

more peaceful fucking snow falling

see the ice?

ice covered wisteria


crunching through the ice covered snow

ice covered blueberry bushes

ice covered hedges
No more ice. No more snow. Please.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Doing Some More Scrappin....

So since we're stuck in the house I've been doing some scrapbooking...trying to get caught up!!

This one is from when Shorty was a bit over a year old and had surgery. She had to have her eye probed. I don't like the bronze on the page, but it was too late when I decided I didn't like it. It's done though.

This is us at the Zoo Lights a couple years ago.
Christmas 2 years ago when my mom was here visiting.

Well, time to make some lunch and maybe then do some more scrapping!

Weekly Winners

December 7-13, 2008

I love this shot, but don't know what to title it....

Snowman Kisses

Snowball Fight

Making a Snowman


We're so proud!

Aren't they cute?

Santa's Little Helper

Our Tree

Santa McShort

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