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Merry Christmas!



Another Thanksgiving holiday come and gone. This one was wonderful as well. We had a feast of course, and enjoyed the company of our friends Todd and Barbara as well as my brother Damian.

We also took advantage of the long weekend by doing some fun things together like bowling on Friday then hanging out with friends Jim and Kathy Friday night. Yesterday/Saturday we enjoyed a pancake breakfast, leftovers for lunch and then went to see The Blind Side. Afterwards we enjoyed a spectacular dinner at The Keg. We’ve also played lots of games – Farkle, Loaded Questions, and Wii tennis-bowling-boxing. Today we’ll probably just kick back and relax, watch NFL football and later I drive Damian to the airport.

One thing i did NOT do is go shopping on Black Friday. I guess there were some really good deals out there, but honestly not worth the crowds and standing in a long line. I did accomplish a bit of Christmas shopping online, including getting a great deal on a nice present for Justin. Of course I can’t mention what it is since we want it to be a surprise :)

The coming week will be super busy, with my Mom and Dave coming in on Wednesday night. We also have Justin’s football season party on Tuesday evening and that pretty much only leaves Monday to do cleaning, chores and packing for our trip next week.¬†I’m so excited that next Sunday we will be waking up in Hawaii!

Trick or treat!


Christmas 2008 Recap


Hey, looks like I actually have a few minutes to type something into my much-neglected blog. How ’bout that? Well I’ve been busy with work, a business trip to Hawaii and general family/holiday stuff. Last weekend I don’t think I even turned on my computer! That’s really wierd for me.

Our holiday was great – here’s a rundown of what we did:

  • Watched both White Christmas and It’s a Wonderful Life for the first time ever.
  • Had a cookie exchange which was fun and fattening – the best kind!
  • Spent Christmas Eve at Jim & Kathy’s with other close friends as well. Enjoyed a multitude of “pointsettia” cocktails with the girls.
  • Spent Christmas Day at Kevin & Kathy’s with even more friends (and some of the same from the evening prior).
  • Exchanged presents – The “big” present was a pair of diamond stud earrings that Terry couldn’t wait to give me, and I haven’t taken off yet. I’m also enjoying a fuzzy robe from Eric and some awesome iPod speakers from Justin. I gave Terry an iPod Nano which he loves. Eric is enjoying his dumbbell set and PacSun gift card and Justin loves his new Wii games. We also got Jus an interface and software so he can compose music on the computer – we just haven’t set it all up yet.

Temps here are actually colder than our hometown! It’s only 46 and Fairport is at 55! At least the rain finally stopped – it’s been doing that on and off for almost 2 weeks now, and in case you didn’t hear on the news North Phoenix even got snow! I changed out our sheets last night and we’re on the cozy winter flannel ones now – they¬† made us not want to get out of bed this morning.

Today I’m looking forward to a mostly lazy day. We are going to pick up Terry’s new glasses at Wal-Mart later and then enjoy a nice quiet dinner at home. I’m thinking soup or chili or something warm and comforting.

Here’s some links to my latest photos:

PS – no we did not get a new dog (yet). The pooches you see in the photos are friends’ dogs that naturally gravitate to Justin. He has a way with the canines!



my new favorite holiday cocktail

The Pointsettia

3 oz cranberry juice
Splash Cointreau

Chill all ingredients beforehand. In champagne flute, pour in cranberry juice and splash of Cointreau. Top off with champagne.

If like me your ingredients were not thoroughly chilled, you can start with a little crushed ice in the glass. I served this at my cookie exchange this week and it was a hit!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Sparkly Christmas wishes from our house to yours!