Posts Tagged 'holidays'

Random thoughts and reflections

As we are coming to the end of the year, it seems appropriate to look back at 2009.

Some things have not changed – the kids have very obviously grown a few inches each, but they are the same lovable Eric and Justin. Same personalities, likes and dislikes, and the same challenges. Work continues to present challenges for both myself and Terry, and my travel schedule was pretty hectic at times. We had some good times with good friends, especially over the summer, though not as often as we may have liked. We enjoyed another season of football for Justin. Next year will be his last before playing for high school, which is a whole different world.

Some things have changed quite a bit – we welcomed a new and furry family member, Duke, who has easily settled into our home and our lives. We’ve made a few new friends in the neighborhood as well as through football. One of the biggest changes: Terry’s parents will arrive today or tomorrow, making Arizona their permanent home. Their first move since 1972!

I logged the frequent flyer miles with trips to Sacramento, Hollywood, Las Vegas, and the Bahamas. Of course our vacation in Hawaii was the best of all. Terry got to travel a bit, with a business trip to Las Vegas and of course Lake Tahoe where he won the Hawaii trip – he can’t wait to go back to Tahoe next year in hopes of getting another prize like that one.

We enjoyed some family visits – Terry’s Aunt Bobbie and Uncle Vern visited us from Ohio and Terry’s brother Tim came with his brood all the way from Switzerland in April. Easter was spent with them as well as Terry’s cousins Russ & Sherri and their family. My brother Damian visited over Thanksgiving and my Mom and stepdad just left last week after a 2-week visit.

2009 presented many challenges, but truly challenges are opportunities. I hope that 2010 holds many good opportunities in store for us as well.

Best wishes to you and yours for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



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!

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!

Erin Go Bragh!

Post-holiday melancholy

Putting the Christmas decorations away gets me down each year. First of all, the thought of having about two hours of work in front of me isn’t so appealing. Putting away the ornaments, folding up the tree, carefully wrapping and packing the holiday bits and bobs spattered around the house, leaving no trace that Christmas even happened is downright depressing. Maybe it won’t be so bad this year because the holiday wasn’t the same for me, being jobless and all. It’s hard to be joyful and cheery when you’re wondering where your next paycheck is coming from. Still, I’d better hop to it before I leave for my trip or they will still be around when I get back.

Speaking of paychecks, I had a job interview Friday. It went well. It’s a very small company (only five people including this new hire and an intern) and I interviewed directly with the owner. I think she liked me, and she’s only meeting with two other candidates so I have a real shot at the position. I was also reassured when I learned that the pay I’m looking for is right in line with what they’re offering, so there is hope. Please say prayers, cross fingers, and send some good juju my way. I should find out the week after next.

Hey, I found a new blog I’m really enjoying. This woman named Ree used to be a working girl like me, in California. She traded in her “high heels for tractor wheels” and is now living the ranch life in Colorado with her hubby nicknamed “Marlboro Man”, their kids and other animals. I’m having fun living vicariously through her writing – it’s satisfying my country girl side without the need to actually experience what she deems the “Pioneer Life”. Check it out at and if you like down home cooking, her recipes are fantastic I’m also jealous of her photography skills, though the subjects I shoot aren’t typically as romantic as mustangs feeding at dawn on a Colorado mountain ranch.