Thursday, December 30, 2010

Merry Christmas...

This year we went on lots of outings with friends and family to see various lights so we could just have fun and get in the Christmas spirit.  Here's a few of the things we did:

Went to Gardner Village to see the elves... took Dee's friend Kyle along...



Made our annual trip to Winder Dairy with the Hottons... (epically, this was the first year that no-one spilled hot chocolate on Dee!)  We also walked around Christmas Street in Taylorsville and ended up playing domino's at the Hottons where a cupcake war broke out between a certain husband and wife...



A new tradition which we will certainly go back every year for... Hogle Zoo Lights!  We went on 1/2 price night so the line to get in was a little longer than usual, but it was so worth it.  Once you actually got in, it didn't seem crowded at all!  Nana & Pops treated us to hot chocolate, hot dogs/corn dogs & fries.  That was the BEST corn dog I have ever had in my life... no joke!  I could have stayed here all night...


Christmas eve was spent delivering gifts, eating yummy food and watching movies.  Christmas Day started at our house for our present exchange, then we went over to Nana & Pops' for the day.  The food was as usual, amazing... roast beef. ham, turkey, roast potatoes, parsnips, stuffing, cheesy potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, horseradish carrots, brussel sprouts, corn, bread sauce, cranberry sauce, gravy, rolls, mincemeat pies, jam tarts, & all kinds of cookies and bars...

We did our family toast where we all toasted the things we love with non-alcoholic bubbly and Nana had several HUGE boxes of wrapped up presents that everyone could open any time the timer went off... a huge hit with the kids.  The boys did their annual hike up the mountain with Pops in the snow, but amidst all the excitement, I forgot to take ANY pics at Nana & Pops' house. :( 

I hope each of you also had a very merry Christmas filled with family, friends and fun.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Flashback Friday...

This video makes me smile every time I watch it.  It was taken on our way to California this summer. :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tis The Season...

A new tradition we started last year was to meet at Temple Square on one of the Mondays before Christmas.  My two lame sisters totally bugged out this year, (excuses, excuses...), but we had a great time with Nana & Pops. :)  Nana brought bags of M&M's for us to munch on while we were walking around... what a fabulous idea!  She and Dee also decided at one point that it would be funny to walk around arm in arm singing carols at the top of their lungs...  that is when I decided I would walk a little bit ahead of them!  We did manage to get some fun pics of the lights...


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Deck The Halls... Part 2 & 3

The halls have been completely decked for over a week now, but of course I am just getting around to posting about it!  It's a tradition for the grandchildren who live near to go over to Nana & Pops' to help decorate their tree.  The kids are older now, but they still enjoy it.  It's also tradition to hang ornaments from ears instead of branches.  Dee actually threaded hers through her pierced holes... and I was banned from posting the one of my Dad with them stuck in his nose.


Doing Mum's tree got my kids in the decorating spirit.  I have found that the trick to getting them to help more is to just flat out refuse to decorate.  This way they drag all the stuff up from the basement, move the furniture, vacuum and put the tree together. :)  Much less work for moi!  We now put up two trees... Our regular green tree which has no reason or rhyme to it at all... in fact it is a covered in mismatched ornaments that we have made or received from friends... (we LOVE it because every ornament on there has a story), and a smaller Dallas Cowboys tree that goes in the front hallway.  It's amusing to note that Mike Jr is banned by his sister and his father from putting any Colts ornaments on the Dallas tree even though they are blue too.  :)  This year after the sales I will definitely be shopping for a big pre-lit green tree.  I love how easy the white one is to put up!


Now if I could just get the shopping and baking done...

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Deck The Halls... Part 1

The week before Thanksgiving we found out a big snow storm was coming in, so we quickly put up lights outside the house.  This is the first year we have ever attempted to decorate outside, and it was good fun even though we almost froze to death.  (The snow literally started within an hour of us finishing.)  My hubby, (who is a big scaredy cat when it comes to heights), got Kyle, one of Dee's friends, to climb on top of the roof and secure the highest lights.  (We only did the first level for this year.)  And all it cost us was a bag of fast food... A steal!  Ya gotta love teenagers and their willingness to work for cheap. :)

I was so nervous while Kyle was up there that I didn't get a pic of him on the roof...  I was too busy situating the rest of us around the roof in case he lost his footing.  The only pic I got was of these two goofballs getting the ones they could reach via ladder.


I lost the battle on the colors... I wanted red & green, but I was outvoted 3-1, so red & white it is.  I have to admit, they do look festive though. :)  Our porch is still looking quite dark since I need to use all the decor from there for our Relief Society Christmas Program on Saturday, so no completed lit-up picture yet... 

How about you?  Have you done any decorating?

Friday, December 3, 2010

Miami Heat Vs. Cleveland Cavaliers...


I like basketball.  You wouldn't know it to look at me now, but I actually played varsity for my High School.  One of the great things about now being in Utah is that the NBA games come on two hours earlier, so I get to watch a lot more than I used to when I lived on the East Coast.  It's definitely good times. :)

Tonight hubby and I were watching the Heat/Cavaliers game, and I have to admit I have not been a huge Heat fan.  I pretty much root against them just because there has been so much hype about how great they are going to be this year with their big three... LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.

However, tonight I found myself actually rooting for this team!  Why you may ask?  Well to be completely honest, I was pretty irritated and disgusted by the Cavalier fans and their treatment of LeBron James.  I get it... they are mad at him for leaving when he became a free agent, and fine, boo him when he comes out.  But to chant "a-hole" over and over was pretty crass.  Add to that the fact that there were posters and tee-shirts all over the place that disparaged, belittled and made fun of him and I actually felt really bad for the dude.  I just wanted to tell those fans... Really?  GET OVER IT!  I understand that you feel you have gotten a bad wrap in the sports world, but LeBron gave you 7 good years and put your team on the map as far as I am concerned.  Be thankful and move on.  I have never seen such a bunch of haters in my life.  Sad times. :(

Consequently, I have never been so happy to see a team get dominated than I was tonight.  I frequently root for the underdogs unless it is my fav team playing, but tonight I was happy to see LeBron score 38 points, (even sitting out the whole fourth quarter), and his team crushed the Cav's 118-90.  Miami literally played their best game of their season, finally pulling it together after looking pretty mediocre this year. 

Of course, I am not a Miami Heat fan now, and I will still root against them in the future I am sure, but I was impressed that despite the fans treating him like crap, LeBron took the higher road in his post-game interview and when given the opportunity to give a message to the fans, he just simply said "7 great years. Loved every part, loved every moment.  From the growth when I was an 18 year old kid to a 25 year old man... and we tried our best... as a team we tried our best to bring a championship to the city and, you know, just tried to play hard every night... I have the utmost respect for this franchise and the utmost respect for these fans..."

Of course, his game tonight spoke for itself.  You go LeBron. :)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Why I Married Him...

When we lived in our apartment back East, Mike was one of the engineers which meant every time it snowed, he and three other guys had to completely clear all the sidewalks in the neighborhood.  We lived in a neighborhood with many elderly people, so once he was finished with shoveling the walks, he would go and dig out the cars of some of his favorite neighbors who he knew would struggle.  It used to warm my heart to know that he cared about people that way.

Now that we live in our own house here in Utah, he doesn't have to clear every sidewalk in the neighborhood, but he always looks for a couple of people he can lend a hand to.  Over the course of this weekend my good hubby shoveled 6-7 driveways at 1-2 feet of snow a piece.  Sometimes it does a soul good to remember the reasons we fell in love with a person in the first place. :)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Michael Lingo...

Two years in to our marriage, my cute hubby made the grave mistake of buying me a blender for Christmas.  His intentions were noble... "look sweetie, now you can make your own baby food just like you've wanted"... but it was a blender none-the-less.  Every person who asked me what I got for Christmas cringed or giggled when I told them, and innocent hubby (who got a lot of crap from people), swore he would never buy me an appliance as a gift again.  It has been an ongoing joke every time that a birthday or Christmas comes along.  This year a few months before my birthday was not any different, except for my reply... I added "well, unless it's a kitchen aid mixer, haha."  After all, what gal doesn't want one of those?  Or maybe it's just me with my Food Network Obsession.  I have seriously drooled over those things for years.  But the price tag?  Yikes!

Well, I didn't think much of it at the time, but can you imagine my giddy surprise the day before Thanksgiving when this was delivered to me in bed the morning of my birthday?


Yes ladies... that is a beautiful, professional Black KitchenAid mixer.  And to sweeten the gift, he paid HALF PRICE!  I did mentally question his choice in getting me the professional model... after all, I am not a professional cook in any stretch of the imagination... (except maybe in mine when I am doing my own cooking show when no-one is around...), but I figure he took the Johnny Lingo approach to it...

Do you know the movie?  It is AWESOME!  Johnny Lingo, one of the most desired bachelors and a trader in the south pacific islands decides to bargain for a wife.  He goes after one of the homeliest girls on the island, (Mahana), and offers a record price of eight cows for her.  Of course, this causes quite a sensation on the island as people joked about him paying only 1/2 a cow, or her father having to pay out cows for anyone to take her.  A year after the marriage, Johnny and his wife return for the first time and all the islanders find that Mahana is extremely beautiful and very confident.  Johnny explains that by paying eight cows he proved that she was worth more to him than any other woman on the island. He gave her a great gift, that of self-worth.

So I figure hubby's thought process is similar to Johnny's... "if I buy her the professional model, she WILL BE a professional cook."  (Just like Mahana became the 8-cow wife.)   Whatever the reason for him indulging me, I am in heaven and look for any excuse to use it... so if you get cookies or other goods delivered to your door, now you know why. :)