What brings you joy?
Here are a few things that bring joy to my life. In no particular order:
- Early mornings before everyone wakes up. The house is nice and quiet while I enjoy my morning coffee.
- Christmas Shopping. I love picking out gifts for people.
- Wrapping my little one up in a towel and carrying her downstairs after a bath.
- Empty plates after dinner has been consumed.
- A good sandwich.
- Spending time with my husband or my friends.
- A full fridge and full cupboards
- Making tamales with my (“ex”tended) family
- Eating one tamale from the first dozen tamales we make. There’s nothing like a fresh tamale.
- Playing Apples to Apples with the Wright boys.
- My grandmother’s apple cake recipe.
- Target and the chance to win a $300 gift card to my absolutely favorite store EVER thanks to Barking Mad
Here we are again. It’s that time of year where we struggle to find the perfect gift for the kids. I have a large whiteboard that holds my grocery list and any notes that need to be remembered. It’s also an art board for the kids. When people come to visit, half the time they leave little messages on it as well.
This time of year it becomes the place the kids write their wish list.
Here it is:
What’s that? You can’t read it? Well here, let me help you.
What do you think? Too passive aggressive? A mom’s allowed to wish for things too right? And hey, it won’t even cost the kids any money to fulfill my wishes!
I love the 4th of July. It’s my 3rd favorite holiday, right behind Halloween and Christmas. The funny thing is Jason and I rarely do much for it. Another thing is we just never know what the weather will be like. Some years it’s cold, others blazing hot. This year the weather was darn near perfect. It was in the mid to upper 80′s and had been for a few days. That gave the pool time to warm up, and what better way to celebrate than with a BBQ and a pool party?
Instead of writing all about it, I figured I’d show you snippets of our day. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
Can’t wait to do it again next year!
Another Christmas has come and gone, and I’m left with toys, boxes and random stuff with no home. This has to be the hardest part of getting gifts. Finding a place for everything isn’t so easy when you live in a relatively small place. I’ve been making some good headway over the past 6 days though. Yes six. Our official Christmas gift exchange began on December 23rd and I’ve been putting stuff away ever since.
There were some fantastic gifts and some that, as I mentioned would probably happen, missed the mark.
My wonderful husband fulfilled my biggest wish, a wish I’ve had for the past seven years. A brand new KitchenAid mixer, in red. *swoon* Today I’m going to put that baby to work and attempt my first homemade bread. Garlic pull-apart bread to be specific.
My mom also got us a printer/scanner/copier along with paper and ink.
My stocking stuffers. Honestly, I have no one to blame but myself. I’m in charge of that task, so when my stocking lacks fun stuff, it’s because I didn’t get myself anything fun.
You’re not actually expecting me to mention anything else are you? Because I’m not going to.
The piles and piles of trash that gets left behind. I like to call it Glee Debris. And there’s the inevitable trip or 5 to the Goodwill to drop off all the old stuff I had to get rid of in order to make room for the new stuff. And the piles of dishes left over from Christmas breakfast and the general cup/utencil/plate/bowl usage and lack of getting to the dishes because I’m too busy trying to put away stacks of other stuff.
Anyhow, it was a lovely Christmas spent with the people that are important to us. I’m pleased with how it all went, and I’m looking forward to the new year with new memories to be made. Keep in mind though, Christmas 2009 will be here before you know it. Don’t believe me? Just think back a year. How quickly did that time fly by? For me, it seems that every year speeds by at an impossible rate. The years are just flying by. It’s like the old addage goes; The days are long, but the years are short. How true that is.
Christmas Eve 2005
Jessalyn at 4 months
Today I bring you the Friday 5 plus 3. So I guess that would make this the Friday 8, for 1 week only!
1) What’s your favorite holiday tradition?
There’s no simple answer to this since I have a few. The first tradition begins on the first Saturday in December when I get together with the family to prepare our Christmas Eve tamales. Another is getting together with said family on Christmas Eve, scarfing down a boatload of delicious tamales and then the goofy Christmas carol sing along just before we pass out the Christmas gifts, and then of course the gift opening. Another favorite tradition is watching the move White Christmas from 1954. I just love that movie. And another event that is looking to become a tradition is just before Christmas, my girlfriend Kelly comes over and we make food gifts together. Oh and for the second year running, driving out to a neighborhood that really does up their Christmas lights. So fun!
2) A favorite cookie recipe?
Really you can’t go wrong with the Nestle Toll House cookie recipe. A classic and so yummy!
3) Share a story behind a special ornament on your tree.
At least 3/4 of the ornaments on the tree (and still packed away because they didn’t fit) are special. None of them really have a good story that goes with it. But there are a lot of ornaments I used to get every year as a gift from my grandmother. And now, my tree is full of ornaments I’ve been collecting for my 3 children over the years. They’re all special to me because each ornament for my kids represent that year. Most of them have pictures of them so I get to look at them year after year and see how much they’ve grown. If the ornament doesn’t have a picture, I went out of my way to get something that related to the year. One year Caitlin was really into Hello Kitty, so I got her a Hello Kitty ornament. Chris was into Toy Story so he goot a Woody ornament. Jess loves Tigger and so, well you get it.
4) All you want from Santa is….?
A KitchenAid mixer!
5) What’s your favorite Christmas movie and why?
White Christmas without a doubt. Bing Crosby’s voice is amazing, Danny Kaye is hilarious, The music is beautiful, the choreography is incredible, the sets are quaint, the story is sweet. That movie never fails to make my eyes water. I ALWAYS get a tear in my eye at the end when the General walks in and there they are, his regiment from the Army. Oh man, it’s so great. I just LOVE this movie!!!
6) Are you dong anything special for the holidays this year?
No more special than every other year. But it’s all special to me.
7) What’s the best toy you ever got when you were a kid?
I’d have to say it was the year I asked for Barbie clothes. By the time I was finished unwrapping everything, I think I had every outfit on the market for Barbie at the time.
8 ) Why is Christmas special to you?
I love gifting people. There’s just something wonderful about taking a few moments to think about each person on your list, and thoughtfully pick out something they’ll hopefully enjoy. It’s the perfect time to express gratitude for being your friend, family member, spouse, child… And it’s a time when everyone can sit around and share stories and make memories together.
I know not everyone reading this celebrates Christmas, but in our family we do. So I’m going to wish you a Merry Christmas as well as Happy Holidays!