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NYE 11pm

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Our last course this evening consists of mini cream puffs and eclairs. I liked the menu, though I realized after I went shopping that I forgot about cheese and bread to dip in oil and vinegar. Next year!
So I’m singing Crimson and Clover, as you do, and the lyric “my my, such a sweet thing” […]


Monday, December 31st, 2012

The last 4 months of this year have been packed and amazing, and right now I’m singing my heart out with the fam. I think the last Reflection is going to have to wait until morning

NYE 10pm

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Asparagus roll-ups, a recipe I’ve been using for years and such a favorite.
And me and my baby since I haven’t been in a pic yet tonight.

Time for me to sing! I feel a fun. song coming on!!

Reflection, part 2

Monday, December 31st, 2012

May through August
Starting back in April the LA Kings (that’s hockey for those that don’t know) began their play-off run. It became a VERY.BIG.DEAL in our house. The month of May was really a blur of hockey games, both on TV and, for Chris, in person. Oh, and at the end, I had a […]

NYE 9pm

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Stuffed mushrooms. To die for. I used veggie sausage, of course, but I highly recommend this recipe.
And now Daisy’s in the party spirit. We even got her to dance.

NYE 8pm

Monday, December 31st, 2012

“Chicken” taquitos. Not bad, but I really should have made guacamole.
Singing is done for now and now we’re dancing! Man was Tabi disbelieving that I beat her. What with her being the dancer and all,

NYE 7pm

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Kalamatas, garlic stuffed green, green with pimiento, and spicy marinated green beans. Yummy!
So far we’re just singing for the heck of it, no competitions, I think I feel “Rehab” coming up for me followed by “Knocking on Heaven’s Door” (GNR version, of course). Here’s my karaoke avatar for whichever one we’re currently playing. Fashion disaster […]

NYE Reflection part 1

Monday, December 31st, 2012

January through April
Well, it’s been a heck of a year, this 2012. The negative things were so minor, I honestly don’t remember them. We’re all healthy, as are our families, the work front has been good, and all in all, I’d say it was a pretty fun year. Really looking forward to seeing what 2013 […]

NYE 6pm

Monday, December 31st, 2012

And the karaoke has started! Chris started off strong with a Killers’ song, but then had to do a Taylor Swift song to complete a challenge, and well, not so good.

Tabi had to be called in to sing it for him. It was the Romeo and Juliet song so I felt compelled to remind her […]

NYE 5pm

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Starting off tonight’s festivities. First course, hummus with veggies and crackers; plus canned cheese which is nicknamed “Death Cheese” in our house.
I was hoping some East Coast channel would be showing something, but we have to wait until 8pm to get anything so Daisy is watching Sophia the First while the rest of us do […]

Back to basics

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Well, no photo to fall back on, just regular ol’ “what we did today” blogging. I’m probably out of practice.
We slept in a bit this morning, which wasn’t necessarily my intent, but I did not set an alarm so it was certainly a possibility. Breakfast was had and then it was off on the […]

The end result

Tuesday, December 25th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 25
This Christmas season was a little different than previous ones. We didn’t get the decorations up in one fell swoop, our tree buying efforts were continually thwarted, I didn’t really start shopping until a week ahead of time, we barely got to do any Disneyland.
But despite all this, Christmas comes, ready […]

Sleep attire

Monday, December 24th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 24
When I was a kid, we would attend Christmas Eve. at my Great-Grandmother Daisy’s house. This was on my dad’s side of the family and I think we went most years. Some years it was at my Great-Aunt Betty’s house and always there after my Great-Grandma died. I loved having a […]

Pretty Kitty

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 23
Once upon a time, Chris and I were newlyweds and found out our apartment complex would let us have a cat. I had lived my whole life wanting cat so this was a dream come true. We went to the pet store, not to buy a cat, but to read the […]

tree baubles

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 22
Every year since Chris and I were married, we’ve purchased a family ornament. Actually, I guess we don’t have one for 1997, but we have a bride and groom from 1996, an expecting one from 1998, some sort of family of 3 from 1999-2004, plus another expecting for 2004, and then […]

Now that’s a picture

Friday, December 21st, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 21
So I get the camera home, I charge the battery and then I wait for Chris to come home because he went to buy me a memory stick. By the time he gets home, I’m ready, but busy. So he puts the memory stick in for me and tells me he’s […]

picture this

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 20
Once upon a time, I had a lovely Sony Cybershot camera. It was my second Cybershot and I was getting ready to upgrade it again. Then there was that fateful August day. We were at the park for Daisy’s half birthday and I was taking pics. My children then both decided […]

Winter Castle

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 19
Today we’ll keep it simple. Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, at night with holiday lighting.

Pretty lights

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 18
We’re missing some of our traditions this year, but we managed to go see the holiday fireworks at Disneyland. It was really a night with several strokes of good luck.
It didn’t seem that way at first as Tabitha’s Girl Scout meeting ran long so we left later than we would have […]

C is for cookie

Monday, December 17th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 17
A friend of mine read a book a few ago about a cookie club. Though the book is only so-so, it inspired her to create her own cookie club. So every year we get together on the Monday before Christmas Eve and swap cookies and stories. Usually I let Tabitha do […]


Sunday, December 16th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 16
Tree shopping and decorating was very late this year. It’s that kind of month, I guess.
Our first attempt at tree buying was met with rain so we postponed. Our second time out, we honestly could not find a single tree lot within 5-miles of us. We knew of some further away […]

Could never choose just one

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 15
We went to Disneyland today for the purpose of taking Christmas pictures. More accurately, we went to California Adventure for the day and barely spent any time in Disneyland.
California Adventure has undergone a massive transformation in the past couple years. The front area, equivelent to Main Street in Disneyland, is called […]

Gingerbread houses

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 13
Once upon a time, the only thing Tabitha wanted was a gingerbread house kit. At a gift exchange she received a gift card to Michael’s and I suggested she use it on a kit there. She bought it and it promptly sat unopened on top of our fridge for 5 or […]

Truffles, anyone?

Wednesday, December 12th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 12
This week would mark our last week of violin and Great Books until after the New Year, so it was time to make a treat to show our gratitude to the teachers in the girls’ lives. Tabitha is the resident baker in the family so she went through my candy book […]


Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 11
Today’s pic isn’t technically a photograph, it’s a screenshot of our Christmas playlist. I’ve put it in thumbnail so it can be clicked and viewed larger than my blog space allows.

In in you will find classics like Perry Como and Frank Sinatra, and a full choir courtesy of the Mormon Tabernacle […]


Monday, December 10th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 10
Every year for Christmas I had a chocolate advent calendar. I could not tell you when I first got one, nor could I tell you when I stopped. I do know I looked forward to that simple pleasure every year.
My first Christmas no longer living in my mother’s house, she offered […]

Music will bring us together

Sunday, December 9th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 9
I’ve mentioned many times that Chris and I met while standing in line for concert tickets. Music is something that both of us have always enjoyed, but we weren’t always muscially compatible. Had it not been for grunge, we may never had met.
In high school, Chris was very much the Morrissey/OMD/Cure/Oingo […]


Saturday, December 8th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 8
Santa is one of the magical aspects of Christmas that I love. If I’m at the mall near Santa, I always take a minute just to smile at him. In my mind, he epitomizes the joy of giving. We watch countless movies on Santa, and Christmas Eve would not be complete […]

hands of ice

Friday, December 7th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 7
I spend most of my life wishing I was warm. I live for July and August when many of my friends, and all of my family, are complaining about being hot. There is such a thing as too hot, but for me, that’s over a hundred degrees. Ninety is downright beautiful […]


Thursday, December 6th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 6
One thing I love about my oldest child is when an occasion calls for a card, she doesn’t run to the store, no-no; she makes one herself. She get such joy out of this simple pleasure and puts a lot of thought into each one.
Tomorrow there is a holiday party […]

Deck the halls with music

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 5
Music has always been an important part of my life and Christmas music especially. When I was 6ish, I had one of those little record players in a suitcase- who didn’t? At Christmas time I would play my children’s Christmas albums, (one of them Disney, of course) and dance around the […]

need a real post

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Not sure this is it. We had an amazing weekend for Chris’ birthday and I’d like to get it down here as opposed to just Facebook posts.
Around these parts, we don’t decorate for Christmas until Dec. 1 so that it doesn’t take precedence over the birthday. But we were gone this weekend so that […]

Gingerbread Alley

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 4

These are on the shelf that divides the entry way and the living room. The gingerbread house is from Hallmark and plays “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy” and lights us when the doorbell is pushed. I try and push the button every few days and watch the whole display to […]

Hats for everyone!

Monday, December 3rd, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 3

These are all our Disney Santa hats. We really should have another one as the Christmas tree one not only barely lights up anymore, but it never really did a good job of actually standing up on one’s head. I guess that’s why we picked it up at the Disney outlet […]

Dec. 2

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

December Photo Project- Day 2
Last night we attended Chris’ company Christmas party. This isn’t the best picture of us, but it’ll do.

December Photo Project

Saturday, December 1st, 2012

This year I’m participating in the Dec. Photo Project because I figure I take plenty of Christmas photos. Today is Day 1 and is titled Getting Ready.

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