Thursday, December 30, 2010
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
More stories and photos tomorrow!
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Monday, December 20, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Ever since I started hosting my parents on Christmas, for 7 years now, I've been figuring out what traditions I want to keep from my childhood (lasagna for Christmas eve dinner and cinnamon buns on christmas day) and what traditions I want to create (decorating a gingerbread house... then it was cookies... this year sugar cookies but the idea is still evolving). After marrying Dave I got to choose what traditions we borrowed from his family (Carrot Chowder/Tomato soup and their method of stocking gifting- though that will have to change next year since Santa fills stockings, not family.
I just love our mantle. I love the way our stockings and the wreath really make the fireplace look especially festive. I love that Santa will fill these stockings! SO FUN!
Now some of these traditions are 'in the works' but I love them even more. For example, the first year we decorated a gingerbread house the roof slid off, the cookies were rock solid because I bought the kit and there was probably as much saliva on the house as frosting but we didn't care. My parents and Grampa groaned when I told them this was a new tradition (and they had to do it, damn it) but by the end of the day we laughed so much about that darn gingerbread house it was the perfect memory to a newly created tradition. Last year, the cookies were decorated in interesting fashion- some headless, some with babies in their belly and we had so much fun doing it. (some were even decorated in naughty fashion, an homage to Grampa). I was thrilled at the enthusiasm and just love love love this every changing tradition- and we get to do it TWO times, once with each family- SO FUN!
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Monday, December 13, 2010
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Hopefully he will stop doing this soon. He has definitely cut back but when he's tired he does more of this. I wish he would stop, his face is now rough and sometimes we can see the rough skin on the tip of his nose...
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
So then there is this page... I like this page a lot better. So does Nolan, especially the grapes. But what's up with the carrots? Carrots do NOT look like that. They are pointy at one end and have soft greens at the other. Not carrot sticks. that's weird. I mean, who decided to forgo the original carrot and photograph carrot STICKS instead?
The things my little brain ponders.