Monthly Archives: December 2008

a {not so} rotten christmas.



{husband as santa at lupe and adrian’s}

the title refers to a little incident husband was involved in on christmas eve. he went to get j balloons from the dollar tree on christmas eve and long story short, got into an verbal altercation with another customer who was being very rude to the female employee, and then insisted that she give him an extra balloon because she charged him an extra .98 (HELLO, have you heard of sales tax?). no matter what, she couldn’t convince him that she charged him correctly, and then just decided to give the guy the stupid balloon. husband basically told him to be nice, to which the man responded that he didn’t need husband’s help and should mind his own business. he then told husband, you know what? i hope you have a ROTTEN christmas! husband just said, who says that? what kind of a person are you? you need to look at that balloon you’re buying! yes, readers, he was buying a happy face balloon. now i know we are not to expect much from the buyer at dollar tree on the day before christmas, but that was really uncalled for. and we had the last laugh because our christmas was wonderful.  i just told husband, the man probably just lost his job and the only thing he can afford to buy his kids is balloons. or the man and his wife (who promptly walked out of the store while the whole thing was going on) are getting a divorce and they are waiting until after the holidays to tell everyone.

anyway, christmas came and went so very fast, but husband said this was the best he’s had in a long time. mission accomplished. i have always loved this time of year and am glad that he loved it too.


{christmas eve dinner}


this was husband’s turkey post-dinner. as a non-meat eater, this is pretty gross to me.


{mariah was sooooo happy to get her surfboard}




{christian saying my abs hurt so bad. according to mariah, the expected response is, oh, so you’ve been working out?}aahhh! updating blog is too tiresome. will update with more photos later!

 i’m posting a video next of our christmas day madness (scroll down the page). it is password protected since it sort of shows j’s face (another reminder that he’s not ours offically yet!). if you are a blog buddy or in-life one, and don’t have the password, email or comment with your address and i’ll get it to you.

i can’t get our video camera to download into my moviemaking program, so had to use those on my digital camera. very bad lighting, but i suppose it gives it that old movie feel.



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if you still have money…

after the holidays, read ahead.
sadly, i do not. am making it a resolution to not buy for three months. yikes!

check out these sellers on etsy. i bought these cute things for my loved ones for christmas.


flower earrings from flowers for your ears.



hand stamped family necklace from rhb designs. a great gift for any mother.


pug print for a friend who has a pug from john w. golden. his digital art is a must-see.



bob marley and ed hardy onesies from snorgbaby for my brother, michael, his girlfiend, audrey, and baby elijah. ok, so i haven’t sent them out yet, but will get around to it!


cute farm animal stamps for my friend who teaches animal farm.  these are from nikoart.

go handmade!

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from our house to yours…

have a wonderful holiday!


taking some time off from blogging to enjoy some r & r. see you in the new year!


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baking to do.

busy night last night baking and packaging. overslept this morning, but, luckily, j had a pajama party today, so it was wake up and go!

have more baking to do, but love, love, love it.

made these::


hello dolly bars::my mom gave me this recipe years ago. the same recipe happens to be on the can of evaporated milk. not an ancient chinese secret i guess!


peppermint bark:: j’s hooked on these. he has learned that “please” gets him a lot, but not too much of this!


{image via here}

chocolate fudge::easiest recipe ever, also on the can of condensed milk. does anyone else lick the can? i love, love, love it.

left to do:


lemon bars


chocolate chip cookies {image and recipe via sunset}


madeleines, my favorite cookie EVER.

marcel proust says of the madeleine, “I raised to my lips a spoonful of the cake . . . a shudder ran through my whole body and I stopped, intent upon the extraordinary changes that were taking place.”
exactly! yum!


i will be ATTEMPTING to make these french almond macaron/macaroons from martha stewart.

one last holiday shindig to attend and i will be making this.


sunset did it again. they have so many recipes to choose from but i narrowed it down to the orange trifle.

looking forward to a weekend of sleeping in, cuddling, watching elf and it’s a wonderful life AGAIN, listening to christmas tunes, enjoying the hustle and bustle of the mall, visiting with friends and family, and taking drives to see cozy homes with twinkling lights. 

have a wonderful weekend! 

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{it IS a wonderful life}


inspiring teens?

very hard at times, my friends.

this movie, however, is enough to make anyone tear up.

my english language development class (a class of second language learners) has been watching it’s a wonderful life. such a timeless classic with universal themes. love, love, love it. i love george bailey, with his unending amount of integrity, and mary, who makes everything in life beautiful and is eternally devoted to her family. the kids have been list-making (25 things they’d like to do before they are 25), and we’ve been talking about what’s important in life.

they moaned and groaned at first (you know…it is  a black and white movie), but once george and mary began their courtship they were hooked. after we’re done, they’ll be giving a “george bailey award” to someone who’s inspired them this year.

watch it with your loved ones…you won’t be sorry (but do have a box of tissues with you!)

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{the meaning of Christmas}


{image via cottage living}


as i was decorating our cozy red house, i remembered that someone shared this with me last year.


First Corinthians 13 Christmas Version

If I decorate my house perfectly with plaid bows,
strands of twinkling lights and shiny balls,
but do not show love to my family,
I’m just another decorator.

If I slave away in the kitchen,
baking dozens of Christmas cookies,
preparing gourmet meals and
arranging a beautifully adorned table at mealtime,

but do not show love to my family,
I’m just another cook.

If I work at a soup kitchen,
carol in the nursing home,
and give all that I have to charity;
but do not show love to my family,
it profits me nothing.

If I trim the spruce with shimmering angels and crocheted snowflakes,
attend a myriad of holiday parties
and sing in the choir’s cantata,
but do not focus on Christ,
I have missed the point.

Love stops the cooking to hug the child.
Love sets aside the decorating to kiss the spouse.
Love is kind, though harried and tired.
Love does not envy another’s home that has coordinated Christmas china and table linens.

Love does not yell at the kids to get out of the way,
but is thankful they are there to be in the way.
Love does not give only to those who are able to give in return;
but rejoices in giving to those who cannot.

Love bears all things,
believes all things,
hopes all things,
and endures all things.

Love never fails.

Video games will break,
pearl necklaces will be lost,
golf clubs will rust,
but giving the gift of love will endure.

–Sharon Jaynes


so true, don’t you think?



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