Thursday, December 31, 2009
Fast forward to 2009 where I decide to attempt my first gingerbread house. Now I fully know and understand my limitations, so I opted for the store bought kit. This is theirs...
This is ours....
The experience was quite frustrating but at the same time Mac and I had a great time trying to figure it out and Charlie enjoyed eating the frosting.
I resolve to try again. At least I have 11 months to figure out the game plan.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Even though it was short lived, it was beautiful...
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Christmas Eve my parents came over and we had a few appetizers and dessert. Nothing fancy, however I did make my first attempt at bread pudding and by all accounts I believe it was a success. About a year ago, Jay and I had one of our rare date nights where we ventured to Raglan Road at the Power and Light district, in which I had the best dessert I have ever had...bread pudding. All i can say is
oh my goodness. Smooth, creamy, warmed baked bread with caramel and whip cream...oh my
Anyways I digress, back to Christmas...
We had a White Christmas...it started sleeting Christmas Eve which turned into snow by evening that continued till about noon on Christmas. So lovely...
At 4 am, Charlie came into our room proclaiming that Santa was here. He could hear him eating our cookies as well as the reindeer bells. Love that! We got Charlie back to sleep but we were all up about 6:30 ish, and both boys could hardly wait.
After present opening, viewing and inspecting we made and ate monkey bread.
Spent most of the day in PJs, being lazy, enjoying the new gifts and enjoying each other
Headed to my parents where we concluded the festivities with a dinner and a few more gifts.
Christmas 2009 was pretty darn close to my Norman Rockwell vision.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Although painful, Jay's family has a wonderful tradition of taking family pictures of each of the families after dinner but before talent/presents. I am missing some shots of Debbie's family so I will have to remedy that by getting shots from Stevenie or Nicole.
Jay's Grandma Pete and Grandpa Bud
Grandma and Grandpa with the cousins (including Anderson)
Jay's Immediate family
The O'Rourke Gang (Charlie pretending that's his family)
we missed you Alicia and Giacomo but can't wait to see you next year.
Talent (the story of Jesus' birth) 1 great narrator
and 2 awesome angels
Chocolate birthday cake and Happy Birthday for Jesus
Friday, December 18, 2009
In selecting my pictures for our year in review, i found that i have a strange fetish with taking pictures of my feet. You need proof?
I really don't like feet, but looks like I like to take pictures of them. I'm not a writer, not good with words, so I'm sure this will sound corny, but as i look at these random pictures of my feet, it makes me think of a bigger picture, of where these feet have taken me in the last 36 years. They took me to 6 different states as a child (the number of times we moved growing up), to airplane rides with my Grandpa, Blackberry picking in the hot humid Missouri summer, to a month in Germany as an exchange student, climbing the KU hills to get to class, to meet my groom on my wedding day. They carried the burden of an extreme weight gain with baby Mac, heck I couldn't see my ankles at month 5, they carried me through 2 half marathons this year.
I wonder will these feet will take me next.
On a completely random note, totally listening to "Two is Better Than One" by Boys like Girls with Taylor Swift. Yeah loving that song.
Friday, December 11, 2009
I can't begin to tell you how happy that simple gesture made me. It made me so happy the kindness of a stranger, that I wanted to cry. Yes, I know it was only a cup of coffee, but it's the big picture.
Pay it forward people, pay it forward...Even if its simple, pay it forward.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Pardon my dirty railings.
Really...no school, school was cancelled for this dusting. Now I will admit it's very very chilly (like 13 below zero with windchill) but no school. Wow!
Monday, December 7, 2009
As we were waiting in line the following conversation took place:
Charlie: What does Ho Ho Ho mean?
Jay: It means Hello in North Polian
Charlie is next, he was so excited he just could not stand it
Charlie and Santa
Of course after our visit several questions were raised as to the location of Santa's reindeer. I deferred to Jay and his response was not quite as clever as the meaning of 'HO HO HO.' I think it was something like the reindeer were hiding since they don't see people often, we might scare them...Charlie seemed to agree.
I love the magic of this season.
For the record Mac opted out of having his picture taken with Santa.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
If there is such a thing as perfection, this weekend would have defined it. Perfect food, perfect weather, rest, reflection, time spent enjoying each other and the simple things life has to offer.
Now, I just need to get back on the wagon.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
My Lord and Savior...thank you for loving me unconditionally even with all my faults
My kiddos..seriously how did i get so lucky?
Coffee..latte from Starbucks, dunkin donuts for home brew delish
My camera...that allows me to capture moments...both big and small.
My health, my family's health...enough said
These two...my mom & dad
Saturday, November 21, 2009
Memorable quote: There is nothing, spouse, boyfriend/girlfriend, sports, hobbies, friends that will fill the hole in your heart that is meant to be filled by Jesus.
A night in Kansas City (Power & Light, Sprint Center, Bartle Hall)
stress trying to find the parking garage that was free but couldn't due to blocked streets
stress from showing up 'late' for my scheduled volunteer shift due to parking issues
spending the evening with 20,000 + youth, adults, proclaiming Christ Reigns...PRICELESS
Saturday, November 14, 2009
4 different doses of peanut butter over that 3 1/2 hour period
Time spent reading, watching movies playing bouncy ball in a confined room with an active 4 year old
No reaction to Peanut Butter, no more epi pen, no more Benadryl
Total expenses for the day $1400
Seriously...the dude won't even eat peanut butter now that he can. He finally tried a Reese's peanut butter cup and he didn't really like it. While my insurance will cover the costs of this visit to the allergist it's absolutely insane and ended up being almost 5X more what the hospital said they would charge us. Yes, I double checked with the hospital after we received a bill for over $700 for a consult visit..10 minute to gather the information they already had on Charlie's case...
I am plain FRUSTRATED!!!!
And a picture because a post is always better with a picture:
Friday, November 13, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Saturday we had the pleasure of meeting Stevenie, Nicole, Debbie and sweet baby Tillie at the Zoo. This was Charlie's first trip to the KC zoo and it was a perfect day…I mean absolutely perfect. The temp was high 60's, low 70's…yes in November.
Some things to note:
- 20 minutes is too long to wait for a cool refreshment and snacks from the zoo snack bar
- One should not wear flip flops to the zoo
- The KC zoo is big, lots of walking
- Char loves penguins, I never thought I would hear the end of the fact that our zoo didn't have penguins
- Mac was much more interested in following the game (KU vs KSU) on my blackberry than the zoo
- Baby Tillie is gorgeus and so good, one of the best babies I've ever been around
Pictures from the day
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Waiting for the parade
The only way I ever get in a picture
These bikes were pretty cool.
I was really into the bands this year.
Trick or Treat