Chris has agreed to let T have a big New Year's Eve party. God help me. She's swears she's gonna clean prior to and after her party. Yeah right.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Chris has agreed to let T have a big New Year's Eve party. God help me. She's swears she's gonna clean prior to and after her party. Yeah right.
Friday, December 26, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
Last year when we went into the city it was fairly warm. At one point I actually took my jacket off and walked around because the sun was out and I had a heavy sweater underneath my coat. We also try to get a profressional family taken of the family in front of the tree at Rockefeller Center when we can. In last year's photo we all have our coats off (and last year's photo was the photo in which T really surpassed me in height. Big time.). My girls absolutely LOVE going into the city. I think it's one of the things they really look foward to when we drive up North. They love Times Square, 5th Avenue, Radio City, FAO, the American Girl store, the Hard Rock (you know -- all the touristy stuff!). We also had a nice family walk thru Central Park last year.
So, since I'm being melancholy and thinking about NY (pizza and bagels, oh my!), today's photos will reflect Christmas in the City.
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Friday, December 19, 2008
Had a good time last night at our annual dirty Santa party; goof friends, good food, good gifts to steal. I love the silver snowman dish I stole from Kelley (who may have stole it from someone else). It looks perfect on my coffee table. T met w/ some friends this afternoon for lunch at our favorite Mexican restaurant and had a dirty Santa, too. She got some movie passes (perfect!).
We are having the craziest weather. My car gauge read 73 this afternoon. I can't stand it. I feel like I live in FL or something. Doesn't even feel like Christmas and I'm so jealous of everyone up north who is having a snow day. There's nothing better than waking up, seeing all that snow and going back to bed. Miss those days!
Tomorrow's the "BIG" day -- get ready to be bored to tears w/ pics of our new puppy!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Went to KJ's 3rd grade Christmas program at school today. Very cute. Short, sweet and to the point. The kids sang a couple of Christmas carols and then we went up to her room for some crafts and a pancake breakfast. We have a room "dad" this year rather than a room "mom" and he's doing quite a decent job.
T gets out of school around 1 PM today; KJ her regular time. Both girls get out at 1 PM tomorrow. I've heard from the breeder and KJ & I have plans to meet her @ 2 PM to pick-up Trixie and bring her home with us. Can't wait!!!! I printed out the picture the breeder sent us and KJ took it to school to show everyone today.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Thursday KJ has a 9:30 AM Christmas program and a pancake breakfast immediately following. I think T gets out of school fairly early on Thursday and again on Friday. Friday afteroon she's having a dirty santa w/ some friends too. I think while she's at her dirty santa lunch, KJ & I will get some last minute stuff done. Not sure when T & Austin are going to exchange gifts. I think he's going out of town on Tuesday.
Yesterday I met Chris for lunch and took packages to PakMail to be shipped out. I think everything should get there in plenty of time. I also ran to Bed Bath & Beyond for some candles and tea-lights. I went to PetSmart and bought Trixie a new bed. We need to get a crate before we get the dog Saturday afteernoon. My Christmas cards are out. I think the only thing I have left to do is wrap presents. I also need to think about my nightly menu's for when my family's here. It's basically going to be a revolving door and we'll almost have 2 Christmas's by the time my brother & his family get here Saturday.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
1) Cyndi Lauper- “Christmas Conga”
2) Destiny’s Child- “8 Days of Christmas”
3) No Doubt- “Oi to the World”
4) The Ramones- “Merry Christmas (I Don’t Wanna Fight Tonight)“
5) Clay Aiken- “Merry Christmas With Love”
6) The Beach Boys- “Santa’s Beard”
7) Bruce Springsteen- “Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town”
8) The Smashing Pumpkins- “Christmastime”
9) Paul McCartney- “Wonderful Christmastime”
10) Madonna- “Santa Baby”
Monday, December 15, 2008
Dreary, rainy day in the Ham. Christmas cards are done, just need some stamps. Beds are made already, dishwasher is filled and going, load of laundry going, too. I have to clean up my guest room and get some stuff in the attic before my folks get here. I think they'll be here next Monday and my bother and his family will be here the Saturday after Christmas.
Some Christmas movies I'd like to see: Marley & Me, Bedtime Stories w/ Adam Sandler. T & I still haven't seen Twilight. T & I heard on the radio the other day that the director will not be back for the second Twilight movie which has really upset fans. They felt that her direction and vision made the book come to life. Also, they said the young man who played Jacob Black may not be back. After the actor who plays Edward, he's the next popular character and the powers that be said they won't pay both of them big bucks.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I've heard from our breeder regarding our little puppy, Trixie, that's what KJ & I have named her (see photo above!). Trixie will be ready to come home w/ us any time after 12/20 so I guess we'll be driving out to Talladega next Sunday to get her. I can't wait and KJ is just beside herself. Buddy basically had the run of the house and I think we're going to try to "crate" train her. We also looked at cute little doggie beds today. Since I'm a little too old to have another baby (and my darling daughters positively FREAK at the thought of a baby in the house), I guess a little puppy will have to do!
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Last night the Dance Team and the dance classes at the high school put on a little show w/ some dances from the Nutcracker. We may or may not have video. Chris rushed in from Boaz and arrived just as the Bucanettes went on. He borrowed our friend's video camera, wasn't very familiar w/ it and tried to figure it out in the dark theater. I do have a couple of photos. The girls all looked great and performed very well. T was a bit nervous, though. I could see it in her face. She gets this panicked kind of look in her eyes.
After I dropped both girls to school I went grocery shopping. now I'm trying to get my Christmas cards done. KJ is having a couple girls sleep-over tonight. God help me!
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Having some dental work today. I'm having a crown put on from way back on the end of September when I had that root canal. We've had some insurance changes over the last couple of months so I put it off as long as I could. The edges of the tooth are a little rough so the inside of my mouth is getting rubbed raw and it's been bothering me the last couple of days.
Little confusion lat the basketball game last night. Apparently the stereo equipment the dance team used the previous night had disappeared so they did not get to perform at half-time of the freshman game. Their sponsor wanted them to wait around to dance in between the end of the freshman game and the start of the JV game provided they found stereo equipment in time. Well, that didn't work out for us. KJ had dance @ 5:30 PM and T teaches the baby class at 5:45 PM. So, KJ ended up being a little late to her dance a few minutes late but T made it in time to teach. She was still in her little red Christmas outfit from dance team and taught the class while wearing it and all the little girls told her she looked like an elf.
I had a carful of lax equipment last night and met Chris @ the store after I dropped everyone off @ dance. Picked up KJ from her class and grabbed a bite to eat at Sal's (our regular Tuesday hang-out).
I've already warned the girls that tonight we will be taking photos for Christmas cards no if's and's or but's about it. I saw the funniest book the other night at Barnes & Noble. I don't know what the name of it was but it was a compilation of really bad Santa photos. You know the kind: kids screaming and crying, reaching out for mom or dad to get them the hell off Santa's lap, etc.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Got my haircut today. Yay!!! I needed it so bad! Jeffrey had a sign on his mirror that prices went up effective October 1 so I know I haven't been in since then. Honestly, I think my last haircut w/ August when the girls went back to school.
Ran to the mall for T earlier this afternoon. She needs a couple of grab bag/dirty santa type gifts over the next couple of weeks for various things. She has a 4:30 PM basketball game tonight, KJ has dance @ 5:30 PM and T teaches her little baby class at 5:30 PM today. KJ gets out of class @ 7:15 PM, T gets out at 8:45 PM.
Our tree is up in the living room but that's about it. No lights, no decorations. Maybe Chris can get the lights on tonight while the girls are at dance. We'd like to decorated tomorrow but he has boy's all-star lax practice. I don't know when this tree is ever going to get done. Maybe we'll just leave it as is.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
T had seen a pair of black suede boots she wants but when we went to look at them today, they were a little more than I'm willing to spend right now. I'd put them away for her for Christmas but that doesn't always work so well in this house. We shopped around a bit to see if we could find something similar but we didn't. We went into the Brighton store and I put a few things on a wish list so the girls and Chris could pick something out for me for Christmas. When we left the mall we called Chris to join us for lunch at Moe's. During the short, 2-minute ride from the Galleria to Moe's I joked w/ T and said I wonder how long it will take the lady from the Brighton store to call Dad. Sure enough, Chris walks into Moe's and says, "So I hear you were at the Brighton store today." On our way home from the Moe's T stopped and had her eyebrows waxed (TMI???). I don't know why she just won't pluck them like a normal person.
This man hasn't even been sworn into office and a county in Alabama is already honoring him with a paid holiday for it's county workers? He has served less than 200 days during his entire political career and some people are already comparing him to the likes of Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King. This guy has some very, very big shoes to fill (and a lot of gas tanks! gotta get that free gas, don't cha know!)
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
T came home from the game feeling a little sick (she swears she only had a couple of beers at the fraternity) so we snuggled on the couch last night and watch Lord of the Rings 2. I think #3 is on tonight. She was supposed to have All-star lax practice this afternoon in preparation for their tournament in Atlanta this weekend. I woke her up around 10 AM and she was burning w/ fever. I gave her 2 tylenol and sent her back to bed. She's been laying on the couch most of the day in her jammies and had some soup for lunch. Chris, however, went to her All-star lax practice. He's such a goober. He bought himself a girls stick (very different from a boys stick) so he could get a feel for the game (that just what we need in this house -- more lacrosse equipment). Last night he was on some website and copied down a bunch of plays to teach the girls today.
Today I'm getting a lot done. All the Thanksgiving and Halloween stuff are packed away. I didn't put everything in the attic because Chris will need room to maneuver in there when he gets the tree and the big decorations out. I love setting my table and I love putting all my Santa's out. I also enjoy doing my kitchen. I try to make it look like a candy store and use a lot of candy and food as decorations. I'm also thinking of changing things up a bit this year. We've been in the house 9 years and I feel like every year it looks exactly the same. When Chris gets home later today he & his little partner in crime will do the outside lights and decorations. KJ asked him to stop at Michaels on his way home from practice today and buy her a gingerbread house kit and matching Santa hats for her & T for this year's Christmas picture. I just need him to bring home some milk. And maybe something for dinner.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
I think T & I would like to see Twilight tmorrow. I'm hearing mixed reviews -- some critics are saying it was poorly made w/ cheesy graphics but definately hits it's target audience: 15-year old girls who read the books and their mom's. Um, yep. That's me & T (except she's only 14).
Saturday, November 22, 2008
KJ & I are still working on our "puppy fund" and had our big yard sale today (more like I stood out in the freezing cold while she & Lindsey played inside in the nice warm, cozy house). Chris told her he'd give her half ($200) but she had to come up w/ the rest. She cleaned out her piggy bank and had $43 in change. We made a little over $80 at the yard sale. What a waste. I spent so much time yesterday setting up the tables in the garage. I really thought I was going to sell a lot of books. Guess I'll put them on e-Bay. Anyway, the dog lady said she would sell us the shih-tzu we want for $350. Looks like we'll be driving out to Talladega Sunday to pick-up "Trixie!"
Chris & T are having a good time in Tampa. T played 2 games today, won both and T scored in one of the games. Chris said it was a really nice goal. He said although they won the 2nd game, it was an ugly game and not very well played. This afternoon Chris was playing in a coaches game and I think T is supposed to play 2 more games Sunday. They'll probably get home very late Sunday night.
Psycho-Squirrel Update: I think Pyscho Squirrel is dead. Tonight KJ & I were watching TV and heard a loud BANG in our fireplace followed by a little squeal. I swear, it almost sounded human. Like a little pip-squeak kind of noise. Hope the little f**ker broke his neck in the fall.
Friday, November 21, 2008
Got a lot done today. Did a lot of de-cluttering and stuff. Getting ready for my big garage sale. Hope the cold doesn't keep the yard salers away.
I think when Chris & T return this weekend we may have a new addition to our family. KJ & I have really worn Chris down on the whole puppy idea and we have the go ahead to get what we want (which is a female shih-tzu we can name Trixie). Boy, Taylor is going to be mad. She really, really, really does not want us to get another dog. I told her I'm going to teach the dog to pee in her shoes.
So I guess my little girl's growing up. She had a book fair at school today. Last night I told her I would come to school today to help her pick out some books. She said, "it's OK mom. I got it." She had $10 in her wallet and said she didn't need help at the book fair. So sad. Guess my book fair days are over.
Some miscellaneous random celebrity news: Pete Wentz & Ashlee Simpson had a baby boy they named Bronx Mowgli. Are you kidding me? Bronx? Mowgli? As in the Jungle Book?
Tonight (or actually Midnight) was the premiere of Twilight. I'd love to go tonight but I promised Taylor we could go one day next week.
Never saw this one coming: Paris Hilton and Benji Madden have broken up. Aaawwww
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
T had to dance tonight during halftime of a high school basketball game. She had on the wrong "game day" shirt (quelle horror!) so she called at 8:45 AM and I had to run the correct shirt to her at the freshment center. I had to go into her room to get the shirt she needed and could not beleive what a mess her room was. She had clothes EVERYWHERE and 6 or 7 half empty bottles of water. I couldn't even tell what was clean or dirty. That's not what aggravated me though. The fact that there were thousands of empty hangers in her closet aggravated me. The other day I was doing laundry and asked both of my lovely daughters if they had any hangers in their closets so I could hang up some shirts. T looked at me, said, "No mommy" and batted her eyelashes at me. She is officially a Hanger Hoarder.