Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sno Chlo.

More photos to come... but we just wanted to make sure you knew we played in our 13.5 inches snow! :)

Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!  Get excited for 2011... it's going to be a good year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

"Not a creature was stirring..."

There's no real point to this post, I just feel like rambling and writing...

"Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse."  Yeahhhhh right.  Not at my house.  I was surprised last night by my boyfriend, who was supposed to be working until 11pm.  At 8:15 my doorbell rang, and there was Mike, with Reece Peanut Butter Cups in hand. :)  This was after this conversation:

me: The grinch who stole christmas is on tv!!
Michael: Sweet! Wish I could watch it
me: Im recording it.  :)
Because im awesome like that. No big deal. ;)
Michael: Grrr, stupid work... nutplate and adm issues
me: So you are still waiting around?
Michael: Got work now
Sent at 8:05 PM on Thursday

(For the record, I typically have no clue what any of his work abbreviations mean, so I just ignore them.When he got to my house he asked, so you know what "adm" stands for?  "After Dinner Mints."  He's a witty one!)

Anyway, ever since, the house has been crazy.  Maybe it's because Chloe had a 6-ish foot playmate chasing her around the house.  Or maybe it's because the temperature in the house is below 62 degrees and the cats are just crazy.  Or maybe it's because through the thin townhouse walls I can hear the joyous screams and squeals from the little girls next door.  Or maybe it was because I had to out run the trash man at 7am this morning... *sigh*  But when I thought about the saying "not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse" it's impossible, especially with two cats and Chloe.  I'm hoping Santa brings Chloe either a flock of sheep or a doggie tred mill for Christmas tomorrow.  As for the cats, they will be receiving balled up wrapping paper.  Apparently it makes an awesome crinkly sound and is super fun to chase.  

 Do people actually have calm and quiet Christmas Eves?  Isn't this the time that we typically find ourselves running around baking and cleaning and wrapping or last minute shopping?  I challenge you to embrace today like I am... The laundry will wait (shocker, I know) until Sunday.  My shopping is done, my presents are wrapped.  I'm caught up on my reports.  I'm going to do a little baking, just because I really want to eat them... but in the mean time, I'm off to get a holiday pedicure with my roomie!  And I'm not going to lie, I'm pretty excited about that massaging chair!  Gotta kick back and let go of the holiday stresses!  :)

I hope you have a relaxing Christmas Eve, full of family, friends, and delicious baked goods!  

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Two Days till Christmas!

A fun, creative and inexpensive project for this time of year... gingerbread houses!!  My roommate and I decided to pop open a bottle of wine and test out our craftiness.  I decided to keep things simple with the gingerbread house, while Caitlin decided to test her skill level with a gingerbread train.  Things may, or may not have turned out the way we planned, but in the end we were covered in icing and had an awesome time.

My Gingerbread House

Notice the purple & yellow?! :)  

The train... more like the Train Wreck. 

There's no I in team... Gummy Mario decided to take one for the team and hold the roof of the train up!

Don't be an overachiever... the kits to make these things are only $10.  I got mine at Bed, Bath & Beyond, but I think you can get them just about anywhere.  You only have a couple day's left... get to it!!  Send me photos if you make one also!

Happy Birthday!!

We all have that person.  The one that we think the world of.  The one that we tell all of our deepest, darkest, and silliest secrets to.  The one that can make you laugh so hard you cry.  The one that can make you cry so hard at the sound of the words "good bye" that you find yourself laughing over all the good times recently spent together.  The one that never makes you feel out of place, or like a third wheel.  The one who will be patient and kind, especially when you are completely terrified on the top of an Alp.  The one that it's okay to dress identical as, at five years old, and at twenty-five years old.  The one that you share a garden gnome with (what?! doesn't everyone do that?!)  The one that you have known forever, or maybe just a short amount of time, but it feels like forever.  In my case, I've known her forever.  Actually, since I was born.

We grew up together, with an ocean between us.  When we were young we spent our summers together playing dress up and talking about our Prince Charmings.  As we got older we found ourselves traveling long distances, running into random adventures, and still... talking about our Prince Charmings, wondering what our futures would hold, what our families would look like, and where we would end up.  Last year, we spent months digging through wedding magazines, picking colors, dresses, and details, and planning a bilingual, international wedding.  Even at 25 and 27 years old, we had a sleepover last May.  I remember laying in her tiny room with a baby book from the 1980s, that had her mom and dad's handwriting in it, with the name "Kirsten" written in the back of it.  We dug through the book picking out possible names of future children.  We both knew it was time to call it a night when we giggled so hard we cried over the name Zsa Zsa... (Which we were both pronouncing as "Za-Za")  Crazy, but the name stuck, and for the past 9 months, we have been referring to the bump on my best friends belly as "Zsa Zsa."  Well today, the Twenty-third of December, Two Thousand and Ten... my favorite person in the entire world, and her Prince Charming, finally met their Zsa Zsa.

Happy Birthday to Benjamin Noel.  You have two of the best people in the entire world as your parents... you're a lucky little boy.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

You'll Shoot Your Eye Out.

Okay, so you won't shoot your eye out... but you might become addicted.  My roommate has gotten me sucked into this game.  Give it your best shot, literally. :)

My high score. 

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Progressive Dinner 2k10

One of my most favorite holiday traditions is The Progressive Dinner.  The concept is simple, you take a four course meal and break it down to five houses.  Everyone who is participating has a small part of the huge meal to prepare.  This year was a bit more organized than the past few years, and seemed to run much more smoothly (probably because we all finally live semi-close to each other!)  But it is an awesome way to spend time with your friends and family, and show off your holiday decor!

Sadly, my camera was acting up last night, or maybe it was just operator error.  I honestly wasn't even thinking about photos until my grandmother asked me "Suzie, have you taken any photographs here yet?" at the first house.  So here ya go, a (crappy) photo or two from each house!  Enjoy!

House Number One:  Appetizers at Leslie's and Caitlin's House.

They did a super cute job of hanging lights around the house!

My Caitlin posing it up at Leslie's House!
House Number Two:  Salad at Jean and Lou's House.

Chatting it up and admiring the tree in Jean and Lou's living room!
Sophie and Emma!  It looks like Emma is laughing at Sophie! :) 
Lou's pretty centerpiece in the dining room!
House Number Three: Dinner at my parent's house.

My dad's colorful wreath on the garage  :) 
Nothing like gathering around the yule log for some nice, warm holiday happenings! 
House Number Four:  Desserts at Caitlin and Susan's House.

The ice cream sundae spread at my place!  Tons of delicious toppings!
My cute little living room with a ton of people gathered in it! Tis the Season :) 
House Number Five: Drinks and Gift Exchange at Bob and Teresa's House.

Time for the gift exchange!  This was when we were going over the rules.
Bonus points if you can make him laugh so hard he cries.  Happens every year. 
What?!  Who brought the snuggie ;-) 
Hahaha  I think she was having a good time!  (Laughing over Nana getting her present!) 
Is Leslie trying to steal from Bob?
And we all know what happened here... obscenities were shouted and someone in a green sweater left very disappointed!  

Tis the season to be with your loved ones!  It's times like these that you need to cling on to your favorite holiday traditions!  What are your's?  Leave a comment and share them with me! 

Sunday, December 19, 2010

"All I want for Christmas is a real good tan"

There is a terrific Kenny Chesney Christmas song that says "All I want for Christmas is a real good tan.  Take me the islands, put my feet in the sand..."  I had told my mom that I wanted to do a themed tree in my house this year.  For those who have not seen the tree in my living room, it is a trip down memory lane.  Every time I travel somewhere, while most tourists pick up a magnet or thimble or shot glass, I find an ornament.  So (almost) every ornament I hang on that tree is a memory of a place I've been or an adventure I've had.  I love it.  Ergo, I cannot make that a pretty themed Christmas tree!

When I was a kid I wanted a tree in my room so badly that I went out and bought one.  Growing up, my friends (especially Kasie) lovingly made fun of that tree, calling it the "Charlie Brown Christmas Tree" because it is skinny and the limbs are sparse.  This cute, homely tree spends it's summers in a skinny box in the attic, and it's winters in my front kitchen windows.  For the past few years it has been a JMU tree:  purple and gold balls that my college roomies, the boys, and I wrote our names on, and then a few construction paper graduation caps that Christen made.

This year, as I said, I wanted to mix things up.  I told my mom I wanted a lime green and hot pink themed tree.  At first, it didn't matter what was going on it, as long it was either of those bright colors.  Then I started to put my thinking cap on and decided that both of those colors (along with a bright, light blue) were tropical colors!  So why not have a tropical beach tree?!  Check out the process and then the finished tree!  Let me know what you think!

Gotta have some starfish on a tropical tree!  But who wants them to be white?!

Gotta make them pretty!  Time for spray paint!  Due to the cold weather, I painted them inside the house, inside this box.

I wanted them to sparkle, but the glitter didn't really stick that well.  I would recommend painted them, then putting a coat of glue on them, and then the glitter.  I was just not patient enough to wait for that to dry.

I used twine to turn the starfish into ornaments.

Thank goodness for the hot glue gun!

Kinda blurry, but I wanted to show you the thumbs up from my roomie! :) 

The finished product!  I love it!  We used the starfish, some pink and blue balls (yes, there were tons of lame jokes), some other glittery things from Garden Ridge, and a pink sparkly ribbon!  Oh- and the flowers on top!)

(A little diddy from Kenny.)

Monday, December 6, 2010

Bleeding Purple into the Holidays!

I am a JMU Duke.  I bleed purple, even in the season when I'm supposed to be bleeding greens and reds and golds.  Who says Christmas has to be red and green though?  About three years ago I made a purple and gold wreath for my front door.  I loved it!  And I got tons of compliments on it!  It even lead me to making other themed wreaths... a candy themed wreath, a William & Mary themed wreath, a fancy holiday red and gold wreath!  You name it, as long as Garden Ridge had ornaments, I could make it!

This year when I pulled my tattered JMU wreath out of it's box my roommate Caitlin said "Really?!"  I thought she meant because it was purple and gold.  But she was referring to the fact that it looked old, worn out, and super faded.  She made a great point as she encouraged me to toss it and make a new one!  And we all know I'm not about to turn down a great project!  So here ya go!  Check it out, let me know what you think!

The old "torn & tattered" JMU Christmas wreath
The workstation and supplies
The golds...
And the purples.
Wrap the ribbon around the wreath, leaving space to hot glue the ornaments.
The finished product!  Merry purple & gold Christmas! 

Want a new wreath this year?  Let me know!  I still have a couple "naked" wreaths left in the attic that need to be decorated and find good homes.  I think I can pull of just about any theme or school colors.  I'm not even too proud... I'm sure I could swing a Maroon and Orange Hokie wreath if so necessary!  ;-)