Thursday, December 31, 2009

Goodbye 2009

Here it is the last day of 2009. Wow! Can it be? I hope everyone had a fun December. I finally downloaded some photos so here's a sampling of our December.

Our very first gingerbread house. Not too bad!

My little donkey at his preschool Christmas program.

Getting ready to open a gift on Christmas Eve (hint: PJ's)

After church Christmas Eve

Mini#2 digging into candy Christmas morn.

Mini#1- the first time he was quiet on Christmas morning! Thank goodness Santa brought headphones!

My beautiful Christmas white bouquet from (Trader Joe's!)

Tonight we're off to my friend's house for some homemade Asian tapas and cheer. Should be a fun night. Not too crazy or crowded. Got to appreciate that after a crazy, busy month. Have fun celebrating tonight. Goodbye 2009, hello new decade!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Good Riddance

Good morning! I hope you all survived the Christmas holiday and had a wonderful time with families and friends. I was watching one of the morning shows this morning (ahhhh, nowhere to be so I can leisurely stay in bed late a few mornings!) and it was talking about the 3rd annual GOOD RIDDANCE day in New York City. People could write down on a piece of paper all they wanted to get rid of in 2009 and then simply throw the paper in a shredder in the middle of Times Square. Great idea. It made me think. What would I want to get rid of from the last year? That's a hard one! However, I will admit that PULL-UPS quickly came to mind. And we did get rid of pull-ups early this year. I never have to buy pull-ups again (do adult diapers count? Not for many years I hope!). Seriously though. I would get rid of angry/rude people. I would get rid of half of my closet! I would get rid of the NC State Wolfpack's football season this year (except the win over UNC). Ok, enough. What would you get rid of this year? Let's hear it. Get rid of it!

Friday, December 25, 2009

To you and yours...

I hope you have a very Merry Christmas with your families!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Quick and easy

If you're frazzled like me (Santa has it soooo easy with those elves of his doesn't he?), then you will appreciate this simple post of some fun pics I've found. Of course, there are the obligatory "Paris in December" photos. Enjoy!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

'Twas the Night Before Christmas- Mom style

'Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the abode

Only one creature was stirring & she was cleaning the commode.

The children were finally sleeping, all snug in their beds,

while visions of X-Box & Barbie flipped through their heads.

Yes, and dad was snoring in front of the TV,

with a half constructed bicycle propped on his knee.

So only the mom heard the reindeer hooves clatter,

which made her sigh, "Now what is the matter?"

With toilet bowl brush still clutched in her hand,

She descended the stairs, and saw the old man.

He was covered with ashes & soot, which fell with a shrug,

"Oh great," muttered the mom, "Now I have to clean the rug."

"Ho Ho Ho!" cried Santa, I'm glad you're awake."

"your gift was especially difficult to make."

"Thanks, Santa, but all I want is time alone."

"Exactly!" he chuckled, "So, I've made you a clone."

"A clone?" she muttered, "What good is that?"

"Run along, Santa, I've no time for chit chat."

Then out walked the clone - The mother's twin,

Same hair, same eyes, same double chin.

"She'll cook, she'll dust, she'll mop every mess.

You'll relax, take it easy, watch TV and rest.

"Fantastic!" the mom cheered. "My dream has come true!"

"I'll shop, I'll read, I'll sleep a night through!"

From the room above, the youngest did fret.

"Mommy?! Come quickly, I'm scared and I'm wet."

The clone replied, "I'm coming, sweetheart."

"Hey," the mom smiled, "She sure knows her part."

The clone changed the child and hummed her a tune,

as she bundled the small one in a blanket cocoon.

"You're the best Mommy ever. I really love you."

The clone smiled and sighed, "And I love you too."

The mom frowned and said, "Sorry, Santa, no deal.

That's my child's LOVE she is going to steal."

Smiling wisely, Santa said: "To me it is clear,

Only one loving mother is needed here."

The mom kissed her child and tucked her in bed.

"Thank You, Santa, for clearing my head.

Sometimes I forget, it won't be very long,

before they'll be too old for my cradle and song."

The clock on the mantle began to chime.

Santa whispered to the clone, "It works every time."

With the clone by his side, Santa said: "Goodnight.

Merry Christmas, dear Mom, you'll be all right."

Sometimes we need reminding of what life is all about.

Especially at times when the Holiday season shouts,

and all we do is clean, bake, and procure.

You get the picture -- I'm sure.

So stop for a moment and hug that little one so dear,

whether he/she is 2 or 22, or even older this year.

For they are the gift that God gave us from Heaven above,

And what a special gift to be treasured, with endless LOVE!

I hope this post finds you all well, stress-free and happy! I just returned from my friend's father's funeral (3rd friend to lose her father in a month!). She is really struggling with the pain of sadness as so many are this time of year when you've lost loved ones. This is the first Christmas Mr. Pink will be without his mother. All of this made me call my dad on the way home just now to tell him I loved him! Now you do the same (even if they drive you crazy sometimes!). Merry Christmas! Love, Mrs. Pink.

Friday, December 11, 2009

I love this house.

This is the house in one of my favorite movies, The Family Stone. Being in the south, you rarely see snow around Christmas. It gets really cold (like this morning!!) though. Today I would love to be baking away in this house and then relaxing in front of a fire by a Christmas tree watching it snow! Wouldn't you?

It's been a fun week. A quick recap. Last Friday night we went to the "Walk Through Bethlehem" at mini#2's preschool (it's a church). Real sheep and suspended angels. We love doing this as a family. Saturday we dressed up (Fun for a SAHM!)and went to a fun neighborhood Christmas party at a local restaurant. We went to Charlotte and ventured over to nearby McAdenville to see the lights one night. It's a tiny town where all the houses and the quaint downtown area decorates with Christmas lights. They've been doing this for 54 years. I especially enjoyed all the lights in the small lake. We went to visit Santa while in Charlotte. He was a "good" Santa, too. Authentic looking. We returned home late Wednesday. We've made sugar cookies and wrapped presents. Today I'm getting ready for our friends to come over for dinner. Tomorrow mini#1 and Mr. Pink will walk in our local Christmas parade with the cub scouts. Busy, busy, busy. I hope all of you are enjoying this busy, yet fun time of the year! Have a great weekend!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Short Family Visit

I'm in Charlotte with the family visiting my parents and my brother shown above with our VP- Joe Biden (taken overseas last fall). My brother has been in DC taking a certification class for 8 weeks and will be returning overseas at the end of the week where he works in one of the US Embassies. Don't ask me exactly what he does. I just know he has a lot of responsibility and a long title. Who would have thought he'd turn out so responsible as an adult? I remember my mom being so frustrated about him forgetting things at school/home when we were growing up. Ha! He has another year and a half on this assignment before he moves onto another country. When/if he moves to Paris, I'm moving in with him. Anyway, we're having an early Christmas with him. My parents will be coming to see us for actual Christmas Eve/Christmas.

In DC last March when I took mini#1 on a weekend trip.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

This made me smile.

Pulling this handmade ornament out of the Christmas decorations last week made me smile. Mini#2's preschool class made these last year. A full length photo glued onto a tongue depressor with feather wings. I loved it then and I love it now. The angel wings remind me that, yes, even he has some angelic moments and I thank God for giving him (and mini#1!) to me everyday. Even though he had a sense of humor and gave me two BOYS!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Five on Friday

I've seen a few of you post your favorite Christmas cd's so I'd thought I'd post mine. I LOVE Christmas cd's! I add to my collection every year. So here are 5 of them this Friday!!

1- My newest cd- Andrea Bocelli. I own several of his cd's already and his Christmas cd does not disappoint. How gifted this man is!

2- Sarah Mclachlan "Wintersong" - Some oldies and some of her own songs.

3- Michael Buble- My friend gave me this cd last year. I love this crooner.

4- Josh Groban- Again, this guy is gifted as well so I knew when I heard (last year?)he had a Christmas cd I had to have it.

5- Harry Connick Jr.- still a favorite. I believe it was in 2003 when I saw him perform these Christmas songs at Atlanta's historic FOX theater. Fun night. He's such a lovable guy.

I put these on shuffle and really get into the Christmas spirit. So what are your favorites? Do any of mine make your list? Have a great weekend!

EXTRA- I forgot this one!! I love Diana Krall, too. Can't leave this one out of my favorites.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Where are They?

I miss my friends Stacy and Clinton (especially Clinton)on TLC Friday nights! Where the H-E-double hockey sticks are they? I love this show. Are they on another night?? Because I HATE this show....

It bores me to no end. Trying to push too expensive dresses on brides with their surrounding "loved ones" offering to many opinions flustering or angering the bride in most cases. Not fun entertainment. It's uncomfortable for me to watch.

I know TLC has not run out of unsuspecting guests for What Not to Wear. So bring this show back!

Ok, had to get that off my chest. Now back to my busy life. My first Christmas party is this weekend. At a restaurant; not my house! Then Sunday we're off to Charlotte for a few days to visit my parents and my brother before he heads back overseas where he lives. Lots to do before we go!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

We had a visitor over the weekend.

Do you know who this bright green turtle is? It's Franklin of the Franklin books and children's series. Mini#2 is in the turtle class this year at preschool and when it's their turn to be the terrific turtle for the week (supplies ALL the snacks, etc), they get to bring Franklin home for the weekend. Then we get to work on a scrapbook page for the class Franklin scrapbook chronicling Franklin's visit to our home. It was so much fun looking at the already completed pages and mini#2 LOVED this animal and I thought we might have a difficult time returning him to school yesterday, but we didn't.

See how excited he was to bring him home after the school's Thanksgiving "feast" last week?

Here he is introducing Franklin to his Webkinz. He literally introduced each by name to Franklin. "Franklin, this is Gavin the guinea pig. Gavin, this is Franklin the turtle." Thought we'd never get the lights turned out!

Franklin all snug in mini#2's bed.

Franklin having Thanksgiving day dinner with us. Mini#2 said he likes pumpkin pie.

Franklin was fortunate enough Saturday to watch the WOLFPACK win against those "boo" Tarheels as mini#2 calls them. We even had a mini helmet for him to wear.

Then Franklin got to ride on mini#2's scooter. This was such a fun activity for mini#2. He got to share about visit and his scrapbook page in class today. He told me all about it. I'll bet you didn't have a turtle at your table last Thursday!