Friday, December 31, 2010

2010 Blog Review

Last year I copied other blogs and did a blog recap by looking at the first sentence of the first post in each month. Let's see what happened this past year!

January: I made the mistake of standing next to Mackenzie's car and honking the horn with my foot.So many funny things happen when Mackenzie is involved! I love watching her mimic us, although we are having to watch exactly what we say because now she does really listen and repeat. All this week she's been saying, "Oh gosh".

February: On Friday, my sister called to tell me she was pregnant!The twins were born in August and are absolutely adorable. Nina and Noah are already 4 months old and it was great to see them this Christmas. I even have pictures of Mackenzie and Nina dressed alike, which I promise to post in the new year along with the rest of Christmas!
March: Mackenzie received another package from my aunt Rhonda. This time it was full of beaded or crocheted socks!
She still wears those socks sometimes. She loves them even now. I used those socks many times as a tool to distract her when I was dropping her off at school. "Show them how your socks jingle..." as I slip out the door.

April: This past weekend, Brandon's mom came for a visit (aka Nana).
Brandon's mom comes for a visit about every 6 weeks and Mackenzie really loves it. She used to be so timid when people came to our house, but now when she or other family members come to visit, she's fairly friendly.

May: I used to read A LOT! I've gotten back into it lately, but it's not as easy to find the time now a days!
I'm proud to say I read 15 books this year. With our trip to Dallas and time off this past week, I managed to add the final 2 books with the Anne of Avonlea and Anne of the Island. I saw on someone's facebook status that their goal was to read 24 books this past year! I won't make that my goal this year, but maybe I'll try for 18!

June: The World Cup begins next week.
I came in second place in that office pool, without knowing a single thing about soccer! I missed it by 1 or 2 points and unfortunately there was not a second place prize. Oh well, the winner had to bring breakfast, so I was still a winner! I'll try again in 4 years!

July: Ever since I read about this recipe, I've been dying to make it.
This was the simple, yet so delicious pound cake and ice cream flower pots. The dessert was perfect and since I made 18 total and only 4 people showed up, we had plenty of leftovers! I need to make them again very soon!

August: We finally sold our house!!!
This was the highlight of the summer! I can't tell you how happy we are that our house sold and we moved the next month! We absolutely love our new house and look forward to many memories made in this home.

September: Sunday on our way home from dinner, Mackenzie wanted to sing, "pider".
Mackenzie loves to sing in the car. She also loves to make us sing. If I stop singing, she is always there to yell from the back seat, "sing momma". She also will tell you if she doesn't like "momma's music" and wants "kiki's music". I'm always happy to oblige - I like the kids songs just as much as mine! ;)

October: Two years ago I read this blog and thought, "I hope I can plan parties like that for my daughter."
I loved that party. We actually still have 2 foil balloons attached to Mackenzie's easel from almost 3 months ago. The helium has stayed very well within the balloons because they aren't droopy or anything! Hopefully they'll be gone by her next birthday!

November: Then, I wish I used my video camera more!
I think this should be one of my new years resolutions. I know it sounds so simple to do, but we don't very many videos of Mackenzie and I wish we had more. I need to leave the camera where it's easily accessible and pick it up maybe as much as I pick up my digital SLR. We'll see what happens with that resolution.

December: We are so ready for Christmas.
We enjoyed the entire month of December and especially Christmas. Clearly, my blogs have been lacking this month, but I promise to post about Christmas sometime in the next week!

Well, there you have it! My 2010 blog recap. I loved doing this last year and again this year. I highly recommend it to everyone! See you next year!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ornaments - fun

For my last installment of our Christmas tree ornaments, I'm going to share with you our fun or quirky ornaments.

We have to have one of these!
I, of course, have to have ornaments from one of my all time favorite books and movie!
This goes along with the first one, but with some extra bling! ;)
I bought these elephant ornaments in Fredericksburg a couple of years ago. These are two of the ornaments that were still unopened since we didn't have a big tree the last two years. These will probably be ornaments that I'll give Mackenzie when she's older to go with her elephant collection in her room.
And last but not least - the pickle ornament! According to it's box and the internet, "In Old World Germany, the last decoration placed on the Christmas Tree was always a pickle...carefully hidden deep in the boughs. Legend has it that the observant child who found it on Christmas Day was blessed with a year of good fortune...and a special gift."
It's on the tree now, but Mackenzie doesn't know she's supposed to be looking for it. I'll probably move it lower on the tree and have her look for it on Christmas day. Of course she has a great advantage of being the first child to find it since we have no other children! ;)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ornaments - special

While I love all of our ornaments, there are a couple that are very special to me.

This ornament is 30 years old!
This one my aunt Rhonda made for me and Brandon the year we were married. I don't have a good picture for the blog because I've placed the ornament near the top of the tree just in case Mackenzie decided to mess with the ornaments this year.
This year I bough Mackenzie and ornament just for her. I hope 30 years from now when she's decorating her own tree she'll still have this ornament and have fond memories of our family Christmases.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Cars on the Road

So, it's been a while since I've blogged about different things I see while driving. Today I saw several vehicles on the road that made me say, "huh? why would someone do that?"

1. Cars decorated for Christmas. I saw the one that has the antlers out of the front windows and the big red nose. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Christmas, but why is there a need to decorate your car? Why does it need to look like a reindeer?? Please clarify. I also saw a car with a big wreath on the front. Wreaths are for doors and walls...not cars.

2. Spiked wheels/hub caps. They remind me of the ones from Grease during the drag race scene. I've seen them on several cars lately and I don't understand the point other than to "pimp your ride". Although, maybe it might keep people from parking too close to your car if the spikes stick out far enough. Is there a law on how far things like that can stick out?

3. Angled back wheels. I know that BMW's have slightly angled/tilted back wheels, but this was not a BMW and these were not just tilted slightly. Does it actually provide better stability or again is it just for show? Either way they are going to spend more money on new tires because they won't last as long since then inside edge will wear faster and they won't be able to rotate the tires.

4. I used to see a lot of low rider cars, but lately I've been seeing raised vehicles and I'm not talking about trucks. Today I saw a medium size sedan with huge wheels on it. The car looked stupid sitting so far off the ground. Again, why????!

These 4 or 5 cars I saw within 15 minutes on my drive from the job site to work. Based on the descriptions of numbers 2-4, I may or may not have been in the best parts of the city! ;)

Monday, December 13, 2010

Our Ornaments - travel

On our Honeymoon in Jamaica I bought a beautiful shell ornament and decided that I wanted to have ornaments from all of the different places we traveled.

This ornament even says Jamaica 2001, so we'll always remember where it's from.
We found this rodeo snowman in San Antonio several years ago on an anniversary trip.
I didn't take a good picture of it, but this one is from Fredericksburg 3 years ago.
Collecting ornaments from different places seems easy enough until I realized we typically traveled in the summer and not every store carries ornaments in the summer! Oh and after having Mackenzie, we haven't traveled much in the last couple of years. Maybe I can find some new ornaments in our planned vacation spots this spring, although 2 of 3 planned trips are shown above! ;)

I hereby declare that my New Years Resolution will be to collect more travel ornaments! It's really a continual resolution, but that's ok. ;)

Thursday, December 9, 2010

First Candy Cane

This past Saturday our neighborhood had a holiday festival. I passed on the hot cocoa since it was at least 75 degrees out, but I did eat some cookies! In one of the raffle drawings, I won a bag that had some candy canes in it, so I gave on to Mackenzie to eat.


She liked it so much, she needed to sit down and eat the rest.

She at all but the very last inch and this is what she looked like:
The mess on her face was also on her hands. Thankfully, my mother in law cleaned her up before she touched anything!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Random Thoughts

1. I was behind my subaru cowboy (I blogged about him a while ago, but can't seem to find the post) this morning. Remember, he's the guy wearing the cowboy hat driving a subaru station wagon? I still don't understand.

2. I've completed Christmas shopping for 3 people so far. I have 15 people I need to buy for total. Typically, this isn't a big deal for me. I usually already have the gifts or I at least know what I want to buy. The problem this year is that I haven't figured out what I to buy for everyone. So even if I have time to shop, I have don't know where I need to go to buy the gifts, so I end up just sitting at the house or at work thinking about what to buy, but not buying anything. I probably just need to pick a store and go look around and see what I find.

3. My mom bought us the Elf on the Shelf a couple of years ago and we are finally starting the tradition this year. We named him Tiny and Mackenzie looks for his new hiding spot every morning. This morning as she was looking around she said, "whe are ooo, Tiny?" Then when she spotted him, she said, "yook, Tiny on pidge." (Look, Tiny's on the fridge).

4. We are doing better with the naming of stuffed animals and dolls. Brandon's mom bought Mackenzie a little stuffed kitty cat in a purse this weekend and we named her Pinky for her pink nose and pink purse. She's actually a white cat, but I didn't think "Whitey" sounded very good or PC. ;)

5. I'm taking Friday off for no real reason other than Mackenzie has to get the other half of her flu shot at 10:00am and I have to meet Brandon downtown for his Christmas party at 7:00pm. I realize those 2 appointments are very spread out, but like I said I'm taking the day off for no REAL reason. I'm looking forward to it very much!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Our Ornaments - Birthstone

I love to decorate the Christmas Tree. It's always so much fun to pull out all of the ornaments and look at each one and remember who gave it to you or where you bought it.

Several years ago, my parents bought all of the "kids and grandkids" birthstone ornaments. They are glass ornaments in the color of our birthstone.

Brandon's birthday is in May: Emerald. I love the deep green of his ornament.

My birthday is in February, so I have this beautiful deep purple for Amethyst.

And last, but not least, Mackenzie was born in September, also known for Saphires.

Mackenzie's was bought the year after we all received our ornaments and I just noticed in the pictures that she has a different design than mine and Brandon's. I guess the company changes the design every year.

I bet a tree full of the 12 different birthstones would be beautiful, but I don't plan to have anywhere near that number of children, so I'll just have to imagine! ;)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Let the countdown begin...

We are so ready for Christmas. This year, I was able to put up all of my decorations and didn't realize how many "Christmas countdown" calendars I had until they were all up!

I got this one years ago when Brandon and I were first married.

Rhonda made me this calendar last year. I still need to buy some jelly beans or some sort of candy for Mackenzie for each day.

I bought this one a couple of weeks ago.

And finally, we are using our tree from last year as our Jesse Tree this year.

A group of 25 women from our old church got together and made/exchanged ornaments that will tell the lineage of Jesus. Each night we will read scripture and open the corresponding ornament for that event and hang it on the tree. By Christmas day we will have gone through the Bible and reached the birth of Jesus. I was unable to go to the exchange the other night to see all of the ornaments, so I'm very excited to see what all of the ornaments look like. I made Joseph's coat of many colors, so that's the only one I've seen. I'll try to remember to take a picture after we've put all 25 ornaments on the tree so everyone can see.

So now that it's December, is anyone else counting down?
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