A Quote

Be yourself; everyone else is already taken. Oscar Wilde

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Countdown to Christmas, Week 7

This is it. The final week (with a few days just before) to get it all together.  Will you be ready???  Will I be?!
1.  Make your lists and check them twice! Are all catalog and on-line orders received? 
2.  Buy (or create) thank-you notes.  As gifts are received, or parties attended, you can begin writing out and addressing the cards to be sent on the 26th.
3.  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus finalized? Non-perishables purchased? 
4.  Cookies baked? Food gifts assembled? Presents wrapped?
5.  Purchase any supplies needed, such as batteries (in abundance!).
6.  Charge the camera(s).
7.  Tree up and decorated? Cards sent?

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Happy Birthday . . . to Me!

What a wonderfully busy week.  Our Annual Ornament Exchange party was Sunday.  The menu included two firsts, Shepard's Pie (I used Rachel Ray's recipe, only I doubled everything).
The other new to me dish was Grape Salad.  Oh man, this was GOOD!
Add some crusty bread, good butter, and shortbread cookies (made by Janet, thanks Janet!!) and what a treat!

As you may have guessed, the menu theme was loosely based on traditional English menus.  I ordered Traditional Christmas Crackers from Barnes and Noble for the goodie bags we sent home with each guest.

I think, at least I hope, that fun was had by all.  I know I really enjoy seeing everyone, for a few, this is the only time we get to see each other.

Other happenings this past week:
Chloe Lynn arrived on December 7th.  She's a beauty!! Congrats Mike and Jolene!
My Aunt Peggy (my Dad's sister) passed away, God rest her soul.  She was a sweetheart and we always looked forward to her too few visits (she lived in New York and more recently, Florida).

Elliot, in trying out his pitcher's arm, threw a Thomas Train that hit Kayla in the forehead.  It did leave a bump and a bruise above her eye (though hard to see here).  I know it hurt and she cried, but she is my biggest Drama Queen.
Ahhh, it's a good life!

Peace and giving,

Monday, December 8, 2014

Countdown to Christmas, Week 6 Holiday To-Do List

Short list this week.  
1. Christmas menu finalized.  Begin purchasing everything needed except fresh produce.
2. Trim the tree.  Hang lights around window. Decorate.
3. Check list of gifts ordered.  Everything received?
4. Continue gift wrapping.

Saturday, December 6, 2014


Week 4 of Christmas Countdown was:
1) Christmas parties are coming up. What will you wear? Do clothes need dry-cleaned, pressed, repaired. Or will you be buying something new? What accessories will you wear? Shoes –heels or flats?  Think about it.  This is the perfect time to buy YOU a new gift;
2)  Schedule time for a hair appointment and/or manicure.  Salons get very busy at this time of year, so get your appointment booked.
3) Finish addressing Christmas cards. Mail the cards.
4) It’s time to finish up with on-line and catalog shopping so that the ordered items arrive in plenty of time to be wrapped and put under the tree.
5) Plan the Christmas Eve and Christmas Day menus. Order fresh turkeys, hams or goose now.
6. Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of water. RELAX and ENJOY!

1 Office Christmas party on the 12th (READ: NEW DRESS!)
2. I had a touch up on December 1, will probably need another right before Christmas.  Kayla loves doing nails, so I am in good hands.
3. Christmas Cards mailed.
4. The major gifts have been bought.  Now it’s time for the cute little stocking stuffers, gift cards and attorney gifts.
5. Since I will be working Christmas Eve, I plan to make tilapia, a favorite of both myself and Kayla’s, with a green salad, crusty bread and butter.  Christmas ham and all the trimmings for the BIG DAY.
6. Drank water, drank water, drank water!

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Christmas Album 2014

The decorating is underway!  The house is taking on a festive feel.  Elliot has no idea what's going on but the excitement is contagious!  He is happy and silly and full of joy.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Our 2014 Christmas Manifesto

As I mentioned before, I will be combining Ali Edwards' December Daily with Shimelle's Journal Your Christmas and I am using Becky Higgins' Project Life App.  During this month, I plan to print, embellish and add it all to an album.  Surely this year I will have a completed project...(fingers crossed).