Saturday, December 8, 2018

Countdown to Christmas Day 8

Yesterday was the annual Winter Bazaar at school.  Our last one (sniff).  They have a bunch of vendors selling handmade soaps, candles, jewelry, art, etc., a big raffle for several prizes and a silent auction for "teacher experiences" (pizza and movie party, gingerbread making, principal for a day, etc.).  I bought an ornament for the tree and some dog treats, and the girls each bought me something.

Today we went to a friend's house for a small, casual Christmas party.  It was an ugly sweater party actually, but I don't have one so I just wore a normal top and jeans.  They had these funny coaster-sized pictures of all different mouths that you clip to your nose so we had a fun time taking pictures of everybody wearing those.

 






Hoping to get out a get a few more gifts tomorrow and actually get a few more things wrapped.  Ugh, I'm getting behind...

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Countdown to Christmas Day 6

My work Christmas party is coming up and for some reason we do a theme every year (I wish we could just wear whatever we would normally wear to any Christmas party, and we can, but we're encouraged to dress for whatever the theme is that year--last year was plaid, the year before was Hawaiian, etc.).  This year's theme was going to be cowboy/cowgirl, but when some of us were looking on Amazon for funny cowboy attire, we somehow got onto a bunch of funny/inappropriate Christmas shirts and I mentioned maybe that could be our theme for next year (yes, it's a work function but it is after hours and off-site).  Some liked the idea enough to take a vote to see if we should change it from the cowboy theme this year and the majority were in favor so now that's our theme.  So we've all been looking on Amazon for funny shirts and here are some of my favorites.

Mike Tyson saying "Merry Chrithmith"  He he






REALLY inappropriate, but SO funny:




And here's the relatively tame one I got for Paul:



And me:


Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Countdown to Christmas Day 5

I missed day 4.  Oops.

I'm starting to panic just a little.  It's only the 5th, there is still lots of time, but I'm starting to feel like I'm getting behind on my shopping and wrapping.  I hate still having things to wrap those last few days before Christmas and I REALLY hate still having things to buy.

Anyway, I ran to the outlet mall today on my lunch break and got a few things so I'm one step closer.

That's all for today, but first, a cute picture of Maisy under the tree.


Monday, December 3, 2018

Countdown to Christmas Day 3

First of all, it was 13 years ago today that Paul proposed!  Happy engagement anniversary to us!

So, for the last 3 years I think, maybe only 2, I didn't send out Christmas cards.  It's so hard to find time to sit down at the computer or on a device and upload pictures and design your cards and I never have any decent pictures anyway.  But I was determined to send cards this year so I asked the girls if they would just pose in front of the tree with the dog and surprisingly they agreed right off the bat with no bribing or anything.  So I snapped a few pics of them with the dog and the cats (separately, with the dog safely out of the room) and got on Shutterfly and ...done!

We have a photo of them in front of the tree holding the cats when they were just kittens back in 2011, so we tried to recreate that.

2011

2018


And them with Kona






Sunday, December 2, 2018

Countdown to Christmas Day 2

So yesterday Paul cut down this tree from our yard and we put it in our living room and decorated it.






It is not anything we would have picked out from a tree farm, but it was free so...yeah.  It is SO wide around the bottom and just weird shaped but for free it will do!

Last night some friends and I had dinner at Melrose Grill in Renton.  2 out of the 3 of us had never been before so it was so fun to try something new and it was really good and a cool historical place.

Cheesecake with salted caramel sauce.  Yum!

Today we went to church and then watched the Seahawks annihilate the 49ers.  I left during the 3rd quarter to run an errand and grocery shop, because I needed to get it done and not wait until the game was over, and since it was obvious they were going to win I didn't care about missing it.  I was hoping to wrap a few gifts but had other things to do so maybe tomorrow.


Saturday, December 1, 2018

Countdown to Christmas Day 1

 It's December!

It was so weird a few days ago when it was a week + past Thanksgiving but still wasn't December.  But now it finally is.

This year we have 2 Christmas trees.  For the first several years of the girls' life, we would go cut our own tree every year, but then about 4 or 5 years ago I bought a fake tree at Target the day after Christmas for $14.  Regularly $140.  But this year we decided it was time to chop down this fir we had in our side yard that was getting too big, so we have 2 trees this year.  The fake one is upstairs in our loft, and Paul just chopped down the real one today.



We will get that decorated today and then I still need to put the wreath on the door and then our decorating will be done.

As far as shopping, I think I am way ahead of where I normally am at this time.  I even have a few things wrapped, which I never do this early.  Honestly, what did I ever do before online shopping was so mainstream?  I didn't have kids then so I guess that helped, but man, it's a life (and time) saver.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

What's Up Wednesday



I haven't done a What's Up Wednesday post in a long time, so...

WHAT WE'RE EATING THIS WEEK

Like usual, I didn't get around to planning a menu for this week so Monday was spaghetti (always have stuff for that on hand) and Tuesday morning I decided that I could stop at the store on my lunch break and get stuff for cilantro lime chicken tacos then when I went home to walk the dog I'd throw it in the crock pot, so I did.  Today we will probably have ravioli (frozen, from Costco) and salad, and after that, who know.  But Saturday I'm going out with some friends so Paul and the girls will be on their own.

WHAT I'M REMINISCING ABOUT

I'm almost always reminiscing about the girls being little and/or being a stay-at-home mom.  Now that it's the Christmas season I guess I'm reminiscing about shopping for all kinds of fun toys for the girls.  Now all they want is expensive electronics.


WHAT I'M LOVING

My 5-minute commute (it's been a whole year since my department moved and I STILL can't get over how close work is).  Also, I got a few new Christmas decorations at Michael's for 50% off over the weekend.  I'm loving this cute little sign and it goes perfectly with my red and silver color scheme.


And this dog.


WHAT WE'VE BEEN UP TO

Decorating for Christmas, soccer and dance (both over now).

It was awhile ago now but we went to Crescent Bar for a weekend at the end of September with another couple and went to the Def Leppard/Journey concert at the Gorge.  It was awesome.  Paul and I hadn't been to a concert in about 11 years.  Back in the day (college/early 20s) I went to one about every other month so 11 years is a REALLY long time.



WHAT I'M DREADING


Storm season.  I work for the power company so when we have wind storms that create lots of power outages I have to work, usually all night.  I might be getting out of it this year since Paul (who works for the same company) is in a new position that will require him to also work storms and his role is a higher priority, so if he's working storms I'll have to be on kid duty and will be unable to work them, or at least I'll be limited as to when I can do it.

WHAT I'M WORKING ON

So many ongoing projects.  This time last year I started a purging project where the plan was to go room to room as time permitted and get rid of EVERYTHING we don't want/need/use.  I started with the master bathroom, then the master bedroom and then that's as far as I got, other that occasionally grabbing random items and taking them to Value Village.  So I'm hoping to revive that project.  Also, I recently got back to listing more of my model horse collection on Ebay.





I'm also still trying to figure out what colors to paint various rooms when we finally get around to painting, and other d├ęcor decisions.  It's so overwhelming.

WHAT I'M EXCITED ABOUT

Vegas, baby!  I'm turning 50 in January and we're celebrating with a trip to Las Vegas!  I haven't been since 1996 and there are so many cool things now that weren't there then.  We're actually going the weekend before my birthday, so we won't be there on the actual day, unfortunately, but close enough.  And making the trip even more exciting, I will be meeting the half sister that until a year ago I never knew I had!  More on that in a future post, but she lives in Pahrump, NV about 45 minutes away so it makes a trip to Vegas an awesome choice for my 50th birthday celebration.

WHAT I'M WATCHING/READING

This is Us, like everyone else, and the final season of the Big Bang Theory.  Love that show!  Also, the girls and I watch a lot of Chopped, Tiny House Hunters, Master Chef Junior and Say Yes to the Dress on Hulu.  And I been watching a lot of My 600-lb Life because it makes me feel way less fat.
I've been slacking on the reading lately.  Haven't really read at all in the last 2 or 3 months, but just started reading Trim Healthy Mama again.




WHAT I'M LISTENING TO

Christmas music.


WHAT I'M WEARING


I don't do outfit selfies.  Just jeans and cute tops/cardigans, mostly.  And yoga pants at home.





WHAT I'M DOING THIS WEEKEND


Finishing the Christmas decorating.  We have a fake tree, but this year we are going to actually cut down a tree in our yard that is getting too bid and use it as a Christmas tree (it's a noble fir, I think).  So we put the fake tree upstairs, and this weekend we will cut the tree down and put it in the living room and decorate it.

Also, I have a girls' night on Saturday.  We're trying a new place so I'm excited about that.





WHAT I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO NEXT MONTH


Christmas, of course!  All our fun traditions like Snowflake Lane and driving around the neighborhood to look at Christmas lights.  Also, extra days off work.


WHAT ELSE IS NEW


Can't really think of anything.

BONUS QUESTION: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE THING TO DO WITH YOUR ELF ON THE SHELF?

Ha ha!  NOTHING!!!!  The girls are old enough to know the deal and we are blissfully DONE with the elf!  I HATED trying to remember to move that thing every night, sometimes scrambling around in the morning just hoping they don't get up and catch me, and trying to come up with some new creative place/pose.  DONE!   BWAHAHAHAH!!!!