Sunday, December 27, 2015

Christmas 2015

We did things a little differently this year.  We alternate sides of the family every year, and this was a Paul's side year.  Usually we will go to his parents' on Christmas Eve and they have a good friend and her daughter over and we all have dinner and open presents (just the ones from us to the friend/daughter and theirs to us), then we spend the night and have Christmas Day with just Paul's parents and sister.

But this year we decided to stay home on Christmas Eve.  I had to work but I left early and got home around 2.  We went to the Christmas Eve service at church at 4, and then went out to dinner.  When we got home we opened a few presents and just hung out as a family.  The girls got up bright and early Christmas morning (6:45) and we opened the rest of our gifts to each other, had breakfast and then went to Paul's parents' around noon.  We took 2 cars because he and the girls are staying there until tomorrow but I have to work and wanted to come home yesterday so I could have today to just work on projects and get things done around the house.  I slept in until 9 this morning!  It was heaven.

Grandma gave the girls these cute nightgowns with reindeer antlers on the hoods.

Olivia got Lacrosse (sp?) sticks

They got an iPad mini and another cheap tablet


They each got an awesome Seahawks blanket from my dad and stepmom
 


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Star Wars Gingerbread Village

The Sheraton Hotel in Seattle does a gingerbread village every Christmas season.  They have a big display of fancy gingerbread houses and other things made out of gingerbread and it's quite a big draw every year.  It's been over 20 years now I think and I have never gone (although I think one year I was able to see some of it from outside on the street).  I've been wanting to take the girls for the last several years but we just never have so this year I decided we were finally going to do it.  And bonus, it happened to be a Star Wars theme this year.

So on Saturday (the 19th) we drove to Seattle, paid $11 to park and walked into the Sheraton, where, of course, there was a long line to see the gingerbread display.  As we got near the end (which we thought was only the beginning) we could see the 6 (one for each episode, not counting the latest of course) Star Wars-themed structures and thought that was just something extra to look at while we were waiting to get into the main event, like in a separate room or something.  But after an hour-long wait, we finally got our close-up look at the display and soon discovered that was it!  No other room, no big fancy gingerbread houses, just those 6.  AAAAAAAND, turns out we could have just walked around to the other side of the display and not had to wait in line for an hour.  They were cool and all, but it was still a disappointment and a total waste of time.  And my pictures aren't great because there were so many lights causing glare.  I wonder if my phone has a different setting or something I can use.

Anyway, after all of that we went to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch and then walked over to see the carousel but the girls weren't interested in riding it.  So we pretty much just went home then because they had a birthday party to get to anyway.






everything is edible

Notice the ewoks (I think that's what they are?) in those little window thingies in the middle




The girls posing by Darth, who they thought was "Dark Vader" until I corrected them.


Saturday, December 19, 2015

2 Work Parties and Other Happenings

So yeah, I started the month thinking I was going to blog every day until Christmas, but not surprisingly I totally haven't kept up with that.  But here's what's happened since I last updated.
 
On Friday the 11th I chaperoned the girls' field trip to an edited-for-school-children-on-field-trips performance of the Nutcracker at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue.  Olivia really liked it but Kayley said it "didn't make sense".  I didn't get any pictures but this one was taken at school on a different day (Olivia wore a nice outfit to the actual event).  That evening we went to my work group's Christmas party.

 
 
On Saturday the 12th we did our annual drive around the neighborhood to look at lights.  I just love doing that.
 
The girls had a Girl Scout meeting/Christmas party on Wednesday night and they went caroling in the neighborhood.  Fun.
 
On Thursday there was another work party, this one for the entire Engineering Department.  That one is earlier and company sponsored, so our first drink and food was paid for.  Yippee.  Spouses are invited but Paul had to be home with the girls.
 
Today we are heading to Seattle to check out the gingerbread houses at the Sheraton Hotel and ride the carousel at Westlake Center.  I used to love going to Seattle around the holidays but since the girls have been born we never have.
 

 
 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Maybe not Every Day

I knew I wasn’t  going to keep up with the whole daily thing, but here’s an update for the last few days.
 
Saturday evening we went to a private party at Enchanted Village/Wild Waves (an amusement/water park) put on by Alaska Airlines for their employees’ families and friends.  One of our good friends works for Alaska and invited us.  It was cold and rainy, but we all had fun anyway.  Santa was there and there were tons of lights everywhere.  It was cool.
 
The girls with Santa

The girls and their friend with Santa


Olivia, Kayley and Lindsay as Rudolph

 
 
And yesterday was Weight Watcher’s Monday.  I was obviously all gung-ho last week and did really well until Friday, but then fell apart over the weekend like usual.  I managed to be down 0.4, but I had been down almost 3 pounds on Thursday.  Sigh.  And I haven’t been diligent about tracking like I said I was going to be, although I was pretty good Monday through Thursday, and I never went to the Y a 2nd time OR did the 7-minute workout app.  I did try to go up and down the stairs a lot at work and just lots of walking and the occasional push-up or crunches, but I really need to do more.  And I really need to be better about meal planning and prep.  I made a bunch of freezer meals a few months ago but they are all gone now.
 
Anyway, one of my goals is to have a net loss 3 weeks in a row, no matter how small.  If I’m successful that will be the first time since starting in July that I will have done that.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Day 2 of 25

Just a quick, short, boring post.  I can tell this isn't going to last (blogging every day until Christmas).  I'm burnt out already.  But I was down another 0.8 pounds this morning.  Just getting back to normal after a few bad weeks.  I hope to be able to soon pick up where I left off and end the year at my lowest yet since starting WW in July.  I'm also toying with the idea of starting a separate blog for all things WW related but not sure I want to juggle.  We'll see.

These pics don't do them justice but I wanted to share some new Christmas decorations I got this year.

Love this pillow from Pier 1

And this metal tree from Crate and Barrel.  So cool.




Tuesday, December 1, 2015

25 Days of Blogging

I'm going to try and blog everyday between now and Christmas just to have something to look back on, not that anything particularly exciting is supposed to happen in that time but whatever.

Today was one of those days that, even though I had dinner made ahead and ready to go in the oven, it was well after 8:00 by the time I got home from work, ate, cleaned up, etc. and could get onto something else.  I didn't even have to make lunches or anything or it would've been even later.  I mean, I know I'm not the only one who deals with that but sometimes I just wish I could come home and just do something besides cook or clean or make lunches or help with homework.

Anyway, the girls watched Rudolph on TV tonight.  We usually just watch the DVDs but it happened to be on so they watched it.  I would have watched it with them but I wrote my Halloween/Thanksgiving post instead.  Then I put the girls to bed and started writing this post, and I never did my 7-minute workout like I said yesterday that I was going to but I'll try to do some crunches and pushups later while I watch TV.  Oh, and I re-weighed today and was down 2 pounds from yesterday.

We put up our Christmas tree, decorations and outdoor lights over Thanksgiving weekend.  Love our fake tree.  Paying $14 one time the week after Christmas sure beats paying $60ish every year!  And we don't have to remember to water it and there are no needles all over the floor.  And people always say they have to have the smell of a real tree but honestly, unless I'm right up against it I can't ever smell it anyway.




 
 
 


Halloween and Thanksgiving

Wow, I'm late with this one but that's obviously nothing new.  So Halloween fell on a weekend again this year (Friday last year and Saturday this year) so we trick-or-treated with a bunch of friends in the neighborhood and then all went to one of those friend's house for a little after party.  It was pouring down rain but everyone toughed it out and still had fun.

Olivia was Maleficent
 
Not sure where she learned this pose...sheesh...
 

and Kayley was a Star Wars "Rebel" I guess?  I think that's what it said on the package.  We were just looking on Amazon and that's what she chose.

 
 
Oh, and Maisy was a Beanie Boo

 
 


We did Thanksgiving a little different this year.  It was our year to have it with my side so we went to one of my brother's homes about an hour and a half away.  Normally we would just go for the day but we decided to spend the night at my Dad's because we wanted to maybe do some black Friday/Thursday night shopping (and by staying with family we would have someone to watch the girls) and also I wanted to visit my mom the next day (she's in an Alzheimer's care facility).  So we were planning on going shopping Thursday night but Olivia got all clingy and started whining about not wanting us to go so we tried to wait until they went to bed but by then I was just too tired.
So then we were going to go in the morning, not really early but around 7:30, but again she started having a fit and we didn't want to cause a scene and wake everybody up, plus I kind of wanted to try and find them an outfit for their upcoming field trip to the Nutcracker, so we ended up taking them with us.  But then, of course, they got bored and whiny really quickly so we gave up.  And I didn't take a single picture at Thanksgiving.