Sunday, December 19, 2010

Our new friend, Aroma--->"Romie"

Now, I think 'Aroma' needs a new name because, really, 'Aroma?' Let's be straight, it's weird. But lame name or not, he is our new friend and we love him. ...Then again, who wants to be lame? Not us! I will officially refer to our new friend as 'Romie,' from now on. :)
As I'm sure you've noticed, I like all my beloved things to have a gender.
("It" just sounds so distant, generic, unloved.)
Following the unveiling, I decided that Romie is in fact masculine. I'll let you know, performance-wise, if anything changes. 
For example, can he multi task? If so, he will automatically be changed over to a she in my book. ;)

(I love my Sbux discount. :)

Creation #1 Salted Caramel Dark Hot Chocolate
(What else?!)
I had to settle for itsy bitsy marshmallows because I didn't have whip on hand.
It was still delicious. :)
Mm-mmm, Good!
Don't mind me and my nasty, nasty, grundge look.
Reasons why, today, I'm allowed to look this YUCK.
1.) I have the flu.
2.) I've been working on a painting project all day.
3.) I have the flu.
Aren't you glad you can't catch that over the internet?!
Should I be drinking something this delicious when I have the flu? I have no doubt, the answer is no. But, I pondered all day whether this tummy of mine could handle such indulgence and for the moment, it's making me verrrry cozy inside.
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Before we completely forget abt our lovely Thanksgiving snow... are a few more pics I had yet to share.

I love this one of Amy. Beautiful Mama!
Falling Apart.
Kolt's lost it.
Mose isn't too impressed.
 Sydni's trying to hold it together for the sake of the picture, but it's not really working...
Who knew hangin' out with Papi and Nani could be such torture?!
Beautiful Nan, Sad Kolt.
The kiddos were done with the great, white outdoors so we took the fun inside to the fireplace. We had one nose picker, one cryer, and one intent on observing the activities of the nose picker.
Above is the best shot we got. :) Sydni's bustin' a move, Kolt's happy (only because his mom is talking to him), and Mose is following "E's" lead (but it looks like he's about to fall over. :)
Aah, good times!
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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My B's Homemade Croutons

While my lil FinnOlay does this...
Isn't he precious?!
I've decided to make homemade croutons.
Why, you may ask? Is it because I love salad?
That's a definite NO. I'm more of a meat, sharp cheddar cheese, ice cream and dark chocolate type o' girl.  
Is it because my bread got old while we were away at the beach?
Nope. Believe it or not, that was planned. ;)
Today I got to looking at my lonely, crusty bread and decided that instead of putting it to use in pumpkin bread pudding, (like I'd planned) I would make croutons. Is this because I love croutons?
Not particularly. Rather, it's because I love my Grandma. Now, if she were coming over this would make a lot more sense but then again, I never claimed to be the most sensible of individuals. :P
My Grandma B LOVES HER BREAD. Seriously, if you think you like carbs, you haven't met my B. I have these enchanted childhood memories of B, in her kitchen, always concocting something scrumptious. She makes The World's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies, but a lot of Grandma's make cookies. What sets my grandma apart from the rest is her croutons. You laugh, but it's true.
There are a lot of peole I admire but today, I want to be like my B when I grow up. So B, here's to me trying to be like you. I want to flit around like the social butterfly that you are. I want a weekly shopping trip with my sister, just like you and Aunt Gert. I want to drink coffee with my friends each week day morning. I want to make "World's Best" something. And finally, I want to master homemade croutons as mouth-watering as yours.
I love you, Grandma B! As you can see, I've got a lot of progress to make and lot of things I hope to do someday so... it's back to the kitchen I go, Hi Ho!
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Sunday, December 12, 2010


Looking through pictures from the last few weeks, I'm realizing that I have so much fun to share!

While home for Thanksgiving, I was able to spend time with two of my good forever friends. (In case you're confused... You know those friends that always remain? The ones you can pick right back up from where you left off, anytime, no matter what, even if it's been a month or two since you last talked. Those are Forever Friends.)

This is my dear friend, Linds. Brian and I so enjoyed getting to hang out with you and Scott again. I love that we get to navigate this life together being that we're in similar stages.
I had to throw this next one in, just because it makes me laugh.
I met up with Ms. Jasmine Jean and the two of us went on a little escapade to B'ham in her wee car, despite the ice. I introduced her to Dollar Tree. She loved it. Who wouldn't?!
Girls, it's a bummer that we have to maintain this Forever Friendship from across the state,
but it's a blessing nonetheless. :)
Little People.
They rock my world.
I loved each second spent capturing everyday play with these precious wee ones.
She's a whirlwind, that one. ;)
Every afternoon, when she wakes up from her nap, Sydni rolls "her babies" out of her room, across the hallway, through the door, and into the living room. Oh, and whatever you do, do not refer to the above object as a crib. "It's a pack 'n play." (Didn't you know?!)
Look at that crazy hair! I wish I could wake up looking that wild and still be called cute!
"Christmas Shopping for Mom" in the magazine. Tess, it's almost like she knew you'd soon be the owner of a cute pair of shorty boots! Clearly, this girl is up to date on the latest fashion trends.
We're best friends.
Those eyes. Oh my...
You know how it is, just chillin' [literally] on the front porch.
How do kids do it? He looks like a model even when he's a mess.
Okay, so maybe it's with a little [or a lot] of help from their mama.
Go Mama Tess! Your kids look fab. :)
All it takes is Mama and and his Kolt plug, turned upside down, to make things better.
All girl. :)
Check out those lashes! Sydni thinks wearing her mom's makeup is pret-ty great.
Happy girl.
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We went to Extreme Bean for lunch with Gma B. 
I caught Sydni contemplative. Funny moment.
This kid is completely IN LOVE with his parents. It's too cute.
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Mom, Tess, and I took advantage of nap time and made book page wreaths. I chose them
because they seem a good fit for the holiday season.
Clarification: I don't use the term 'holiday' as an alternative to Christmas. (Oooh, that makes me crazy!)
 I just think our 'holiday' wreaths will go well into January and/or February
without looking like Christmas stragglers.
Finn wanted to show you the end result. Here it is...
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On Thanksgiving Eve Brian and Tess and co., Dad and Mom, and Brian and I went bowling.
Above is [bro-inlaw] Brian's take on who we really are.
Old Man=Dad,   Two=my Brian
One=Tessa's Brian,   Nan=Mom
Meeghan=me,   Farmhand=Tess
It's was Sydni's first time.
Dad and Mom used to belong to a bowling league. They brought their own balls from waaaay back then.
The black one is Dad's, the blue one is Mom's.
 Papi playing his favortie little kiddo game.
Nani playing her favorite little kiddo game.
Mom instructing Tess on "how to bowl."
(I think Kolt is getting a kick out of the situation.)
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~ Our White Day of Thanks ~
Cold outside...
...cozy inside.
Mmm, Grandparents...
They can be funny.
Sooo, I got some free books at The Restore to use for our book page wreaths. Apparently, they weren't 100% "family" appropriate. The page I used around Gma B's silverware said this...

I'm not sure who actually noticed it, but hearing Grandma say "Macho Bullshit!?!" was priceless. I can still hear her laughing and repeating it. Unforgettable Moment.
We all got a pretty big kick out of it.
Every year, following our feast, it is our tradition to take a few moments to pause and think. We all record whatever it may be that we are currently thankful for. This year, after the "Macho Bullshit" episode, my Brian found it so entertaining that when we he listed what he was thankful for...well, you can guess what he said...
I am thankful for...
And yes, this one really does end with, "and not hitting the church." Can you guess who went 4xin Thanksgiving morning and almost crashed into Uncle Larry, Aunt Adri, Tyler, and Janna's church? Let me just say, it wasn't Grandma Bertha. ;)
That last one made me feel loved. Thanks, Tess. :)
Kolt's 1st Thanksgiving.
Those mashed potatoes were GOOOOOD. :] Kolt didn't need words or writing to express what he was thankful for this year!
Once these kiddo's tummies were full, they set out to empty Nani's cupboard.
Mose is lookin' pretty proud of his and Sydni's handiwork, wouldn't you say?
Whew! It was a big job involving travel mugs, sippy cups, a chocolate fountain and a popcorn popper! :)
Precious Moment.

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I couldn't decided how to close this post. It's such a collaboration of moments, events and memories, but what's more fitting than pointing the focus back where it belongs?

I Am So Thankful For...
my Mr.
my Friends
1 precious Nephew in heaven (Miss you Maddox...)
1 hilarious little Niece
2 studly little Nephews
2 wee Nephews/Nieces on the way
Parents that care so much.
A sister that truly is just a phone call away. (I wish she were just down the road but AOL, Blogspot, and Verizon are remaining trusty for now.)
My Family.
I'm thankful that Christmas is on the horizon.
All the shiny signs of the season are swirling and sparkling around us. It's up to us to remember why we call it Christmas. It's not about shopping and stressing. It's about remembering one priceless gift; the gift of God's Son, sent to us, born in a stable, come to be our Savior. Sure, it's reason to celebrate but what's the point of celebration if it overrides the original intent?
This Christmas, it's my prayer that I remain focused. This Christmas, I'm gonna celebrate!
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