Thursday, December 27, 2012

My Christmas Celebrations via Instagram

Happy Last Thursday of 2012!!!
I still haven't uploaded any pictures that have been taken over the past month.  I JUST put them on my computer last night.  Between how busy we have been (like you didn't know lol) and being sick for the past week, I just haven't gotten to it.  SO I have graciously (haha JK!) decided to share via phone pictures.  Yes - those are always the highest of quality.  Don't hate! =) You'll get these and like it! Ok just joking for real - sorry, I am feeling a little saucy today!

Anyhow - Here we go!

Christmas Cookie Party - I only decorated three cookies...that is why they look so great haha! The trick is to have a big party where everyone only needs to decorate a couple cookies each - that way you can take your time and when you lose interest after three cookies, you can be done!
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Christmas with my grandparents -- we spent the night with my grandparents and had a BLAST! She gave me the most ridiculous flamingo pitcher ever but I am IN LOVE! She thinks it is absurd and when I squealed   exclaimed my excitement, she handed it over =) 

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I ate approximately 1 yard of pull-n-peel and was thrilled =) 
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The next morning I had A.B.C. (Amaretto, Bailey's, and Creme de Cacoa) coffee.  it was very strong - thankfully The Husband drove home =) 
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The Husband's family watched Ruger while we were gone and this is the photo she sent me =) 
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Christmas Eve -- we went to candlelight services and then back to my parent's for desserts, wine, photos and gifts, where I received the most obnoxious slippers ever! I could not love them more! 

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This certainly does not fully recap our Christmas festivities - it is just what I have on my phone.  Assuming I get the pictures uploaded tonight I will let ya in on more of the details =) 

I hope you had an amazing Christmas with your family!

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

The Family Christmas Poem

Well Hello Y'all!!!! These last few weeks really flew by in a flash! Unfortunately I am working today - boooo! I guess it works out since The Husband is also working so it isn't like he is at home waiting for me. Still...I am having a really hard time getting into the groove this morning. AND I think I am getting sicker =( whoa is me! I thought I had beaten it since I felt so much better Christmas Eve and was still feeling good until last night. Today I'm a mess.  I'm really looking forward to my 4 day weekend coming up - so that is something!

Today I am sharing the Christmas poem that was sent out with my parent's Christmas card. My dad writes one every year - check out the past two years: 2011 and 2010
ENJOY! PS: it is much longer this year than it has been!

Oh no!!!  What happened?  How did Christmas get so near?
It should not be surprising---it’s this time every year! 
So once again I sit, with my Christmas pen in hand,
To write about our year and share it ‘cross the land.

My favorite part of writing, remembering people and places,
Sharing our past year and putting smiles on faces;
So once again I’ll try, to highlight this year’s stuff,
Enjoying it all with family, I just can’t get enough.

Living in Orlando, we’ve finally found our groove,
Though after 3 short years, we feel like we should move!
But those moving days are over, in Orlando we will stay,
And someday soon (we hope), with grandkids we will play!

Our life has settled down, compared to recent years,
But we really do not mind, as the holiday season nears;
Some new things on the docket, of which you now will read,
To the heart of this year’s prose, this verse will now lead.

Phil had a quite a year, his dreams he finally did reach,
He’s now at UCF, where they hired him to teach!
He survived his first semester; he has earned his Christmas break,
4 months with all those students, is all that one can take!

He fills the role out nicely, the students think he’s awesome,
Into a dynamic professor, we’re sure that he will blossom;
The classes he is teaching, are healthcare field related,
He has found a job he LOVES, and we are all elated!

Donna, still our rock, keeps us sane through all these things,
In the middle of the chaos, some normalcy she brings;
Still employed by Homeland, she’s due for a promotion,
She takes it all in stride, but I cause a big commotion!

She too will reach a goal; she’s in her own career,
A senior contract specialist, something that we cheer;
For Donna and for Phil, came that dreaded age Five Oh…
But we’re not concerned, it’s just a number, you know?

John began the year, in a job he didn’t like much;
He was working in a warehouse, stocking shelves and such;
So a plan he put together, to change his working life,
A plan that was supported, by his ever loving wife.

So one day in September, he took off with his plan,
Got all his things in order, he’s now a self-employed man;
Some day he will reflect, that he finally came to his senses,
He’s now doing his own thing, landscaping and silt fences.

Ashley has become, a true redneck at heart,
Her love of fishing and hunting, help make up that part;
But at first glance you’d think, that she was quite a yuppie,
And oh, no baby news yet, just her and John and puppy!

She continues to enjoy, her blog and D-I-Y,
Her and John, so creative, there’s nothing they won’t try;
Around the Home Depot, together they will roam,
To find the next big project to make their house a home.

Jessica’s still teaching, but this year things have changed,
She redefined her goals so, her schedule rearranged;
She decreased her commitments; put some things upon the shelf,
She decided it was time, to take care of herself.

She started back to college, a goal that she had set,
So in a few short years, a Masters she will get.
She is quite the teacher, East River’s shining star,
Recently she rewarded herself, and bought her first new car!

Doug too has entered school, a Masters he is seeking;
His courses are so tough, I get lost when he’s speaking!
Still writing software code, his job is so intriguing,
Trying to understand it, I find it quite fatiguing,

When not at work or school, we try to go out fishing,
To catch that monster fish, is what we both are wishing.
With Doug and Jess in school, this break will be a breather,
And just so you know, no baby news there either!

Our life is still near perfect, with all the kids so near,
We really do enjoy the time, we get with them each year!
So there you have it all, our Christmas Rhyme this season,
Remembering that HE…yes HE is still the Reason!!!
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I hope you and your family had a very Merry Christmas!!!!
This year is rapidly coming to a close - I can't wait to do my annual recap =)

How was your Christmas?
Did you send out Christmas cards?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Is it Friday YET?!

Ughhhh this week has been so long AND I have been working my tail off!
Somehow that has not made the days fly by.
I swear I am working away thinking it HAS to be close to lunch.
Alas, I check the clock and I've only been at work an hour!
Yep. That's how this week has been!

Last night was super fun though! I think our office Christmas party gets better every year.
I haven't uploaded pictures yet - heck I haven't even LOOKED at the pictures from last night yet!

There is still so much to do before this weekend! ...

Oh gosh! I was going to tell you about something, but it is a surprise.
Then I just started having a little panic attack because I was worried I had posted about it yesterday.
I don't think I did....NO, someone would have called me about it.
WHEW! That's a relief!

OK so we have been with this cell carrier for less than two years...
to say I am unsatisfied is a gross understatement but that's for another day.
I have had problem after problem with my phone. I have gone through warranty and gotten three of the exact same phones. I have continued to have the same problems.  They sent me two new batteries.  Still having the same problems.  they gave me a new sim card - still the same issues. Needless to say, I have deduced that the phone is just a PIECE!

One night in November, The Husband and I went out with friends and had a few drinks...
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before the end of the night (ie 7:00 PM!) I may or may not have dropped my phone in the toilet...OOPS!
At an Applebee's...ick!

Let me just tell you that was NOT the really - it wasn't!
So we go to the phone store and tell them I need to get another one using my insurance.
Oh - BTW - this was my first time having to use my phone insurance...EVER!
So the lady says that I probably won't get the same phone because they don't produce those any more.
Well a few days go by and I got the SAME. PHONE! I knew I would be the only person to get that phone again even after they stopped manufacturing them!

Fast forward to this past it hadn't been 30 days and I was still having the SAME EXACT issues! sooo annoyingg!

I got with the insurance peeps and told them what was going on. They decide to send me and new phone and said you probably won't get the same phone blah, blah, blah...
The phone arrived yesterday...and guess what!?

I finally got another phone! WOOO!!
I feel so high tech and fancy now because it has a flash AND I can take self pictures. 
 Now you'll have to put up with seeing how cute I am at all times! holla!!! Ok not really but i'm pretty excited about this new phone.  We are still going to switch back to our other provider because the service we have had isn't good. 

Anyways - that is my exciting news for the day =) 
I hope you had a wonderful Thursday! 

HOORAY for Friday! 

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Christmas Time is Near!!!!

Hey Y'all!!!! Sheesh! I can't believe we are ALREADY almost halfway through December!!! Where did November go?! To be honest, November was a pretty hectic month for me and mine. I am really in the Christmas spirit this year.  We have our tree up - and I want to share it.  BTW - you can check out the last two trees: 2010 and 2011

Two things:
1. I definitely need to take a better lit picture of our tree because these phone pictures below just DO NOT cut it! 
2. this tree this year is SO much bigger! haha but no seriously - they are terrible!

We have finished all our Christmas shopping - that's right, we finished this past weekend.  TWO WHOLE WEEKS before Christmas! I couldn't believe it! I am usually running around the week/weekend before to grab stuff last minute. Not this year! This girl has it all wrapped up (pun intended)
Today starts the season of gift giving in my life.  I am SO amped! WOO!

Ok but for realsies, I HAD to have my gift shopping done by this past weekend. Here is why:

December 12 - Office Christmas Party
December 15 - gift exchange with sister and bro-in-law
December 16 - 3rd annual Christmas cookie exchange
December 19 - gift exchange with The Husband's grandma
December 19 - Christmas Party
December 21 - Gift exchange with my grandparents
December 24 - CHRISTMAS EVE!
December 25 - CHRISTMAS DAY!

We have started our decorating - OBVIOUSLY, but I am not completely finished. I know I know - There are only two more weeks left of Christmas!

Here is our tree before decorations PLUS a new tree skirt:

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Now I am SURE you are thinking that there are a couple dark spots in the tree...yeah. I know.  Here's the thing, we buy a real tree every year....OK for the past three years. but this is part of our tradition and because all tree are not created equal, we ran into the problem this year that the tree is fluffier than last year's lol whatever - it smells pretty and makes me happy =) 

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other than that - we have been busy every weekend and week days...this weekend won't be any different. I'm trying to keep up with things but this definitely takes a backseat to me enjoying life with my family and amazing husband!

Have you finished your Christmas shopping?
What are some of your traditions?

PS: stay tuned for pictures from my mom's birthday, recap of our office party, DIY projects, and of course - the long awaited Christmas poem =) It's about to get crazy in this mug! ;)