Christmas Happenings

This past couple of weeks had been a busy and hectic time of the month for me and I'm sure for a lot of you out there. I had to host two Christmas dinners in my home, one for my in-laws on Christmas eve and one for a friend and her husband for Christmas day dinner. Then the day after Christmas, we had a surprise 70th birthday party for my mother-in-law at an Italian restaurant. The day after that, Saturday, my good friends Lanie, Mira and I had our annual Christmas party with our friends and family. I'm sharing some photos from our celebration.
I haven't been doing much blogging lately. The kids are on vacation and I'm spending a lot of time with them, trying to keep them from getting bored. Dh also had a week off from work which was nice. For New Year's Eve, we always prefer to spend it at home, in the comfort of our living room and our PJs. :o)
I hope this coming year will be a good one for everybody. I'm wishing you a Happy New Year!

A Rare Occurence

When my daughter was little, she was scared of Santa Claus. I'd be scared too if I see a strange man with a face full of hair. LOL That's why my kids don't have much photo with Santa. No offense, but I'm not one of those mom who forces their kids to get their picture taken with Santa every Christmas. Have you seen those photos? Those kids were scared! Anyway, this is only the 3rd photo we have. We weren't even planning to have it done. We went to the mall to get a pair of shoes for my son after school. We saw there were no lines for the Santa photo so I asked my kids if they want to do it. My son, ever the go-getter, said yes right away. I was surprised when my daughter agreed when I asked her considering she's in her school uniform. I'm glad the mall Santa has a real beard, sometimes those fake ones are nasty. LOL My kids know that he's not the 'real' one, but they expect him to relay their message to 'him'. Now the question is, when do kids stop believing in Santa Claus? Any ideas?

Snow Day

What'll I do for the kids! I turned the house inside out yesterday looking for the kids' snowsuits. For the life of me, I couldn't find it anywhere! My son already planned out his schedule for the day the night before. He said that he wants to go sleding and play in the snow. With no snowsuit in sight, how can I let him do that? Uggh, much as I hate driving in the snow, I went to the mall in search of snowsuits for the kids. Thank goodness for my SUV with 4WD! The back roads were already plowed but has fresh snow so it was a little slippery. I was thinking the whole time I was driving that if it was me who need the snowsuit, I wouldn't drive in this condition. LOL
Anyway, all's well that ends well. The kids had a great time playing in the snow. I also went out with them for about half an hour. I helped my son go up our small hill with the sled. We had about a foot of snow on the ground and his short legs gets buried in it. LOL
Too bad it seems we will not have a White Christmas since rain/snow mix is forecasted for this week. Oh well...

Christmas - A Busy Time of Year

Do you agree that the holidays are the busiest time of year? I guess it is for Christans like me. It starts right after Halloween. I had to plan and prepare for Thanksgiving dinner then it goes uphill from there. This year, I have a task added to my already busy schedule. My MIL asked me to buy the gifts for the kids, dh and I, she also asked dh's brothers to do it for their families too. Now, is it just me that think this is unusual? Don't get me wrong, my MIL is very nice and sweet. I just feel that after she reached 65 years of age, she started feeling old and stopped doing a lot of things. :o( Anyhoo, I don't mind doing it. What's 20 more things right? LOL

I want to share some photos from the day we picked our Christmas tree. It was also the first snowfall of the year so the kids were excited. As soon as they got out of the car, they started a snowball fight which lasted the whole time. This tree place is very near our house so it is convenient. We've been going here since my daughter was 2 years old. The owner looks like Santa with his white beard. The kids enjoy the hayride and looking for the perfect tree.

I am ALMOST finished with "decking the halls". LOL It took me a couple of days to finally get the tree 'right'. I don't know why but my inner Martha Stewart comes out during Christmas. LOL I only have two more things to hang and I THINK I am done. How about you? Are you finished with your decorations?

What's Wrong with Being Smart?

My daughter is a smart girl. She's always at the top of her class ever since she started school. We received her school report card last Friday and as usual, she has all A in her subjects. But, she does not want to be called smart. "Why?" I asked. She answered that she does not want to be a 'nerd'. *sigh* Kids...

Photohunt#1 - Breakfast

This week's theme is breakfast. Here is a photo of myself and my daughter while having breakfast at Hotel des Alpes in Luzern, Switzerland last summer. In the background is the famous Chapel Bridge.I love having Belgian waffles for breakfast. This is the 'real' Belgian waffle. We had this in Antwerp, Belgium and it is 'to die for'! The Belgians eat this as a snack any time of day and having tried it, I don't blame them!

Turkey, Family and Fun

Thanksgiving Prime Rib Dinner
Standing Rib Roast

My family had two Thanksgiving celebrations. Since my in-laws were leaving for their winter escapade in Florida (they're Snowbirds) on Thanksgiving Day, we celebrated it a couple of days earlier, on Sunday. Dh's brothers and their kids came to celebrate with us. We had a traditional Thanksgiving spread with brined and roasted Turkey recipe , gravy, mashed potatoes, sausage and apple stuffing, sausage and mashed potato stuffing, candied carrots, green beans almondine and croissants.
Four days later, on Thanksgiving Day, I cooked Standing Rib Roast (beef)which is so good it's definitely a melt-in-your-mouth recipe. I used Paula Deen's recipe and will be my Prime Rib recipe from now on.

Enter your email address:

Delivered by FeedBurner





If you want to exchange links, link me up first then leave me a comment so I can add yours. Thanks :o)