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Christmas Aftermath

Whew! It’s finally over. I need a nap.

Yes, that is a potty chair in my living room. No it wasn’t a Christmas present.
It was a really fun day. Before opening each gift the 3 year old would say, “I hope it’s girl stuff!”
After she opened it she said, “It’s exactly what I wanted!” No matter what it was.
Santa got the little one the Fisher Price camera for kids. Here are a few of her pictures:
She kept holding the camera backwards so we have 20 pictures of her lips!
This is me. And my stove hood.


This is the Big Guy and a bag of garbage.

Well, there is more cleaning and laundry to be done so I’d better be off. The next few days at my job are going to be nuts since I have to close the year out. Not sure if I’ll be posting until after the new year. Happy New Year everyone!

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Merry Merry

Just wanted to say Merry Christmas to everyone.

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Christmas Meme

My real world friend sent me this. I am going to respond to it here. Then I will come out of the closet to my friends D and S. (The blogging closet, what closet did you think I meant?) I’m not going to tag anyone for this since I know you are all going nuts with Christmas, but if you do it let me know so I can come over & check it out.

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate? Egg Nog– I can have hot chocolate any time.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just sit them under the tree? A little bit of both- Santa is lazy!

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white? colored

4. Do you hang mistletoe? No, it is cold and flu season after all!

5. When do you put your decorations up? The Sunday before Christmas, since Christmas Eve is the Sunday before this year, we put them up yesterday.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish (excluding dessert)? My sister-in-law makes sauerbraten that is to die for. When I was pregnant I craved it so much, she made two!

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child: Stockings! My mom had such neat things in them.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa? I don’t really remember, probably someone at school.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve? No, never, Santa doesn’t come until after you go to bed!

10. How do you decorate your Christmas tree? Lots of lights and different ornaments.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it? Hate it!

12. Can you ice skate? No, I’m lucky I can walk without breaking something!

13. Do you remember your favorite gift? A stereo when I was a kid (ya know, one that played records). As an adult, when we were dating my husband gave me this beautiful painting of Jesus walking on water. I love it.

14. What’s the most important thing about the Holidays for you? That we are all together celebrating Jesus’ birth.

15. What is your favorite Holiday Dessert? Cookies!!!

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition? I love to watch the kids when they first see the tree and presents on Christmas morning.

17. What tops your tree? An angel from Costco.

18. Which do you prefer giving or Receiving? I like to give but let’s be honest- I like to receive, too!

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song? This weekend it was “Rockin around the Christmas Tree.” I like the traditional ones too like “Oh Holy Night”.

20. Candy Canes! Yuck or Yum? By themselves- yuck. Crushed and mixed with chocolate and made into a bark-YUM!!

21. Christmas tree. Real or fake? Fake, I’m allergic to real. I burn a candle so my husband can have the scent.


S and D, if you stopped by, let me know what you think!

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Secret Santa Blog Style

I saw this on Never That Easy and I thought it was great. Of course I signed up & am passing it along to all of you (ya know all five of you) . This originally came from Writing Aspirations and that’s where you go to sign up. Here are the rules:

If you would like to participate as a Secret Santa Blogger, here is what you should do.

1. Tell me via email or comment that you’d like your name on the participant list (or not if you don’t want me to list you).

2. Create a post with your “wish list”. Tag it “Secret Santa” so it’s easier to search.- If you have items that need to be mailed, be sure to leave a way for a secret Santa to send you something. (Either your address or give your address to a friend blogger [yes, you can use me] and then leave a note like: If you want to mail me something – email my friend at “whatever” to request my mailing address – that way it’s still a surprise and you aren’t sharing your address to the world)

3. Grab a button to use on your site.

4. Put the button in your sidebar and have it link to the post of your wish list.

5. I’ll create a post of participants and create a button that will link to a page of those participants.- send me the link to your wish list or secret Santa post so that I can include the link to it on the list of participants.

There you go! This is just for fun. This is completely voluntary and there are NO promises that you’ll receive anything. Your wish list can be silly and include things like: “I wish someone would show me the code to align the buttons on my sidebar” or “I wish I had a button of a pretty ornament” to something more serious like “I would like a gift certificate to Borders” or even “I wish someone would get me a car.”

What to wish for…hmmm. Let me think.

Things you can’t give me but I really, really want:

  1. I wish for a happy marriage and family. I know you can’t really give me that but you can pray for me.
  2. Good Health. Again, I know you can’t give it to me, but hey it’s a wish.

Things you may be able to give me:

  1. I need a good meatloaf recipe. I love a good meatloaf but every meat loaf I make tastes like a giant hamburger, a giant, bad hamburger.
  2. I wish for cookie recipes. I have a ton of them but you can never have too many. I love cookies!
  3. I wish for recipes for easy, inexpensive, freezable casserole recipes. I am so busy and I would love to make some casseroles ahead of time for easy week day dinners. I haven’t had the time to look for the recipes either.
  4. I wish for your reading recommendations. I really love to read and I would like to know your favorite books and authors.
  5. I wish for blogging topics. I actually have a bunch of things to write about but eventually the well may run dry.
  6. Can someone please tell me how to post a button with the hyperlink so I can just click on the button? My NaBloPoMo button never went anywhere because I couldn’t figure out how to do it. Help, please.
  7. I see some people talking about the weird searches their blogs have come up on- I wish someone would tell me how to find this out, I could use a laugh.

Things you could give me if you really liked me and had enough money left after buying gifts for people you know in real life:

  1. Hershey Kissables. These little things kick the M&M’s tushies!
  2. Amazon.com Gift Certificates. Love that Amazon!
  3. E-bay Gift Certificates. My dad is addicted to e-bay, it’s really funny I never would have pictured him getting psyched because his bid was the winner.

Fantasy gifts (as in dream on Mama):

  1. A million dollars. I just had a vision of Dr. Evil from Austin Powers.
  2. Maid service for a year (or two) (or forever).
  3. An all expenses paid vacation to Disney World for my family. Two weeks, hotel in the park, swimming, room service and my kids’ faces at the Princess Breakfast.

Wow, that’s a lot of wishes! Christmas Gimmes, sorry, must have caught it from the kids! I shouldn’t say that, they have actually been really good.

So go to Writing Aspirations and sign up. I want to grant some Christmas wishes!

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Secret Santa Blog Style

I saw this on Never That Easy and I thought it was great. Of course I signed up & am passing it along to all of you (ya know all five of you) . This originally came from Writing Aspirations and that’s where you go to sign up. Here are the rules:

If you would like to participate as a Secret Santa Blogger, here is what you should do.

1. Tell me via email or comment that you’d like your name on the participant list (or not if you don’t want me to list you).

2. Create a post with your “wish list”. Tag it “Secret Santa” so it’s easier to search.- If you have items that need to be mailed, be sure to leave a way for a secret Santa to send you something. (Either your address or give your address to a friend blogger [yes, you can use me] and then leave a note like: If you want to mail me something – email my friend at “whatever” to request my mailing address – that way it’s still a surprise and you aren’t sharing your address to the world)

3. Grab a button to use on your site.

4. Put the button in your sidebar and have it link to the post of your wish list.

5. I’ll create a post of participants and create a button that will link to a page of those participants.- send me the link to your wish list or secret Santa post so that I can include the link to it on the list of participants.

There you go! This is just for fun. This is completely voluntary and there are NO promises that you’ll receive anything. Your wish list can be silly and include things like: “I wish someone would show me the code to align the buttons on my sidebar” or “I wish I had a button of a pretty ornament” to something more serious like “I would like a gift certificate to Borders” or even “I wish someone would get me a car.”

What to wish for…hmmm. Let me think.

Things you can’t give me but I really, really want:

  1. I wish for a happy marriage and family. I know you can’t really give me that but you can pray for me.
  2. Good Health. Again, I know you can’t give it to me, but hey it’s a wish.

Things you may be able to give me:

  1. I need a good meatloaf recipe. I love a good meatloaf but every meat loaf I make tastes like a giant hamburger, a giant, bad hamburger.
  2. I wish for cookie recipes. I have a ton of them but you can never have too many. I love cookies!
  3. I wish for recipes for easy, inexpensive, freezable casserole recipes. I am so busy and I would love to make some casseroles ahead of time for easy week day dinners. I haven’t had the time to look for the recipes either.
  4. I wish for your reading recommendations. I really love to read and I would like to know your favorite books and authors.
  5. I wish for blogging topics. I actually have a bunch of things to write about but eventually the well may run dry.
  6. Can someone please tell me how to post a button with the hyperlink so I can just click on the button? My NaBloPoMo button never went anywhere because I couldn’t figure out how to do it. Help, please.
  7. I see some people talking about the weird searches their blogs have come up on- I wish someone would tell me how to find this out, I could use a laugh.

Things you could give me if you really liked me and had enough money left after buying gifts for people you know in real life:

  1. Hershey Kissables. These little things kick the M&M’s tushies!
  2. Amazon.com Gift Certificates. Love that Amazon!
  3. E-bay Gift Certificates. My dad is addicted to e-bay, it’s really funny I never would have pictured him getting psyched because his bid was the winner.

Fantasy gifts (as in dream on Mama):

  1. A million dollars. I just had a vision of Dr. Evil from Austin Powers.
  2. Maid service for a year (or two) (or forever).
  3. An all expenses paid vacation to Disney World for my family. Two weeks, hotel in the park, swimming, room service and my kids’ faces at the Princess Breakfast.

Wow, that’s a lot of wishes! Christmas Gimmes, sorry, must have caught it from the kids! I shouldn’t say that, they have actually been really good.
So go to Writing Aspirations and sign up. I want to grant some Christmas wishes!

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White House Christmas

I just watched HGTV’s White House Christmas special. Some random thoughts:

  • I need 50 people to come decorate my house.
  • How much did all of that cost?
  • Wait, did I just pay for all of that?
  • No wonder taxes are so high.
  • Does the president ever eat a cookie right off the Oval Office Christmas tree?
  • It’s all very beautiful, but impersonal. I would miss all of the ornaments that have meaning to my family.
  • Do the First Dogs ever crap in the foyer?
  • Who cleans it up?
  • What do you do with a 300 lb. gingerbread White House when the holidays are done?
  • If the White House decorates for Christmas, why do some retailers only say holiday?
  • Why doesn’t the White House have a menorah or other symbols that are not specifically Christmas?
  • Maybe they do but since it was a Christmas special they didn’t mention them.
  • When is the White House Hanukkah special on?
  • Or Kwanzaa?
  • Or whatever?
  • Since it is Christmas they decorate for, where is the manger scene?
  • Is this a separation of Church & State issue?
  • Do I need to get a life?
  • Or just do laundry?
  • Am I ready for Christmas?
  • No
  • Where does the First Lady shop for gifts?
  • It sure ain’t Target or Walmart.

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