Archive for November, 2010
November 29, 2010
|Excited to see the show!|
What a great group of basketball tricksters and entertainers. These guys do dunks and tricks I would never imagine seeing in any kind of NBA game. Their only opponent is the Washington Generals, but to this day they have won every game against them but ONE! That’s pretty amazing. Even their intros before the game starts are unbelievable - I mean really…if I could do just one of these tricks I would be the best trickster on the dunk team! These guys are great – Check them out:
November 29, 2010
|My Aunt gave us these “H” Holiday Napkins and “H” crystal ornament!|
|Our Christmas Stockings! <3 <3|
|The miniture tree…Tiny Tina!|
And here is our brand new tree!! Her name is Tina and she is beautiful and fun!
|Tina the Tree complete with Aspen the kitty – the best present EVER!|
Even though there are still 2 days left in November, I think it is perfectly okay to get ready for Christmas after Thanksgiving is over. Now, when you walk into Michaels or a craft store in the middle of July and start seeing Halloween decorations up, that’s a little excessive…but I will always argue that when we decorate is perfectly normal!
|Poor Cali girl was tukered out after decorating all night, and then folding laundry too!|
November 27, 2010
As each holiday season approaches, I get more and more excited about the Thanksgiving Holiday! I mean, first of all – it’s an entire day dedicated to eating home cooked rich and fatty food! What’s NOT to like? And second, you get the same yummy food and family time as Christmas, but without the stress of present wrapping and making sure to get everything checked off your list!
Traditionally, my family and I usually go up to my aunt’s house in St. Augustine to celebrate the day with my mom’s side of the family. This year, we decided to hang around Orlando and enjoy the holiday with people who are practically family. That’s right – I got to see Court and the B clan twice in one week!
When we pulled up to their house, I was greeted by the bubbly momma to be – Court! She is so cute preggo, and is just starting to show. The kitchen was filled with yummy smells, and one of the first things we did after saying hello to everyone was grab a nice hot cup of apple cider – YUM! I forgot how good that stuff is, my mom used to make it when she had holiday parties, but we haven’t done those in a while.
|Plate number 1 for me, SO much good food!|
Court’s mother – Bev must have spent an entire week in the kitchen, cooking for about 25 people! We had turkey (of course), stuffing, green bean casserole, mac and cheese (the amazing kind with the hard crust top!), broccoli casserole, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, cream corn, jello salad, rolls, and the list goes on! I’m not going to even get into what there was for dessert….but there was just as much of a selection there as there was for dinner! She did such an incredible job cooking for all of us, and did it all with a smile. It was nice to spend the day with them.
|The Dessert Table – SOOO worth it!|
After dinner, we all hung outside to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather. Too bad it wasn’t cold at all, but it was nice enough to lounge by the pool – so nice, that one by one we each started to doze off.
WHAT IS IT about Thanksgiving that makes you instantly drowsy and ready for a nap? The turkey? The large amount of food? Or the feeling of exhaustion from cooking so much at one time? Well, as my mom and I giggled about the guys dozing off one by one on the couches, I decided to look up exactly WHAT it is….
Apparently – it’s the combination of everything about Thanksgiving Day that makes you sleepy. The turkey has L-tryptophan, an essential amino acid with a documented sleep inducing effect. That, mixed with the amount of carbs on your plate, food in general, and the relaxation after the meal could knock you right out! Not to mention if you happen to pair all of that with a glass of wine or two…
To read more about this, click below:
|My Dad and Mr. Hess – caught you sleeping!|
After the boys woke up from their food coma, we all watched some football and hung out for the remainder of the day. Thanksgiving really is one of my favorite holidays. It is a chill, stress free day – and like I said before it is DEDICATED to eating! What more could you ask for?
God has truly blessed me and I am so THANKFUL for my family, friends, and the support system I have. It’s days like this day that makes you sit back and think about what you have and how much you can take it for granted. I am so fortunate to be able to take time and enjoy an entire plate of delicious Thanksgiving food (or in my case, two plates!) THANK YOU to everyone who is a part of and impacts my everyday life – you know who you are – and I wouldn’t be nearly as happy without you!
Hope you got to spend the day surrounded with loved ones and yummy food like I did,
Now off to finish decorating for Christmas….
YUP, I said finish – can’t wait for the next Holiday…we start decorating RIGHT when Thanksgiving is over!
November 23, 2010
FINALLY! A weekend that I can take to spend some time with my long lost family!
I had a short work commitment this morning until early afternoon, but the rest of the weekend is MINE! :) We have our very last day of our P.R.E.P. for Marriage class at church tomorrow, I get to go to my niece’s swim meet, and I also meet one of my Bridesmaids for lunch – HM! Before today though, I spent the entire day yesterday with 2 of my girls to celebrate Court’s husband’s 30th Birthday!
We showed up to her house about 3pm, and the room immediately was filled with big hugs and “HOW ARE YOU?!”s…it had been forever since I got to take a day and just hang with my family. Court isn’t technically family, but I have known her since I was in diapers, so we will often refer to each other as cousins. BTW – Court is due with her very first baby next April, I CAN’T WAIT until the little one is here, and today was the very first day I got to see her little baby bump! SO CUTE!!!!!!
After a hug from everyone, I enjoyed the afternoon by hanging out with my MOH, (my sister), her family, my parents, my brother and his fiancee, my grandma, and all of Court’s family and friends! It was SO nice to just relax, eat, and catch up with everyone. Before dinner was ready, I got to spend some time in the backyard with my niece and nephew. They were playing soccer with Mr. Hess when all of the sudden there was a problem. Check out how Mr. Hess solves this ball catastrophe – very clever!
Besides loving the family time, did I mention what we had to EAT?! Check out this set-up! I have never really eaten a Low Country Boil before, but I LOVED IT!!!
|Low Country Broil! Shrimp, Sausage, Potatoes, and Corn…YUM!|
|My Grandma, Mom & Dad enjoying the food!|
Clean up was a cinch – notice how it’s served, on newspaper, and it was DELISH! Two thumbs up from this girl…and as for the cake? Two more thumbs up…
|HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHRIS!!!!!|
Well, I’m home – STILL full and still smiling from such a great day. I can’t wait for us to find a house of our own and be able to invite people over for a boil in our backyard. One step at a time, I guess. Wedding: working on it. House: casually looking around. New Car: Found it! But…in my dreams!