Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Monday, December 22, 2008
I wish all of my blogging friends a Very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, and whatever else you may celebrate!
Happy New Year to all - enjoy the craziness of the next week!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Here are the things that need to be done in the next couple of days:
1. Make one batch of Magic Bars for Cookie Swap
2. Make 5 dozen frosted brownies for Cookie Swap
3. Make 3 dozen cut out cookies for MJ's class to decorate
4. Make frosting to decorate cookies from #3
5. Clean the house
6. Finish up laundry
7. Wrap presents
8. Celebrate Christmas with Carrie's Family (if the snow isn't too bad)
9. Snow blow and shovel at least twice (we have 12 - 18 inches of snow coming)
11. Work all day Monday and Half Day Tuesday
12. Attend cookie swap after school on Monday
13. Attend school holiday concert Monday evening
14. Get to bus station and airport on Tuesday afternoon
I guess we had better get going!
'Tis the Season!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Dear Mother Nature,
Welcome to New Hampshire. It is quite clear from the events of the past week, that you really like spending time here. Let's see, there was an ice storm that left 390,000 homes without power, 8 inches of snow overnight last night, and another 12 - 18 inches of snow forecast for tomorrow. While we enjoy having you visit, it would be nice if you packed your bags and moved on for a bit. You see, you really have hampered many holiday plans for the folks around here.
Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't like you or anything, I just wish that you weren't so cold and snowy. Maybe you could pay another visit in a few months to bring us some of that nice warm, sunny weather. I really can't think about another 110 inches of snow this winter - I'm sure someone else wouldn't mind if you brought it to their house! Happy Holidays!
The people who are tired of this crazy weather!
Friday, December 19, 2008
Oh, the Places We’ve Been!
This year was our year.
We were off to Great Places!
Went both far and near!
With suitcases in hand, gas in our car,
and also plane tickets to travel afar.
From cruising the ocean, to roasting a S’more,
birthdays at Disney, visiting family, and more!
In February, cold weather was left behind;
a cruising adventure we were sure to find.
Swimming with Flipper was oh so neat;
spent a day in Key West on Duval Street.
Went shopping in Nassau,
folded napkins on ship;
went parasailing high over the ocean,
WOW! Our stomachs sure did flip!
In June we went camping,
and set up the tent.
At Nickerson State park,
a fine space we did rent.
From a visit to Cape Cod Chips,
and a drive along the shore;
Shopping in Provincetown,
all this and much more!
Once camping was done,
to Disney we went;
We joined Miss Olivia
for her birthday event!
Character meals were aplenty,
the ride lines never empty.
Typhoon Lagoon couldn’t be beat
in the sun’s scorching heat!
We boarded a plane
with souvenirs in hand;
off to visit the Snyders,
in Minnesota we’d soon land!
Next a Colorado trip,
in the car we would go;
to see Jim and Annette
with mom and Joyce in tow.
The Women’s Prison was open
for a museum style tour;
white water rafting through the Gorge
held quite the allure.
2008 was a year that just couldn’t be beat!
Happy Holidays to all,
may your 2009 be sweet!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Something like this just goes to show that taking a little time to think about someone and make them feel special can really make a person's day!
Thanks, Mrs. R!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
We awoke Friday Morning to a sea of ice. The ice was so thick that trees were bending right over onto the ground. It was already getting chilly in the house, but we put on some warm clothes and hunkered down to read, crochet, play DS, whatever else. A couple of hours into this, my mom stopped by and told us that the news reports were saying it could be days before power was restored. We decided to pack up some stuff, grab the dogs and head over to their house - especially since they have a generator.
Thanks to the generator, gas grill, and woodstove, we had great meals cooked by my brother, and we were able to work on making holiday treats for work and friends. We cranked out 160 of these little treat bags throughout the weekend. The dogs also loved the fact that we set up an air mattress in the living room - to them it was another comfy place to sleep!
We ended up leaving the cats at home, because if they had some with us, they would have been locked in 1 room, and we thought they were better off just at home even though it was cold. The house got to an all time low of 32 degrees and we worried that pipes would freeze. We lost the contents of our refrigerator and some of the contents of the kitchen freezer. We were able to save all of the meat in the basement freezer as my parents, thankfully, had room in their freezers to squeeze it all in. We also lost all of the fish in the fish tank as they froze to death.
Our power finally came back at 1PM on Tuesday. We came home and excitedly plugged in all of the Christmas decorations! Thankfully, other than the lost food and fish tank , we weathered the storm quite well.
We are so thankful to my parents for their hospitality. The endured 4 (2 girls and 2 dogs) extra houseguests for almost 5 days. We had 2 days off from school that we'll have to make up in June.
As of right now, there are still 75,000 homes in NH without electricity and some of them may be lucky to have it for Christmas. Some school districts have closed until January 5. I guess through it all, we really were some of the lucky ones.....
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
That is how long we were without power! It finally came back on at 1 PM today after being out since just before midnight on Thursday. I have never been so thankful! I will be back tomorrow with a full update and pictures - I promise!
A special thanks to my parents for offering their "hotel" for the past five days! The house is slowly warming up, and we are happy to be home.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
I'll blog more in detail with pics once we get back home....
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Well, truth be told - being involved in the pool has created a monster out of me! I take great pain in making my picks each week! The best part is, I have been in first or second place every week! Right now, I'm in second and MJ is in third, but we are only one and two points out of first place respectively! There are all these people who are avid fans and we are kicking their butts!!! I think it is funny! For those of you who don't know me, I am a very competitive person and this has really brought it out!
So, for anyone who cares, here are our picks for this week.
Mary Jo's Picks
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
OK, so here is the story behind the chairs in our header picture. That is a picture I took along with a bunch of others when we were visiting one of our favorite places - The Highlands. This is a wonderful gem of a place in northern New Hampshire. It is a women's (read: lesbian) resort and just a wonderful getaway. We went there for the weekend of our Civil Union and have been back a couple of other times as well. The Highlands sits on a beautiful piece of property with trails for walking and snowshoeing. There is a main building with two other buildings. An awesome breakfast is served every morning too! Grace, the inkeeper goes out of her way to make your stay exceptional.
So, if you are ever visiting this neck of the woods and want to stay at a wonderful place, check it out - Grace would be happy to have you! http://www.highlandsinn-nh.com
Here are a couple of other pictures - one of the inn and one of us on the hillside right before our Civil Union.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
This post is for my brother in law Jim. He is one of the most faithful readers of this blog. He always knows what is going on with us because he keeps up with the blog. And, when I don't blog regularly, he gripes a bit. It is great to know that people enjoy keeping up with us and family living far away is one of the main reasons we keep this blog! Jim is such a fun loving guy and I am so happy to have him as my brother in law. So, in honor of his faithful reading of the blog, I am going to try to post EVERY day this week!
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Tonight we'll be meeting Laura, Sue, and Olivia to see Bolt in 3-d. That should be enjoyable! We'll do a little more Christmas shopping too. Tomorrow we hope to get the decorations finished in the house.
Christmas sure is coming up quickly this year!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Feel free to copy and paste to your blog. (I stole it from Lisa at And Baby Makes Three)
1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Both, but I really love gift bags with fun tissue and ribbon all curled hanging from the handles
2. Real tree or Artificial? Real this year, but we also have a little artificial one.
3. When do you put up the tree? ASAP after Turkey Day - ours is currently up with the lights on, but we need to finish decorating this weekend!
4. When do you take the tree down? Sometime in early January
5. Do you like eggnog? absolutely - even better with RUM in it!
6. Favorite gift received as a child? Third row tickets to New Kids on the Block when they were the hottest band around!
7. Hardest person to buy for? no one really - I love to buy presents for people!
8. Easiest person to buy for? MJ
9. Do you have a nativity scene? yes - a beautiful Willow Tree one that my parents bought us for Christmas last year!
10. Mail or email Christmas cards? mail - we make our own!
11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? a massager that hurt like hell when you used it
12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Jim Carrey version of The Grinch
13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? all throughout the year - but we get really serious on Black Friday
14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? absolutely!
15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? fondue on Christmas Eve
16. Lights on the tree? yes - colored!
17. Favorite Christmas song? Little Drummer Boy
18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? we travel to be with MJ's family - it is one of the two times a year that we get to spend with them
19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? absolutely - I am an elementary school teacher!
20. Angel on the tree top or a star? we have an angel on the real one and a primitive star on the fake one
21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Christmas morning - though when I was a kid, we got to open one on Christmas Eve
22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? people who are crabby - come on - enjoy the hustle and bustle of the holiday season
23. Favorite ornament theme or color? primitive
24. Favorite place for Christmas dinner? MJ's mom's house with everyone there
25. What do you want for Christmas this year? health and happiness in preparation for our next baby try in January
Monday, December 1, 2008
We had a great Thanksgiving with my parents and then we also went to my aunt and uncle's for pie later in the day. It is always wonderful to spend time with family - especially when there is good food to eat! Mom got a 25 pound turkey, so there were PLENTY of leftovers!
On Friday, we got up early (5:30) and braved the crowds for Black Friday - we have so much fun shopping on this day! We got some great deals and we also got the majority of our Christmas Shopping done. On the way home we picked up our Christmas tree too!
On Saturday morning, we went to a great holiday craft fair with my mom and my aunt.
Saturday afternoon through Sunday, our friends Laura, Sue and Olivia came for a visit. We made Christmas cards, scrapbooked, and played some Wii. I love playing Wii - it is always worth a good laugh! We tried out a couple of new games too and had lots of fun!
We got the lights on our tree, and will have to finish decorating it this weekend!
So, in a nutshell that's what we've been up to - now it is time to gear up for Christmas. We will be going home to Minnesota three weeks from tomorrow - very exciting!
Monday, November 24, 2008
On Saturday, we attempted to tackle the leaves that have overtaken our yard. We felt like we were fighting a losing battle as it was quite windy. We didn't get it all done, but it does look much better! After working outside, we went to visit some friends and had dinner with them.
Sunday, we made loads of Chex Mix! We are making treats for the other teachers at school and for MJ's class. We stuffed 140 bags of this stuff and tied a cute bow with leaves and a turkey attached! Then in the evening my mom and dad came over for a fondue dinner - YUM!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
For Christmas, we travel to visit MJ's family in Minnesota -it really is the only holiday that we get to spend with them, and it is a really enjoyable time for all! So, we've been looking for plane tickets for about 6 weeks now and the prices have been just outrageous. We're talking right around $450 - $500 a ticket - that would mean roughly $900 just to fly home. We were preparing for the worst and figured nothing could be worse than last year when we paid close to $1200 to get home for Christmas.
We have literally been looking for tickets EVERY DAY and hoping that they would fall around the $350 - $375 price per ticket. Well, today I found some for $359 a piece. I was very excited about the price, but the schedule wasn't the best. So, I headed to another website to check prices and WE GOT TICKETS FOR $480 TOTAL! THAT IS ONLY $240 APIECE!!!! We got both tickets for what one ticket was going for just yesterday!
We are so excited!!! Now we'll have more money for the annual Casino trip!
Sunday, November 16, 2008
We had a great weekend! Yesterday, since it was raining again, we decided to do our own little scrapbook store tour. We got online and found some that we had never been to and visited three of them. One we wouldn't go to again, one had super friendly staff but was not our "type" of products, and the last one was FABULOUS!! We fell in love - it is a huge store with tons of product and a wonderful cropping area! Then, of course, we had to come home and scrap some more. In the past 10 days, we have finished our pet albums, finished 2005, finished 2006, and started 2007 - of which we are close to completing - all we have left is Christmas. It has been quite an accomplishment! Now we just need to do 2008, Disney, and finish our cruise album. Not too bad if I do say so myself.
Today, we slept in and went to visit my parents in the afternoon. The dogs needed to go run and play, so it was good.
Now we have to gear up for a five day week - last week was only three days!
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Likes to go for rides - especially to his Nana and Grampa's!
Likes to be tucked in at night...
Very good at being naughty -
Knows that time - outs are to be taken on the stairs until his mamas tell him he can come down.
Ok, seriously, what is up with Willy?!?! He has been so naughty lately. Let's see, it all started a couple of weeks ago when he ate 6 1/2 pounds of candy while we were at work - just imagine the mess and smell of our house when we came home. Then, last week, he ate a whole bowl of Andes mints - wrapper and all! Well, today he got into the trash and dragged it through the downstairs. He has just hit a major naughty streak!
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
This post is in honor of my Dad - a Vietnam War Veteran, who to this day still suffers the effects of the war he fought in almost 40 years ago. I am not sure how anyone could endure the horrors of war and come out on the other side as an amazing human being -- well, my dad did! He is one of the most kind and caring men that I know and he has loved my mother for more than 37 years. He is an incredible father to both my brother and I. He is a hard worker, and has the determination and will to accomplish anything he sets his mind to.
Monday, November 10, 2008
Today is a fabulous day as it is parent conference day. That meant that we went in to work for a few hours and got to leave early. We also got to go in jeans and a sweatshirt because I have no conferences with my position, and MJ got all of hers done last week. We both got some work done, and then went out to lunch and we mangaged to be home about 2 1/2 hours earlier than a normal day. The best part is that we have tomorrow off too because of Veteran's Day! The plan is to tackle some scrapbooking tonight and the leaves in the yard tomorrow!
Sunday, November 9, 2008
another temperature drop
another visit from af
another time my body has failed me
another hope lost
another dream shattered
another two months until we can try again
another $500 up the whoohaaa
another sad day
another "why us?"
another "when does it get to be our turn?"
another summer without a baby in our arms
Saturday, November 8, 2008
1. Make sure the pretzels taste good before making the molds.
2. Count out six pretzels to use in the molds.
3. Melt the candies - squeeze them to make sure they melt evenly.
4. Squeeze a bit of chocolate in the mold.
5. Roll the pretzel in chocolate.
6. Place the pretzel in the mold.
8. Add sprinkles for good measure!
We had a very busy day today - lots of running errands, etc. It was very productive though!
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
MJ and I work at two different schools on Fridays. At the school that I work at - the kids are not allowed to wear their Halloween costumes, but are asked instead to dress up in a way that portrays a vocabulary word for the vocabulary parade. I decided that I wasn't going to use one of the lame words they were giving out, so instead I picked my own. With the help of MJ we decided that I was going to be a ketchup bottle aka "condiment"! Everyone thought that this was just the most clever idea. So, here I am in all my glory as a ketchup, I mean condiment bottle!
Now, of course MJ needed a costume too, but she works at the fun school where they could wear their Halloween costumes. It is also Red Ribbon (Be Drug Free) Week and there was a door decorating contest at school as well. Her team (4th grade) decided to use the Wizard of Oz as a theme. They all did their doors according to a character from the movie and made a yellow brick road into all of the classrooms. MJ go to be the tin man. I think they did a marvelous job and they won the contest too! Here are some pics of MJ in her costume, the doors, and her team all dressed up!
In TTC news - the IUI went PERFECT yesterday. My cervix was wide open, and they were able to do the IUI with no problem at all. The doc said the swim team looked great and that my girlie parts looked great too. According to my AM temps, I don't think we could have timed it any better either. Let's just hope those swimmers are racing for the gold right now! We are thinking very positively!