Oh my - it's been a fun ride these last several days - just haven't been able to squeeze any computer time in! I'm so stinking excited for Christmas this year. We have the most fun surprise planned for the whole family - it's going to bring lots of laughs - and I can't wait! This week I stitched the
Okay, let me see if I can recount the fun goings on here since last week!
Torture At The DMV
Yes, in Missouri (sometimes misprounonced "Misery" by the non-natives), our Driver's Licenses expire on our birthdays. So, I had to get my Drivers' License renewed - and it was a painful experience. I know, you're thinking long lines, but it was something much worse. McStudly is with me, and my number finally gets called. We go to the counter, and the lady takes my old driver's license (from 5 years ago). She asks if the address is the same: yes. Still 5' 5" yes. And, then, the torture comes. So as not to embarrass me, she puts her hand to the side of her mouth so McStudly can't see, and whispers "It says here your weight is "x" pounds." She does this because apparently it is patently obvious from looking at me that I am not nearly as skinny as I was 5 years ago. I seriously contemplate fudging my weight, but I can't do it! So, I tell her, "well it's more like uh, "x" pounds - what can a I say, it's been a rough few years."
Only McStudly knows how to make me feel better after something like that!
Don't laugh - there is a Method to Our Madness. We have to go grocery shopping - and me going to the store hungry, well it's not good. It might result in would result in me coming home with a couple of boxes of Krispy Kremes which won't help the situation! So, I'm thinking I kept a few pounds off here - plus, I feel better :o)
So there DMV Lady!
42nd Birthday Weekend
I had a Birthday this past weekend. The McStudly's crowned me "Princess for the Day" and spoiled me rotten (movie, shopping and dinner). The night before, we did our own little episode of "Chopped" in our kitchen!
McStudly Jr. made the salad and dressing:
and I made Chocolate Truffle Stuffed Pastry with Raspberry Sauce
I've been busy with stitching a few gifts
and cooking for the holidays.
Band Concert & Winter Wonderland
Last night, we got to go to McStudly Jr.'s band concert!
I've got my Mistletoe hanging in the doorway
A Trip Down Memory Lane
McStudly and I were chatting this morning - and I said I can't wait to go in and jump on McStudly Jr.'s bed on Christmas and yell "Get up, get up - Santa came, Santa came." And we took a little trip down memory lane - laughing about Christmases Past. This is how it went very early Christmas morning when the kids were little:
Kids: Get up, get up. Santa came, Santa came.
Me: (exhausted) He did, what did he bring me? Go check and see what he brought me.
Kids: (returning from the tree). Nothing.
Me: Seriously - but, I was so good this year. Go check again.
Kids: (after checking again) Nope, he didn't bring you anything.
Me: I really can't believe that - because I was really good this year. Did you put the water in the microwave for my coffee?
Kids: (back from the kitchen) We put your water in - get up, get up.
McStudly: Did you separate the presents? Go separate the presents in piles with your names on them.
Kids: (getting antsy now) We separated the presents, now - get up. Come on you guys.
McStudly: Did you count them - how many did you get?
Kids: (back from counting - and getting frustrated with us). We each got "x" presents (always the same number for each - Santa is careful about stuff like that). Come on, pleeaase get up!
And, well, eventually - we got up. Were any of you all bad parents like that? In all fairness to us, we had been up until 2 or 3 in the morning the night before - McStudly assembling toys, and me wrapping and filling stockings!
My how things change. When they hit their teens - we got to bed far earlier than them - and it was me - jumping on their beds saying "Get up, get up! Santa came! Santa came! And, their like "Mom get out, I'm tired." (because they're the ones who are up until the wee hours of the morning texting/playing video games)!
A night out for tacos and cruise through one of our local parks that is beautifully lit up every year for Christmas (with honking in the tunnels and free Cherry Mashes at then end :o) I still have lots of cooking and present wrapping to do - and a Gingerbread House to assemble :o)
Taking Time to Savor The Season
Amidst all the fun and busyness of the season though, I took some quiet time this morning think about how grateful I am for all of the beauty and goodness in the world, and to savor this awe-inspiring sunrise on a snowy morning.