Monday, November 30, 2009

Time to get out the Christmas movies and drive my family nuts!

I'm a Christmas movie nut.  It doesn't even have to be a Christmas movie even, it might just have a small part about Christmas, and I still feel compelled to watch it this time of year!  Here are a few of my favorites....
Elf (Smiling is my favorite)

Christmas Vacation


The Christmas Story

While you were Sleeping

You've got Mail
(Yes, there's only a small part about Christmas in this...but any excuse to watch it!)

The Grinch (NOT the Jim Carrey one...)

The Year without a Santa Claus

Maybe I'll go easy on my family and only watch these on the weekends....we'll see....

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Back from the Beach

Well, we're back from the Beach.  We had a good time, but it's great to be home and get into the Christmas Spirit.  As vacations go, it was know, typical for us....let's see...Olivia jumped off he bed and accidently landed on my toe...thought it was fractured for awhile there...hobbled around for about a day.   Then, I fell down the stairs (there were ALOT of stairs in this house) and now have a bruise the size of Texas on my thigh.  Then, I bent down to put a pair of shoes on the stairs and hit my head on the sharp end of the stair rail...Yes...most of this was physical injury to me...which is typical.  Then, Shawn, who drove the entire way and back, came down with a pretty bad cold. 
Needless to say....we were thankful to be together on Thanksgiving even though everything was going the way it usually does on vacation!  What can I say?  We are homebodies...we love being home!

Now I'm ready to start decorating, shopping and baking.  Note to self:  if you go away for the week of Thanksgiving....You will be the ONLY one that does not have your Christmas lights up in your neigborhood when you get home! 
(photos:  Southern Living)

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

She is

my girl.  my punky doodle. 
She is, at 4 years,3 months (because months are important, you're when you're "almost 5")
fiercly independent, opinionated, and spunky.  She's everything I was not when I was a child. 

I hope all her dreams come true.  I hope she holds on to them and never lets anyone tell her they are foolish...

Love you, Punky!

Thursday, November 12, 2009


I finally made these Red Velvet Cake Balls that were featured on
Bakerella's site.  I took them to work and everyone raved!  They were so easy to make!  
Now we are all thinking about all the different combinations we can make.....yum!  This could be dangerous!

(photo from

Sunday, November 8, 2009

two more weeks......

In just a couple of weeks, we will be having a peaceful Thanksgiving week in this little beauty near Seaside, Florida...

Planning on ordering Thanksgiving dinner in, but what a cute kitchen....I will definitely be baking some Pumpkin bread!

Then, we'll just do some relaxing......

Some reading on the porch.....

Lots of walking on the beach...

and enjoying Seaside in the Fall....

I don't even care if the temperatures get a little chilly....this is just what we need right about now!

Monday, November 2, 2009

Is it weird that I want to listen to Christmas music already?

Dreaming about getting my house ready....

Hanging the stockings....

Enjoying the Season.....

Oh....wait.....Thanksgiving is still three weeks away....
And my house only looks like this in my dreams anyway!

(photos:  Country Living)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Happy Halloween!

This is our front porch, all ready for Trick or Treat!

Here's Batgirl, inpatiently waiting on Daddy to take her Trick or Treating

Can we go now??

"This is my Superhero look"