Friday, December 31, 2010

Rousing New Year Celebration

We ended the year by a rousing game of Hungry Hungry Hippos. As much as FL loves this game, she can't seem to win for anything. I've even tried closing my eyes as I play, but the score ended up 6 to 1 to 1, with me winning the 6. Thank you Great Nana for giving me an advantage in life by buying me my first Hungry Hungry Hippos game. And I now know why Mom made me keep it at Great Nana's house. Even the dog went crazy while we played it!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

17 Years to Build a House

It only took 17 years for me to attempt making a gingerbread house with my kids. For some reason they seemed very intimidating to me. Grandpa P bought a kit for FL and of course she had to make her "ginger-house" right away. Either the kit was really good or I am a pro at assembling it, either way it was very easy and I think it turned out rather cute.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Milkbones from Jake

Hello from Jake the dog again. All these smelly Christmas foods has made me decide to tell you about what I like to eat. Aside from my fancy dog food that contains sweet potatoes, blueberries, and flax seed, I have developed a taste for bananas, apples, oranges, chex mix, salt and vinegar potato chips, and dill pickles. While I am mostly Border Collie, the Lab part of me has shown thru lately, evidently thru my taste for garbage also. I love to eat paper, stuffed animals, the stuffing out of pillows, and to my family's horror, I really love used Kleenex.
(P.S. note to self: don't eat handmade mittens. 'nuff said.)

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Winter Break

Winter break has found everyone with a cold of some sort, CBS with the worst of it. What a way to end the year.

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Thought I'd share some Christmas with you. Here is how our day went:

  • I stayed up late to stuff stockings and took the only pic of a calm Christmas

  • The stockings when full:

  • Sleeping child, in otherwords, the calm before the storm:

The morning started off well, the kids let me sleep in until 8 and some even lined up nicely for a pre-present picture. While they lined up, one lost their balance and fell into another who fell onto the presents and then into the tree. This caused an all out screaming match on whose present was broken, which I succeeded in calming everyone down by saying the crushed box was clothes, which the kids then ended up saying they didn't want clothes for Christmas. It was a good thing I had a hang-over from all the cold medicine I was on, or I might have . . . . .

Seriously, I don't know what else happened today, except I took some new cold medicine. . . . .

Oh, your still here. What was I talking about?

Oh, yeah, Merry Christmas.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Christmas Mice

Here is a pic of my Christmas mice. I usually make about 75 of them for D's Christmas party at work and this year I took a few to my job. Simple ingredients, time consuming to make, but really cute in the end. Only question is: do you eat them head first or butt first?

Chocolate for dipping the cherries, Hershey kisses for the head, almond slices for the ears, and tube of icing for the eyes and nose.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Christmas Parade

You know you aren't in the Midwest anymore when the parades don't include any farm implements. This one included a marching band, a trailer full of girl scouts, 3 pickup trucks with random people in the back, 3 ponies, a goat, someone dressed as Dora the Explorer and Boots, and 14 emergency vehicles complete with sirens and lights going. Oh, and Santa of course. It was a very cold and long 15 minute parade.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Sad Day

Well, it is a sad day today. I have come to accept the fact that my camera is on it's last breath. It is only 7 years old. The screen has been flickering and the color has been getting weird. I have looked at alot of new cameras, but have gotton so used to this one, I don't want to get a new one! So bare with me, I will try not to post lousy pics, but until I find a camera I want to love, there may be alot of bad pics posted. For instance, this is a pic of FL and Jake the dog on the couch. Like the lines? As for FL, well, I am not sure any camera can keep up with her after "someone" gave her chocolate ice cream right before bed.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Milkbones from Jake

Got my first taste of snow today. It was cold, but I ate as much of it as I could. My boy (CBS) took me out and let me run loose without my leash and I chased snowballs. I even dug up my toys out of the snow. When I finally went back in the house, I decided I really did like the white stuff, so I made my people let me out about 15 more times. They think I had to do my "business", but I just ate some more snow.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Snow is on the Punkin

Started snowing today, first snow of the year. Just enough to cover the ground. Last year we had snow in October, before we had even raked leaves. Don't know why I was suprised to see the snow, but I still have the Halloween pumpkins on the porch.