Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year's Eve!

Today is a day to say goodbye to 2010!  The girls and I spent the day cleaning up the remaining Christmas decor and preparing for a new year.  To say that I am happy for 2010 to be over is an understatement.  This year brought with it:

- My Baby turned 1!
-Very long and scary hospital stay for my dad.
- My First born turned 3!
- 7 close deaths; six of which were to cancer and four of which occurred after Halloween.
- Several new babies were born!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
-My sister started college in Arizona (UofA)
- Justin went to Pennsylvania for the first time.
- Justin & I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary!
- We went on our 1st trip without the girls!

And much much more.  This year was a mixed year some happy happy times and some very frightening times yet I can't say that it was a BAD year - if anything it was a year of growth and strength and most importantly BLESSINGS!

As we close this year I feel completely blessed to live the life I live and to have the opportunity to raise my two girls and spend my time as a wife and mother. So this year I hope for a fully Happy and less eventful year.

Tonigth we will celebrate our start - Justin asked me to be his girlfriend 7 years ago tonight!  Now that we have the girls and Justin has a commute we plan to celebrate our traditional date night at home.  We will be enjoying Chicken Parmigiana, bread, and salad tonight then watching a movie for old times sake (look for a recipe in the next few days)! 

Hope you all have a wonderful night and a Happy (and less eventful) New Year.  Tomorrow's post will highlight what I am most excited about for next year!

Ash of All Trades

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Helpful Hint for Lunches

One thing I have found with lunches is that if we plan what to eat we end up with leftovers if I don't plan then we scramble (sometimes eggs)!  What I usually do now is have some go to ideas. 

When I make pasta for dinner one night I make plenty of extra for a lunch or two for me and the girls!  I also make a batch of hardboiled eggs for egg salad or to eat plain.  Having beans one night make extra and keep them in the fridge they make great burritos, tacos, or go in salads etc. 

Thinking ahead saves me time later - I can do the opposite to - if we want pasta for lunch but need it for dinner make extra.  Chopping things for lunch/dinner chop extra for another day! 

This makes things go smoother and keeps me from cooking three meals from scratch each day. 

Just a handy tip I have realized makes my life sooooo much easier.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Merry Belated Christmas!

Greetings all and I hope you had a wonderfully Merry Christmas!  We enjoyed ourselves over here with lots of decorating and traditions plus family visits and more.  Here is a bit of a recap from the last few months!

 Above is our gingerbread house the girls so lovingly helped me decorate.  Chloee was in heaven organizing pieces and carefully placing them on while Caylee munched away 3 candies in her mouth per one on the house.  Mommy had to personalize it was a C for my girls!

Decorating the tree was a big hit for both of the girls.  Chloee was so excited since she remembered last year and since she got her annual Hallmark Ornament to hang.  We kind of went crazy this year (okay okay we do this every year) and bought the biggest tree we could find - let's just say the girls now have a 12 inch stump to sit on not including the other 12 inches we cut off.  Tall and broad that is how we like our Christmas trees.

December also brought with it the ripening (mostly) of our pumpkins!  We only waited four months for these puppies.  They proudly sit in the kitchen next to the Christmas cookie jar hehe.  We gave a few away and are going to make pumpkin seeds tomorrow with the rest.

Since we don't have snow in Eastvale we improvised and made paper snowmen even finding some downloadable hats and scarves for Chloee to add to them.  We took a picture and then gave the original to Grandma Suzi since snowmen are her favorite.  Gotta love kiddos for remembering the little things.

Here is a picture of our mantle (the lighting wasn't right but I never got around to taking another one).  We are going with my husband's idea of having all different stockings - he says I have too much order in my life (I think not) but I will let him have it since his stocking was handmade when he was a baby and I know there is nothing I can do to change his mind.  Pottery Barn you can keep your matching stockings for now.

We are now sadly cleaning up our Christmas decor - in most part due to the fact that our tree is dead and collapsing but we are looking forward to decorating for Valentines Day and more.  Lots of tips coming up in the New Year and lots of home improvement projects to follow!

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