Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Woof Woof

Since I have not posted anything in a few weeks I have a few cute pictures saved up of my baby boy!
(Only posting 3...Would be more but Blogger once again said my picture capacity was full so I had to do more deleting... so fraustrating!)

He's barking for a cookie!

Christmas Recap!

Merry late Christmas!
I hope everyone had a joyful time with their family and friends.... I know I did.
Since I have been too lazy/unmotivated to get on here and blog I need to update you on how my holiday season went down since I am in the mood to actually get on here.
(Please note I am still mad at Blogger for the picture incident and still plan to do more research on getting my own website.)

Let me start from the very beginning...
At work, the week before Christmas, we did Secret Santa leading up to our Christmas lunch on Friday. Secret Santa is a 'game' where everyone who wants to participate has there name placed in a hat and everyone picks a name out of it. You aren't suppose to tell who you have and if you get your own name you are suppose to draw another one. All you do is each day give them a gift. We had answered a few quick questions to help our Secret Santa with what we liked. At the Christmas lunch we all tried to guess who we had.
Really lots of fun. We did this last year as well and it worked out nicely.

My co-worker friend is who picked my name - she was very thoughtful with what she chose for me.
Check out the Friday gift I received:
How cool is this???
I haven't used it yet, but I have big plans. I love it! I have never seen anything like it. She said she saw it and just knew that was what she getting me. She said it screamed me. :)
I like how it even included recipes. My mom's husband keeps joking he hasn't gotten any cupcakes yet. I will definitely need to get to work before I visit them again. Who knows, he might not let me in the house without them.

We also played White Elephant which is where everyone brings in a gift with no name on it. Everyone draws a number - lowest number person picks a present off the table and keeps it (they get to go again last). The next lowest number picks a gift off the table and can either trade for a previous gift or keep the one they have. Going from the lowest number to the highest everyone picks a gift.
I ended up with a gift card to Texas Roadhouse. I went to this restaurant once during my brother's freshmen year in college (almost 5 years ago) so I don't really remember what it was like. Matt and I plan on going there this weekend so I hope it is yummy!

My mom went and painted this bad boy:
She created it at a local place in her town where they teach you to paint a certain painting. She went with two of her friends and said they had a blast!
Now I wanna go!
I'm jealous!
Guess I should of went - she invited me.
We plan to go next month when I am home. Let's hope I can make something as beautiful as this one!
I hope to use it in my future space (I'll talk about this another day.)

Moving on to Christmas Eve...
Luckily since Christmas Day fell on Saturday we got Friday off from work.
I went home to my mom's house to spend the holiday there.
Christmas Eve my family all went to lunch at one of our local favorite restaurants where we enjoyed ribs and all the fixings. Mmmm!!!
Matt and I had already went and saw the lights on the river and the house that is lit up and blinks to Christmas music so we didn't have too much to do that night. After church we decided to exchange presents. (See below for pictures and details).

Christmas morning meant present time with my family
This picture doesn't do my mom's tree justice.
For lunch/dinner we had a wonderful ham.
 After two nice meals the eight pound ham was completely ate. :(
I wanted to take some home with me.
I really will have to buy a whole ham and get the recipe from my mom.
If I can get it for a good price I'll make it this weekend.

Here's all the great gifts my family and Matt gave me:
From Matt:
Ipod Touch
4 TV shows on DVD
Stuffed animal
Water bottle

From my parents:
Food saver
Sonicare toothbrush
Floating Shelves
Ipod docking station
Cutting boards
Iron board
Sewing machine box

 Matt and I get along well (I think) because we both love TV and movies so much!
We always buy each other movies and TV shows on DVD. These were two of my favorite shows growing up.
Matt's parents got me Eclipse - I picked it out so of course I had to get the one with ALL the extras!

Isn't he adorable???
I have a small collecting of giraffe stuffed animals - this one will make a great addition.
Purple is my favorite color!

 My mom got me this cupcake since she noticed my Halloween one in my kitchen last time she was here.

Is this frame cute or what?
My brother got this for me and it is perfect! I plan to put it next to Wyatt's leash.

We even had a white Christmas!
First time TN has had this in 17 years!
It was wonderful!
The best part was how the snow was just a dusting - the roads were mostly clear which meant I was able to drive home easily on Sunday.

My mom, brother, and myself did a little after Christmas shopping on Sunday. I only bought a few items since I am cheap and prefer to wait until the clearance is at least 75% off.
I did buy a pink tree I have been wanting all year!
Just wait until you see it!
I have big plans!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Card Games and Food

Sorry I have been MIA so much these days.
I don't have a good excuse so I wont bother trying to come up with one.

Last time I posted on here blogspot told me I was over on my free picture limit.
What a BUMMER!
Okay I thought... I'll just delete some of my old pictures. (Which is what I did.) But unfortunately, you can no longer view those pictures on my blog at all.
Well that sucks!
So I thought I would research how to get my own website.
Sounded like a great idea at the time.
I looked up buying a domain - easy enough. Can cost as low as $1.99/year. That's good.
Now I need a host. Not sure what a host is. So I looked it up. Gotta pay monthly for that. Also need a site to store all my pictures. So now I am thinking this is going to become expensive. Not really worth it.
I do still want my own website though - need to do more research.
Will work on that one of these days. It would be nice to have more control of it. Have some big changes planned in the next few months so I know I'll have lots to write about.

Completely changing subjects-

Last weekend Matt and I went to Winston's here in Louisville for dinner. It was good and we had great service - just too fancy for us. Luckily we had a $25 gift certificate that I paid $3 which made the meal about $30.
Check out what we ate:
 (Salmon alone was delicious!)
The main chef came out after our first steak stack (this explains 2 pictures of the same dish) asking how we enjoyed the food. We both told him we enjoyed it. He told us the interns had overcooked the tortilla and he wanted to know if we would like another one. At this point we almost had the entire plate ate. We both told him it was okay. He kept insisting finally telling us they had to make it again either way so they would learn. He now wanted to know if we would at least pick at it. Matt said we would.
So we got 4 "meals" for the price of 3.
Overall, we were not impressed for the price. Wont go there for dinner again.

Went there for lunch today.
WAY better!
Here's what we had:
Lunch is MUCH better! Much better options/ more options. Matt and I like simple foods - dinner was to fancy for us. We are simple people.
Had the same good waitress. She even gave us the college discount even though we told her we weren't college students.

New topic...
Need some present ideas?
Hasbro has 4 great coupons to print (you can print 2 of each coupons per computer).
Matt and I went to Target today to score some good deals.

4 Picureka! cards games $5.04 each
4 Sorry! Revenge card games $5.24 each 
4 Trivial Pursuit Steal card games $5.24 each
2 Hungry Hungry Hippos $4.99 each

Had enough coupons for $5 off from each game.

I will keep a few for me and donate the rest.
Which reminds me, I need to look online as to where I can donate them for Christmas. I also have a few other games/toys I want to donate. I told Matt we need to start "collecting" even more free and cheap toys/games for next year.

You should definetly go out and get some of these games for people on your Christmas list.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Happy Belated Birthday To ME!

I bet you have been wondering where I have been.

I was gonna tell you I have been oh so busy doing this and that and how I just didn't have time to get online. However, that is simply not true. I have no reason to lie so I wont.
I have been lazy and unmotivated to get online. Work has been rougher then usual and has been burning me out. I come home and all I want to do is sit and watch TV. No wonder I have such a hard time losing weight. 

My birthday was back on Monday.
Go figure I woke up not feeling well!
And I still had to drive back to KY for work the following day.

I got some great presents from my family and Matt.
Mom and G got me a sewing machine... I haven't used it yet, but I do plan on getting lots of use of it. I need to learn how to use it first.

I have been busy decorating for Christmas around my home.
I have not been in the mood as much as I usually am... probably because of work... but my tree is up and BEAUTIFUL!
 I would still like to make it even better, but I am out of ideas. I know I wanted it to have the theme of candy (I love the red and white theme). But, I do not have a ton of money to buy more supplies so this outcome is what I get for this year. After Christmas when everything is cheaper I will buy more items to make the tree even better next year. I like how the "stems" look when plucked randomly into the tree. Do you know what I am talking about? i don't know how else to describe them

- Beneath the tree is a candy themed wreath I am supposed to be working on. Again, I have no interest for some reason. Better luck next year. -

Check out my new ornament I bought yesterday from Hallmark with my $5 off coupon. (Made it $1 before tax.)

Because I am crazy I will let you in on a secret....
My tree was already decorated before yesterday... I choose to redo it since I was unhappy with the outcome.
This is the before look... seemed to dark... not a good look for a Christmas tree which should be bright and happy looking.
 I think the red and white ribbon makes the tree look much brighter!
I will need to take more time on it next year to evenly space out the rows. I wanted to get it done last night before Matt got here - I wasn't done with the ornaments when he did arrive.

Here are a few of the decorations I bought last year after Christmas which I am in LOVE with:
Next Christmas I WILL have a house and I know everything WILL look even better! 

Have you watched the Grinch yet?
I have seen it twice already.
I still need to watch Home Alone and Christmas Vacation - a must do every year; usually twice.

Look what we woke up to this morning:
 Luckily, it does not seem to be sticking to the streets.
We were suppose to have 1 to 2 inches overnight. I think this is the perfect amout - covers the grass but not the road.

Last week when I was home Matt and I went to the Opryland Hotel to see the lights - something I have done every year since my family first moved to TN when I was a child.

It is losing its WOW factor.
Was not worth going through the crowds and parking far away.
I thought for sure there would be some new things to see since most of it was ruined in the flood. But no, everything was the same as usual.
Even Disney mixes things up every seven years...
I told Matt we will be taking a break from the hotel for a few years. Maybe by then it will all look new and magical once again to me.