Saturday, December 22, 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Signing off for the next 2 weeks or so. Dan is home for 10 days and we are going to have a great time together. I'm looking forward to the holidays. I've been doing my 30 day of gratefulness and through it all, it has helped me to look at the little things to be grateful for. Today I'm grateful for this time to reflect and appreciate the life I have. As for the rest of the days I have left-3 I think, I'm grateful for these holidays spent with family.

Here's to you and yours!

Friday, December 21, 2007

What to get a 13 year old girl?

So tomorrow night Dan and I are getting all dolled-up and heading to a Bat Mitzvah reception at the S.C. Aquarium downtown. It should be quite the soiree'-the theme is Hollywood and there's going to be a "pink" carpet. How cute is that? Now, I've never been to a Bat Mitzvah reception before, so I'm very excited...and as a mom of 3 little boys, I have NO IDEA what to get a 13 year old girl as a gift, any suggestions? Please help!

I'm also excited because I am able to wear a "vintage" (umm, 10 year old dress, does it count as vintage?) Ann Taylor Christmas Red silk strapless dress, size 2!!! dress that I wore before I birthed any, don't get me wrong my Spanx power panty will be going under that bad boy...but I'm SO EXCITED nonetheless. I've been working my booty off this month, so I'm glad to see that it fits. However, some neighbors asked us to go out for Mexican tonight, and I have such a weakness for it, that I may wear the black J Crew velvet and taffeta strapless dress I wore to Dan's office party-you know the one that makes me look pregnant. We'll see. So of course, today I'm grateful that the red dress fits, we'll just see if it fits tomorrow!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Cookies! Cookies! Cookies! and a shout-out

So last night was the cookie was fun, but I've been left with A LOT of cookies. Thank goodness Dan took a huge tray of them to work. Everyone had beautiful and of course, yummy cookies. My favorite were my friend B's Buckeye Balls. Chocolate and peanut butter together...need I say more? I ended up doing the Nutella Kisses that my friend Slacker Mama made, as well as the Cranberry, Chocolate and Oat bars from the Kraft Food & Family Magazine. (If you don't get that magazine, it's free and they always have great recipes. Just go on their website and sign up) They were really good-thanks K, for the recipe! Also, huge thanks to my friend J, over at Sweet Peas and Pumpkins for the hot chocolate recipe. I ended up making it in the crockpot and used a package of Ghiradelli milk chocolate chips and they melted just fine. It simmered for a couple of hours before guests arrived which gave it time to get to the ideal consistency and temperature. It was oh so creamy! Can't you just taste it now with that description? Ha! Ha! A couple of the women loved it so much that they are going to make it on Christmas morning for their families. Of course, adding the Bailey's Irish Cream is a good treat for the adults!

Oh, and today I'm grateful for sweet neighbors. I'm so happy that we finally live in a neighborhood where the neighbors actually like to socialize and are friendly. You know in an instant if you needed anything they would be right there for you. What a refreshing feeling!

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

You better watch out...

I don't know what I'm going to do after Christmas when we put the Elf on the Shelf away-he's been quite the little helper in reminding Harrison to be on his best behavior! Harrison named him Kris-after "Kris Cross Applesauce"-something they say at school. I guess because it looks like he is sitting that way. He creeps Dan out, but I think he's oh so cute. Maybe we'll leave him up all year-just kidding Dan! Now if only we can figure out who sent him to us...

I'm hosting a cookie exchange with the neighborhood women tonight, so it should be fun. Once again, I'm grateful for my wonderful husband who puts up with oh so much and is so supportive. I love you sweetheart!

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Preschool Christmas Party

Harrison had his preschool Christmas party today...and YES, I can call it a Christmas party because it's at a Catholic preschool. The twins had fun and a special guest made an appearance. Today I'm grateful for the twins and their laid back attitudes about missing naps, getting off schedule, etc....I would have never dreamed of having Harrison miss naps when he was their age...but with 3 children someone's always getting off schedule. They just seem to roll with things and go with the flow!

Monday, December 17, 2007

All Aboard the Gingerbread Train...

Here are pics of the gingerbread train we made on Saturday. Today I'm grateful for girls night out. Tonight is our MOMS club ornament exchange. My friend who is hosting has advertised spiked egg-nog on the evite....I'll be there!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Lazy Sunday

We had no plans today, just a great lazy Sunday. We did some grocery shopping and later on I made peppermint bark-YUM! I'm hosting a cookie exchange on Wednesday night, so I'll be serving that up. I'm thinking about making these as well. They look pretty good to me. Oh, and I'll be making the hot chocolate recipe from my good friend over here. It sounds heavenly. Today I'm grateful for lazy Sundays. The weather was quite frightful (with the wind), so it was nice to stay in!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Holiday Fun

We had so much fun as a family today. We had no plans so it made it even that much better. While the boys napped, Daddy, Harrison and I made a "gingerbread train". I think Daddy really got into it, but has referred to it as the "70's train"-it's very colorful. I'll post pictures soon. Harrison keeps asking when we will eat it.

Afterwards, when the boys woke up we loaded everyone in the car and headed to one our favorite pizza spots, Andolini's, but in another town (closer to the Festival of Lights). All 3 boys were great and we didn't make too much of a mess!

Then we went to see the lights. Harrison loved it-he kept pointing out all the different things he saw-it was really neat to see them through his eyes. They are spectacular, but when you see them through the eyes of a 3 year old-EVEN better. Today I'm grateful for my wonderful family and the great day we had!

Friday, December 14, 2007

'Tis the Season....

Today I'm grateful that I'm done with my Christmas shopping. The gifts have been sent to loved ones far away, the cards have all been sent it's time to enjoy the rest of the Christmas season. We have a lot going on until then and I'm loving every minute of it. Tomorrow we are going to make a Gingerbread Train with Harrison. He saw the kit a couple of days ago and has been eagerly awaiting this activity. I'll be sure to post pictures later. If the weather holds up we are also going to see the "Festival of Lights" , which is always so fun. I can't wait to see Harrison's eyes when he sees it this year.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Supper Club and Ornament Exchange

Last night I hosted the ladies for supper club at my house. We had so much fun...and even sat down to eat in the dining room. I made a fig and blue cheese stuffed pork tenderloin that was super easy and I thought was good. Everyone else brought appetizers, salad, sides, dessert and wine. I must say we have some very good cooks in the group! I made a super easy "Christmas cocktail" with cranberry juice, pear nectar and sparking yummy! We also did an ornament exchange which I say went far better than the one I went to last week with the ladies in my neighborhood...this time we didn't do the white elephant switch, so there was no stealing and re-stealing of ornaments. I scored a very cute pink and green glass ball ornament with the palmetto tree and crescent cute! Today I'm grateful for friends...old and new!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Baby, It's Cold Outside...NOT!

I feel really bad for the people in the midwest and northeast suffering with all of that cold, icy, snowy weather....really I do. I was always so terrified to drive in that stuff when we lived in the D.C. area (and we didn't get it too much). Meanwhile, it's a balmy 82 degrees here today...I wish I could shave some degrees off and send them to the cold areas. So, in order to stay cool in mid-December I've discovered a new favorite thing. I first heard about this company on The Apprentice a few years ago and then Oprah had it on her favorite things list this year....Ciao Bella Blood Orange sorbetto is absolutely delightful and it's 98 calories and 0 fat grams in a 1/2 cup serving. I'm loving this stuff and I feel refreshed eating it. If you haven't tried Blood Oranges, they are the bomb. So, until the mercury goes down a little, I'll be enjoying my sorbetto in December. My husband told me the high is supposed to be 56 on Monday-I say bring it on. I guess today I'm grateful that it is warm here and not icy or snowy. Because Charleston is actually on a peninsula, we have tons of bridges here-that would not be a good situation with ice and snow.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Back to Normal?

Well, I finally did it-I've reached my pre-pregnancy weight minus 2 lbs. Why 2lbs you say? Because it's just a numbers thing. I want the scale to say a certain number....You would think that I'd be excited? Well I am and I have worked hard...but I am just not the same. You see, when you have 2 babies growing inside of you for 8 or so months (they were born a month early), something happens to Now I'd like to lose some more (let's say about 5 lbs and then I'll stop there-I promise) in hopes that something will magically happen to that excess skin. So, although my body is not the same as it used to be, I look at that excess skin and smile knowing that it is the result of my 3 beautiful boys! That is what I'm grateful for today...Of course, a neighbor brought over some homemade fudge yesterday and it is sooooo good, so I'm grateful for that too.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Peppermint Dip

If you're like me this time of year....things get a little busy. I love this peppermint dip, it's an old Southern Living recipe from 2000. It's so simple, yet everyone raves about it. All you do is take a 12 oz tub of Cool-Whip-I use lite or fat free and crush about 50 peppermints and mix together. Voila-it's great with these bad boys dipped in...
Oh, and I'm grateful for tried and true and SIMPLE recipes like this that make my life easier. I'm taking this to my MOMS Club moms-night-out ornament exchange next yummy!

Sunday, December 9, 2007

All he wants for Christmas....

is a candy cane. The other day Harrison and I were talking about Christmas. I asked him what he wanted and he said a candy cane. Today I'm grateful for the simplicity of being 3. I know in a couple of years all he's going to want are big ticket items. I think we can handle the candy cane from Santa...maybe even a few more things!

Saturday, December 8, 2007

100th post and a Santa Spotting

Today Santa came to our neighborhood clubhouse. I'm grateful today that we have such a child-friendly neighborhood and didn't have to wait in long lines to see Santa and buy a picture that we may or may not like. With this Santa, you take your own picture! I'm also grateful that it's my 100th post...who would've thought? I'm loving this blog and sharing my life with friends and family and other bloggers. It keeps me fresh with computer skills and one day the boys will get to read all about it!

Friday, December 7, 2007


Today I'm grateful that we have no plans tonight! Don't get me wrong...I love being busy with activities, but this week I've had Book Club, went to a "soft opening" for a new restaurant with a girlfriend (very fun and FREE dinner) and had an ornament exchange with the neighborhood women...all very fun, but tonight we don't have any plans and I'm actually excited. We have a party tomorrow night as well as flag football in the morning and Santa comes to our neighborhood tomorrow before the party...YIKES. Sunday we are attending a joint birthday party at My Gym for playgroup friends and Sunday night is the Mt Pleasant Christmas parade....So tonight we are hanging in, drinking a glass of spiked nog and watching a movie.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Happy 1st House-iversary!

A year ago we moved into our new house. Not only did we move into a new house, we moved to a new state, new town and I was 25 weeks pregnant with twins when we moved in. It really amazes me to think all that has happened in one year...Harrison went from a crib to a big boy bed, he finally got some hair (and now has lots of it), the twins were born (our family went from 3 people to 5 people), we moved from Northern VA D.C. area to Charleston, SC (huge culture change), Bailey was diagnosed and cured of bone cancer, Harrison was potty trained and the twins will be 10 months old next week and are crawling and cruising (well at least Jack is cruising) everywhere. It has been a jam-packed year and that is what I'm grateful for today. I'm so very grateful that we moved to the D.C. area not knowing anyone but each other because we made so many friends and memories, I think it was great for our relationship. I still miss some aspects...but I'm grateful for moving here and looking back on our very busy and fulfilling year! Here's to many more...
our house in VA

our house in SC

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Move over Peyton Manning...

Harrison started flag football this past Saturday. His team is for 3-4 year olds. I must say it is hilarious watching them all run down the field. The name of his team is the "Green Crush". The kids had so much fun. We are looking forward to our game this Saturday morning. Thank goodness it doesn't start at 8:15 a.m. like last weeks game. Here are some pics from this past Saturday.
Today I'm grateful for nice people. Three people held the door for me 3 different times when they saw me coming with my boys in the double stroller. 'Tis the season...

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Deck the Halls...

Here's a little sneak-peak at our house decorated for Christmas! Today I'm grateful for the Holidays and spending time with family. It's a great time to slow down and remember why we celebrate Christmas. Sometimes we get so busy and stressed, that it's good to just slow down and be...

Monday, December 3, 2007

Without further "a-do"



here's my new do! So here it is...sorry this is a *BAD* picture, but I took it myself. I decided to go for it and cut it all off. It looks kinda bad today because it's 75 and humid here-YUCK! Today I'm grateful for my flat-iron, because without it I would be a big ball of frizz. It looks longer than it is in the picture, but it stops at my chin.

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Party Like It's 1999...

We had a great time at the party last night. The fried green tomatoes and the mini-lamb chops were amazing. I think I had one too many Cosmo's (open bar, cheesy drink I know, but with the choices of liquors and mixers, it was all I could think of)...but that is either here nor there. They also had a banana's foster and creme brulee station-which was AH-MAZING! They gave out door prizes and we won a wireless mouse, which was nice. (Wish I would've won the massage from Urban Nirvana...)

Afterwards, several people went to a bar to dance...umm, it was fun until...well, I'll get to that later. The wives all danced to cheesy 90's music, think Radiohead, Counting Crows...while the husbands stood around and chatted. Anyway, it was about time to go and we were saying our good-byes when all of a sudden I got groped by a 60 year old (think former stripper looking) woman-yes GROPED and yes was definitely time to go!

It was fun to get dressed up and go out, but today I'm grateful for being married and NOT having to work the scene at clubs...glad those days are long over!

Oh and I did go for the plunge with the hair....I'll post pics tomorrow!

Saturday, December 1, 2007

My Loyal Dog

Bailey's 1st Christmas

Today I am grateful for my sweet loyal dog Bailey! She is such a sweet girl and actually helps me clean the house sometimes. She is loving the fact that we now have two babies that drop cheerios on the floor for her to eat...I mean clean up. She is 7 years old now and I may be biased but I think she's the sweetest Golden Retriever I've ever met. She was the runt of 11 puppies and I instantly fell in love with her the first time I saw her when she was 6 weeks old. She is so great with the kids. There isn't a mean bone in her body. Last year, right before the twins were born we found out that she had bone cancer and actually thought we were going to lose her. It seems as though they caught it in time and were able to remove all of the cancerous tissue, which meant removing 5 teeth and part of her upper jaw. It's funny when we first got her I don't think Dan and I ever thought we'd spend several thousand dollars if something happened to her, but the fact that it was treatable-we both felt we had to. And now almost a year later, she seems to be thriving and full of energy. I never knew I could love an animal so much, but she almost seems like a person to me. I love you Bailey-girl and I am so grateful that you are part of our family!