Monday, December 21, 2009

Virtually a Christmas Card

2009 - the family

May the joy of the season surround you,

Merry Christmas, with love

From my family to yours

Monday, December 14, 2009

Monday Randoms

Things have been quiet around here lately. For many reasons really, but mostly I have been uninspired and we've been busy. The stomach flu has hit all but me in our house, I am bracing myself because if Jay gets it, the guy who rarely gets sick, I am so doomed. I've been quite productive over the last few days given the threat of being horizontal for 12 - 36 hours in the near future.

As you will notice, the Christmas baking* is done. The pictures are as random as I foresee this post being.

Nanaimo Bar

Nanaimo bar

The Christmas shopping is finished. Mostly. It's getting harder as the boys get older, do you know how many different type of Power Rangers there are? Making sure I got just the right one gave me a headache, that's how many.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls

Jack had his very first piano recital yesterday and got to play on a baby grand. He was a bit intimidated but played his piece, from memory, the best he's ever played it. Clearly he does not get this from his mother, who cracks under the spotlight and pressure equally well. Oh and did I mention he barely slept the night before and was incredibly overtired? Someone please explain to me why 8 year olds need to have sleepovers? Why yes, I am the Grinch's long lost cousin, why do you ask?



I think part of the reason I have been uninspired for post is twofold. Firstly, the boys are older, there are fewer stories that I free comfortable sharing on the public domain that is the Internet. And secondly, I think I might be losing my oomph for this here blogging thing. I have felt a shift in the ambiance of the blogosphere and thought it was just me but friends, who are also bloggers, have felt a similar shift. I won't be quitting, because those books I had printed of my posts are wonderful to go back through. I am pretty sure Twitter is going to go though. I don't really use it, but I sure do waste time on there reading other's tweets. I am fairly certain there are other, better uses of my time. Now if I could just figure out how to implode my Twitter account. How hard could it be?

Eatmore Bars

Eatmore Bars - they really do taste almost identical to the chocolate bar we have here in Canada

Not hard, so I found out. Twitter account deleted. I kind of feel good about that though there are people that I only communicate with on Twitter. It's all about priorities.


Scuffles - the only non-chocolate treat I make

I haven't been running in the last couple of weeks because this place I live in, you know, the quasi Arctic, well it's up to it's old tricks. It's colder than you can imagine out there so running is out of the question. I miss it but I don't. It's weird.

Mars Bars

Mars Bars - made with the chocolate bar

Well if you read this riveting post, you deserve a care package of treats! Maybe Santa will bring me some inspiration for the New Year since this is likely the second to last post of 2009. What's the last one, well that cliffhanger (don't worry I am not that delusional) will keep you coming back, right?

* recipes can be emailed if you are interested

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Snow for Christmas

Snowy Lights

The snow did wonders for getting me pumped up and into the Christmas spirit! I have already done some baking and you already know that our house is decorated or decked with boughs of snowmen.

Today, I am over at Canada Moms Blog romanticizing snow and it's role in a Canadian Christmas, at least one here on the Prairies. I am curious, how about those of you who reside where there is no snow? Does snow and Christmas go together for you?

Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Snomen, Snowmen, Snowmen

Snowy Lights

Welcome to our home. If you arrive at night, you will see the evergreens aglow under the white fluffy snow that fell just moments after we got the lights on the trees.


C'mon in and see our collection of snowmen. We love us some snowmen 'round here.

Snowman collection

The latest addition, a steal at $2.99. Everyone needs a holiday spoon rest, don't you think?

Snowman collection

On the ready of holiday treats. They are in the works, sorry, you will have to come back again soon to sample.

Snowman collection

One of my favourites, I love the contrast of the red against the blue kitchen wall.

Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell, Jingle Bell rock

This guy will serenade you with Jingle Bell Rock. He dances too. It's good 'cause I don't.

Snowman calendar

Countdown to Christmas. Sorry no treats, it's just for the fun of it.

One of the first - bought in Vegas

The one from Vegas. The best souvenir I ever bought.

Snowman collection

It's dark downstairs, but there are more down there. Some of the cutest ones.

Snowman collection

The one on the right is from the Dollar store. We adopt all kinds.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my narrcissistic way of sharing the bazillions of photos I took today practicing my manual settings. Today was shutter speed. The higher the second number the faster the speed and the less light it lets in. Lower means more light and slower speed. Baby steps.

May the joy of the season surround you!