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December 12, 2011

sugar and spice, naughty or nice?

And, so it begins....the holiday season. 

List of things to do:
1.  Christmas pictures for the wee one -- to prepare, make sure said-child has PLENTY of opportunity to practice smiling:

2.  Bake cookies at Grand D and Grumpy's:

this is what happens when you let little hands "sprinkle" the there a cookie under there???

yes, she has flour on her face, and no, she did not enjoy this photo opp AT ALL

quite proud of her little self

Note to all you bakers out there - This is what happens when you don't roll your cookies out thin enough:

That is supposed to be a looks more like a dilapidated hexagon.  The other mystery shapes featured include a Christmas tree, a gingerbread man, and a sprig of holly.  Bragging rights go to the first person who can correctly guess what's what.

3.  Silly time:

4.  Attend the first office Christmas party for employees and their families:

5.  Attempt visit with Santa. 
(note, there is no picture)
6.  After an hour of prompting, finally get the child to concede to waving at Santa just before he heads back to the North Pole, all while safely tucked in Daddy's protective arms:

7.  Attend the second office Christmas party; employees and spouses only, held at the historic Jefferson Hotel.

 yes, the managing director is Joseph father in law has been holding out on us this whole time!!!!  Perhaps they really are moving into that big ol' house.....

Rockefeller Center ain't got nothing on this majestic beast of a tree.  The ornaments on it were as big as my head.
the famous Jefferson staircase, modeled after the one Scarlet takes a tumble down in "Gone With the Wind"
 Thomas Jefferson

 yes, that's the ceiling in the main lobby

don't ask.....I'm not 100% sure myself, but this guy hangs out near the entrance

Left to do:
1.  Decorate the tree
2.  Survive the last week at school amidst the restless natives
3.  Bake some more and make the house smell uber-yummy
4.  Receive our house guest for the next 2 weeks, Edgar the Elf.  He will be keeping watch over Anna and reporting back to Santa to let him know whether or not she's been a good girl. 

November 27, 2011

gobble gobble

"Anna, what does a turkey say?""GOBBLE GOBBLE!!!"

Thanksgiving always has been, and still remains to be, one of my favorite holidays.  It's my personal reminder to "find the happy in your everyday" (as my late, dear friend Jon used to tell me) and remember what makes me smile -- a loving family, an adorable daughter, a job I love, a warm home, and the sweet sensation of a little ballerina spinning pirouettes in my tummy. 

This year, it was all about LOW KEY. Pajamas were welcome at the dinner table (though, we all classed it up a bit and opted for yoga pants and lounging clothes instead). Mom, Dad, and my Aunt Victoria (Anna's new favorite lady) joined us for turkey and London Broil with all the fixings.

We had a sick little turkey on our hands this year, and she was less than cooperative at the dinner table, hopping from Grandma to Grumpy to Aunt Vic to Momma and finally settling in with Daddy.

We discovered the next day that she had a slight ear infection and an upper respiratory "thing" going on.  However, after a round or two of meds, she was her bright and sunny self again, and has been enjoying leftovers along with the rest of us.  (I never knew turkey could last so long....)

We even got out today and did a little shopping -- grocery shopping, though it was, it was shopping nonetheless!  It is the Christmas season, after all.....
Love to all those we couldn't share this year's meal with, but you were certainly there in spirit!

(p.s.  do you see the stickers on her shirt?  guess who's been a successful little potty-trainer these past couple of weeks????!!!!  and, no, it's not me OR eric....)