Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas {2012}

We had a wonderful white Christmas. On Christmas Eve, while we were decorating Santa's cookies it started to snow. The girls played in the snow and we sprinkled reindeer food in the yard before we headed over to Grammy's house for dinner. Then we spent Christmas day at home playing, snuggling, reading and giggling. Perfection. 
I hope you had a wonderful and magical Christmas.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas



May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 

Monday, December 24, 2012

Christmas weekend

Our Christmas vacation officially began Friday evening. After dinner we had family movie night. This was the first time Emily stayed up to watch a movie with us. Unfortunately it is also her last until she's a little older. Once her popcorn was done she was bored and went to bed. 
Saturday after dinner we took the girls to Tiny World to see the lights. The girls loved looking at all the lights and tiny houses. Santa was there too, but they wouldn't get near him. After Tiny World we went to a light show then drove downtown and looked at the lights. I love how magical it looks. 
Sunday afternoon when had a Christmas lunch with my father-in-law's family. I loved seeing everyone. I can't believe that he's been gone almost a year. 
 When we got home the girls decorated their gingerbread men. Then we tucked them into bed so they could dream about the Sugarplum Fairy while we wrapped presents.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Countdown to Christmas

I'm a little behind on posting about our Christmas activities. Oh well. At least its not March.

We kicked off December with a North Pole breakfast. It's the one morning a year that the girls get to eat donuts for breakfast and man do they love it.
This year we've been reading our Christmas books at bedtime. The girls take turns every night unwrapping the book but I'm worried that bedtime might become a bit boring for them on December 26th.

We also let the girls put the ornaments on the tree. Four broken ornaments later, all the ornaments were moved to the top half of the tree. It was too much temptation for little two-year-old hands. And yes, Olivia is wearing her 4th of July dress.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day of Silence


Monday, December 10, 2012

Ten on Ten {December 2012}

Ten on Ten: One photo, every hour, for ten hours on the 10th of every month.

I love She & Him on Pandora. 
 Catching clouds.
 Never ending laundry. 
Taking an important call. 
 Her spyglass. 
Playing with homemade snow play dough. 
Making cinnamon rolls.
Six pans of yummyness {one is already in the oven}. 
Snack time. Emily said "mmm" after every bite. 
 I love my freezer group
I hope you had a beautiful ten! 

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Sleep Debt


I have a large sleep debt. The last time I had a full night of sleep {six consecutive hours} was in August. The time before that...June 2008? I started my sleep debt when I was pregnant with Olivia. I joked that my insomnia was preparing me for what was to come. I had no idea that years later I'd have a 26 month old non-sleeper. Actually it wasn't until this summer that Olivia started sleeping all night in her bed. So maybe there is hope once Emily is three.

I have a constant feeling of exhaustion and it makes me a grumpy {and at times an unkind} mama. I also have the worst memory. During Emily's early colic days there are a few nights I don't remember, at all.

 I read somewhere that I will need over 10 nights of consecutive sleep before I can pay off my sleep debt. So until my creditors will allow me to pay off my debt, I will continue to consume large amounts of coffee.

Do you carry a sleep debt?

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Stuffed Chicken Shells {freezer meal}

My friend Holly made Stuffed Chicken Shells for our November Meal Exchange. It was so yummy and definitely on our future meal list. 

This isn't my typical dump and freezer recipe but the time you spend on this recipe is worth it. The recipe feeds 12 so you can easily split this into two or even three meal (if you have a small family). 


Chicken Stuffed Shells

1- 12 oz box of stuffed shells
1-tablespoon of vegetable oil
1-onion, chopped
4-skinless, boneless chicken breast, chopped into small pieces or shredded 
2-boxes of Stuffing, any flavor
1-cup mayonnaise
2-10 3/4 oz can of condensed cream of chicken soup

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bring large pot of water to boil to cook shells. Cook according to package directions; drain. Set aside. 


In the meantime, in a large skillet, heat oil. Add onion and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Add chicken breast pieces and stir-fry until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat. 


Prepare stuffing according to package directions. In a large bowl, mix prepared stuffing with cooked chicken and onion mixture. Stir in mayonnaise. Use a large spoon to generously fill the cooked pasta shells with the stuffing mixture. 

After stuffing the individual shells, arrange them on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, and freeze. Store the frozen stuffed shells in a resealable freezer bag.

To serves arrange stuffed shells in two lightly greased 9-by-13-inch baking pans. In a bowl, combine cream of chicken soup with 2 soup cans of water. Pour the mixture over the shells. Cover the pans with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes until heated through and bubbly.

If you don't like canned condensed soup here's a recipe for homemade condensed cream of chicken soup

Enjoy! 

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

4380 days


4380 days ago I married my friend, love, soul mate. There was no dress or guest list. Just two people promising to spend their lives together. Some days are amazing and a few are ugly. But I have loved every one of them. I'm thankful that he choose to live life with me. Happy Anniversary, my love!



Our eleventh.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Tuesday 10 {Holiday Movies}

Today I'm co-hosting Tuesday 10 with the dynamic Lena from Lena B, Actually. This week's prompt is favorite holiday movies. This is only a prompt. Any and all list are welcome.
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Warning: This list is not a family friendly list. ;) Here are my favorite adult holiday movies, in no particular order.


Die Hard- Nothing says holiday cheer more than John McClane saving his wife from terrorists during a Christmas party. 
Gremlins- I'm putting a Mogwai on my Christmas list. I could follow the rules. 
Love Actually- I love movies with lots of storylines that come together in the end. It such a feel good movie. 
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation- The lights, the tree blowing up, the moose mug. Hilarious!
Elf- Elf is another hilarious Christmas movie. "I just like to smile. Smiling's my favorite". 
Trading Places- What could go wrong when a broker and street hustler change places? So so much! 
Edward Scissorhands- Who doesn't love Johnny Depp in this beautiful yet heartbreaking love story? Swoon!
Bad Santa- I love the kid!
Christmas with the Kranks- This movie is very cheesy but I watch it every.single.time it's on tv.
Lethal Weapon- Murtaugh and Riggs had an unlucky Christmas. I love the chemistry between the two.
Interesting facts:  Five of these movies are from the 80's.  I guess you can tell what I grew up watching.  Also Jamie Lee Curtis is on the list twice.  Did you notice that A Christmas Story is missing?  I have to be honest, I don't like the movie.  I watch it every year because hubs loves it, but me not so much.

What's your favorite adult Christmas movie?