Friday, December 30, 2011

Even The Animals Enjoy The Weekend...

Happy NYE Weekend!

Happy 2012-Almost!

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas...

 Front of 2011 Card
Back of 2011 Card

For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. Luke 2:11
I hope everyone has a wonderful day!

Friday, December 23, 2011

A Drowned Rat With Misty Eyes....

Its Christmas Eve Eve and Chad and I are in Kentucky enjoying time with my family. We flew back into Nashville on Wednesday and we have been going non-stop since we landed. The entire month of December has flown by and I am looking forward to the beginning of 2012. Our flight was super quick and relatively painless as it was non-stop and on time. Mallory (my younger sister) was "supposed" to still be in Lexington when we arrived and we were planning on seeing her when we went to the basketball game yesterday (Thursday). She however was keeping a secret and popped out of the car as Chad was loading our bags. I was so surprised to see her and even started to get a little misty (I try not to cry, and I like to refer to it as my eyes getting misty). It has been a long six months without Mallory and I have realized since moving that I need her more now than I could have ever imagined. I am so thankful that we are so close and if we didn't talk atleast 4-5 times a day I wouldn't know what to do. So naturally the photo-shoot started once we got out of the car at home.

 Constantly laughing....
Hands on hips, smiles on lips...
For Christmas we gifted each other with UK Basketball tickets and we spent yesterday in Lexington. It was great to be back in the town where we met/married/and moved from a mere 6 months ago. Of course the Wildcats beat Loyola and Chad enjoyed the game so much.

I didn't think to ask the nice people sitting next to us to snap a shot of Chad and I and I regret not doing so. When we walked outside of Rupp Arena the heavens opened and it rained (and we were without an umbrella) so hard that my clothes (Royal blue ruffle top and cashmere cardigan) were drenched. We were going to eat with friends at Pazzos after the game and we had to stop and buy me a t-shirt because me clothes were so wet. I will save you the pain of looking at my hair as it was reminiscent of my 7th grade school picture which was before my monogamous relationship with Paul (my Paul Mitchell flat-iron that is). I was drenched and it looked like Chad could have been participating in a wet t-shirt contest as his button-up was soaking wet and see-through and we resembled drowned rats. Even though the weather wasn't fantastic we both agreed that we wouldn't have changed anything about the entire day as we were so happy to spend the day in Lexington. Rain or shine the Wildcats never get old.

Until Tomorrow...

Monday, December 5, 2011

In & Out Birthday...

Happy Monday.
Its a warm 35degrees in Dallas and I am beyond excited because I feel like I can finally bring out the Uggs and not be a fair-weathered winter Texan. I joked with Chad that everyone busted out the Ugg boots and parkas when it dipped below 65 and sunny. Its been a busy last few days and I have several different snippets to share. Here goes, last weekend Husby and I went to see J. Edgar at the iPic. If anyone lives in the DFW area I would suggest running to the iPic in Fairview because it is the movie theatre of my life (and I usually prefer to watch movies from the comfort of my own couch so going to the movies isnt that great for me but I will jump at the chance to go to the iPic). The movie was great and I can't wait for January when the new slate of movies premiere.

Doesn't it look FANTASTIC....

That Friday Chad's first born child turned four. I have only been around for her calmer adult/non-puppy years and I am secretly thankful. In the beginning we didn't have that great of a relationship as she would growl at me and sit on the other side of the room. I was convinced that she was going to use my Louis Vuitton as a chew toy. She spared my handbag and opted for Chad's Burberry reading glasses instead. I tell him that he has raised a Diva dog and she is conscious of the brand names just like anyone else would be, and he secretly agrees. We eventually adjusted to one another and we have become friends. Granted we still have rules like no dogs (Chad says child, I say dog) on the furniture but we decided to splurge because Hagen is so special.  For her birthday dinner she enjoyed a plain hamburger from In&Out. She loved every bite and was so pleased with herself. Her father told her that this was only for special occasions and she wouldn't be getting this very often. She understood and decided to pose for some pictures to thank us.

 Wait for it....
 Wait for it...
Happy Birthday Hagen!

Since I started blogging I have documented my quest for domestic greatness that centers in the kitchen. I have burned pots trying to make macaroni (not possible you say, I have the photo below to prove it) and I have successfully made lumpy kindergarten pretzels all the while having little motivation to do anything in the kitchen that would be of some great significance. I can make break and bake cookies with the best of them and I have a variety of festive plates to display them but there is something about the fact that I generally have no desire to cook anything for myself or for anyone else. We have loads of decorative plates and super cute cutting boards and dazzly accessories galore but sometimes I open the kitchen drawers and have to ask Chad what these "things" are. I am a high functioning "almost adult" that loves laundry, cleaning out the refrigerator, and vaccuming but until recently I have been missing the "let's cook" gusto. For some reason I got an itch a few weeks ago to try and bake some easy recipes from The Plain Chicken. I happened across this blog by total accident and I found several starter recipes that looked so simple that I had to see if it was as easy as it sounded. I am a tad bit picky to put it nicely and I started going through the recipes trying to find ones that I would enjoy to eat. I found several and I took pictures of everything to prove that I did in fact cook something and it wasn't a figment of my imagination.
MKH-G 2009
Burned macaroni pots...tramatic

MKH-G 2011 (the camera has also improved)

No cause for alarm as I didn't make all of this calorie infused goodness at the same time. This has been spread out over a few weeks. I also decided that it was time to get into the holiday spirit and figured that I would try and bake some festive sweets. From the small amount of kitchen related tasks I engage in I definitely prefer baking to regular meal cooking (my goal is to cook a full meal in 2012, stay tuned for that post). I found some easy recipes for sugar cookies with edible glitter as I call it (sprinkles to most people) and I was pleased with how they turned out.
I put them in super festive bags with a glitter Santa to give as treats to my co-workers. 

I also made chocolate covered oreos and chocolate covered Snyders pretzels. I didn't take a picture of them because they were extremely messy but they are beyond easy to put together. I did find these snowman Chinese takeout boxes to go with my Santa treat bags that I took to work. Inside were white chocolate and milk chocolate covered oreos and pretzels. I made just enough to fill six boxes so we wouldn't have any leftovers. Chad and I can be snackers and I didn't want either of us to be tempted. 
They were the perfect size and very fitting for this chilly weather...

I enjoyed putting these treats together and I will be continuing my kitchen conquest after the Holidays.Since Thanksgiving has come and gone I was beyond thrilled to mail out our Christmas cards. I have had these cards stamped, address, and sealed since October. I LOVE sending out Christmas cards (any cards really) and I couldn't wait for the Friday after so I could drop them in the mail. Knowing how excited I was Chad told me that I needed to take a picture so I could eventually blog about (a week or so late but at least its happening). I was so pleased with how they turned out and most of the cards have already reached their rightful recipients. We sent out 100 cards and I can't wait to start thinking about next years. I already have some ideas in mind...
Merry Christmas card mailing day... 
It was early and my eyes are still sleepy but I was so excited.
I think its going to be a new tradition for the day after Thanksgiving

I know this post has been random and somewhat shocking as my basic cooking skills are coming out. Believe me, no one is more shocked than I am. I hope everyone had a great weekend!

Happy Tuesday!