Friday, December 3, 2010

2010 Review Extravaganza!!

Each year at Christmas time,  I write up a newsletter for the family about the things we did through out the year.  About our successes, our stumbles, and our funny stories.  Kind of like a one blog rolled into one.  Except I mail it out.  And then, my good friend Emmy came up with a fantabulous idea!!  

What is the 2010 Review Extravaganza?  It is your chance to write up some posts and recap what happened during the year.  You can put your favorite pictures, tell your favorite stories, link back to your favorite posts, however you want to do it.   Just in case you had some slow months, we will be reviewing three months at a time.

Then starting next Friday- you can come here or to any of the other bloggers hosting this extravaganza (who I will list here soon) and link up with your post.  You only need to link up at one location as it will show up on each of the lists.

So-next Friday the 10th, you will link up with your recap about January, February and March.
Friday the 17th-link up with recap of April, May and June.
Friday the 24th-link up with recap of July, August and September.
Friday the 31st-link up with recap of October, November and December.

See how nicely that works out-by the time it is December's recap, December will be over practically.   You DO NOT have to write your post on Friday, you can write it any day that week, that is just the day to link up.  So when you link up, make sure you put a link to your post and not just your blog in general.
But wait, there's more!  Every time you link up with a recap and include the cute little button I spent hours on, you will get entered into the drawing.  Link up on the 10th and get an entry, the 17th and get another entry, etc., with a total of 4 possible entries.  When all is said and done, I will let do the dirty work and pick a winner who will then receive a little something from the six ladies who are hosting this Extravaganza. 

Who are the six ladies?  Glad you asked.  Let's start with my BFF(XOXO) and cousin-in-law who came up with this great idea....

Yours Truly....
Then there is the fabulous and funny Mimi of Living in France (and a little hint-she doesn't actually live in France--I know I thought so for a while)

Next we have Sami of Symmetry in Motion (she has amazingly creative contests and great prizes on her blog regularly)

Samantha's Day

And the fabulous Emily of That's So Emilisq is joining us. Not only does she have the same name as me but she and I have been long time blogging buddies.. since I had only a handful of followers.

And last, but certainly not least is Shortmama from Family of Shorts. (She is the genius behind the Muffin Top Journey)

Family of Shorts

And to give you incentive to get to know these fabulous ladies if you don't already, if you go to their blogs and follow each of them (and me) through the google friend thingy then you can get a 5th bonus entry.  Once you are following all of us lovely ladies go ahead and come leave a comment on THIS post saying so.

So are you excited?!?!  Not only will you get to share your favorite posts/ pictures/ stories from this past year but you may win a prize for doing so! 

So spread the word, grab the button and write your recap so you can link up next Friday!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

J is for....

It's back to school with Alphabe-Thursday over at Jenny's place.  And today the letter is J.  J just so happens to be the letter of the week in Ryan's class.  J is his middle initial and mine.  Hey, and J is my dad's middle initial too!  And I have a nephew named Jason. 

Ryan has a book about the letter J.  It goes like this:

The Jeep has wheels.
The Jet has wings.
The Jacket has pockets.
The jungle has animals.
The jar has jellybeans.  How many?

Each page has a picture to go with it.  He rarely colors them, but he does circle the letter as I am sure he is instructed to do. 

Another thing that starts with J is jewelry.  No reason.  Just thought I'd throw that out there!

Jenny Matlock

And now back to two truths and a lie!  Do you remember what mine were?  It was two weeks ago.  I said:  I will not put cranberry sauce on my turkey.  Candied yams are my favorite.  And I will gorge myself on rolls.

Well I could totally gorge myself on rolls since I LOVE them.  My moms candied yams are the bomb!  And well cranberry sauce on turkey?  Really?  The truth is... I refused until this year to have cranberry sauce on my turkey.  I tried was cran-raspberry actually.  And it was tasty.  The rolls....oh my gosh those rolls.  Sooo good!  I could have, but I wasn't going to, and I didn't. moms...are perhaps my favorite.  Candied yams are either hated or loved.  But if you don't like them, it's because you haven't tried hers!  Yummy.  Ever since I was a kid it was my favorite.

If I had the means I would:

Get a nose job
Go to some place tropical
Get a butt lift


Wednesday, December 1, 2010


So what comes to your mind when I say 24?  Is it the famed TV show that came to an end last may?

Perhaps it simply means the number of hours in a day.  Maybe you have a special day on the 24th of a given month.  Maybe you have $24 in your wallet.  Wow I wish I did!  More like 24 cents.  Wait.  I am getting off track here.  The 24 I am referring has nothing at all to do with Jack Bauer.  Shhh... don't tell him though.  He might get angry.  And if you think the hulk is scary when he is angry....what?  Oh yeah....right.   The 24 I am talking about is the number of days before Christmas.  That's right folks.  TWENTY FOUR! 

I am listening to Christmas music every chance I get because I love it.  I bought me some nice smelly candles(pine and cinnamon) yum!  The tree is beautiful.  The stockings are hung by the chimney with care.  But I'll be darned if I can believe it is Christmas time!  Where is that sweet feeling?  Is it because it seems like we just did this?  I am starting to feel like that Adam Sandler movie...CLICK.

Seriously, I feel like I am auto-pilot.  Didn't we just do this??  Last year was especially hard because we were in Escrow.  If you don't think buying a house is stressful enough, try doing it during Christmas time.  I know I am asking another question, but is it just me or did we get here really fast?  What are you doing to get in the Christmas spirit?

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Ten Things!

As we come to the end of the month, it is a time to reflect on those good things that happened to us.  So link up with Emmy and share with everyone ten simple things that made you smile this month.

1.  Three very good report cards.
2.   Thanksgiving with family, good food and lots of laughter
3.   Taking Kristin Christmas shopping with her own babysitting money
4.   Decking the Halls while listening to Christmas music
5.  Christmas music...I love it.
6.   Listening to Ryan's wild stories.  (I will have to make a video...if he'll let me!)
7.  Sleeping in for a week while the kids were on vacation
8.  No homework battles while the kids were on vacation
9.  The kids going back to school
10.  Getting a nice warm bath

These are just ten simple things that made me smile in the month of November.  There is much more.  What made you smile?

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Must See Christmas TV

It is that time of year when our favorite Christmas specials start appearing one after another.  And if you are anything like me, you have your favorite must sees!  Now let your inner child out for a moment.  It's okay...the kids are in school.  They won't see.  ;)  Personally I have many.  I realized this when I went searching for them.  I am only going to share a few clips of my faves, then some pics.  I don't want to overwhelm anyone.  Plus we must remember to put the inner child back. *Ahem*

First on my must see list is:  A Charlie Brown Christmas.  For some reason this one comes to my mind first.  I've watched it every year since I was a little kid.  Maybe the reason it is my favorite is because it actually puts emphasis on the birth of the Savior.  Therefore, my favorite clip has to be this one, where Linus explains what Christmas is all about.

Then on the complete and total opposite end of the Christmas Spectrum, the very next in line is Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer.  This one just makes me feel like a kid inside.  I love the island of misfit toys.  More specifically, the Charlie in the Box!  And I don't know about you, but I always wanted the spotted Elephant and of course the dollie.  But that is not the clip I chose.  I chose the meeting of Herbie the Elf and Rudolph.  Despite not having any spiritual message, Rudolph still teaches us to love one another no matter what our differences may be.

Now this next one is not a childrens movie.  I believe a child would be bored.  But must of us grown ups love this wonderfully acted classic about a man frustrated with his life and being stuck.  What a WONDERFUL lesson he is taught when he learns what life for others would be like if he had never been born.  For without George Bailey, those he knows and loves are much worse off having not ever had him their lives.  Its A Wonderful Life, is a beautiful movie.  I highly recommend it.

For me, Christmas is not complete without this next one.  I love this timeless piece about a boy and a dream.  And about all of his misadventures as he schemes and plans to get that one special present on "beautiful glorious Christmas the day around which the entire kid year revolved!"  Raise your hand if you just leave the TV on TBS during the marathon!  I give you, "A Christmas Story"  PS  Don't shoot your eye out!

A Christmas Carol has been reincarnated too many times to count.  And even though I enjoy its many different depictions there is none that will even come close to "Scrooge."  Not "Scrooged" with Bill go further back in the sands of time to 1951 when old Ebeneezer was portrayed masterfully by character actor Alastair Sim.  I love every single minute of this version.  If you haven't seen this, it is a must.  Preferably in the classic black and white, but if color is all you can find, then color it is.   Two of my favorite scenes are:  when Marley comes to Scrooge to warn him.  His (Michael Hordern as Marley) theatrics are fabulous.  And when Scrooge wakes up and realizes it is still Christmas and he is, "light as a feather!"
Other favorites of mine include:

How the Grinch Stole Christmas-- the cartoon and the live action with Jim Carrey.

The Santa Clause Trilogy

Miracle on 34th Street the original with Natalie Wood. 

What are your must see Christmas specials?  Did I miss any?

Find your favorite holiday specials here on TV GUIDE.