Friday, December 30, 2011

2011 Review Extravaganza: Week 4

Here we go....the last quarter of the year recap with Emmy Mom and her friends!





October


November

December

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Hot Coffee and A Roaring Fire

Last night we went to dinner at PF Changs (Thanks Mom and Dad for the gift card!) and had a wonderful meal.  The kids finally like Chinese Chicken Nuggets (Sweet and Sour Chicken) so after a 5 year break....we are eating Chinese food again.

It was a very warm night, so we walked around Belmar and found ourselves at the outdoor ice skating rink.

We also found a roaring fire on the patio of Baker Street Pub and decided this would be the perfect end to our evening.


I enjoyed a coffee with Bailey's after ordering an Irish Coffee that was disgusting! BLAH!  I'll never order one of those again.  NOTE: It is rarely a good idea to drink TWO coffee drinks at 6pm.  It makes it very hard to fall asleep.


There was a Mom sitting a table away that was drinking wine and watching someone ice skate.  Soon that someone came over and it was a 5 year old boy!  I admit, I judged her a little bit because I would never let my 5 year old ice skate without me AND without a helmet. 

He was cold so he came over to the fireplace.  

She asked us to please keep an eye on her WINE while she went to the bathroom and then left her boy with us.  I was in shock!   

We ended the evening at my favorite store....Sur La Table and I bought a cute little salt container.


Today we're going to see The Muppet Movie!  YAY!  Who is your favorite Muppet?

UPDATED:

Mah Na Mah Na

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Christmas Recap 2011

 You might have heard about the 18 inches of snow that Denver got right before Christmas.  It was great!  It ended up being 45 degrees on Christmas but we still had snow on the ground.  The day of the big snow storm I made Cinnamon Rolls for some of our friends and we delivered them in the snow. Some people got a song too.  We all agreed it was one of our favorite parts of our holiday.

Dashing through the snow....

On Christmas Eve Eve my new friend Helle from Denmark came over to show me how to make Rise Pudding for my Scandinavian Christmas Eve.  We had a great time and it was delicious!


I was very happy with my Christmas Eve Menu but my favorite thing to eat that whole day was this:


Brie with Cherry Preserves and Walnuts! 

We had a great night opening our presents.  Our family was very generous and we enjoyed skyping with them so they could watch us open everything they sent.  



Keith was very generous to me this year and I finally got the purse I've always wanted.


Now I'm terrified of getting it dirty!

I didn't get very many photos because the lighting in our apartment is so bad that they mostly turned out blurry.  But I did snap this one.  I captured the exact moment when Mallory realized that Uncle Robert loves Alex more than her because he bought him more presents.


I was really anxious about Christmas Morning because I knew that Mallory was going to be disappointed.  She had asked Santa for a Pink Robot with 6 arms that makes cookies and does laundry.  All month she never wavered.  

She was not happy with the Pink Robot that turns into an ice cream truck.


All in all....the most popular gift was the stick on tape measure that Aunt Bobbi sent Alex.

 

He stopped opening presents for 20 minutes so that he could go measure stuff and then Mallory was upset that SHE didn't get one.

I hope you all had a great holiday and are busy making your New Year's Resolutions!

Our Christmas 2011 Playlist

Santa Baby..Glee Cast
Last Christmas...Taylor Swift
Christmas Wrapping.....Glee Cast
Mistletoe..............................Justin Bieber
Dance of the Sugarplum Fairies..Harry Connick Jr
Extraordinary Merry Christmas...................Glee Cast
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas...........Ingrid Michaelson
It's Beginning to Look A Lot Like Christmas..............Michael Buble
 

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Very Harry Potter LEGO Christmas!

Four thousand five hundred and twenty nine pieces.
Four thousand five hundred and twenty nine LEGOS.
How do you measure? Measure a Christmas?
In LEGOS - in Matchbox
In Candy - in Ham
In wrapping paper - in piles of packaging

How about LOVE!

Friday, December 23, 2011

2011 Review Extravaganza: Week 3

Are you ready for July, August and September?





I'm celebrating my blog with a recap every Friday hosted by a bunch of lovely ladies! I'm afraid the posts for this time period are slim because I deleted about 20 posts because some trolls where terrorizing me. Sad.

July


August


September



 I hope you enjoyed my recap and if you liked what you saw...become a subscriber!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Countdown to Christmas: The Nut Sack

It's week three of Elfcapades and the Countdown to Christmas with Sugarplum Creations!

Can you believe that there are only 2 days until Christmas?



We are all feeling so much better and just in time for Winter Break!  18 days of togetherness!  

My husband even came home from work at 10:45am yesterday and announced that he's off from work until January 3rd.  I have to admit that he kind of scared the crap out of me because the last time he came home from work unannounced....I was 8 months pregnant and he had been laid off.

We celebrated his early holiday release (just from jail...from work) by going to see Chipwrecked!
It was pretty good.

Anyway....back Christmas.



Our week started off with the much anticipated Kindergarten Holiday Party.  I was very, very proud of my cookie decorating station. 

 The kids had a fabulous time and everything went very smoothly.  


Here is a little movie trailer of the party. 

We discovered that the elves are Bronco fans.


And they would probably like Santa to bring them some Apple products for Christmas.



They decorated cookies for us too.



One night we went to dinner and then drove around looking at Christmas Lights. 
This was our favorite house!



Yesterday was the annual 'filling of Daddy's Nut Sack'.


We've loaded up on cheese, crackers and salami and I'm in the process of making Gravlax.

Bring on Christmas!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

I Saw Jesus

I was on my way to have coffee with my friend Ratna from Get Clued In today when I saw Jesus.

He was driving an old Chevy truck and wore mirrored sunglasses.


According to news reports and Saturday Night Live, Jesus has been spending the last few weeks in Denver.  

I guess he's going to be here for his birthday too.

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Wrapping Presents

It's Tuesday and I have a public service announcement for Talk To Us Tuesday with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn!










If your children are smart like mine....they will notice that you're empty handed and that you've changed into your pajama's.

There will be a line of questioning.

My suggestion to you is to leave the room and let your husband handle the interrogation.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Olympus PEN E-PM1 Camera

Have you heard about the new Olympus PEN® E-PM1? If you've been lusting after a DSLR camera but don't want to spend the big money....this could be the camera for you!  I have a Canon Rebel and the reviews say that this camera makes pictures that are just as nice and it's light as a cell phone!

To show how easy it is for everyday people to take amazing pictures, Olympus gave over 1,000 people a new Olympus PEN® E-PM1. It's all part of The PEN Ready Project—more than 1,000 cameras, over 1,000 people, 6 cities. To see what they shot, go to http://penready.com.



Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Olumpus

Thursday, December 15, 2011

2011 Review Extravaganza: Week 2

Are you ready for April, May and June? 

I'm linking up with all of these fabulous gals for a Review Extravaganza!  






April


May


June


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    Countdown to Christmas: A Very Perry Christmas

    Hello and welcome to week two of Elfcapades and the Countdown to Christmas!

    SugarplumCreations

    Our elves have been a tad under the weather this week and I've been downright sick so there aren't many pictures of the shenanigans.

    I'm hoping next week will be better.

    One day, it could have been Thursday.....they kidnapped some buddies from the kids' beds and got the LEGO Harry Potter Game out.  I don't know who was winning but they all seemed to be having fun.


    Over the weekend, the elves brought a movie. Phineas and Ferb: A Very Perry Christmas


    This couldn't have come at a better time!  It's the perfect 79 minute distraction so that sick Mommy can take a nap on the couch.  Thank you Vincent and Poe!

    One night, the elves were so lazy that they just wrote a note.


    Another night...they hid in the entertainment center and it took the kids 30 minutes to find them.

    In my nyquil induced haze, I decided that the easiest thing for the elves to do on Tuesday night was to just sleep with the kids.  This ended up being one of their best hiding places ever because kids never thought to look BESIDE THEM for the elves and thought the elves had left town again.

    Winter break is only two days away so the elves have all kinds of plans for them.  Which is code for Mommy better figure some things out!

    Do you have a post about getting ready for Christmas or your elf on the shelf?  Link up with Liz from Sugarplum Creations!

    Are you a movie lover? The Golden Globe nominations where this morning and I put the best picture nominees in the I Love Movies tab.  How many have you seen already?

    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

    My LIttle Elf

    The Martha Stewart of Kindergarten

    Hey friends! I can't believe it's Tuesday. I've been sick since Thursday afternoon and lost all track of time. I'm linking up with my friends Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn for Talk To Us Tuesday because I need to get this massive To-Do list off from my chest and I need some cheerleaders to get me through it.




    First of all. Kindergarten is killing my family! Alex and I have both been sick for 6 days. He is finally going back to school today and I feel a little more human. We missed a friend's 6th birthday party and iKeith's Christmas party at the Denver Art Museum. Although...I think Keith isn't too upset about that because he can't take me anywhere without into some trouble. I think the party was probably pretty boring without me there.

    The Kindergarten Holiday Party (but not a CHRISTMAS party) is on Friday.  I somehow volunteered to do the following.

    • Purchase goodie bags
    • Make cookies and frosting for the kids to decorate
    • Make homemade Marshmallows and Hot Chocolate Balls for the goodie bag
    • Photograph the party
    I've been trying out recipes for weeks and sharing the results with the ladies on the party committee which earned me the label..... 

    The Martha Stewart of Kindergarten.  

    You know I love it! 


     I've got a few things done on my to-do list which I will include on this list and then immediately cross off because DAMN IT THAT FEELS GOOD!

    • Make cookie dough
    • Make Hot Chocolate Balls
    • Make Marshmallows
    • Make Cookies
    • Make Frosting and frost 15 cookies
    • Wrap book for party
    • Get gifts for teachers and deliver them
    • Assemble Marshmallow/Balls for goodies bags
    • Deliver goodie bags and balls to Susan
    • Mail packages
    • Drink a bottle(s) of wine that my parents sent
    • Attend PTA meeting
    As if this all isn't enough for me to do......I am also taking care of Robert's cat every day for the rest of the month, because he had to fire his housekeeper because she borrowed his Keurig while he was out of town. 

    I think I should open the wine now.


    Sunday, December 11, 2011

    American Cancer Society: Sponsor of Birthdays

    In August 1970, my Grandpa Andrew passed away from Prostate Cancer.

    I was born three weeks later.

    He didn't make it to my birth day.

    Thanks to the American Cancer Society more people are living to see their grandchildren's birthdays.



    This post is sponsored by American Cancer Society

    Thursday, December 8, 2011

    Elfcapades: A Very Lego Christmas

    SugarplumCreations


    It's that time of year again!

    ELFCAPADES!

    This year's theme is a Very Lego Christmas.  I should have warned all of you to buy stock in LEGO.  It's like we have a disease that makes us crave them.  And I can't believe that I've been afflicted too.  I dream about LEGO Christmas Villages.

    Poe and Vincent arrived crash landed on Thursday December 1st.  We were anxiously awaiting their arrival!
    Barbie was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
    On the second day of Elfcapades, Vincent and Poe tried to make Hot Chocolate.  Good thing they didn't know that the fabulous Hot Chocolate Balls that I found on pinterest where in the freezer!

    Mommy's K Cups are off limits!


    They also told us that we should go buy a Christmas tree.

    the tree is bigger than it appears.....
    The next day....the elves brought us a brand new Wii game.  It's something about Mickey Mouse painting.


    Everyone except for Mallory was excited to see that the elves brought brand new Christmas Jammies! 


    The next day....was a sad, sad day.  The Weiss Children were very, very naughty.  There was an incident involving every single wash cloth in our apartment.  There has only been one other time that the elves had to return to the North Pole and the perp was the same.

    The kids wrote Santa letters of apology and the elves took them home with them.

    Lucky for them....Santa is forgiving and let them come back after a day.

    TA DA

    The elves didn't waste any time finding more shenanigans.  They took the kids' underwear out of their drawers and attached them to the tree!



    I really love how excited the kids are about Christmas this year!  We love our Elfcapades!

    Do you have a post about Christmas in your house?  Link up with Liz at Sugarplum Creations!

    Wednesday, December 7, 2011

    Come What May

    Over the weekend iKeith lost his wedding ring.

    He's really upset and we've looked everywhere for it.  We even looked at Robert's house because we spent some time there on Saturday.

    We can't find it anywhere.  

    I told Keith not to worry, I'm sure it will turn up.  For some reason, I strongly felt like it wasn't really lost.

    Last night, as I was falling asleep.....I prayed.  I prayed for a gal name Lo, that I'd just seen on the news who accidentally walked into the propeller of an airplane in Plano Texas. As I always do....I ended by thanking God for all of the blessings in my life.

    This morning when I woke up, reached for my iPhone and hit the home button to check the time like I do every morning.  It was 5:43am.

    I laid my head back down and a few moments later, I started to hear music.

    I thought iKeith's alarm must be going off for some crazy reason and I recognized the song.  Come What May....which is OUR song and the inscription on the inside of Keith's ring.

    Then I realized that it was coming from MY phone.

    I picked it up and noticed it said the Taylor Swift playlist was playing.  But Come What May was the song playing and it is NOT in that playlist.

    I also haven't listened to music on my phone in weeks.

    I got goosebumps up my spine!  Was Jesus sending me a sign? 

    There is really NO OTHER explanation for it.

    Sunday, December 4, 2011

    How I Survived My First School Field Trip

    I'm so excited to tell you about how I survived my first school field trip!

    Part of my story is a cautionary tale.  What I want to tell you and anyone that googles *can I bring coffee on a school field trip*  is that you should bring the coffee.  No one will take it away from you and I think you are actually encouraged to caffeinate yourself.  Lord knows those Kindergarten teachers had to be drinking something to get through this day!

    I also earned myself some major brownie points because I went online and printed out a map of the exhibit which I told the teacher about and she made copies of for all of the other chaperones.  My tip for you is to write your name somewhere on your map so that everyone knows where it came from.  HELL...just print out enough maps for your child's class and hand them out.

    The good news is that not only did I get the best looking group of kids to be responsible for on Friday, I also got the most well behaved and quiet group!

    This allowed me to look down my nose at the other chaperones whose kids were wrestling, screaming and punching each other in the face.  I frequently told my kids how f**king awesome they were and that when we got back to school I was going to tell their parents to buy them a pony.

    More good news....I only lost one kid and it was mine so technically... I didn't lose anyone.  Here's what happened.  We were having a good old time pretending to be astronauts with some weightless rocks and then over the loudspeaker someone announces a special show that will be starting in ONE MINUTE.  I asked my kids if they wanted to go and they said yes and MY KID took off into a crowd of 120 other kids that heard the same announcement.

    I found him....obviously.

    We had lunch and I decided that whoever put the giant soda machine full of bottled water in the lunch room should be shot.  I would have paid $50 for a soda at that point.


    The end of our journey was to go to the planetarium and see a Sesame Street movie about the moon and stars. But first we had to sit in a line for 20 minutes that I dubbed #OccupyKindergartenHell.  MY kids were good.  Other people's kids....were horrible!  One of the chaperones kept asking me to watch her kids while she went to the bathroom.  What was I supposed to say?  

    I kept having to tell these kids to sit up, be quiet, stop wrestling and WE AREN'T AT YOUR HOUSE STOP ACTING LIKE IDIOTS!  I asked Alex if I was allowed to put them on the naughty chair and he said he didn't think I was.

    It all went really well and we had a great time!  AND I totally needed that bandaid!  On the bus ride home....one of my kids said that her arm was bleeding!  MRS WEISS TO THE RESCUE!  I had a shit load of bandaids in my bag.

    I rocked this field trip!

    I've also decided that anyone that has a problem with my son's teacher should have to teach the class for a day and THEN come talk to me.

    Thursday, December 1, 2011

    My Transformation into Mrs. Weiss

    iKeith took two days off from work so that he could be the stay at home parent while I work....at my son's school.

    Today,  I stuffed folders and helped with a math lesson.  If you saw my Five Things list earlier, then you know that I don't know nothing about math.  Luckily, the lesson was about estimation.

    I can guess at just about anything which is why I also don't know nothing about preventing pregnancy.

    Tomorrow....I'm chaperoning my son's Kindergarten class while we go on a field trip.

    That means tonight I'm doing the following:

    • Packing a totally disposable sack lunch per the directions sent to me from the teacher.
    • Committing the itinerary to memory. 
    • Emailing the parents of the 3 other kids besides my own that I'm in charge of to color coordinate outfits.
    • Printing maps of the exhibit so that I know where the bathrooms are.
    • Putting the Denver Police phone number into my phone in case I lose someone.
    • Trying to figure out how I'm going to survive for 5 hours without coffee.
    • Packing tissues into my bag in case someone cries.
    • Packing anti-bacterial wipes in my bag in case someone touches something gross.
    • Planning my best outfit that is field trip appropriate and yet warm enough for 30 degree temperatures.
    • Getting used to people calling me Mrs. Weiss.

    Pray for me.....

    Five Things

    I'm linking up with Mama Kat today because I love lists of things and one of her prompts this week told me to make a list. I can't resist a list.

    Mama’s Losin’ It

    2.) Five Things.  List 5 things we don’t know about you, 5 things you’re knowledgeable about, 5 things you know nothing about, 5 things you believe. (inspired by LouLou’s Views)

    5 Things that you don't know about me.

    • I wasn't very good in school.
    • I used to be a very picky eater.
    • I wanted to be a hair stylist when I grew up.
    • I wanted to name my first born Paige.
    • I love 80's music.

    5 Things I'm Knowledgable About:

    • Auto parts
    • Squirrels
    • Hand Quilting
    • Chris Gorham
    • The Young and The Restless

    5 Things I know Nothing About:

    • How to prevent pregnancy
    • Math
    • Birthing no babies
    • Depression
    • What Keith does for a living

    5 Thinks I Believe

    • Every thing happens for a reason
    • I'm right where I'm supposed to be
    • The Hokey Pokey is what it's really all about
    • Jesus Loves Me
    • I'm a great Mom 

    Tuesday, November 29, 2011

    What I Wore: I Love Jackets

    I'm having so much fun putting new outfits together!

    I've added several new pieces to my wardrobe recently and I'm loving everything!  I can't wait to show you my new brown boots...but that will have to wait until next week.


    Friday

    Weather in Denver: 55 and Sunny
    Black T-Shirt from Old Navy
    Turquoise Vest from Lands End
    Fav Jeans WHBM
    Black Hat from Target
    Necklace from Mexico
    Mary Janes from Naturalizer


    Monday

    Weather in Denver:  59, Sunny and Windy
    Plans: Watching Alex sing with his class
    White V-Neck Shirt
    Fav Jeans WHBM
    Brown Clogs
    Pearl Necklace (gift from MIL)


    This outfit that I pinned on Pinterest is the inspiration for my next outfit.  I think it's my favorite new look for winter.


    Wednesday

    Weather: 34, Sunny and FREEZING COLD
    Plans: Tumbling with Mallory and Girls Night Out
    White V-Neck Tee
    Grey Velvet Jeans with Bedazzled @ss WHBM (similar)
    (new)Yellow Peacoat from Old Navy
    *highlighted bedazzlement for Kablooey*


    Thursday

    Weather in Denver: 60 degrees, Sunny and VERY windy
    Plans: Play date at the park
    Sleeveless Tank from Lands End
    Black Cardigan
    Necklace from Moon Over Maize

    Do you like LUCKY MAGAZINE? I'm going away a one year subscription here.

    Linking up with The Pleated Poppy for What I Wore Wednesday.

    pleated poppy