Thursday, November 30, 2006

Construction Zone

Things have been busy this week. We have finally made it a stopping point on our living room. I was beginning to wonder if there would be Christmas Tree this year!

The walls are in and painted! I still need to put up the wallpaper and there is no trim, but it looks like a room now. We decided after hours of priming and painting yesterday that we were done until after the holidays. Just too much going on.

The wallpaper will be on the bottom half of the room with a border, so I have been able to hang things on the walls today. Tonight the carpet will be cleaned and hopefully tomorrow the tree goes up!

Sunday, November 26, 2006

Christmas Wrapping

This year I have decided to wrap gift simply. I am using brown packing paper that I am going to hand stamp and wrap with fabric bows. I will be making the name tags. I will be using a circle on some to represent an ornament and then I am making some in the shape of a pine tree. For the packages I mail out I will attach a handmade card to the front of the package. Saturday I sent out a package as part of a Secret Santa swap that is hosted by my adoption yahoo group. I am very pleased with the way these turned out! Hope you enjoy.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Day of Recovery

We had a fabulous Thanksgiving! As always the food was great and it was nice to see all of the family. This morning we have lounged around and talked about the plans for the rest of the weekend.

My mother in law gave us some great shopping idea, so we might head out late this afternoon. We never know what to buy my in laws so this is great! I know, we might be crazy for heading out today! It always gets me into the spirit of Christmas once I see all the great decorations at the mall.

I feel a turkey sandwich calling my name. Have a great day!

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Happy Thanksgiving!

We will be joining Chuck's family at his gradmothers around 1pm. Then we will join my family at my parents around 4pm. We are going to be stuffed!!

I am on dessert duty, so I am off to whip up the last dish ~ brownies.

I hope everyone has a wonderful turkey day!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies

Chuck and I shared this cookie on our first day. It was so delicious. This is one of Chuck's favorite so I treat him every now and then.

I make my standard peanut butter cookie recipe.

I then press the dough into an ungreased muffin tin.

I place rice wrapped in saran wrap to make the cup.

I bake for approx 12 minutes

I then fill the center with chocolate icing.


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Home Making

Day two of being a homemaker.

I must admit that so far I am enjoying this more than I thought I would. Let's see, yesterday I did:

*5 loads of laundry (When we went to bed last night the only dirty clothes were the ones we had just taken off.)
*I have scrubbed the stove top & microwave
*Polished the kitchen table and chair
*Sweep & mopped the floor
*Made the kitchen sink shine.

There are still many things I am wanting to complete. I am working on my huge to do list.

I even went to see my aunt today for a hair cut. On a weekday, in the middle of the day. Wow! Mom even went and had a perm. I didn't have the stress of lets hurry up so I can cram in 50 things before I head to bed. This is great!

Friday, November 10, 2006

What A Day!

One of my goals is to become a homemaker. Unexpectedly that is what I have become (for now anyway).

Two years ago my company (a small, local credit reporting agency) was sold to a large corporation. We had the promise of job security. Six months later half of the staff was let go. We were told that each office is reviewed every six months.

I have watched our office slowly become downsized. I also saw an office in California close, then New York and unfortunately our office today.

Yesterday we were told there was a corporate wide conference call today. We all (7 of us) gathered in the conference room and instead of a conference call there was a HR person from Virginia there. We were informed our office is immediately closed.

We all received a small severance package and that was it. Nine years at a job I really enjoyed gone.

My greatest concern is our adoption. Our approval to bring our daughter home will expire in March. It does not look like we will be home before that happens, so we need to have our home study updated and our approval extended. I am worried that without my income we may not make it. I can not believe this is happening. Surely God wouldn't let us come this far, just for it to end. I know everything happens for a reason and I need lie this burden with Him, but I can not help but worry. Please say a quick pray that it all works out.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

My Favorite Scraper

When I unloaded the dishwasher today, one of my scraper had taken a dive. A dive right into the heating element! I was just a little sad.

I can not say enough good things about the Pampered Chef Scraper (I think they call it a spatula, I have always heard it called a scraper. Must be a regional thing!) They are a little expensive, but I think well worth it. It is one piece, so the top doesn't pop off the handle over time. It is heat resistant and does not stain. I can't stand to use one that has that pinkish orange stain. Yuck! These are on my top 10 must haves for the kitchen.

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Chili Night

Today is a cool damp day. One of those days where it mist all day. Enough to be bothersome, where you wish it would really rain or just stop. What better for a chili day then Chili! Served with warm corn muffins. Yum!

Monday, November 06, 2006

Seven Years Ago Today

Seven years ago today Chuck and I had our first date. We went to school together, meeting in the 6th grade. His last name was B and mine was C, so we sat by each other often. I found him annoying (aren't most guys in the 6th grade annoying to girls!). We moved on to high school and I don't remember seeing him after we left middle school.

Jump forward to our 10 year high school reunion. We talked for a few minutes and he said there was a Halloween party a friend of his was having and to stop by. I said sure I would stop by. I ended up being sick that weekend. While he was at the party I left him a message saying that. I left the message because I said I would stop by and didn't want him to think I blew off the party. He called back the next evening and asked me out!

The next Saturday afternoon he picked me up and we went to the mall and walked around (we shared a delicious cookie, a peanut butter cookie shaped like a cup filled with chocolate icing ~ I am making those for him, so I will share that in another post). We then went to dinner at Chi-Chi's. A mexican restaurant that is no longer around. We saw a movie. For the life of me I can not remember the name of it. It had Ashley Judd and Tommy Lee Jones. That is all I remember.

He phoned the next afternoon and the rest is history!

Tonight he came phone with 1 red rose. He said because I am his one and only! How lucky I am!

Surprise Birthday Dinner!

Saturday night 22 of us surprised my aunt for her 65th Birthday. Her two son's arranged to take her out for dinner and when they arrive we were all waiting for her. She was so surprised! She keep saying how blessed she was and how the last time she was surprised was at her baby shower, 40 something years ago!

We went to a great place called, The Iron Skillet. We were served a four course family style meal. Which was delicious! She is such a great person, and it felt so good to do something special for her.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Halloween Sweeties!

Tuesday night we went out with my two youngest nieces. They were so excited and had such a good time. We had two little mishaps. They each got so excited that they forgot and ran down a drive. They both ended up with a little scrap on their hand. Oops!

I know there are some that do not believe in celebrating Halloween. For us it is a time to catch up with those from our past. Everyone gathers at my parents and we have a family dinner. The we take the kids out. Since we are in the neighborhood that I grew up in we know everyone. It is a social outing for us adults. A chance to catch up with those we seldom see. We even ran into a couple of people we went to school with. They said they came back for the same reason, because they know it is safe and to catch up with people. It was great to see everyone!

Getting Rid of the Clutter

I can not stand clutter. Unfortunately I always end of with things I need to do: magazines to read, grocery ads and coupons to go through and such. I try to keep these things in a basket so they are not all over the place. I started to clean Friday night and realized my basket was out of control!

I started my going through my basket and that lead to the bedroom closet and the kitchen pantry. I now have 2 bags to give to our favorite charity, Servants Heart. Ah, I love the way it looks when things are in their place.