- I moved back home from Australia
- I started and finished grad school
- Blake graduated from college and started working for DTE
- We both confronted internal struggles that we'd been battling for a while
- We bought our first home
- We got married
- We joined a country club (really?!) and Blake golfed a lot (he wanted me to mention that he got a hole in one as well)
- I started my first real full-time job, left that job, dealt with the stress of unemployment, found another job, left that job to start a business, loved and hated it all at the same time, and took a break from the business to be a mom
- We travelled for fun...to Hawaii, Napa, Fiji, Italy, Colorado, Mexico, Florida, Charleston
- We had a miscarriage
- We welcomed a beautiful baby girl into our lives, lost a lot of sleep, and gained a lot of love
- I became a Spinning instructor
- We experienced the stress of sick parents (who, thankfully, are thriving today)
- I got a (big) tattoo symbolizing balance and harmony
- We started a garden
Thursday, December 31, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Just some notes about our day so today's Christmas Eve memories don't fade away over the years.
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Monday, December 21, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Jan Brett is one of our favorite authors right now. Anna LOVES her books, The Mitten and The Hat, so when I saw this book at the store, I bought it without even reading it. Although it's not my favorite, it still has all the animals Anna loves, and it has a recipe embedded in the story, which inspired me to make gingerbread cut-outs with Anna and Grandma Debbie today. I've been wanting to make gingerbread cookies for some time; they're baked with so many healthy spices and a good dose of molasses, which contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron. Here is the recipe from her book (I added the instructions):
3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup brown Sugar
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ground cloves
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup molasses (I use unsulphured)
3 cups flour
Cream butter and brown sugar with electric mixer. Add baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt, beating until combined. Beat in the molasses and egg. Beat in flour gradually. Divide dough in half, cover, and refrigerate for 3 hours or until easy to handle.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease cookie sheet. On a lightly floured surface, roll half of the dough to about 1/8th inch thick. Use a cookie cutter to cut into desired shape. Place on cookie sheet and bake for approximately 8 minutes. Remove and cool on wire rack.
I'm freezing most of the cookies for now, but later I'll put some icing on them. I think that will make them even better.
Grandma, who is now known as "Mo" thanks to Anna's increasing verbal acuity, is visiting and helping out while Blake is away in NYC. Anna has been asking to make cookies again, so we started the gingerbread batch this morning. We completed the cut-out and bake portion after nap time, which was followed by a quick trip to the park.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Sunday, December 6, 2009
Once we arrived home, Anna napped and we brought the tree in to settle. She was thrilled to see it in our family room when she woke and was eager to touch and smell its needles. As usual, I strung the lights with the old "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" cartoon singing in the background; however, I had to take many breaks to snuggle a very whiny Anna insisting on Mommy's attention. I was thrilled to discover that the best remedy for tree sap on fingers is olive oil, something I hadn't tried before.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
It's nearly 10:00pm. Blake and I are cuddling up on the couch with a glass of champagne to admire the 109 photos taken during our annual pre-tree-decorating cheese-buying excursion and our annual tree-cutting date. We're full of swiss fondue, french wine, and good conversation. The day was full of happy moments, and occasionally, a few meltdowns, lots of play and a little work. Blake and I took some much-needed time to communicate about Us while devouring our cheese and bread. I'm proud of us for committing tonight, on a very special night, to the above-pictured goals:
Friday, December 4, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Anna asks to play with crayons, also known as "neee," every day now. She still loves to bunch them in her hand and throw them promptly into the old shoe box on the floor, but today she also delighted in making scribbles on the blank white page. She likes me to hold the crayon while she moves it. When she stops to admire her work, she gives a little squeal with bright, proud eyes looking to me for encouragement. I made the mistake of showing her a new way to make marks on the page today...pound on the paper with the tip of the crayon. It's loud! You can imagine how much she loved doing this all by herself.