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Old 12-13-2011, 08:49 AM   #31
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for a visit for a friend.

And even more for ADR's made. You are going to LOVE Kona...it was so good.

I admit that I am very lucky to have an understanding hubby and a spare guest room -- I have two wonderful friends who live 1 1/2 - 2 hrs away that come to stay overnight. With DH's schedule & an 8 YO, me going to their houses is not that easy to coordinate, but they come visit me, stay over, and we can stay up late chatting, have a drink or two without needing a designated driver, run errands, make dinner together and do girlfriend stuff. Its my sanity saver! I love my hubby but he is a home-body and I am a social butterfly.


Kathy between your & Tim's posts on Tonga Toast we just HAVE to go there!!!
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Ack! I had no clue you started a new PTR! I'm totally in! A bit lost with all the "IFs" , but totally in for the long haul.
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:50 PM   #33
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Ack! I had no clue you started a new PTR! I'm totally in! A bit lost with all the "IFs" , but totally in for the long haul.
HI Lidian!!! No worries, I am moving slow to pace myself here. I find that this year I am always behind on my reading....so sad, not like I have anything else to do.
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Old 12-16-2011, 03:57 PM   #34
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Are you ready for Santa?

Just a fun post about Christmas happenings. Is everyone ready? I am not quite there yet. I wrapped a ton of gifts for my siblings, nieces, nephews, parents, etc. I still have to wrap Joe & Katie’s gifts and do just a little bit more shopping.
(sorry pics are huge because I borrowed them from the internet)

Check out Joe’s Christmas present:

I was browsing the Hallmark store the other day and this guy just jumped out at me. He is so cute! I also ordered this from my neighbor who sells Scentsy but it has not come in yet. Better come soon! (YAY she has it now and will bring it by this weekend. I can get wrapping!)

Katie’s big wish item is an American Girl Doll. Ugh! Sorry kiddo,Santa has a tight budget! So she will be getting the BFC Noelle doll and a as her two main gifts. I hit a lot of video sales this year so she is getting movies, a Wii game, and a Silvermist doll.

We do a Secret Santa here at work and apparently EVERYONE knows I love Disney. (wonder how they all know that!) So yesterday & todays’ gifts are Mickey themed:

And of course I immediately highlighted our next visit to Mickey!

We are all decorated at home, tree up, lights outside though I need to hit the after Christmas sales for new lights, most of ours died last year. Boo.

Next up is baking cookies. OH! And a Gingerbread House! I bought a Kit. Hmmm wonder where I put it? Guess I have a mission tonight.



I will try to post a few pictures of Katie helping when we bake this weekend. Can you believe that Christmas is a week away? Yikes! I have too much of this to do! Maybe I can borrow the elves from Santa?

TGIF folks! I'm off to basketball practice with Katie

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HI Lidian!!! No worries, I am moving slow to pace myself here. I find that this year I am always behind on my reading....so sad, not like I have anything else to do.
That's the best way to do it ... pace yourself.

Totally love the Officer Mickey! It's wonderful and perfect!

Is that a Fijit or the "friend" thing? DD wanted a Fijit, but they just can't be found. I should have gotten it at Target before the BF sale. They had a whole shelf of them.

I'm mostly ready. I need two more gifts, for my cousin's kids. Most everything is wrapped. I need some bags to place the items that are too odd to wrap.

We just got our tree up today ... and it's not even decorated.
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Old 12-20-2011, 03:34 PM   #36
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That's the best way to do it ... pace yourself.

Totally love the Officer Mickey! It's wonderful and perfect!

Is that a Fijit or the "friend" thing? DD wanted a Fijit, but they just can't be found. I should have gotten it at Target before the BF sale. They had a whole shelf of them.

I'm mostly ready. I need two more gifts, for my cousin's kids. Most everything is wrapped. I need some bags to place the items that are too odd to wrap.

We just got our tree up today ... and it's not even decorated.
Yes it is a mmmm a baby Fijit??? something like that.I know that it was about $18 when the "regular" Fijits were about $40 on amazon. I know how my girl is with her toys so it seemed a good idea. I didn't even know what a fijit was - I googled it. DD must have seen it on or something .

do you usually decorate your tree close to Christmas? I know some people that do it on Christmas eve.

I just bought the last thing today for my niece. I finished wrapping everything last night after baking oatmeal cookies with Katie. sheesh. Naturally because I have so much cooking to do this week, on Sunday evening when I was draining asparagus I stupidly burned my thumb with steam. -like was my language when that happened So now I am trying to wash dishes without getting my left thumb under the faucet or bumping it or anything like that.
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So, did that gingerbread house get done? I love the Fireman Mickey (I have a Winnie the Pooh by Jim Shore that Andy bought me last year).
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Old 12-20-2011, 04:10 PM   #38
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Happy Hannukah (and other updates!)



I just love when Christmas and Hanukkah fall at almost the same time. My family is Christian and we celebrate Christmas. My sister's family are members of a Messianic Jewish congregation, and follow Hebrew traditions and customs. Many years I am scrambling to get gifts to my nieces in early December for Hanukkah, long before Christmas. WHEW that this year I am on top of things and had that taken care of. but more importantly I just think its an awesome thing when many people of different religious customs are all celebrating high holidays and worshiping God at the same time. I get all warm and mushy at the thought.


okay, that said, I don't have much updating as far as my Disney trip goes because I am just too busy getting ready for Christmas. We host all of the family holiday at my house, so there is always to get done, errands to baking cookies and cakes, cooking appetizers and snacks, never enough for me to get to this:


This week is cookie baking week, which will culminate in the baking and decorating of a birthday cake for Jesus on Friday & Saturday (depending on the timing of it all!). When Katie was a baby I started a new tradition for our extended family of making birthday cake for Christmas dessert. There is so much commercialism everywhere, that I wanted Katie, and all of us, to have a moment to remember the real reason we celebrate Christmas. I got a real warm fuzzy this week when DH mentioned that his dad requested "chocolate cake for Jesus" It may seem a small thing but I really appreciate that he remembers I do this and thought to request a flavor

Tomorrow afternoon & evening Joe and I are surprising Katie with our yearly trip to Hershey Park for Christmas. (cross your fingers for no rain!) We love seeing the lights, riding the rides, and of course visiting Santa and seeing his reindeer. We will have some cookies baked by then (we did oatmeal last night & I think chocolate chip are tonight's plan) so we can take some cookies to Santa (he was so surprised when Katie gave him cookies last year!) and a carrot or two for the reindeer.

Sunday we finished Katie's gingerbread house. Sort of. I made the icing too thin, and it was a bit runny. So last night I let her use food coloring to paint decorations on the house since all of her swirlies ran down the side of the roof. Here are pictures of the unpainted house:
I will take pictures tonight of the painted house.

speaking of things to do tonight, I have successfully wasted about an hour on the DIS and have to go home now See ya later!
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:50 PM   #39
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Yay for booking and for booking the YC! We loved the BC this summer and the YC looks beautiful, too. More adult and more upscale. I think it will be perfect for your anniversary! And you can't beat the location, either. And SAB really is all that. Seriously. We loved it. The lazy river was fantastic and, for the record, despite being their in the middle of July, we never had a problem with overcrowding.

So happy to hear that your trip is coming together for you!
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Yay for booking and for booking the YC! We loved the BC this summer and the YC looks beautiful, too. More adult and more upscale. I think it will be perfect for your anniversary! And you can't beat the location, either. And SAB really is all that. Seriously. We loved it. The lazy river was fantastic and, for the record, despite being their in the middle of July, we never had a problem with overcrowding.

So happy to hear that your trip is coming together for you!
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Gingerbread House looks good!
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So a quick post to show my little helper baking cookies

Baking cookies with mom



SNICKERDOODLES! I am not sure if everyone knows what snickerdoodles are -- they are a sugary cookie (sort of) rolled in cinnamon sugar. My grandmother's dad was a baker, so I am not sure if they are a German thing, a Pennsylvania thing, or if they are common everywhere. regardless they are one of my favorite cookies, and I have my grandmother's recipe. I fully plan to stash a ziploc bag away till after my nephew is gone next week.
and my almost full giant can o cookies..

Tonight we baked chocolate chips and then I baked the snickerdoodles after Katie went to bed!

Finally here is Katie's painted gingerbread house:

(I am not liking what Picasa is doing to my pictures. they made some changes and now I can't just copy the image url easily. hmm i will have to think about this. )

I am off to read up on a few trip and pre trips for a little while with a rum and diet lime coke

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I've heard of Snickerdoodles, but I've never made them. Great job again on the Gingerbread House.
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Yes it is a mmmm a baby Fijit??? something like that.I know that it was about $18 when the "regular" Fijits were about $40 on amazon. I know how my girl is with her toys so it seemed a good idea. I didn't even know what a fijit was - I googled it. DD must have seen it on or something .

do you usually decorate your tree close to Christmas? I know some people that do it on Christmas eve.

I just bought the last thing today for my niece. I finished wrapping everything last night after baking oatmeal cookies with Katie. sheesh. Naturally because I have so much cooking to do this week, on Sunday evening when I was draining asparagus I stupidly burned my thumb with steam. -like was my language when that happened So now I am trying to wash dishes without getting my left thumb under the faucet or bumping it or anything like that.
We usually get our tree up the weekend after Thanksgiving ... but the kids have not been cooperative, so it was delayed.

I saw the Fijits ... and Target had them on sale, plus a coupon. I should have gotten it ... but last time I checked Amazon, they were up in the $70s. I thought about the "baby" ones, but only saw them once, and haven't even found them anymore locally.

Glad you have everything bought! I'm done with shopping, just need to get the kids new stockings this year. DD's has gone missing.

Sorry you burned your thumb! That's not fun, and I know because I burned my "middle" finger on my left hand. I'm not sure how it happened, but one of my oven mitts had a hole in it. I went to pull the rack out so I could reach the casserole dish ... when I felt pain, I was confused, but backed away. This was on Day 1 of my Finals .... so that was... fun. Thankfully I'm right-handed, so I just had the pain to deal with on my Monday night final. The pain wasn't bad for the others. DD helped take care of me and got out the burn gel and a finger cot. She's amazing!

Hopefully your thumb is feeling better! And find some time to sleep! (And invest in finger cots. They're awesome for showers and washing dishes and such, when your burn needs protecting.)
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I've heard of Snickerdoodles, but I've never made them. Great job again on the Gingerbread House.
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.... The pain wasn't bad for the others. DD helped take care of me and got out the burn gel and a finger cot. She's amazing!

Hopefully your thumb is feeling better! And find some time to sleep! (And invest in finger cots. They're awesome for showers and washing dishes and such, when your burn needs protecting.)
Ouch! I hate when you find a hole in your oven mitt the hard way. I need to invest in both burn gel & a finger cot (once I google it to find out what exactly it is!!) This is the second time recently that I have burned myself cooking. The last time was on Thanksgiving day and of course the whole extended family was there to witness it....which meant I could not relieve the pain with colorful language I do think its related to just having so much going on (*like you with college) that we moms are just distracted.

I was shocked at the whole fijit thing. Reminds me of furbees when I was younger -- they looked like Gizmo and "learned" language.


No DIS time tonight -- we are headed to Hershey (HAHA I started to write Disney, wishful thinking!) with Kate after school. She almost didn't get to go. What is it with kids....you would think that a few days before Christmas they would be extra GOOD but instead they are extra distracted and therefore not so good. sheesh.


Here are a few photos from years past at Hershey Christmas (sorry for the picture sizes....guess i will have to sign up for a paid photobucket membership now that Picasa is messing with my image links & Snapfish photos are too big!)
2006







In 2007 we went with friends which was extra fun for Katie to have a friend
to share the fun with:







2005 - Katie was still quite nervous around Santa, so mommy had to sit with him too

This is not Hershey, but isn't my little girl so cute?

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