Christmas Day 2012

The site has been down for a bit, or very slow, due to some issues that Surpass has now fixed and I’m finally able to login to my WordPress. I’m happy that they did their best to fix the issue and kept me updated during the whole process without my having to ask.

Since I have very little time to devote to fanlistings like I used to, I have closed them all and now and both redirect to this blog until I figure out what I want to do with them. I may let expire at the end of January.

Anyway, Christmas 2012 was spent at my mom’s.

Christmas flowers

Christmas flowers

Goodies to snack on!

Goodies to snack on!

My mom planned a sort of “drop-in” event, meaning that between 2-4 pm anyone was welcome to show up and have some Christmas treats. There were all sorts of baked goodies and drinks available. After everyone left, my mom had turkey dinner for Jordan and I, my two sisters and their significant others, and my nephew. The food was amazing! Later, we Skyped my brother in Newfoundland.

Crystal and Ashe

Crystal and Ashe

Pumpkin rolls with cream cheese filling

Pumpkin rolls with cream cheese filling

Ashe @ 17 months old

Ashe @ 17 months old

This was Ashe’s second Christmas and he was spoiled with gifts! He loved gift bags and tissue paper more than the gifts, I think.

Our move date is looming closer! Pack Day is January 30th. I only have a couple weeks left at work. This is crazy! I’ve contacted our phone company, cancelled our current internet provider, and booked another one for the new house. There is still plenty of things left for me to organize or worry about. I hope this move goes smoothly.

I’m currently working on a cute cross-stitch pattern for Michelle’s baby that is due in May. It’s coming along nicely and keeping my mind occupied. Sucks that I won’t be around when the baby is born.

A mish-mash of things

One of my very good friends, Kendra, is due to have her first baby soon. Her due date is October 30th. I’m beyond excited and can’t wait to find out whether the baby will be a boy or a girl. The parents have left that to be a surprize! Last Sunday, my sister, nephew, and I attended the baby shower. 🙂

My sister-in-law, Serena, and her husband are also expecting their first child, a girl due the first week of March.

And to continue on the topic of children, another friend of mine has a little boy J.D. who turned one year old at the end of September. While Michelle was pregnant I worked on a baby themed cross-stitch and I finally completed it and framed it in time to give to her for her son’s first birthday:

Cross-stitch for J.D.

I don’t think I posted that my husband returned from his deployment at the end of September. This is his first full week back at work, though. During his time off we bought a new car, a shimmery white 2011 Kia Forte. So far it’s been great to drive!

Our new car

Thanksgiving this year was spent at mom’s house for dinner. No turkey, but we had make-your-own pizza night, which was a huge hit!

Cappuccino swirl cheesecake bars

Ashe's first Thanksgiving (3 months old)

Make-your-own pizza

We decided that this year we wouldn’t use the oil furnace as it cost way too much money the previous winters. All summer Jordan and his friend Reg have been splitting wood. We have a good pile going outside, and the rest is kept at Reg’s place until we need it. So far I have been pretty terrible at getting the fire going in the wood furnace, but today it seems to have worked. The furnace has been going all day and it only took me a half hour of feeding logs and crumpled paper into the stove in the basement. I can’t imagine how this is going to work this winter, especially early in the morning when we need to get ready for work.

My four-year-old Samsung monitor died last night. So sad. I’ve acquired Jordan’s LG monitor, which is bigger. Since he rarely uses his desktop computer, he hooked up the spare Samsung LCD television to his own.

Don’t stop, just take it to the limit *

I haven’t been doing much other than working in the three weeks my darling husband has been deployed. I hear from him often, whether he’s waking me up at 7:30 in the morning to talk on the phone, or through constant emails. I miss him, but I know it’s only 6 months, and we have done this before.

I’ve been keeping myself busy with cross-stitching a baby gift for a friend, reading lots and lots of books (got to get in those book purchases before HST kicks in), and planning our trip to Europe. Jordan will be given some leave and the military will reimburse us for the cost of our travel expenses up to $2200. So I have been planning and writing itineraries and searching Trip Advisor for all kinds of information. That is the website I used to plan our 2008 Thailand trip, and I’ll be using it again this year.

As for the house, nothing has gone wrong yet. My sister and her boyfriend helped me to clean the pool. The weather hasn’t been that warm for June so we haven’t gone swimming yet.

At Stacey's bridal shower in June

Stacey’s bridal shower took place on June 13th. The ladies from work came out to Erin’s apartment and we ate yummy potluck food, dressed Stacey up in a toilet paper wedding gown, played some memory games (which I am terrible at), and chatted. It was a lot of fun to hang out with everyone outside of work!

Amy’s bridal shower was on May 15th, which I forgot to post about, so here is a picture:

At Amy's bridal shower in May

Of course, what is a bridal shower without lots of toilet paper, stickers, pipe cleaners, and tissue paper?!

The weather outside is frightful *

This weekend I didn’t have to work. I actually got a Saturday and Sunday off. Amazing, I know. Yesterday we went grocery-shopping and spent over three hours out. The stores were really busy. Costco was so busy that there were no carts left. I ended up spotting an abandoned cart in an aisle so Jordan snatched it and we ran from the scene of the crime. 🙂

That evening we went out to dinner with a bunch of people at a little restaurant downtown called Windmills. We were put right by a huge window and it was cold! We could almost feel the wind inside. They had given us an electric heater, but it wasn’t giving off much heat. The food was quite pricey. I had a Thai ginger panini sandwich with chicken, cheese, and carrots in it, as well as a frothy hot chocolate. Since it was a Christmas dinner gathering, Rebecca handed out chocolate letters and holiday cards to everyone. When we had all finished our meal, we decided to stop at Copper Penny for dessert. It was much warmer in there! Jordan and I shared a slice of creamy cherry cheesecake and I had a sex-on-the-beach!

Today I was so tired I didn’t wake up until ten o’ clock. Jordan had left for church pretty early because he would be playing the drums. I didn’t do a whole lot today, read some Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire, played some TS2, and worked on my cross-stitch. Outside, it was blizzarding! I could hardly see out the window — still can’t, for that matter. We’re getting too much snow!

Cooked dinner tonight: honey garlic chicken with mashed maple sweet potatoes!

Because I said so

I had Friday off and I went shopping with Kendra. I went in search of Nivea Summer Touch self-tanning moisturizer, which I found, and have used on my legs since. It smells really pretty. I also bought some Jergens shea butter skin enriching creme for my hands. It’s nice and thick and smells like coconut.

And then Kendra dragged me into The Body Shop which was a bad idea because I never leave that store without purchasing a new yummy treat. This time I came away with my card renewal, strawberry body polish, pink iridescent eyeshadow/body shimmer, and a free $15 gift which I spent on Jordan because he’s so special. 🙂

I worked all day Saturday and it was pretty slow. Then I had Sunday and today off. I spent Sunday with Kendra & Jay. We first went to Costco and then took the puppy Oscar for a little romp at the park. While Jay went on the computer, us girls watched the movie “Flicka” which was sad but really good. Later on we went to Jumbo Video to rent some movies and I found “The Nativity Story” used for cheap. One of the movies we rented was “Because I Said So” with Mandy Moore and Diane Keaton. Another good one! Before we watched that movie, though, the three of us went out for dinner at The Copper Penny. Mmmmm! Lidija and Nataša ended up stopping over, as well, to see Oscar.

Even though I had a headache for most of Sunday and felt lethargic, it was still a fun day. As for today, I haven’t done much but chat with Jordan, wash the dishes, and work on my cross-stitch. Good times.