Monday, January 28, 2013

My Eye!!!!!!

Chip had an eyelash stuck in his eye after school and you might have thought he was being attacked by a lion or a shark.  Kid was screaming and carrying on like a wild man.  I was afraid the neighbors might call the law.

I tried all the tricks I knew to get an eyelash out of an eye to no avail.  It was troublesome.

Finally, I calmed the beast, a snack was eaten, some distractions were implemented and finally after some time passed he couldn't feel it any more.  THANK GOODNESS!   It was some legit drama!  I thought for sure we were heading to the ER for some numbing drops and a q-tip.  Happy to have avoided that!  What is up with my children and their eyes?

Hope your Monday was a little less painful than Chip's!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Hot Date and Other News

It's Saturday - YEA!  It has been a busy week for me and I am welcoming Saturday with open arms!

Last night I had a hot date with not one, not two, but three cutie patooties.  Me and three fellas at the GLOBETROTTERS!!


We had such a good time.  Nice, respectful, funny kids!  Laughter and grins.  It just doesn't get much better than that!   Chip has a basketball game this afternoon at 2:00 and I will be watching him close to see if he bounces the ball off the refs butt or pulls down the pants of some kid shooting a free throw! Those Globetrotters plant some bad ideas!

We have had a couple big new projects pop up at work and I have been working 9 or 10 hour days.  I have had a nice break since the last big proposal so I am not complaining.  However, it just really doesn't leave much time for anything else.  My awesome boss is changing jobs and I am so sad.  Happy for her.  It is a great opportunity.  But so sad for me.  I will miss her.

I am pleased that I have finally managed to reel in my diet this week and am making some progress in the right direction!  I just feel so much better when I am eating clean and staying away from carbs.  Hopefully, I will be over the hump in the next few days and the cravings will be turned off!  I made Jamie Eason's Turkey Meatloaf Muffins one night this week and they were yummy.  A bit on the spicy side, but when you are talking about lean ground turkey, you have to have some spice.

Chip had a doctor's appointment Thursday with his neurologist and all is well.  We are a little over four years from his seizure and have had no recurrences.  His EEG results are still abnormal so we will just keep giving him his medicine.  Grateful that 100% of kids outgrow Benign Rolandic Epilepsy, usually by the time they are teenagers.  Can't argue with those odds.

Hubby has been in India this week but will be home tonight.  He left Monday afternoon and has spent about 45 hours traveling there and back.  Ridiculous amounts of time on a plane.  Thankfully, he got to fly first class this time and he said it wasn't too bad.  He will come home exhausted and probably a few pounds lighter.  We will be happy to have him any way we can get him.

Harry is taking his first SAT exam this morning.  He is drinking a cup of coffee as I type and trying to get all his brain cells awake and firing on all cylinders this morning.  Coffee + a bowl of Lucky Charms is probably not the breakfast of champions but it seems to work for him.  Good luck Buddy!

I am officially cutting down to one day a week in the gym with "Mr. Knowledge About the Human Body".  He gave me an at home circuit plan to do for strength training for my second day of the week.  We had a mat, a 10 pound ball and two eight pound hand weights.  He gave me four sets of three exercises to do together.  It was hard.  In fact I complained more yesterday that I have maybe ever.  I need to go get my supplies so I can give it a go next week.  I did do some awesome  push ups while using the hand weights as handles.  I thought I was a bad ass for the first set. Then I wanted to cry.  So, I will keep you posted on how it goes.

Finally, yesterday was our niece Malarie's birthday.  She is twenty eight years old.  She was born when I was eighteen years old.  She is just about that old in the picture below.  Dang, I was just a baby myself but I fell crazy in love with her right away.  I'm a big fan twenty eight years later!  Hope your birthday was an excellent celebration as awesome as you, Malarie!


For the rest of you, I hope your weekend is awesome as well!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Long Weekend

I love a long weekend.  Who doesn't, really?

It was a busy one for sure, but having that third day just makes a difference.

Sunday was a busy day for me.  First, I attended a meeting to discuss our upcoming Cross Country Trivia Night fundraiser.  It is coming up fast and I still have centerpieces to make.  Time to crank it up!  I spent most of yesterday shopping for craft supplies and putting together the centerpieces.  Mark that off of my list.

Sunday afternoon I went to a "10 for Him" introductory meeting.  It is a group of ladies in the neighborhood and we are going to get together once a month, give $10 each, and do some good with it!  Each month, one person's name will be drawn and during the next month that person has to find a way to give away the money we collected.  You can give it to one person, give it to three different people, give it anonymously, give it to a friend, a complete stranger, etc.  However you feel led to give. We had ten participants at the first meeting so the lucky participant has $100 to give.  I can't wait to hear who they found and how it blessed both the giver and the receiver.  In the meantime, the rest of us just pray for the person passing out the money that God puts someone in front of them that could use a little help.  And that the person they find feels God's love a little bit more to know that someone cares.  It is also going to open our eyes to those who are needy around us.  I am already on high alert looking outside my normal bubble to see how I might share the money when it is my turn.  I think this is going to be one of the best ideas ever and I can't wait till next month!

I wrapped up Sunday evening going to Book Club, where I was an epic fail because I didn't finish the book.  I love to read, but I don't think I love my Nook.  I miss holding a book.  I need to reconcile myself with this situation.  Embrace the Nook!  Heaven knows it is easy enough to buy the books, downloaded in mere seconds to my Nook, but then I have to pick it up and read it!  The company at Book Club is always terrific and the discussion always enlightening.  It really made me wish I had read the book!  Next month, for sure!

The week ahead looks busy with work meetings, proposals, errands and appointments!  The weather around here is going to be SPECTACULAR!  Mid 70s and sunny!  Yea!

Here is to a great Tuesday that is NOT a Monday!  Make it a good one!

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Saturday Summary

We had a go, go, go Saturday but the weather was awesome and when it is a three day weekend it just feels like an extra weekend day!  Which is awesome!

Chip had his first basketball game Saturday and it was a really, really good game!  The Thunder only had two practices before their first game and I was worried.  No reason to worry, they played like a well oiled machine.  The won a very good, competitive game 30 - 26.  Chip had four baskets, four rebounds, three steals and a couple of assists.  I only know the stats because his Dad told me.  I just know he was a hustling machine.  He loved it!  I will get some pictures next week so you can see how cute my basketball player is!  He has some new KD's (basketball shoes) that he had to chip in a significant amount of his own money to get and he looks so cute in them.

We also hosted the kickoff meeting for the baseball team at our house in the afternoon.  We had a herd of kids here and their parents. The parents were inside for the meeting and the kids were outside playing basketball, flashlight tag, hide and seek, etc.  It was pretty calm in the house, but every time the front door would open and one kid or another would come in or out it sounded like opening the door to a stadium - screaming, yelling, crowd noises.  It was almost comical.  We had picked up a tray of Chick-Fil-A nuggets and Hubby would take a paper plate full of them out to the kids to share.  He would come back in the house in about 12 seconds, a little disheveled and an empty plate.  He said "They attacked me!"  Needless to say, the chicken nuggets were inhaled by those little people.  Baseball season is kicking off soon and we are combining with another team.  The parents all seemed very nice and the manager is a great guy, so I am very optimistic that it will be a great spring season.

Harry has been running the roads like a teenager....Friday afternoon he went to his friend that is a girl's house to watch movies and hang out. He got home about 9:30 and immediately asked if he could go to the movie with his boys.  He got home after midnight.  Woke up on Saturday and within 30 minutes he comes and asked if he could drive downtown to see the Longhorn basketball game. What? That is far.  Who are they playing, when does it start, who is going with you, how do you get tickets this late, do you know how to get there?  He had answers for all of that and against every fiber of my protective parenting being...I said yes.  I am still surprised.  He picked up RV and they made it down there, watched the game and made it home in one piece.  Thank you Jesus!

Harry got home in time to hang outside and play and kinda watching over the younger kids while we were having our parent meeting.  He comes in and says "It is complete anarchy out there.  They are tying up people, climbing on cars!"  When Chip came in I said "Harry said you guys were tying up people and climbing on cars, is that true?"  Chip looks at me and rolls his eyes like Harry is crazy as a loon and says "We didn't tie up anybody."  I thought that was so funny.  They were apparently climbing all over cars. All is well, though!  No harm done and they had a ball.

I must show you the cutest little print I ordered off of Etsy last week.  I absolutely love it!


I have it sitting on a table in the den and intend to read it every morning!  What a great message to carry around with you all day.

In other news...I am so sore this morning, moaning every time I stand up or sit down or lift my arms.  Mr. Knowledge about the Human Body had a whole slew of new workouts for me on Friday.  I was jumping over stuff,  doing crazy ab work with these big side bends holding a weight over my head, squats with a bar with these big heavy duty chains hanging off them, one arm tricep work, step ups on this box....I told him I felt like I was in an NFL combine or something.  It really was awesome and I felt like an athlete while I was doing it.  Today, not so much.  More like a crippled, middle aged lady.  A couple of Aleve ought to help!  Seriously, can't wait for Tuesday to see what we are going to do!

I am struggling to lose any more weight (and the last two pounds of my Christmas gain!) I just can't seem to clean up my diet enough to turn off those damn carb cravings. I am going to redouble my efforts this week to get 10 straight days of clean eating in a row to get back in complete control of my food intake.  No slip-ups.  No Wheat thins.  No pinching the top off of a blueberry muffin (even if it is whole wheat).  No dipping apples in caramel sauce.  No putting a drizzle of honey on my Ezekiel Peanut Butter toast.  Cold turkey.  I spent 7 or 8 months in that state and I want to get back there!  It is a huge relief not to have cravings and be able to plan ahead and know what you are going to eat to fuel your body.

I think with a clean diet, the increased intensity of workouts and consistent walking, my body will be healthy and the number on the scale and pant size will take care of itself.  I will tell you that we got a new scale this week that shows your weight, body fat percentage and water percentage.  I am in the healthy range in all areas!  That is an amazing accomplishment for me and I am determined to stay healthy and fit!  Go me!

I have a busy day today, but with a good night's sleep behind me, the sun is shining brightly, the sky is a beautiful blue, the house is already clean, grocery shopping is already done..it is going to be a good one!

I hope your weekend is off to a great start!  Do something good for yourself today!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Honey Lime Tilapia

This is my 600th post!  To celebrate, here is a delicious tilapia recipe for Karen!  But really and truly, everyone should try this.  I mean it.  Try it...I have made it twice in the last two weeks!  I love it!  


Honey Lime Tilapia
Ingredients
For the fish and marinade:
  • 4 (4-5oz) tilapia fillets (thawed if frozen)
  • Juice and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1½ Tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
For dredging and cooking:
  • ½c flour (I used whole wheat flour)
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil with a little butter thrown in for browning.
Instructions
  1. Assemble marinade by combining lime zest, lime juice, olive oil, honey, salt, pepper, and garlic powder in a gallon-sized zip-top bag or shallow container with a lid. Add fish and marinate in the refrigerator anywhere from 1 hour up to 24 hours*.
  2. When ready to cook, combine flour with salt and pepper on a plate. Remove each fish fillet from the marinade and dredge lightly with the flour on both sides (just a light, light coating).
  3. Heat 1-2 Tbsp olive oil and a little butter in a medium skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Cook fillets 2 at a time for 3-4 minutes per side or until opaque and browned (this works best if you don’t disturb the fish much while letting it cook).
  4. Serve with lime wedges.


Have a great night!

Coming out of the Woodwork


Hold on to your hats folks!  I have received several emails today that folks are still reading this silliness!  It seems it is still terribly difficult for people to post comments.  Not sure why!  I don't think it is anything I am doing, but maybe it is!  I need an IT man (good suggestion, Beth!) I'll see what I can do.

So, let me give a personal shout out to you my dear, sweet, patient crew!

Ms. Tennessee
Liz
Bob
Lana
Beth
Karen
Gail
Sandy
The Nice One
Sheri
Becky

Talk amongst yourselves while I count you.

Hold still now! 

Eleven!  Eleven!  Eleven!  

Woo Hoo!   My goodness!  Who knew?

Makes me happy, which is just silly.  I guess it is just nice to know I am not just talking to myself here!  I do that enough in real life! 

Also, on the happy radar is a suggestion from Karen for me to share more healthy recipes!   Tonight, I will post a great one for tilapia that I think is fantastic!  

One more final smile maker for me is that Harry got a part in the next high school play!  Way to go Harry! Can't wait to see it!  

Hope your Thursday has been filled up with some awesomeness! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Throat Punch

My friend Cindy sent me this picture today from the Cross Country banquet.  
Look how tall my boy is getting.  
It hurts my heart.  
I love this kid.  


In other news, I wanted to punch a lady in the throat today.
Hard.
Seriously.
It was work related.
And yet another great reason to work from home so
throat punching is not an option!
I did not love her.

I had to change my blog background.
It was making me want coffee late at night when I would see it.
I went with a Valentine theme.
I will probably want chocolate now.
Maybe I should look for some celery.

I made Tilapia and Salmon for dinner.
The boys ate it.
Except for that tall one in the picture above.
He fake ate it.
The other two "for real" ate it.


I got a couple shout outs in the comments of yesterday's blog! 
Woo Hoo!
Holla Liz and Ms. Tennessee! 
Bob and Lana are also reading.
Bob texted me.
Four readers!
Four, very special readers! 
I love my four readers.   

Wonder why I am typing such short sentences.
It's weird.
I can't stop.

I must stop.
Going to bed.
Good night's sleep ahead! 

Hope your Thursday is awesome! 




Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Tuesday Tales

Hello and happy Tuesday to you!  I am trying to get into a better habit of posting regularly.  Has anyone noticed?  Knock, knock....is this thing on.  Anyone out there?  I am not sure I have any readers left because I haven't gotten any comments!  How about giving me a shout out if you are still reading!  Or don't.  I'm going to keep posting anyway.

So today I started my day at the crack of dawn with a brisk walk in the rain and it was 20 something degrees.  Who am I, Rocky??   I totally felt like a real athlete.  Of course, my partner in crime was with me and we spent the first 100 yards saying things like "I didn't know it was supposed to rain."  "Do you think it will stop?"  "Should we just go home?" "I don't want to be cold and wet."  "If it doesn't stop we are totally turning around."  The next thing we know we have finished the whole route....are soaking wet and still talking a mile a minute.  I would never, ever, ever go out on a morning like that unless I knew Martha was waiting on me.  It is a good thing to have a friend to exercise with.

In other news, I did some new hard stuff at the gym and my butt is going to be sore tomorrow.  So are my arms.  And my abs.  And probably even my hair!

I had a car date with my friend Sandy today!  Which means we visited outside her house in my car while waiting for school to get out.  It was great to see her and fun to catch up!  We could be regular car daters!

Harry auditioned for another high school play today. It is called Reckless.  There is a deaf, mute, paraplegic woman in the play named "Pooty".  That just made Harry laugh and laugh when he read that!  Can't wait to see if he gets a part!

Chip got into my car after school and said "BEST DAY EVER!"  I said what happened?  Apparently, the electricity was out in his classroom today and they got to have class in the Library all day long.  He thought that was awesomeness!

Hope your day had a little bit of awesome in it!

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Around The House

This afternoon I took a few pictures around the house of some of the areas I have been working on.  The first set of pictures are the necklace storage solution I finally came up with!  I went to the Home Goods store this afternoon and found this piece of metal artwork that I thought might just work to display my necklaces on the wall where I could see them easily.  I really wanted something non-traditional that could hang on the wall, but not look like a regular necklace storage piece.  And it was cheap ($16).  I think it fits the bill, perfectly.  In fact, it is way neater than what I originally pictured in my head.  


I hung it here on this little wall right next to my jewelry cabinet in my bedroom.


Here is a closer look.


And even closer.


I probably hung forty necklaces on this piece of metal and they look neat, organized and now I can see them at a glance and remember what I actually have!  Win, Win, Win!  Very happy with how it turned out.


Here is quick peek in the pantry.  It is still neat and tidy.  


The Tupperware cabinet.  Look at that Mom!


The downstairs linen closet.


The game bookcase.


My desk.


The closet under the stairs.  A thing of beauty. Look at all the floor you can see! 


Bags on hooks for easy access.


New baskets on the wall to hold gloves, scarves and hats.


I seriously go in this closet and look around at least three times a day!  Why can't it stay this way!

I have thoroughly enjoyed tackling these trouble spots in my house and crossing them off my list.  I have been ruthless in my keep/don't keep decisions and it is a very cleansing feeling to get rid of the stuff.  We have a regular rotation going by Goodwill to drop off donations and piles and piles of trash at the curb.  Great start to the new year!

Also, this was my first trip to a Home Goods store.  It will not be my last!

I hope your weekend was productive and relaxing!  Mine was both!

Bible Study gets started tomorrow morning!  Can't wait!

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Fun with Boys

Today has been a wonderfully productive Saturday!  I have purged two more areas off my 40 Day Purge List!  That makes 28 areas complete and a mere 12 to go!  Three more bags heading to Goodwill! 

After I cleaned out my desk this morning, I finally got around to taking pictures off of my camera.  I found some treasures that I wanted to share. 


Chip had a big time Nerf Christmas and there have been some epic battles around this house.  These are the two main participants, but me and Harry also get into the mix occasionally.  I seem to be the common target when I play. Not sure what that is about.  Don't these guys look hard core?  Look at the size of that gun Chip is carrying!  I think it could easily blast the front door right off its hinges!   Remember when your kids were small and you would find Cheerios all over the place?  Well, now I have Nerf bullets all over the place.  The keep turning up in the weirdest places!  I will be finding stray bullets for years. 


There has also been an enormous amount of Lego building going on.  Chip is a pretty good instruction follower and can put together most kits on his own.  For this giant kit, Chip and Hubby broke it down into two sections and built it together. 


Love pictures of little hands.


Here is the finished product.  It is a Police Station and has some really cool features.  One of which is the toilet wall in the prison cell swings backward for a secret escape hatch.  Very cool! 



Here are the fellas before they went to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas.  This is Chip's first bowl trip with the big boys.  This is Hubby and Harry's seventh consecutive year to catch a bowl game somewhere!


The Cotton Bowl was at Cowboy Stadium this year.


Fun activities for the fans outside the stadium.


Goody bags full of free stuff!


Cute picture.  What is Chip looking at?


More games.


Everyone takes a turn.


Texas A&M band filing into the stadium.


Chip on the phone with his mother...."Hey Mom.  You are going to love this.  We already got four big cups to bring home."  His mother hates those big giant cups.


Texas A&M taking on Oklahoma.


Giant flag being unfurled on the field.   Boys are in the nosebleed section.


Coin toss.


Heisman Trophy winner, Mr. Football takes the field.


He is a pretty good ball player!


Texas A&M won the game easily and scored a bunch!


The confetti rained down and the celebrating commenced.


Fun time.  Good football.  Great Memories. 

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Top Ten Tidbits

Let's rip off a quick Top Ten Tidbits.  I don't have much to say about anything, but I do have a little to say about ten things.  Here we go....

1.  My visit to Lakeside was today.  It was rainy and dreary and hard to get in the mood for a drive downtown in that yucky weather.  Thank goodness Martha was with me to keep me company.  As usual, turns out it was a fun day.  We walked into the community room and I am dripping wet, saying something like "Whew what a mess it is out there!"  and a short little lady who is there every time says "It might be dreary out there, but you guys always blow in here like some real sunshine!"  Now, that will just make your day!

2.  Chip has a mystery rash on his legs and one arm pit.  WTH?  We get the weirdest stuff.

3.  The closet under the stairs is so clean and organized it could possibly be used as another bedroom.  I go in there several times a day just to look around.  Why can't it stay this way forever?  I love it!  The 40 Day Purge is on track to be done way early!  I have just a couple of hard major clean-up areas left and the house will be in pretty good shape. I have had WAAYYYY more than 40 bags of trash and donations carried out of this house!  Cleansing.

4.  Biggest Loser is back on.  Love that show.  Jillian has been super mean to kick off the season.  Yikes.  She scares me.

5.  I am trying to start planning five meals a week.  I never do that.  I usually fly by the seat of my pants on the dinner front.  So five meal ideas. No particular days.  Just five things I will cook during the week.  Week one is going pretty well.  I have made three of the five dinners and have had every ingredient that I needed for each meal.  Novel idea, right?  I will keep you posted on how it goes through the year.

6.  We are planning to go to Arizona for Spring Break.  Counting down the days.  Not really counting the days, cause that would take a while, but definitely looking forward to it!

7.  This eating business is way harder once you have gotten the taste for carbs and sugar again.  I am struggling to get back to my strict diet.  I am trying to take one meal at a time and make it clean.  It is a choice and I am ready to make much better choices.  Need to also ramp up the exercise cause that will help me get back my focus.  Life long learning process.

8.  Bible Study starts back on Monday morning!  Looking very forward to that!

9.  I had nine old cell phones, plus a few from Beth that I boxed up to send to a Cellular Recycling Center.  The old phones are recycled and used to provide minutes for service men and women in the military.  Free shipping label to send them in.  I like that.

10.  We got Bob hooked up with a smart phone over the Christmas break so that he could join the world of texting.  He is rocking the texting.  One of his first texts to me:  "I miss talking".  He is so good now he can take pictures with his phone and send them in a message!  WHAT!  That is unheard of.  We also requested he turn on Lana's texting capability.  She hasn't quite embraced it as enthusiastically, but she will come around.

That is all I have for this evening!  I hope your Hump Day has been full of love, joy and happiness!


Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Roll Tide!

It is a great day to be a Bama fan! 


Congratulations to The Crimson Tide on an awesome season! 

ROLL TIDE ROLL

Monday, January 7, 2013

Puffs Plus

If you have a cold (which I do), are congested (which I am), sneezing (yes) and are wiping your nose continuously (yes, on that front, too!) then you will love these Puffs tissues.



They have Vicks in them.  Took me right back to childhood when my Mom would rub my chest with Vicks and put a warm towel on me when I was sick.  I slept with one of these tissues under my nose last night. 

Ahhh, don't go through a cold without these babies. 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Holiday Pictures

I have lots of pictures from the holidays and I thought I would post a few to remember the festivities.

First up...The Thanksgiving Goat.  I give you "Soda Pop" who lives on The Bad Farm.






Traditional Flag Football game on the farm in Tennessee.  I wish I would have had a picture of David falling down and his pants around his ankles.  I crack up now just thinking about it. 


The Queen leading the cheer leading squad. She did not have much to work with.  She actually looks disgusted in this picture and I think this is one of our most coordinated cheers! 


Group shot!  Bob was the referee.  He got lots of backtalk from the teams.


Cousins. 


Minute to Win It Games.  My sweet Harry was texting his Dad...."Why does Mom make us play these stupid games?"  I am kicking him out of the family.  


Boot Camp on the Bad Farm.  It was cold, but we were hard core!





Callie drove Chip around in the back of her truck and he shot Nerf guns at us while we exercised.  He loved his participation in Boot Camp.


Do your push-ups Dad.  Do it now.  


This is the Tortilla Tree I made for Beth's party.  Remember, last year I made the fruit tree that was awesome but gave me blisters on my fingers after sticking in all those toothpicks. This one was not as pretty, but also not nearly as time consuming and blister causing!


Beth's beautiful table of food!  It is always so dang good!  Her pecan stuffed dates are legendary!


Mer and Grandpa came for a quick visit to see Harry in the Tuna Christmas Production.  Here they come into the cul-de-sac and yes that is Chip chasing down their van from the end of the street.


While Mer and Gpa were here we had our annual Brown Santa Stuffed Animal drive with the V Family.  We had an awesome response from our friends and neighbors and collected hundreds of stuffed animals and books.  It felt great to make such a big contribution to a great organization. 


The super talented cast of Tuna Christmas!  Great Job! 


Gorgeous sunrise as we head for Alabama!  Road Trip!  


Megan celebrating her college graduation from The University of Alabama in Huntsville. Also graduating the same day was Malarie's fellow Brett from The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa!   Big time celebration for the both of them!  


Scout...the biggest dog in the world.  This pictures just does not do him justice.  He is a big one.


Family meeting.


Decorating Sugar Cookies.


Of course, Grandpa is smack talking about how his sugar cookie is the best and is going to win the contest.  Of course there was not a contest it was just for fun but you just can't tell him that. 


A shot of Christmas tree and presents.  There are lots of people in this family and lots of presents! 


Can you even imagine how jazzed this gets a little kid?


Chip opened one present on Christmas Eve as is our family tradition.  It was a cool Lego set.


We all helped build it!


This is one for the memory books.  Joey brought over his dog because it was storming and his dog eats through walls and tears down steel beams when he hears thunder.  Well, Rocky didn't eat any walls but he did step on Harry's Xbox drawer when it was opened and broke it.  After all regular means were attempted to get it back on track, Brett took his new college degree in Business and put it to work.  He disassembled Harry's XBox down to the wires.  There were pieces everywhere.  And he fixed it. He fixed it as good as new!  Way to go Brett!  You saved the day!  There were whoops and hollers coming from all the children and adults in the house when he plugged it in and it worked!  A Christmas XBox miracle.


I hope your Christmas was awesome and you can look back with fond memories!  I know I can!