Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Merry Christmas

It's only been a month since my last posting. I suppose between Thanksgiving and Christmas quite a few things happened. I'll do a little recap of the past 30 days.

Our family celebrated Thanksgiving at Jane's house with Jim and Linda, Doug and Neil. Doug is over 100 years old and he only needs a cane to help him walk. It's pretty amazing to have the company of a man that has been around for over a century!

I've been sticking to my work out routine pretty well and have been ok at bringing my own lunch or making smarter decisions when I do go out for lunch. I think I may have over indulged a little too much over Christmas, but it just means I will work a little harder and eat a little healthier than normal for the next couple of weeks.

In mid December Kathy, Erin, Kayla, Kari and I went to mom and dad's to help mom make wontons for Christmas Eve. This was the first year that I have been able to join everyone! Last year there was a big snow storm so it was just me and mom that diced and chopped and folded and fried a couple hundred wontons. Years before, I was in South Dakota and the weather usually wouldn't cooperate so I wouldn't be able to join everyone. This year Kathy made chex mix, and we all helped make pretzels with Hershey hugs and M&Ms in the middle and of course, the wontons. We also sampled different wines that mom wanted to serve at Christmas Eve.

Chex Mix
Snacks

Wontons
On Christmas Eve we had the Farnham's over as we do every year. This year was Joe's first time joining us and Tim and Nathan were there as well! Everyone showed up around 3:00 PM poured a glass of wine or beer and devoured my deviled eggs! We also had shrimp cocktail, cheese spreads and nuts. We all sat down to eat around 4:30 PM and had the usual, traditional Christmas Eve meal of chicken and beef skewers, chicken wontons and dipping sauce, rice, Chinese chicken salad, and rolls. We have done this same meal, every year, for the last 21 years and we would never want to change anything about it! This year instead of just exchanging gifts, we did a white elephant gift exchange between everyone which was fun. After the gift exchange we all went back to the table where it was easy for everyone to chat together and we had individual chocolate silk pies with fresh raspberries and whipped cream! My mouth is watering just thinking about how delicious the dessert was! I can not remember a year where there was so much laughter! Between Nathan's stories about being an Assistant Principal, comments about 'The Girlfriend" and just reminiscing about our childhood, I think this was one of the best Christmas Eves we've had yet!

Table Kari and I decorated

Christmas Tree (pre presents and decorations)

Dad giving the 'Girlfriend' some wine
On Christmas morning we were woken up by a very excited Mr P. who realized there was a whole house of people to wake up! Who needs kids when you have three dogs that just can't wait to see each other and everyone else in the home. Santa came with the game Apples to Apples, scarves, Michael Kors purses, fun tights and our own fishing worms (lures?)! We ate a lite breakfast/brunch and everyone went home to try to get a quick nap in before continuing on our Christmas celebration.

Christmas Day evening me, Kari, mom and dad headed over to the Kotoski's where we once again stuffed ourselves on an amazing meal. This is our second year having Christmas with the Kotoski's where they throw in some Polish traditions. When we all sit down for dinner and start with the salad, we are each handed Oplatek (a Christmas wafer) and go around the table offering a piece of our Oplatek with a blessing to different family members that we are thankful for. Elianna was quite thankful this year as she made it a point to share a piece of her Oplatek to each person at the table. Kathy cooked up an amazing meal! We started with a pear, gorgonzola and nut salad with a vinaigrette dressing, followed by mashed potatoes, rib eye, Au jus sauce, roasted vegetables and rolls. After dinner, we took a break by playing the dice game as our gift exchange. I had some pretty cool gifts! A bottle of wine and inflatable turtle and frog with a diagram of their anatomy on their bellies! You can bet those WILL be brought to the cabin. After the dice game Kathy set out a spread of desserts, mango pie, chocolate mousse and cheese cake. I ate my mousse and cheesecake and was ready to call it a night. We chatted for a bit longer and made it back to Minneapolis around 11:00 PM.

I can't believe that Christmas has come and gone. We don't have any snow on the ground and on Monday, the day after Christmas, we set a record of 52 degrees. I'm not complaining, but there is something to be said about having a white Christmas.

This weekend is New Years Eve and mom, dad, Kari and I will be heading down to LaCrosse for Caitlin Breuers wedding on NYE. I've never really had a good NYE so I'm looking forward to spending the night celebrating a old, but good friends marriage, spending time with family and folks I haven't seen in almost 20 years!

My goal for 2012, even though I know no one reads this as I haven't made it very public, is to take and add more pictures, and update once a week.

I want to meet a nice guy, but that's not actually a goal, the goal will be to not let the wrong man come into my life. I've had enough bad for a while, I'm hoping something good and happy is on the horizon. No lying cheating, negative comments. I'm going to be stronger in keeping those men out and letting the good ones in!
Finally, my last goal for 2012, is to pay off three credit cards. I know I can do it. It just takes a little sacrificing. Do I really need that oh so adorable pair of shoes??

Merry Christmas and Happy 2012!