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christmas traditions

December 21, 2007

since it’s almost christmas, i thought i’d give you an idea of what the holidays are like for my family. i love forward to our christmas traditions every year. on christmas eve, joe and i head up to my parents’ house and go over to my former church with my family for the christmas eve service. i absolutely love this service. it’s entirely musical, and it ends with the congregation singing christmas carols by candelight. it’s such a nice way to start christmas and remembe what the holiday is all about. so many people seem to forget that.

when we get home, we have our christmas eve dinner, which consists of chow mein and fruit salad. my mom also makes cranberry crunch for dessert. after dinner, we gather in the living room to open presents. we’ve always opened presents on christmas eve, and i can’t tell you why. i love it though. i’m still like a little kid when it comes to presents. i can’t wait to open them! more than that, though, i can’t wait for others to open what i got them. i really do enjoy watching their faces more than i enjoy opening my presents. it makes me feel good to know that they really like what i got them.

this year will be slightly different as we’re doing christmas eve at ryan and oriona’s house. everything will be the same just in a new location.

on christmas day, we open our stockings (yes, my parents still hang stockings for all of us!), and then begin working on christmas dinner, which is the same as thanksgiving dinner: vegetarian turkey slices filled with stuffing, a real turkey, mashed potatoes, a broccoli and corn dish, wild rice with vegetarian chicken and plain corn for me. i cannot wait. i love this meal, and i love that we have it for christmas too. joe’s parents will be joining us again, and this year, nana is coming as well. i’m so excited to see them. oriona’s family is coming this year too, so it will be a full house!

after dinner, we always go to a movie. joe thinks this is hilarious because he says it’s been a jewish tradition for hundreds of years. ๐Ÿ™‚

and that, my blog friends, is how we will be spending the holidays. what are you doing for christmas?


one more week to go

December 17, 2007

i hate that it’s monday. i had such a great weekend. saturday was just as relaxing as i thought it would be, and it was so much fun to go see a movie. we haven’t had time to go out lately, so it was nice. the mist was a great movie too. i recommend it. ๐Ÿ™‚

yesterday was busy. we headed out to bagelicious after i made a pasta salad for joe’s parents, and after breakfast we went to fresh market, kohls and old navy. i got some great clothes on sale (it seems like everything’s on sale these days!). when we got home, we straightened up and watched the falcons game until joe’s parents arrived. it was fun getting to see them for a little bit, and even more fun seeing how petrified their dog, sophie, was of our cats. she could eat them in one bite, yet she cowered behind joe’s dad. it was hilarious.

after the in-laws left, we went to lowe’s to get a heater for our laundry room (it’s been *so* cold at night and we don’t want our pipes to burst) and a magnetic curtain rod to hang the curtains joe’s mom brought me. then, we went to belk to exchange a shirt for joe, and i made him try on pretty much everything in the men’s department. haha. it was fun though. at least for me!

now, it’s my last week of work before almost two full weeks of vacation. yay! i am counting down the days.

hannukah 2007

December 10, 2007

hannukah is almost over for this year. we celebrated with joe’s family on saturday night. this year, it turned out being an entire family affair with joe’s family, dave’s family and my whole family. it was a lot of fun. i am so lucky that my family gets along so well with joe’s and dave’s families, and vice versa. we always have a blast together.

lighting the menorah 4

four kids at hannukah

as always, the food was fabulous. joe’s mom made latkes, a hannukah staple; pasta salad; fruit salad; and i believe tuna salad. since i don’t eat meat, i don’t really know what else there was. ๐Ÿ™‚

hannukah food 2

for dessert, i made a walnut chocolate torte. from scratch. and by that, i mean both the cake *and* the frosting. as you can see, i’m pretty proud of myself. i had never made a torte before, but it really turned out well. the frosting was the best part. it was awesome. and, i used my fabulous cake decorator to decorate the cake. it was the first time i’d used it, and it turned out really well. everyone loved my torte so much they didn’t even touch joe’s mom’s cookies. i felt kind of bad about that.

torte 1

torte 2

and what would hannukah be without presents? we both got some great gifts. joe’s parents got me a bunch of apple-themed items for my kitchen. yay! they also got us a nice memory box from bombay. it was another nice holiday.

goodbye thumper and frisky

November 28, 2007

it’s been a tough couple of days for my family. yesterday, my grandma had to put her dog, thumper, to sleep. he was about 10 years old and had a very aggressive throat cancer. he was no longer able to breathe through his nose and was trying to breath through his mouth around the cancer.

today, my family put randy’s cat, frisky, to sleep. frisky was 19 and had a long life for a cat. it was especially hard for randy because he and ryan were only three when we got frisky. i’ll never forget that day. we had gone to a movie and stopped in a fish store just a few doors down. there, in a cage, was a kitten we would adopt.

we named him frisky because, well, he was all over the place. he was a crazy cat. not long after we brought him home, we adopted sally, who had been dropped off at our vet’s office. frisky and sally acted as if they didn’t get along, but she later gave birth to his babies. frisky tried to deny them, but it was hard for him to when one was his spitting image. that kitten, obviously, was named frisky, jr.

my parents were hoping frisky could last until after the holidays. christmas was his favorite time. each year he would sit in front of the christmas tree for hours just staring at the lights and ornaments. on christmas eve, he was the only cat allowed in the room while we opened our presents. he loved it. he loved the wrapping paper. he just loved being around us.

boppa 2

frisky sitting on box 2

lately, frisky hadn’t been doing very well. he was incredibly thin. for the last few days he wasn’t able to eat or even move. the vet said today that he had kidney failure and would start to be in a lot of pain. so, randy and my dad decided to put him to sleep. after a long, good life he can now rest. goodbye frisky. christmas won’t be the same this year without you.


November 27, 2007

here’s a question for all you married women: what do you call your mil? rachel calls her mil “mom”, and dave calls my mil the same thing. for some reason, i feel weird calling her that. i’m not really sure why. maybe the fact that she calls herself “steph” to me has something to do with it. do any of you feel the same way?

a brief stop in

November 22, 2007

we’re home for the night, then off again to my parents’ house. i’m exhausted, so i’ll leave you with a couple of pictures.

thanksgiving-family 1

thanksgiving-me and joe 6

a happy thanksgiving was had by all. i hope yours was great as well.

happy thanksgiving!

November 21, 2007

i know it’s a day early, but i will be gone until tomorrow night, and by then it will be a little late for my thanksgiving wishes. we are heading up to joe’s parents’ cabin in blue ridge after i get off work. it’ll be fun. i love joe’s family, and we always have a lot of fun when we get together. but i’m a bit sad because it’s the first thanksgiving i will spend away from my family, and i’m just not used to it.

since i’m going to be the only vegetarian at thanksgiving dinner, i whipped up some of my family’s favorites last night to take along. i made vegetarian turkey slices filled with stuffing, wild rice with vegetarian chicken, and spice cupcakes to add to the dessert mix. yum, yum. i’m getting excited about tomorrow just thinking about all the food!

prepping for thanksgiving 6

faux turkey

i hope you all have a wonderful thanksgiving with your family and friends!