Friday, December 30, 2016

Friday Confessional

Hello my friends do I have a confession. Originally I planned to do a recap of the year but my year was not all that great.

Oh, I had some great moments like the Cubs going all the way and winning the World Series.  Also Christian  (aka Noah) not having any suicide attempts this year, first since 2014.

I guess the bad really made an impact and I fought depression big time this year. However, my marriage is stronger the trust is not entirely there yet but it is stronger.

I have to confess I am going to share something big in our lives.  If you are friends with me on Facebook please do not say anything because my step daughter needs to make the announcement there BUT I could not keep it in from my blogging world. I will share more later but here is what I can share for now.

A couple of days before Christmas my step daughter called to tell us she was expecting her doctor appointment was December 29th. A few of the kids know and she plans on telling everyone on Sunday at our dinner.  Today she found out her due date and...

We will be having two new grand babies this Summer.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Birthday Wishes

Do you see this person? She was my first birthday present my parents would tease me when she picked on me.  49 years ago on my birthday my sister was born. Not only was she my first present but she was also my first best friend. Happy Birthday Lisa. I love you.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Christmas Goodies

One year for Christmas I did very little baking, maybe just the cookies and pretzels and the children were not happy one bit.  It was 2014 and well it was an awful year and I was so sick during Christmas.   This was a lesson to me, there are certain things I have to make every year in order to make the children happy and well that is what I want to do.  This year I made just those bear necessities and less quantity as well.  I do not need all of the temptation around.

 I only left out one thing, and that is the Buck Eye Candy and that was just added maybe five years ago.  This year I filled their containers and there is very little left over for Christmas Eve and if any makes it Christmas.  To me this is the perfect amount.  I had not energy to bake this year.  My hours working makes it a tad harder to accomplish everything I want to do, so I just stuck to reality.

This year's goodies (all recipes can be found in my recipe tab) included:
  • Decorated Sugar Cookies
  • Peanut Butter Blossoms
  • Almond Bark  Pretzels
  • Holiday Hug Pretzels
  • Milk Chocolate Fudge
  • Peanut Butter Fudge

I know they all will be happy.  Tonight our family gathers at our house, Todd's side of the family will be here as well.  I hope you all have time to spend with family and/or friends.

Do you have specific things you make for Christmas every year as a tradition?

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Friday, December 23, 2016

2016 Christmas At Work Competition


I truly love where I work and every year there is a friendly competition between departments on decoration.  My team is the largest so far and we expand over three aisles of cubicles.  It is very difficult to decorate this large of an area.  This year I thought it would be great to do "Twas The Night Before Christmas" and section each area into parts of the book.

The first row we had stockings and fire places dangling from the ceiling tiles.
 
 
The second row we dangled peppermint candy, gingerbread men, and pink ballerinas for the vision of Sugar Plums Danced In Their Heads.
 The last row, I created roof tops (well the team executed my idea) above each cubicle
and hung Santa flying with his eight reindeer and
snow flakes dangling from the ceiling.
We also pulled up a table and placed Santa and a table top Christmas tree.  
We brought in Christmas cookies to share with those who came to visit.
My team, well nearly all of my team we had four out that day. 
We dressed in our pajamas as if we were little children Christmas morning.

We did not win but I had several people come to me and tell me how our picture did not do justice for our team and we should have won.  They were right again it is hard with an area as large as our to have a good team picture to submit for voting.  I did enjoy hearing the people talk about our area. 

Do you decorate at work?

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