Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Monkey meets Santa Claus

I honestly really really thought she would throw a fit and start crying when she met the big guy, especially since by the time she was on his knee it was an hour past her nap time. She surprised us though, she was all giggles and jibber jabbering to him. I have no idea what she asked him for though (We don't speak baby anymore but hopefully she will like what Santa, Mommy and Daddy give her.) There was a bit of a delay after they took a few photos for some reason. It felt like eternity before they were ready again. They snapped a few and she said goodbye as only babies can and even managed to pull his beard. He just laughed as he straightened it again and gave her back to Chris. Thankfully this Santa was one that had a real beard otherwise there might have been a bunch of really confused kids in the lineup.

The lineup wasn't to bad for the middle of a Saturday even though I think every spot in the parking lot was full. I really hate crowds so I was a bit relieved. I'm sure we were in the lineup itself for a while but with all the cute little kids taking photos with Santa the time passed pretty quickly. I was a bit shocked to see a few groups of people in their 20's getting their photo with Santa. I mean really? That was a bit odd. All in all a good day, even though we managed to check off a bunch of things off our to do list, and yet manage to not get one-single-christmas-gift! Gah! Time is running out! I guess we will once again be last minute shoppers like we are every freakin year!

Now my only question is will we have snow for Christmas! I hate winter and snow since it's a pain to shovel and drive in but Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without snow!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Christmas decorating!

I have been pretty much been picking at decorating the house for Christmas this past week. I also realized I really don't have to many surfaces to put things on and the few that I do I'm sure the cats will knock over or break. We have an area at the top of our stairs to the main floor that overlooks the stairs to the basement which would be the perfect place for some decorations...except the cats love running down the hall at full speed then jumping up on it. That really only leaves me the coffee table and the TV stand. At least they are to fat to climb up INTO the Christmas tree now. :)

Last year we bought a wreath for the front door and a wreath hanger to put it on but do you think I can find the darned thing! I finally just went and purchased a new one since we both looked everywhere we could possible think it might be and a few places that seemed so ridiculous but we checked anyways. Nothing. It still drives me nuts especially since I KNOW it was down on top of the Christmas totes. I'm sure I will find it somewhere else and be like 'oh yah I guess I did move it there so I could find it easier.' lol.

Monkey even helped out a well if knocking the boxes all over the place counts. At least it kept her occupied while decorated the tree without having to chase her every two seconds. 


When we moved into our own place many years ago mum gave me my ornaments and some of the stuff that she used to use on her tree. Along with that came some red and green garland that she always kept in this box. Seriously does anyone remember get in shape girl?' It was like this 'fitness program for today's young girl'. HA I remember doing this all the time. It came with lightweight dumbells, a sweat band, 'fashionable legwarmers', instruction poster and a 30 min exercise casette tape.  Ahh everytime I see that box it brings back memories from my childhood. 

Also just for fun here is an old picture of me working out to said tape.

A couple years ago my sister-in-law made this awesome christmas decoration! I love it! So unique and creative! She made it out of just a random piece of bark.

She also made me 6 mini santa clause ornaments for the tree. I love them!

Last but not least our christmas tree. Well without the angel on it. I tried to get a photo of it at night with the lights on but the pictures didn't do it justice. Our tree is one of those ones that has the lights already in the tree so no need to put any on every year. That is my kind of tree!  I also didn't really put to many ornaments on it either, I spent a lot of time doing it last year and I just didn't want to again this year. I think pulling all the branches apart last year alone I must have spent an hour or more. Not again! I think I might get some candy canes though and add them to it. I think it looks alright. 

Monkey surprisingly hasn't pulled it down on top of herself yet, but then again it's probably because I don't give her a chance to get to close to it. :) She did however like feeling the lower branches when Daddy was with her. I'm so excited for Christmas morning so she can open up her presents....and I fully expect her to play with the wrapping paper and boxes more then the toys. lol :)

I'm sure each year I will keep adding stuff. There are a few other things around, like red garland on the curtains and a Christmas mouse I made sitting on the water cooler. I got the tree up though and that is the main thing :)

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

where did the last few months go?

I haven't really been blogging/journaling to much this past month or so. I've been trying to catch up a little bit and back dating a few posts that I should have added way before now. They are mainly just Monkey's first food posts though. I also still have 10 days left I think of the 30 days about me. I really can't wait till that is over! I feel like it is bumping any posts that I want to make since I don't really want to be posting like 20 times a day. Not that I have time to post 20 times a day, but you know what I mean.

I usually do my postings when Monkey is napping or after Chris gets home from work/after Monkey goes to bed. Unfortunately for any regular readers I have been gaming for the last little while, which eats up any free time of mine. :) I go through my phases, so I guess right now it is gaming. I think I have set a record on how many games I have actually played through these past two months since I have a REALLY bad habit of playing a game almost to the very end then losing interest. It's so annoying because once I go back to it I basically have to start over again because I forget what happened or what I was doing. Maybe that is why I like Warcraft so much. It is never ending! We purchased Dragon Age 2 not too long ago, it's an amazing, AMAZING RPG if you like those kind of games. The first game was awesome to! I have already beat DA 2 twice! Yep twice! We literally just bought it like 3-4 weeks ago. (I had to try a different class lol) Then Steam was having a super mega sale everyday in November and I picked up 3 games for less then $5 bucks each. I beat Mass Effect already and am currently playing Mass Effect 2, which I think I am almost done. This was my first ever sci-fi RPG. I usually like the medieval type RPG with swords, bows, magic, and auto targeting. (I may be a gamer but I really am not the greatest at it.) So this was different. Plus I really suck at first person shooting which is basically how the fighting goes in the Mass Effect games. I can at least pause though to get my bearings. I've gotten better but I still suck at aiming! I miss auto targeting! LOL! After that I have another RPG that seems interesting called 'The witcher', it was less then $5 so I thought couldn't hurt. Chris is currently playing Skyrim, the newest Elder Scrolls game, which looks good as well. I'm sure I will probably play that one at some point as well. Maybe once he is done with it.

Games suck up a lot of time! Even though they are fun to play. Mixed into that I have been reading any other chance I can get. I'm almost done the Eye of The World by Robert Jordan and there are like 13 more books in the series? I'm looking forward to finally knowing what happens because I think I only ever got to the 6 or 7th book. I'm sure by the time I get to the end of the ones I have the last book in the series should be out! As always I have a long list of other books I want to read. It really is never ending! To much to do, so little time. The above doesn't really even include all the craft projects I have floating around in my head, nor the stories I want to write (I totally failed at nanowrimo again this year) or working on my chain mail stuff. Then Christmas is coming faster then I would like! Time sure freaking flies by way to fast!

I definitely have some ideas for blog posts that are more then what monkey tried for the first time because I feel like that is all I ever write about anymore. Although I always fill them with tons of cute photos of monkey! :) Hopefully I will get to them soon.

As for me and monkey we haven't really been up to to much, just hanging out in the house. I have been actively trying to lose the last bit of baby weight from monkey but it is harder then I thought it was going to be. Tomorrow is weigh in again and I am scared. I sort of screwed up this past week and I don't want to see a gain! I've lost about 5lbs so far but still lots to go! Plus I have been really lazy about working out the last week or so. Seriously the sun goes down and it is pitch black outside by 5pm and with that goes any motivation of mine to do anything. Monkey has been crawling around to but more of an army crawl then the typical crawl. She is super fast as well! I have to guard the cat food dish, the computer area and now the Christmas tree. She hasn't actually bothered that to much but it is not decorated yet so I guess it's too boring at the moment. Other then that it is the daily routine. Not really that interesting. :)
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