Friday, December 14, 2012

Friday in real life...and a contest to win $500


It's Friday. Have a good one. And don't worry too much about your Christmas shopping. It will get done. It always does. (By the way, that little encouragement was just as much for me as for you -- I have barely bought a single present.)

Normally I would call this Insta-Friday, with the "insta" representing cell phone photos. But I am mixing cell phone and camera photos, because I am tired of the quality of my cell phone photos. Nope. No iPhone 5 over here. Not that I'm jealous.

I am including this photo of fruit to illustrate a story about kids...my kids. I sent pears and apples in their lunches yesterday. Mostly they came back untouched. So, I cut them up after school and put them out like this. They ate it all. Apparently they are too lazy to bite into a whole fruit.


This was my lunch yesterday. Not much in the house, so I sauteed some frozen veggies with Bragg's and garlic powder. I served it with a Sol mushroom and rice veggie burger topped with salsa. It was good but I was starving in about two hours.


It was my husband's birthday this week. I made a chocolate cake with a peanut butter icing. I bought some "Happy Birthday" templates from the dollar store. Cool idea. I'm not very patient though. This is how it turned out.


We fit in a visit to the tree farm last weekend in between basketball games. The question then became where do we put the tree. We have two couches in the family room now and we didn't want to take one out. So, we squeezed her in the kitchen.


When I say squeezed, I do mean squeezed. I like my Christmas tree as tall as possible, but we only have 8-foot ceilings. I cut down the middle branch at the top and the star is still tilted. Never mind our usual angel. She had no hope of fitting.


This is one of my favourite ornaments from childhood. We had a mouse in a matchbook too, but my sister took it. She claims that one was hers and this was mine. I disagree, but whatever.


This one is another childhood favourite that we made with my mom...a Raggedy Ann and Andy sun catcher ornament. I believe Andy's missing leg came later, ie. from my kids.


A modern addition to our ornament collection. It reminds me of the Halloween episode where Spongebob trimmed down his head and exposed his brains. That was so gross.


One of my husband's students gave him this countdown to Christmas clock. The kids love it. I'm ignoring it. It reminds me of what I haven't done yet...like making cookies, cleaning the house, shopping...


I got this card holder from the dollar store. Cute, eh? We had no cards when I got it, so my daughter quickly drew up one for each of us.


At school one year, she made this cute Nativity Scene from a clementine crate. We light it up with green lights at night.



Just thought I would give you a peek at my husband's favourite part of our house -- the music room! Those are just the acoustic guitars on the wall. There are a few electric ones around too. The piano is for him and the kids, although my daughter stopped taking lessons this year. She would not practice at all. My son does just enough to get by from week to week.

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22 comments:

  1. My daughter is the same way needs the fruit cut up first.. lazy kids :)

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    1. So funny...more work for us, but you gotta do it, right? You want them to get that fruit in. Veggies are another story! Sometimes it's impossible to get them to eat those...although they at least like salad now. :)

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  2. I always eat more fruits and veggies when they're cut up for me too :)

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    1. I do too. I just need to find someone to do it! ;)

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  3. what a lovely kitchen dinning room!

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    1. Thanks! That's nice of you to say. :)

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  4. Your tree looks great, I think a tree in the kitchen would actually be fun. I'm sometimes the same way with fruit, it can be messy whole but just a little nibble of a slice is always appealing :)

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    1. Thanks! I like the tree in the kitchen, but I like to be able to see it from the couch when I'm sitting (not that that happens often enough!). I guess we are all alike with the fruit...and veggies. I definitely eat those more if they are washed and cut. :)

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  5. The tree looks lovely in the kitchen! We have, ahem, an abundance of trees around here :) The nativity is so cute!

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    1. Hey Ruthie, Thanks! My girl and I just finished decorating a little fake tree for the kids, so I understand the multiple tree thing. I think the nativity is cute too, especially since she was like six or seven when she made it. :)

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  6. You have such a beautiful home!

    My daughter won't eat whole fruit at school either. I think she feels weird biting into an apple when all the other kids are munching candy bars. Annies fruit snacks have been our compromise from fresh fruit in the lunchbox a couple of days a week.

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    1. Thanks Julee!

      I can't believe the things kids bring in their lunches! My son tells me all about it, because he thinks I'm extreme. But I do give them treats...just not Coke and Gatorade for lunch.

      I gave them applesauce in a squeeze package last week for extra fruit. My son liked it. Not sure about the girl. ;)

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  7. I saw 500 dollars, then I saw the beautiful tree...and cake (wow!) Happy Birthday to your husband! Then I noticed the music room- too cool-! (I have -okay, had, all three of the albums you have hanging on the wall) :)

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    1. Too bad you can't enter for the $500. :( Thanks for the birthday wishes.

      Funny, I thought of you when I posted the photo of the music room. I figured you would like the albums! :)

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  8. I love your curtains! And I love getting peeks into homes!

    Templates for cakes...........SO CUTE! Love that idea.

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    1. Thanks. I like funky curtains. ;) I like seeing other people's homes too! I think the template idea is great. I just need to practice. ;)

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  9. So pretty Jo!!!! I'm going to do a house tour post while all our decorations are up too {fingers crossed LOL}.
    Incidentally, I tagged you in a holiday themed post-- you can check it out here to play along!
    So adorable! Incidentally, I "tagged" you in a holiday themed post-- you can read it here!
    http://aclosetintellectual.blogspot.com/2012/12/monday-tag.html

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    1. Hey Tabetha! Can't wait to see your house tour..if you get to it! ;) Hard to fit everything in right about now, huh? Thanks for including me in the holiday fun. I will get to it asap!! :)

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  10. My kids always eat cut up fruits and veggies way better than the whole thing too! Love your Christmas tree! So pretty! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas! Angie xo

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    1. Thanks Angie! I hope you have a fantastic Christmas too. :)

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