Word of 2013

Sunday, December 30, 2012

My word of 2013 is

"Carpe Diem"

I'm going to: 
Seize the moments.
Live for the day.
Take opportunities.
Make Sweet Memories.
Give thanks to God.

All photos from Pinterest.

So, what is your word of 2013?

Is it Already Over (Post Christmas)

Thursday, December 27, 2012

Wow, that was fast.
Christmas came and went way to fast
Monday we hosted the Slowey Family
39 Guest
Tuesday we hosted the Jefferson Family
16 Guest

We had a wonderful time with both sides of the family

Had a nice long bubble bath yesterday 
and then 
went out  and picked up a few 
after Christmas Sale items, 
Have some fun ideas for next year

Here's a peek at our days
Just realized I didn't get any pictures of the food
and no pictures of Christmas Day with my family

Two of my girls - just missing Cookie.  She was probably hiding somewhere under the covers.  

 My family.  Not the best picture but all we got.  

My sweet parents and Savannah.  The only pic from Christmas Day.  Boo. 

Slowey Girl Cousins annual photo -  Well some of them.  Lot of them missing :( 

 One of the guest tables for Christmas Eve 

I did remember to take pics of the appetizers 

 And the desserts - and then the family arrived and I forgot the rest 

Another guest table

The drink station 

Yummy Sangria 

These pictures are sure out of order 

 Always ends this way

 And the big girls 

The grandpas 

The entertainment 

Grandpa Slowey and his boys - just missing one. 

I'm off for a much needed hair appointment today
Then un-decorating the house
except for the tree
and getting ready for New Years
Have a fun idea for my dining room
Pics to follow


Merry Christmas Eve

Monday, December 24, 2012

Merry Christmas Eve

Here's a little peek into the past week

Finished up a little last minute decorating
Received some awesome gifts in the mail from 
sweet IG and blogger friends
I mean how cool is that 
receiving a gift from a person you have never met in
"real life"
Had a fun "my favorite thing" breakfast with girlfriends
laid on the couch with my "relax" eye bra and a new cozy blanket
Savannah squeezed in a ear piercing at the mall
Saw God in the rear view mirror on the way to church

Just finished up a load of laundry and ready to set the tables
I'm guessing I don't need the glittered pine cone
that I just took out of the dryer
I heard something banging around
Thought about opening it and seeing what it was
got busy making a pasta salad
then remembered and hoped it was money
it wasn't 
But all the clothes in their will have a little shine today

Blessings to you and yours.


It's not ALL going to happen

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Every year I think I'm going to start earlier
Every year I think I'm going to be super woman/mom
Every year I think I'll be a little more organized
Every year it just doesn't happen

I wanted to shop more with my mom
Wanted to host a cookie exchange or pinterest party
Wanted to watch more Christmas movies with Savnanah

I have come to realize that sometimes ALL my plans are not going to work out

I quickly snapped some pics of the kids when Robert was home for Thanksgiving
Realized after he left that I forgot to have our sweet doggies in the pics
So, our Christmas Cards are minus the dogs
And, for the first time, I didn't even see them
 until I picked them up
Savannah did them for me
Picked the card out
Created the card
Ordered the cards
She did a great job
I would have picked a religious card, but it's all good
Just thankful that she did them for me

We are hosting Christmas Eve for Steve's family
35 people for dinner
I had visions of the centerpieces
Treats on every plate
Even thought about painting my baseboards in the family room
(my OCD problems)
but most of that probably won't happen 

My niece is coming from CT with her 3 boys
Another sweet niece from TX with her husband
Hopefully Aunt Jackie is coming home from
Physical Therapy Rehab 
And I want to spend time with them
I want to sleep past 8 a.m.
I want to have a PJ day
I want to spend MORE time on my morning devotion

There is not many days left until Christmas
I'm going to take a deep breath and finish my shopping
Watch a Christmas Movie
Hang out with my family
And bake Jesus a birthday cake

Galatians 6:9
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

(all pics via pinterest)

Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Tomato Basil Chicken Pasta 

Wanted to share this quick week night meal with you

1 (12 oz) package Tomato Basil Fettuccine
1/2 container of Feta Cheese
1 Rotisserie Chicken (got mine at Sam's Club)
3 Table Spoons Pesto (got mine at Trader Joe's)
1 big ripe tomato

Boil the pasta
Remove the chicken from the bone
Mix together and add a fresh chopped tomato
1/2 container of feta cheese and 3 table spoons of pesto

Yummy Winter Dinner
Done in 15 minutes


Sunday, December 16, 2012

I am still so sad today
still watching CNN
still praying for the families
and those innocent angels

So happy to have both of my 
"babies" home with me
Robert is home from college for the holidays
Savannah is studying for exams this week

Went to mass early this morning 
came home and got back in my pj's 
doing a little of everything and nothing

Yesterday was family baking day
Cookies, brownies and pretzels oh my

A friend gave me 3 deer antlers last week
I used them to decorate the table on the back porch
I love them! 

My sweet dad made this cute little deer last week
I love him too 

Finally addressed my Christmas Cards today
My sweet girl helped

We saw this idea to address them on Pinterest

I think we all need a little "faith" today

Added these to my holiday decor this week
60% off at Michaels

Did a little wrapping - nothing fancy at all

Re-using Anthro Bags

That's my Sunday
Didn't even watch football today
My heart is heavy 
I'm in awe of the dad that was able to speak on CNN
What a class-act of a man
A man of God
Praying for him and all the others

Psalm 127:3

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the Womb, a Reward

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