Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Christmas List

I enjoyed so much reading my friends' Christmas lists, that I thought I would create one of my own. Some practical, some not so practical...but it's my list and I can put on it what I wish. I suck at buying things for myself! Josh and I don't even exchange gifts...we just fill a stocking for each other. The point is not to spend a lot of money, but make it thoughtful...he just loves it ;)

1. A kindle...or any e-reader. I am sure I am the only person on the planet who doesn't have one of these, I just can't bring myself to spend the money. I don't mind books...I just think it would be more convenient.

2. A curling Rod...When I was in Boston, one of the girls' did a demo of this thing in class and it was amazing! Love it!

3. My nephew Alex to know who I am and to know his cousins...they just adore him!

4. New Sunglasses! My Ed Hardy's finally broke...but I can't find any I "love" yet :( Actually, I am just waiting on Colleen to pick my next pair out for me since she did such a fabulous job on the last 2...

5. A Cricut. Again, something I have wanted forever...

6. Ballroom dancing lessons

7. A tropical vacation with just Josh

8. A $1000 gift certificate to Sephora...I need everything!

9. Josh to spend a week in my shoes at work. I don't think he really has a clue as to what I do all day. I think he would find it interesting :)

10. Plastic Surgery...the end.


Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thankful and Blessed

Two words I have thought a lot about lately. I can honestly say that I am so thankful for everyone and everything in my life and I couldn't be any more blessed. Even with a random, very short-lived stomach bug sweeping through the house, affecting us and our guests at different times, we still had a perfect holiday.

Usually Josh and I go to Kansas City for Thanksgiving, especially since we don't go home for Christmas. However, things got flipped around this year and my dad, Lisa, Kiera, Grandma and Grandpa ended up coming to St. Louis. All stayed at our house, and I was in heaven hosting. Everyone got here Wednesday night and we spent the evening just catching up. My grandpa and I made a big breakfast Thursday and none of us got out of our PJ's ALL day. I ordered our dinner from Dierbergs, but this did not mean NO work. I still had to heat everything up ;) Dinner was DELICIOUS!! I would HIGHLY recommend it. As much as I love to cook, I did not want to spend ALL day in the kitchen and miss out on the opportunity to visit with family whom I don't see enough as it is. We ended the evening with some board games and wine next to the fire. It was devine.

After a full day of looking through ads, there was NOTHING that I needed or wanted that was worth fighting for this year. However, Lisa, Grandma, and I still got up and got to Target when it opened. By the time we got in there, the line to check out was FOREVER long and there was no way I was standing in it. So, we went to the cafe, ordered a coffee, and people-watched for over an hour. Very entertaining! We never did buy anything...I did do some online shopping that evening.

Even though we were missing a lot of family this year, having a few around is better than none. I don't have ANY pictures to share, so I'm hoping that Lisa will have a few. I have been AWFUL with picture taking lately! Here are a few...just not from this weekend.

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!

Just a fare warning, you are going to see some pretty OLD blogs pretty soon. I still have some updating to do from September and October, that I don't want to be left out of my blog book :)



Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It's that time of year...

You know what I'm talking about! I know all of you are thinking about what you are going to do for your Christmas/Holiday cards this year. Were you able to capture that perfect picture? Are you running around taking pictures like a mad woman/man still trying to get that perfect picture?

The question is...what do you do once you get it? There are a TON of photo sites available to get your adorable cards from. I don't know about you, but I go for the WOW factor. I want people to open my Holiday Card and say "OMG! How stinking cute!" or "How freakin adorable!" There is one site that I feel delivers these type of cards and that would be....drumroll please....

The one and only SHUTTERFLY!!! I have been uploading my pictures to shutterfly for about 6 years now. I have ordered everything from photobooks, to thank-you cards to t-shirts!

Take a look at some of the cards from Miller Family History :) You can pick your own for 2010 by clicking right HERE!!!!

No sneak peak for what I have chosen this year...you will just have to wait till you receive yours through snail mail :)

I will tell you though, that I will also be getting some of the ADORABLE gift tags. There are so many designs to choose from and they add a nice personal touch to your gifts. You can find all the options Shutterfly has to offer right HERE!!!! These are a few of my favorites :)

And last, but definitely not least, why not get some of your gift shopping out of the way while you are visiting shutterfly.com??!!! People SWEAR that the best gifts that they ever receive are THESE photo calendars! They are perfect for grandparents and out-of-town relatives! I usually follow the same rule every year. I will make a 2011 calendar and the January picture will have been taken in Jan 2010, the Feb picture will have been taken in Feb 2010 and so on. That way it is easy to see how the kids have grown throughout the year :)

This year I plan on trying the Calendar Poster so J can hang it in his office :)

So head on over to http://www.shuttefly.com/ and check out all the fabulous gifts they have to offer. Remember, photos last a lifetime!!
If you are interested in getting 50 free photo cards, just check out THIS LINK!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

I'm Baaaaaack! Yay! I actually missed cooking while I was gone...what is wrong with me? Here is my menu for the week. As always I am going for a quick/easy menu week since it is filled with activities. I am linked to http://www.orgjunkie.com/

Monday: Beef and Bean Taco Casserole

Tuesday: Chicken and Broccoli Fettucini Alfredo

Wednesday: Alphabet Pot Roast

Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner
Surprise Pancakes
Crockpot Apples
Sausage Links

Friday: Volleyball Night...dinner out :)

Saturday: Upside down Pizza Casserole

1.5 lbs lean ground beef

1 (15 oz) can Italian-style tomato sauce

1.5 C shredded Mozzarella Cheese

1 (10 oz) pkg refrigerated biscuits

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet, cook ground beef until brown; drain. Stir in tomato sauce; heat through. Transfer mixture to a 2-quart rectangular baking dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Flatten each biscuit with your hand; arrange biscuits on top of cheese. Bake for 15-17 minutes or until biscuits are golden. Yields 5 servings.


I hope everyone has a great week!!