Saturday, December 27, 2008

after Christmas thoughts

~ My daughter Miranda made me a Mommy & Me book for Christmas. And I cried. I mean, come on, a photo book filled with pictures of her and I! She couldn't have gotten me anything I love more. You see, she's leaving for England in 12 days. And I will miss her. And I will cry. But I will cherish this book till I see her again.

~ I used one of those turkey bags to heat my spiral ham on Christmas Eve day and I will never do it any other way! Sooo moist and tender. And what made it even better? Well, my mother-in-law's famous raisin sauce of course. Yum!

~ Speaking of famous, I made Ree's Christmas Rum Cake on Christmas Day and it was ridiculously good. Ree happens to be The Pioneer Woman and her recipes are completely foolproof. People will be so impressed when you make anything she makes. Seriously, you can't go wrong.

~ Our house is so warm and cozy because our wood stove is working big-time with all the rain we've been having here in Phoenix. And you know how I get when it rains! Oh ya, crazy happy!

~ I love that Miranda (24) and Tyler (19) still set cookies out for Santa. And their Dad and I still crumble one of the cookies to make it look like Santa was there. And they still check to see if Santa came.

~ No one in our family has ever seen Brother Bear even though we named our dog Koda after the bear in that movie. Well, I got the DVD for Christmas from Tyler and we can't wait to watch it together as a family.

~ Someone shot out the rear window in our mini van two days before Christmas with a high-powered pellet gun. I hope they got coal in their stocking. And nothing else. Cuz that was naughty. And not nice.

~ I shared with Randy that I have never had a year that I am more mentally prepared for than 2009. I have to remind myself that it is not 2009 yet. He said he is doing the same thing... writing '09 when it's still '08. What's up with that?

~ Speaking of 2009, I am still on the hunt for the perfect 2009 calendar for my kitchen.


NanAZ said...

What a beautiful book! I'd love to see it. I'm guessing that you're thinking of 2009 because you're doing lots of planning for Miranda's trip and maybe even things at work/church. I used to do the same thing when my work projects were started way in advance or when I was scheduling events for the LCI guys. Now, I'm trying to take one day at a time and not think about the things in the future too much, otherwise I can get overwhelmed. The last 2 weeks of January are going to be crazy busy for me, but I'm not even going there in my mind until we get thru these holiday weeks.

Looking forward to seeing you!

Keetha said...

I'm pretty sure it is A LOT healthier to write '09 too soon than to be like me and randomly come out with '89 or some other such foolishness!!!!!!

Sometimes my brain - - - or lack thereof - - - worries me.

Cottage Lifestyle said...

Linda, I think the photobooks are the greatest. I cook all my turkeys in the Reynolds plastic bags and love that it reduces the cooking time and turns out great. I haven't ever used the bag to cook a ham so it is good to know it works.

Happy New Year,


Sandy said...

best wishes in 2009 and i wish i could see your grammie book. aren't those the best? next christmas i'm going to be making some of those for gifts. i made one for my sis's 50th bday and it was so fun.

Judy said...

Best wishes for 2009! I just stopped by to see how your Christmas went...and it looks like a most memorable one.

I've been busy doing up photobooks on Shutterfly for the past few years...ordered a bunch more yesterday...and have given up on scrapbooking. It takes me a few hours to make a photobook...and years to complete a scrapbook!

NanAZ said...

Hey Linda,

Can you bring Miranda's book on Friday? I'd LOVE to see it!

Kathy said...

Linda, I have a calendar you might like for your kitchen... I'll get it to you soon :)