Saturday, December 31, 2011


John and I did our annual tradition of snack foods


and going to look at Christmas lights on Christmas Eve. The place that we usually go was a huge let down though. Only one of the normally 3+ blocks was decorated this year. Bummer. With a lot of driving around we did find a few gems.


Colored twinkle lights similar to Christmas Vacation but very hard to photograph.


A Snowman in a questionable looking position.



Right as we were going to give up and drive home we saw this bit of awesomeness.


Christmas morning we opened stockings. While I was making coffee Reese discovered something was in hers and was trying to jump up and get it off the mantle.




Excuse my creepy looking hands



I think Reese was let down that she only got one bone and kept hoping that we'd give her something else.

Then we drove up to Temple to go spend Christmas with my family.


The kids were crazy about every single one of their presents. I wish I could have only an ounce of their excitement about things.


They couldn't even wait until we had passed everything out before they started tearing into gifts.






I had to mail John's hockey stick to my parents so he wouldn't know about it.




My mom bought John this and he won't stop playing with it. He wants all of them.


John was really good to me. I got a cute bird necklace from Etsy


Someone teach me to use this


and a very fancy iPad


We haven't had a family picture in quite some time.


We can be on our best behavior sometimes though.


Saturday, December 24, 2011

Christmas Decor

Merry Christmas Eve everyone! It's about time I share some of our Christmas decor before it's all over. Plus John likes to take it down right after Christmas even though I like to leave it up until New Years. What do you do?

Here's the outside.


Inside I took advantage of our massive entertainment center and decked it out for the holidays.


John couldn't believe that I introduced glitter into the house. He believes it's the herpes of craft supplies.




I got this monkey at Target and he totally makes my day.


The tree


New ornaments this year

Lolita wine glass


I got both of these from a coworker



Probably one of my favorites. It even talks to you.


My favorite addition to the house was this:


We had this as kids and I've tried and tried to find it or something similar. In the search I found it and it sells for $300 on eBay. CRAZY! It's the most simple thing in the world, literally a piece of printed fabric, but it's turned into 80s nostalgia. So I begged my mom to send it to me and she did (after I talked her out of selling it on eBay).

Did anyone else have this as a kid?

Hope you all have a Merry Christmas tomorrow!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

My Dad Was So Not Impressed With This

I have three brothers, two of whom I grew up with. To say I'm not a girly girl would be pretty accurate, especially when I was younger. My little brother would tell you today that I could probably still kick his ass. Not that I was ever bigger or stronger than them, it was more about tenacity. I would just plain never give up. I'd win by wearing them out.

That leads to my slightly competitive streak. I'd probably be a sore loser if I ever lost. John is probably the only person I lose to so I can't really say. Remember when I almost gave up on knitting because I wasn't automatically awesome at it? Yeah, I probably have a problem. I am also a smack talker by trade and the easier it is to pick on you and prove to you that I can beat you the more I like you. That leads me to The Burrito Face Off.

See Julie's husband Karl is easy to pick on. He's a sports fanatic and loves his teams. So much he can't handle a joke about his favorite teams. Red Socks Who Karl? In fact I made quite a funny password for our Fantasy Football Team with him in mind. Please know it's all outta love. I like to joke that if I'm mean to you, it's because I like you. I was totally that little girl that would call a boy a name and punch him because I had a crush on him.

So Karl and I talk a lot about how much the two of us can eat (and if you didn't already know, I can EAT). Finally one day we decided to take the smack talking to the next level and right then and there set a date for The Burrito Face Off. We were going to go to Freebirds and eat a Monster Burrito, a 2 pound burrito. Whoever could eat it the fastest would win.


Last Saturday at noon Karl and I faced off. Julie was our judge and ensured that both burritos were made the same. We did have choice of tortilla, rice and meat. Otherwise all other toppings were the same.


The time included unwrapping the burrito and you also had to eat everything. So if a little grain of rice fell out of the burrito you had to eat it. Otherwise, just shove it in your face and whatever you do, don't throw up.

The winner was determined in just under four minutes.


Karl lost by about two bites.


I am the champion! Or as Karl said, "In the battle of Man vs Faith, Faith won."


and no I didn't eat for the rest of the day.

Monday, December 19, 2011

Cookies Cookies and More Cookies

Now that we're done with our vacation stories we can get on to more important things like COOKIES!

This past Sunday we had our annual cookie exchange. We had so many I actually had to pull out another table.



Don't mind those bottles of salad dressing. We also had soup and salad to eat. The salad was what my friend Deirdre calls the thin green veil of health of the day. Especially considering that I baked my cookies that morning and all I had eaten was cookies, cookie dough and coffee.

I made my regular M&M cookies and chocolate fudge.

I also made the chocolate salted cookies from last year since they were such a big hit.


It's not Christmas to me without Ginger Cookies. Once you roll them in sugar I could just eat the dough.


New this year was this Peppermint Fudge compliments of Pinterest.

The ones that almost set me over the edge though were these:

Gooey Butter Cookies. OMG. YUM. This recipe also makes a ton so be ready to share.


The recipe says to refrigerate these but when they're warm.....oh my!

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