Monday, December 28, 2009

Harry Takes a Bath


I can only wonder what he is thinking as he “reads” this book


Happy Monday!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Say “Cheese”

Last week I went to a Christmas party and loved an appetizer that a friend made.   This week I had another party to go to, SO I called up my friend and got her recipe.

It is amazingly easy . . . .


Here is how easy:

Cheese Spread

2 - 14oz containers of Cheese Spread (I used Port Wine. . next time I will try plain Cheddar)

1 - 8oz pkg of Cream Cheese (or more to taste)

Mix together well.  Line a small bowl with saran wrap and scoop the cheese in.  Dump out on your dish and remove the wrap. 

Add a topping of your choice.  I used almonds.  My friend used parsley.  Both were really good to me.

And of course you need crackers to dig in.

This was a nice alternative to all the SWEET treats being served this time of year :)


ALSO, Mike came home for a few days.  SO yesterday we had a good friend take some family pictures for us. 

You can have a sneak peek Here

We were careful NOT to say the word “cheese” because it makes pictures look like this:


 IMG_1303 IMG_1651IMG_1311


Thanks Mrs. E for enduring the cold with us and blessing our family with your gift of photography! 


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Days like these

 When the temperature is SO cold outside (-4 right now), this is where you will find the kids. . .


I find myself standing in front of the same vent to warm my toes :)

I am so thankful we have shelter from the cold. .  on days like these!

Monday, December 14, 2009

Not my idea of a good time. . .

But the kids LOVE it!!

This is the second year a friend lent us a snowmobile for the winter. The kids really enjoy taking rides as the snowmobile trails are about a hundred feet away.

Well, the trails aren’t groomed yet, so Dad made a “trail” in our back yard. He also rigged up a sled to be pulled behind so everyone can have a turn at once. Like I said. . NOT my idea of a good time.

Here they are. The fluffy falling snow makes it safe, or so Dad says!


They were frozen when they got in!


An extra blessing today was that a carpet cleaning friend stopped by randomly. He said he had just enough time to clean our carpets - something I have wanted to get done all Fall! So while the kids were “having fun”. . I got to put the house back together, which is my idea of a good time. :)


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

From the 17th at Lambeau

Or Laaammmbbeauuuuu as Craig would say.

This past Monday night we traveled down to Green Bay for the big game between the Packers and the Ravens.

Craig wanted to take me to a game since I have never been to one in all my years living in WI. So when we got a gift to do something special (alone), he started searching for tickets. He found seats in the 17th row for a GREAT price.

We knew it would be cold. We didn’t know it would be 20 degrees! So I started worrying about what to wear. . . I hate to be cold and thought it would make for a LONG evening sitting outside on bleachers.

Craig helped me dress. . . layers, boots, hat, mittens and those neat little foot warmers. I can honestly say I stayed warm the entire night.

IMG_1796 (Players on the field just before the game)

We had such a great time! Our seats were so close to the players. Each Lambeau Leap was just below us.

IMG_1814 (Half time honoring Service Men, Women and their families ~ VERY cool)

It is amazing to me the camaraderie that Packer fans have. It felt like one big family. The lady next to me (in black) thought so too as she enjoyed my cushion for part of the night, much to my (short-lived) frustration.


We didn’t mind the roughly 3-hour drive home, even though it began not long after 11PM.

It was a night to remember, and Craig & I still had a trip home to go over all the cool stuff we enjoyed…together…from the 17th row.

Monday, December 7, 2009

HP Touchsmart Giveaway

Do you want to have a chance to win your very own HP TouchSmart 600!!!!!!

Go HERE to see how.