Friday, December 30, 2011

My favorite gift this year

Evan Jr. is so sweet and picked out these bracelets for Fiona and me while he was at Universal Studios.
They say "Mommy" amd "Mommy's Girl".
I LOVE them!
He is so cute and thoughtful.
And yes, we're matching...


So This is Christmas

I haven't been a big fan of Christmas for a while.  I'm not a Scrooge or anything, it just seems to me that Christmas becomes more and more commercial every year, and I do NOT know what people are talking about when they speak of Christmas cheer.  Unless, of course they're talking about people trampling one another for Black Friday deals, running eachother over in mall parking lots and playing "who's SUV is bigger"...and there was that guy at the grocery store ringing the bell for donations who wouldn't stop staring at me while I bent over to unlock my bicycle.  Gross.

But anyway, this year was actually very nice.  There was no crazy Christmas shopping (since we did almost all of it online), and it was really all about being with family.  Throughout the week we had visitors from Ohio and California, and my dad was able to drive here from New Mexico to celebrate with us all.

It was babygirl's first Christmas, and it was a very special one for all of us.








 









Monday, December 19, 2011

Tell Me About Yourself Award


Amanda of "Leap! And the Net Will Appear" was so sweet to tag me with this blog award.  It works like this:
  1. Thank the person who awarded you.
  2. List 7 things people may not know about you
  3. Pass it on to 15 other bloggers and don't forget to notify them.
Amanda only chose 3 since 15 is  A LOT.  So I'll do the same.  :)  Thanks Amanda!  Soooo 7 random things about me:
  1. I LOVE The Twilight Zone.  I can sit and watch that show all day.
  2. I've been to 4 other countries besides the U.S. and Mexico:  France, Spain, Italy and the Philippines.
  3. In jr. high I had a huge crush on Taylor from the band Hanson, but was really embarrassed by it because everyone thought he looked like a girl
  4. I sold Mary Kay for a little while after high school.
  5. I also sold real estate.  (I've since learned that sales is NOT my calling)
  6. I was so nervous the night of Evan and my first date that I had 2 glasses of wine while getting ready.  By the time he picked me up I was already a little drunk. Haha
  7. If I could have lunch with any celebrity, I would choose Ellen DeGeneres.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Blondie Bars in a Jar

I made these jars to give to neighbors and friends for Christmas. 
I love them!  They're cute and simple.
Mixing the contents of the jar and just a couple other ingredients makes some super yummy blondie bars. 

Here's how to make them:

In a quart jar layer:
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup toffee pieces or butterscotch chips
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Fasten the lid and attach the following baking instructions:
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Grease an 8x8x2-inch baking pan.
  • In a bowl combine 1/4 cup of melted butter, 2 lightly beaten eggs, and 1 tsp of vanilla extract.
  • Stir in the contents of the jar.
  • Spread into pan and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.  Edges should begin to pull away from pan.  Cool in the pan on a wire rack and cut into bars.  Makes 16 bars.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Spending Time with Litts

While the Evans took a little trip to Universal Studios, Fiona and I spent some time with the Litt family, then we all met up for dinner at Evan's grandparents' house.

I really love the area where his family lives; it's beautiful and the people seem much friendlier than here in Vegas.  They live in Calabasas, and I'd be lying if I said I don't hope that one day I will run into Kourtney Kardashian and we can become friends and schedule play-dates.

It's always a great time with the Litts, and we were so happy to have Fiona finally meet them.


Nanny Rita and Poppa Irv
Sherry and Me
Universal Studios
The Evans...with a shark

"What?  Eating your sweater?  No."
Feefs loved her grandma Sherry
Jeremy and Michelle (aka Aunt Tootie) with Jr





Friday, December 9, 2011

You Should Date an Illiterate Girl


I am loving the essay "You Should Date an Illiterate Girl" by Charles Warnke.  
I'm a little obsessed with his writing right now.  
Rosemarie Urquico responded with an essay called "Date a Girl Who Reads", which isn't bad.  
But I love the irony in Charle's Warnke's work.  You should read it here.  



Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Lately

There's sort of a lot going on here lately.  Aside from our little trip to California, we're preparing for a full house for the week before Christmas.  Yikes.  I always wanted a big extended family to spend holidays with, and marrying Evan definitely gave me that.  It'll be chaos, and I'll have to learn how not to be such a control freak.  Having a 3-month-old is causing that part of me to slowly slip away anyway.  It'll be great, and Fiona will get to meet some cousins she hasn't met yet.  5 kids in the house (2 of them babies) will be very interesting.  We're all super excited!  We will, however, embrace the calm for one more week. 

Here are some pictures of us lately.

















Thursday, December 1, 2011

On Staying In...

The past 3 months have been pretty much the most amazing of my life.  Being a mother is so much more wonderful than I ever could have expected, but I have a confession to make...  I would be fibbing a tiny bit if I said I didn't sometimes feel a little left behind.  By what, I don't even know.  It's not like I was ever some crazy party animal that is now awaiting the next time I can be unleashed to wreak havoc on the town.  I've always been a little bit of a homebody.  And staying home with my baby girl is the absolute best.  I mean, I seriously miss her if I'm gone longer than an hour and a half.

But sometimes...just sometimes.  When the most exciting part of my day is drinking a cup of coffee while watching Keeping up with the Kardashians, I think it would be quite nice to go on a date with my husband or to be able to wander around Whole Foods longer than 20 minutes before things go sour and I have a cranky baby in a sling and people looking at me like I'm an ax-murderer.

However, even on her crankiest days when all I want to do is hurry and put her to bed then head to the local bar and toss back a cocktail or five, we lay down together and I stroke her hair while nursing her to sleep, and I find that I don't want to be anywhere but right there with her.

Why would anyone ever want to leave this?
It makes me want to give her a million kisses!

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