and on that note, Happy New Year!
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
and on that note, Happy New Year!
Sunday, December 27, 2009
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Thursday, December 17, 2009
Sunday, December 13, 2009
Did I feed the fish?
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
Have you started your Christmas shopping?
Yes, almost finished, just need some more things for my husband and kids.
Tell me about one of your special traditions.
Are you a Black Friday Shopper?
When do you put up your Tree?
The weekend after Thanksgiving.
Do you Travel at Christmas or Stay home?
We alternate each year, between Syracuse and Long Island. This year it's LI, so I'm praying for good travel weather.
What is your funniest Christmas memory?
What is your favorite Christmas Movie of All time?
I have to have two, the original Miracle on 34th street with Maureen O'Hara and Natalie Wood, and a newer favorite is Love Actually.
Do you do your own Christmas Baking, what’s your favorite treat?
I make a potato chip shortbread cookie every christmas, and will post the recipe this week!
Fake or Real Tree?
Real, can't beat the smell of it. Plus picking it out is half the fun.
What day (as a mom) does the actual panic set in to get it all done?
I never panic, I just go with the flow and enjoy everthing about this time of year.
Are you still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve?
No, but I only finish a day or two before that.
What is your favorite family fun time at Christmas?
We make cookies, and drive around a few times to look at christmas lights.
What Christmas craft do you like the best?
I am so not crafty, but I like taking photos of the kids and picking out the christmas card.
Christmas music. Yes or No, and if yes What is your favorite song?
Yes, and I like too many to have just one favorite....Baby Please Come Home by U2, Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas by Judy Garland, Fairytale of NY by the Pogues, Noel by Josh Groban, and Christmas in Hollis by Run DMC.
When do you plan to finish all your shopping?
A week before Christmas.
Yonca Is Cooking
Girl with the Flour in her hair
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Regardless, I've been alone with the kids all week, Mike is due back from his trip tonight, but he leaves again on Sunday for a few days. And surprisingly, I haven't lost my mind. I think.
I feel like in some ways, we have a traditional Leave it To Beaver marriage, Mike works and I take care of the house and kids. Mike doesn't have expectations for me, but I have them for myself. Every day at 4:30 I get a little OCD, making sure the house looks nice, and that I've done everything I meant to that day. When you're a Stay At Home Mom, it's hard to gauge how you're doing. When I was a Salesperson it was easy, I had clear goals to attain, and if I made them, I was rewarded. But now, I don't have a quarterly review of my housekeeping skills, and I don't get a raise when my kids are happy and well behaved (well, I might get a coffee mug from Chicago). So although I've missed Mike this week, with him gone my days have been more easy going, I even let the kids skip brushing teeth one night.
Last night I was sitting at the table with the kids as they ate, and something felt familiar, it felt like my childhood. My parents divorced over 30 years ago, and we lived with my Mom, and saw my Dad for Wednesday night dinners at an Italian restaurant, or for weekends in Brooklyn. I don't know how my Mom did it as a single parent. Sure she yelled, and I know she was unhappy at times, but we were a team. She put herself through school, and spent her nights at class or at the kitchen table studying. So sitting with my kids reminded me of her, which I guess is good and bad at the same time.
This is the picture that caused me to lose my previous post, but I love it. I'm nine months old here, and I love what my parents are wearing. Nope, it wasn't a costume party, just the early '70's.