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Happy Friday!

2 Dec

Happy Friday everyone! We made it through another week. Phew.

Our little clan will be decorating the apartment this weekend. Yay Christmas trees! Yay stockings! Yay tinsel and lights and snowflakes! We’re also going to celebrate with the family  tradition of “crappy frozen food” (as my brother calls it) and seasonal Christmas beer. I love traditions.

I’m also WAY behind for book club next week. We’re currently reading A Stranger’s Child by Alan Hollinghurst and it’s…tough.

Maybe tough isn’t the right word. It’s sleepy. It’s quiet. It’s unhurried. It’s about British aristocrats after World War I or, as our English book club leader said, “it’s about a bunch of poufs in the English countryside.” Which is true, it is kinda about gays in the English countryside. But it’s taken me two weeks to read 167 pages and I have 200 more to go by Monday. I don’t think that I’m going to make it (eep).

I also promise to put up our Christmas wish lists this weekend. I’m having a lot of fun putting everything together and the Simple Kids philosophy presents a nice challenge.

More later.

Day 20 complete…66% of the way towards completing my goal. 10 more days to go.

 

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Christmas…it’s on!

1 Dec

Today just so happens to be December 1, which is a big deal in Beccaland. It’s a HUGE day. Because for me, December 1st marks the beginning of that most magical time of year, the Christmas season. Now I can start decorating our house with snowflakes. Now we can put up the Christmas tree. Now I can start buying the red and green peppermint candies. Now I can start watching The Muppet Christmas Carol on loop. The real celebration can begin.

But be careful!

There is a delicate balance to strike during this early phase of the Christmas season. And some people, in my opinion, get it wrong because they start celebrating Christmas in November. The TV stations, for example, get it wrong. They showed Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer and How the Grinch Stole Christmas on Monday. That was November 28. Way to early. The stores are way off base and start playing Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving. Again, way too early.

And the problem with starting the Christmas celebrations too early is that it is unsustainable. By the time you reach December 25, you’re kinda ready for Christmas to be over. So sad! But what you really need to do is plan a slow build towards Christmas. Start small. Start slow. Then gradually increase your holiday dorkiness to the point that you are wearing ugly Christmas sweaters and Santa hats. Or maybe have decorated your tree with the characters from the manger scene in Love Actually (see below):

Our family will be celebrating our first real Christmas with Henry and I’d love to make it extra special. Things I’d like to do this holiday season include: 1) making a gingerbread house, 2) decorating our tree with another fun theme (I’m thinking felt this year), and 3) making my own egg nog. I’m so excited for what the next 24 days will bring.

Christmas…it is so on.

Thanksgiving leftovers

25 Nov

Oh…how I love Thanksgiving. It gives me such warm, happy feelings.

We started our day with pecan sticky buns (a family tradition) and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The best part of the parade was the dancing dudes, also known as the 610 Stompers. They were awesome.

Dinner went off without a hitch. And it was darn tasty. Here are the most delicious recipes:

Pecan Sticky Buns from Simply Recipes

Best Ever Green Bean Casserole by Alton Brown

Pumpkin Pie by Paula Deen

I tried to take some photos of the food but it turns out that food photography is tricky. It’s hard to make turkey look delicious and not sinewy. Sorry you couldn’t share in the nummy-ness.

Just to give you a heads up, I’m going to skip a day of posting. We’re headed up to our place in Michigan tomorrow and will be without internet for 24 hours. I’ll be back on Sunday.

Happy Pie Day!

23 Nov

Okay…I made that up…Pie Day. To me, though, the day before Thanksgiving is an unofficial holiday. It deserves a name. So I made one up and I call it Pie Day because this is the day that all the pies and goodies are baked for the bigger, officially recognized holiday. While others might focus on the hassle of traveling and last minute turkey shopping, I’m choosing to focus on the joyful aspect of Thanksgiving Eve. I’m choosing to focus on the pie.

Here are a few reasons why Pie Day deserves more attention:

1. Pie Day has its own traditions. In our house, my mom always baked a pumpkin pie and a chocolate pecan pie for Thanksgiving. The day before, she would make the crust from scratch (!) and I remember her trimming and crimping the pie edges just so. She’d use the leftover crust dough to make little pie crust cookies with cinnamon and sugar sprinkled on top. It was the same thing every, single year. Now that I’m cooking my own Thanksgiving dinner, I can’t celebrate the holiday without those pies. I could choose other pies but I don’t. I love them.

See…tradition!

2. Pie Day is about love. This is the day when everyone comes home, when everyone starts to come together in their pie-scented homes. People start to gather in the kitchen. The holiday anticipation starts to build and everyone becomes a little happier, a little softer.

See…love!

3. Pie Day is a heck of a lot of fun. Pour a glass of wine, set out some yummy snacks, turn on some music, and bake up a storm. It’s an enjoyable process.

See…fun!

Pie Day is a day to be recognized and it’s something that we need. If you feel up to it, read this post about a girl with very grand ideas. It’s the right attitude. It’s inspiring. So let’s follow her lead. We need to celebrate more often. Let’s make extra holidays. Happy Pie Day!

Day 11, check!

Happy Halloween everyone!

31 Oct

Happy Halloween from our stinky skunk baby!

On Sunday, the family went to a Halloween party hosted by The Parent Circle. So many cute children in costumes! And, believe it or not, Deron and I wore Halloween costumes to the party. Did you get that? Deron wore a Halloween costume in public, in front of other people at a party filled with children. That’s progress folks. Unfortunately, no photo evidence of this exists. Dang!

Thanks Mom for making such a cute costume.