Monday, December 25, 2006

Christmas morning

Christmas morning
Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
When your day starts out with cardamom bread, you know it's going to be a good day.

Today we enjoyed our families, good food, and being together.

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Speech Notebook Day

As usual, a day late. And you get two this week, thanks to last week's sickfest.

Last week I wrote about our fun day downtown, which you can read more about here.

And then this week I wrote about how Tim took the kids to play at his folks' all day while I stayed home, recuperating and making Christmas presents.

I'm almost done with Christmas shopping, I only have one miniature sweater left to make, and while I haven't actually made any Christmas cookies yet, I have 3 whole days left with only a few things scheduled. So maybe this year we'll have Christmas cookies instead of New Year's cookies. Maybe.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Working on it

Originally uploaded by 3 to get ready.
For the past several days, the Christmas fever has set in. Literally and figuratively. Last Thursday I was laid out with the stomach flu, had a fever of 102, and was too sick to watch TV.

Gradually, however, my strength and appetite have returned and even though I lost some critical shopping days, I am making up for lost time.

In the past week I have

  • knitted and given away two scarves,
  • stenciled 7 shirts,
  • made two miniature sweaters, and
  • written 40 Christmas cards (those would all be this morning).

So while I have been absent from the blogging world (too sick to surf! Imagine!), I have not been totally unproductive. While I don't want to jinx it, for once I may not be weeks behind when Christmas arrives!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Saturday Fun

Yesterday was an unusually exciting day for us. As a rule we don't go out all day as a family, but yesterday we left the house at 10 a.m. and didn't get home until 9:30 p.m.

With everyone dressed up in their good sweaters

we headed downtown to see Dan Zanes in concert at the Ferst Center at Georgia Tech. Dan Zanes and his band have done several family music CDs, all of which we own and listen to regularly in the car. So when Tim saw that he was coming to Atlanta, he thought it would be fun for us all to go.

And Dan did not disappoint. You might think that because we've heard all his songs umpteen times we would be bored, but that was not the case. He really put on a very good show that wasn't too loud (Charlotte was very concerned about this before it started), and which got everyone up and dancing in the aisles.

You can see more fun pictures of dancing and of Dan and his band here.

After the concert, which got out about noon, we shopped briefly at the Tech bookstore and then headed over to find Knitch, a yarn store which Bad Fortune Cookie very highly recommended and which I had been anxious to visit. Since everyone else didn't want to go to the yarn store, they all parked and waited for me at Hand in Hand, a very authentic, English-style pub, while I ran across the street.

And WOW! Knitch certainly lived up to the hype. They had some gorgeous yarns in there and the people were extremely helpful and friendly, quite a switch from the last yarn store I went to. And in a major departure from those past few yarn stores, they didn't try to sell me some acrylic novelty yarn that's a nightmare to knit. So now I have a new favorite yarn store.

When I got back to Hand in Hand with my purchases, I found a cold beer waiting for me and, about a minute later, my blue cheese hamburger that Tim had ordered for me. It really doesn't get much better than that.

We enjoyed our lunch so much that we forgot to take pictures, and then we jumped back in the car to drive about an hour north to the home of some friends who had invited us over for dinner. We spent a fun evening with them and then headed home. By the time we pulled into the garage we had 3 kids sacked out, even Charlotte who never sleeps in the car.

Definitely a day to remember.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Speech Notebook uh, Wednesday

Holy moly. Apparently the reduction in the number of posts for the month of December, she has begun.

Last week Tim was out of town for several days, partly for work and partly so he could sit in the rain in Jacksonville to watch the abysmal performance of Georgia Tech's quarterback. That, coupled with a sudden surge in Christmas projects, has really done a number on my posting habits. Or the lack thereof. {ahem}

Anyhoo, this past weekend we put up our Christmas tree. I would have taken actual photos of it to show you, but seeing as how I still can't walk in that room because I haven't finished decorating enough to put all the Christmas decoration boxes away, you will have to check back later on that. Seriously, it's really bad.

On the bright side, I have purchased everything I need for Christmas projects. All I have to do now is actually do them. In fact, I think I'll go work on them now. More soon, I promise.