Sunday, November 30, 2008


We spent Thanksgiving day at my in-laws house, with lots of good food and nearly all of the extended family. The only person missing at this gathering was my brother-in-law, Aaron, who was unable to take the time off work. After the meal, the afternoon was spent enjoying the company of family... the boys had a football game outside, there were a few who took naps, and others who read the newspaper or knit.
Given the number of people in town for the holidays, we celebrated Pete's Grandma and Grandpa K's 50th wedding anniversary by going out to dinner on Friday and then returning to my in-laws for a cup of coffee.

In addition to the family time, I got a start on my Christmas shopping, and made some more cookies. I now have quite a bit of cookies frozen for use in the upcoming month!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Is it too early for Christmas?

Is it too early for Christmas, or is Thanksgiving just coming too late? This is the question I mulled this past weekend while trying to contain my seasonal excitement. It seems that Thanksgiving might be coming late this year, due to the timing of Thursday's in the month of November. With the cold weather, I was able to get a good start on the Holiday baking, winter decorating (only snowmen, and red berry stuff -- no Christmas greenery or Santa's yet), and put the final stamps on my Christmas cards. This is all being done in an effort to avoid a last minute scramble to celebrate the season, and allow enough time for a Christmas tree. This is something that did not happen last holiday season.

And my tooth... It is not fixed yet. I have to wait until 12/10 (unless an appointment opens up sooner) to have the first of 2 dental appointments to have a cap/fake tooth put in the place of the broken tooth. Pete is trying to talk me into to getting a grill?, or gold tooth (perhaps one with a diamond). Given the timing, the song "All I want for Christmas is my two front teeth", has new meaning! :) In the meantime, I have no pain (as the tooth has had a root canal), and am able to eat just fine. Additionally, I urge all who play soccer and other contact sports to wear a mouth guard... it's cheap dental insurance.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

I feel like a 6 year old again

My smile has been edited thanks to tonight's soccer game! In addition to my newly missing tooth, I also chipped a top tooth, broke my glasses and was a bit shaken up to say the least... I am thankful that Pete and I have a great dentist who was willing to see me at 11:15 PM to cap off the nerve (and allow me to drink water, apply pressure, and breathe without pain)... but will require a few more dentist appointments, and a change in glasses prescriptions before I am back to 'normal'. Let this serve as a visible reminder to wear a mouth guard! :)

Thanks for all the comments! Due to the nerve injury, I had a root canal this afternoon (11/18). The endodontist said that a mouth guard would not have prevented this type of injury.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Congratulations Ed & Michelle

Pete & I were treated with Early AM company on Saturday (9:30 AM)... Ed & Michelle stopped by our house with some exciting news... they are expecting twins! The due date is approximately mid-June... all are doing well, and all are excited! :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

My niece who came to stay the weekend...
The weekend my sisters came to come and visit! These pictures took a bit to post, as I temporarily misplaced my camera! :) Have a good day! (And do I ever miss short-sleeve weather!)

First Snowfall

The world was white, and peaceful... and there was Christmas music...

Yesterday, we experienced our first snowfall of the season. It makes me think that Christmas is, in fact, right around the corner. That and the "Oh Holy Night" accompanying my drive to work... Despite these calming cues obliging people to stay at home--white snow covered lawn and peaceful music--people ventured onto the roads, and ended up in ditches due to icy road conditions. I am thankful that it only increased my time on the road. I am excited for the snow, and all that it brings (ice skating, hot cocoa, reading near a roaring fire... the list goes on and on). I hope the next snowfall comes on a weekend, and I am better able to stay at home and enjoy the white fluffy stuff! :)

This leads me to believe that I again blinked and time went wooshing by me. It also makes me wonder... Does the Christmas season really start the moment that the Halloween masks are taken off, and the crazy hair colors have gone swirling down the bathroom drain? It seems early to start decorating and sending out cards, but the above cues tell me otherwise. Perhaps like sports... this is the pre-season, and it is the time to start practicing the holiday spirit. Happy Thanksgiving!