Monday, November 24, 2008

Busy week & Holiday TV

I've been busy our desktop computer at home died and I refuse to write blog entries on the laptop. I just HATE laptop keyboards.....

Beth's school T'Giving play/feast/cake auction is tomorrow, so tomorrow will be busy! Plus, I just found out that Sarah's class will have their Thanksgiving "feast" on Wednesday....oh goodie...

I still have a few things that need to be done for MY Thanksgiving feast Thursday...I'm still trying to decide whether to go with the fancy china/silver or just go with paper plates/plastic utensils and be done with ith. Something inside of me just doesn't think paper/plastic is a good idea, so I think I'll be polishing silver this week, too...and putting the dining room table leafs in, setting the table and then figureing out where I'm going to put 22 people in my house?? WOWZA!

Beth has already asked me about the Macy's Thanksgiving Day I did a little research and found the guide to ALL of this year's Holiday TV programs - week by week:

I just printed it out and its hanging on the frig. Most of it is ABC Family's Christmas programming, but there is other good stuff, too. Bob and I watched Christmas With the Cranks on Friday night...I love that movie!! A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is on this Tuesday night, but check your LOCAL listings....our 7 p.m. programming always gets preempted for the Tennessee Titans football show...bummer! I also remember ABC & FOX having movie specials on T'Giving night, too, but they aren't showing up on the above guide, so not sure if they will be on this year or not.

Happy Thanksgiving Week!!

Monday, November 17, 2008


It was a VERY cold weekend in Lexington. Thank goodness we decided to NOT take the kids!

We attended the pitiful UK v. VMI Basketball game on Friday night. We played badly. We lost. (We is UK)

We shopped all day Saturday at Fayette Mall - I didn't really get anything of any importance. I bought one Christmas gift for a family member. We DID eat lunch at P.F. Changs!! YUMMY!

We bundled up and "tailgated" at Columbi Steakhouse! It was raining and cold outside, so no tailgating in the parking lot this trip! We sat down in our seats right at kick-off and it FINALLY stopped raining! However, it was getting colder (it was about 39 degrees when we got there - 32 with the windchill...and dropping...). Brrr......

The Wildcats lost in a long, cold game to Vandy. Not good. (sorry the picture looks weird - my beloved Canon Poweshot is dying...I'm hoping for a new one for Christmas!) Oh- we woke up to SNOW on our cars and the rooftops in Lexington. Brrr.....

When I got home yesterday, Bob went to pick up the girls in Murray, so I kinda cleaned a little, did some toy-purging (which I can only do when the girls aren't home), cleaned the girls' closets and put the Halloween decorations and Beth's outgrown summer clothes in the attic. I cooked dinner and also had someone come by to look at/buy some bows. The girls and Bob breezed in about 6:00, so we ate and then the girls played a while and went to bed! I spent the night ironing and watching Desperate Housewives...woo hoo!

I was glad to be back in my own bed....

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Love Puppies?

Check out this webcam of a litter of 6 puppies - somewhere in Canada & there IS sound to it, too. Nothing cuter than a little puppy bark!!! My girls are going to love watching them!

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My Girls Night

Beth & Sarah spent the night with mom and dad last night. I had a Mom's group "meeting" at Starbuck at 7:00 & Bob is in North Carolina, so instead of just babysitting for a few hours, the girls just spent the night. I dropped them off around 4:30 and had 2 1/2 hours to what did I do in my glorious 2 1/2 hours of freedom, you ask? I shopped and bought a dishwasher!! Yeah, exciting, huh? Ours finally fizzled out and died sometime this summer, so we've been handwashing everything. Ick. With Thanksgiving on the horizon and the looming possibility of having 25 people to feed and clean up after, I just couldn't fathom the idea of washing that many dishes by hand! So, I finally caved and shopped the Veteran's Day sales and found what I liked at Lowes. Its a Bosch and supposed to be VERY quiet....its being installed Friday - which can't come soon enough, if you ask me!

I met the girls (mom's group) at Starbucks at 7:00 and left around 10:00 (and could have easily stayed longer!). We all have fun together just cutting up, talking, swapping stories, ideas and advice. Its nice to have girlfriends....

It was a STRANGE morning at my house - no girls to get up and get ready...just me! I actually got to watch 10 minutes of The Today Show instead of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse or Dora! WOW!
It was nice........

Friday, November 7, 2008


I got this email this morning about a new special that Disney World is running....stay 7 nights and nights 5, 6 & 7 are FREE (park tickets & resort are free those 3 days!). THAT'S HUGE! PLUS, if you go by March 29, you get a free $200 gift card! (and that is more than enough for all the goodies you want to buy). However, no discount off the dining plan. Go see for yourself

I'm really struggling with this because I SOOO want to go back and 7 days would be so much better than than 4 we did last time (won't ever do less than 7 again, unless only going to 1-2 parks) and the week of my birthday (late Feb) would be so fun - and thanks to Disney's OTHER new promotion- I'd get a gift card in the amount of my admission on my birthday! Sarah won't be 3 until April....I just don't know if its worth the hassle with her.....PLUS, I got on and Travelocity and couldn't find airfare for less than $250 a person!!! That's $1,000 just to get us there! Not happening! (we flew for less than $150 a person last time!) Maybe I'll check again tomorrow.....

Although its a HUGE discount once we are THERE, getting there isn't worth the cost. I'm REALLY REALLY trying to stick to our plan to wait to take Beth AND Sarah when she is 4 years, its looking like 2010. Ho hum....not sure I'm gonna make it that long. Because Sarah is learning things about Disney/Princesses MUCH MUCH earlier than Beth did...well...because she has Beth...I'm sure she would LOVE it no matter what age she was....but I really want her to remember her first trip and I'm not sure she would if we took her before the age of
3 1/2 or 4. She would certainly be a pistol in the parks and at the resort at this age, though..... Maybe I need to just keep telling myself that....

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Easy and Cheap Dinner

This recipe is one of my favorites #1) because it doesn't get much easier than this, #2) because it rivals any grocery's rotisserie chicken, and #3) because it makes enough for my family to eat for dinner, plus enough left-over to equal about 2 cups of shredded chicken to freeze for use in a casserole or soup another night. So, I get two dinners out of one $4.00 chicken! Its great!! I omit the spices we don't like and I usually don't do the onion. I've never really noticed that much of a taste difference when I do or don't do it. OH- you can also start with a partially frozen chicken, which helps, too! Its easy enough for even the most beginner chef!


1 whole chicken (approximately three pounds)
2 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
3/4 tsp cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried leaf thyme
1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 cup chopped onion (optional)

Wash chicken inside & out (removing anything inside).

Sprinkle seasoning of your choice on the chicken.

Fill the cavity with the chopped onion.

Next put three balls of aluminum foil in the bottom of the slow cooker (this creates a rack so the chicken doesn’t soak in its own juices).

Place the chicken in, breast side down, and cook on low for six to eight hours.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Happy Birthday Dandaddy!

Happy 60th Birthday Dad! (and Dandaddy!)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Halloween Pictures

I don't have a lot of time for narratives for each picture, but here are the cute ones from yesterday! The first one was before school and the rest are before we went Trick-or-Treating. Beth changed her mind at the last moment and wanted to be a Ballerina....whatever....

I'm so glad its over....on to the REALLY FUN STUFF!! T'Giving and Christmas!

Yes...this one IS the BEST one I got them together in their costumes...

And my favorite from the night:

Our neighbor's dog was dressed up like a hotdog - how cute it that! Actually- its her daughter's dog...visiting for the weekend!

And my yearly tradition - Jack-O-Lantern pizzas for dinner! Beth helped me "design" their faces and put the cheese on: