Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Pics














It's Already Over?


How is it even possible that another Christmas has come and gone?

Maybe it seems to fly by because we stay so busy!

I know I've never cooked so much in all my life! That's the truth.

In fact, I turned on the stove yesterday to get our Christmas dinner started, and the stove just laughed at me. Said it was tired of cooking and it was on vacation because, after all, it was Christmas! Then I kicked it and threatened to punch it where the sun don't shine--right in its digital display-- and it decided to cooperate, and Christmas was saved!

As I was cooking one of what seemed like 114 casseroles this week, I was thinking about how a girl can measure her progression into adulthood by her contributions to holiday meals. When you're in college, you're still under that "not-quite-an-adult" umbrella, so you're off the hook as far as food contributions go. You get out of college and get engaged, and you can still get by with not cooking. You get married and the pressure starts to set in. You feel you have to contribute something! The good news is that at this stage in life it would be perfectly acceptable to offer something store-bought--something from the bakery or a nice tray from the deli. You have a baby, and the pressure builds a little more. Now it's time for something homemade (you better have a small arsenal of fool-proof recipes to pull from!) You'll still be in the clear, at this point, to just bring one dish because, after all, you do have a baby at home. But once the baby isn't a baby anymore, all bets are off, and, Honey, you're considered a real, full-blown grown-up so get in the kitchen and make a casserole or 60!

Now, please understand, I'm not saying this out of anger or malice or because I feel I should be exempt of such practices. I simply see this as a truth.

It's a rule.

An unspoken manner that I picked up in my southern up-bringing.

It's what makes the world go 'round.

It's what prepares you to one day be able to coordinate and make your own big, holiday spread for your family.

It means you can finally graduate from the kiddie table to the adult dining room.

I think it means that I became a big girl this Christmas.

Sincerely,

Leigh

P.S.

I was going to post Christmas pictures but somehow got off on a cooking tangent, so I'll have to post pics later.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry, Merry Christmas and a Ho Ho Ho!

It's Christmas Eve.

It's 10:05 Christmas Eve night.

Kevin is putting Olivia to sleep. She had a late night tonight because we went to Granny and Papa's for dinner. After we got home, it was a quick bath, and Olivia got to open a couple of Christmas books and read them.

I'm watching The Holiday. It has become a staple for me at Christmas. It's just not Christmas until I've seen The Holiday at least 40 or so times!

Arthur is now putting a corsage on Iris's wrist.

Ryan Mulligan gave me a corsage for my senior prom. It was probably a little old-fashioned even back then. Does anyone still wear them??

Anyway. I'm hoping to catch a glimpse of Santa tonight. I'm just not sure I can stay up that late.

That's all for now, folks!

Merry Christmas.

Sincerely,

Leigh

Friday, December 17, 2010

Dear...



Dear Aunt Shannon, Uncle Jeff, Caroline, Molly and Anna,

Thank you so much for my large moving box! I really had fun decorating it.



I saw that Anna has a "box house," too, and it's super cute!



I asked my Mommy to put a Christmas tree in mine. I helped decorate it.



I've had lots of fun playing in my box play house!



Hugs and kisses,

Olivia

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree



They're late, but here are the pictures of us at the Merry Christmas Tree Farm picking out our Christmas tree.















Picking out a Christmas tree poops a little girl out!


Sincerely,


Leigh