Tuesday, November 29, 2011

no self control.

When it comes to TV on DVD (or Netflix), I have a major problem.  I get sucked in and can't stop.  After one episode, I want to watch the next, and then the next, and so forth.

Ryan suffers too. I remember in college we got hooked on Lost and spent a good day starting, and nearly completing, a season.

My thought process is, I am going to watch it at some point, so may as well be now.  Total hours spent on the show will always be the same : )

I mentioned a while back I re-watched Felicity.  It was grand.  But, I'm on to new things, in the form of a Lifetime Original, Army Wives! (I have my buddy Brie to thank for it!) I'm not going to publicly admit how quickly I've progressed in the series, but I will say it's great. And I'm hooked. I even found myself on the Army website yesterday.  Yes, I may have a problem.

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But with the cold weather, and dark nights, curling up for some good TV is always fun.

Friday, November 25, 2011

happy thanksgiving!

Hope everyone had a lovely & relaxing Thanksgiving! And hope the food coma wasn't too bad today.

This year Ryan and I stayed put and had our first on-our-own Thanksgiving.  Usually we are flying or driving somewhere to spend the holiday with family.  And while we missed everyone dearly, it was nice to get to relax at home.

We started the morning off by making breakfast. On the menu was pumpkin pancakes, bacon, eggs, hash browns and mimosa's.  A great way to start the morning!

The kids were also thrilled that we were home on a Thursday. It's the little things.




We took our gourmet breakfast and parked it on the couch to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade.  But we cheated- and had it recording for awhile before it started.  So we got through it fairly quickly.

The weather started to clear up so we dressed and cleaned up the kids so we could shoot our Christmas card.  I wanted to get it done, so was happy that the weather cooperated.  The photo will be revealed once we send them out, but let's just say Riley was not having it.

After we got back we got on iChat and talked with the fam.  Even was able to watch a dance performance from my bro.  Gotta love technology.

Then it was time to eat dinner.  But we cheated this year.  When discussing what we wanted to do for dinner, we decided that cooking a Turkey was not the way we wanted to spend the day.  So we thought we'd eat a slurry of Trader Joe's specials.  We ended up with some good grub: Turkey meatballs, sweet potato fries, mash potatoes, gravy, green beans, stuffing, crescent rolls and cranberry sauce.


The best thing about our meal? It took about 25 minutes to prepare. We even planned it out.



We also bought Riley and Elliot a turkey dinner. Theirs took about 30 seconds.


The result? It was fabulous!  Everything tasted great- and we didn't have to slave away all day!  So thank you Trader Joe's for dinner!

Lastly, I leave you with what we were most thankful for at dinner.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

dressing up.

Our friend's wedding this past weekend was ridiculously awesome. They had popcorn. And cake-pops. And blue gin & tonics. So I imagine that I will be talking about it for awhile. They also had a photo booth- and this was my first wedding-photo booth experience.  So fun!

My friend and I hand-crafted all of the props, so I was extra excited to get to use them.  I had my eye on the Princess Beatrice hat. Elliot did too.


She also liked the tea-party hat.


Yes, I torture my pets with embarrassing pictures.

But I do it to Ryan too, so it is ok.


I digress. I was so excited to use the photo booth, so I grabbed Ryan, grabbed my hat, and instructed him to grab a prop.  What does he pick? Black-rimmed glasses.

Here is normal Ryan.



Here is Ryan in disguise.


 Geez. But, it was fun had by all!


Monday, November 14, 2011

somewhere over the rainbow.

When Ryan was an intern, he met Kevin.  Once he started full time, we attended a work-Christmas party where we met his girlfriend Dani. The first thing we both remember about her was she grabbed Ryan's hand, after spotting his wedding ring, and mentioned to Kevin that he needed to start hanging out with Ryan more. We both thought it was adorable. Later that night Dani and I bonded over lines from Teen Witch. It was a great night.

This past weekend we were lucky enough to attend their wedding.  It was nothing short of spectacular- but more importantly, showcased just how in love the two are and how the world is right when they are together.

I wish I had 10,000 photos to post. But, without our good camera in tow, my iPhone and pocket canon just weren't doing the job.  So, I decided just to soak it in with mental images (I know, a horrible thing to say coming from a photo-addict).

I did, however, capture this video of their father/daughter, mother/son dance. You can see how drop-dead gorgeous the bride was. How dapper the groom was. And what a talented husband I'm lucky to have.


Thursday, November 03, 2011

we've got the travel bug.

With 2012 quickly approaching, Ryan and I began talking about our summer '12 worldly adventure.  We've tossed around a few places: Greece/Turkey, Czech/Germany/Switzerland, UK, etc. Yup, mostly Europe has been discussed at this point. We want to go to Thailand, but we've read it's best to go between Nov. and Feb. and frankly we won't be ready to go by then!

So I ask, anyone traveled to any of these places, or does anyone have a better suggestion?  We are both so excited to get our travel books and start planning!

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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

dressing up, morblog style.

I hope everyone had a fun & festive Halloween!  We had a great time at our place.  My mom was in town (nice to have her around!) and our friends came over for dinner- we had a family favorite, Cincinnati chili.  So yummy!  We also had our annual showing of Teen Witch. We had basically no trick-or-treaters, and ended the night with a musical serenade.

Since we had a low key holiday this year, we didn't dress up.  I know- crazy!  It was nice to not have to run around town, but I do love to put together a good costume.  Since I have nothing new to share, I thought I'd reminisce on years past.

I've always gone all out with my Halloween costumes, even pre Ryan days. Check out this costume duo with my childhood BFF, Laverne & Shirley-


See.  It's not a joke.  I take costumes pretty seriously.

For our first Halloween dress up as a couple, Ryan and I went as Spider-Man and Mary Jane. And yes, Ryan had a spider-wed blaster.


A few years later we enlisted Scott to join us, and came as Harry, Ron and Hermione.  We did this costume about a year before it became popular- so it was fun!

We went to a party that year in Chico, and when we walked in, the whole room was silent because they loved our costumes.  It helped that Ryan looked slightly like Daniel Radcliffe.


All handcrafted by moi, and love that Ryan and Scott were on board!


The next year we channeled our love for the Beatles and went as John Lennon and Yoko Ono. For my inspiration, I went with their wedding garb.

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And after scouring Chico, we came up with this:


Alone, people thought Ryan was Howard Stern. I get it.

A few years later, we debuted probably my favorite costume, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. For those of you not familiar, they are the family on TLC that has 19 kids, and counting.

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We went as them when she was preggars with the 19th.  I've been intrigued by this family for years, so I was so excited to go as them. I loved this costume for the extra props.


I baked their family recipe, Tater Tot casserole, and we printed each kids photo, and put them in Ryan's wallet.  Slightly creepy to print, but was so great to pull out.  We even memorized the kids names.  Check us out!

For my baby bump I put a bike helmet under my shirt, here is a better view:


And last year, we went as Doug Funnie and Patty Mayonnaise.  A childhood favorite. We even had the banjo. Oh snap.


So there you have it, Halloween's of yesteryear.  And, while we are chatting Halloween- check out these pumpkins Ryan and I carved about nine years ago.


Needless to say it took awhile. And isn't Marge the coolest?

Lastly, while Ryan and I didn't dress up- our kids did.  I leave you with Elliot and Riley, the cows.


Hope your candy was plentiful- and happy first day of November!
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