Sunday, November 27, 2011

deck the halls.

Happy December!  Christmas decorating is like one of those milestone season changers that I just love, like the first day in spring when you open up the windows, or that first fall evening when you need an extra blanket. The other day, we put on some Vince Guaraldi holiday music, made some adult hot cider and put up our little tree. I thought I would share with you our favorite ornaments to get the blog in the holiday spirit! 

We had a little family craft night and Beau made his own ornament! I'm not sure if we could be any more ridiculous as dog parents, but I'm sure we'll keep trying. 

 Every year, my parents get an ornament with our whole family on it. Then we started getting married, and now they give us an ornament with our little families on them. 

I got this one as a gift because of my love of baking. And eating....

Purdue Pete brings a little Boiler Maker pride to our Christmas tree.

One of our first ornaments the year we got married. 

 Of course, what would our Christmas tree be without a little Packer love? I usually find these on sale in Milwaukee the day after Christmas, so I'm hoping to add more for next year's tree. 

Another gift when we first go married. What a personal tree! 

 And a picture of the stockings, hung by the fireplace with care! I've never had a fireplace, so I was pretty excited to hang the stockings. And yes, there is one for the dog... 

We're so looking forward to driving home for Christmas this year. Everyone will get to meet our little Beau and hopefully we'll get to  enjoy a white Christmas!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

sister act.

We have had a wonderful past two weeks.

First there was Halloween. 

R was the wonderful, long haired Mr. Matthews and I was a spy. We probably could have done a better job coordinating our costumes, but we only had about 2 hours notice to throw them together. Turns out we have all that stuff just laying around... We went out that night with quite the cast of characters. We met up with Audrey Hepburn, Che Guevara, Rosie the Riveter and Waldo to name a few. R even ran into his arch-nemesis Troy Polamalu!

Then that weekend, R graduated his school! Now he's official and I pretty much can't tell you anything about what he does. I probably shouldn't have even told you about his Halloween costume. He took a little time off and tomorrow is his first day at his new squadron. And no, he does not want to bring cupcakes for everyone. I already asked... The good news is he will probably get off some time for the holidays. The bad news is, despite my efforts,  they are still sending him on deployment. (I swear, if he would just let me bake them some cupcakes, I could convince them!)

Last week my sister Melissa and her hubs, Jason flew out to visit us. Which was a blast. You see, when Melissa and I get together, we get a little crazy. And we embarrass our husbands. And that just makes us laugh. And it eggs us on. It's a vicious cycle.

We went to the USS Wisconsin, an old battleship that is on display in Norfolk. Needless to say, The Sisters got bored quick and had to make their own fun. 

We walked ahead of the boys, who were going so slow since they were actually reading stuff! We found some costumes laying around and we put them on, then stood there acting like mannequins, waiting for the guys to see us. Well, they were going really slow, because we got a lot of strange/disapproving looks from other museum patrons before our boys finally turned the corner and saw us. And yes, they gave us a disapproving look, too. 

We behaved ourselves at the Williamsburg Winery tasting though. We did not however at the Williamsburg Ale Werks tour. The Sisters got bored with the tour and told the boys we were going to sit in the car until the tasting part. Instead we snuck right into the tasting room and got a private tasting from the nice brewery girl! Imagine the boys faces when they walked in with the rest of the group and we were already there! (More disapproving looks...) 

We had a great visit with them, even despite all the disapproving looks. Those boys know their lives would be so boring without these Sisters to spice it up!