Monthly Archives: December 2008


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Our Christmas.


The only bottle this little lady would take was that of a single malt.

Ah Christmas, the most wonderful time of the year. I find it so anticlimactic. Sure it’s great in the thick of things, we all had a marvelous time. Up at 7, excitedly tearing into our stalkings filled with treasures. Frances would have been happy if the only things she got were the traditional orange and apple, no surprise there, but she did enjoy the paper (Paper, Paper, Paper!!!) A nice family breakfast of scrambled eggs and bagels. Oh and coffee for mom and dad. Then on to more presents from under the tree. With a little guidance Frances lead and we followed, trying to get as much out of each present as possible before moving on. I think the whole operation moved along nice and smoothly with no melt downs what so ever. Wanting to stay as close as possible to the tracks of our daily schedule, I was anxious for some of the grandparents to pay their visits. With Lucy the dog in tow(antlers and all), my parents showed up with more surprises. I guess Santa left some stuff for Frances at their house as well. More paper, paper, paper and she got all the things her mother had wished for. A Wheely Bug to ride around on and some new Robeez boots. Have I ever told you how much I love Robeez? I absolutely love these shoes, they’re made in Canada eh! Franny even got her very own Lucy. Soon Josh’s dad arrived with more goodies. Poor Frances was fading fast. We had a nice visit with everyone, ate some lunch and finally down for a good long nap.

Now time for mother to move on to making dessert for the big Christmas feast. Poached pears stuffed with raisins, walnuts and honey and a custard sauce. With no double boiler a little improvisation was called for, which seemed to take a little longer. Note to self: ask Santa for one next Christmas. Just as I had finished cooking, Frances awoke as bright and cheerful as usual. Now on to dinner. We all made our way over to my parents house for the recreation of a family classic 1970’s James Beard inspired Christmas dinner. After a brief discussion a few months back it was decided that my mother would make the Christmas “pie” we had when I was a child. My fond memories of Christmas past were stirred up with the excitement of tasting this treat. I love how food can take you back to a favorite time or place in the past. It was everything I remembered it to be and better. I stuffed myself to capacity, saving room for dessert of course and when we were all through I couldn’t move.

Frances was the perfect child all day. She loved her dinner as much as I and couldn’t get enough of the pie. Mmm… she said! When we had all finished eating Nanny sprang her from the table and took her to the piano (peananno) for a little play. She loves this and waits with anticipation every time we have dinner over there. A jolly end to a wonderful day. We all crashed when we returned home and spent the following day unwrapping more surprises and playing with all the new toys.

The night before Christmas.

I had intended on adding a post today about the bird ornaments I made for the tree and the stocking I just finished for Frances but shit, the power went out. Again! It was a rough day where I became tired, cold and cranky and Frances required a large chunk of my energy and attention.

I am so excited for tomorrow to come. Excited to see Frances open her treasures (“paper, paper, paper”) and excited to see what people have brought and sent to her. Last night we had a really nice visit from Grammy (daddy’s mommy) who brought a big bag of exciting toys and a fruit cake. She makes a killer fruit cake! Tonight I am wrapping then hitting the hay, and tomorrow all the madness will begin at around 7am. Next year I’m sure 7 will seem late!

I hope you all have a wonderful day and are sufficiently stuffed by this time tomorrow. I know I will be! I’m off to wrap with some rum, eggnog and fruitcake. I could be a little tipsy by bedtime. Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night!


On a whim Josh and I decided to splurge and get each other a Flip camera for Christmas. As every day ticks by I am constantly kicking myself for not capturing each one of Franny’s new skills on video.  Now we will catch it all and sharing it here with friends and family (maybe even strangers) will be easy with this fun little device. I’m working on figuring out the best and easiest way to add video to this here blog. So for your viewing pleasure may I present one of the first movies made.

All made up.


The lady is waiting.

For the first time in a whole year I have applied my lady war paint! I feel so fancy and grown up, a nice reminder of what it’s like to be an adult with a life outside of  baby wrangling. Tonight Josh and I will be attending the annual Christmas shindig for his workplace. A dinner theater, which I think is great because that means I don’t have to spend the whole night making idle chit chat with total strangers. Just part of the night. The best part about the evening, I don’t have to cook!

Not MIA, just a little Lost.

What are those people from the boat after, and why does Kate have Aaron?

Finally, the fourth season of Lost has come out on DVD. Now we’ll be caught up and ready for the fifth season to start in the new year. I’m the kind of person who has to watch a program or movie from the very beginning, so a few years back when I started to hear all the hype over this program it was too late for me to hop on board. Being house bound last winter with not much to watch on TV, I thought it might be a good idea to see what this Lost show was all about. I figured with one episode a night it would eat up a good two weeks. No, we devoured it in a week! Just one more became two, then three more. We were hooked! By the time we got to the third season I was so worried I would have serious withdraw waiting months for the next one to come out. I guess after a week I forgot all about it and now here we are, eating dinner and putting Frances to bed a little earlier so that we can get “just one more” episode in before bedtime!

Just in time for watching Lost, I’m on a sock kick again. Last year I went a little crazy knitting socks for Frances, because A. where do you find well made wool baby socks not made in China at a reasonable price? You don’t! and B. they are so fun and fast to make! Now I know what people mean when they say kids grow out of things so fast because there is no way last years socks will still fit those growing feet this year. Can you believe her feet were so tiny!?


I usually suffer from single sock syndrome, I have many single socks to prove it. If I thought it was cool to wear mismatched socks I would be all set! I don’t seem to have the same issue with tiny ones, knitting two small socks is the same as knitting one big sock.


The pattern for these lovelies came from Ravelry. The pattern was really meant for legwarmers, which I intend on making, but I thought they would also be sweet as socks. I am just about ready to turn the heel, and I’d say by the end of our Lost evening I should be well into the second one!!


Mother’s little helper!


Lately I’ve had the overwhelming urge to scrub the house from top to bottom. Do you think I might be… . Ha, ha just kidding, but with the frigid temperature the latest snow fall brought with it , I feel as though we are nestling in for a long winter. Maybe I’m a bit nostalgic for that little baby I was snuggled up with at this time last year. I was perfectly happy to be stuck inside with her, but this year I am a little anxious at the prospect of being house bound by the weather. I somehow feel if the house is clean it won’t be so bad. I would like to transform Franny’s room into a magnificent playroom to break up the monotony of always playing on the main floor of the house. Yeah, I think that might make my life better (as if it could get better!)

Cleaning a whole house is a big undertaking, especially with a toddler in tow. It’s nice to have the company but only a fraction of what was planned is actually accomplished. Slowly but surely, a little bit here and a little there and I’m already starting to feel better! Now, if I could teach Frances to clean we’d be done in no time!

I’ll leave you with a few visuals of our past week. Oh and Josh, if you read this before you head home, I have a really big craving for something sweet. Some Christmas bonbons of sorts? I swear I’m really not…!!! Yeah you wish!!!!