Monday, November 30, 2009

Not Me Monday

Well, it's Monday all ready! I can't believe how fast the holiday weekend flew by! This also means it's time for another addition of Not Me Monday hosted by MckMama. Go check out her site and see who else is confessing all their "not mes"!

This week I definitely did NOT have some more "pregnancy follies" as Jason calls them. He did NOT suggest that we write a song about all the "stupid" things I have done while pregnant.

For instance, I did NOT put a large Yankee Candle on a candle burner and forget to take off the lid! No way! Luckily Jason saw the candle burning and took the lid off before it exploded. Whoops!

It was also definitely NOT me who, within five minutes, broke a glass while unloading the dishwasher because I missed the cupboard and then banged my head on said cupboard door.

Also, it was NOT me who was up at the crack of dawn on Wednesday morning making mashed potatoes... and during that mashed potato frenzy it was NOT me who burned her belly while pouring boiling hot water into the sink. It really hurt!

This pregnancy is NOT turning my mind to mush and causing me to be rather clumsy and forgetful!

And it was NOT me who got up early to go Black Friday shopping and scored some great deals, and then came home and decorated the WHOLE house and managed to wrap presents and put them under the tree. I'm NOT a Christmas nut!

It was also NOT me who lost her first Fantasy Football game in five weeks! I am NOT totally bummed about this!

And finally it is NOT me who is all ready 30 weeks pregnant as of today! Where did the time go?

~Emily

Friday, November 27, 2009

Five Question Friday

Well, I'm going to take some time off from my busy Black Friday and answer some questions from Mama M's Five Question Friday. Check out what all the other bloggers had to answer to these questions over at her blog!

1. Do you do a real or fake Christmas tree?
Well, usually we do a real tree. A Frasier Fir tree to be exact. We go and cut it down at this great Christmas Tree Farm in Doylestown, Ohio. Unfortunately they do not grow here in Texas. They import them pre-cut from North Carolina. I am not a big fan of pre-cut trees. They dry out so quickly!! So, last year I went out EARLY on Black Friday and bought a beautiful 7 1/2 foot pre-lit tree at Home Depot. So, that is what is up in our family room as I type.

2. What is your favorite Christmas tradition with your family?
It's the one holiday where all seven of my siblings make it home for the day. We all meet at my mom's around 9 am and she cooks a HUGE breakfast! We then all crowd into her living room and open presents. It's a mad house, as there are usually about 18 of us in the room. I love it!

3. Do you celebrate Thanksgiving in your neck of the woods? And, if so.... how many calories do you think you consumed yesterday?
We certainly did Thanksgiving up this year! I cooked enough food for 10, and there were only 2 of us! I don't even want to think about how much I ate. But, atleast I have an excuse since I am eating for two!

4. Have you started decorating for Christmas yet?
It's all done! After my shopping this morning I packed up the fall decor and pulled out my boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations! The stockings are hung, the tree is lit, the wreath is on the door... You get the idea. The only thing left to do is hang up our lights outside. Hopefully we'll get it done this weekend!

5. What is your favorite Christmas cookie?
Oooh.... That's a hard one! I love them all!! Jason's mom makes some FANTASTIC chocolates, and his grandma makes awesome anise cookies! I like to make an assortment myself. I don't think I can pick just one!

Well, that's it for this Five Question Friday. I hope everybody had a great Thanksgiving!

~Emily

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pretzel Jell-O and such

So it's early. And I mean EARLY! What am I doing up at this wee hour? That time before dawn is even thinking about cracking...? Well, I am making mashed potatoes!

What?


Yep.

Mashed potatoes! They're boiling as I type. You see, we're having a Thanksgiving potluck at work today. I'm bringing in pretzel jell-o and mashed potatoes! And, I couldn't bear the thought of bringing in potatoes that were made yesterday! So, I set the alarm early, bribed the dogs to be quiet by letting them sleep on the bed with Jason and tiptoed into the kitchen to start on my spuds.

(See, they really ARE boiling!)

Jason chided me the other day, wondering why I was ONLY making mashed potatoes. They're too easy," he said. "You always make more difficult things than that." I know he was just joking around, but it's true. I love to experiment in the kitchen. Although, there are a few things that are tried, true and absolutely fabulous that I make. Things in which I will never alter the recipe. One is the aforementioned pretzel jell-o. It has become a staple in my family. A dessert that is made for EVERY occasion!

Molly hit a mailbox? Time to make pretzel jell-o!
Dad got out of work early? Pretzel jell-o it is!
The UPS package arrived on time? Well, you get the idea....

Well, would you like my recipe for this delicious dessert? I posted it below for you lucky readers. Try it out, let me know what you think!

(Divinity!)

Pretzel Jell-O
Ingredients
1 stick melted butter
1 1/2 cups crushed pretzels (I smash mine with a rolling pin)
1 (8 oz. ) package cream cheese, softened
1 container cool whip (standard size, not the gigantic one)
1 cup sugar (divided)
1 (6 oz.) package strawberry Jell-O
1 regular package of frozen strawberries

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix melted butter, pretzels and 1/2 cup sugar together. Press into greased 9x13 inch pan. Bake in preheated oven for 6 minutes.
3. Dissolve jell-o in two cups boiling water. Add frozen strawberries. Put in fridge to start to gel.
4. Combine cream cheese, cool whip and 1/2 cup sugar. Beat well with mixer. Pour over top of pretzel mixture.
5. When jell-o is starting to set, pour over cheese layer and refrigerate overnight.

You can find a printable version of this recipe here. :)

Isn't that SOO easy?

Try it out, let me know what you think!

Now, you might be asking yourselves, where did this recipe come from?
Honestly, I have no idea! We just started making. It could easily be somebody else's recipe that we stole and call our own. Whoever DID create this masterpiece should be given a medal. Oh, and P.S.- I love you!
I'd like to present it to them. It would be the "Best Combination of Salty and Sweet Ever" Medal!

Anyway, back to my spuds. I'm sure they're boiling over by now. Have a great day everyone! Try not to get caught up in that last minute mad rush at the grocery store!

~Emily

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Truthful Tuesday


This is my first time participating in Truthful Tuesday. Each week Elizabeth over at Confessions From A Working Mom posts a question for us to answer. This week's question is:

How early is too early to decorate for Christmas?

I love this question! I ALWAYS want to decorate before Thanksgiving. But, Jason and I have a deal that I cannot put up a single sprig of holly or snowman candle until Thanksgiving dinner is resting comfortably in our very full bellies! I really do not think it's ever TOO early to decorate for the best time of year... Although, I guess decorating in August may be a *little* crazy!
Also, I am a firm believer that when it's over, it's over people. There are some who leave up their tree until February. Although by that time it is nothing but a crispy, brown fire hazard. By then the holiday is DEFINITELY over and all things Christmas should be back in their rubbermaid containers until next year.
I can't wait for tomorrow! I begin my Thanksgiving baking... then on Thursday morning the parade will be on, the turkey cooking away in the oven and us sitting on the couch relaxing until we get to eat! After that my fall decorations are history and up go my MANY Christmas decorations! I will definitely be heading out on Black Friday to snag some great deals. Toys R Us at midnight, followed by Best Buy at 5 am. Okay, so maybe I am just a tiny bit holiday crazy!
Great question Elizabeth!

~Emily

Oh you Little Dog....

There is a little dog that has captured my heart. From the moment I spotted his snaggle-toothed, little face peering out at me from behind kennel bars, I was smitten. His big, bulging, brown eyes melted my heart. I had just started working at the Vet Clinic where I am currently employed, and he was a dog rescued from the streets that was up for adoption. I started taking him for walks everyday, playing with him during slow times and then finally I brought him home on the weekend.

I told Jason that it was to foster the little dog. You know, until he found a REAL home with a REAL family that wanted to adopt the little cutie pie. We have fostered dogs in the past, so I knew I could get away with that line in order to get the little bugger into our home. When Jason agreed as long as it was ONLY to foster him, and that there was NO WAY that we would be keeping the little dog, I was ecstatic! Afterall, I knew it would only be a matter of time before Jason fell in love with the little dog, just like I had, and we could keep him forever!



Mwa ha ha ha!

My plan would work, I knew it would work!

The little dog came with a name, that name being Flip Flop. He has one ear that stands up and the other that flops down... so I guess the name fits. We started calling him Flippy, and that's what stuck. It only took two weeks and the little guy was ours. He got along well with our two cats, who enjoy beating him up. Flippy thinks that the kitties are playing with him, but really they are wishing that they hadn't been declawed so they could scratch out his cute little, bulging eyeballs!

Our big boxer Charlie plays remarkably well with him and they became fast friends. Flippy took to cleaning Charlie, mothering him if you will. They love to cuddle, chase each other in the yard and play "tug"... which really means they each hold onto the end of a rope toy and Charlie pulls Flippy around the house.


So, life is good. We now have two dogs and two cats. Everybody has a playmate; Jason and I are pleased with the new arrangement. Then, we start to see a different side of this new little dog. Yes he is cute. He does funny things like chase his tail and sit pretty. He also makes the cutest snorting noise when he is trying to tell you what he wants. He even lets me dress him up for Halloween!
(Sitting pretty in his Halloween costume.)

But there is something else...

HE IS A PIG!

He hoovers his food in under 10 seconds. I swear it's a world record! Then he tries to stick his little face in Charlie's bowl so he can eat his food, too! After that it's off to the laundry room to see if he can score any cat food. The dog is hungry ALL of the time! I think that maybe it's because he was on the streets. Poor little guy. Maybe he thinks he may not eat again, so he tries to eat whatever he can. I feel bad for him. Wouldn't you?

This leads to Flippy gaining 5 pounds in 6 months!

This is not good. I am a bad mother.

For a dog who should weigh 15 pounds to gain that kind of weight so quickly is not a good thing. Are other doggie mothers judging me? Are those people we pass on walks looking at my little "tube dog", as Jason refers to Flippy, thinking that he is fat.

That his mother must overfeed him.
That she lets him do whatever he wants.
That a dog controls her life!!

The weight gain must stop. Flippy is put on a special prescription diet. He begins to lose weight. I am happy. Jason is happy. Flippy is NOT happy. We catch him constantly trying to eat the cat food. This results in him being put in timeout. He knows that timeout is in a corner in our foyer. He will go there as soon as he knows he has been caught.

He puts himself in timeout.

(In Timeout.)

He will stay there for 45 minutes. He also has learned the words "cat food" mean he is in big trouble. When those two words are spoken he tucks his ears and rolls over on his back, letting us know that yes it was him, he ate the food. He knows timeout is next. He even puts himself in timeout when Charlie is in trouble!

We put the cat food up on the dryer, but one of our cats cannot jump that high. So the food is back on the floor. We can't win. Flippy is not gaining weight, but he is also not losing weight. He is holding steady at 18 pounds. He is chunky. People at my Clinic notice. "Has Flippy gained weight?", they ask me. "He looks thick", they comment.

I blush
I make excuses.
What can I do??


We go for more walks. I change his prescription diet to ANOTHER food. Jason plays with Flippy until he is exhausted and can't move anymore. The weight stays on. Maybe it's genetics? Who knows?? What am I going to do?

Well, I don't know, to be honest. We love him. He is sweet. He cuddles with us at night. He gives kisses. He is fantastic with children. He is my little kitchen helper. (Okay, he's waiting for me to drop food on the floor!)

(Helping me in the kitchen.. right at my feet!)


He is my little baby and I love him so much.

I guess we'll just keep doing whatever we can to help him on his weight loss journey.

Who would've thought keeping a dog on a diet would be THIS hard?

~Emily

Monday, November 23, 2009

Not Me! Monday

I can't believe another week has passed and that it's Monday all ready. Which means two things:
1) One week closer to baby! (29 down, 11 to go... scary!) and 2) Another edition of Not Me! Monday with MckMama. Check her out to see what others are NOT up to.

I am NOT becoming more forgetful as I become more pregnant. It's not me who leaves the pantry light shining brightly atleast once a day since I forget to flip that little switch when I'm done grabbing my goods outta there! And no way am I the one who forgets to lock her car in the driveway or tells Jason the same things over and over again because I just can't remember if I told him or not.

This weekend I was not pleasantly surprised at our Childbirth Education class to find that out of 15 couples there were 5 others there who were, like us, waiting until the birth to have the sex of their baby revealed! It was not nice to find out that we weren't alone in that decision and that others find it as exciting as we do!

Yesterday it did not take Jason and I almost 45 minutes to put our new Pack n' Play together. The directions and pictures were not completely horrible and could have been written by a five year old.

I also did not eat Panera for lunch THREE times this week. I guess those seven years of working there have not made me love it, even though I have to pay for it now!

And finally, I have definitely NOT been listening to Christmas music obsessively since last week. I am not super excited about my list of stores to hit and presents to buy this coming Black Friday. And I am certainly not excited about cooking a huge Thanksgiving dinner for Jason and I!

Have a great holiday week everyone!

~Emily

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Winter Wonderland

This is my time. My favorite time. The time when the stores decorate themselves in wreaths, snowflakes and lights. When all of the coffee shops advertise Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread and Peppermint Mocha Lattes. When people throw out those pumpkins and spend hours putting up twinkly Christmas lights, just to have them taken down in one month's time. And usually, when the smell of snow is in the air. When you can walk outside and see the tree branches blowing in the wind, bare of their leaves waiting to be weighed down by the impending snow.


Unfortunately, we don't have that down here in the land of Texas. It's something I'm still getting used to. It's now literally freezing up north at night. Freezing to Texans is 50 degrees! I long to wear my winter coats, to put on my ski pants, hat and gloves and frolic with my dogs in the snow. I want to light the fireplace, because it is actually cold enough outside that it's needed, and curl up in front of it under a blanket with Jason. There are still leaves on the trees. Yes they are finally changing color! It's like the seasons here (if you call call them that!) are three months behind schedule. By the time it *should* start to snow on the Texas calendar, the temperatures are rising back up to the 70s.

I think this is one thing I will never be able to get used to. People up north think I am crazy because I actually miss the snow! Maybe it's all of those years building snow forts and sledding down the hill in our backyard. Or the memories of my father pulling us on an old-fashioned wooden sled (with actual steel runners!) on the lake behind our house. It could be those mornings waking up with anticipation of a snow day! Or coming in frozen stiff and being warmed up by a big mug of hot cocoa, warming up your ice cold fingers and bright red cheeks. I love those memories; I want my child to be able to create those memories.
This year, there will be no snow for us. Not with baby on the way in just 11 short weeks. But, I look forward to next Christmas. The first Christmas with our child! Where we get to go back north and spend it with those that we love most. We get to bundle up our little one in coats, mittens, scarves, and hats. Warm up those little fingers and toes by a roaring fire. And maybe share that first sip of hot chocolate together. I know that I can't wait to share that first snow together with our little one!

~Emily

Friday, November 20, 2009

Five Question Friday


I recently started reading Mama M's blog, and decided to link up with her for my first Five Question Friday. If you want to join in just visit her page, join up on the McLinky and answer the questions. Enjoy! :)

1.
Are you a Black Friday shopper?
I never used to be, but last year I scored a fabulous Christmas Tree at Home Depot. I think the experience got me hooked, as I am all ready making my lists for what to buy at each store on the day this year. We always get a live tree, but since we were heading back to Ohio for Christmas last year, we had to get our first artificial tree. I was able to fight off some people to grab the last 7 1/2 foot pre-lit tree they had on sale that Black Friday morning. Yes, I had to get up at 5 am, but for the price it was definitely worth it! We are actually going to be using the tree again this year, as I discovered that our favorite live trees are not grown here in Texas and I do not want to get a pre-cut one that will dry out quickly.

2.
What was your favorite childhood toy? (Think Easy Bake Oven, Cabbage Patch Kid, Shrinky Dinks, etc.)
Hmm... I really am not sure on this one. Growing up we had a lake in our backyard, and that is where I spent most of my childhood. My parents were really big on us playing outside. We were only allowed to watch a small amount of TV a day, and video games were forbidden. Heck, we didn't even get cable until I was a senior in High School. I'd have to honestly say that my best childhood memories are of those playing cops and robbers outside in the evenings and spending my days at the lake playing sharks and minnows.

3.
Favorite Christmas movie?
Oooh! I think it's a tie between "It's a Wonderful Life" and "A Christmas Story". The first is a timeless classic that I love to watch every holiday season. The story is is a great one and can keep anybody in an uplifted spirit at anytime of the year, not just Christmas. The second is one that my family has embraced as our movie. Last year our themed holiday shirts were of different scenes from the movie. We have also visited the house that opened up in Cleveland and both my mom and brother have "leg lamps" as Christmas decorations.

4.
What is the "must have" item on your Christmas list this year?

I really do not have a must have item. I find that there are not many things that I absolutely *need* or *want* anymore. I love to just have things bought for the house and this year I really just want things for the baby. I guess the big gift that we are asking for is a video camera. My parents are getting us one so that we will be able to catch all of the baby's many special moments on film!

5.
Do you go all out with decorations or do you keep it simple and classy?
I have A LOT of Christmas decorations. I seem to buy more and more each year. I love to decorate my house and am excited to see how we will be decorating our new home this holiday season. I am unsure of how we will be putting up the lights outside, but I know they will look great! I really don't think you can ever decorate your home too much for the holiday season!

Have a great weekend everybody!

~Emily

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Oh Baby!

Well folks, believe it or not but we are now in the third trimester! I know I've said it before, but I cannot believe how quickly this pregnancy has flown by. It seems like just yesterday we found out about this little bundle of joy... and now in 11 1/2 short weeks baby will be here!

Baby at 26 weeks.

We had our 28 week check up this past Monday. Everything is going well. I passed the blood glucose test with flying colors, my anemia is under control and I've only gained 9 pounds throughout my entire pregnancy! We did discover that I may have a problem with my gallbladder. About twice a week I get a sharp pain in that area for hours at a time. Right now I have to monitor to see when it acts up, and if it may be food related. If not, an ultrasound may be done.

Baby is also still growing faster than normal. At our 24 week appointment baby was measuring at 26 weeks, and now at this last appointment baby is still measuing two weeks ahead. So that means baby is measuring at 30 weeks. Which means there is a 3 pounder inside my belly! It's amazing to me! I am not feeling as many kicks these days, but am constantly feeling baby twisting, turning and tumbling inside. I have also not had a full night's sleep in a few months. I always wake up to reposition or to pee... ha ha! I wouldn't change any of it for the world.


Baby at 28 weeks.

I am one of those people who loves being pregnant. I love feeling the baby move inside me and reading about what new thing baby is doing this week. Also, I think it helps that my pregnancy has had little complication or uncomfortable symptoms. Of course I have some pretty bad back pain these days, not to mention leg cramps... but it's nothing that I can't handle! It's exciting and also a little scary to think that in less than three months we will have a new addition to our family. I can't wait!

Parenthood here we come!

~Emily :)

A Heartfelt Thank You

I would like to say a special thank you to my friend Melody over at Growing Up Riggs for presenting me with the Heartfelt Blogger Award. This is my second award I have received since I started blogging. Melody and I have known each other since High School and I enjoy reading up about her adorable daugher Cate and all of the goings on in her life. Thank you so much Melody for presenting me with this award! The rules state I must now pass it on to nine of my favorite blogs. I am going to take a few days to decide who to present it to, and will list them a little later on.

~Emily :)

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

A Little Time Off....

I know, I know... I've been a bad blogger. It seems life got pretty busy there for a week or two and I didn't have the time to sit down and write about it all! Things are back to normal now, so I have time to tell you all about it! Let's see... where to begin?

From November 5th thru the 9th we went back home, as in back to Ohio. That will always be home to both of us, even if we never live there again. It's where we planted our deepest roots and where the ones we love most reside. It was a whirlwind of a long weekend that seemed to end before it really even started. Visits were never long enough and catching up conversations weren't as in depth as they should have been... but that's life when you try to see as many people as you can in three days! The main purpose of this trip back home was to celebrate our expected little one's arrival in the old, traditional American way... a baby shower, of course! My sisters and mother planned a fantastic baby shower for us that weekend. It was beautiful- everything I knew it would be!

My good friend Ed who dabbles in photography came and took pictures for us. I had friends and family come in from over two hours away for the celebration and it was just perfect. Great food, beautifully creative centerpieces, a cake too cute to eat and only one game! It was a great day. Here are a few pictures from the shower (Ed took over 300):

Grama engaging me in a story.

My beautiful cake my sister Maureen had a talented friend make, along with little cookie feet as party savers.

Gorgeous centerpieces my sister-in-law Emily designed, complete with real carrots, radishes and cabbage. The theme was Peter Rabbit, based on the baby's nursery.

Me with my euchre partner Grandma and Aunt Tina.

All of the ladies in my family, plus my two nephews.

Lady and Lady.

Some of my sisters!

Friday was spent lunching at one of my favorite bagel places with two of my sisters (and one Berger!) and then hitting the movie theater for an opening day viewing of A Christmas Carol starring Jim Carrey. The movie was actually pretty good once the ghosts came into the picture. To the side is a picture of us posing with The Chipmunks at the theater- I think they have a movie coming out soon!
Also during our weekend we were able to spend a night of card games and laughter over at Jason's grandparents house. His grandma, my favorite card partner, and I challenged Jason and his dad to a rousing round of euchre. With the clock rolling up to midnight grandma and I lost by one point. I think she is still steaming about it! We were both able to spend time catching up with old friends, too. I had breakfast with two girlfriends from Junior High on Saturday morning. It was great to see how successful and happy each of them are with their lives. One a bubbly student, traveling all over the world to expand her mind and explore different cultures and languages. The other settling into a new home she bought herself and loving her job working for a county up on Lake Erie.

Saturday evening was spent with my family at our favorite local eatery, the Winking Lizard. Our party of 23 people was loud, chaotic and refreshingly normal for my large family! We ate, talked, laughed and took turns playing games with the kids. My nephew Brandon has become a pro at skeeball and had to challenge every adult he could! Afterwards we headed over to the bowling alley so Jason could prove once and again that he is the top bowler in our clan. I miss days like that.


Monday morning we went to breakfast with Jason's parents and brother. It was a nice way to end our long, hurried weekend. We were both sad to leave, but happy to get home to our boys and our new piece of land down in Texas. I should also mention that this was a special weekend for two more reasons. I met two new people this weekend. One is Ed's girlfriend, who is sweet, kind and a great match for him. I am so happy that he has found someone as wonderful as her! Secondly, is my nephew Tristan. He is eight months now, and this was the first time Jason and I have met him! He is incredibly adorable and looks just like my sister (his mama) when she was a baby. Jason made the comment that he is "the happiest baby I have ever seen."

Below is a picture of Ed with his new lady love!


We planned to go home that weekend because it was also the last weekend that I was allowed to fly (doctor's orders), so it was extra special for both Jason and I. It will be the first time we will not be with our families on Thanksgiving or Christmas, as well as my first birthday without my family. Needless to say this upcoming holiday season will be a little rough on us. We still have each other... so I know it will be a special time for just the two of us. I plan on making the traditional Thanksgiving dinner, decorating the house to the nines for Christmas, blasting my carols, baking dozens of Christmas cookies, sending out cards and cooking a fantastic Christmas dinner. No expense will be spared, and nothing will change for our holidays even if we are not surrounded by all of our family.

Jason playing with baby Tristan.

You see, my family is just a *little* crazy when it comes to Christmas. We. Love. It. There are even matching shirts involved... Yep... Matching shirts. I said it. I will definitely miss spending this special holiday with my family- it is the only one where all of us are actually together. It's a promise we have made our mother, we will ALWAYS be home for Christmas. Except for this one year when Jason and I tackle this extra special holiday with just each other, our animals and Texas weather.

I have many more things to blog about, but this post will do for now. Stay tuned for more updates, including one on baby! :)

~Emily

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Food, Friends and Trick-or-Treat

This was a great weekend. Not only was the weather absolutely perfect, but we were also able to visit with some good friends of ours. Erin and Amanda are friends of Jason's from high school who happen to live 4 hours north of us. We haven't seen them since July. With crazy work, school and social schedules it has been hard for us to meet up in the past few months. This weekend they were able to make the drive down and spend Halloween with us. It's nice to see familiar faces from our Ohio lives.


They arrived Friday evening, which we spent relaxing at the house. Saturday morning I made my new specialty: apple pancakes served along with some bacon. They were quite the hit! Superb! After that Amanda and I treated ourselves to a day of pedicures and shopping while the boys took their guns to the shooting range and then "pumped some iron" at the gym. Afterwards, we took them to our new favorite restaurant. The Flying Saucer is located in downtown Houston. They have tasty German and American fare and a beer list that would intimidate even the most avid of drinkers. Jason and Erin both had sampler trays of beer, as well as a few pints. We feasted on fluffy, gigantic, homemade sourdough pretzels followed by a bratwurst platter. Dessert was a molten lava chocolate cake topped with raspberry drizzle and vanilla ice cream. We were splitting at the sides by the time we left. I was a little bummed that we left for our lunch/dinner so late because I was afraid I would miss the Trick-or-Treaters. I love passing out candy to all the little princesses, witches, superheroes and ghosts that happen upon my doorstep. Luckily we made it home in time to pass out candy for about 30 minutes.

I had bought two huge bags of dum dums, hoping to give each kid a few. We missed the bulk of the trick-or-treaters, so I ended up giving them all a pretty big handful! It's funny how few children actually say "Trick or Treat" or even follow up their reception of my candy with a simple "Thank You". Also, I noticed that some parents chose to follow their children in a car, rather than walk with them. I can honestly say I have never seen that before! Why not get some fresh air and spend some quality time with your children by walking door to door with them? But, there were still a good amount of parents dressed up in costumes escorting their children around the neighborhood. One of the houses around the corner had a firepit roaring outside and were offering hayrides to passersby. The hayride drove past our house and I held up my bag of candy in hopes that the kids on it would want some. Instead, they started throwing candy at us! I'm not quite sure that's how it works, but we ended up with some chocolate treats. When it was all said and done I was able to get rid of about 3/4 of the dum dums I had purchased. Now I will have to take them to work, or else Jason and I may end up snacking on these tasty little suckers every night for dessert!
(Flippy in his Halloween costume!)
Sunday morning saw us sleeping in, even with the time change. Jason and I treated Amanda and Erin to quite a breakfast feast! We made a delicious egg scramble with peppers, onions and cheese, served along with bacon, pineapple, oranges, and cinnamon rolls! Yum! We took the pups on a walk afterwards to burn off all of that food. Today is incredibly clear, crisp and blue. The sun is shining, and not a cloud in the sky! We encountered a little boy on our walk who fell in love with Charlie and Flippy. We let him pet them for about 10 minutes before his mom told him that we had to go. He gave them both a big hug and kiss before we went on our way. I was amazed that he wasn't scared of Charlie! It's not that Charlie is mean, it's just that he usually intimidates small children. But not this little guy! After our walk Erin and Jason hit the driving range, Amanda chose to take a little nap, and I watched some football.


I love to cook (if you couldn't tell by reading this post), especially when we have company. I baked Jason some peanut butter cookies earlier this afternoon and right now I have a quiche lorraine baking away in the oven! Hopefully I will still have time to experiment in the kitchen once the baby is born. This week ahead is a busy one for us. Work as usual, but also getting ready to go back home to Ohio for a long weekend. We haven't been home since last Christmas, so we are both very excited to see all of our family and friends!


I hope you all had a great Halloween!

~Emily

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