We got a new coffee maker for Christmas (our old one was just fine!) It's one of those that doesn't have a pot?
LeRoy showed me once.
I was kind of paying attention. He made coffee yesterday(and every weekend since Christmas) and it was perfect. Today after 2 attempts of me trying to make a decent cup of coffee, they were both still undrinkable. How hard is it to make a cup of coffee? I remember a post awhile back of my sister Donna that said she didn't know how to make decent coffee either. ha ha! What is wrong with us? So I texted my hubby and asked him to bring me home a cup from the station when he came home for lunch. Sweet hubs brought some home :)
I have been so busy since September when school started, I have slacked on my blogging. I am going the recap some of the hightlights in the last couple of months.
(this picture was Christmas 2004, my how much my kids have grown since then)
Let's start with New Years.
LeRoy and I have been so busy working and running kids to school and sporting events we haven't had time for much else (not that I mind, I love watching them play sports). We bothed worked on New Year's Eve and were invited to several parties, but I was tired and exhausted and just wanted to stay home. I didn't make anything special for dinner (so unlike me), didn't have a single drink of alcohol, and just wanted to chill out. All four of us just stayed home (pizza for dinner), and all made it until midnight. We watched the specials on TV of the ball in Times Square (takes on a whole new meaning since Nicole and I have been there!) and at midnight we all 4 piled into my bed to watch the countdown and the ball drop. Then we went to bed. Nothing too exciting, but we were all home, together and safe.
Oh and the shopping, wrapping, hosting, cooking, cleaning, working, decorating, working, sports, driving kids, parties and all of the obligations that come with the holiday season.
Basketball season is in full swing for both of the kids so that takes up alot of our time and evenings. Nicole had a game last week and she played awesome. Her personal best. She was aggressive and made her free throw shots and was awesome on defense. I don't know how many points she scored (lost track at around 11) but she really shined out there. It was great because it was a home game and alot of her friends (boys and girls) from school were their watching the game. Proud of her. Tylers games haven't started yet, but he has a great group of boys that he has played with since 1st grade and an great coach we have had in the past. Looks like he is going to have a good season too. I really enjoy watching my kids play............................. I actually had 3 days off over New Years. I don't know what got into me, but I went on a cleaning rampage. I mean crazy...........
Dusted, vaccumed, moved beds to vaccum under them, cleaned and organized my closet (that alone is about a 2 week ordeal), cleaned out Tylers room and closet, clothes, old toys. His room is perfection right now! Mine is "almost" done. Nicole worked on her room and got rid of "stuff" too. I had to go back to work, so still working on a few little "piles". Got rid of most of my clothes. (a lot of them were too big anyways). Organized, sorted, donated, got rid of a lot of "stuff". Such a great feeling to start the new year that much lighter.
I took EVERYTHING out of my closet and piled it on my bed. My amazing husband went to Home Depot and got me rods to organize my closet. (like I said. If you know me you know I have WAY too many clothes, shoes, purses, accessories). I'm thinking he might have regretted the $40 he spent that led to all of this! (I still have too many shoes, but whatever!) So no relaxing for me on my days off. But the next days off I get maybe I can relax? Doubt it. Chores are never done.
This is the "before". This pictures gives me anxiety.......................... "After"............................... looks like a hotel. Enjoyable......................... I bought a new comforter back in August for when I did the big clean out project. So nice to have it done.
Saturday I spent the day shopping with my sister Donna in Salem. We weren't after anything in particular. Just had a great day talking, going out to lunch, looking at fabric, (I tortured her at the makeup counter in Nordstrom's, not her thing), coffee, just hanging out. It's been a long time since we have done that. Probably before kids. Our oldest is 14. Been too long.....................I miss that.