Monday, December 26, 2016

Merry Christmas!

I hope your holiday was warm and bright. Can you believe it's nearly 2017? Wow!

We had our holiday party - it was a blast! Because it was a combined event (business & personal), we were able to do a few extra fun things, like I mentioned before... ice rink, snow machine, mechanical reindeer... awesome-sauce!!! The day before the party, the rental company called me saying that the folks who'd rented the ice rink before me had destroyed it. Oh crap! They were able to salvage only 1/3 of it! So, they cut me a major deal, then gave us a human snowglobe. Lol! It was so cool! I am short on photos, but these will give you an idea. And yes - I did ride the mechanical reindeer. I think I lasted all of 4 seconds. LOL!!!
Set up time! The snowglobe has blowing "snow"
inside of it. You enter through the back then it's
an awesome photo opp!
Bill and I in the globe. Family members were shaking it trying to get us to fall.
They succeeded. Lol! 

This reindeer was the hit of the night! The kids
adored it (and were so cute!). As the evening progressed,
the adults commandeered it, lol! And let me tell you,
it's no toy! That thing can MOVE!

Synthetic ice rink! So fun!
The boys weren't very happy with their accommodations for the party, haha, but we made it up to them in treats and snuggles.

It was a great party, and a really fun time. When all was said and done, we had nearly 100 people there! Woohoo!

After the party, it was the final stretch to Christmas. Our daughter Ariel spent the holiday with her boyfriend & his family out of town, our son-in-law Jared is deployed, and my parents were mid-move, so our group was smaller this year, and we missed them very much. Jared was able to skype in for the gift opening, and again later for dinner, and that was fabulous for all of us, but especially Shiloh.

Speaking of Shiloh - she's now 24 weeks pregnant! We've hit viability!! Yay!!!!! She's beautiful, glowing, and growing :-) I just love having her here during this pregnancy. And, oh that baby bump!!! hehehe!!

Christmas Eve, we had our annual poker party - which didn't last as long as usual due to the missing folks, lol. Everyone had fun playing, and I had fun prepping breakfast for the next morning. We tried two homemade cinnamon roll recipes, plus my traditional breakfast burritos. Yum! Sunday was wonderful, I love having my family gathered together, and hope next year to have them ALL here. ;-)

For dinner, I used my sous vide Joule - so easy!!!! I seriously love that tool! I had cooked the carrots the day before, so about an hour before the beef was done, I just put those back in the water bath and they were ready when we were. Did I say it's so easy? Because it is! LOL!
I had to cut my roast in half in order to fit in the skillet for searing, lol. 

After 2 hours in the water bath, the beef had just an hour to go, so I added the carrots back in to warm up.
Worked perfectly! 

My Joule is my favorite toy, lol.  Anyway, dinner enjoyed, leftovers divvied up, pups spoiled and kids all hugged, then it was just us. Shi and Bear went to bed, and Bill and I lit a fire and cuddled up on the patio to watch Deepwater Horizon and savor our well-earned wine. It was a great day, and a beautiful night.

This coming year will bring some fun and exciting events - Bill is taking me to New Orleans in a couple weeks!! Shi helped him get it all booked and set up, even put the info into a binder for me for Christmas! (Yes - the organizational binder. I raised her well!). I'm so excited!!! Then of course, Jared comes home (hopefully before the birth), and Baby is due mid April. There are no words to express my joy and gratitude for this baby!!

And, because my husband is the world's greatest, there's another event planned for the fall.... Me, my mom, and Shiloh are heading to Maryland to stay at...

Inn Boonsboro!!! Wooooohoooo!!!!

If you're  not familiar with Inn Boonsboro, check out the link above. It's the setting for a Nora Roberts Trilogy (here), and we can't wait to experience it!! The boys (Bill, my Dad, and Jared) will be on baby & puppy duty, lol, while us girls get a weekend away. Happy Dance!!!!

Here's to looking forward to what 2017 brings. I hope this year ends quietly and gently for all of us, and that next year brings joy, peace, and adventure. Best Wishes to You!!

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