Archive for December, 2012


Baking cookies for Santa

So glad Toll House invented pre-made cookie dough. $4 and 12 minutes and Santa’s cookies are ready

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Stocking stuffers

When we were kids, Santa put our gifts in a “huge” stocking. My dad kept it and still used it for us as adults. When he passed away, my stepmom gave it to me. It doesn’t seem nearly as big as it did when I was a kid, but to Avery and Clay, it’s still […]

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Who needs Santa when you can shop online?

I don’t know how moms made Christmas happen before online shopping. Our Elf on the Shelf Mickey is cute, but he doesn’t really make presents for Santa. If it weren’t for online shopping, I would have had a breakdown and I most certainly wouldn’t be done with my shopping already. It’s a running joke between […]

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Empathy

I’ve cried for other people’s children twice today. First, on my way to work listening to a radio telethon for our local children’s hospital. Then again now, reading the news of the horrible tragedy in Newtown, CT. Before I had kids, when I heard stories about sick children or tragic deaths, I felt bad for […]

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Dad saves the day

Like everyone else, this time of year is crazy for our family. We had plans every night this week, so that left us packing lunches late at night and doing homework early in the morning. Everyone has crazy weeks and we’re making it work. When I say “we,” I mean “we.” On Wednesdays, I take […]

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Credit cards: bring on the rewards!

Years ago, when Chase and I were dating long distance and flying cross-country every other week, I signed up for two credit cards that I thought could benefit us: the Delta Airlines SkyMiles American Express and the United Airlines Mileage Plus Visa. Just for signing up, I was given bonus airline miles, and I continued to accrue miles with our travel. At the […]

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Trimming the tree

Chase put up our outdoor Christmas decorations on Saturday, and the kids and I did the indoor decorations yesterday. When Chase got home from golfing, we worked together to do the tree. The kids were awfully proud of their hard work. I’m just proud I had the sense to buy the “unbreakable” ornaments when I […]

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