Showing posts from January, 2013

January so far

This month has brought a break from the business of the fall and the fun rush of the holidays.  We've just been going at life, and it's been nice.  I wish I could say I had accomplished all kinds of cool things, but really I haven't.  The one thing that I've spent the past week working on in my free time is finally making a baby album for Alayna.  She's super excited and can't wait for me to finish.  
We had all of Matt's family here this past weekend.  The whole gang, all 19 of us were together for the first time in two years.  It was nice.  We had family photos taken, and I also took a few, which I'll share later.
I have a few business things I need to work on while I have time (the behind the scenes time sucker stuff) :)  I'm learning how to design albums, and trying to design a brochure (design work is not on the top of my love to do list).
I've done a lot of cooking and entertaining, but I think that's pretty much the norm for us :)  W…

New Year's Eve

This is officially my last post related to the holidays :)  We decided to have a fancy dinner for New Year's Eve.  The Flores' came over and spent the night, and we had a great time.  We even got all dressed up.

I tried to set my table extra fancy.  We even busted out the china and nice silverware :)  I had fun putting together a little centerpiece with things I had on hand.

So, as you would at a nice restaurant, we started out with a drink at the bar.... I had an extra dirty gin martini.  For some reason that drink makes me feel classy, lol.  Not pictured is the array of fancy cheeses I had.  The most interesting one was a caramelized onion aged cheddar.
Our handsome bartender.  He makes great drinks.

It's kinda fun to get gussied up for a classy dinner :)

And now, onto the food.... mmmmmm. I made a prime rib roast (my first), and oh my.... it was DIVINE.  This is now going to be our new holiday tradition, I am so cooking one of these every year.  I used this recipe and …

Kind of Boxing Day

Today is January 2nd and I have to admit I was quite excited to go to the gym and eat a normal diet, lol.  I feel like we've been partying for two weeks straight, and it's been fun, but it's always nice to return to a normal diet :)  However, I still have a couple more holiday posts that I need included in my blog book/memories, so here is one of them....

For the past several years we have made it a tradition to spend Boxing Day at the Flores'.  This year Jolene didn't have the day off so we instead decided to have a sleepover on the Friday following Christmas.  Of course it was super fun, as any time spent with them is.  Ethan decided he wanted to sleep on the top bunk WITH Christian, so that's how they slept.  As the kids have gotten a little older it's become extremely relaxing to be together because the kids go off and play the entire time, and are VERY excited to have friends, and we get to hang out with our friends.  It's a total win-win situatio…