Monday, December 31, 2007
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
Here is the video Kristyn took of Sadie scratching at the door. Most of her scratching fits were much longer than this. You can hear me in the background trying to torment the dogs into scratching so that Kristyn could video them. Poor Sadie and Jack.
Well, that just about sums up our visit in Dallas this weekend. We had dinner, presents, and family time. Scott, Paul, and Daddy even got to watch football while we ate.
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
I hope everyone is enjoying today! Scott and I have had a wonderful Christmas so far. Our weekend was great as well. All of our family gatherings were a lot of fun! I took a ton of pictures so I am going to have to pick out the best ones and do a slide show soon. The ones of Scott's family are going to require quite a bit of red eye reduction as they all have blue eyes. My family, on the other hand, being brown eyed (except Paul and one of his daughters, Kristyn), are much easier to photograph! This picture is of my family. The back row is Daddy, Stephanie, Me, and Scott. The front row is Emily, Wendy, Paul, and Kristyn. (Paul is my sister's fiance and Emily and Kristyn are his daughters).
Sunday's church service and Last night's Christmas Eve service at church were wonderful. Pastor Lee talked about how it is okay to enjoy the secular parts of Christmas as long as you are not allowing them to get in the way of your worship of Christ. If that is the case, you are making them idols. He also discussed, last night, the incarnation of Christ. I am so amazed and so thankful that God would take on human form and come and live as one of us in order to save us from our own sin. How awesome!
Scott's parents and grandma came to our Christmas Eve service last night and then we went out to eat at the Waffle House. Mmmm. Gotta love a patty melt plate!
I enjoyed exchanging gifts with our families as well. I love giving gifts. It's so much fun to see people react to the things you bought for them. But, I must admit that I also enjoy receiving them. I received so many great gifts this year. I have completed my collection of Tim McGraw CDs (I was only missing the most recent one), I have the entire Bible (ESV version) on MP3, I received a new Bible in the NASB version, which is what Pastor Lee uses, and I received both of the sewing books that I wanted. I think that I am fully prepared to start attempting to sew. I have received many other things that I also really wanted, but those are the highlights. Scott got lot of new things too. He received all of the books from Christian Books.com that he wanted, his GA Tech windsock that he had been wanting (exactly like the other one he had bought for himself recently, thanks to Tailgaters Alley Stores(Discover Mills and The Avenue at Webb Ginn), who are owned by GA Tech graduates, and he received both of the movies he has been talking about wanting since they came out: Transformers and Pirates of the Caribbean 3. Also, his boss had given him a gift card to Game Stop for his birthday and Scott went out and bought a game that I had almost bought him for his birthday, Super Mario Galaxy. He is playing it right now...and he played it quite a bit yesterday while I was at work. He loves it. Scott's boss also gave him Harry Potter 5 (the movie) for Christmas. Yay!
I am leaving you with a little video I took of Sam trying to fit all 5 of the cars that Scott and I gave him for Christmas in his hands at one time. So cute.
Saturday, December 22, 2007
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
Well, the season of Christmas parties is in full swing! Scott and I went to his office's Christmas party at the 1818 Club on Sugarloaf Parkway in the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce building on the evening of December 2. I must say that I was not looking forward to this one. I really did not enjoy this one last year...but, it turned out a lot better this year. We sat with some really nice people and it was just all around more enjoyable. On December 9, we went to a Christmas party for everyone at my office at one of the VP's, Wayne's, house. Not everyone from the office came, but it was fun and Wayne's mom was there and we were just all able to sit around and chat. Then, this past Wednesday, December 12, we had our Ladies' Bible Study Christmas party and gift swap which was a ton of fun as always when we get together. Our church small group Christmas party was Saturday night (December 15) at Amy and Josh's and that was a lot of fun, too. We had a white elephant gift swap. If you don't know what this is, it is when everyone brings a gift (we set our limit at $10) and wraps it and everyone draws numbers. Person 1 has to unwrap a gift and then person 2 can steal his gift or unwrap a new gift and then person 1 has to unwrap another gift if his is stolen, and so on and so forth. It is really interesting to see what people bring. Follow is a list of the items brought to ours: fireworks, a gingerbread house kit, a twin pack of enemas, a nail glam kit, a miniature bowling alley, a Starbucks gift card, a little snowman that wore bling and sang "Ice, Ice, Baby" while bobbing his head and moving his little hands around, a little ceramic pill box that had Jesus on the lid, a crazy green hat with an attached veil, a calendar with the ugliest dogs you have ever seen on it, a little reindeer on a keychain that pooped cola flavored candy, and an insulated back pack complete with plastic place settings, corkscrew, and bottle opener. So as you can see, a lot of crazy stuff! Scott and I came off pretty well - we got the miniature bowling alley and the gingerbread house kit (which we brought, actually). Then, tomorrow, Scott's office is having a "holiday lunch" and my office is having a "holiday lunch" on Thursday. Saturday, we are visiting and swapping gifts with my immediate family (which will include a visit with Meme) and then on Sunday we are visiting and swapping gifts with Scott's immediate family. We will probably go to Scott's cousin's house on Christmas day out in Monroe and then we'll see my extended family in January.
Scott and I made our gingerbread house on Sunday afternoon. It is very cute. The picture on the box is kind of deceptive, though because it shows this huge base with plenty of room for two gingerbread people and two trees, but you really only have space for two out of the four. So, we took pictures with everything there and then ate the trees. Mmmmm. My friend from college, Mary, has also made gingerbread houses with her husband. She has pictures on her blog, which you can visit here. Below are pictures of our gingerbread house. One with and one without the trees. Please, no laughing. We have never claimed to have artistic talent...I mean, we are a Network Administrator and a CPA for goodness sakes!
Our house is all decorated for Christmas! I love it when we decorate for Christmas! I just realized that I haven't taken any pictures of the house yet this year. I am going to run out and take some so that I can post at least the night-time view here...be back in a minute....okay, I am back, and frozen. I mean, it is officially cold! I was getting so tired of the cold weather and then it heated back up into the 70's for about a week and then all of a sudden, it got super cold again. Brrrrrr!
Here's the best picture I could get of our house. I had to take it at an angle because the for sale sign was in the way, so it looks like Scott only hung lights on half of the entrance, but there are lights all the way around our entrance. The deer are a new addition this year. We have been wanting them for years, but could never find them the day after Christmas, so we bought them this year anyway.
This wreath is an example of the wreaths we have on each window of our house. They look really cute during the day.
Here is our Christmas tree. I like the picture with the gifts the best, because it looks more complete, but I had to show you all the picture of the tree about 5 seconds after I had put down the tree skirt...Sampson claimed his spot under the tree!
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Here are the pictures:
(I did them like an old film...hehehe...if you want to see them in color, I think you can just click on the link to the slide website and view them there).
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Preheat your oven to 350
2 Cans Hungry Jack biscuits, cut into quarters
1/2 c. sugar
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
Shake the above three ingredients in a gallon size ziploc bag until all biscuit quarters are evenly coated. Dump them in a greased bundt pan.
1 stick margarine
2/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
Put the above three ingredients in a small sauce pan and stir until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved. Keep stirring until you have it just right (it will bubble and stuff, but don't let if burn.)
Pour the melted butter and sugar mixture over the biscuits in your bundt pan.
Bake for 30-40 minutes, until biscuits are done. You will want to turn it out immediately or you risk it sticking. If some pieces stick, just pull them off the pan and stick them back where they belong...no one will know and even if they do they won't care.
I can't seem to find Hungry Jack biscuits any more so I get the big cans of Grands...usually the buttery ones.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Anyway...I'll post our Thanksgiving pictures of our family some other time. For now, I will just post one picture (apparently this picture was enough to cause enough drag to cause Scott to say "Are you uploading something?" I can't get away with anything :oP-) Scott's parents threw a mini birthday party for Scott and SaraBeth since their birthdays are both in November. Scott's parents got him this George Foreman grill with removable plates off of his wishlist. Yay! We used it tonight to make Stuffed Fiesta Burgers. A word to the wise: don't use a George Foreman grill to make burgers stuffed with cheese. The grill seems to squeeze the burgers...and all the cheese squeezed right out. I scraped it off the grill and onto the top of the burgers. They were still good and there was still some cheese in there...but I don't know if we'll do that again. We are still pumped about the grill. Scott is especially because he doesn't like to grill in the freezing cold.
I have some random thoughts of late.
First, our house: Our real estate agent included our house in an article in the Rockdale paper about how resales are better than new homes a couple of weeks ago. The day before the article came out, someone came and looked at our house, but we have had no one else come look at it. I think our house is really cute, and our yard is really nice! Oh well...someone who appreciates our hard work will come along.
Next are just random thoughts from Marcy:
Friday night we went to see a movie with Shana, Josh, and Andy. Scott hadn't been feeling well and we were running out of Advil Cold and Sinus, which we love, plus that will keep you awake. So, we stopped by our Kroger, which is open 24/7...yes, folks, way out here in Loganville. Anyway, we go to pick up some Advil Cold and Sinus and some Nyquil (so Scott could sleep and breathe), and there were no boxes of Advil Cold and Sinus on the shelves...just these little cards that looked like the box. So, we take our little card and our bottle of Nighttime (which is the generic brand, but my daddy always says it's just as good, and he knows about these things) up to the pharmacy counter and the poor pharmacist tells us that the federal government passed a law in September that causes anyone who sells this stuff to enter the purchasers into their federal database, but they provide no funding. So, Scott has to fill out this form with all kinds of information, including the exact time he is there purchasing this stuff...and give his birthday so that he can buy the Nighttime. Apparently, people were buying up tons of Advil Cold and Sinus because it contains Sudafed and you can use Sudafed to make Meth! How scary is that?! Did you know about this? How do people find this stuff out?
Wednesday, I had to stop by the store on the way home to get whole milk, because that's what I needed to make macaroni and cheese for Thanksgiving and I had forgotten to get it at my big grocery visit. I also needed my eye makeup remover and I had allowed myself to get into an emergency state and I am not brave enough to go to Walmart the day before Thanksgiving to save a few cents on eye makeup remover. So, I went to Kroger. I am a fan of Kroger, what can I say. So, I go to the area with all the face stuff and right next to my normal Neutrogena Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover is a pump bottle of Neutrogena foaming facial cleanser and eye makeup remover all in one. I think, "no way". I flipped the bottle over and the back of the bottle plainly states that it easily removes waterproof mascara. I think...this is too good to be true...but I bought it anyway. I hate eye make up remover. I always rub forever and still end up rubbing half my mascara off with my towel after washing my face and still get out of the shower the next morning with mascara somewhere around my eyes. So, I tried this soap stuff. I figured Neutrogena is a trusted brand, right? Well, I have used this soap several times now and it smells uncomfortably similar to the OXYclean foaming cleanser that we clean our carpet with when the cats cough up a furball and my skin definitely feels clean after I use it...but very dry. I think I might compare the ingredients on my facial cleanser to the bottle of carpet cleaner. Oh, and it got about as much mascara off my eyelashes as the eye makeup remover does, maybe a teensy bit more! So, that brings two questions to my mind. First, should I keep using this stuff if it smells like carpet cleaner? I mean, I haven't broken out and while my face initially feels dry, it isn't dry once I have put on moisturizer...no flakes or anything. And secondly...does anyone ever actually get all of their mascara off without feeling as if they have caused undereye wrinkles worse than their grandmother's? This may seem insignificant to some...but wrinkles worse than my grandmother's and a dirty face seems pretty serious to me every night when I battle with myself between which fate I must face.
So, that was a long post about nothing really...I hope you enjoyed a little look into the random thoughts I have quite often. Please feel free to let me know about the meth and the mascara/facial cleanser situation.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
Thursday, November 22, 2007
Monday, November 19, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Chicken Pot Pie:
Frozen Pie Crust (double)
1 13 oz. can of chicken
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Mix the last 3 ingredients together and pour into the bottom shell. Pull the edges off the second shell and flip it over onto the top. I like the crust, so I just put the edges on top. It doesn't look as pretty, but it's good. You'll want to poke a few holes in the top too. Bake for 30-40 minutes, depending on your oven. You will want the top crust to be pretty crunchy and for the sauce inside to be bubbly. If you don't get the crust done enough, the leftovers might be a little soggy. Let it rest for about 10 minutes before serving.
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Arlene's shower was given by another friend from high school, Jennifer, who we all called J.K. There weren't many of us there, but we enjoyed ourselves. We painted pottery at a place called Just Kiln Time in the Marietta square. I painted Arlene and Josh a plate with their wedding date on it. I was glad to meet Josh. He seemed like a really nice guy.
Monday, November 5, 2007
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Put the meat in a gallon ziploc bag with the following marinade overnight:
Friday, October 26, 2007
Thursday, October 25, 2007
Sunday, October 21, 2007
2 Cans Great American Beans (Kroger brand is ok)
1 Can chicken broth
1 large can chicken breast (drain)
1 jar medium salsa
2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Dump everything – except cheese into a large pot
Simmer for as long as you like
Right before you serve – add cheese – stir until it melts
Freezes well – but, if you make it to freeze – leave out the cheese
Add when you thaw and re-heat