Thanksgiving Recap!

If you've been reading this blog at all, you know how excited I was to see all of my family and friends back in Indiana over Thanksgiving.  We left last Tuesday night, and flew all night to arrive in Indianapolis on Wednesday morning.  Once we arrived in our home town, the rest of our family started to slowly arrive and the fun began!

It was absolutely wonderful to see some of my favorite people and I loved being home in Indiana.  The one downside was that I managed to get pretty sick right before we flew home.  I typically get a really bad sore throat and cold on my birthday each year... well, this year it came during my Thanksgiving break... GO FIGURE!  Despite being sick, we have an absolutely wonderful trip home.  My only other regret is that I did an absolutely horrible job of taking pictures while we were home.  I desperately wanted a new picture of CAhusband and I with my parents and sister, and it just never happened.  A  big thanks to my SIL, Virginia Belle who I borrowed a few of these pictures from!   

Here are some of the highlights of our trip:
  • Getting to spend quality time with both my family and CAhusbands.
  • A Thanksgiving brunch at my grandparents house with my mom's side of the family .
  • A Thanksgiving feast at CAhusband's parents house.
  • My favorite decorated sugar cookies from my favorite local baker.
  • Leading a pine cone turkey craft for the whole family. (As the teacher, I was assigned this job to keep everyone occupied while the kitchen was cleaned.  Leading this craft for 30+ non-2nd graders was not as easy as I thought it would be).
  • Royal Feast from Pizza King and Chicken Nachos from Qdoba: 2 foods I can't enjoy in CA.
  • Successful Black Friday shopping with my mom, dad, and sister-in-law Katie that allowed me to mark 4 people off of my list.  I then was able to wrap their gifts and leave them in Indiana... so happy I got this done.
  • Meeting up with my friend Tracey for lunch in Indianapolis.
  • A Very Gaga Christmas.... what can I say?  I loved this holiday special.
  • Turkey Burn at the YMCA with my MIL and SIL.  It definitely felt good to exercise after eating so much on Thanksgiving.
  • The COLTS game in Indiana before heading home on Sunday night.
  • Non-hectic traveling during the busy holiday season.  All of our flights were exactly on time, no stress at all!
Aside from being sick, it was a fantastic trip.  We couldn't have asked for a better Thanksgiving with all of our loved ones. 

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Happy Things

Thanksgiving week is finally here, and if you ask me there's no better time then now to share all of the happy little things that I'm grateful for.


-It is a 1.5 day work week! 

-I finally finished American Wife this weekend, and I loved it.  Now I'm starting Mockingjay, I don't know how I've waited this long to finish the series.

-The butternut squash risotto from Fresh and Easy is finally available on its own.  If you're not in CA, NV, or AZ you haven't likely experienced Fresh and Easy markets before, but this risotto is amazing.  I could eat it for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

-I've picked up after school tutoring 3 times a week.  Although it's not always ideal to add an extra hour to my work day, the extra money will definitely come in handy. 

-Our flight home to Indiana is as close to perfect as you can get when flying out of the very small Palm Springs airport.  We leave at 10 pm Tuesday and get in bright an early Wednesday morning.  Although a red-eye flight isn't always ideal, we love it for trips to Indiana back because we don't have to waste a whole day traveling. 

-Every pair of brown boots I have wanted this year have been over $400, which isn't an option, especially when I can only wear them for about 6 weeks out of the year. Well, yesterday I finally found a reasonably priced pair at DSW, and they're just perfect.  I'm wearing them for the first time today with jeans... yup, jeans at work on a Monday.  I'm a rebel.

-My school added an extra day to our Christmas Break last week!  We now go back Tuesday, January 3rd instead of Monday the 2nd.  The best part is that they didn't add another day onto our year. WOOHOO!

-CAhusband and I started watching Homeland last week!  If you have Showtime, you absolutely must watch this show, it's so good!

-I get to see all of my favorite people this week.  Between now and next Sunday I will have a chance to see nearly all of my family, and several great friends that I haven't seen in far too long. 

What are some of the happy little things in your life this week?

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Kids = Germs

So, CAhusband has a small issue with children and their cleanliness. 

A few summers ago I nannied for a little 2 year old boy for the summer.  One day I invited CAhusband over to eat lunch with us.  He had lunch free, and agreed to come over, but clearly stated....

"I'm not going to eat lunch where a baby lives,
there are germs everywhere."

Okay, great!  I laughed and rolled my eyes, but he was serious.  He came by, but he DID.NOT.EAT.

After this, I suppose our conversation from this evening shouldn't really surprise me.

ME: Hey, look what I have for you?

CAhusband:  Nope, already saw it, no thank you.

ME: What I swear, no kids even touched it.  Please eat it, they turned out so cute.

CAhusband:  No, are you kidding? They probably put their hands in the candy corn bag or something and got their germs all over it.

ME:  No, I swear they didn't.  I made yours as my example, no second grade hands touched your cupcake. AT ALL!  I sorted each of their supplies on to their individual plates, I swear, they didn't even come close.

CAhusband: Nope, they pick their noses, and cough in that room all day long.  I am not eating that cupcake. 

ME: Come on!

CAhusband:  Actually, there are so many germs in your classroom that I should probably insist that you shower the second you walk in the door each night.

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Scenes from Our Weekend!

It was a glorious long weekend here in the desert!  CAhusband and I both had Friday off of work in honor of Veteran's Day, and it was wonderful to have a short week at work and a long weekend together! 

I normally do an absolutely horrible job of taking photos, but this weekend I tried really hard to capture what we were up to with my trusty iPhone! 

Friday we attended the wedding for our friends who we've met through CAhusband's work.  I always love an opportunity to get dressed up and do something fun with friends, and we had a great time.  This was the first wedding we've been to in awhile that didn't require us to travel, so that was an extra bonus!

It was rainy and cold on Saturday, and while CAhusband went golfing with some co-workers I got to work organizing my closet.  I finally traded out my summer clothes for my winter clothes, and got everything in order the way I like it.  It's perfect for now, but I'm not looking forward to picking up my dry-cleaning or finishing my laundry because I'll have to re-organize it a bit again. 

Once CAhusband got home from golf we had a relaxing afternoon on the couch watching football.  Piper loves to snuggle with her dad!

Saturday night we decided to head out to dinner at our favorite restaurant, and it was so chilly and rainy I got to bust out my favorite chunky cardigan and boots!  Yes, this monumental occasion deserves a photo, I was thrilled to be able to bundle up!

Sunday we did some major cleaning and organizing around the house!  Piper and Reilly even managed to get lint-rolled in the process as a joke, and I was shocked by the amount of hair we were able to get off of them.  Their hair is literally everywhere in our house, so it can't hurt!   

Sunday evening our friends Brooke and Alan came over to hang out and watch football.  CAhusband made these jalapeno poppers in a crescent roll that I found on Pinterest.  Although we both loved the idea of them, they were only okay. 

We also made our favorite fondue, that we've been craving forever!  It is seriously the yummiest snack ever, and is always a big hit with guests.

Brooke and Alan brought over their adorable little dog and all of the dogs played like crazy.  It was great to catch up, and Brooke even helped us take a Christmas card photo, which was no easy task!

Here's the fondue recipe:

1 c. White Wine
7 oz. Gruyere Cheese, shredded
7 oz. Emmentaler Cheese, shredded
7 oz. Sharp Cheddar, shredded
1 T flour
1 clove garlic
  • In a saucepan, bring white wine to a boil
  • In a mixing bowl, combine all three cheeses and toss with flour
  • Once wine is boiling, slowly add the cheese, stirring constantly
  • Rub the bottom on your warm fondue pot the the cut side of garlic
  • Transfer melted cheese into the fondue pot to keep warm
Our favorite dippers for this fondue are:
cubed french bread
green apples
little smokies
green peppers

We had a wonderful long weekend, and now I'm just trying to brace myself for the long week ahead! 
Only 6.5 more work days 'til Thanksgiving break, YAY!

Did you have a long weekend in honor of Veteran's Day?  What were you up to?

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Yesterday I read Megan's post on blogging, and it finally occurred to me why I've been lacking blog material lately.  I haven't been able to really write about other things, because there is primarily one thing on my mind.

I haven't written this post because I don't know how to make sure it comes out correctly, but I feel like I've got to give it a shot.  Otherwise I'm afraid these thoughts will keep bouncing around my head and I'll make myself nuts.

What it all comes down to is that I want to move.  This may sound pitiful, but despite living here for over 2 years, I still feel like we're on vacation.  When we moved here from Indiana, we were excited and thrilled for this adventure, but we always kind of agreed that we probably weren't moving out here forever.  After growing up in the Midwest, we've simply never pictured ourselves raising a family here, our move to CA was going to be our fun time before settling down and having children.  5 years or so, maybe? 

In retrospect I have to say that this mindset was probably my first mistake.  Although my husband has fully embraced his career and life here, I find myself resisting.  I'm extremely hesitant to put down roots here, because in my head it's all just temporary... but is it really?

I have a huge desire to be closer to someone.  My husband and our life here is enough for me, but I do hate that it takes months of advanced planning and a whole lot of money to see any of our family and friends.  I hate that we couldn't possibly meet up with some of our friends or loved ones for a long weekend after a brief road trip.  We're just a little too far away from everyone we care most about.

Basically I struggle with this because I know it isn't fair to my husband.  I couldn't wait to move here and now I'm wanting to bail.  He is happy here.  He is embracing our life here like it isn't temporary.  My sulking is getting us nowhere. 

I guess that more than anything I'm just hoping that typing this all out will help me find peace with our current situation.  Are there a few things that are less than ideal?  Yes.  But that doesn't mean that I should waste our time in this gorgeous town pouting.  I need to be thankful for the fact that we both have great jobs, that we have our health, and that we have each other.  I need to enjoy life in the now, and stop worrying about where life will take us next. 

I have a feeling that this is just one of many posts that will center around how I'm feeling on this topic because I feel so much better already, just having written it down. 

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Five Friday Faves

Yay, Friday is finally here!  Here are some of my favorite things this week...

1. Top Chef Texas
I recently eliminated 5-6 shows from my weekly schedule, and it's a good thing I did, because I've got another new show that's starting up again. For someone who doesn't like or know how to cook at all, I absolutely love Top Chef.  My fascination with all things Texas also guarantees I'll enjoy this season. Are you watching?

2. End of Quarter 1

Although the beginning of the year was flying by, the last few weeks have been creeping by. We're officially 1/4 of the way through the school year today, which means we're making progress! 
Have you guys seen this hilarious blog?  The author writes as though she's Suri Cruise and critiques other celeb baby news.  I just discovered this blog last week, and oh my goodness, I laugh out loud. 

4. Christmas is Coming!
Don't worry, I'm not one of those crazy Christmas people....I do happen to love the beginning of the holiday season though.  The local shopping area is putting out their beautiful lights, Starbucks has red cups, and my mailbox is constantly full of Christmas catalogs which I happen to love!  It's still way too early for Christmas music in my book, but I love everything else!

5. FUN Friday
I must say, I'm pretty pumped about the day I have ahead of me!  It should be a pretty painless day at school, we've got crazy cool weather allowing for a fun fall outfit, and CAhusband and I have plans to attend a cooking class tonight!  I've been dying to go back to this local cooking school since we went nearly 2 years ago, and can't wait to go for their fondue dinner and a date class tonight! 

What are your favorite things this Friday?

Have a great weekend everyone!

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This November

November happens to be one of my favorites months of the year.  I love the cooler temps, the festive start to the holiday season, and the fact that we'll get to see so many of our favorite people in just a few short weeks.  I still don't quite understand how we got here so quickly, but I'm happy it's here nonetheless.

This November I/we will ...
  • Enjoy 2 abbreviated weeks at school!  Definitely a major highlight of the month.
  • Celebrate our friends' wedding on 11/11/11!
  • Wrap up the first quarter of the school year!  This means report cards and parent/teacher conferences.
  • Try to find a new pair of brown boots that don't cost a small fortune (way easier said than done).
  • Go see Breaking Dawn Part 1. Back off Twilight haters, I've followed the series this far and am definitely going to finish it.
  • Teach my Thanksgiving unit at school.... it's one of my favorites!
  • Go see The Muppet's Movie!  My husband is completely opposed to this, which I don't understand at all!
  • Travel to Indiana for Thanksgiving where we will get to see both of our families.  This is the highlight of my month, and I'm already counting the days!
  • Finish my book, American Wife.  It's so good, but so long!
  • Do a little Black Friday shopping!  Even though we do have good shopping here, I always look forward to the chance to shop at my favorite mall in Indianapolis over Thanksgiving!
  • Try to get a head start on my Christmas shopping!
  • Attempt to start a few Christmas crafts I have planned.
  • Finish my Christmas cards!  They're ordered, but still need a photo.
What are you up to this November?

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