Thursday, December 11, 2008

Ketchup Time, Volume 2

And we're back, with an exciting episode of Ketchup Time. (Volume 1 was waaay back in February in case you want to read it. Riveting stuff.)

Speaking of ketchup, does anyone really spell it "catsup?" I certainly don't. And if you do, do you pronounce it CAT-SUP? Because that's just kind of weird. I don't generally like to think of cats and ketchup together, and when I see it spelled that way, I do. And I also immediately switch the syllables and in my mind, I say, " 'sup, Cat?", as in, "What is happening, feline?" But the weird thing is, I don't have a cat, and wouldn't talk to it like that if I did.

And speaking of cats... a friend told me yesterday that she was staying at a friend's house a few weeks ago. Her friend owns a sick cat who gets to drink milk up on the counter. (Eww #1.) It sits on the dish towel for "padding" while it does this. (Eww #2.) And then she watched the friend dry the dishes later with the very same towel. (Eww #3.)

Okay, enough of that. My mind works in mysterious ways, and I don't really expect that anyone followed that or thought it was interesting. Just typing out loud.

I gasped out loud (GOL?) when I saw that my last post was November 20th. Yowza! Life has been fun and full, although a drag at times with sick kids and a sick hubby. I cringe when the first person gets sick, because you know those germs are just recycled until about April when it seems like everyone in the family is healthy again, all at the same time. 'Tis the season!

So get out your fries (or in my girls' case - APPLES - eww!)... it's Ketchup Time!

Emma's birthday party was super fun. We had 8 little girls here for Emma's 5th birthday party tea. We made fancy hats and fans and sipped tea like proper ladies. All of the little girls looked soooo cute!

Emma's friend Olivia...

Of course every little girl needs a feather boa!

Look at all the little lovelies!

I love this picture of Emma's friend, K. (So cute, Deann!)

Trying hard to get that pinky up! I hit thrift shops before the party and bought tea cups for all the girls to keep as party favors, along with their hats, fans and boas. So fun!

Such pretty little girls!

We also played musical chairs and had a sugar cube relay (which didn't work out as well as I'd hoped...) and read a story about a girl who had a tea party. It was a sweet morning. I'd been a little apprehensive about one thing, which turned out wonderfully; on the invitation we requested no gifts. We figured, it's a busy time of year, a bad time for many people financially, and mostly, we wanted Emma to recognize that a birthday celebration doesn't necessarily mean we get more "stuff." We weren't sure how she'd respond, but being that this was her first birthday party with friends, she didn't have any expectations. Instead, her friends all brought her hand-made cards. She absolutely LOVED them. Before the end of the day, she had me read each of them to her again at least five times, and they were by her side the rest of the weekend. I'm sure new toys would've been forgotten in no time, but these cards are TREASURES to her. We may have stumbled across a new birthday tradition...

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Thanksgiving was a fun night, even though it seems my girls were on fast-forward all evening. My goodness. They were SO wound up. I don't suppose the cinnamon rolls for breakfast, snacks for lunch, the pumpkin pie, and pilgrim hat craft project with Grandma had anything to do with it...

The adult table...

The "kid" table... which has outgrown the adult table and is WAY more fun, anyway.

Emma insisted on eating the turkey leg. Classy.

Aunt Amy and Kenzie with Brody and Addie (who would NOT smile).

My mom had a fun Thanksgiving craft for the girls to do. We made pilgrim hats with cookies, a dab of frosting, a Rolo or Reece's Peanut Butter Cup and an orange Tic-Tac. They were so fun and easy and so cute! The girls loved making them... even if we all paid for the sugar high all. night. long. Even Kenzie ate more than her share!

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The girls LOVED playing in the first real snowfall of the season... November 29th! Can you believe it?! Colorado's weather has been unreal this fall.

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Other highlights of the last couple of weeks:
  • The house is decorated for Christmas... almost. I still have the outside to do. We WILL have lights on the outside of the house this year, whether Gary does them or not. Possibly more to come on this... stay tuned.
  • I let the girls put all the ornaments on the tree this year. It's fun to see a tree with ornaments only on the bottom third.
  • My MOPS group had our Christmas brunch this week, and we all wore "festive" sweaters. The gaudier, the better. Mine jingled. I bought it at Savers for $5 and was certain it was the ugliest thing ever. I cringed when my girls oohed and ahhed over it... but I confess: I've grown to like it. Somehow sequined reindeer with jangly bell collars don't seem so bad when you're a mom. There. I said it.
  • I read the Twilight series and went to see the movie... more on that later.
  • We started some "marble jars" for the girls to help reward good behavior (although it goes both ways). Jury's still out about whether it's working or not.
  • Grammy (Gary's mom) was visiting for the last week and we had a fun time. We didn't do a lot, but it's always fun to have her around.
And of course, Brody's been growing and growing. He's just so fun. He's smiley and happy and giggly and just cute as can be. And he's never short on a little lovin' from his older sisters.

"Look mom! I'm making Brody smile!"

Because Brody likes this position...

...and KNOWS when I sit down (seriously... how do they know?!), my computer time comes in short spurts. But I have lots of blog posts rolling around in my head, and exponentially more to catch up in my Reader. I've said it before, but have never had the guts: I might have to mark them all as read and start over. It's too overwhelming! There is one blog I subscribe to that posts at least 10 times a day! WHO DOES THAT?! I need to simplify. The bad part is, I save some of my favorites to read until last, so those numbers are mounting like crazy. Kelly, Joanne, Meredith... I'm far into the double digits of unread posts with you guys. Someday I'll resurface in your comments... someday.

Okay. I'm done. The Ketchup bottle is empty. Funny post coming tomorrow. I promise it will make you laugh.


  1. It's good to see you posting again! I, too, have a problem with cats...I just hate it when I'm at someones house and the cat....that I know uses a litter up walking on the dining room table afterwards...okay, that's just gross...

  2. So great to hear all your ketchup news. And I'm with you...catsup? Huh?! No one spells it like that.

    Much love,

  3. Sounds like you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are all ready to have a great Christmas. I LOVED the pictures from Emma's party. I will have to remember that for her 5th birthday. I think we are going to do a Sleeping Beauty pajama party for her 4th. Have a great week and I am looking forward to your post ARE going to post again today..........right?!?!?! :-)

  4. fun post Ang! but in defense of cat owners (and this is from the person whose dog took the first place prize in training class), i have to admit, after a multi-year battle of wills with the cat (and I DON'T give in easily at all), we have finally compromised that the kitchen counters/table are available for walking on except when I'm working in there or we're eating. Then she respectfully stays off. It does mean I always wipe down the counters before working in there but it was the best we could do. she did learn the hard way as a kitten about the hot stove... But i don't use pet towels and dish towels interchangeably - that's pretty yucky.

  5. My girls eat apples with ketchup gross:) Love the party pics! Olivia had a great time! Love all the other pics too. I rarely have time to type anymore either...they just know when you sit...speaking of he is crying now.

  6. Okay...when I was reading your cat comments I thought about Kimmy Cat. And that made me laugh. You love Kimmy Cat right?

    Great pics, Angie. I love the one of Emma with the turkey leg!


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