Friday, December 30, 2016

New Year's Eve Countdown Pizza Dip

I made this last year and never posted it.  Came across the pictures and figured, why not?

I'm thinkin' I'll bust it out again tomorrow, but without the meat.
Just Countdown Cheese Dip.
Here's a link to the recipe, if you wanna give it a whirl:

I made ours ahead of time, minus the number cut outs, then reheated it and added the clockworks.

Mmmmm, hot cheese.

Any big plans for the night?
We'll ring in the new year with the kiddos and be fast asleep by midnight, I'm sure.
Happy New Year!

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

The Dog: A Christmas Gift

It's the Christmas gift that almost made me cry.  Almost.  I'm pretty good at stifling emotions at this point in my life.  ;)

So that's a photo of our late Maddie Girl at the Rock Farm, I believe in 2010.
I have a black and white version of it framed by my computer.
I can glance up and see it right now.

The above, was a Christmas gift for our family, from my brother-in-law.
You guys.
I thought it was a photo when we first opened it.

Contrair, Mofrair.
That is his handy work with oil pastels.
Let's look closer, shall we?


I could not love it more.

Thank you, Uncle Sherwin.
Ya got skills.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Happy Birthday To Me: My Surprise 40th Birthday Party

Today's my birthday.  Yay!  What better time to do a post about my surprise party from LAST year?!  Ha!

So here's how it went down...
My birthday is on the 23rd, but earlier in the month, I was told my sister and her husband had a gift certificate to some restaurant, and we were invited to go to dinner with them.
On the evening of, I got ready to go and we stopped in at a local haunt for a drink first because we were early.
We headed over to my sister's house to meet up, because they were going to drive.
When we walked in the front door, I went into complete shock.
I honestly had NO CLUE.
There were faces I hadn't seen in forever.
Friends from old jobs, family from out of town, people I hardly ever see anymore because of kids, and life.
I just stood there, awkward and speechless.
With six chins.
And I have pictures to prove it.
You're welcome.

My mom and sister did a flower theme, and there were literally flowers everywhere.
Even the bathtub had flowers and floating candles.
And so. much. food.

Champagne and a shot once I got my coat off.

My ex-boyfriend's aunt and uncle, their daughter-in-law, and The Dad.

My friend's husband, my sister-in-law, my friend from a job I had at a nursery in 2001, and his partner.

Friend and sis.

Friend, sis, and cousin's wife.

My cousin and his wife.

Aunt and cousin.

Aunt and her boyfriend.

On the couch is a friend from my second job, many moons ago, at Lloyd Center Pharmacy, and her husband.

A friend from a restaurant job, 2002/2003, on the left.
It's long gone, but we affectionately called it The Shit Shack.

The massive amounts of food, all done by my mom and sister.

The Happy Birthday song, with piano accompaniment, even.

More pics of me and my people hangin'.

Being silly.

My mom and step-dad.

Me, mom, and sis.

Six chins be gone!

Annnnd, they're back.

Mom and aunt.

Our friends, who you may remember getting engaged from one of my sister's annual Christmas party posts.
They just had a baby and he's so. dang. cute.

My ex-boyfriend's cousin and his wife.
I met him when he was sixteen.
Holy moly.

Couch crew.

Me and my brother-in-law.

Present time!

It's like they know me or something.

Another shot.  ;)

My very first purple insulator, sent from Grace, who was invited but couldn't make it.

 Attempting to get it together for a group photo.

Waiting for the camera man.

The four amigos.

End of the night chillaxin'.

And there ya have it.
My 2015, surprise 40th birthday party.
So fun.
Tonight, we have plans to go to dinner with my sis and brother-in-law, while my mom watches the kids.
But I've had some sort of creepin' crud for a week now, that doesn't wanna go away.
Spent a couple hours at Urgent Care yesterday with no diagnosis other than, Benign Positional Vertigo.
Doesn't explain all the other weird, random symptoms, though, so I guess I need to get in to my regular doctor, who's gone for two weeks.
Anywho, I may be celebrating 41 on the couch with the fam.
Which is okay, too.
And then, in a blink, it's Christmas Eve.
Holy moly.
Onto 2017 we go.....

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