Question Of The Week

Question of the week: What special traditions do you have to ring in a New Year?

In my family we always eat lentils at midnight. As a matter of fact I have my lentils cooking in my crockpot even as we speak. It is supposed to bring you good luck in the new year.

My husbands family likes to have black eyed peas for good luck and cooked greens for wealth. I can’t stand either one of these so we stick with my tradition!

Teens Trying To Make Plans

My 16 year old daughter has been driving me nuts all week! She keeps asking me if she can go to the movies which I have no problem with usually. My problem this week is she asks me 5 minutes after dinner! Sorry I am not going to drive you to the movies at 7 pm and then of course have to pick you up at 10 pm! I am old, my bedtime is around 9!

This morning I told her I would take her to the movies if she wanted. Now she doesn’t want to go because all her friends either have plans or are still sleeping! Whatever happened to the days of calling your friend, saying “Hey do you want to go to the movies tomorrow at noon?”, and then making it happen.

Am I just getting old or do kids today not understand the concept of making plans? And she wonders why my hair is getting grayer and grayer!

Life After Christmas

Well Christmas came, and now it’s gone! Overall my family had a very nice holiday. We went to mass on Christmas Eve and opened presents on Christmas day. My in-laws came over for Christmas dinner which consisted of ham, creamed pearled onions and green bean casserole. We had a coconut cream pie for desert.

Now I must diet! I have been horrible this past month and my scale is showing it. I have also found that with not drinking for a year and a half by body is craving sugar and bread which is not good for the waistline. Getting back on my program is not going to be my New Years Resolution because I never can keep those. Instead this will just be a promise to myself!

My girls are driving me nuts already during their school vacations! We still have one week to go! My oldest daughter thinks my sole purpose in life is to be her personal chauffeur! WRONG! I am seriously thinking that it is time for her to start driving. My youngest daughter is just wanting to spend time with me. Like being by my side 24 hours a day!

Yesterday I spent part of the time helping my youngest daughter do some baking in her old Easy Bake Oven. The problem with this is there is nothing Easy about it! It takes 2 hours to make a cake when it has to cook by a 100 watt light bulb! But she had fun and she left me alone while I watched the comedy show the Dallas Cowboys put on in the afternoon!

Fa, La, La, La, La…The Mormon Tabernacle Choir

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir
Oh, Come All Ye Faithful

Just Another Night With Chris The Mouse

Chris the Christmas Mouse

Chris the Christmas Mouse

Chris has been very busy the past two nights. One night he decided to get the box of Gingerbread men cookies and let them have a party at our Gingerbread house. That night he slept in the chandelier over the dining room table, no doubt to make sure the party didn’t get out of hand.

Last night my daughter decided to sleep with Chris. He decided to get up and get a bowl of popcorn and take it up to my daughter’s room. He also left two Hershey bars on the stair railing.

My daughter has proclaimed the only thing she wants for Christmas is for Chris to be able to stay. I have told her that Chris is very important up at the North Pole. If he is not there to clean the floors then the elves have to clean it which will slow down toy production for next year. She told me that Mrs. Claus could clean the floors. I told her that if Mrs. Claus cleans the floor then she won’t be able to make cookies for Santa and he will lose weight. Everyone knows you can’t have a skinny Santa!

I think she has come to grips with the fact that Chris is needed back home. I am sure once Santa comes she will be fine.

Video Of The Week

Santa’s Workshop

Disney Silly Symphonies

Fa, La, La, La, La…Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis
Oh, Holy Night

Merry Christmas

Christmas Time

Merry Christmas

I hope everyone enjoys their Christmas and are surrounded by plenty of family and friends!

Fa, La, La, La, La…Newsong

The Christmas Shoes

The Adventures of Chris The Mouse

Chris the Christmas Mouse

Chris the Christmas Mouse

I thought I would give an update on Chris the Mouse. Saturday my daughter just had to call her friend from school to tell her all about her mouse. She was just amazed that Santa let his mouse leave the North Pole! Her school friend ended up coming over that afternoon with her own Elf in tow.

I got to hear all about the Elf. My favorite story was when my daughter’s friend said that they were the only two with a real Elf and Mouse from Santa. According to her “the other kids who had them at school were not from Santa. Their parents bought them and even wrote the notes themselves!”

While my daughter’s friend was here her Elf and Chris the Mouse had some fun together. They went and stole some cookies from the cookie jar and left a mess under the Christmas tree. They also left a pack of gum for the girls to have.

That Saturday night was Chris’ first night with us. He decided to stay up all night on the couch and play the Gameboy. He also made himself a cup of my favorite hot chocolate and even had the nerve to use my special mug!

Last night Chris decided to play on the Foosball table. He also got markers, tape and scissors out to make gift tags for the candy bars he left for the kids.

Hopefully Chris will behave himself for the few remaining days he has left on his visit.

Fa, La, La, La, La…Bing Crosby & David Bowie

Bing Crosby & David Bowie
Little Drummer Boy/Peace On Earth

Fa, La, La, La, La… Dr. Elmo

Dr. Elmo
Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer

Where In The World…Is Santa

Tracking Santa down is easy just check out NORAD. On Christmas Eve they track Santa’s every move. Can’t wait until Christmas Eve? Stop on over and check out the updates from the North Pole and play some fun games.

Merry Christmas!


Chris The Christmas Mouse

Last night Santa dropped off Chris the Christmas mouse to watch over my youngest daughter. I asked my daughter if she was disappointed that Santa didn’t leave an Elf for her and she said: “No way! This is much more special because he never gets to leave the North Pole!”

Chris the Mouse was nice enough to make some Cinnamon rolls for breakfast for all of us. So far so good! 

Chris the Christmas Mouse

Chris the Christmas Mouse


Letter From Santa

Letter From Santa

Fa, La, La, La, La…Amy Grant

Amy Grant
Grown Up Christmas List

Christmas Elves

My youngest daughter came home from school today and built a little bed out of a cardboard box, placed crackers, popcorn, and a bowl of water next to it and wrote a letter to Santa asking for an Elf to come visit her.

I for one have never heard of the Magic Elf and I am going to kill a few parents that started this at my daughter’s school! Apparently, this Elf comes between Thanksgiving and Christmas once his work at the North Pole is complete. During the night he runs around your house and the next day you are supposed to find him. For more info check out Magic Elf Christmas Traditions.

I decided since my daughter went to all the trouble of making a bed for this Elf that I would try to play along. I went on a trek this afternoon to try and find an Elf. Well guess what? When you try to find something that you really need you can’t find it! I instead found a cute little Christmas Mouse that hangs out in Santa’s Toy Workshop. He is Chris the Christmas Mouse and he better work!

Fa, La, La, La, La…Bob Hope & Marilyn Maxwell

Bob Hope & Marilyn Maxwell
Silver Bells

Video Of The Week

I couldn’t resist posting some of my favorite Christmas commercials. 🙂

Hershey Kisses


Folgers Coffee



Oreo Cookies



Fa, La, La, La, La…Wham

Last Christmas

Fa, La, La, La, La…Carpenters

Merry Christmas, Darling