our new ornament

a few days before christmas we bought our ornament for this year. we were a little late getting it, but really hadn’t had a chance before then. i was thinking about just getting a picture frame ornament with the year on it, but i really wanted something that symbolized this year for us. we found the perfect one.

our 2007 ornament -- new house representing our first house

the big thing we did this year was buy our first house, so when i saw this ornament, i knew we had to have it.

a happy holiday

merry christmas from our house to yours.

christmas 2007 -- me and joe by the christmas tree

merry christmas!

it is christmas eve, and after spending the afternoon baking with my mom (more to come on that later, with pics!), we have celebrated christmas with my grandparents and will leave soon to open presents at ryan and ori’s. i hope you all have a wonderful christmas!

me putting the star on mom and dad's tree

blog scare

i came home from church today, opened up internet explorer and just about cried when instead of looking at my blog i saw a generic ad site. my blog had disappeared.

two angry emails to my hosting company later, i realized that my renewal fee for my domain was supposed to go through my bank yesterday, the day after my bank card was deactivated because its number was stolen. of course, in the wake of trying to get all that taken care of, i forgot that my old card was set up to pay for my hosting. and no payment = no site.

and so in a matter of hours it was gone. of course, since i am so addicted to blogging and apparently have no other life, my first thought was, “what am i going to do?!” i finally got a hold of them and used joe’s card to get everything up and running again. sigh. i will be so glad when this is all finished.

christmas traditions

since it’s almost christmas, i thought i’d give you an idea of what the holidays are like for my family. i love forward to our christmas traditions every year. on christmas eve, joe and i head up to my parents’ house and go over to my former church with my family for the christmas eve service. i absolutely love this service. it’s entirely musical, and it ends with the congregation singing christmas carols by candelight. it’s such a nice way to start christmas and remembe what the holiday is all about. so many people seem to forget that.

when we get home, we have our christmas eve dinner, which consists of chow mein and fruit salad. my mom also makes cranberry crunch for dessert. after dinner, we gather in the living room to open presents. we’ve always opened presents on christmas eve, and i can’t tell you why. i love it though. i’m still like a little kid when it comes to presents. i can’t wait to open them! more than that, though, i can’t wait for others to open what i got them. i really do enjoy watching their faces more than i enjoy opening my presents. it makes me feel good to know that they really like what i got them.

this year will be slightly different as we’re doing christmas eve at ryan and oriona’s house. everything will be the same just in a new location.

on christmas day, we open our stockings (yes, my parents still hang stockings for all of us!), and then begin working on christmas dinner, which is the same as thanksgiving dinner: vegetarian turkey slices filled with stuffing, a real turkey, mashed potatoes, a broccoli and corn dish, wild rice with vegetarian chicken and plain corn for me. i cannot wait. i love this meal, and i love that we have it for christmas too. joe’s parents will be joining us again, and this year, nana is coming as well. i’m so excited to see them. oriona’s family is coming this year too, so it will be a full house!

after dinner, we always go to a movie. joe thinks this is hilarious because he says it’s been a jewish tradition for hundreds of years. 🙂

and that, my blog friends, is how we will be spending the holidays. what are you doing for christmas?

goats and dogs

on my way to work this morning, i slowed down to let a couple of dogs cross the street in front of me. as i looked closer, i did a double-take: there was a goat crossing with the dogs. yes, folks, i had to stop to let a goat cross the road today. i called joe to tell him. he told me i sounded like a redneck. i guess i did.