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Here is today’s Friday’s Feast.

Appetizer
What is your favorite carnival/amusement park ride? 
Roller coasters!  I love them all, especially ones that go upside down!!

Soup
How do you react in uncomfortable social situations?
I usually try to keep quiet and watch and listen to other people when things become uncomfortable.  If it is extremely uncomfortable, I will leave the situation.

Salad
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being highest, how much do you enjoy discussing deep, philosophical topics?
Probably about a 3.  I enjoy political discussions A LOT!! But deep philosophical?  Not so much.

Main Course
Did you get a flu shot this year? If not, do you plan to?
No, I did not and I do not plan to get one.  I do not think I have ever had a

Dessert
Approximately how many hours per week do you spend watching television?
I probably watch tv about 10 – 15 hours a week.  Mr. Right and I watch tivoed tv at night after the twins are in bed.  Usually, I am blogging, crocheting, or reading while we watch the shows.

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Friday Fill-In

Here is today’s Friday Fill-In.

1. When my blog is broken, I (if mine were broken, I would) check other people’s blogs and catch up on reading in my feed reader.
2. I saw the most amazing scrambled eggs this morning!  I was really, really hungry and my husband cooked them for me without me asking him to do so.
3. PS I Love You is the new movie I’m most looking forward to seeing.  I read part of this book but had to stop reading it because it was so bittersweet and it made me cry.  I would really like to know how it ends without reading it.  Oh, and Mr. Right, thinks I am crazy to want to see this movie.  But, he loves me anyway!
4. Work: Necessary and rewarding and pays the bills.
5. Of all the new tv shows, I enjoy Chuck the most.
6. If only I had the money to pay off our debt.  If only, we had closed the business sooner.  If only, we had sold the business when we had the opportunity.  If only Mr. Right had fired 1 employee and never re-hired the other.  If only, we were at least caught up on our bills.  If only, . . .  There are too many to name and it really does nothing to think this way for us right now.  Instead, I am glad I have a loving family and supportive, caring friends.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to catching up on some tv shows from the weektomorrow my plans include decorating our Christmas Tree, attending a Christmas Tea, and watching a Community Christmas Parade with my daughter and a friend and Sunday, I want to catch up on laundry, rest, and plan next week’s actions and goals!

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This is a busy week for me with meetings on 3 different nights.  I am trying to cook things that can be prepared ahead of time or take very little prep work.  I never made the soups from last week’s menu so I plan to make those this week. 

Monday:  7 Layer Casserole
Tuesday:  Sweet Potato and Apple Soup, Salad, muffins
Wednesday:  Roast, carrots, potatoes
Thursday:  Baked Potato Soup, Salad
Friday:  Chili
Saturday:  Leftovers

If you like these you might also like my list of Sweet Potato recipes, list of Pumpkin Bread recipes, and my other Menu Plan Mondays

Also, be sure to check out the official Menu Plan Monday site at OrgJunkie’s blog for awesome menu planning inspiration!?!

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You will notice on my sidebar there are lots of new buttons for Christmas Giveaways.  Be sure to check all of these outs.  At the various sites:  5 Minutes for Mom, 2007 Pinks and Blues Holiday Gift Guide, MamaSpeaks, Mamanista, OhAmanda’s Oh! Ho! Ho!, and Mommy Cracked’s Christsmas in Dixie.  Enjoy the holidays over the next few weeks and good luck on the contests!

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This year Mr. Right and I had his mother, sister, and her family to our house for Thanksgiving.  We got up around 5:00 to start the ham and turkey.  There was a loud thunder storm which woke the children up at 5:30 so we could not go back to sleep.  Mr. Right and I cooked, cleaned, and chatted throughout the morning.  I have had a cold this week.  My voice has been very hoarse and I was not feeling all that great.  We cooked several new recipes. 

Throughout all of this, never once did we have the stressed out feeling that we sometimes get when entertaining.  It is was so nice to work in tandem without the stress that often accompanies holidays.  Maybe I just felt too sick to worry or maybe we have had some many real issues this year that getting worked up over a holiday dinner did not seem that important.  Whatever the reason, I am thankful Mr. Right and I can pull off a nice holiday meal without stress and with lots of joy and satisfaction.

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Seeing Santa Part 2

 Yesterday, I blogged about my experiences sitting on Santa’s lap.  Today, I want to elaborate more about what it was like for BusyBoy and GigglyGirl to see Santa this year.  In the morning before our 6 PM appointment to see Santa, the children and I sat at the computer to create their Christmas Wish List.  I told them they could ask for 4 things for Christmas this year.  They each picked out the things they would like to have and I printed the list for them with photos of each toy.  Don’t you love how easy the internet makes things in life?

At lunchtime, GigglyGirl asked if Santa would still give them gifts even though they have been a little bit bad.  I told her yes.  I said Santa gives you gifts because he loves you.  He loves you whether or not you are good.  He wants you to be good but he still loves you no matter what.

The children got dressed up in their nice Christmas outfits and we set out to the mall.  This mall is about 40 minutes from our house and they were very mellow the whole ride.  GigglyGirl said they were trying not to fight over each other so that Santa would know they were good children. 

When we got to the mall, we met up with my parents and siblings and niece and nephew.  GigglyGirl and BusyBoy ran up to each of my parents to give them big hugs and kisses and they also gave kisses to their cousin.  We stopped in the restroom for a quick break and then made our way to the line to see Santa.

The whole time we were I line, which was about 15 minutes, they were extremely excited and could not stand still.  They were cutting up with their cousin, laughing, and jumping up and down.  Then right as we got to the front of the line, GigglyGirl told me she had to go to the potty.  I knew it was her nerves and I told her we would go as soon as we finished seeing Santa.  She said she really had to go right now and tried to walk off.  Luckily, she stayed calm.  I told her I could go with her to see Santa if she needed me to. 

When it was their turn to sit on Santa’s lap, GigglyGirl forgot about her nerves and did sit on Santa’s lap.  She did not need me to hold her hand.   She and BusyBoy both told Santa what they wanted for Christmas.  GigglyGirl who is very reserved around strangers, even talked to him. 

Afterwards, we took several family photos and then headed back home.  When we pulled off the expressway onto our exit, BusyBoy said he saw a red and white light going through the sky with something red and white in it.  I said it must be an airplane.  He corrected me and told me it must be Santa because it did not have a roof.  I agreed and told him Santa must be going back home to the North Pole since he was done working for the night.  Mr. Right told BusyBoy that Santa was taking their wish lists to the elves so the elves would know what to make for them.  Both BusyBoy and GigglyGirl were very happy at this prospect.  When we got home, they did their evening routine without much fuss and went straight to sleep.

I hope they are dreaming of Santa’s sleigh and their visit with Santa this evening.

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Seeing Santa

 

Throughout my life there has been a particular Santa at a particular mall that we go to every year.  We went to see the Santa at this mall every year when I was a child.  In fact the Santa from this mall was at a different mall and we followed him from mall to mall.

There is almost a 13 year age difference between my youngest brother and myself.  Since he was so much younger than me and I knew more about Santa than he did from the day he was born, my mother said the only way Santa would visit in her house was if all four of her children sat on his lap.  So, there I was at 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, and 18 sitting on Santa’s lap with my younger siblings.  I have to say that I was more than a bit embarrassed at 17 and 18.  It helped that my other brother was 14 and 15 those years and I knew he was just as embarrassed as me.  Still, once we would get up there to see Santa, we forgot our embarrassment and enjoyed the moment.

At some point, we began taking a gift to Santa every year.  Our family received so much pleasure from Santa’s presence that we wanted to express our gratitude to him.  He began to remember us and expect us.  I guess with so many grown children it is hard to forget them.  When Santa’s minister retired, his minister became the associate minister at my dad’s church.  This connection is what really made us stand out to Santa. 

Eventually, the question became:  when will we stop sitting in Santa’s lap every year?  At some point, my youngest brother was even too big to see Santa.  By this time, visiting Santa had become such an important Christmas tradition that we could not stop.  So every year we would continue to go see Santa, even when I was 21, 25, and 30.  We even went when I was 23 weeks pregnant with twins at 32 years old.  Talk about embarrassing!  Still, this Santa was incredible and mystical.  He was everything Santa is supposed to be.  He looked like the real Santa.  He was the real Santa!  Just look at his photo at the top of this post!

When my children were born, of course they had to go sit in his lap.  I think I had to sit in his lap for a family photo that year before we took the children to sit in his lap.  This was to get a photo of my pregnant sister sitting in his lap like I had done the year before.  The next year, when I was 34, was the first year we broke the sibling tradition of sitting in Santa’s lap.  Still, I wound up being with Santa because GigglyGirl was too frightened to be there without Mommy.  My youngest brother missed see Santa that year so much that he and my mom made a special trip by that mall on Christmas Eve just so he could get a peek at Santa.  When Santa saw him and my mom, he knew exactly who my brother was and made sure my brother sat on his lap.

In the spring of last year, this particular Santa spent his last days on earth.  He was a man of faith and I have no doubt he is in heaven today.  Last year, it was so hard to be back at this mall and see a new Santa.  I had to hold back tears because it would not do to have mommy crying when she looked at Santa Claus.  How would I have explained that to the children?  I made it through without crying.  GigglyGirl still needed me to hold her hand so I was with Santa again for another picture.

This year, was the first year in my 38 years of seeing Santa that I did not sit on his lap for a photo.  It was strange but it was also good.  I am glad that GigglyGirl did not need my hand to hold this year.  I am glad she is breaking out of her shell.  I am glad that both BusyBoy and GigglyGirl are continuing my family’s tradition.  My sister’s children sat on Santa’s lap right before our children did.  We were able to get a photo of all four children together with Santa.  Both of my brothers were there as well to watch.  It was a wonderful continuation of our tradition.  I am happy my brothers were there tonight as well.

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