Monday, December 31, 2007
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Hopefully you won't buy anyone a gift like this or receive one...
Or you won't find this delivered to your front door...
Saturday, December 22, 2007
On Sunday I will be celebrating my grandfathers 79th birthday and going to church in the evening. We will have our Christmas service and the kids will be singing. I really look forward to this service each year. The kids have been practicing - All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth, Jesus Christ is Coming to Town (aka Santa Claus is coming), Happy Birthday Jesus, Feliz Navidad.
Monday, December 24th
On Christmas Eve, I have the day off of work, woohoo! This day we celebrate with my mothers side of the family. We get together for a huge dinner which includes turkey and ham as the main courses. I tried to talk my mom into changing the menu to steaks and crab, but it didn't work. We will be eating turkey.
Christmas Day, December 25th
On Christmas morning we wake up super early, sit around the tree and fire, drinking coffee, arguing, and laughing until everyone is up and ready to open gifts. It takes our slow slow family about 3 hours to open gifts. For this reason alone, we always make a mad dash to get in the showers and over to my grandparents house. My grandma makes everything you could possibly think of. She has a dessert table, an appetizer table and then a spread for the main course and sides. Our family is so huge that we eat in different rooms of the house that are opened up to each other by indoor "windows". After we have eaten, opened more presents and had some sort of adventure such as someone getting locked in a car trunk, someone catching on fire, or someone falling in the pool, we head home.
Usually on Christmas night we come home to an empty fridge and starve since nothing is open on Christmas day. This year, my dad ordered dozens of homemade tamales from my Brother's sister-in-law. There family celebrate in the traditional Hispanic way and tamales are always apart of their Christmas. So this year, she will be making some extra for us! yum!
This is how I spend my Christmas, I can't wait! I am also looking forward to a few additional days off of work.
Friday, December 21, 2007
My sister and I were in a huge line to park and this massive boat of a car comes along the side of us while we were waiting for the car to get out of our space. I was not about to let them get away with sneaking in and stealing our coveted parking space. I put my face against the window and put my fist up with a growl and then saw who was driving the big boat... a little old lady that could barely see above the staring wheel! From the look on her face, I saw that she was scared out of her mind! She most likely had no clue how parking lines worked. lol!
I posted this link since I couldn't get the actual video on here. Just watch out for other stuff that may pop up after the video is done, =).
GO Here to see serious Parking Rage
Thursday, December 20, 2007
Next thing I know, the usher was standing in front of me motioning for me to move while the entire chapel, 100 + people, watched me. So I moved to the back and watched as my row moved down the aisle to the front... okay, so I was supposed to go down to the front. I couldn't figure out why, since there was no Casket in sight to pay last respects.
Yes, I did this. If you want to see me make a fool of myself, take me to a wedding or a funeral. I usually mess something up, put my foot in my mouth, or appear insensitive. That day was the insensitive part.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
3 Tbs of Fresh Parmesan
YIKES! I knew that I would make a blunder... I forgot to add 3 cloves of garlic to the list of ingredients for the pesto. 3 minced cloves.
Saturday, December 08, 2007
Last weekend we took a trip to San Diego's National Museum of History to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. There are currently 15 on display at the museum. We walked through a corridor of art of the middle east before going into the rooms with the scrolls. We then saw artifacts from Qumran, the place where the scrolls were found. Ink wells that the scribes used were on display. No more than two have ever been found in one place and there were two found in Qumran. Some of my favorite scrolls were of the Ten Commandment, parts of Psalms, parts of Isaiah, and one that was never added to the Bible today, Enoch.
The rooms were dark and lit with small lights to preserve the scrolls. Standing among throngs of people, you could hear the hush. People were packed in, yet there was barely a whisper heard. There's something reverent about being in the same room as the scrolls. Biblical history that is more important than any other artifacts found, or so they are to me. Scrolls that were around before Jesus came to this earth. Before salvation. Now that is something were seeing!
It was a once in a lifetime experience. Sadly, one that I could not record with pictures.
After we left the museum we went to Old Town San Diego. Great Mexican food, shopping, old town charm. On our way there, we went on the bridge that connects Coronado Island to the main land. A huge double rainbow was across the bridge.
We ate at a restaurant called the Cosmopolitan. It does not look anything like it sounds. The restaurant used to be an old hotel. We did some Christmas Shopping in the main square before we begin to freeze.
On our way home everyone decided we needed some more old town charm. We stopped at the Orange Circle, it literally is a circle with a courtyard in the middle. Movies are filmed here all the time, one being That Thing You Do with Tom Hanks. We stopped at this eatery called Luccia. They served the best Panini's and Gelato. If you've never had Gelato, you need to find you a place that makes it fresh. My absolute favorite is Pistachio. We had some Gelato and then walked around in the freezing cold. I was miserable in my flip flops and light jacket. You may think I am insane wearing flip flips this time of year, but in the OC it does not get very cold. If it's down to 58, then it's really cold. I feel like I am starting to ramble so I will wrap this up.
Below are some pictures of our deadseascrolloldtownsandigeoorangecircle adventure.
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
There are rows and rows of classrooms and offices, huge fellowship hall, wrap around foyer, school, preschool, outside rec area... it's so big and roomy and it's ours!! We have our first service there on December 23rd and I can't wait!
One side of the foyer (with the weird tile)