Friday, December 23, 2011

Christmas Questions

I saw this quiz on several blogger's posts yesterday (including Rebekah @ Life with the Edwards & Katie @ Keep Calm & Carry On) and it looked fun, so here we go :)

1. Eggnog or hot chocolate?  Oh, of course hot chocolate. I am not about the nasty shizz that is eggnog. bleh.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?  we had both. a few things wrapped and a few that sat in our designated spots (the chair furthest from the door was mine and the closet to the door was Dee's)

3. Colored lights on tree/house or white?  white. I'm kind of a snob when it comes to Christmas lights.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?  never have, we don't have a tree near us or anything. besides we don't need a plant to tell us when to make out ;)

5.  When do you put decorations up?  the day after Thanksgiving usually.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?  I love breakfast casserole. i realize you can eat it any time but I just associate it with Christmas morning

7. Favorite holiday memory as a child?  My favorite holiday memory is when we all used to cram in my Mammy's house on Christmas morning for a feast. There were so many of us in the little house (that now belongs to Josh and me) but it just felt right. 

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?  To what truth are you referring? Homey still visits me.

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?  Yes, we used to always open two presents, one was pajamas every year (so we would be styling and matching in the next morning's video and pics). Now, me and Josh usually exchange gifts on Christmas Eve since we don't time on Christmas morning.

10.  How do you decorate your tree?  White lights (obvi) and all kinds of ornaments.

11. Snow!  Love it or dread it?  hate. I have been in TWO wrecks in the snow. If I can go somewhere and just stay at home I am all about it but if I have to be out and about? forget it.

12. Can you ice skate?  I've only been like twice, so no, not really.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?  I got Barbie's Dream House one year and played with that thing FOREVER. It was boss.

14. What's the most important thing about the holidays for you?  All the time I get to spend with my family. 

15.What is your favorite holiday dessert?  Mema Dean's homemade chocolate pudding with whipped cream. delish.

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?  the Wallace gathering at Josh's Aunt Becky's it is hilarious and that family is crazy.

17. What tops your tree?  A glittery, silver star that I got at my Christmas bridal shower.

18. Which do you prefer: giving or receiving?  I like both, but I love picking out gifts for people.

19. Candy canes: yuck or yum?  Yum. Especially the flavored ones like the Spree or Starburst kind.

20. Favorite Christmas show?  I love Bing Crosby's White Christmas but Christmas Vacation is also wonderful.

21. Saddest Christmas song?  Christmas Shoes.  

22. What's your favorite Christmas song?  Welcome to Our World, Breath of Heaven & Mary, Did You Know are my absolute faves.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Christmas Craziness

Christmas at the Harrell/Edmondson household is a little crazy. We have a ton of places to go with very little time at each location. I am not a fan. But, what do you do?

here is a rundown of our usual schedule:
Christmas Eve:
6 p.m. Service at Josh's mama & daddy's church (T.Hall United Methodist)

6:30 p.m. Dinner and drinks at Josh's Aunt Becky's which includes all of Josh's grandma's sisters and brothers (total of 9) with their kids and grand-kids. We exchange Secret Santa gifts (names drawn at Thanksgiving)
me, obviously telling Aunt Denise what I think about something at Aunt Becky's (Christmas '09)
9 p.m. My parent's house to open two gifts a piece
(mama & daddy's last December)

10 p.m. (ish) Back to our house to open our gifts to one another (since we know we won't have time Christmas day)
our house

Christmas Day:
6 a.m. wake up. seriously.

7 a.m. arrive at breakfast location (alternates each year) to eat breakfast & open gifts
     Option 1: My parents' with Deanna, Mema, Papa and us
     Option 2: Josh's parents' with the whole Edmondson clan (Uncle Jack & Uncle Steve's families)

11:00 a.m. go to Mema Dean's for brunch and open gifts with my mama's side of the family followed by the annual mandatory family picture

last year's very pregnant Christmas pic.

1:00 p.m. go to Temperance Hall and open gifts with Josh's grandma and granddaddy

3:00 p.m. nap.

5:00 p.m. leave for Snow Hill for the Murphy (mema dean's family) Christmas

This year though? This schedule won't be followed. Not only do we have a 10 month old to add to the mix, but also Christmas is on a Sunday so we have service at 10 a.m. in Macclesfield. Even though it is Josh's parents' turn to have us for breakfast, there is no way we'd have time to go to Rocky Mount and back in time for church. So who knows what we'll do.

However, this is a good problem to have in my opinion. I would much rather have too much family to visit than not enough.

So, in case I don't get a chance to tell you later.. I hope you all have an absolutely wonderful Christmas full of all things merry & bright!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

ringy ding ding

After the hustle and bustle of Christmas (expect a post on that busy schedule tomorrow), Joshua & I will be leaving Dec. 30 to celebrate New Years together in Asheville (NC) at the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa.

Instead of buying each other big Christmas gifts and such, we decided to just do stocking stuffers that cost less than $50 all together and go to the resort for three nights and four days where we will enjoy New Years.

Thanks to their great New Years Eve package, the mister and I will enjoy the below awesomeness:

  • Two nights of Property View accommodations (we added a night)
  • New Year's Dinner in one of our fine dining outlets. Choose from Blue Ridge Dining Room's Prime Rib Buffet or enjoy a four-course dinner at Sunset Terrace or Horizons Dining Room (we chose the Sunset Terrace)
  •  New Year's entertainment & dance with modern and party music from Big Blast and the Party Masters in the Grand Ballroom with cash bar & champagne toast at midnight
There was another party option called "Classic New Years",  but it involved classical music and black tie (two things that Josh Edmondson would not enjoy and therefore I would be miserable). 

We also splurged and purchased a spa pass for Sunday, we figured we'd need some recover time after partying away at the bash the night before. 

Oh, and remember this post where I whined about not being able to find a dress for this occasion? Well I finally chose one from Delias of all places. The Wendy is supposed to be purchasing it for me for Christmas. 

Warning: Creeper don't be getting any ideas about robbing our casa while we're away since you now know when to strike. We have neighbors. Nosy ones (the good kind of nosy). And? We don't have anything of value.

and once again, no I was not compensated for this post by Grove Park.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

i'm back (sorta)

Hey ya'll! 

Sorry for the prolonged absence but life has been ridiculous lately. Things at work are finally starting to slow down, Sawyer is crawling up a storm, but starting to listen better when we say "no", I am almost done Christmas shopping and the choir performed our Christmas Cantata Sunday so things should hopefully be getting back to normal soon.
Sawyer helping Uncle John John & Aunt Dee Dee unwrap presents at the Moody's
Sawyer holding the microphone during the Christmon service at church

You may have noticed my lack of status updates, tweets and pins - it's because I have lost all contact with the outside world because of one piece of technology failing. My BlackBerry is broken. And it has been since Thanksgiving (thanks to my little Sawbug who chewed it so hard he gave it water damage and created a short between the keyboard and the screen).  Thankfully, I have my work cell phone for things like phone calls and quick texts, but I miss my precious BlackBerry and BBM with every fiber of my being. It's crazy.

So why not just get another one?

Because our insurance deductible is $100 and I just can't see myself paying that. Luckily, we have a lot of belief points, which you earn from US Cellular for things like taking surveys, years of service and referring others to the company. Thanks to those belief points we will be up for an upgrade in January, so I am just waiting until then to get a new phone. We've also used the points to get car chargers for our phones, it's awesome. (and no, US Cellular did not make me do this post nor are they paying me)

Meanwhile, I have no idea who has had a baby, whose gotten engaged, who is mad at who on Facebook, if any celebrities have posted funny tweets or pics on Twitter (and by celebrities I obviously mean Pink Lou Lou, Tara, Katie & Mrs. Monologues) or if someone has created a new crafty DIY on Pinterest.

So, I apologize for my disappearing act and I promise to be a better blogger. Meanwhile, I have got some comments to leave and some emails to return. Happy Tuesday everybody!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Foot foods are better than finger foods...

Yesterday I made brownies to take to the kids Christmas play at church. I put them in the foot of the car in the backseat of the jeep then sat in the middle seat so I could play with Sawyer in his car seat during the ride. When I stepped out of the cat at church... I stepped n the brownies. Story of my life.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Absence makes the heart grow fonder

Miss me? Promise to return soon with posts about Christmas decor, my ridiculous stress amounts caused by a huge mistake at the Gold Key Awards ceremony, and how my little family is gong to handle balancing all our Christmas functions.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011


Well dolls I'm gong to be MIA for about a week, things are just busy at both work and home right now. Promise to be back around 12/14 though!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Nail Polish Swap Results

I linked up with Tara @ Fabulous but Evil and Celia @ Just Trying to Find My Way for their Nail Polish Swap in November and met the lovely Ray J over at Point Me to the Sky Above.
that's Ray and her precious little family.
We are both geeky moms who have 9 month old baby boys, in fact Baby Jay is only 6 days older than Sawyer. By the way, check out her little man's Ewok costume from Halloween, I was incredibly jealous.

I got Ray's package on Wednesday, 11/23 and it was a great Thanksgiving treat...

her sweet note
not one, not two, but SEVEN nail polishes
 I loved the dark red and dark purple (go Pirates) polish and who wouldn't adore a gift pack of polishes from the ever-so-wonderful e.l.f.! The pack included glittery gold, black (more of a gun metal gray), red and magenta and a solid mauve. I am currently rocking the glittery black - check it out..

Note how swollen my hands are? My ring finger is all sausaged around my wedding bands and such. Stupid blood pressure.

Thanks Ray, loved the polish and it was great getting to know you a little better!

Hope you all have a wonderful week!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

hair pulling, blood pressure raising busy

work is crazy to say the least.
it's December now which means I need to work on...

  • getting the district's holiday cards sent to the other school systems

  • create certificates and programs, order programs and prepare my speech for Gold Key Awards

  • wrap up our United Way campaign and collect and count the money from my 15 sub-coordinators

  • meet one more time with my Accreditation Standard 6 Committee so we can go over our survey results and answers to the focus questions to be submitted to the big Accreditation team
  • order another banner for Edgecombe Early College High School since I messed up the first one (who knew there was a difference between "Honor School of Excellence" just plain ole "School of Excellence?)
  • start the calendar planning process for next school year
  • set my department budget for the 2012-2012 fiscal year

I do NOT make enough money to have this much on my plate. Meanwhile my BP is climbing higher and higher, thanks for your well wishes yesterday, I have an appointment with the endocrinologist Monday to see if something is wrong with my thyroid. 

and if someone comments "be happy you have a job" I will die.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I should be pinning

Seriously. Sitting in the doctor's office right now with crazy blood pressure again. I should be posting my "oh how pinteresting" post from my desk right now, instead I'm stuck in this room with swollen hands and feet and a BP around 160/100.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Target Tuesday: Sawyer's First Christmas

We are so pumped that this year we will get to celebrate Christmas with Sawyer! I have had even more fun buying his stuff than making my own list so I am linking up with Tara @ Fabulous but Evil for Target Tuesday to talk about the fun stuff we (and our families) have gotten him so far...

Leap Frog Learn & Grove Color Play Drum
Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Puppy
Baby Einstein Discovering Music Activity Table
VTech Learn 'n Discover Driver
Little Takes Champ Sports Center

We also have him a few things we couldn't find at Target like this super awesome play tent and tunnel set with a ball pit!
Megaland Pop-Up Playset from Toys R Us
and a Mater (from Cars) ride on Power Wheel! 
Power Wheels "Mater" from Toys R Us
And of course he needs some Carolina Tarheels paraphernalia for basketball season from Johnny T-Shirt

But don't worry, he got some more Pirate gear too from Dowdy Student Store

Monday, November 28, 2011

It's been three years...

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. 

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. 
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. 
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable. 

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. 
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind. 

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster. 

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart. 

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

This story, as corny as it is, always help me get through this time of year. Three years ago today, Joshua & I said goodbye to our sweet Brittany Spaniel, Mac Daddy.

Unlike our crazy Sookie, Mac was calm and docile. The people who run the local kennel (and bought my family's old house) gave us Mac my freshman year of college. They knew we wanted a dog but didn't have the time or space to raise a puppy, so Mac became ours. 
He wasn't much on playing, but he did like to run and snuggle. Him and my roommate's dog Chloe were partners in crime. They would take turns ripping the stuffing out of their toys and get into all kinds of mischief together when left unattended.
Despite being so young (he was 3), Mac I took Mac to Albermarle Animal Hospital on Monday, November 24th after he'd been vomiting and having horrible diarrhea for a few days. This wasn't abnormal for Mac since he (like Sookie) ate everything in site and had a sensitive stomach, but we decided it had been going on too long. 
On arrival, our vet Dr. Gregg, immediately thought that maybe Mac had gotten into some antifreeze, which is a common cause of kidney issues. But, our baby hadn't gotten near any antifreeze and didn't have the drunken-like stature like most pets who have ingested it. 
We were so blessed that a pet urologist was at the clinic that day, so they shaved off Mac's beautiful white & orange hair on his swollen tummy and did an ultrasound. 
Mac's pancreas was swollen and inflamed and because of the pancreatitis, his kidneys had also started malfunctioning. Dr. Gregg told us that he would do his best to treat Mac and to leave him over night to push IV fluids and monitor his progress.
The next day Mac wasn't a lot better. He was still lethargic and shaky and hardly noticed when Josh and I came to visit.
Wednesday, Dr. Gregg had to go to Mississippi to visit family for Thanksgiving so Mac was transferred to Tarboro Animal Clinic, another pet clinic in our area. Dr. Fong told us she would continue treatment and hope things got better.
They didn't.
We visited Mac Wednesday before Thanksgiving at the clinic and he looked terrible. He was swollen from the fluids, his eyes were glassy and he didn't even want to walk or stand up. I cried and cried the whole way home. 
Thursday during Thanksgiving dinner, one of the vet techs called to let us know Mac's enzymes hadn't gotten any better. We knew a decision was ahead of us.
The next day, we had a home ECU football game, Josh and I visited the vet together and after seeing Mac we decided he'd been through entirely too much and we were being selfish to keep him here suffering like he was. We told Dr. Fong to put our 3-year-old dog to sleep and we rubbed him while Mac took his last little breath. 
It was BY FAR the hardest decision I have ever had to be a part of. We had Mac cremated, we just didn't think we'd be able to handle driving his body home to bury. 
Josh and I went on to the football game in attempts to get our minds off of the sad events of our morning. 
We still miss our first dog, but Sookie does a great job of trying to fill his shoes. We saved a lock of his fur and have it inside a little tin with his ashes. People may think we're crazy for paying so much money to cremate an animal, but Mac was our fur baby and he was a huge part of our lives. 

Me {and the freshmen 15}, Mac & Josh - Christmas 2007

Mac, snuggling with his daddy

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Target Tuesday

I am linking up with Tara @ Fabulous but Evil for Target Tuesday

A Christmas tradition at my parents' house was that we ALWAYS got PJs for Christmas, mainly so we would match and look cute in the Christmas morning pictures/video. They were usually from Limited Too when we were little then as we got older they became sets from Victoria Secret. But....(this is probably on the verge of TMI) I get really hot at night now and therefore can't enjoy cute little PJ sets with pants and sleeves and such, so I usually end up in a tank top and my drawers. BUT Target does have some lovely night gowns that I may try out, after all I wouldn't want Santa to catch me in my underwear.

Gilligan by Gilligan & O'Malley® Womens Chemise

Missoni for Target Silky Woven Chemise

Gilligan & O'Malley Women's Dotted Chemise
Missoni for Target Fluid Knit chemise (Out of Stock of course)
Xhilaration Chemise
And of course Sawyer needs some Santa PJs....

Just One You by Carter's  Fleece Snapsuit
Just One You by Carter's Monkey Snapsuit 
Now you go link up! And also follow Tara, she's SO close to 1000 followers!

Also, you should head over to Keep Calm & Carry On to enter Katie's KEP Designs bangle giveaway!
Aren't they precious?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Christmas Fevah//Rally for 1000

First of all, YOU need to go follow the amazingly wonderful Tara at Fabulous but Evil.

Homegirl is awesome. She is so good about commenting, responding to tweets and emails and she is just a dag-on awesome blogger. Check her out and help her reach those quadruple digits!!

Christmas Fever, Do you have it? That warm snuggly feeling you get when you know Christmas is coming soon? Christmas Fever is sneaking up on me and I think it's because I am so excited about Sawyer having his first Christmas experience this year.

But another reason I am so pumped? I can hardly wait to decorate, especially now that Pinterest has equipped me with tons of ideas and inspiration. Here are some of my faves.

this is a little too "busy" for me, I mainly just like the candle-holders with the ornaments on top
in the process of making these RIGHT NOW.
just not in those colors...
who HASN'T pinned this?
replace my leaf "E' with a garland "E"