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Monday, December 29, 2008

Next three...


Lauren with her daughter Josie at Christmas Brunch.

Me at Luke's dads and Mary's opening a present from one of my nieces, a handmade by Raegan bracelet, I love!


Luke with his niece Peyton reading with her till it was her turn to open again!



The girls at brunch in front of the tree, Leslie, me, Lauren, Meghan, and Shannon

Kris with her four Boys at Christmas Friday.

Friday we had Christmas with Luke's mom and brothers, his brother Ben is in town from Vegas and staying with us so it was great to have him there. With Luke's mom on Thanksgiving we go around and say what we need/want for Christmas, I love this, it makes it so much easier! Well I got just about everything I asked for and then some, they must of been really great listeners this year! :)

Saturday morning I planned a brunch for some of my girlfriends since my friend Shannon is in town for Christmas, and I couldn't see her any of the nights she was here. Brunch was such a nice change of pace from going out to a bar, I made a few of the things and the girls helped out with bringing stuff too! I hope we keep this tradition up I had a lot of fun having breakfast and mimosas with the girls and visiting....
Then it was off to Luke's dads for the annual Christmas get together, all the brothers and his sister from Illinois and her four kids, we stayed over there till about 1am! It was a lot of fun over there playing games and visiting with everyone and this year I got my own stocking with my name on it!!! Everyone has one, which means there are like over 20!

Between planning times, foods, and gifts for each of the events it was exhausting and it was a lot of Christmas but it was worth it... So good to see everyone and get to have a little holiday cheer time with everyone. Sunday I used a gift card I got and treated myself to a massage, It was needed!

Hope everyone had a very happy holiday!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Christmas Eve and Day

Boomer and Baby Girl relaxing after all the commotion of the day


Boomer opening his Christmas stocking with ma ma



Crystal and Greg with my nephews first Christmas gift from me, even though he is not here he needed a present to open!
Our beautiful Christmas eve dinner!
Whew!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Is about all I really have to say right now. What a crazy, fun, family filled, weekend! This was our first Christmas as a married couple and in our new home, so it was an exciting one. We didn't have plans for Christmas eve so Luke and I made a wonderful dinner of crab legs (one of our favorites).... Then we got ready for the next day, My family was coming over and we hosting Christmas at our house, my mom, dad, sister, brother in law, grandma, grandpa, uncle, and 2 cousins. It is definitely a lot of work hosting a holiday like that, but it all went great, we had a lot of fun opening presents, visiting, and eating of course! Christmas night my mom and her puppy ending up staying the night and hanging out with me and Luke. They went home the next morning and I cleaned up from the day before. We had Christmas with Luke's moms over at his brothers, and about an hour before we left for that we got a horrible phone call. Some of you know that Luke and I have a rental property in the city and that we have been having major problems with it, no renters or buyers etc, Well all the pipes busted and it is now full of water. Luke and I were so upset all we could do is cry. Now not only do we not know what to do about making the payments (we are officially out of money for this) now we have this HUGE mess that we have to clean up and fix before we can do anything. Anyway, please keep us in your prayers about this it has been so overwhelmingly hard on us, Luke has a couple meetings with people today and I am really hoping for the slightest bit of good news.
I will post about the next 3 Christmas events tonight :)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

2 thoughts

About my antsy nephew... and "nephew" my friend Meghan's son Dominick looks like could be here any day now too!

1. I must keep my camera with me at all times... in case I have to go to the hospital at ANY moment!

2. They CAN'T come early... I did not get to buy all the cute 1st Christmas stuff yet!!!

Annual Ugly Sweater Christmas Party!






Saturday was the annual Ugly Sweater Christmas party that some of our friends have, it was a really good time and there were some GREAT costumes!

Monday, December 22, 2008

My nephew really wants to meet us!

Crystal spent another day in the hospital. She is now home and doing okay, if you want to read about her excitement yesterday click on her blog page to the right.

We love you Crystal hope you are feeling better today!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Stress

Luke and I have been VERY stressed out lately. We have a lot of things going on in our lives and it seems like things are spinning and spinning out of control and we just don't have enough power to stop them!
Last night we talked about a lot of things, I was crying about some things for a few hours so bad that my nose started bleeding.
We will be okay. I just wanted to post about this, so that if we haven't called or made plans in a while this is probably why.
I know things could always be worse, they always can, and I am not trying to complain at all, But right now we just are hitting a rough patch and it is taking a while to get some things under control...
If you are wondering what things are wrong.... don't. There is really nothing anyone can do to help, unless they want to win the lottery for us, or buy one of the 2 properties we have up for sale! We will be okay, somethings we just don't like to talk about because they make us sad and mad, and they make us fight! We are newlyweds, we shouldn't be fighting we should be laughing.
Anyway, bad days turned to bad weeks, and we are trying to dig our way out, Hopefully soon!

Thank you for understanding!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Home for sale!

Just trying to keep the word out there that my house is still on the market.
Here is the blurb from a website:
Welcome to this wonderful family home near George Winter Park. The entry foyer features hardwood floors. there are vaulted ceilings in the great room and master bedroom. Enjoy this open floor plan featuring a fireplace* 6 panel doors* finished lower level with a full bath and three bedrooms on the main floor. Just off the breakfast room are french doors leading to a patio and fenced yard. There is an over-sized two-car garage. Move right in and make this home.
3 bedrooms3 full baths, 0.0 half baths
Hwy 30 to 141 south, left on Old Gravois (just past Hwy 30) right on Old Hwy 141, left on Samara Estates Drive, right on Green Jade Dr. to left on Green Jade Estates Dr. House is on the right.

Paying it forward...

Saturday we helped our Becki and her family, Becki and her 3 kids came over to our house Saturday afternoon. It was great to finally meet them after chatting with Becki for the past week. Her kids are soooo adorable, I mean I know I probably say that about kids all the time but they were so cute, so sweet, and so well behaved. The two girls gave me big thank you cards right when they came in, which was very sweet, then they all sat down to open their presents! Becki said she has saved up for a while to make sure the kids still have a nice Christmas, but what kid cant use some extra spoiling right! We also ended up with a few gifts for Becki, and 2 big boxes of food for them. Its not much, but hopefully it lightens her load a little and just to know there are people out there that care.

I wanted to post about this and say thank you to everyone that helped out, It was greatly appreciated, And hopefully it inspired some others to put themselves aside this season and help someone else!

Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.

Saturday, December 13, 2008

My sister and nephew

Friday night my sister called on the way to the hospital, she had been having pains and it has went on way too long. Shortly after she was there she had some big contractions, she still has 10 weeks left on her pregnancy. To make a very long story short she stayed over night and didn't leave there till the afternoon today. They are hoping to stop the contractions by putting her on some medication and bed rest, by this I mean yes she is to stay in the seated and laying position the majority of the time. For a great pregnancy thus far it has been hard waiting by the phone, hearing the worry in my moms voice, and thinking of my little nephew who is far to little and while I am sure he is super excited to meet me he needs to wait a little longer! Crystal is going to take it easy and my mom and I are going to go help her tomorrow and see her, and she will go back to her regular doctor this week to get an update and hopefully some good news for the remainder of her pregnancy.
I have been very worried about her and I cant even imagine how worried she must be for her little boy.
I will keep you updated but please pray for them and keep them in your thoughts!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Boomer has been discriminated against!

I have been really wanting Boomer to have a sweater to wear on these chilly nights... So last night when Luke got home from work I asked him if he would go to petsmart with me, (since when I was at target their selection sucked) So we went thinking we would have a few to choose from definitely in his size... come on people he is not THAT big! Even though at his recent doctor appointment they said he could stand to lose a few pounds... I laughed with the doctor and said couldn't we all!

But at Petsmart much to my surprise all the clothes are for tiny dogs! They did have a couple huge t shirts that said stuff, a a huge Santa suit for him... but NO sweaters in his size!
We settled for a T Shirt, that says... "Life of the Party" So it totally works, and now he has his outfit all planned out for all his holiday parties! But I have to say that Boomer, Luke, and I were very disappointed while shopping for apparently our rather large doggie!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Help me help someone else!

Every year I try to think of something I can do to try to give back, I feel like I have been very blessed in my life, last year it was as little as tipping our waiter 100% one night close to Christmas, not much, but I am sure he appreciated it...
Today I stumbled across a post on Craig's list from Becki, she was actually posting looking for a job, or if anyone needed a nanny, not for charity of any sort. She is a single mom, and basically unemployed trying to make it and make her 900 dollar rent on the home they live in. I e mailed Becki and offered to try and help her any way I could. Yes most of you know Luke and I have our own money problems, and hopefully someday if we are in this situation with children someone will help us out as well.

Luke and I are going to meet Becki and her children on Saturday and bring them a few things that might just lighten Becki's load a little this season.If you have anything to give and you would like to help me out with this just let me know, I can pick stuff up from you too if that is easier.

I am sure Becki could use the normal things food etc... , but here is the kids info as well:
My oldest daughter is 7 (she wear a size 7-8 clothes, and a 3 in shoes) she plays tons of sports. My youngest daughter is 5( she wear a size 6 in clothes and a 12 in shoes) she's a fearless daredevil...both my girls LOVE Hannah Montana & High School Musical like most little girls their age. My baby boy is 2 and he loves cars, trucks, ball & bats--he's the typical boy.

Here is another e mail I got today from Becki:
I've never excepted help like this before much less from a total stranger, like I said I just set up a blog up this morning, so I wrote about the angel I met today. I really want you to know something though...I never would've posted that this morning, if my kids didn't mean everything and more to me. Really, since Adam (my husband) moved out it's been hard to get out of bed some mornings and not because I miss him, but because it's so hard to do this alone. My babies are the most important things in the world to me, and if I was so scared of how were going to live here without a job or kids to watch I wouldn't have posted that. I just thought that I'd let you know that, I wouldn't be worried at all if it weren't for them.

Just doing my part to pay it forward, let me know if you want to help :)

Luke is 27!

Luke had his 27th Birthday yesterday. We celebrated with a nice dinner in Kansas City last weekend and some shopping for Luke, then we went out Saturday with friends and Luke's sister to Ameristar we mainly hung out in the sports bar, but did venture to the casino for a bit where one of our friends won 95 dollars on a slot machine after putting in only 5! It was a fun night and good to see so many of our friends, we are all so broke lately that we don't get out much! I think one of Luke's favorite parts of the night was me taking him to Jack in the Box on the way home :)
Yesterday Luke slept in on his birthday, and when I asked him what he wanted to do he said nothing, which is exactly what we did. We went a rented a movie and laid on the couch all day. Then we made a special birthday dinner... fillet Mignon's.
Happy birthday Luke, I love you!

Thursday, December 4, 2008

So happy... I'm not the BRIDE!



I loved every minute of our wedding day, however I did not love every minute of planning it, organizing it, and agonizing the entire month before it. So I am so excited for this summer so far we have 6 weddings, 4 of which we are in! Luke is in two of his best friends Kris and Ross's and I am in 2 of my best friends Michelle and Lauren's!

I just ordered my dress for Michelle's wedding last night, she let us pick any tea length J Crew dress in black, I thought this was a really good idea for the different personalities and body types! I put pictures of the dress I chose, I wanted a strapless, and the other great thing is I think I will really be able to wear this one again!
Hearing the girls planning and complaining makes me remember all the little details and things to think about along with your already stressful everyday life...
Good Luck Girls, I am looking forward to a summer of not being the Bride!

Monday, December 1, 2008

Warm up with a good deed!

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A full Thanksgiving weekend!

Well we made it, one of our busiest Thanksgiving weekends yet, I have no idea what we are going to do when we have kids! But it was a good, fun weekend filled with people we love and good memories!
Luke and I both worked full days on Wednesday then it was pre-turkey day with his dad and step mom. We got up early on Thursday morning, for my favorite tradition watching the parade, looking thru the shopping ads, and a little baileys and coffee of course! I also made my appetizer for my moms, a new recipe for me, bacon wrapped and blue cheese stuffed dates, they were pretty yummy! Then it was off to brunch at Luke's brothers with his mom and his brother Jake who was in town from Kalamazoo, brunch was so yummy and it was so good to see our niece Peyton, she is getting really big! I also had to get my flu shot since Luke's mom is a nurse, I was really scared, but I am glad I got it!
Next stop, my moms house she is under construction so we decided to do Thanksgiving in the basement, it worked out pretty well, the food was great and it was good to catch up with everyone. I didn't take any pictures this weekend, but Crystal has some funny ones of us up on her blog!
Friday morning it was up and atom at 7 am, we were on the road around 8 and headed to Kansas City, Luke's birthday is next weekend and we are going to be with friends so we just went to get away and spend some time together, We shopped at the plaza all day, then went out at night to look at the pretty plaza lights we had a great dinner... spent way too much money but had a really good time, we headed back Saturday after catching a little bit of the MU KU game and having lunch.
We made it home then got ready and went out to meet one of Luke's friends Kristin that is in town from Louisiana we had dinner with her and and her family and it was good to catch up with all of them!
The only thing I didnt get to do is see my friend Shannon who was in town from Vegas, it is hard with all the family events and friends in town, but she should be in town for Christmas and I am going to plan something special for us to do!
Thankful to say yesterday we took it easy, cleaned the house, went grocery shopping and relaxed with a fire and Boomer on the first snowy day of the year.
I am so thankful for all my family who is happy and healthy and all of my wonderful friends who have always been there for us. I was also thankful to kick start the holiday season with a great weekend, shopping, even wrapping, and our first snow.

Hope everyone had as great as a Thanksgiving weekend as us!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Ho...Ho...Ho...







































We decorated the house for Christmas! This tradition is usually done the weekend after Thanksgiving but since we will be in KC next weekend we did it yesterday.

We hung lights outside, put up our tree, and put up all of our fun decorations.

While we spread around our holiday cheer I tried out a new appetizer on Luke, ham and cheese Hawaiian rolls. They are SO good, and something new to make for parties this season!

We are stealing a tradition from my sister, getting an ornament each year that symbolizes something from that year, I found the perfect one while shopping at Cabala's, notice how they are marshmallows on chocolate and graham cracker? too cute! We also have some other ornaments that are special to us, one is from my sister, one from my friend Meghan, and of course Boomer has his own ornament he helped to put on!

Here are some pictures of our decorating day!

Highs and Lows...

I like sometimes thinking about this on my way home from work, well it is not even noon yet and I know mine already...
High: Kissing Luke goodbye in the morning, I leave for work very early, and Luke is usually upstairs getting ready so we have fell out of this tradition lately, I am pushing at getting it back, I even walked all the way upstairs for a kiss this morning!
Low: Bank account. So I thought my personal property tax for 300 was already taken out, Nope, our account is just that low, and that means it is going to be taken out soon, Boooo, The pleasures of owning a home and it being Christmas season apparently!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Something smells like Christmas at the Wilson's!

Well I think it just about official, Luke and I are going to host Christmas for our first time, in our new home! I love being a hostess, and I love Christmas, so I am really looking forward to this!
Also, I want to make it our Christmas, as it is our first year being married and being in this new home together I thought we could start some traditions of our own.
I have a couple ideas but I am still looking for suggestions...
Let me know what you thinks!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Ashley Hayes invades St. Lou!
















One my my best-ies came in town this weekend, she grew up in Columbia Missouri, was my freshman year roommate, and now lives in Kansas City. We had a happy hour at my house, this was the first time for her to bless it with her presence. Then we had reservations for 8 girls for tapas at BARcelona, then it was off to a couple bars, Friday was also late night at Fontbonne, where a lot of the Alumni get together for some basketball games, so we went out with everyone after that was over. It was so great to see all the people that we do not always get a chance to spend time with.
Saturday we met some of the girls at Alberdeans a new brewery in Kirkwood, it was a fun and slap happy lunch after a late night, then off to Trader Joe's, a tradition while Ash is here, they do not have then in KC or Co Mo, and she HAS to pick up her 30 dime wine and a few other staples. We got ready with our great friend Winnie, and went over to Laura's house for homemade pizza, appies, and wine, and some fun girl time of course, then out to Cafe Eau... It was such a fun weekend with such a great friend. I have not had that much fun in a long time....
One more side note, BOTH days I let Miss Hayes sleep till 10 am, that NEVER happens at my house :-) Your welcome Ash, and you others... do not think this will ever happen for you!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Thought this was cute... and appropriate!

Spent my salary on celery, All that fits me is my hat. Lettuce pray in heaven, There's no such thing as fat.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A weekend of Baby Showers!













This weekend I hosted my friend Meghan's baby shower on Friday night, it was a happy hour diaper baby shower, it was a really great time and good to spend some relaxing time with everyone!




Sunday was my sisters first baby shower, it was a fun time, and she got a TON of stuff, I don't even know if I will need a shower when it is my turn, I will have SO much to borrow!

I organized the poop in the diaper game, it was hilarious and I got some great pics of sniffing and tasting. And I thought the picture of Crystal and Greg reading the card together was super cute! My nephews wardrobe and room is really going to be coming together now!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Election Day...

I don't really have much to say about the outcome of the election, besides I hope Luke and I and many of our friends don't lose our jobs due to higher taxer for small businesses and since I already pay WAY a lot on taxes I am scared for that this year too! Ohh and I heard something about our 401K all being taken away, this made me sad too!

Anyway the reason for this post is to say that mine and Luke's wait to vote was only 5 minutes, we went before work at 6:40 ish, all I have to say is GO ST. PETERS! This is way better than many of the places I heard about and saw on the news last night! And I did go get a free coffee but didnt make it to any of the other freebies.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

New Favorite Chili recipe

I love when people give me recipes they try and like, so I thought I would share this one with you, it is definitely going to be a staple in our house! We used dried cilantro, and of course added extra spiciness to ours!

Beef & Black bean chili, with green onion corn cakes
Makes about 6 servings
Ingredients
2 pounds ground beef sirloin, 90 percent lean
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, eyeball it
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 to 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
3 tablespoons dark chili powder, 2 palm fulls
1 tablespoon cumin, 1/2 palm full
1 cup beef stock or broth, 1/2 a 14-ounce can or paper container
1 (14 1/2 ounce) can diced tomatoes
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce or tomato puree
2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, drained
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro, a handful, optional

Directions
In a large deep skillet or pot, brown ground beef in oil over high heat. Season meat with salt and pepper, then add Worcestershire sauce. Reduce heat to medium high when the meat is browned and crumbled, then add onion, garlic, red peppers, jalapeno. Season veggies and meat with chili powder and cumin. Cook veggies and meat together 5 minutes. Stir in broth and scrape up pan drippings. Stir in diced and pureed tomatoes and black beans. When the mixture comes to a bubble, reduce heat to simmer and stir in cilantro, optional.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Halloween Weekend

How fun that Halloween was on a Friday this year, and with such great weather for all the kiddos! I have been trying to start some traditions for Luke and I and for when we start our own family. So Friday when I got home from work I started on a big pot of homemade chili, we lit our pumpkin and sat out in front and handed out candy, had some beers, and ate some GREAT Chili! I thought this would be something fun to start doing. We didn't get too many trick or treaters so after a little while we went over to a friends near by that was having people over. Saturday night we went to a BIG Halloween party, One of my moms friends threw it, the house is vacant so they had it decorated so neat! A bar, dance floor, and fire pit out in the front, the back had tables set up, and every room of the house had a different theme, it was amazing all the work they put in to it! Here are some pics from the night.




Luke was a prisoner, my mom and Laurie were future grandmas and I was a fancy mouse.






Here are all the Ya's and petite Ya's well most of them.

Thursday, October 30, 2008

We Sell Boxes Video.

So here is a little insight on the box industry... I find these two videos to be absolutely hilarious, BUT if vulgar language annoys you I suggest you take precaution when watching these two funny videos, Hope you like them and get as much of a kick out of them as I did!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAJXki87vgw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4V1gQ0-CK0

Monday, October 27, 2008

My nephew is growing!

Just wanted to update everyone on my first nephew, he is growing right along with mom, both doing great and right on track. Crystal is due February 20th, she has recently started work in the nursery and I think she is getting very excited for the events to come and his arrival!
Isn't she cute!

Saturday, October 25, 2008

The story of the season


Just found this while I was searching for a good pumpkin seed toasting recipe thought I would share:

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds
Rinse pumpkin seeds under cold water and pick out the pulp and strings.
Place the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet.
Sprinkle with salt and bake at 325 degrees F until toasted, about 25 minutes, checking and stirring after 10 minutes.
Let cool and store in an air-tight container

Why Carve Pumpkins?
The story of the Jack o'Lantern comes from Irish folklore. Jack was a crafty farmer who tricked the Devil into climbing a tall tree. When the Devil reached the highest branch, Jack carved a large cross in the trunk, making it impossible for the Devil to climb down. In exchange for help getting out of the tree, the Devil promised never to tempt Jack with evil again. When Jack died, he was turned away from Heaven for his sins and turned away from Hell because of his trickery. Condemned to wander the Earth without rest, Jack carved out one of his turnips, took an ember from the devil, and used it for a lantern to light his way. He became known as "Jack of the Lantern."

Pumpkin Carving Time











Saturday evening after all the fence excitement we thought it was finally time to carve our pumpkin! As I have previously mentioned Fall is one of my favorite times of the year, so I was obviously excited about this. Luke trying to be the great husband he is, came home one afternoon very proud with a big pumpkin to surprise me... It was so sweet of him except I love going to the pumpkin patch, we made a whole day of it last year, went to Eckerts, did the festival, went on the hayride, did lunch... so needless to say I was a little disappointed I missed out on all that this year. So I decided to make carving the pumpkin a fun time for us. With our favorite appetizer: hot cheesy corn dip in the oven, the Mizzou homecoming game and world series game on TV, and an early fire outside we carved our Halloween pumpkin, hope you like him.

It's completed!!!






A view of our deck and house from the back yard.

Me and Boom man enjoying our first play date in our new fenced in yard.

YES! After about 2 weeks anticipation our fence is finally finished, thanks to my lovely husband! As many of you know in our old home we had a fenced in backyard where we could easily let Boomer in and out, not worrying about anything, but at the new house we have an amazing and large yard, but unfortunately it was not fenced, so the work started 2 weekends ago, and after a lot of hard work, lots of moo lah, and much anticipation on Boomers part, (he has sat on the deck most days watching his dad hard at work waiting) It is done! We are very happy with it, and Boomer jumped for joy and ran around all afternoon.
Side note: Yes the posts that we cemented in the first day are still tall, we are going to cut them down next weekend, but wanted to do a test week making sure Boomer could or would not attempt to "clear" the fence.

Thanks you so much Luke for doing this for me before winter, I HATE the cold so it was my request to finish the project before it got any colder at 5:30 am!
Now all we have to do is open the back door :)
Hope everyone can come over soon!

















One of Boomers first of many fun times in his new yard.

















A view of the left of our yard and fence from the upper level of the deck.