Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Gone in the blink of an eye...

This year our Christmas was particularly special. We were inundated with family which was truly a blessing. Rich's brother Scott and his wife Amy, along with their children Grace, Jack, and Josh were able to travel all the way from Washington to spend the holidays with us. Adding to that, my sister Heather and her husband Scott and their children, Jaedon, Tyler, Gabby, and growing Baby Koehler traveled all the way from Pennsylvania.

It was such a special time for our family and I am so grateful for the opportunity to spend Christmas with all of them. Here's a sneak peek at our Christmas day festivities...

We started the morning at my parents house bright and early at 7:00am. We had a delicious breakfast and then took turns opening gifts and ooooing and ahhhhing! I somehow didn't get a picture of Dad but he was in all his glory with his numerous Bass Pro Shop gift cards. Danahia got Kenny an X-Box Kinect which is the coolest game system I have ever seen. We spent a lot of the day laughing as we watched people learn how to use it. Alisa and Ryan also got plenty of goodies, including an iPod and warm weather gear for work. Ryan was pretty excited about that.

After my parents, we traveled back across town for our stop at Rich's parents house. This leg of the festivities was particularly fun because we saw Christmas morning through the eyes of the children. They were all so eager to tear into their presents and got so excited when they saw what they were. It was so much fun! Amy was beyond excited about her new Ugg boots (she is going to be quite the site to see at the kid's bus stop back in Washington- no more flip-flops for her)! Scott got a really awesome watch and Ashley a new iPhone. Needless to say, there was quite a bit of excitement in the room. We chowed down on monkey bread and soaked it all up!

Once we were done at his parents house we went home to exchange our own gifts. I got Rich several new shirts, a new pair of work shoes, socks, manties (you can figure that out), and an iHome docking station. He is really stoked about revamping his wardrobe for the New Year so these gifts were particularly fitting. He blew me out of the water with a Coach diaper bag. It is the most chic diaper bag I have ever seen and I cannot wait to use it! The most sentimental gift was the Willow Tree figure that he found. It is called "Cherish" and it's the pregnant woman. For the past four Christmases, starting with the Christmas morning when he proposed, he has gotten me a Willow Tree figure that depicts which phase we are at in life. This year, it brought me to tears. I am just beyond thankful for all the many blessings that God has brought into my life this year. A loving and supporting husband who is going to be a phenomenal father and growing baby Cooper, the greatest blessings of all.

After all of the excitement, we crashed! I took a nap that felt more like a coma. It was one of those naps where you wake up in the same position that you fell asleep in and one whole side of your body is numb from not moving. Quite fabulous!

Because we had spent Christmas Eve with Rich's family, we went back over to my parent's house in the evening for some more family time. The laughter and story telling ensued.

God is good.

Monday, December 27, 2010

33 Weeks...

This past weekend was Christmas so I would be insane to say that it was anything but fantastic! I'll devote a day, possibly even two, this week to sharing our family Christmas. It goes without saying that we had a wonderful time celebrating the birth of Baby Jesus!

Onto the update from BabyCenter.com-
"This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood."

Other than the symptoms reported before (inability to sleep, terrible indigestion, and major lower abdominal pains) all is well. The way I see it, Cooper is just preparing me for when he is here and I get little to no sleep at all.

I am most definitely moving quite slower these days and I have started waddling rather than walking. Yeah, that is not so cute! I also would live in my pajamas if it were socially acceptable, as they are the only clothing that I own right now that doesn't feel constrictive in anyway. Needless to say that when I get home, the first thing that I do is jump into some PJ's! I also would live in slippers if people would not look at me strangely. Don't judge, you haven't seen how swollen my tootsies are!

In other exciting news, the invitations for our baby shower went out last week and my sister was gracious enough to share one with me! She wasn't going to let me see one until after the shower and it was killing me! I am so excited to gather with friends and family to celebrate this beautiful little blessing. Bring on January 16th!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas!

Christmas warms my heart like nothing else.

The whole month is just phenomenal but these couple of days especially are filled with family, friends, food, an endless amount of love, laughter, and most importantly the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ.

Here at the Halquist house, we wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I'm signing off until Monday. Make it a fabulous weekend!

The Box Read, "Easy Assembly"...

As I mentioned before, we started our Christmas shopping really late this year. We've been super busy at work and have been waiting for everything to fall into place to get started. Well, this past Monday we began and I am happy to report that as of last night, we are finished! I just finished all of the wrapping and our Christmas tree now looks complete.

By far my favorite present that we bought this year is for our nephew Noah. Noah absolutely loves the movie Cars. A few Sundays ago we were sitting on the couch, sipping on a cup of coffee, and flipping through the newspaper. Rich came across an advertisement for this adorable Cars bike and we knew that instant this would be Noah's Christmas present.

We bought it on Tuesday and Rich came home that evening an assembled it. I enjoyed sitting on the couch watching him diligently follow the directions (only when needed) and "voila!" here's the finished product...

There was a moment while he was assembling the bike that the room got quiet. I was just watching him and thinking about the future. How exciting it will be to get these kinds of presents for Cooper. To find out what his favorites are and then search the stores over for the perfect Christmas present.

In that silence, Rich randomly exclaimed, "I can't wait to teach Cooper to ride a bike and build him a tree house and make him his lunch and teach him all the cool sh*t I know!"

I doubled over in laughter. This was a total Dad moment for Rich and I was so happy that I was sitting there to witness it.

Indeed, I am sure that Rich will teach him a lot of "cool" stuff.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Way Back When-esday- Santa Claus, good & not so good...

I'm posting a little late today. It's been quite the hectic day! I had a doctor's appointment this morning which ran super late because my doctor was delivering a baby. You won't find me complaining there though. What a joyous Christmas gift for those new parents! Then, we opted to spend our lunch hour getting some Christmas shopping done. The shops and traffic were crazy! But, I guess that's our fault seeing as we started shopping two days ago. Yes, we are those people. Be jealous (sarcasm).

Onto this weeks addition of "Way Back When-esday." Last week we took a look at Rich's childhood Christmas and this week we're taking a look at mine. In particular, we're looking at how I reacted to Santa Claus as a little lady.

The catch is, that depends entirely on the year!

Some years it was a hit (perhaps tolerated is a more suitable word)...

Other years, a complete miss!

T-3 days and counting... Merry Christmas!

Play along with Cheryl at Twinfatuation. It's so much fun to reminisce!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Trimming the Tree...

Last Friday night a group of girlfriends got together for an ornament exchange. We had a great time catching up and eating some delicious food. Then we used the White Elephant method and had an ornament exchange. It's always funny to see the girls mischievously steal their favorite ornament. I enjoy this exchange so much because each year when we decorate our tree, I'll think back to the exchange and the girlfriends that were there.

Here's a glimpse of the yummy food. Thank you so much Randa for the Artichoke Cup recipe. They are a hit everywhere that I bring them!

Here are the lovely ladies (and the always adorable Parks) that were in attendance. I love how Alisa's dog Lilly is posing in the picture with the rest of us. She is the cutest. You may also be asking yourself what is up with the socks. Well, that is Lisa and she was emphatic about me not getting a picture of her socks. I of course did. Momma was just trying to keep her tootsies warm!

With so much going on in each of our lives, it's quite the task to get us all in the same room. Thank you so much Alisa for putting this together, hosting, and making it happen. I am so glad that we did.

T-4 days and counting! Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 20, 2010

32 Weeks...

This weekend was wonderfully uneventful and relaxing. The majority of the weekend the weather was overcast and rainy, making for perfect lounge on the couch with way too many pillows and blankets, watch Christmas movies, and do nothing else weather. It was fantastic and just what we needed after a stressful work week.

Onto the update from BabyCenter.com-
"By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, he'll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next 7 weeks as he fattens up for survival outside the womb. He now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). His skin is becoming soft and smooth as he plumps up in preparation for birth."

I can't help but giggle at this update a bit. When we had our 4D sonogram on December 9th, he was already weighing in at 4 pounds. Trust me, I feel every bit of those 4 pounds. Cooper's movements are so drastic now. It amazes me to watch my stomach flow in waves when he moves around inside me. Also quite prevalent now are his hiccups. It's pretty cute to watch my stomach jump rhythmically. I wonder if it bugs him how often he gets hiccups?

Other than the horrible indigestion, heartburn, and my inability to sleep, all is well. The way that I see it, these are just a few little discomforts that I can handle in order to have our perfect baby boy.

Now, is it nap time yet?

Friday, December 17, 2010

Flavorsome Fridays- Banana Chip Scones...

As I've mentioned before, I've had a hankering lately for chocolate chip banana pancakes. So, when I came across this recipe in one of my cookbooks, I knew that I absolutely had to make it. You should definitely give these Banana Chip Scones a shot. They are quite yummy!

What You'll Need:
2 1/2 cups Original Bisquick Mix
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 egg
2 medium bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon milk
Coarse grain sugar

1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Bisquick, chocolate chips, and sugar. On a side note, if you're not a fan of chocolate (gasp!) you could always substitute the chocolate chips for toffee bits. I have never tried that but I am sure if would taste great.

2. In a medium mixing bowl, mash 2 medium bananas. You will need about a cup mashed so the number of bananas needed may vary depending on the size.

3. Add the heavy whipping cream, egg, and vanilla to the mashed bananas. Stir together the wet ingredients.

4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix by hand until just combined. The dough will be a little dry and quite sticky.

5. Place the dough in round mounds on a greased baking sheet. They will spread some while baking so don't put more than 6 scones on a pan. This recipe produces about a dozen scones. Brush the tops of the dough with milk and sprinkle with coarse grain sugar. Bake at 425 degrees for 11-13 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.

6. Remove the scones from the hot baking sheet and allow to cool slightly on a cooling rack. These are delicious hot out of the oven so my suggestion is to bake and eat these fresh! On the other hand, we did store them in an air-tight container overnight and ate them the next morning for breakfast. We popped them in the microwave for 30 seconds and they were just a good. Enjoy!

I'm quite thankful that it's Friday! Rich's brother and his family got into town for the holidays late Wednesday night so we are looking forward to spending some time with them. The kids are just too much fun! I am also getting together with some girlfriends tonight for an ornament exchange, grub, and gab fest. I am sure that it will be a good time.

The rest of the weekend, I am relaxing! We won't even mention the fact that we haven't started Christmas shopping yet and that my house needs cleaning, bad. Yikes!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

The Nine Months of Pregnancy- Month 7...

I can barely believe it. I've just wrapped up the seventh month of this pregnancy. Truly, it is just flying by and in the blink of an eye, little Cooper will be in my arms. Oh the anticipation!

Mom stopped by on Tuesday with a special delivery just for me...

It brings tears to my eyes, perhaps it's the pregnancy hormones, to think that this is the last Christmas that Rich and I will have without a little one running around. He'll be pulling all the ornaments off of the tree, unwrapping the presents too early, and terrorizing baby Jesus from our nativity scene. All the same, I can't wait! *Click on the picture to enlarge and read the poem*

I love the preggo lady ornament that I can add to our tree. It's quite fitting at the moment, although I don't feel as chic as this lady looks! Every year when I hang it on our tree it will remind me of this wonderful phase of life. I can smile and remember feeling like a house (at least I feel like a house with great hair and nails) this Christmas!

She also gave me a gift certificate for a prenatal massage. I will be putting that to very good use as soon as humanly possible. I cannot wait to kick back and relax. A bit of pampering always does a body good.

Thank you so much Mom for making me feel so special. The way that you are spoiling me is quite the indicator as to the kind of Mimi you are going to be! I love you more than you'll ever know!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Way Back When-esday- Christmas through the eyes of a child...

Christmas is just around the corner so this week and next week's edition of "Way Back When-esday" is dedicated to our childhood Christmas'.

This week is Rich's turn!

Here he's pictured on Christmas morning with his big brother Scott and little sister Ashley. Rich was almost two in this picture. He was supposed to be turning two, as his due date was actually Christmas day, but he made his very pregnant Momma wait all the way until January 10th to make his debut.

I love looking at pictures of Rich as a little boy because I get even more excited about what Cooper may look or act like. Here, Rich is walking around with one of his presents. It was a teach and play clown and when I asked Rich about this particular toy he said, "I really loved that clown!"

But, like most little boys, the presents that his parents shopped for went to the wayside when he saw a cabinet that he could crawl in. His Mom's Christmas present became Rich's new fort. His Mom says that there were always cars and trains in that cabinet, not a lick of china. You have to love motherhood!

Check back next week when we'll take a look at my experiences with Santa Claus. Hit or miss? You'll just have to wait and see!

Play along with Cheryl at Twinfatuation. It's so much fun to reminisce!

Monday, December 13, 2010

31 Weeks...

Happy Monday all! We had a busy weekend here at the Halquist house. We were buzzing around watching Christmas movies with family, registering for our baby shower, family photos for our Christmas card, and a baby shower for my friend Julie. We had a great time and are left longing for next weekend! If this week goes by how the last few have, it will be here before we know it!

Seriously, could time slow down just a bit? There is so much to do! For example, this little lady hasn't bought the first Christmas present. That's right. Not one. Our Christmas tree is looking a little lonely.

Onto the update from BabyCenter.com-
"This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy."

I am going to post an update tomorrow with the details of our sonogram appointment last week but I can tell you now, this update does not apply to Cooper! He's growing like a weed and Mom can feel every bit of it.

Lord help me!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Flavorsome Friday- Ginger Snaps...

As I mentioned yesterday, my girlfriends and I had our first annual Christmas cookie swap last Saturday night. I decided that I would share with you my contribution to the swap, Gingersnaps! Do give them a try, they are scrumptious!

What You'll Need:
1 cup packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter flavored shortening
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
Granulated sugar for rolling

1. In an electric mixer, cream together the brown sugar, butter flavored shortening, molasses, and egg.

2. While the wet ingredients are creaming, sift together the all-purpose flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and salt.

Here's a cool little known fact. The sifter that I use was actually my Granny Hill's. I think about her every time I bake. Hopefully this is something that I can pass down to a daughter or granddaughter of my own.

3. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in small batches until fully incorporated.

4. For uniform cookies, use a small ice cream scoop to form the dough into rounded teaspoonfuls. Roll the dough between your hands to make round dough balls. Roll the dough balls in granulated sugar until completely coated.

5. Place the dough balls on a greased cookie sheet and bake for 9-12 minutes at 375 degrees. I prefer my gingersnaps not to snap so I cook mine for only 9 minutes, 30 seconds. Sounds odd but that is the perfect cooking time in my oven. If you prefer yours a little more crunchy, allow the cookies to bake longer.

6. Remove from the cookie sheet and allow to cool slightly on a wire rack. These cookies are a bit spicy so they are perfect with a strong cup of coffee. Another great thing about these is that they store very well. They will stay good for several days in an airtight container, making them the perfect holiday cookie to have around the house for when guests drop by.

On a completely different note, I'm riding on an adrenaline high today because we got to see Cooper last night for the first time through a 4D sonogram. It was the most amazing experience of my life to date. He is simply precious and I can't help but share a picture with you! Here he is...

I just adore those chubby little cheeks and I cannot wait to kiss them. Ahhh, I am in love! With that being said, yall have a great weekend! I know that I will.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

First Annual Girl's Night Cookie Swap...

As I've mentioned before, I have an incredible group of girlfriends. When we're together time flies by. Hours seem like minutes and before we know it, it's often well past midnight. Between the story telling, laughter, wine, questions, and gasps in amazement, the volume in the room rises and rises. We always have a good time and there is never a dull moment.

This year we started a new Christmas tradition that I hope to carry on for many years to come. We celebrated our First Annual Girl's Night Cookie Swap. Directions for the swap were to bring cookies and the recipe for every guest to take home with them. This way, we can all try out each other's favorite cookie recipe as the Christmas season unfolds. It was a hit! There were so many different cookies and unique recipes that I am looking forward to trying.

Here's a glimpse of our evening...

For dinner we grubbed on ceasar salad, garlic bread, and baked ziti. For dessert Heather made a delicious apple tart and Kelly brought along some of the extra fudge she made for the swap. The other ladies brought some delicious appetizers but I forgot to snap a picture of those before we ate them up!

Here's a few snapshots of those in attendance. Unfortunately, this was the last girl's night for Julia because she and her family are moving up to Tennessee at the end of the month. We are going to miss her very much but hey, now we have an excuse for a road trip. Can you even imagine all us girls piled in a car making that trip? I should start planning now! But in all seriousness, we are going to miss you Julie and hope that you, Steve, Cameron, and Baby GJR (holding the name in until she makes the announcement) enjoy making your new house a home!

Now onto the cookie swap! We had a great time taking turns describing what we made and exchanging containers. This year I made gingersnaps and put them in these adorable little Christmas Chinese take-out containers that I found at Michaels. The top left hand picture is one of my loot at the end of the night. You'll also notice that Gizmo was just spent with all the estrogen in the room and made himself comfortable on the ottoman across the room.

I know that I sound redundant but I really am one of the luckiest women in the world. I feel so blessed to be able to call each and every one of these ladies my friend.

Great, now I am craving cookies!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Way Back When-esday- Annual Pile-up Picture Edition...

Cheryl, the host of "Way Back When-esday," inspired me last week when she posted a cousin pile-up picture of her twins with their two cousins. This brought back so many memories for me, as my family did the exact same thing as we grew up.

Each year at our annual family progressive dinner, we would pile up for the traditional photograph. This tradition became funnier over the years as we grew older and bigger! It got to the point where the oldest cousins weren't always on bottom since some of the younger boys outgrew us. Needless to say, there was always lots of laughter and quite a few groans as we posed for the perfect picture.

Don't we all look so sweet and innocent?! Don't let the picture fool you! We were quite mischievous, but hey, what else are cousins for? I love each of these cousins more that they know and it's these kind of memories that will last a lifetime.

Oh are you having a hard time finding me? Yeah, that's because I am the curly haired, brace faced one on the bottom left. Goodness gracious what was I thinking?!

Play along with Cheryl at Twinfatuation. It's so much fun to reminisce!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Oh Christmas Tree...

Since Rich was a child, his family always got their Christmas tree from Severett's Christmas Tree Stand in Kissimmee. We've carried on that tradition into our household and went on Friday night to pick ours out. After rummaging through the trees, we found the perfect one, the one that we knew would look just right in our family room. We loaded it up in Rich's truck and head on home to get it decorated.

The weather allowed us to have a fire burning as we decorated the tree. We had Christmas carols playing and ate Chocolate Crinkle Cookies to add to the festivities. I love our new angel tree topper and was so pleased with the final outcome.

Now it really feels like Christmas. Oh how I love this time of year!

30 Weeks...

This past weekend was a wonderful one indeed! We spent the majority of it surrounded by family and friends celebrating the Christmas season. We managed to get our Christmas tree on Friday night, I hosted a Girl's Night Cookie Swap on Saturday, and we went to my Mom's on Sunday to help her decorate for Christmas. It was jam packed but I wouldn't change it a bit.

Onto to the update from BabyCenter.com-
"Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and he weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him, but that volume will decrease as he gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. His eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after he's born, he'll keep his eyes closed for a good part of the day. When he does open them, he'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means he can only make out objects a few inches from his face. Normal adult vision is 20/20."

I'm a bit delayed in posting this update because I took off of work yesterday. I think that I just overdid it this weekend. I've reached the uncomfortable point in this pregnancy. These past few days I have been in a great amount of pain, a kind of pain that I have never experienced in my life. I toss and turn all night and often times have to get out of bed and stand for a while because of the pain in my lower abdomen and back.

I know that it's all worth it in the end so I am sucking it up and moving on. However, I will be moving on a little more cautiously, resting as much as possible. My body needs it.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Flavorsome Friday- Chocolate Crinkle Cookies...

After several requests from my girlfriends, especially my pregnant friend Julia, for this Flavorsome Friday I whipped up a batch of my Chocolate Crinkle Cookies. I make these for just about every holiday get together at my house because they are always a crowd pleaser. I am sure that once you bake these, they will become a part of your holiday tradtion as well!

What You'll Need:
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla
4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
4 eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Powdered sugar for rolling

1. Finely chop 4 ounces of unsweetened baking chocolate and melt in the microwave. Be sure to heat in 30 second increments, stirring in between, until the chocolate is completely melted. Burning or overheating the chocolate at this point with make your cookies bitter so be sure to be very attentive to your chocolate.

2. Sift together the all-purpose flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

3. In an electric mixer on medium speed, combine the granulated sugar, vegetable oil, vanilla, and melted chocolate.

4. Add the eggs to the chocolate mixture one at a time and mix until fully combined.

5. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients in small batches until just combined. Be sure to scrape down the side of the mixer so that all of the ingredients are incorporated.

6. Transfer the dough into a bowl, cover with saran wrap, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. It is very important to let the dough firm up a bit or the next step is quite difficult and messy.

7. Form the dough into rounded teaspoonfuls. I use a small ice cream scoop and roll the dough balls in between my hands for uniform cookies. Then, roll the dough balls in powdered sugar.

8. Place on a greased cookie sheet, about 2 inches apart, and bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. With my oven, 11 minutes is the perfect cooking time. These cookies are almost brownie like so the center of the cookie may appear slightly doughy even after cooking. Let the cookies cool for a moment on the cookie sheet and then transfer them to a wire cooling rack.

9. Enjoy these delectable little morsels with a glass of ice cold milk. I hear these are a favorite of Santa's so be sure to give them a try!

I am so looking forward to this weekend! We're going to get our Christmas tree tonight and will be spending this evening decorating it with Christmas tunes playing. This is one of my favorite parts about Christmas so I am siked. Then, tomorrow night I am hosting a Girl's Night with some of my favorite ladies around. Be sure to check back next week for details on that!

Hope that you and yours have a wonderful weekend! Be sure to smile, tis the season to be jolly!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Need. Sherbert. Now...

Picture this.

Rich is walking through the frozen section of Wal-Mart, the only store open at 10:00pm on a Wednesday night. This is after a long hard day of work and then spending the evening moving our office to Saint Cloud.

He's on the phone with his crazy, irrational, hormonal, emotional, seven month pregnant, sherbert craving wife. I am doing my best to describe to him exactly what it is that I must have. Yes, must.

Did I mention that is was 45 degrees outside? Oh, well it was.

Needless to say, I have the best husband in the world.

He came home with a twelve pack of these little gems. Luckily, I do still have some self control. I only polished off two.

Thank you Richard! We (as in Cooper and I) really appreciate the sherbert.
I love you.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Way Back When-esday- Our Engagement...

After taking a short break last week with the excitement of the nursery furniture, I am back in the swing of things with "Way Back When-esday."

This week we're looking back to the first Christmas that Rich and I lived together. After dating for some time, in September of 2007 we moved in together and celebrated our first Christmas as roomies that following December.

We had so much fun picking out the perfect Christmas tree, decorating it to the hilt, hanging our first stockings, and wrapping presents with big red bows. It was a magical Christmas to say the least.

Little did I know what was in store for me come Christmas morning, as our first magical Christmas took an even better turn. Rich proposed!

We excitingly shared the news with our family and friends and spent the day soaking up our newly engaged status. That Christmas definitely goes down in the books as one of the best!

Play along with Cheryl at Twinfatuation- It's so much fun to take a look way back!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Time to Spread Christmas Cheer...

As I mentioned in this post last week, here at the Halquist house we kicked off Christmas this past Friday night as we celebrated The Elf Party.

My camera was acting up so I wasn't able to get pictures of the party but we had a fabulous time! We ate lasagna, garlic bread, and salad for dinner and followed up dinner with writing a letter to Santa Claus. I told him what a good girl I have been this year and what I would really like for Christmas. On the top of my list was Cooper's nursery decor.

We then proceeded upstairs through the seven layers of the candy cane forest (literally, my mother-in-law decorated the stairwell to look just like the candy cane forest) and watched the greatest Christmas movie of all time, Elf. We ate Andes Mint Trifle for dessert which was to die for and laughed our way through all of Buddy's jokes.

Last but not least, Buddy delivered our very first Christmas present of the season. Well, Buddy must be quick on his feet because I received the quilt and bumper for Cooper's crib! I love it so much and went right home and put it in his room. Even without a mattress, sheets and such, it is just adorable. It got me really excited to whip the room into shape. You will also notice Gizmo, he really likes Cooper's room and I have a feeling he will be laying at my feet many nights as I rock the baby to sleep.

Since Cooper was also technically in attendence, he received his first ever Elf Party gift, his mobile! Isn't it cute? It plays the Elephant March and I already have the tune stuck in my head. Apparently so does his Dad because he was walking around the house last night whistling the tune. I think that we're just getting more and more excited!

While the food, treats, letters to Santa, and the gifts were great, most importantly we had a wonderful night with our family. While I am grateful for the life I am fortunate enough to live year round, this time of year always reminds me how blessed we really are.