Friday, January 29, 2010
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Not too much has happened around the Carroll household since Christmas and the New Year. Of course, we have Murphy now, and I feel like he takes up most of our time. We've been adjusting to him, and he's been adjusting to us. I think we're getting along quite well! He and Sean have had a few "power struggle" moments where Murphy was behaving very badly. But for the most part, he's a great dog. I LOVE to snuggle with him! He took a nap on my chest yesterday, and it was the sweetest thing ever! You have to understand that I don't have kids, and I've never held a baby for more than .02 seconds, so my new dog really IS the sweetest thing ever to me. We've gotten to a point where we can leave Murphy alone in the house (not in his crate) for a few hours, and he does great! VICTORY! No accidents, and our furniture is not ripped to shreds. When we return, he's just napping in his favorite chair.
Now on to some non-Murphy related news...our jobs are going well, we're excited about the new year, and everything is pretty status quo. I don't have much to share, but I guess that's a good thing - No drama! We don't make any New Year's resolutions, so I can't give you an update on how we're failing our diets or anything Ike that. I can tell you, however, that we enjoyed a fire outside on Friday night as it was quite warm for January (low 40's). Dad's adorable lady friend took us to dinner and joined us in some fireside chatting. And today, after 9 months of being in our home, we finally bought curtains for the living room. My mom also gave me a quilt that was made by my great grandmother. I think it's just about the neatest thing I've ever owned!
Sean's Notes: I'm excited that our family has gotten bigger. I have a long list of house projects to keep me occupied (possibly a new kitchen!) I made cappuccino tonight, so that's a win for the new year. [I gave him a cappuccino/coffee maker for Christmas. He does a really good job at steaming the milk. I don't think I'll ever try to use that thing. It looks way too complicated.]
Friday, January 1, 2010
The week leading up to Christmas I was a nervous wreck because I knew that I was adopting the dog. Then finally, Christmas Day came and I was able to relax and enjoy the festivities. For Christmas we stayed in town, as we usually do, and spent time with our families. All in all, we visited with 38 members of our family in just 2 days. Phew! It was a whirlwind extravaganza filled with lots of laughter, food and presents, of course. Emily was in town for almost 2 weeks, and it was nice to visit with her again. My step-sister Jennifer also came down to Tennessee with her family. We had our traditional Christmas Eve brunch at Nonnie's house, and had a blast playing Name That Tune. Unfortunately, we didn't capture many pictures of the actual festivities. What I do have are the pictures you'll see below - enjoy!
Linda's annual Gingerbread Party with all "the girls."
This was actually December 5, but it's a great way to kick off the holiday season. We spend about 6 hours assembling our gingerbread houses, drinking "Jingle Juice," sharing stories and eating the delicious food that Phillip prepares for us. What a treat!
(Click the picture for a better view of our houses. Then click the back button to continue reading.)
...and Sean and I bumped into Scrooge himself. Bah humbug!
We stayed home for New Year's Eve and enjoyed the last dinner of 2009 - steamed lobster. These suckers were delicious. Our friends John and Bethany stopped by to help us ring in the new year. Mostly, they just helped us stay awake. We watched the ball drop and I made midnight breakfast for us. The majority of the first day of 2010 was spent in our PJ's. I made a pot of black eyed peas and cornbread, and Mom, Jimmy and Amanda came over for a visit. I'd say the new year is off to a great start.