Friday, January 15, 2010

Murder on Mead Pl at the Deadwood Saloon

We have the best neighbors ever!! To celebrate Corey's birthday Stephanie and Corey planned this awesome murder mystery dinner party. We were all given characters and a general description of our character and how to dress. Can I just say WOW!! Everyone did such a wonderful job of dressing up and acting the part. It was soooo much fun!

Twas the night before Christmas...and the next day.

Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, in hope that St. Nicholas soon would be there.

We broke down and let the kids open a gift on Christmas Eve Night....Wow, PJ's, perfect!

This year on the menu for Santa was Spritz cookies, Heath Bit cookies, an Oreo Ball and Coke. The reindeer got carrots.

Wow Santa, you out did yourself this year.
Where did you find the Zhu Zhu's??
It was time to take a break and have breakfast. (My blog would not be complete without some sort of food) Quiche, cinnamon rolls and baked bacon.
A big box to share.

Cami finally got her long desired sleeping mask.

A Vizsla calendar.

We stayed in our jammies all day and hung out together, playing with our stuff and watching movies. It was nice to just chill. But then our tummies started grumbling and it was time to start dinner. Popovers are one of my favorites.

Brian's specialty: Brown sugar, ginger crusted ham.


The kids had so much fun decorating our gingerbread house. We cheated and got the pre baked gingerbread this year but it still tuned out pretty cute.

Making Memories

This year I wanted to plan something special for the family that we would remember for a long time. I interpreted in a class at MCC for a teacher that is an actor at the Hale Theater in Gilbert. I had never been to that theater before but had heard wonderful things about it. I got tickets for our family and crossed my fingers that the show would be good and my children would be better.

We got there for the matinee show and was pleasantly surprised at how the theater was decorated for Christmas. The theater really is a beautiful little gem in downtown Gilbert.

Aren't my girls beautiful? Calvin was having a moment and wouldn't pose for a pic by the tree with the girls.

An old fashioned sled full of gifts.

Inside the theater looking up at Scrooge's bed chamber.

Hale theater is a theater in the round. Even though the stage is literally in the center of the room, the actors enter and exit seamlessly. They even come up into the audience for some scenes. It was very fun to be so close up and personally involved with the show.

The actors were singing carols for us when we came out of the theater. Their costumes were amazing.

The Gilbert water tower is now the center piece of a little historic park. Gilbert was planning to tear it down until the residents let them know that this is an important piece of Gilbert history. I'm glad they kept it.

After dinner, we walked across the street to Joe's Real BBQ. Yum
After dinner and the show we drove to the Mesa Temple to look at their Christmas lights. We also made a quick stop at the neighborhood "train yard" to see the model trains that are set up in an entire back yard.

The show was so much better than I ever expected. My kids were wonderfully behaved. Thanks for the memories.

Christmas Project

I don't do a project every year but I couldn't resist after seeing these on Etsy. I ordered the boxes and used scrapbook paper and embellishments to make this countdown to Christmas calendar. Each box is a little drawer that can be filled with little candies, ornaments or slips of paper with stories, memories, things to be thankful for, jokes... They took a lot longer to make than I thought, but turned out sooo cute.

Thanskgiving '09

I like having people over to my house. I like to cook and entertain. I also like to use a theme when entertaining. The theme for this Thanksgiving was 'cornucopia'. The flower arrangement used one.

I made individual ones for each place setting. It's not hard to bend a sugar cone, you just need a little magic.

I opted out of the formal china for the cleaner look of our every day white.

The kids table was pretty cute with their turkey place settings.

My home made braided Challah. mmmmm Unfortunately I got too busy and stopped taking pictures so I don't have any pictures of the rest of the food or our guests. Sorry


I love U2. I have seen them in concert many times. Their shows are always good. Unfortunately we missed The Black Eyed Peas due to a horrendous amount of traffic but we did hear them from the parking lot. Pretty good pics for my phone!

Bountiful Baskets

In an attempt to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables, we started using Bountiful Baskets Food Co-op. You place your order on Tuesday or Wednesday and pick it up on Saturday morning. It costs $15 for a conventional basket and the basket is full of different fruits and veggies each week. There is so much food in a basket that we only order every other week. The kids love waking up on Saturday morning and coming out to a counter FULL of food. Pretty cool.

Cami Turns 7. What?!

For Cami's 7th birthday party we decided on a pinwheel theme. We made the invitations ourselves and she hand delivered them to her friends.

One of Cami's birthday wishes was to have breakfast in bed.

Another wish was for a shiny new bike.

We reserved a ramada at Tumbleweed park and started setting up for the party. We had food from Jersey Mikes, a popcorn machine and pinwheels hanging from the ceiling.

Cami picked out her pinata from the pinata store in down town Chandler.

The pinwheel cake (made by mom).

And matching cupcakes.

As if the park wasn't enough entertainment, we got a bounce/slide combo.

There were lots of friends.

She had fun!