Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Happy New Year!

Favorite thing AM did this week(s)

We all had a great Christmas--saw lots of family, ate lots of food, and rested some too. AM was great, and enjoyed everything about it. Of course, she got too many presents, but so far, has not shown any signs of being too spoiled by this.
She loves her new Madeline floor puzzle, and somehow got it in her head that having a spatula (yes, a spatula) really helps when doing puzzles. On Christmas afternoon she asked my mom if she could see her flower spatula (a gift from AM-- My mom got it for her, but we didn't know why she needed it. Until she got her puzzle out, and as soon as she found two pieces that went together, she would smack them into place with the spatula. I wish I had gotten a picture of it, but you'll have to use your imagination!
Here are some pictures Matthew snapped on Christmas Eve and Christmas morning...

Leaving milk and cookie (just one, she's stingy) for Santa.

Finding her stocking!

Santa came!

After Christmas we went to the beach for a few days. AM had fun in the (relative) warm weather, and even got in the (heated) pool with her Grandado and Unca Bob.

Favorite thing I read this week
I finished Guernsey over the holiday, and then read one of my Christmas gifts, Wally Lamb's Wishin' and Hopin' ( in about 48 hours. That's a record for me! But this short little book was so good, I couldn't stop reading. It revolves around 5th grader Felix Funicello, and takes place in a Connecticut parochial school in the early 1960s. Felix's 3rd cousin Annette is the family's claim to fame, but the book is a coming-of-age tale about Felix. A French substitute teacher, a dirty joke being told on live television, the National Pillsbury Bake-Off, a new Russian student at the height of the Red Scare, and a new take on the school's traditional Christmas program..hilarity ensues.
Favorite thing I watched this week
Hopefully tomorrow night's BCS Championship will be the best...Roll Tide!
Favorite thing I ate this week
Too many things to list them all, but here are some highlights from the holidays...
Aunt Ann's Sweet and Salty Pecans (to die for!)
Poppyseed cake (I like to call this Poppyseed Bread in an effort to make it sound less like dessert, and more like an acceptable breakfast)
Prime Rib with potatoes (twice!)
Mom's / Gramdma's Sugar Cookies
Toblerone (why do I only eat this at Christmastime?)
Blackened Grouper and Panne Chicken from the Red Bar (Grayton Beach)
Prosciutto and Mozzeralla sandwich from Wild Olives (Rosemary Beach)


  1. Couldn't believe how grown up Ann Monroe has become! Thanks so much for the book - I laughed so hard when I opened it. I tried to read it to the kids, but they're apparently not old enough for books sans pictures.

    I found a recipe the other night and thought of Matthew, because it tastes pretty close to Stix salad dressing. I added a couple of minced carrots to it...

    Happy New Year!

  2. I am going to have to let Hannah know about Ann Monroe's spatula trick. It drives her crazy when she can't get the pieces of her puzzle to lay properly. Too funny!!!

  3. Oh my gosh! How clever that she thought to put the puzzle together with a spatula! Too funny!