Sunday, November 30, 2008

Post Thanksgiving

Kris and KC have been home for the past week, it's been great having them spend time with us. We've had a great time together. I had to work Monday and Tuesday and they did laundry and vacuumed for me. Kris called me at work on Monday and told me that the new vacuum I bought earlier this month didn't work. It was just making a cloud of dust everywhere. I told him to not do anymore of the house, and he replied that they had already finished. When I got home, I noticed right away that the dial to change where the suction comes from was turned to hose, so they were going around the house sucking up the dirt and dust and spewing it out the hose. Kris was so matter of fact he said "Well, I guess tomorrow we will dust."

Both Kris and KC helped with the Thanksgiving dinner. It is so great having help, and they did a great job. Today KC and her boyfriend Ben helped make lunch. It is so nice having such good children that are willing to help out.

My mom, sister and nephew came for a visit Friday and Saturday. It was great having them here. We haven't seen them since June. How time flies. We ate Thanksgiving leftovers Friday and ventured out to do a little shopping and to eat at the Olive Garden Saturday before they left. While we were in the restaurant, I got a weather alert on my cell phone. We were going to get a pretty good storm and sure enough...

KC planned on going home tomorrow (her first class doesn't start till 2:00pm.) but Kris left this evening to go back to school. He got 30 miles down the road and turned around, there were at least a dozen cars in the ditch. He was traveling only around 15 mph at times. (it took him 2 hours to go those 30 miles and get back.) He was going to keep going because it is only a 90 mile drive, but I checked the road conditions web site and the road he was about to get on was marked as completely ice covered and towing services were not available, so if he went in the ditch, he would be stuck there till at least tomorrow. After returning home, we checked the road conditions again, and now travel is not advised. We've gotten about 5 inches of snow since last night and the temperature has been hanging around 33 all day. Now that night has come, temps are dropping and roads are icing up, and travel is not advised. Kris has a class at 10:00am so he is hoping the snow plows will get an early start de-icing in the morning.

Monday, November 24, 2008


Kevin, Kraig, Tara and Kenny four out of the six brothers and sisters.

Family, aren't they great?

We are hosting the Watts' Family Christmas Bash in December, and hopefully I will get some good photos for future posts when everyone shows up. There will be good food, good times, and of course more laughter then your stomach can take. There will be an "Ugliest Christmas Sweater" contest, and crafty things for the kids to do. We always have a great time when we get together, and I can hardly wait. I had better hit the second hand stores this week and see if I can find something atrocious to wear.

Getting Ready for Thanksgiving

I'm busy getting ready for Thanksgiving. Tomorrow is my last day of work this week. Yeah!! I made my shopping list today and after work tomorrow will go and get the rest of the holiday fixin's. I thought I would share our favorite pie recipe. It is so good and tangy, and delicious. Even Kevin loves it and he's not a big dessert person. (you can't tell it, but it is the pie on the left)

Cranberry-Apple Pie

1 cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. cloves
4 cups peeled, sliced, tart apples (like Granny Smith or Braeburn)
2 cups fresh cranberries
2 T butter
In a bowl, stir together the sugar, flour, cinnamon and cloves. Gently stir in apples and cranberries. Pour into a pastry-lined pie pan; dot with butter. Cover with top crust. Seal and flute edges of pastry, then cut steam vents in top crust. Bake at 425 degrees for approximately 1 1/4 hours.
NOTE: To prevent pastry edge from overbrowning, cover with aluminum foil strips.

Kevin just let the dogs out before bed while I am finishing this up, and he asked me from the laundry room, "Is it supposed to be snowing outside?" I said, "No, is it?" he came in here and said "Look", so of course I had to, and my silly husband said "Thanksgiving Fools Day". What a strange fellow. That's why I love him.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Kevin and Dina's 25th Anniversary

25 years! Wow!

Kevin and I just celebrated our 25th anniversary the 12th of November. We took off last Wednesday (the 5th) and headed on a long weekend out site-seeing. We went to Galena, Illinois first and had a great time there. We looked in the shops, had a nice dinner, enjoyed the Irish Cottage and had a nice time just the two of us.

We then headed on to Chicago. We had the best time there. We walked and walked and walked. Our hotel the Palmer House Hilton was right downtown so we just parked in their parking garage and headed out. We saw Millennium and Grant Park, the Art Institute (I really enjoyed that!), and the Freedom Museum. We shopped along the Magnificent Mile, walked along the lake, and had a great unexpected surprise, we toured Solider Field. For those of you non-football folks, that is where the Chicago Bears play. (Kevin's favorite team since childhood - Go Bears!) We were on the way out of town and decided to make a quick stop at the field to look around. Kevin was walking around as I parked illegally and he started talking to a security guard. He asked if they ever had tours of the field, and the guard said as a matter of fact in 45 minutes a group was going through and we could join them if we wanted. So we went and parked legally and joined the tour. It was great!

Like I said before, wow, 25 years! It sure doesn't seem like we've been married that long. I am so thankful God blessed me with such a loving, caring husband.

Kris and KC's Birthdays

Kris and Allison (KC) are doing well in school, I can't believe they only have one more month and the semester will be over. Time sure flies!

KC turned 19 on September 12th. We drove down to Ames to spend the day with her. We went down to Des Moines, and shopped at Jordan Creek Mall and went out to dinner. We went to Joe's Crabshack and Kris was kind enough to tell our waiter about KC's birthday. The staff proceded to embarrass KC sufficiently by singing a funny song to her and having her hulahoop while they did. We all had a fun night, we are so enjoying watching our kids grow into adulthood.

Kris turned 22 on November 1st, he came home that weekend so we ended up taking him and his girlfriend Melinda to dinner at the Texas Roadhouse. We were nice to Kris and didn't let the staff know it was his birthday. It's hard to believe 22 years ago I brought a 4 lb 9 oz baby home from the hospital. He was so little...

God is so good!