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Saturday, November 27, 2010
In the midst of a delayed flight, a stolen bike, a canceled trip, we are so thankful for our families, our good health, the chance to be together, the roof over our heads, delicious food and wonderful life we have. We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving, too, and are able to remember the blessings in spite of the bummers! Enjoy the Christmas season!
And now on to the random photos:
Clarence getting ready to read Rudolph
Setting up our new tree!
Isn't it lovely?
Clarence really wanted to go to Montrose, too :(
One of my favorite things EVER, enjoying a lit tree.
Jeff making a delicious cornbread stuffing
Cade giving Ruby some love. I think they would have been happy to stay together for days and days.
The men enjoying the day.
And is this not the funniest picture ever? Dad and Granddad TEXTING!
Jeff and Cade scoping out the Black Friday deals
Thanks for stopping by!
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Here is Clarence. He gets in this box every night now! I think it's too small and cramped, but he still climbs in. Jeff says I'd better not mess with it or Clarence will stop loving it. I don't know...
And on to the Christmas Cheer! We'll be picking out our tree when Cade get's here. YAY!
And here are some steps I built for Chloe (with Jeff's expert woodworking help, of course). She is RUINING our couch with her claws. Poor thing, I think she has arthritis. But if she keeps putting holes in the couch I might go insane. Of course she won't use the stairs. She is scared of them. Now what?!
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Thanksgiving. One of the best holiday’s of the year. Why? Giving thanks, duh. Turkey, duh! But wait. Turkey is meat. Oh dear, what will I do? First of all, let me say I’m not a vegan, meaning I still eat dairy products, things that are given to us by animals. Although I do try to get those products from animals who are treated well. I’m also not a really intense vegetarian who refuses to eat from a kitchen that also serves meat, or won’t even go to someone’s house if they aren’t vegetarians. I mean, let’s face it, food it good! And sometimes food is meat! Therefore, sometimes, Meat is Good! Soooo, during this happy holiday season, what will I do? Let’s keep in mind that turkey isn’t the ONLY delicious food served for Thanksgiving. There is also dressing (or is it stuffing?), cranberry relish, green bean casserole, MASHED POTATOES!, gravy, salad, sweet potatoes, PIES!, noodles (?? Yes, the Smalbergers have noodles with Thanksgiving every year. Try it. You’ll never go back!) and many many more dishes depending on your own traditions. But wait yet again. Gravy? It has meat in it. Dressing? Has meat in it. Many dishes have some sort of meat product, like, well, chicken broth, at the very least. So will I refuse them? Probably not. Don’t forget this wonderful invention, No Chicken Broth. Yep. It’s very close to actual chicken broth, and is meat free!
There are many options for vegetarians during this feasting celebration. We can choose not to feast at all. LAME. We can try to eat only the non-meat dishes such as pumpkin pie and cranberry sauce, which could work very well for some of us. We can prepare our own dishes using non-meat products like No Chicken broth. We can make half of the feast for our loved ones who are carnivores and half for us. Or we can just let it go for a day. No matter what, hopefully we will enjoy the family, friends and food that surrounds us!
AND if you LOVE dressing/stuffing, you can check out this Swanson’s debate/giveaway. Everybody’s doing it-even the vegetarians ;)’
Monday, November 8, 2010
"We’re moving so fast these days that it’s hard to know how we feel about things, important or otherwise. Our feelings get all cross-wise and we end up getting mad about something we don’t even care about and not caring about something we should be mad about."