Saturday, December 28, 2013

NYE traditions

I know every region has its own New Year's Eve and New Year's Day traditions, but I thought I would share what we have always done! (By the way, Merry Christmas and all that jazz, hope it was rad!)

On NYE, my family (and now MY family) has always stayed in, done a few sparklers, and had junk food dinner! If you are unfamiliar with the JFD, allow me to introduce you! It is a true delicacy of all the processed, yummy crap sold in stores today. A JFD can consist of any of the following: pizza rolls, chips, dip, cheese, crackers, fruit, (gotta be healthy!) bagel  bites, sliders, (any kind) nuts, any kind of frozen appetizer, pretty much anything that looks/sounds good while you are shopping! My Momma's rule is you have to have fruit for health reasons, lol! So we stay in and do our sparklers, then eat a bunch of JUNK and go to bed either before or after the ball drops. Depends on your alkie consumption. Champagne is okay, but I prefer wine for the long haul!

On NYD, after we have burst out of our JFD comas, we play with family until it's time for the traditional Southern (Alabama) meal. We have: meat (typically a pork, like a boston butt pronounced "butte-ocks" according to my dad, :) lol!) black eyes peas, collard greens, and hot water corn cakes. If you have never had the pleasure of tasting HWCC, come on down!!! It's corn meal and water mixed Into to a paste, shaped into small pancakes, then fried up till absolutely scrumptious! 

Our foods represent health, wealth, and good luck in the coming year. Do you eat/do the same things? Please share!

And, happy 2014 to you all!

Monday, December 16, 2013

I'm gonna...(Christmas Edition)

PI play this ridiculous game with the kids while we are going up the stairs called, "I'm gonna..." They think it's hilarious when I act like I'm gonna get them for one reason or another.  ( they like for me to be a dog or Lucifer fthe cat rom Cinderella and chase them,)

Anyways, all that to say, here is what "I'm gonna" this holiday!

I'm gonna keep chasing you up those stairs even though my rheumatoid arthritis is killing me, because you love it!

I'm gonna make 38485
Christmas treats and dishes because it's tradition.

I'm gonna wake up at the crack on Christmas Day because you're excited to open gifts.

I'm gonna enjoy my family brunch at cousin Melissa's because I love my family. (Like this is a sacrifice, lol!)

I'm gonna cook my ass off for Christmas feast dinner because it's important!

I'm gonna wrap all these darn presents without whining because we are lucky to have presents!

I'm gonna make Christmas Day breakfast because I have guests and they need food!

I'm gonna keep a positive attitude and keep teaching you about giving to others.

I'm gonna get into the damn Christmas spirit once and for all!

Merry Christmas!! What are you "gonna?"

Thursday, December 12, 2013


Well, I am officially Scrooge McDuck bah humbug on this holiday season. I don't know what my problem is. I'm blaming it on the move and a super late Thanksgiving. Also, our laptop bit the dust, so there goes my canvas making, Christmas carding self. 

I'm just blah. I just set our tree up and did our mantel TODAY. Pathetic. I can't even read blogs and look at Pinterest because, hello? Inadequate city. I love Christmas, but feel like this year it's all "DO ALL THE THINGS! Hurry!" And I'm like no thanks. Also, I have not shopped ONE TIME besides the two things from Santa. 

So pretty much no one has gifts, nor have I any ideas. WTF Susannah. 

My elf is a slacker, he doesn't do anything except maybe move from one room to another. I'm just trying to survive right now. Anyone else? Please say yes...

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

I'm baaaaaack...

Hello world! Long time no blog!

We have been in Birmingham for five months already!! We moved in to our new house 46 days after moving here. We love our house, the neighborhood, and the surrounding areas! Birmingham is a great place to live and I have missed it since I left for Auburn in 1997.

I'm not even going to try and catch you up on what we have been doing, just wanted to pop in and say I'm going to try and be back more regularly. I'm not sure what direction I want this blog to take, since it has been neglected for so long, but, I am still reading your blogs! 

I have also been MIA on Twitter lately-been reconnecting on FB with my people. 

I hope to have some house pics up soon, right now I am recovering from a holiday hangover-I hosted my first ever WHOLE FAMILY Thanksgiving/Iron Bowl party and am still cleaning!!

         We joined the Birmingham Zoo.

     Emma started 5x/week preschool.

    We see our parents at least once a    week (Harry bear is wearing my dad's glasses).

We see our cousin at least once a week! With another one on the way!!!