Monday, December 28, 2009

Quote of the Day 12/26/2009

"Can you imagine how fat I'd be if your Mom was still alive?" ~Chad

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Cookie Decorating 12.22.2009

A couple of days before the planned decorating, we baked the cookies
Carson's favorite part...coloring the icing.

The "before the event" photo...pretty, huh?

Michael Hansen and Carson.

The "after the event" photo. I love it!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Special Gift from Granny 12.21.2009

My grandmother sent me an email and told me that she had put a package in the mail to me and when it arrive, I could open it (yahoo!). It arrived today and in it was a beautiful apron along with this note from Granny:


I know you remember the e-mail on aprons and you haring your memories of aprons. After that I decided I wanted to find you an apron from the past. After looking for a while, I found this one that was made by Nana years ago. I know she used it before it came to me. I remember using it on a number of Christmas days.

It looks used and has some stains, but I wanted you to have it, maybe not to use, but you could hang it in your kitchen for Christmas. Think of the stains as turkey gravy stains, from those many Christmas Dinners our family has shared.

I hope you have a w0nderful Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

With much love and memories, Granny, Christmas 2009"

Friday, December 18, 2009

Latke's 12.18.2009

I made latke's for the last night of Hanukkah! They were delicious!

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Merry Christmas from Chevy & Jack

My Mom

My Mom and I at our house in Cottondale, May 1995

My Mom 12.17.2009

Today would have been my Mom's 60th Birthday. Sad as it is that she is not here with us, it's more sad that she's not here for me to give her hell about being 60. People with parents still alive, PLEASE, give them a hard time!! ;)

Okay, in all seriousness, tonight will be the seventh year that Chad, Carson and I have gone to 7-11 for Slurpees to remember her. She loved slurpees and as her cancer treatments progressed and became harder, they were something that she could always enjoy. Chad and I always like to guess what flavor she would get if she were with us.

I've always maintained that just because she has passed away, I will not pretend that she is or was perfect, as people tend to do once someone passes away, though she was pretty close, in my opinion. It still makes me mad that she broke a part of my stove while cooking a dinner I begged her not to cook, after I had Carson. She and I got in a fight nearly every time we went to University Mall because she couldn't stand the way I dressed and couldn't understand why I didn't like the things she liked. However, as time goes on, I do find myself thinking of her in a different way; not perfect, just with more understanding. I think this would have happened whether or not she had passed away or not. Simply a part of me growing up and seeing things through an adult's eyes.

Some things about my mom, in no particular order:

1. Her real name is Vivian. All of you who knew Beth Rowland, guess what. She's Vivian Elizabeth.

2. She was an amazing cook, which is probably why I have to spend much time at the gym now.

3. She loved being a wife and mother.

4. When I was first married, she would call me and say she was going to the grocery store and did I want to come along? Then, she'd buy everything in my cart. It was awesome.

5. She was supportive of me, even when I joined a weird religion and got married in a building that she couldn't come into.

6. Her son-in-law loves her.

7. She sang beautifully.

8. She loved Christmas and was a huge gift giver!

9. She enjoyed teaching school and was an awesome teacher, but she LOVED working at the travel agency after she retired from teaching.

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sundance 12.13.2009

Due to some cabin fever, we headed out in a snowstorm to see what was happening up at Sundance. Man, I love it there. Too bad I don't ski. Chad is planning to take Carson this year, maybe I should tag along...

The face of pure, joyful revenge

Mid snowball fight


The whole tree trunk is surrounded in ice.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Alabama Crimson Tide SEC Champions

After Alabama beat Florida for the SEC Championship on December 5, this is what my office looked like when I came in on Monday the 7th! Nobody ha owned up to it yet, but I know it was one of our surgeons, Dr. David Garry.