Merry (late) Christmas!

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I’m a few days late getting this up but better late than never. I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Our Christmas came a few days early this year since Greg was working Christmas Eve and Christmas day. We had a great time. We try to keep things low key. Greg and I never wanted Christmas to turn crazy for our family. Zoe got some useful and educational toys (the kind I love) Greg paintball (surprise!) and Me…a Kitchen Aid mixer! Bread is soooo much easier with a dough hook.

Now that Christmas is over the decorations have come down. I know some people leave them up as long as possible but by the end of December I am done. Although, remember the large wreath I made to cover a very bare spot on our wall? Yeah…we have a large bare wall now. I’ll have to get on that.

The new year is just around the corner. It is amazing to think of all that happened in 2007. God has blessed us in so many ways. Greg’s job, moving to a wonderful house, finding a new church family, meeting new friends and families that love the Lord and our old friends that we would be lost without. We have been so blessed by all of you. It is humbling to think of all God has done for us. How unworthy we are but oh how He loves us!

~Merriann

I am lovin' this book!

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I love cookbooks. Over the years I started to collect too many and I have had to limit the number of cookbooks I purchase. The thing is I don’t always use them, I just like to look through them over and over again. So, when I heard this one was coming out and heard all the rave reviews I really wanted to try it. I have never batch cooked before but loved the idea. All that work in the kitchen for just one meal and have to do it all over again the next day was never really appealing to me. So, I checked this out form the library (…brand spankin’ new!) and I love it. And get this (for those that know me) there are no pictures. None at all and I still love it! The information is great, easy to understand and the recipes look, well sound (no pictures), tasty.

So far I have made Granola, Curry Chicken, Honey-Glazed Chicken Thighs and Breakfast Burritos. Oh, and the basic red sauce. I have two recipes left on my list to make, Feta & Spinach Lasagna rolls and PB&J Breakfast Cookies. One of the things I love is I can package the meals in whatever size I want. Some of them I have put into single portions so Greg can grab a bag and just take it to work (they have a little kitchen). It’s much better than taking a sandwich every day.

~ Merriann

Tis the season…..Of the Christmas Party

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Tis the season of the Christmas party. The time of year that you can spend with other adults without kids and everyone is good with it. The first party of the year is the Annual Welch Christmas Party. What is so great about this party is that it is a small group of friends that get together each year and fun is the first priority. This was the 4th or 5th year that Tony and Melissa hosted and every year we have had a great time, this year was no exception!

I had to work the next morning so we didn’t stay that long, only about 3 hours. But one of our new good friends, Monica, came with us. We all met up at our place and headed out to the Lummi Reservation (or as Fred W. likes to call it FreddyRes, I’m not sure why but he does)

It was the guys in the kitchen (Please keep in mind that is where the food was!).

And the ladies were at the tables just talking and getting caught up with old friend and getting to know new ones.

We got to meet the newest member to the group, Ruby and her mother Nancy. Ruby was given the Baby Pass Card so that she could come 🙂

Oh yes, I think that all us had a great time!

~Greg T

Fa la la la la la la la la

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OK, so we didn’t sing Deck the Halls but, Sunday night we went Christmas Carolling with our church. It was so much fun. This is our first year and we will definitely be going next year. We all piled into 4 huge trucks with the beds filled with hay and headed to the James Street Estates to check out their light displays and do some singing and ministering. Now, I am not much of a singer but, with the huge group we had we sounded great! Zoe loved it. A few times she wriggled her way to the front and stood there on the front porch singing and smiling.
On the way back to our cars I also found out that I am an Auntie again!!! My brother Martin and his wife Susan had their 1st baby Sunday evening at 5:29. Her name is Marci (not sure on spelling yet) and she weighed 6 lbs. 15oz. I don’t have a picture yet but am excited to see her. Mom and baby are doing great. Welcome to the family baby Marci!
~ Merriann

Ice Skating!

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Last night Greg’s work had their family Christmas party at the Sports Plex for ice skating. Before we left I was trying to explain to Zoe what ice skating was. I pulled a video up online to show her. It helped however, it was a video of figure skating. She was very excited and wanted to put her dress on and started to dance around the room like the girl was doing. hmm…just a little misleading and no, we are not wearing dresses.

Greg had to work so our friends Monica and Xavier came with us. We had a blast. Getting the skates on with double socks was a bit of a challenge but with a little force we were on our way.

Zoe was very excited to give this a try. Aren’t those the cutest skates?
They had “walkers” for the kids. I am not at all stable on the ice and I knew if I had to hold onto Zoe’s had we would both be on the ground. It took a little practice for her to get the hang of it but she was soon running with her walker. At one point she decided she wanted to hold my had and skate like she saw others doing. Reluctantly I went to the wall and took her hand. After about 5 steps she decided I was way too slow, grabbed her walker and zoomed down the ice.

~Merriann

Man, It’s been awhile!!

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I know it has been over a week since our last post. We are trying to post at least once a week to keep people coming back. But I will fill you in on the comings and going of the past week. Grab your coffee and get comfortable! You may be here a while. :O)

First, we had our first big snow of the season, and with the first big snow is our 5th Annual Cat Snow Toss. I can’t really remember why we started this but every year during the 1st snow we take our sweet, wonderful cat Casey and gently toss her in the snow. You can tell by the look on her face she knows whats coming. Out she goes in the snow always landing on her feet.

Casey didn’t talk to us for the rest of the evening but we though it was funny and now it’s tradition. And I can’t wait until next year!
The 1st weekend in December was our Annual Lemas Family Christmas Tree Hunt. This was my first year to plan the Tree Hunt. We were going to head to Stoney Ridge. Well, I didn’t realize that they weren’t open on Sundays until the family was already on there way up from the Seattle area. Opps! So everyone met at our house. We decided not to do the tree hunt. Partly because of the heavy snow but mainly because I failed my mission for planning the tree hunt 😦 We did have one of the best snowball fights ever. There was plenty of snow, lots of room and a lot of people to hit. We didn’t get our trees but we had a lot of fun and a great time visiting.

The snow only lasted for that day. When we woke up the next morning we had a few more ponds in our yard. Our actual pond was over flowing which half covered our driveway and the garden. In order to get to the shed we had to wade through a “puddle” that was over 12 ft wide and twice as long.

A few days later we headed to our friends Wylin and Hilda’s house for a surprise visit. We only intended to say hi and leave but we ended up staying almost 8 hours. Greg and Wylin were outside working on the cars and doing manly stuff while Hilda and I (and the kids) kept busy inside. 1st we made and decorated Christmas cookies. Zoe had as many sprinkles on her chair and the area around her as she did on the cookies. Hilda’s oldest son, Andrew, was very focused making his candy cane.

left to right: Stewart, Tiffany, Hilda & Andrew
2nd we made a large wreath for Hilda’s wall. They had a tree recently fall in there yard and we headed out to clip what we needed. The branches had great pine cones on there. I brought some home to add to my wreath. It was bigger than we anticipated but looks awesome. We also made a couple table top ones.

Greg and Stewart treated us to dinner…homemade pizza. They turned out great and were very filling.

While we were at their house we decide to meet up the next day to get our Christmas tree. We headed to Stoney Ridge (it was Thursday and they were open). They had a live nativity with a camel named Moses. Tiffany (in pink) and Zoe (in blue) had a good time checking out the goats and donkey.

And last but not least…the Gingerbread House. This morning we tackled the gingerbread house. We got a kit from Costco and it was perfect. I piped on the icing and Zoe decorated her heart out. There was so much candy we were running out of room. We made a path and “planted” bushes and still had candy left over.

Phew! That took a while. I hope you enjoyed the long update. :O)
~ Merriann