so many pictures…

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Most blog posts this morning are about the Oscars or some sort of weekend recap. Not here. I like to be different. Edgy.

That is why this post is about January. Well, that and because I need to make some room on my iPhone.

We rang in the new year in Perdido. It was a little chilly, but we prefer to be cold at the beach instead of at home.

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(I realize Wells’ eyes are closed, and G looks constipated in that pic. Every January a group from the company I work for flies to Houston for a photo. The running joke is that you better look okay in the CEO’s best photo because that is the one going in the annual report. I am the CEO of this blog.)

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Graham passed out around 11 on New Year’s Eve. Before he fell asleep he said, “Do whatever it takes to wake me up at midnight.”

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We managed to get him up, but I don’t think he remembered any of it the next day.

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And, the first one to fall asleep had to clean up the confetti. (He actually woke up at the crack of dawn and cleaned it up without us asking.)

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I made black eyed peas and cabbage because that’s how my mama raised me. The other members of the family were less than thrilled.

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We asked the boys about their New Year’s resolutions. Wells said his was to fly on more planes. Graham said that he didn’t have one because he was already a better person.

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On the way home, we stopped at The Wharf for some laser tag. The boys were not happy about having a girl on their team until I went sniper mode and took the other team out.
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(Skyhawk= Wowie)

There was lots of January basketball.

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Graham celebrated his 100th day of school by dressing up as a 100 year old.

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And Wells chose Theodore Roosevelt for his wax museum project.

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Wells read to Graham’s class, and they loved it (Graham especially).

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Wells also told us that God has a path for us all. And that his path is away from Brussels sprouts.

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We celebrated a couple of birthdays. (And since there isn’t anything else to do in January we really streeeeeeetched them out.)

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Graham woke up on his birthday with both ears infected. After a visit to the doctor he said, “I’m six, I’m sick and it sucks.”

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Since he missed school on his birthday, I thought I got out of the “class party.” Oh no. He reminded me daily for a week and a half, and then asked his teacher to email me about it. So. Much. Sugar.

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He also wanted to have a SpongeBob movie party. The movie didn’t release until two weeks after his birthday, but we agreed because movie parties are the easiest parties ever.

Emily at Ruff Draft Papers did a great job on the invitations. It is hard to make SpongeBob cute, but I think she succeeded.

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Please forgive me for the month late phone dump. The Wowie will be back to its regularly scheduled content (aka nothing) tomorrow. But please check back in May when I cover February through April.

Kidding.

I hope.

friday five

Friday, February 6th, 2015

In honor of its rapidly approaching arrival, a Valentine’s Day five.

1. Wooden You Be Mine

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I’ve mentioned these wooden heart spoons before. In case you missed it, they make really cute teacher gifts. Or favorite CPA gifts. Hint. HINT.

(Oops… Looks like the $10 Amazon Prime version is sold out.)

2. Eye Love You

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Some of you may happen to have a hot date on heart day. I think a subtle cat eye is a pretty, romantic look for a night out. I love this Chanel eyeliner. It is basically a hypoallergenic Sharpie. Everyone loves Sharpies.

3. Give Me Some Lip

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Another fun February look is a not-too-red lip. The “Meritage” lip pencil from Bite is great one to try. It is somewhere between a “I ate a popsicle” red and a “my lips are bleeding” red. So basically perfect.

4. Eat Your Heart Out

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No need to overthink Valentine’s gifts for guys. We all know what they really want. Food. And not some fancy schmancy dinner that takes too long and costs too much. The way to a man’s heart (and arteries) is a chili cheeseburger. If you are in the Jack-son Miss-is-sippi area, grab your man and head over to CS’s and order an Inez burger and fries. It will show up and show out. And don’t forget the peanut butter pie for dessert. Smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy.

He will love you until the day he dies. Which could be sooner than later if he makes a habit of eating Inez burgers.

5. Bae Be Cray

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If you are looking for the perfect gift for that special lady in your life, check out last year’s gift guide. And then buy yourself something because at least one person should be happy on Valentine’s Day.

Check out all the Five on Friday posts over at A Liz. Have a great weekend!

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Bolognese Cra-zay

Friday, January 30th, 2015

Let me start by saying, I’m no Ina. (And you can start by rolling your eyes and saying duh.) The other night after work, I was cold and SK had the flu, and we both needed some carbs. This bolognese sauce with pappardelle was easy and delicious.

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You will need…

1 lb. ground turkey (93%)
1 pack of diced pancetta
1 yellow onion chopped
1 tablespoon diced garlic
1 can of tomato paste
1 cup of red wine (I used cab)
1 can of petite diced tomatoes
½ cup heavy cream
1 tsp. of basil
Olive oil
Salt and Pepper

Pappardelle

Put a large pot of salted water on to boil.

Cook the turkey in a dutch oven over medium heat. Season it with salt and pepper, and remove it from the pan when it is done. Next, add the pancetta, and sauté it until it is crispy. Remove it from the pan, and add a little olive oil to the left over drippings. Sauté the onion until it is translucent. Turn the heat down to medium-low, and add the garlic. Sauté for about a minute.

I don’t have time to chop garlic at 6 p.m. (or ever), so I cheat and use this…

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Ina would just die. I’m sure this isn’t considered “good garlic.”

Next, add the tomato paste to the pan, and cook it for two to three minutes, stirring continuously. Slowly add a cup of red wine and scrape all the browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Let it simmer for about three minutes while you simmer down with a glass of the leftover wine. (Don’t forget to stir occasionally.) Add the can of diced tomatoes (including the juice) and kick the heat up to medium. Add some salt and pepper and the basil and cook for another five minutes or so. (If the tomatoes aren’t “petite” diced you will have to cook them longer.) Next, add the turkey and pancetta back to the pan, along with the heavy cream. Reduce heat to low, cover the pan and begin cooking the pappardelle according to directions. When the pappardelle is done, add it to sauce. Add about a cup of the pasta water to the sauce and turn off the heat. Finish by grating an entire block of parmesan on top. Or a 1/2 cup. Whichever you prefer.

Let me know if you try it. Have a great weekend!

so merry and so bright

Friday, January 9th, 2015

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I hope you and your family had a great Christmas. I got so caught up in not stressing out that I didn’t blog for over a month. But don’t go thinking I was sitting around eating peppermint bonbons all day. Oh no, there were lots of Christmas festivities.

Graham was a shepherd in the Grandparent’s Day Christmas play at school. I thought his costume was adorable, but I guess he didn’t. He asked if he could dress up like a wise man for Halloween next year.

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What a Christmas Play boy.

Wells was in “A Play in a Manger” at Church. He had a speaking part, and we were very proud of him.

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We decked our halls.

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The children were not impressed with our outdoor lights or lack of inflatables. I dug out the silver tinsel tree that my parents bought me when I was in college and put it in the playroom window. I took them outside for the big reveal, and Wells said he liked it, but the neighborhood pool still had more lights than us.

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We got our tree the Saturday after Thanksgiving. It stopped taking water two days after that. We finally got it decorated on day seventeen. It was officially a CRISPmas tree at that point.

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I’m not complaining though. My friend Roxanne’s tree fell four times. FOUR. And a snake crawled out of my friend Susan’s tree. A SNAKE. IN HER TREE. THAT SHE BOUGHT FROM THE SAME LOT AS US.

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We celebrated Nan and Lily’s birthdays with a trip to the Laurel Christmas parade and a little antiquing. (If you ever have a chance to attend the Laurel parade, do it. It is the best.)

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(Not sure what they were talking about, but it looks like Wells miiiiight be on the naughty list.)

Lily let me do her hair for her 13th birthday party. If you know anything about thirteen year old girls and how particular they are, you understand how honored I was.

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We cheered Kailey on at her cheerleading competition.

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We did a little Christmas light looking.

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And some Christmas cookie-ing.

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The weekend before Christmas was our Louisiana family get together. We hung out in New Orleans the day before.

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(Bloody Merry)

We stayed an extra day so SK, Wells and Mawmaw Sarah could go to the Saints game.

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I told Graham we could do anything he wanted while they were gone, so we ended up on Bourbon Street.

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We eventually made our way to the aquarium, and Graham declared our day the best ever.

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I know you shouldn’t buy your kids gifts the weekend before Christmas, but he “reallllllly” needed the enormous stuffed shark. When she saw it, Mawmaw Sarah asked Graham if he wanted to go to college.

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Speaking of gifts, we let the boys open one on Santa eve (which is actually Christmas Eve eve eve since test run Santa comes to our house). Wells loved his, but Graham was obviously expecting the hot tub.

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Trust me G, I know what it is like to not get what you want for Christmas. (Cough. COUGH.)

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He was over it just in time to leave out a little food for Santa’s reindeer and then listen to the Christmas story.

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I hope your children didn’t watch Santa Hunters. Ours did, and then proceeded to booby trap our house. Wells really wanted to sleep in the living room, but we explained that early Santa don’t play that.

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Every year they ask for at least one remote controlled contraption (that typically breaks by the end of the day). This year, it was a Roboraptor that is almost as creepy as our old friend remote controlled shark. It has a free roam mode and lurks all over the house. I sneaks up behind me while I’m eating, and I feel like those kids in the kitchen on Jurassic Park.

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On Christmas Eve we travelled south and spent several days with our families.

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(Let me be the first to say that we got our money’s worth out of those Christmas pjs and santa shirts.)

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(Nan’s peanut butter balls… my favorite)

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(Mawmaw’s pumpkin praline pie… my other favorite)

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(So. Many. Pictures.)

It was a fun December, and I was sad to see it go. But not that tree or the family of snakes that I convinced myself were living in it.

Happy New Year!