Saturday, November 29, 2008

a not-so-traditional thanksgiving day.

i had the best thanksgiving day. and none of it included turkey, sweet potatoes, stuffing, or pumpkin pie. it started off right, because i was able to sleep in, and enjoy one of my four or five recognized holidays off of work. as it turned out, it was a quite lovely day for late november - 55 degrees and sunny. we went to the dogpark, and were not alone - it was busy! and thennnn.. we begun decorating for christmas! i lllllove this part of the holidays. then we went to colby's parents' for some lasagna. (i know, right? - don't worry. we had our REAL thanksgiving feast this weekend. i wouldn't let thanksgiving go by without the traditional grub.)

then we ventured to the plaza for the annual flip of the switch for the plaza lights. colby has lived here 13 years, and has never been. it was crazy packed (over 200,000 people according to local papers), but worth the trip. we count down as if the new years ball is about to drop. and this year, american idol winner (and kansas city native), David Cook was there to flip the switch! the best i could do was a shot of the big screen.the event is preceded by dancers and music by local bands, and then concluded by a firework display. oh, and macy came too. to my surprise, she layed at our feet amidst all of the commotion.after we left, we made a stop at the 711 (note to self: open on turkey day) and bought slushies - something we use to do together a lot in college, came back to our cozy home, lit the fire in the fireplace for the first time ever (!!), and snuggled up on the couch. mmm, happy thanksgiving.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

that's what i love about sundays.

photography by colby j. dischinger (c)

it's fun to start our own traditions. and one of my favorites (and longest standing, probably) has been our weekend ritual of CHOCOLATE CHIP WAFFLES! it may be hard to tell from the picture above that there are chocolate chips in there, but there most certainly are. that's what makes them special. that, and they're homemade.

1 3/4 cups flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup oil

combine dry ingredients. separate egg whites from yolk - beat egg whites until frothy. add egg yolk, milk, and oil to flour mixture & combine. fold in egg whites. i wait to add my chocolate chips when they are on the waffle maker - otherwise, the all fall to the bottom of the mixture, and don't make it out when pouring until the last batch.

the recipe, along with the waffle maker, and a bottle of wisconsin maple syrup were given to us by em's parents as a wedding gift. as it turns out, it's my favorite.

Monday, November 17, 2008

a season of thanks.

believe it or not, thanksgiving is right around the corner. (which means, christmas will soon follow!) october may have the best weather, but november and december give me plenty to look forward to.

at church on sunday, adam challenged each of us to a nightly assignment: to list 5 things you were thankful for at the end of each day for 2 weeks. i think it is important to be aware of the blessings in your life, and what better time to recognize those than the thanksgiving season?

1. my job. last week, the downturn of the economy and stock market had finally taken its toll on our company, and that was passed along in the form of layoffs. 3 people, in a company of 30 (you do the math), were given moments notice of their termination. i found myself feeling so sad for those 3 people, to the point of tears, and of the harsh reality of unemployment in a recessed economy that they were about to face. how grateful i am that it was not me.
2. homemade chocolate chip cookies. the betty crocker in me is coming out. costco sized portions of flour, brown sugar, oil, eggs, and chocolate chips leaves me no choice but to go on these baking sprees. mmmmm...
3. a big hug from my husband when he gets home from work/practice. monday marked the beginning of swim season. which means colby now gets home later than me. and i sure do love his big hugs when he walks through the door. (that is, until macy wiggles and jumps until she has stolen his attention from me.)
4. a warm house. as the weather cools down, i am so thankful to have a warm and cozy place to call home. and when it gets REAL cold, and i'm ready to take one for the team on our heating bill, i think we'll light a fire in our fireplace! i can't wait.
5. phone calls to my momma. i call at least 5 times a week. if she's sick of me yet, she hasn't let me know. i cherish those moments on my drive home from work that i spend catching my mom up on life's big (bust mostly small) events. i'm quite that yapper, so she doesn't always get to say much, but i'm sure thankful for her listening ears. it's also important for me to be filled in about happenings on the home front. i miss my family a lot, so it keeps me connected.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

macy meets her reflection.


I introduced Macy to her reflection this week. The above video is a short snippet of how she felt about it. (make sure your speakers are on to hear her roar!)

And below is a pretty shot of our girl at a park, on what looks to be the last nice day that we'll see in Kansas for a very long time.

The cold weather seems to be settling in for the long haul, and I'm not too keen on it. Christmas and Thanksgiving aside, I could do without winter. And the snow. Okay, maybe give me a few inches on Christmas eve and day, but then I'm over it. I'm sure you'll hear more complaints from me regarding my hatred of cold weather in the months to come.