It was such a beautiful afternoon when we went to pick out our tree...always one of my favorite days of the year.
I mentioned in the gift shop while we were waiting to pay for our Chrismtas tree that I liked this snowman. Brady insisted on buying it for our house. I tried to talk him out of it but he said it was his money and Christmas is about giving. It's one of those moments I will never forget....and will always be one of my favorite decorations.
It's one month today that we've had Steffi. She's such a sweet, loving, feisty dog! She's doing so well with potty training...other than not wanting to be outside when it's raining. I've only had one breakdown since we've had her where I may have gone to bed crying and asking Eric how long dogs usually live for? In my defense, it wasn't a good time of the month and we had had cold rainy weather for six straight days. And, although I complain that it feels like we have a 2 year old in the house and I'm not always ready to get up in the morning when she is ready...she is growing on us more than I could have ever imagined.
The only cookies we made this Christmas were oreo cookie truffles. They are Brady's favorite and he could make them all by himself if he wanted. I can't believe that's the only cookie/candy that we made. But, with working full time, Brady's crazy tennis schedule, and a new puppy...it's the best I could do. I will try and do better next year. :)
We had our annual Santa get together last Sunday with friends.
Brady told Santa he wants a lap top.
I've been practicing with my new camera. :) I think Eric was tired of me telling him I was the only one in the world without a dslr...and so he bought me one on Cyber Monday. I knew it was going to take some getting used to...but I feel clueless. I read things online to try and learn my camera...but I'm thinking I may need to take a very basic class. I'm excited though...and very thankful.
On December 15, 2011 Brady decided to give up soda for one year. It came out of the blue. We questioned him a couple of times as to why he wanted to do this but he never really had a clear answer. I think it was ultimately something he wanted to prove to himself that he could do. Maybe it had something to do with seeing me give up diet mountain dew for almost 2 years. I most certainly haven't been the best example to Brady this past year. After going so long without soda, I started that awful habit back up again in August. Eric and I are rarely without soda in our fridge and we make stops daily often when we are out and about to get a fountain soda. Brady never wavered in his decision though despite us, not once. He never even seemed tempted. And, let me just make it clear, he loves soda as much as the next guy. He never talked about it. When we were out to eat, he would order water or lemonade without hesitation. If he was at a birthday party where only soft drinks were offered, he went without a drink. I'm just so proud of him. He's been a great example to Eric and I.
Last week when I went grocery shopping, Brady asked if I would pick up a small pack of Dr. Pepper. He wanted to have one to celebrate his one year mark.
When I blogged about this last January, I said in my last senctence, "I have no doubt he will make it a year without."
I love his determination.
Congratulations Brady! You did it!
*To my readers- sorry I have been non existent over here. I'm just trying to do the best I can with keeping up in all areas...however, my blog is one of the areas I have let go. I would like to try and catch up with November and December before the New Year gets here! Life is good. Working, school, tennis, the holidays and a puppy are keeping us busy. I love looking back over all the memories I have in this little blog of mine and want to continue with it. Thanks to all of you who take the time to check in over here. I'm looking forward to catching up with everyone's blog over Christmas vacation!