Monday, November 30, 2009

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

Thanksgiving Day was really nice =) We had 19 for lunch and 12 for dinner and everyone went home stuffed and satisfied. My turkey's came out well and we're having leftover turkey made into pot pie tonight! Hope everyone had a fun Thanksgiving!

Friday morning Brian and I did a couple hours in the mad shopping rush, seemed to go pretty well. Saturday afternoon Brian and Erik got the Christmas lights up on our deck. Sunday while I did homework Erik went to a birthday party and Brian fiddled in the garage getting our tree ready.

This Friday we have the CSI Christmas party and Saturday is the Star City Holiday Parade so we'll pack up and spend the day as band parents!

I have to finish wedding thank you cards this week so that we can get the Christmas letter done. There's never a dull moment at the Moock home =)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Let There Be Light

We are almost done lighting the house! Brian finished construction on our wedding lamps (Thank you Karen, Marty, Emily and Katie) and the living room looks fantastic, installed new light switches in the living room (much improved) and put up a new light fixture in the kitchen because it is much more exciting to see what you're cooking. (Thanks Roger and Celia) Today I'll be off at 1 to finish cleaning house and do some prep work for the holidays. Looking forward to a houseful tomorrow and some competitive shopping on Friday. Hope you all have a Happy Thanksgiving =) We're planning to draft our Christmas letter over the weekend so you'll hear from us soon!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Our Fridge has a Shelf of Turkey!

Three more days until there is a whole houseful of family =) While Erik's room isn't ready yet (sorry monkey!) the living room will now accomodate a 10 foot table and the kitchen is all the way ready to receive the table that will live there permanently so we're ready for the holidays. Last night we went coupon crazy at Russ's Market and got our turkey's (one 12 pound and one 15 pound), the rest of the cheese and a little bit of soda.

Tonight I'm heading to the eye doctor and Brian will shuttle me home for a nap afterwards. I hate to get my eyes dilated. After dinner we both have homework to tackle and, weather permitting, we'll get a few more things in from the garage. The most remarkable thing that happened over the weekend is that we now have a working closet =) We both have all our clean and unpacked clothes hanging up and able to be accessed and Brian told me last night that once we move in two more pieces of furniture we'll be able to park one of our cars in the garage. How awesome is that??? If you are coming over for Thanksgiving make sure and tell Brian you noticed how clean the gutters are, he spent a lot of time over the weekend on a ladder.

Last chance reminder - if you are alone on Thanksgiving or don't want to make dinner for 10 for a family of three or four just give us a call. The more the merrier =) We have plenty of food and we can always add a table in the basement.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I Love College

And it's a darn good thing because Brian and I both thought I was going to be able to start my core program classes in the Spring (2010) but it turns out some of my "old" hours from the 90's didn't count as well with the board as we were hoping... so I'll need to take winter, spring and summer term and then start my program in September/October 2010 and graduate in fall 2011.

Brian is a lucky duck =) His microsoft certifications were worth a lot more credit than we had hoped for so we're going to squeeze him into a science class this spring (maybe we can take one together) and then he'll be able to start his program core in either April or June. We're glad to have a Bellevue team available to us in Lincoln... now to get the rest of the way done with school. The best news is that we will both be all the way done with our under grad programs when Erik starts college and if Brian runs fast enough he might be done with grad school by then.

Keep your fingers crossed for us. For those who didn't hear the great news, during the summer term (that was during our wedding and all the planning) Brian came out with a GPA of 3.86 and Christi maintained her 4.0!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Work Weekend

This is the first Saturday since the wedding that Erik hasn't had ANY commitments! No scouts, no ushering, no band, no football, no school, no church.... Don't get too excited, our lives pick back up again next weekend =)

This morning we slept in a bit, put away the pots and pans, the corning ware, the Pyrex and we made TOAST!!! If you have ever lived for 8 weeks without a toaster you will understand. Our kitchen is slowly but surely being unpacked and Erik will very soon have his real bedroom.

This afternoon during the football game we worked more on the yard and on thank you notes. We really are so very grateful for all of the lovely things that we received and I feel like a heel for being so tardy in getting thank you cards sent out. I know that Dear Abby says you have a year but that seems like an eternity. My goal is to get them all done by the end of November so that I can spend my writing time on Christmas cards. It is also rather embarrassing to run into people at church and the grocery store when they haven't received their card yet!

Now we're off to to grandma's house for homemade spaghetti and bread. It feels so good to have our happy family all together after a hard day's work!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Crabby Pants

I hate waking up on the wrong side of the bed.... I hate when the dog eats Kleenex and I have to pick Kleenex shreds out of the carpeting.... I hate when the cat throws up in the kitchen and I have to clean it up.... I hate when I forget to take the ribs out of the freezer the night before and then I have to beat them into the crock pot in the morning.... I hate when my shoulder hurts like someone tried to rip it out of its socket and I don't know what I did to it.... I hate when I do poorly on a class assignment because I feel rushed because of my other commitments and then I am restless all night because I did poorly.

I think that's it for this morning. I really do hate waking up on the wrong side of the bed though. I am generally a pretty cheerful girl, and I have, in the not so distant past, been referred to as an eternal optimist. But today... UGGH I just feel like a little black rain cloud. I'm overwhelmed and I want to blame other people and pout and carry on but instead I just have to keep working and putting one foot in front of the other... maybe later on I'll send the boys to buy ice cream or something and I'll throw a little tantrum and see if I can work it out of my system!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Domestically Yours

Brian and I are still trying to settle in to the new house. Erik seems to be loving every minute of it! Today after work Brian is working on leaves... even though it doesn't seem like we have a lot of trees we have an abundance of raking and vacuuming.

After dinner Erik will have two choirs and I have enough homework to keep me busy well into the next decade. Who would have thought there would be so much to do in Asian American Literature? At least the books are interesting. Hopefully I'll get done in time to watch Top Chef. And tonight I'm DEFINITELY going to stay up and see the end.

The rest of the week will be dedicated to unpacking (Superman took on the kitchen counters last night and you can actually see the corner now which I don't think has happened since March!) cleaning and getting ready for Thanksgiving. We're looking forward to a houseful.

Friday, November 6, 2009

The Best Husband Ever

Scored us three tickets to see U2 in Denver on June 12. We told Erik he's going and we're going to make it into a 4 day weekend! Should be an AWESOME trip!

Tomorrow morning we're planning a trip to Walmart for their early holiday sale, hopefully the prices won't drop lower after we make our purchase =)

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

What Do You Mean It's November?

I keep thinking that we only have one more week that's packed full and then we get to the end and sitting right there is another one. Monday night we had hoped to decide on the pictures for the wedding album. Unfortunately homework got in the way. Last night Erik had extra drum practice, Brian and I had bells (it's a REALLY hard piece) and we all had homework again. Tonight is the Reserve Football Banquet, we're taking apples and dip (if you like cream cheese let me know and I'll get you the recipe). Tomorrow night is scouts and Friday night LSE varsity has another playoff game. We have filled up Saturday with errands, band commitments, the Husker game, homework and a birthday party, and on Sunday Erik has a few things at church.

Someday we'll have a week with NOTHING to do and everyone we know will fall over in surprise. If there is something you've been waiting to get from us holler, sorry that sometimes it takes an extra reminder but darn it we try hard!