Monday, December 15, 2008

Grilling Goodness With Tina And Friends~ 10

GoldenGoodness

It's that time again...Time for some more "Grilling Goodness." If you would like to join in all of the fun, just click here. Tina would love to have you all participate!

Now, on to the grilling.....

1. How many Christmas parties have you attended or will you attend?

Hmmmm, let me see. Oh, that's right.



None.

I mean if you don't count hanging out with my family on Christmas as a party.




2. What is your favorite dish to take to a party?

Usually, when we are invited to a party, we are asked to bring my very famous cheese dip and chips. It is a crowd pleaser.



I'm just saying.

If you would like to know how to make this cheesy yummy goodness, click here.


3. When you're at home and your feet are chilled, do you wear socks or house shoes?

Since I have Raynaud's Disease, when it is cold I usually have socks and house shoes on. If I don't wear both, my feet turn purple and black.

I know. It's gross.

When it's really, really cold, I also have to sleep wearing two pair of socks, gloves, a sweat shirt, and a hat.

It's a very sexy look. Just ask Shannon.
;)

4. What are your plans for this weekend?

Since Tina really asked this question last Friday, I will tell you what I did this past weekend on Saturday. I went to see one of my bestest blogging buddies. You all know her as Smiling Shelly from the Smiling Shelly's Stories blog.

I went to see her new house. For some strange reason, Shelly wanted me to see her new house before the dust began to settle
. ;)



I had SO much fun at Shelly's house, but I will tell you all about that tomorrow.

5. What is the most expensive Christmas gift you are buying for your children this year?

Since my boys are 16 and 13, they just want cash for Christmas.

You know, for sentimental reasons.

And, since we are a bit low on cash this year, it is quite expensive.


6. Do you have a family portrait made each year?

Yes.

Absolutely.

Whether my family wants to or not.

I make them pose with me at least once a year for a family picture. We have had some professional family portraits made over the years, but my favorites are the candid ones.

Here are several of our family photos from over the years. I like to call these our "Fictional Family Photos." Why you ask? Well, it takes about forty four tries to get one good one, so by the time we get a good one, Shannon and the boys are all fussy. They are all sporting 'fictional' smiles by the last shot.

(And me too, but let's just keep that between us, Mmmkay?)












7. Do you drive your kids around looking for decorated homes?

As a little girl, I loved to drive around with my parents and look at Christmas lights. Something like this would have thrilled me to bits.



My boys, however, not so much.

One year when they were little, we decided to drive them around Crazyville to look at all of the Christmas light displays, and they were less than impressed.

They were critical even.

Daniel grumbled from the back seat, "This is dumb. And besides, we're just wasting gas."

*Sigh*


8. What is your least favorite thing about cold weather?

Refer back to question number 3. ;)

18 comments:

Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

Amy-thanks for your prayers and find comfort in knowing I will be lifting you daily!

Fun post!!

In His Graces~Pamela

SondreLyn said...

The family pictures are so fun! I was visiting my father-in-law this weekend, and he reminded my husband that we needed a family photo. Uh... ya think?... in our last family photo (professional) my kids were 2 and 4! Now my son is in college and my daughter will be there this coming fall! Yikes! I'm a baaaad momma! I also loved the kids' comments on driving to look at lights... aaahh memories! Our 2 have been equally thrilled with mom's and dad's "fun" ideas. Good news though, on the way home from a Christmas concert with my daughter, SHE suggested we take a detour to look at lights! Yay! Love your blog!

The Pink Potpourri said...

what a fun questionnaire! i loved reading through it and i espcially loved all the pictures!!!

Gina said...

I love all your family photos. You have such a beautiful family. :) Don't feel bad about not going to any Christmas parties, I haven't gone to any either. I wish we lived closer so I could invite you here for a party. You could bring your yummy cheese dip. We could watch a Charlie Brown Christmas and listen to the Muppets. :) Doesn't that sound like a hoot?!

Have a great day, I will be praying for you. :)

God bless,
Gina

sa061545@bellsouth.net said...

Sweet girl, I LOVE the pictures!

As for Christmas lights, that was always the highlight for our family when I was growing up - we would especially go to the street where the "rich people" lived because they had the most lavish displays. I still love to look at the lights and am going to ask John to take me and Eva Christmas light-looking!
LOVE YOU!
Mom :)

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Hey, would you like to come to my house for a Christmas party? I'd love to have you!!! With or without the dip...but the dip does look so yummy!

Love all the family photos! I'm not so good about getting pictures of the whole family...lots of the kids though.

Van said...

Just wanted to say how I love the picture of your precious puppy! He is adorable. So is the rest of your family.

Laura said...

Amy,

I'm behind on my bloggy reading ('tis the season), but I just came from Pam's and read your comment...

I"m praying too! I didn't know there was something new going on. Girl, you are my hero. Especially now that I know you get the three male member of your house to pose for a portrait annually. I had a pity party for myself yesterday because my boys were raising such a stink about that very issue!

Sooo...

I think I'm not doing it this year.

Gasp.

Did I really say that out loud?

It pains me. I'll keep you posted.

Sending love,

Laura

Yolanda said...

Amy,

I was wondering how your doctor's visit went today?

Lovingly,
Yolanda

Sheryl said...

Amy,

Thanks for stopping by! I appreciated your comments. This was a fun post for me to read. Love getting to know more about people!! I know you need all the extra gear while you are asleep in the cold - but I just cannot imagine sleeping in a hat!! Is it a cute one??

From reading on some other posts, I believe you may have been having some more tests? Praying for miracles this Christmas!!
~Sheryl

Half Gaelic, Half Garlic! said...

Your family photos are great!! That is one thing that I insist on too!!

Okay, I am reading everyone's comments ahead of mine and now I am worried....are you alright? I hope I didn't miss something, I have been a bit of a scatter brain these days....the holiday stress is getting to me!!

Lisa

Smiling Shelly said...

Seriously?? A Hat? And Gloves??

What, no scarf??

Please tell Shannon that he will be my BFF if he gets us a picture of you sportin' this attire AND posting it on WW for the tens of us reading your blog too laugh at er I mean see - I'm just sayin';)

Who knows...you might start a new fad. LOL!

Love you!
((BIG HUGS))

Michele said...

I love all your family pictures!!!!
Love,
Michele

Ellie said...

what a happy picture!!! The family ones, i mean. then, technically it is not a singular happy picture. oh, well. ha. haa haa. enjoy the rest of your day!

diane said...

You have a lovely family and a great sense of humour which must be hard to maintain when you are in pain.
Hope its not too cold for you it is 90 degrees here.

My Goodness said...

I think I love any kind of cheese dip...and so does my son...now you know!

Yay for fun at Shelly's!! With no dust and expensive squares of TP!

Love the family photos.

Not many houses do all that, for sure, but I love me some Christmas lights!

Thanks for playing!

Dianne said...

Oh you are a trooper, and yet through it all, you are still smiling, I wish I could take a page from your bookt o lern how it's done.

I love the family photos and especially to know that they are not unlike many of ours too.

I am gonna have to try that dip sometime, maybe for christmas.

Thanks for giving us another peek into your life.

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