Friday, December 31, 2010

Adios was a great year!!

A year in review.

We celebrated the beginning of 2010 with good friends and chocolate,......

In February we enjoyed some sunshine.

March brought Kimbers half-birthday and we kept church-shopping.

In April, we celebrated Easter and my 34th birthday.  We also worked on our garden.

May, some amazing but strenuous hiking and more fun outside.

June brought on a shopping trip in Nashville, finishing our front flowerbed, celebrating dads and enjoying the sunshine.

In July we FINALLY made some progress on the potty training front!

August was a BUSY BUSY month.  Matthew turned 3, we spent a fun weekend in Chattanooga, potty-trained some more and celebrated or not our 12th anniversary.

September brought another birthday, Kimber celebrated his first birthday.  We had some silly moments and reminisced a little.

We resumed our camping life in October and visited the pumpkin patch.

November was a crazy month.  We spent a week in Florida in an attempt to see space shuttle Discovery launch, we shared our family pictures and dealt with way too many bodily fluids.

In December, we had a white Christmas and bid adieu to 2010.

Hope 2010 was all you hoped it would be and that 2011 is pure greatness!!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Christmas Card Scoring System

From SWISTLE, a blogger who never fails to make me smile....

Christmas Card Scoring / Rating System

  • Card received: +5
  • Card received before December 1st: -1
  • Card received after December 25th: -1
  • Card is pretty, and looks nice on wall: +3
  • Card is glittery: +1
  • Card does not contain card, but only letter, so there is nothing to put up on wall: -3
  • Card is e-card: -5

  • Card includes photo or is photo card: +5
  • More than one photo: +2 each additional photo
  • Photo is non-Christmassy so will look good on fridge all year: +1
  • Photo is Christmassy so increases holiday feeling of card: +1
  • Red-eye causes family to appear possessed by evil Christmas spirit: -1
  • Photo was taken on beach this past summer in summer clothing, so family looks chilly against winter pattern of card: -1
  • Photo includes dogs with glowing eyes who seem poised to eat humans: -1

  • Card includes letter: +5
  • Letter is informative and interesting: +3
  • Letter describes child as "amazing" or "already an avid reader at age 3!": -3 each
  • Letter is so braggy and saccharine-cheery, I wonder why I associate with these people: -3
  • Letter is so very braggy and saccharine-cheery, it crosses over into comical and becomes fun to read aloud in an unkind tone of voice: +2
  • Letter is a sermon disguised as a Christmas letter, and contains pious hopes for our country, for mankind, and for me personally: -5
  • Letter mentions details of gross surgery: -1 or +1, depending on entertainment value
  • Letter contains thinly-veiled family gossip: +3
  • Letter contains information that should have been told earlier: -2

  • Card includes check: +5
  • Large check: +10
  • Card includes announcement of pregnancy: +10
  • Card from Christmas Card Friends contains surprising news of baby born since last card sent: +10