Monthly Archives: December 2012

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,500 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 8 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.


Christmas Eve Gifts from Grandpa & Grandma Sedgwick


Our annual Christmas Eve tradition has always been to open the gifts from my parents, Grandma & Grandpa Sedgwick, on Christmas Eve before bed. For years the gift was jammies but as the kids grew the gifts grew with them.
Sadie has a habit of begging Grandma for quilts each & every time Grandma is working on one. So over the summer while Sadie was in Idaho I am sure my mother had to put up with a lot of asking ;o)
(please forgive the blurry cell phone pictures)

And it paid off…image


Josh received a couple of led flashlights & WE got a gift certificate to our restaurant choice…Logan’s Steakhouse or Red Lobster would be our choices.




The boys were super happy with their walkie-talkies…we have heard a lot of squaking!



Thank you so much Grandma & Grandpa!! It made for a fun precursor to the big day!

So here’s the story…


Let’s go back 22 years & 5 days…
It’s my 16th birthday surprise party at the Wilford’s, Ali being my best friend & all, Cindy & Bud my 2nd parents. I arrive to find all sorts of friends to surprise me, some from Sac as well as Placerville. Included in the friends from Sac was my now husband Josh. At the time he was just a friend, best friend to my boyfriend actually.
Joshua was different…still is. He took it upon himself to find a snack, even though plenty were out & provided for the party-goers. His snack of choice, Snausages.

Hence the lovely Christmas gift that arrived from Bud & Cindy today in the mail 😉

The kitties are now being force fed Snausages 🙂
Joshua claims to have outgrown eating dog treats…we’ll see about that…

Snowy Cookies for a Snowy Day


These are are some  super simple & fun cookies.

1 box yellow cake mix

1C lite whipped topping

1/4C fat free sour cream

1 large egg

Powdered sugar for coating

Beat together, roll into balls, roll in powdered sugar, place on cookie sheets, bake at 325° for 12 minutes.
I meant to add peppermint oil to this batch but forgot. You could add any flavor of extract to customize. Enjoy!