Saturday, December 22, 2007

Cali and Pickles got a new toy from Grandma tonight - it hangs on the door and when you turn it on there is a string that moves down it, around the back and up, and back down. I don't have video from when we first turned it on but they were both so intrigued and tried to figure out how it worked. Cali kept thinking that it was going on the backside of the door and just seemed really puzzled.

They played with it together for awhile, but here is video of each of them separately. First, Cali and the new toy, while Pickles patiently waited for her turn.

Pickles and the new toy:

Monday, December 17, 2007

Incredible Christmas present!

Jason and I came home from work today to find this in our living room!!!!

It was his parents piano and the one that Jason and his brother learned to play on. It's a Wurlitzer, like the one I learned to play on as well. Ever since we started dating I've been dropping hints that if they ever want to get rid of it, we'd take it. I just didn't know that would be today!! They hired piano movers to get it from Bloomington to up here, and mom and Karen met them to let them into the house and help move furniture around.

I immediately started crying when I saw it - we're just so excited to have it!!!!!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Cookies for Santa ...

As we've been snowed in all weekend (ok, so maybe not exactly, but we're pretending that we were) we decided to make sugar cookies for Santa. :)

After making the dough we realized that we don't own a rolling pin, so we improvised. It was Jason's idea ... I love having resourceful husband! (In case you can't tell, it's a bottle of Vodka.)

A picture of me making cookies ...

Jason got sick of the cookie cutters and decided to make his own shapes.

I give you, The Christmas Alien:

And here is what the rest of the cookies looked like, before baking.

Mmmm.... freshly baked cookies! Check out my new "Holiday Hostess" oven mits. I was involved in a Secret Santa gift exchange on a message board that I'm on, and those were part of my gift.

Time to decorate! I didn't buy any sprinkles, so we just used colored icing.

The red cookie on the lower right side is a 350z. Guess who made that one?

This one is the gingerbread man with his leg cut off. (Again, guess who made that one?)

And right after we finished decorating the cookies I remembered that I have a Christmas apron. I put it on and posed for the camera.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

6 years ago

6 years ago today Jason and I went on our first date! We'd been getting to know each other via email/phone/IM since Thanksgiving, but didn't meet until Dec. 13th. We went on a double date with Jay and Shannon (the couple who set us up) to O'Charley's. Afterwards we went to Jay's parents house to use the hot tub, then Jason and I went out on our own to the Irish Lion. We had such a great time that we went on a date the next day, then the next day, etc. We had 5 dates in 5 days (until I had to go home for Christmas break) and the rest, they say, is history!

Here are two pictures from the first couple of months that we were dating:

And because I had fun pulling out old pictures, here are some of the kitties when we got them (in Oct of 2002.)


And our very first "family" picture:

Monday, December 10, 2007

Boys will be boys

Jason's friend, Justin, just got an Xbox 360. Rather than play against each other online while at their own homes, Justin brought his over. They hooked up another tv, the second Xbox 360, and managed to mess around with the router so they were both online. Then they played some war game.

Saturday, December 08, 2007

The Dancing Fletchers

Jason, Pickles, Cali, and I have been working on a routine and are finally ready to make our debut:

The Dancing Fletchers

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Lots of updates!

See below for lots of updates!

Merry Christmas!

Ok, not quite Christmas yet, but we put up our lights outside the house and got our tree this weekend!

We went up to Stony Creek Farm in Noblesville to cut down our tree. We wanted one that was a little bit taller than last year's and we found it!

Our first fire of the season!

The tree all decorated - check out our new tree topper!

Congratulations Anne and Kyle!I

It's been a busy baby week! Anne and Kyle welcomed Molly Anne Hultgren into the world at 12:15 Saturday morning. She weighs 7 lbs, 6oz - is 19.25 inches long - and has a full head of dark hair! Anne delivered at Community North so we've had the opportunity to see them a few times and have the pictures to prove it! :)

I can't get over how much hair she has!

One of the first things Anne and Kyle bought for her was this little baby bear hat - so cute!

Congratulations Anna and Ryan!

Our friends Anna and Ryan welcomed their little girl into the world on Wednesday (Nov 28th.) Allison Joy Dilger weighs 8 lbs, 13 oz and is 19 inches long. We haven't had a chance to meet her yet so the only pictures I have are ones that they sent to us. I can't wait until December when they come into town and we can meet her!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

A new look for the kitchen and dining room

We were sick of the white walls, so with less than a week to go before Thanksgiving we painted them. (And yes, mom came over to help!) The pictures are just of the dining room side right now. I wanted to wait until our island was done in the kitchen before taking those. (It's done now, I've just been lazy and haven't taken the pictures.)

It's not too drastic, but we love it. We plan to do this same color in the half bath downstairs, and our bedroom. We'd like something a little bit darker for the living room.



(Yes, the table is also darker. No, we didn't paint it. This summer while mom was looking for a table for Patrick's apartment, she found this one at a garage sale. It was identical to ours, so we took the dark one, and Pat has the light one.)

Another before:

Another after:

More pictures of the kitties

We thought that Cali and Pickles should get into the holiday spirit. They didn't seem to agree with us.

To make up for that photo shoot, we gave them their Christmas present early. May I present to you a cat in a bag:
We felt so bad when we saw them like this that we went and bought another one. Unfortunately since we've done that, we can't get a picture of them in them at the same time.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Friday, November 23, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!

We had Thanksgiving at our house for the first time this year and everyone had a great time! It was Jason & I, my mom, Karen, Patrick, Susan, Roland, and Matt.

First, my favorite part - the table!

A close up of the napkin, with the chocolate leaf "favor" that I made for everyone.

Just a neat angle of the table.

The Felts family always deep fries the turkey, so that's what we did as well. The night before we injected it with strained italian dressing, white wine, and then rubbed it all down with Tony's Seasoning. Then on Thanksgiving, before putting it into the fryer, the guys tied its legs together.

Then came the fun part! The guys all sat outside (in freezing weather!) and fried the turkey - while enjoying some beverages and cigars.

At various points, the ladies took a break from the inside cooking (and munching!) and joined them.

The turkey, ready to be carved! After they were done frying it, we let it sit for about 45 minutes to develop the flavors even more.

Carving was a family event ...

And now for the rest of the food. In this picture, starting at the top, there was a relish tray, green bean and corn casserole, sweet potato puffs, deviled eggs, jello/pretzel salad, stuffing, turkey, gravy, and rolls.

But that wasn't all! Here (again starting at the top) there is macaroni and cheese, broccoli casserole, creamy mashed potato bake, and peas.

For dessert we had pecan pie and a caramel apple layer cake. It's the first cake that I've ever made from scratch and I think it turned out pretty well!

After dinner we laid around, watched tv, looked at the ads, and took some naps. Before the Colts game started we also played a few games on the Wii and Catchphrase. Then we watched the Colts win and headed to bed!

What a day!