Friday, December 12, 2008

All I Want for Christmas . . .

Over the years I've told plenty of "Andrew" stories--there was the time he revealed his deepest, darkest, green bean secret. And then there was his desire to enter the Olympics as Spiderman and his effectiveness at teaching the boys the sleeper hold--I tell you I keep thinking that I know him inside out and there's nothing left to surprise me after sixteen years but then out of nowhere . . .

The kids were talking about Christmas presents, agonizing over what to get whom and how to get all their presents before the Big Day. David caught Andrew in the kitchen while he was making himself a snack (probably toast with peanut butter if I know my man) and David said, "Dad, what do you want for Christmas?"

"Oh a subscription to Runner's World, a new book to read, maybe something like that."

"But I don't have any money--what do you want that I can make for you? What do you want that doesn't cost anything?"

In this great big deep voice he said, "Well, son, if you really want to get me the best Christmas present just take a picture of your bicep and then on the back write to me about how much you want to grow up to have muscles as big as mine."

"Okaaaaay . . . "

He's a gem I tell you.


As a parting gift for the weekend I have some links to share that I've saved in my bookmarks:
  • Make some beaded topiary trees with help from The Great Walls of Baltimore.

  • Oatmeal can't get any better than Coconut Cream Oatmeal from Baking Bites.

  • I love these mini pies from Sunflowers in My Kitchen.

  • This tutorial for making paper from lint is too wild to pass up.

  • Lisa at U-handblog teaches how to make your own tofu. I'm trying to decide whether I'm up for the challenge.

  • These egg muffins from Kayln's Kitchen are going to be on the menu for our holiday breakfast.

  • If this key lime cheesecake from Chocolate on my Cranium is anything like the key lime Godiva truffle I had this summer it's got to be divine.

And again here are five commentors that deserve a big thank you for their comments over the months, they're good people to have as blogging friends: I have actually had the pleasure of meeting. Over pizza!
Make it from Scratch and her wonderful carnival by the same name and if you like Stephanie . . .
Check out Applehead where her husband Tim hangs out.
Compost Happens where the head composter, Daisy, always has a great post up.
Book-a-rama which has always got great reading suggestions from Chris.

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SARFRAS said...

Hi I have my own blog dedicated just to Goa.

May be U are interesed to see it

Chris said...

Aw, thanks for mentioning me! You know I love your blog too.

That Andrew must be quite a character!

Edi said...

I don't remember reading your green bean story so I just did. I too despise canned almost can get shivers thinking about drinking the juice from the can and the banana story?? That takes the cake. I've never heard of anyone doing that.

Yrs ago when my younger sister was visiting me in my apt. I noticed her drinking something unusual from a glass - PICKLE JUICE.

Joanna said...

That story made me laugh... I can't imagine the funny conversations you must hear in your house...

Thanks for the mention!

Blessed said...

I love Key Lime Cheesecake - I hope that recipe is good, one of these days I need to post mine!

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

That sleeper hold incident reminds me of my poor sister. When she was a freshman at BYU some guy was mad that she hadn't asked him to a girl's preference, her roommate did instead. Sometime during the evening he put her in a headlock to see if she could get out of it. She did. Very easily. She's a third-degree black belt and that guy was flat on his back in no time flat. Happened in front of everybody there. ☺

Thanks for the key lime cheesecake mention!

Heather said...

That Andrew is pretty hilarious huh? Sounds like something my husband would say.

CountessLaurie said...

Can I just cut and paste yesterday's comment? He cracks me up.

Bella Blogger said...

Just found your blog. You are a great writer and I love all you topics. Happy Holidays.
Shabby Creations

Sonja said...

Subscription to Runners World = $35

Picture of son's bicep = Priceless.


April ~ Living the Sweet Life said...

That is such a great story... speaking of always learning new things. I was talking to my Grandma who is 90 a couple a weeks ago and she was telling me that my Grandpa just a couple of years ago told her something that happened when she had her twins 6o some odd year before. I am guessing you will at 90 after 60 years of marriage still be ever suprised.

Sucharita Sarkar said...

All I want for Christmas is for all of us to laugh freely and be happy.

Your hilarious post helped.

Sucharita Sarkar said...

All I want for Christmas is for all of us to laugh freely and be happy.

Your hilarious post helped.

Damselfly said...

That is the *funniest* homemade Christmas present wish I've ever heard of! Beautiful! :)

Thanks for all the links. I can't wait to check them out.

Daisy said...

OMG!! I stopped by to catch up on Alaskan motherhood and found myself mentioned! Thanks for the link.
We're still shoveling out from a major storm earlier this week, and we might get another inch or four this weekend. Such is life in Wisconsin. Have a good weekend yourself!

Caffienated Cowgirl said...

Ah, fathers and sons...sounds like something my husband would say :)

perilloparodies said...

Your husband is hilarious!! and I love his gift idea!! it is funny, but really it is cute!!! ooh, an idea for a Father's Day card, thank you, Andrew!!! Brilliant possiblity!! And, Countess Laurie had a great idea... I want to cut and paste it, too!! and I'll link to you, too, what do you say? :-)

perilloparodies said...

okay, I am NOT kidding about that Father's Day card idea based on the Bicep quote by Andrew! Just had to clarify on that. :-) I am so serious! Come on, ladies, imagine how much your husband would love to be told that. It is like them saying, "Dad, YOU are my hero." or something. so cute!

Stephanie said...

Ah boys.... the big ones and the little ones! :)

Thanks for the link love for me and my "boy." :)