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Monday, November 26, 2007

Weekend Update

Ok, sorry for the delay in my updates.

Here is a quick recap of what has happened. Two weekends ago Erin came up to go to a "girls night" party with me at my friend Tina's house. There were jello shots, pampered chef, body shop, stampin up and much more. It was a great time!

After a short week at work, we finally made it to Thanksgiving!!! We traveled to Detroit for Thanksgiving. We spent the day at my Aunt & Uncle's house along with the rest of my family and a few friends. Phil and I spent the night so that we could get up before the sun and go shopping on Friday. My aunt Laurie, cousin Staci and I got up at 3:15am to go shopping on Friday. We made the rounds to Kohls, Macy's, Sears, the mall and of course we couldn't pass up IKEA. All in all we got some pretty good deals and really didn't have to wait in line too long. We definitely did not wait outside in the freezing cold... nothing was that good of a deal for me to do that. My two big exciting purchases were a Kitchen Aid mixer from Kohl's and a new digital camera. I am very excited about both. I've already made two batches of cookies!!

After our long day of shopping, we helped my sister Jennifer and brother-in-law Nate move in to their new house in Ann Arbor. The moving actually went pretty quickly because we had a lot of help. Grandma even came over to Christen the house. We were totally exhausted by the end of the day. We finally made it home about 8pm, had a quick visit with Jon & Erin and then passed out. Saturday and Sunday were pretty calm, did some cleaning, cooking, studying and stamping.

All in all it was a great weekend with the family!

Here are some pictures to document the fun (or chaos as some might see it).

Here is Holly, Tina and Stacey at the "girl's night out" party.

Here Erin & I are enjoying our jello shots at the "girls night out" party.

I forgot to mention we also celebrated Aunt Sharon's birthday along with Thanksgiving.

Our Thanksgiving day dessert compliments of Grandma & my mom.

I'm not sure what is going on here....family bonding maybe?

Here is Aunt Laurie taking a break with all of our packages.

Gual and my dad replacing the locks at Jenni & Nate's new house.

Here we are taking a break for lunch after our long day of moving.

Here is Tula picking out our Christmas tree. She even dressed up in the Christmas spirit as a Reindeer.

Monday, November 12, 2007

I'm a regular Annie Oakley ... Kimmy Oakley if you will

This weekend we spent Saturday at my parents house in Vicksburg (after we watched MSU win in college football of course). My sister and brother in law came into town so we had dinner with Grandma and had some good family bonding time.

Sunday, we went up to Ludington with Phil's dad to visit Grandma Amsterburg. Phil's dad brought up his guns so that he could practice shooting. I got to shoot most of the guns as well. I think I have a bruise on my arm from the shotgun... that thing is powerful! We also tromped around in the woods with Tula baiting deer and checking out Rob's deer blind. Before we could sit down to a wonderful mix between Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner, Phil and his dad had to cut down a tree that was falling over and bring it back up to the house.

Rob decided that he wanted to take do a little tree surfing. I caught him at the end when he was about to fall off, but he rode the tree all the way from the back of the (I think 16 acre) property to the house. They are crazy... and lucky they didn't break anything.

Anyways, we had a great time and a wonderful dinner!

Rob, Grandma and I (the Beverly Hill Billies)

Phil aiming his shot.

Here are the guns we were shooting.

Tula and I in our hunter's orange.. oh yeah I was collecting pine cones on out trip too.

Here is Rob at the end of his tree surfing.

Monday, November 5, 2007

MSU Tailgate - They lose AGAIN

This weekend was a lot more relaxing that weekends past. Friday night Phil and I watched a movie while we waited for my friend Jess to get there from Detroit. She dropped off her dog for us to doggie sit for the weekend.

Saturday we got up relatively early and went up to East Lansing for the MSU vs. UofM tailgate. Phil and I sold our tickets but we still wanted to tailgate anyways. There was a large family turnout, as usual at the Maltby tailgates. We celebrated Jennifer's birthday and had a great time. Erin and I killed Jon and Phil in the bean bag toss game (Jon, don't pretend like you're good or anything).

Jon & Phil getting their butts kicked in bean bag toss. (I refuse to call it by it's name... Corn Hole)

Jon & Erin (yes Phil took this picture upside down).

Jon... later in the day wearing the chip & dip helmet on his head.

Saturday night Jess came to pick up her dog and we forced her to stay the night (she was way to tired to drive all the way back to Detroit). Mainly because I wanted to see baby Jayda... which was awesome, I can't believe how big she is getting... she even smiled at me!

Sunday I finally got to clean my house! Who knew I'd be excited to clean, but it needed it and I haven't had time to really clean it in quite a while... with going to school and working and all. I also did homework and we went to Phil's dad's house for dinner with him and Aunt Merriell. That pretty much rounded out a nice weekend where I felt like I actually got something accomplished.