Saturday, January 12, 2008

Annie


Um...well, you see, it's Annie's fault. It's Annie's fault that I have not blogged since Thanksgiving. You remember Chef Annie. She was our family chef extraordinaire. She came in once a week and prepared our dinner meals and sometimes lunch meals and then when the timing worked out, Annie helped with our entertaining parties. In essence, she rocked. Until she left. Right before the holidays. Right around the time I had just wrapped-up on that insane international travel-for-weeks-on-end travel. Annie left to seek her other non-chef profession world. So I tried and pretty-much failed miserably to keep my family's nutritional intake at the quality I require and also keep our family life sane at the same time. I managed to keep us nutritionally sound but at a large cost....large cost on the ol' sanity work/home life balance thing. And the ol' pocketbook. Do you have any idea how much it costs to buy last-minute prepared meals at Fresh Market on a daily basis? Yes, a lot. So.....I did what any other self-respecting adult woman in her mid-40s who has two-year old toddler twins and a job that requires a lot of attention and time (which, by the way, I totally love and rock at......) I begged. I implored and pleaded and begged....and won. Annie came back to us. She is here. Now. This minute. Downstairs cooking up a storm. All our meals for a week. I'm leaving for Europe tomorrow night for a full week and my family will be nutritionally sound...because Annie came back. Thank you, Universe Gods.


So, now to why you really came over to my blog....pictures. Lots of pics since T-Giving. Christmas was awesome, words don't describe the indescribable joy that we felt thru the holidays, post-Christmas was great....everything really really good this year for hols.....the pictures say it all......(now I'll stop rambling...).

BEFORE:

AFTER:

Sammi and Ed's hand...




I sure miss everyone. Can't wait to start reading-up on all the blogs I've been missing.....

Love and Hugs,
Cindy

5 comments:

Truly Blessed said...

Oh, I'm so glad you're back, and so glad Annie is back! We've missed you!

What a gift to see the comment you left today.

What a lovely Christmas tree & presents -- oh the delicious twinny goodness of all of those precious girly gifts. Heaven. On. Earth!

I love the family picture in front of the tree. Are you missing a little white doggy, though? He/she is in one of the other pictures...

So glad you're back!

Happy 2008!

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

So glad you are back... Glad to see that Annie is back too.. now you will be set...
You are ONE busy lady..
Looks like you had a WONDERFUL Holiday..
Love the family picture...
Looks like the girls LOVED their strollers..
Have a Safe trip and Hugs to you..

Rony said...

OMG. There you are. Your home is stinkin' gorgeous!! And the babies have grown. They're not little babies anymore they're walking, talking, little toddler maniacs!! Oh I've missed you.. Your "gate keeper" has kept me from reaching you... i.e. blackberry, answering machine, ED... lol... I'm just kidding... Your holiday picture card is unbelievably the cutest of all. You all look like you are overflowing with happiness. Even the dog!!!
Much love girl friend.
p.s. did I send you a holiday card?!? That's the type of year it was.....lol..

Rony said...

I just went back and blew up every single picture. I love your ottoman too. AND what happened to Annie?!?! No wonder you were in "that" place....

Heather said...

Hi Cindy! So glad you're "back"! :) Thank the heavens for Annie!!!!!!! (I still need your recipes when you think of it too, by the way!). I wanted to tell you: I gave you a BLOG AWARD! Check out my blog to see my post from tonight (1/15).