Sunday, December 28, 2008

10 Things about Eric

I saw this on my sister-in-law Megan's blog and thought I'd do it also. The game is to list 10 things about your significant other. Tag, you are it!
1. Eric is a GREAT Dad. He really plays with the kids and has always spent quality time with each of them. He is great at making up games to play and wrestling with them. I cannot count the amount of times I have heard "more Dad" come from their mouths.
2. He helps strangers. If he sees someone on the side of the road who needs help, he stops. A rare quality.
3. He can fix anything. He is a garage man.
4. He is outstanding at explaining things and teaching people new concepts.
5. He loves a good fire (campfire style).
6. He has his own sense of style. He doesn't much care what he wears, but he loves hoodies and t-shirts and does not like sweaters.
7. ABSOLUTELY LOVES movies. I think you could call him a movie junkie.
8. Likes all trucks, atv's dune buggies, etc. Loves watching the on tv, riding on them or just looking at them in magazines.
9. Once made me homemade fish sticks. He used honey bunches of oats cereal as the breading. I'll let you imagination take you where you want on that one.
10. Loves to get dirty. Digging in the dirt, looking for a puddle to drive through and crabbing are a few of his favorite past times.
I would be lost without him...

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Girls day out

Chloe and I had some very much needed girls time today. We started off the day by going shopping at Washington Square - now that was fun! Then we hit the salon in the afternoon and both ended up with a new hairstyle.

Chloe decided to go a little longer than shoulder length, with some layers. Her hair ended up adorable and she loves it!
I decided to go quite a bit shorter and a little blonder. I'm liking my new hair cut as well, but my poor neck is a little chilly. Good thing I got a scarf for Christmas!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Christmas 2008 wrap up

Christmas 2008 started for us on Tuesday December 23rd. Aunt Krista arrived at our house, after a snow storm claimed 5 hours of her day. It took her 5 hours to make it 50 miles. We were so glad to see her when she arrived :) Her birthday was on December 13th, and due to this strange weather we'd been having, we hadn't been able to see her until then. We celebrated the night with a Mexican Fiesta, cherry chip cupcakes and presents.

Aunt Krista and Chloe are like 2 peas in a pod and ALWAYS enjoy each others company.
You can see how happy they are here!

Wednesday was Christmas Eve. Eric's family joined us for our Traditional dinner and present exchange. Our friend Steve was also able to join us, as he does every year. We had a fabulous evening. Everyone was able to make it, even with the snow and ice - what troopers! Below is a picture of our tree before the present madness began!

For our evening entertainment, Chloe payed us Jingle Bells on her violin & Tyler sang us some Christmas songs. Once I figure out the video feed, I will post the video.

The joke of the evening was that almost everyones presents were wrapped in Aeropostale boxes. Hey, they were giving them away, and I couldn't refuse!
Grandma Celeste and Tyler looking at his new easel.

Chloe was super excited to get a book she had been waiting for. It actually wasn't suppose to be released until 12.26. You have to love Amazon, somehow, it was on the doorstep on 12.24. Yahoo!

Tyler is with Grandma Celeste reading "Bad Dog Marley." One of his favorite books. Notice how calm he is :)

A picture with my sister-in-laws. Left to right: Krista, Megan and me!

Megan opening a present.
The extended Gallinger family gathered for a picture, minus Uncle Jeff who was working that evening. Sorry you couldn't be with us, maybe next year! (And yes, those are HUGE stockings on our wall).

A picture just before bed on Christmas Eve with the adult troops who stayed the night!

Then, Christmas morning hit - Tyler was BEYOND excited!

Tyler and his new Mac Truck

Opening presents was so much fun. It was really great to see how excited Tyler was about Christmas!

Aunt Krista opening a gift

After opening presents galore at our house, we had a big brunch - yum! Aunt Krista and our Friend Steve left, and then we took off for my parents house. We had a yummy dinner there and enjoyed spending time with my family. Due to the crazy weather, my brother Matt and his family were unable to join us - we are planning a make-up Christmas this Sunday, and we are looking forward to that. My brother called my to wish me a Merry Christmas, and told me that he and his wife are expecting a new baby (#2) in July, horray! There is nothing better than a baby, and that was the best Christmas gift this year!

A picture of Mr. Tyler at Grandma and Grandpa Young's house.

Tyler and Grandma Carol relaxing after the festivities were over.
We had an awesome few days celebrating with family and friends. A big thank you to everyone who made the season such a magical time. Only 364 more days to go!

228 Weeks

The Abonomial snow Tyler...

Thursday, December 25, 2008


Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night...

Friday, December 19, 2008

Bring it on

Some nature pic's that Eric took at our house this morning...

I'll Try

I saw this on my sister in law Megan's blog and thought I'd give it a try. Something fun to do this morning :)

These are a list of question that you must answer w/ one word answers.It's harder than it sounds, trust me!

1. Where is your cell phone? Pocket
2. Where is your significant other? Kitchen
3. Your hair color? Multi
4. Your mother? Integrity
5. Your Father? Strength
6. Your favorite thing? Family
7. Your dream last night? Christmas
8. Your dream/goal? Wellness
9. The room you're in? Kitchen
10. Your hobby? Cooking
11. Your fear? Suffocating
12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Content
13. Where were you last night? Home
14. What you're not? Lazy
15. One of your wish list items? Hawaii
16. Where you grew up? Oregon
17. The last thing you did? Showered
18. What are you wearing? Clothes
19. Your TV? Off
20. Your pet? Mouthy
21. Your computer? Lifeline
22. Your mood? Blah
23. Missing someone? Nope
24. Your car? Frozen
25. Something your not wearing? Shoes
26. Favorite store? Target
27. Your summer? Warm
28. Love someone? Yes
29. Your favorite color? Pink
30. Last time you laughed? Yesterday
31. Last time you cried? Friday

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

227 Weeks comes the gingerbread train!

Monday, December 15, 2008

Round 2

Here are a couple more pictures from the snow last night....

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Let it snow

Once in a while a good snow comes along here in the Willamette Valley...and today was that day!Tyler played in the first snow wave this morning. I'd say we have a good inch to inch and a half on our back deck right now. I have a feeling tomorrow school will be cancelled!

Saturday, December 13, 2008

K Day

Happy Birthday Krista. We hope you speed your way through another fun year!

G House

Last night we had a family activity planned - it was Gingerbread House night, yahoo! The night was off to a rocky start, because Mr. Tyler did not take his nap - needless to say, he was having a rough evening, but he powered through the evening. Funny faces and all.

We did manage to get 1 of the houses built. We still have a train to do, which will be saved for another day. The kids had so much fun putting this house together - and they did a great job of not eating the candy! Only 12 more days to go, yipppppppeeeeeee!

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

O' Christmas Tree


For my brothers

Last night I had a dream about a restaurant called Fryer Tucks....which got me thinking what ever happened to that place? Lets rewind about 24 years back.

When we were growing up, the 4th of July was a BIG occasion. Every year we'd get together with my Mom's side of the family (there were oodles of us) and celebrate. We had the usual-fried chicken, potato salad, homemade pies, etc. Some years we'd celebrate at Grandma's house. I remember going to Washington park one year, Silver Creek Falls another and countless trips to the beach. I always remember having the best time - even the year our cousins friend brought an illegal firework to Silver Creek Falls and let it off.

Many, many good memories.

As are many holiday gatherings, the main focus was really about the food. Every year we'd get a bucket of KFC. Only people didn't call it KFC then, it was called "The Colonel's." It was the one thing that everyone in my family really liked. (OK, no wonder I'm a vegetarian today). But it was tradition and we had come to expect it every year.

Well, one year my Mom told us we'd be getting Fryer Tucks chicken. We all threw a fit to no end. (Sorry about that Mom). Anyway, I guess Fryer Tucks was the "in" chicken that year. I remember driving to Beaverton, yes, Beaverton to go and pick it up. I remember my Dad saying under his breath "this better be really good chicken." Well, as the story goes, the chicken was gross. I think the adults said they liked it, but us kids - we wanted nothing to do with that chicken. There were probably like 11 kids (all cousins) I'm guessing. We still had a fun 4th of July, but it will forever be remembered as the year we had "Fryer Tucks." To this day, we have never let my Mom live it down.

Today I looked up Fryer Tucks and it is still in Portland. I nearly fell out of my chair. I had to immediately email my brothers the link. My brother Brett responded with a simple phrase "LOL-AND HARD!" That's it.

Yes, the year we had Fryer Tucks chicken will forever be remembered...and who knows maybe they really do have good chicken? Their website says they have been in business for 40 years. Hard to imagine they would still be around if they didn't have good chicken.

I think the reason I dreamed about Fryer Tucks last night, is because, in my family, every year for Christmas Eve dinner I make a pot roast. I've been toying with idea of making something new this year - A standing rib roast. A friend of mine at work swears by them, and after reading the directions, it actually seemed much easier than a pot roast. My only hang up is that every year I always make the pot roast. Just like my family growing up and the year of Fryer Tucks, I'm wondering about breaking with tradition this year.

Who knows, in years to come, maybe my kids will look back on this as "the year of the Rib Roast."

226 weeks

Mr. Christmas Spirit...

Monday, December 8, 2008

It's that time of the year

This is too fun not to do!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? A little of both. I like that bags are easy, but I love to watch people unwrap presents, especially the kids.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Real. No toilet brush Christmas Tree here!

3. When do you put up the tree? Right after my birthday :)

4. When do you take the tree down? Always the day after Christmas.

5. Do you like eggnog? It is one of my absolute favorites!

6. Favorite gift received as a child? Easy Bake Oven

7. Hardest person to buy for? My Dad and Grandma Mabel are tied for first place.

8. Easiest person to buy for? Chloe

9. Do you have a nativity scene? Of Course.

10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail, and they are coming :) Hope to finish them up this week/weekend.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Mr. Hankey, the Christmas poo. (He was a White Elephant gift) I say that, but 10 years later he is still in our Christmas "stuff" and the kids always want to get him out and play with him. I swear I've gotten rid of him every year. Wonder how he keeps coming back. Hmmm.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Elf and A Christmas Story.

13. When do you start shopping? In October - just like my Sister-in-law Megan :)

14.Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Nope.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? My Mom's rolls

16. Lights on the tree? Of course, white ones.

17. Favorite Christmas song? A very Harry Christmas, can't beat it!

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Both. On the 24th we celebrate with Eric's family - and then on the 25th we head to my parents house.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeer's? Oh you know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen - but do you recall, the most famous reindeer of all? Rudolph :) Ya, I can name them.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? More of a star gal.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Both!

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? The rude people out shopping. They drive me bonkers!!! Which is why I try to get done early, and what I don't get done early, I try to finish up online to avoid the stores.

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? This year we have a mostly red and bright green tree and I like it because it's a kid friendly tree - no broken ornaments, yahoo!

24. Favorite Christmas drink? Eggnog. It really is one of my favorites :D

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? To be with my family and friends. I'd take a new car too :D

Oh Christmas Tree

Our tree is up, yahoo!
Eric, Tyler and Steve (our very good family friend) headed out to The Red Barn last week to pick up our Christmas Tree. Tyler had a fun time at the tree farm and really enjoyed getting into the spirit of the holiday season. I'm convinced we should have lived on a farm - just to let him run wild. (That should make many of you laugh to think about me living on a farm!)

This is our family friend Steve with his tree. Many thanks to Steve for driving with his truck to the farm, it was much easier than putting a tree on top of our car.
Tyler found some horses at The Red Barn and he was fascinated with them. The horses were the first thing he told me about!

Friday night we started decorating our tree. Chloe and Eric were able to get it all set up outside (it was so cold) and bring it inside to decorate. Aunt Krista joined us for a yummy fresh crab dinner, and then it was onto decorating.

By the time we ended up getting started on the tree, it was almost an hour past Tyler's bedtime. So, he was a little wound up, shall we say. Eric took this picture of Tyler making a goofy face and it just cracked me up - I've never seen him make such an awkward face.

Aunt Krista, Chloe, Tyler and I put most of the ornaments and garland on. Eric did the lights and the tree topper star. The kids put on their Christmas pj's for the occasion & we listened to Christmas music throughout the event.

Chloe did an awesome job of putting the ornaments on. She would look all around the tree to make sure she put them on evenly and spread them all out. Tyler went nuts with the red balls-he put them all in one spot on the bottom, as you can see by this picture. Lol. Such a difference between boys and girls I suppose. This year we have no breakable ornaments on our tree. It seems like in years past, even prior to Tyler, we would loose a few ornaments - they would just randomly fall off the tree in the middle of the night and hit the wood floors and shatter. It took me about 6 years to figure it out, so I'm feeling on the ball with the tree this year, ha ha.
As soon as I get the tree skirt ironed and finish wrapping the presents, I'll post a picture of the finished project!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

225 weeks

Tunnel of fun...

Friday, November 28, 2008

Gobble Gobble! Here is our little turkey man on Thanksgiving. He had the BEST time playing hide & go seek with my cousins Sarah and Alex. They were so good playing with Tyler and yes, he even wore out a 16 year old and a 14 year old, lol.
We had a wonderful dinner filled with the most delicious food - and the company was awesome. We celebrated with my parents, Grandma, Aunt & Uncle and cousins. I think I'm still feeling a little food sick from all rich and yummy food we had.
Now the real countdown is on - only 27 days to Christmas, yippppppeeeeeee!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

224 Weeks

Crocodile Rock...