The Christmas letter I don't send out.

I originally wrote a version of this in 2008, back when I had 3 readers.  LOL  Here it is again, hope you enjoy.  Oh, and if you have a minute or two, I really think you'll enjoy the family support group post I linked to.  It captures our uniqueness quite well. 

I am so happy for those of you with perfect lives. Really, I am. But, I am not and never will be you; nor do I want to be.

My family is awesome, but we aren't perfect.

We don't make gazillions of dollars a year.  (My name is Elmer J Fudd.  I own a Mansion und a yacht.)  What, doesn't everyone quote Bugs Bunny using voices when it fits in the conversation?  I suppose you don't randomly burst into song or get up and dance or recite entire monologues either.  Interesting, very interesting.  *Raises eyebrow and strokes imaginary beard*  I suppose you don't play family support group either. 

My kids have many, many accomplishments but they also have less than stellar moments.

My grandson *cover your eyes if you can't take it* can't walk on water. Yet.

Once more I failed to make mother of the year.

Our house isn't featured in Snooty Snotty I'm so much better than you don't sit on the furniture or walk in my garden magazine.

And that's okay.  We are happy and *relatively* healthy and have a whole lot of fun and love going on.

Do you all love getting your yearly brag letter(s)? We do like keeping up with what is going on but ahh not so much when you only tell us how perfect you and your kidlets are.

Especially when we actually have contact with said perfect children and they paint an entirely different picture than you do.

I'd rather know you are human, really, I would. I'd think much more highly of you if you flat out said I'm only telling you the highlights but we're all in this together and we struggle too.

I guess it makes people feel better to let the world think things are perfect and wonderful and you are together and in control.

If nothing else the letters give us a good laugh, so keep 'em coming.

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Menu for week of 12/9 - 12/15

Some new recipes to try out this week-  hopefully they are as good as they look.  What's cooking at your house?
Beef Stew
Pressure cooker beef stew; hot buttered dinner rolls

 Breakfast for dinner:  breakfast pizza; fruit salad

Tacos Al Pastor (pork and pineapple tacos)

Grilled Steak salad with spinach, romaine, grape tomatoes, crumbled blue cheese and balsamic vinaigrette

Lentil "meat"loaf w/balsamic glaze; Casey's potatoes; steamed carrot

Chicken cacciatore over angel hair pasta; steamed broccoli

Gyros w/homemade tzaziki, diced cukes, tomatoes & red onion; spicy yellow squash "chips"

For more menu ideas, head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie.

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Menu for week of 12/2 - 12/8

Are you crazy busy this time of year?  I know we are.  Some super simple meals, with a surprise or two thrown in.  Here's our menu for the week.  Anything exciting on your menu?  I'm particularly looking forward to Ina's squash salad.

Tilapia in a pouch (foil or parchment) with basil parsley pesto, sliced zucchini and yellow squash and halved grape tomatoes served over orzo pasta

Sweet and sour lentils w/kielbasa; creamy cucumbers

Crockpot rotisserie style chicken; Barefoot Contessa's roasted butternut squash salad w/warm cider vinaigrette; cranberry orange salad
Crockpot Rotisserie Chicken
Breakfast for dinner:  bagels w/cream cheese; fresh fruit platter

Creamy spaghetti squash w/peas; mixed greens salad w/pears, apples, walnuts and vinaigrette of choice
Creamy Spaghetti Squash w/Peas
Frito pie; salad w/choice of ranch or french dressing

Chicken paprika with sour cream on egg noodles; wilted lettuce salad

For more menu ideas, head on over to I'm an Organizing Junkie.

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