Bah Humbug!

December 7, 2007 at 1:27 am | Posted in essay | 3 Comments

Someone jumped to Santa’s naughty list today. As our Christmas lights came on this evening, we noticed our beloved Frosty and his two little penguin friends were missing. Everything, including the extension cords and adapter, were taken.

Noticeable Features:

  • Rosy cheeks
  • blue mittens
  • red and green scarf
  • stands about 7 feet tall
  • motors on his penguin friends are broken so they do not move up and down

…perhaps he melted and will return to life one day…

Family Traditions for Dinner Club

December 6, 2007 at 3:14 am | Posted in essay | 1 Comment

I had the honor of hosting my Dinner Club’s December gathering last night. The theme: Family Traditions. There are ten fabulous women in our Dinner Club. Most are married, we all have kids, many love to cook, and we all enjoy getting out of the house and fellowshipping over a good meal.I made the turkey (because that was my family’s Family Tradition) and others brought along sides that were always part of their family’s Christmas Dinner. We had a better-than-traditional green bean casserole, savory cornbread dressing, and “sweet” sweet potatoes. Of course we had the mixed green salad, cranberry sauce and gravy. But the highlight of the night was dessert featuring a chocolate bourbon pie and cherry cheesecake. Add a few cosmopolitan martinis and some coffee with eggnog…well, it was just all so good.

But it’s not the food that keeps us together, it’s the friendship. We’ve been meeting for Dinner Club every other month for over two years. We take turns hosting. We bring something home made. We share recipes. We laugh, a lot. We commit to being there…Dinner Club and beyond.

happy pumpkins day

October 31, 2007 at 7:06 pm | Posted in essay | 4 Comments

It’s Halloween. I’m the daughter of Christian parents and the granddaughter of a dentist, so growing up this holiday was never much of anything. One of my earliest memories of Halloween involves wearing a “clown” costume. My let’s-not-make-a-big-deal-or-spend-too-much-money parents convinced me that my costume would be fine. Well, being a clown in my family meant three big colorful buttons pinned to a white shirt and a red painted nose. That was it. I actually remember being embarrassed by this costume.

In the school parade the other students would be dressed in real costumes and I would have to march around in my (pretend you’re a clown) clown costume. I even remember one parent standing on the side and saying, “oh, look at the cute clown”. I felt so undeserving of the praise. I thought that she was just saying that to be nice and that I really looked poor and pathetic. To top it off, my brother, sister and I would go Trick-or-Treating only to have to surrender the candy to my mom, and she would pass it out to the neighborhood kids. Pitiful, I know.

But six years ago, on October 30, 2001, I found out I was pregnant with the help of a successful IVF with a day two rescue ICSI. A couple of weeks later during an ultrasound, my doctor said, “well Karen, when you are lucky, you are doubly lucky…there’s your first baby. And there’s your second baby.”

My little pumpkins are now five years old. Tonight they will wear real costumes (but not too expensive), go trick-or-treating (to just a few houses) and enjoy some candy (just a few pieces).

Wishing you and your little pumpkins a safe and fun Halloween! Karen

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