Showing posts from December, 2012

Merry Christmas!

Hope everyone has a fabulous Christmas! Click here to view our Christmas card pictures from years past.

Reindeer grapes

I was responsible for grapes for Camille's Christmas party at school. Yesterday, I was trying to figure out the easiest way to serve them and remembered this pin from Pinterest.

I decided to make reindeer with the clothes pins instead of butterflies. Camille helped and they turned out super cute! I think they were a hit today!

I was in charge of cookies for Clyde's class and he wanted in on the fun. So at the last minute I threw together this cookie carrying case made from a grocery bag. It was so cute to see him carry it to school this morning.

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Happy Wednesday!


I am now on Instagram...please follow me at alysonstoakley. It's fun. Here is my favorite picture so far.

Yesterday, Camille, Clyde & I visited Hollywood Cemetery and the place where my dad is buried. He passed away when I was pregnant with Camille and I really want my kids to know him and all the wonderful things about him. We went to Martin's and picked up some pink, red and purple carnations and made three small bouquets to lay on his grave. On the way, we talked about his love of plaid, his cat Penelope who had the slightest bit of pink in her fur and that his name was Clyde too. I snapped this picture of my Clyde while we were there. It is so sweet seeing his little hand resting on the headstone.

Menu Planner

Here goes with this week's menu planner. I am going to include last's night dinner because it was tasty. Michael was craving vegetables. Do you ever have that feeling? We ate horribly all weekend...tis the season! He found this soup recipe online and it's a keeper!

Sunday - Olive Garden Minestrone Soup

Monday - Pork Tenderloin, Risotto, Asparagus

Tuesday - French Dip Sandwiches, French Fries

Wednesday - Chicken Fajitas

Thursday - Chicken & Mozzarella Ravioli, Salad

Weekend Update Link Up

Well it's Monday .. Wah Wah Wah!

Ha ... today is super rainy and dreary and I am just really wishing I could stay home and be lazy and wrap Christmas presents, but unfortunately that is not happening today :(
Too much to do today, and then tonight is my Christmas dinner/Ornament swap with a few of my girlfriends!

Today I am linking up with Sami over at
Sami's Shenanigans for the ... 

So here goes my weekend ...  Which was very kid-packed and fun might I add ;) 
Our Elf, Mr. Jingles, was up to no good this weekend!  His sister however is the good one :) 

He TP'd our Living Room and it was a mess, which he didn't clean up haha It was funny to see the kid's faces when they woke up and saw what he did! We were a little shocked ;)
Next on the agenda...  We surprised the kids with "Pajama Night" on Saturday and left their PJ's on their beds with a note that said "Meet us in the car" ha and then Chris and I had our pajamas on too, along with Frankie of course,…

Scenes from our week....

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Oh and I am done with my Christmas shopping! Woohoo! I have never been finished this early.

Stocking Stuffer Ideas For Your Wife

I would be hard pressed to say that Michael is as interested in shopping as I am. He has already gotten me an awesome laptop for Christmas. Loving it. I am so technologically advanced now with my iphone and new laptop. ;)   But every year he always has trouble with stocking stuffers so Michael this post is for you. Just some ideas...please don't get everything on the list. This is also a test to see if you are reading my blog. Just kidding.

1. Pedicure Gift Certificate
2. Split of Sparkling Wine (Freixenet in the black bottle is my favorite)
3. Sleep Mask
4. L'Occitane Hand Cream
5. Monogrammed Koozie from Libbie & Winston
6. Colored Pens
8. Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Perfume
9. Lip Gloss Set
10.Patterned Socks
11. Favorite Candy (Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, Hershey Bars)
12. Altoids or Mints
13. essie Nail Polish
14. HGTV Magazine Subscription  (You can also get tons of $5 subscriptions on

PS...This is a picture of my sad little mantle from 2010. But the only one I could f…

Christmas Wishlist!

Hello, Hello Friends! 

I have taken a little break the last couple of days just because I've been busy with work ... but today I am taking the day off and catching up on things around the house, wrapping some Christmas presents, etc :)

Does anyone else besides me LOVE to wrap Christmas presents?
I am obsessed!
It's calming kinda and I like to just see the progress made of all the pretty presents under the tree!

I love for everyone to have their OWN wrapping paper ... it's fun and just is exciting to me!
This year for the kiddos (and Chris ha) they will each have their own wrapping paper as usual,
No one will know which paper is theirs until Christmas day!
I love it ... everyone will be dying to know lol a little suspense never hurt anyone ;)

Before I reveal my Christmas Wishlist,
Here is a little of what I was up to the past few days ...

Happy 1st Birthday Mack!
One of my best friends, Kelly, had a super fun and cute 1st birthday party for this sweet baby boy ...

My gifts wer…