Simply the Simmonds Life

family, life and love on the lake

Is it Winter Yet? December 29, 2009

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 11:57 pm

Okay, I’ll admit I ignored the weather reports a little.  After all, up until now there was scarcely a sign that it was actually winter.  Little snow, balmier temperatures- what was not to love about this weather?  Because of this I procrastinated a liitle.  I guess I really didn’t believe the weatherman.  Obviously I should have!


Christmas 2009

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 11:23 pm

The hustle and bustle of Christmas is over but the memories still warm my heart.  Christmas morning we woke up to a white winter quilt of snow.  Tyler’s girlfriend Monica’s car died last week so he went and picked her up to spend Christmas morning with us.  They arrived back at the house around 7am.  As per tradition we read the Christmas story of Jesus’ birth from Luke chapter 2 to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas before we started opening presents. 

It was fun watching a little one open presents again but the expressions on the faces of my teenagers were just as priceless!


After finishing up at my house we loaded the rest of the presents in the truck and headed to my parent’s house for some more Christmas fun.

After opening up more presents there

We ate

And headed over to my mother-in-law’s for some more gift exchanges

and a game of Mexican Train

Soon it was time for the evening to end and I think the look on Gracie’s face tells it all!

Merry Christmas everyone!


Christmas Eve Pasties December 27, 2009

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 7:18 am

Our Christmas Eve tradition for as long as I can remember was to go to my grandparents house after midnight mass and have pasties.  My family is of the French Canadien heritage and I guess that meat pies are traditional Christmas Eve fare. As grandma got older it was getting harder for her to roll out the dough and fill the pasties, and not one to let any tradition slide (I’m a tradition freak!) I started going to her house the week before Christmas to help her make them and finally took over the responsibility myself once I felt like I had the hang of it.

My pasties never taste the same year after year but aside from the first couple rather dry years they have turned out fairly good if I do say so myself.  There was the one year though that we were without pasties.  I can laugh about it now but at the time I was heartbroken!  I had spent a good day and a half making pasties that year (they are a little time consuming) and after baking them and wrapping them I had put them in a box and set them on the deck to freeze.  In Minnesota we can do that!  That Christmas Eve before going to mass I went out to the deck to get the pasties and put them in the oven on a bake delay so they would be done when we got out of church but all I found was an open box with bits and pieces of tin foil littered around it.  My pasties had been eaten!  We will never know if it was our dog or some other animal that had eaten them but I always blamed it on the dog since I never liked her anyway.

I immediately burst into tears.  What were we going to do without pasties for Christmas Eve?  I called my mom crying and she laughed and told me it was no big deal, she had pizza in the freezer and we could use that.  But it was a big deal to me at the time and I cried all the way to church that night and halfway through mass.  I don’t recall what we might have ended up eating that night.  It could have been cheese and crackers and Christmas cookies.  But the end result was the same.  Christmas Eve was still a wonderful family evening with all the people we love and Santa still came that night.  But you can bet I don’t leave the pasties on the deck anymore!


Highlight Reel December 19th-25th

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 6:44 am

Saturday- I felt the need to return a Christmas present I had purchased for one of the boys so Zach, Jeff and I headed to St. Cloud. Aside from going to church later, we didn’t do much else.

Sunday- I didn’t leave the house all day! I made the pasties for Christmas Eve, made the popcorn snack mix for my associates at work and wrapped presents for the better part of the day. Jeff went to the wake of one of his former co-workers who passed away from cancer and then came home to watch the Vikings game.

Monday- Boy Scout Christmas party tonight. They exchanged gifts, ate some snacks and went sledding the redt of the evening.  The love of my life turned 46 today, Happy Birthday Jeff!

Tuesday- We celebrated Jeff’s birthday tonight.  Mom & Dad came over for cake and ice cream and we played some cards.  It was a nice evening.

Wednesday- finished wrapping presents!

Thursday- Christmas Eve was spent traditionally with Tyler & Monica joining us for mass then Mom & Dad coming over afterwards for pasties.

Friday- Merry Christmas everybody!


Happy Birthday Jeff!

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 6:37 am

Jeff turned 46 yesterday.  Aside from some gray hair and a  larger clothing size then we got married he’s still the same teddy bear I married over 20 years ago.  I love him and wish him all the best in the next year.  Happy Birthday sweetheart!

**Update- This post was originally written 12/22 but because of the winter storm & Christmas I couldn’t get anywhere with highspeed to upload my photo**


Christmas Party 2009 December 22, 2009

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 12:42 pm

Every year my cousin Janeen holds a Christmas party for a few friends and family members.  This year I didn’t know how long I would last since Zach and I were up early for a day of skiing at Powder Ridge.  After coming home from Kimball I freshened up, grabbed some games and a small plate of treats and Zach, Jeff and I headed over for a night of fun.

I really enjoy Janeen’s Christmas parties because it is a rare opportunity for me to let loose and enjoy since often I am the one hosting a party (Mardi Gras, March Madness, tailgate party, New Year’s Eve party, etc). 

We arrived at Janeen and Als around 7pm and enjoyed some appetizers while we sat around catching up with those we don’t see as often.  Janeen had music going in the background and after a scary rendition of the Jingle Bell dance we decided it was time to get the games started before she was too far gone!

Party games are a must at our Christmas and New Years parties.  Although the men complain they always join in and come up with some very unique and creative answers and clues (“it’s white and in the morning you slap some yellow on it”- what in the hell was that?).  Laughter peels throughout the night and in the wee hours of the morning we find ourselves heading for home  cheeks cramped from laughing and ready to do it all over again in a few weeks at my house on New Year’s Eve.  We definitely have to come up with a June or July party like these so we don’t have to wait so long to do this craziness again.


Highlight Reel December 12th-18th, 2009 December 19, 2009

Filed under: Life's Musings — Angie S. @ 9:31 pm

Saturday- Today we went skiing at Powder Ridge for the Boy Scouts then we went to my cousin Janeen’s annual Christmas party.

Sunday- A relatively relaxing day.  Went to town to get some groceries.  Made lasagna for supper then decorated the Christmas tree and the rest of the house. Watched Julie & Julia.

Monday- Dad had his surgery today.  Took longer then expected but everything went well.  At Scouts tonight we had a guest speaker.  Sargeant Curt Mowers from the Minnesota State Highway Patrol talked to the boys about pedestrian safety, bike safety, school bus safety and seat belt and airbag safety.  He was very interesting and the boys were attentive listeners. 

Tuesday-Jeff had a meeting for work & afterwards they went to Buffalo Wild Wings for supper and a few drinks.  Zach and I stayed home and did absolutely nothing, which was absolutely wonderful.  Listened to the Wild game since it was not televised.  The game itself wasn’t exciting but the ending was.  We scored a goal with 38.7 seconds left in the game to win it!  Go Wild!!

Wednesday- Celebrated my Aunt Bonnie’s birthday tonight with a small party at Nana’s house.

Thursday- Bible Study tonight was on Matthew 9.  More healings (paralytic, hemorrhaging woman, 2 blind men, dead girl) and the point in the Bible where we see the leaders turning against Jesus.  Lex brought popcorn cupcakes which we chewed during the DVD portion.  Our notes got kind of sticky!

Friday- A stay at home night.  I was feeling stomach twinges so I opted out of going to the Tri Parish Council Christmas party 😦