The Zarb Homestead

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Christmas in January January 10, 2013


I know I haven’t been writing much in the last month but we have had a lot going on in the family and doing too much traveling to stop and type out a blog. Anyway, enough with my excuses, I wanted to let you all in on how our Christmas went. Just like every year, we traveled to Nashville to visit my mother-in-law and stay a few days. It was a little sad this year due to the fact Phil’s sweet grandfather passed away a few days before Christmas but we made the best of a sad situation. I know our fur babies made it an interesting trip. My husband grilled a awesome turkey and we had a great Christmas dinner. It was nice to get away from home for a bit.

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Stop # 2. Off to my parents house in Loudon to celebrate. My mom cooked us lunch and as always she cooked too much so we were stuffed. No pups with us this time just their little dog Gizmo and my brothers dog. I feel like I never get to spend enough time here on Christmas because we still have one more stop to go.

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Stop # 3. Off to my father-in-laws house in Farragut, TN. Here we have Christmas dinner with my father-in-law and his wife along with a couple of their close friends, my brother-in-law and grandmother. As always, great food good times.

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Stop # 4. Home sweet home. We always get home pass midnight and I always have to work first thing in the morning, but it is worth it.

I hope everyone had a happy holidays this last year!

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Project 365: Week 42 and 43 October 30, 2012


Sunday was the formal captains dinner

Monday we arrived at Half Moon Cay

Tuesday I was in Nassau

Wednesday was our last fun day at sea

Came back home on Thursday and the trees had already changed colors

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This is what happens when you left a husky alone

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My package arrived from my secret Halloween gifter. I think they got it right 🙂

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Making some Halloween cookies. I love these!

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Oh my, I found another Frankenweenie shirt for Mr. Mal to wear

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Found my last piece for my Halloween costume

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Subway is giving these out in their children meals. I have 2 as of today.

Making the huge tutu’s. This is mine on top of my friends. That is 500 years of tule!

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Burr it is cold. Someone does not want to get out of bed.

Halloween Party time! This is my Witches Brew

More pictures to come!

 

The Count Down Begins to Hallows’ Eve June 1, 2012

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I know it seems a little too early to be thinking about, but I am looking for Halloween crafts for our annual Halloween party. I only have 152 days left until the big day and I don’t want it to thrown together. Halloween is one of my favorite holidays and I want it to be great this year. I have already planted my pumpkin patch in hopes of having a heaping load of Jack-O-Lanterns this year. I have been searching on Pinterest crafty ideas and even been shopping on eBay for extra strop lights but the main thing I have been pondering on is my costume.

I don’t like to dress up in a pretty, slutty, costume like most girls on Halloween. I like mine to be scary looking.  Last year my friend and I dressed up as vampires from Twilight. Not the pretty ones, the ones that have fangs and red eyes (we did put glitter all over us  for kicks) however the fangs we got wouldn’t stay on and we ended up looking like zombies. I have been throwing around a few ideas but still not dead set on anything yet and it is driving me crazy.

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I found some really sweet makeup ideas. I don’t know if I am that talented to be able to mimic them but I would love to give it a try.

I also found some pretty good craft ideas for the party on Pinterest. It’s not much but it is a start. Oh I cant wait it is going to be great!

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Halloween fun fact:

The owl is a popular Halloween image. In Medieval Europe, owls were thought to be witches, and to hear an owl’s call meant someone was about to die.

 

Most Wonderful Time of the Year December 20, 2011

Filed under: postaday2011,Uncategorized — Sheena @ 12:31 pm
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This is a demanding time of the year for everyone and I am being fully affected by it. I am working 10 hour days since we are closed on Friday and Monday and then trying to get ready for the Holidays in my “free time”. December is always a stressful month for me. I have to get all my Christmas shopping done for my family and my husband’s while staying my small budget. Needless to say, I have to groom a few dogs and sell things on eBay but every year I always make it without charging anything on the credit cards! With the holidays emptying my pockets, I also the Zarb annual family ski trip to Colorado and there is nothing cheap about skiing. We are leaving on New Year’s Eve and will be gone for 7 days 🙂 but I have to get everything packed and ready to go, more stress. SO MUCH TO DO! Starting to feel that Holiday stress, like normal.

You would think after 8 years I would have gotten a handle on managing mine and his families but not yet. This Thursday, I have to pack us and all the dogs to our annual Christmas trip to Nashville to visit Phil’s mother, Linda. We stay there until Christmas day, and then we wake up very early and pack up the car and start our Christmas adventure.

The day goes like this: Car: drive to Knoxville – 3 hours with dogs. Home: drop off dogs, unpack enough to make room for new gifts, grab gifts for both families – place in car, back in car, drive 1 hour. My parent’s house: Christmas dinner, gifts, back in car, drive 30 minutes. Phil’s parents: Dinner again, gifts, drinks, back in car, drive 45 minutes. Home! (Around 1:00 am): Too tired to care about gift exchange, hand Phil his present and go to bed.

Every year we say we are going to have to modify something but each year we do the identical schedule. It is so hard to make everyone content. People get mad because we don’t spend enough time here or there, but there are only so many hours in the day. It is kind of hurtful when you bust your butt to get from one place to another and sacrifice your time and happiness and you get there they have started dinner without you. At times, I honestly think we will have to have children before we can enjoy a simple Christmas together, sadly. Just thought I would spread my holiday cheer!