Monthly Archives: December 2011

My Wii Battle Face…

So as I mentioned my family loves playing games. Well late one night this past week, my oldest brother pulled out the Wii. I have to admit I’m not one for the new gaming systems. I grew up on the old school NES, Super NES and of course my favorite – the N64 (Alyssa bought me one for Christmas so we could play Mario Kart!). However, when it comes to the newer consoles I lack the practice or time to be any good.

But still I’m always down for some good family time – even if it means losing to my parents in Wii bowling (yep that happened). Well after most of the fam went to bed, my brother, David, and I started exploring the Wii, and we discovered Swordplay. That’s when the chaos began.

We found duel mode which looks something like this:

Well, like I said it was quite late, and we were a bit slap happy. It came to our attention that our faces were looking quite ridiculous so I decided to set up my phone to record a few bouts. Normally I don’t share this kind of incriminating evidence, but we got such a good laugh out of it that I have to. Enjoy.

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Christmas Party Central

We took a nice long break to celebrate the holidays with our family and friends. Here are some highlights from our round of Christmas Partying:

Baking Sugar Cookies for our Christmas Movie Night.

Watching Elf with friends for Movie Night. (My second favorite Christmas movie… #1 is Home Alone!)

The Eaterie’s PJ Christmas Party!

Dressed up for our annual Fr-amily Christmas Party!

Christmas Day with Chico’s Fam! Our first married Christmas :). And we even got to watch Home Alone together!

What is your favorite Christmas movie?

I Married A Gamer…

We just got back from spending a few days in the northeast with my family for the holidays. It was filled with lots of laughter, food, and as usual in my family – games.

For those who don’t know my family we are a competitive bunch, and it has been known to get heated over the occasional game of spades. Alyssa, however, not so much, and must have been in shock after witnessing her first DiCicco family game night years ago. But she hung in there and has since started a new tradition in our house called “Alyssa winning everything”.

You see she someway, somehow finds a way to beat all of us in the most effortless way. And this doesn’t just stop with games. She has been known to win a contest or two; and not just little things – I’m talking computers, gift cards … I seriously think we need to start playing the lottery.

Well last year my fam was introduced to a new game called Quiddler – it’s a sort of word game that involves cards. Let’s just say Alyssa didn’t make any friends at my house. She was easily the champ, and this year my brother introduced us to a new game called Farkle (yep I know…it sounds ridiculous).

It’s a dice throwing game that has some strategy to it, but more importantly requires luck. Right off the bat I knew we were in trouble; Luck is Alyssa’s specialty. And sure enough the woman can roll some dice! My dad gave her a little bit of a run, but when the dust settled she beat us…beat us bad.

Here are a few pics from our Farkle extravaganza:

Look out Vegas here we come! What are some of you favorite party games?

Christmas Crafting Pt. 2

Not only did I make an Ornament Wreath the other weekend, but I also created two book page Christmas trees! If you’ve seen our wedding pictures, you will know that I am truly a huge fan of old books and book pages. I can’t seem to get enough! So here is a craft that was immediately added to my to-do list straight off of Pinterest.

Here’s the How-To!

Materials:

Styrofoam cones

Old book

Hot Glue

Tree Topper/Decorations

1) I started off by tearing out book pages and rolling them into mini-cones one at a time like so:

2) Apply hot glue to the end of your paper cone and press it down onto the styrofoam base starting at the bottom.

3) Glue the paper cones to cover the styrofoam part. The best way to do this is by alternating the paper cones with each row you do. As you continue to work your way up, glue them on by making each row a little bit shorter than the last row.

4) Continue this pattern until you get to the top! You can then add your tree topper or leave it plain. Adding some garland or decorations would be fun, too!

And there you have it… your very own book page Christmas trees! Enjoy!

Christmas Craft Time

In light of the Christmas spirit (and Pinterest…) I got really crafty last weekend and decided to spruce up our house with some homemade Christmas decorations.

First on the list was an ornament wreath. All of the examples I saw online had bright colored ornaments. If anyone knows me, I’m all about the neutrals. So here’s my attempt at the ornament Christmas wreath.

Materials:

Styrofoam wreath backing

Hot Glue (and lots of it, folks!)

2 Packs of Medium Sized Ornaments from Target (around 60)

3 Packs of Tiny Ornaments from Target (around 180)

String to hang your wreath

I started by gluing the medium ornaments on the outside area of the wreath and then alternating as I worked  my way to the center.

Once you are done using your medium ornaments, start filling in all of the gaps with the small ornaments. You may have to start stacking them higher on top of each other to cover all parts of the styrofoam.

*Note- I tried to hide the hook part of the ornaments by gluing those in between the other ornaments.

In this step, I still needed to fill in a few parts where you could still see the styrofoam.

As soon as you are done gluing, you can wrap a piece of string (I chose twine) around your wreath in order to hang it up.

And finally…

There you have it! Your very own DIY ornament wreath. 🙂

What are some DIY projects you’ve done this holiday season?

Mrs. Claus’ Christmas Playlist

Since Chico got to put together his Christmas Playlist, I thought it would be nice to add mine to the blog, too! Mine is not as “Scrooge-esque”. I prefer the more calm and soothing Christmas songs along with a few early ’00s throwbacks.

(Random picture of us from Christmas 2008)

Without further ado, here you have it- Aly’s Christmas Jamz:

“Hey Guys, It’s Christmas Time!” – Sufjan Stevens

“Merry Little Christmas” – Sarah McLachlan

“Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella” – Joy Williams

“Love’s In Our Hearts on Christmas Day” – *NSYNC

“What Christmas Means to Me” – Hanson

“Jingle Bell Rock” – Green River Ordinance

“In the Bleak Midwinter” – Paper Route

“The Christmas Song” – She & Him

“Winterlove” – Parachute

“Tracks in the Snow” – The Civil Wars

“Silver Bells” – Sleeping At Last

I’ve been wanting to make an old school Christmas mix too- with more oldies songs. Any suggestions?

Scrooge’s Christmas Playlist…

I’m one of those people who has to wait until after Thanksgiving to start playing Christmas songs, but when December rolls around I’m all about it! This past week Alyssa and I were doing some work and decided to put on some Christmas tunes.

As we started going through our playlists we noticed they were quite different. Then it hit me – I’m addicted to sad Christmas songs. I don’t know why, but I guess I’ve always been. I mean don’t get me wrong – I’m generally a happy person and I love Christmas, but there’s just something about sad Christmas songs that I love.

So for any other Christmas-tune Scrooges out there, I wanted to put together a list of my favorite sad Christmas songs (in no particular order):

1. “Baby Please Come Home” – Death Cab For Cutie

2. “Thank God The Year Is Finally Over” – Paper Route

3. “Christmas Song” – American Bang

4. “Christmas Lights” – Coldplay

5. “Last Christmas” – Jimmy Eat World

6. “Fairytale of New York” – The Pogues

7. “Blue Christmas” – Bright Eyes

8. “That Was The Worst Christmas Ever” – Sufjan Stevens

9. “If We Make It Through December” – Merle Haggard

10. “Another Lonely Christmas” – Prince

11. “I’ll Be Home For Christmas” – Sleeping At Last

12. “River” – Sarah McLachlan