Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Time to Celebrate!

I’m not one to toot my own horn, but I do have a knack for turning the everyday into a holiday! In fact, I’m going to guess I make more cut out cookies over the course of one year than anyone I know. I make them for every season – and I don’t even like them all that much. I just love to celebrate! I love to take the ordinary and make it extraordinary! - Side note: that might be the title of my next personal essay –

Come the real holiday season and I field phone calls and visits from family and friends who suggest I pull it back, not work too hard or put too much pressure on myself to do all of these things. The fact of the matter is, as a stay and home / work at home mom, planning special days, meals and gatherings gets me through the day and gives me something to look forward to. Crazy as it sounds – this introvert needs to party!

As a lifetime Wisconsinite, I couldn’t let this week’s Packer/Viking game pass without cut outs, homemade meatballs and donning my whole family in Packer gear. I even did three loads of laundry before I found my husband’s Packer shirt. I hate laundry, but we must be matchy – matchy as a family. The whole thing wouldn’t have been nearly as obnoxious or fun if we weren’t!

We love Wisconsin sports in the Rutchik home. Truth be known, we are more baseball and swimming fans than football. But, if there is one thing I hate, it’s a traitor. You may have heard of a man who goes by the name of Brent, or Bert, or something along those lines. He wears the number 4, has a difficult time making decisions, and then expects multimillion-dollar organizations to wait around on him. The hype of his first game against the Packers as a Viking was all over the Wisconsin, and national, news this week. To me, it was a big glittering invitation to get out the cookies cutters and homemade meatball recipe!

We had a great time! I was forced to clean the house for guests and my husband was off to fill the role as graduate school student/assistant for the day. He had a wonderful meeting on campus and although the Packers lost, we got the opportunity to celebrate a big accomplishment for my husband. We added a much needed dose of good friends and food to the mix and had a wonderful evening celebrating life!


Krissy A. said...

Such a happy post...why am I sniffling? :( I think it's Anna's ponytail...I didn't know she could wear a ponytail! Miss you SO much. And your family. And your cookies. But mostly the ponytails of life.

Kim said...

How fun!! Love the cookies, including the purple ones. I think this is one of the reasons people think you're an extrovert: your love of celebrating and your ability to do it so well! Honestly, I get worn out just thinking of making so many cookies, cleaning the house, and having friends over to celebrate, all with two little ones! I love how you celebrate life!

Searching for Hope in a World of Chaos said...

Wish I could have been there sounds like it was a great time.

ChefDruck said...

Your cookies are amazing! I can't believe how prolific they are. It must take you forever to decorate them all. I'm looking forward to getting to know you in our writing class.