Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy New Year!

Pictures-Of-New-Year-11With the tolling of the midnight bell,

it’s time to reflect on the story that the year did tell.

It was a story of laughter, joy, celebration and the odd tear,

there were a lot of peaks and valleys throughout the year.

Each day brought more growth, strength and wisdom to those in need,

it went by way too fast indeed.

Hold your loved ones close within your heart,

and remember all of your blessings as the whole world get’s a new start.

– Nickie Brook


Christmas Baking…Nope!

1A lot of people I know have a Christmas baking marathon every year and I … well, don’t.  I have nothing against if others want to do it (and bring me some) but at the moment, it is not on my holiday agenda.  Don’t get me wrong, I am pretty good at baking and decorating, but you see….I have a slight problem.  Hello, I am Nickie and I am addicted to sweets.  To make this problem worse, I seem to have no will power.  If the baked good are in my house, they unfortunately won’t last till Christmas.  Wait I am wrong, they will last….in the form of additional pounds on my, lets just say Christmas Rump Roast!  Now I have done some baking in the past with the plans of wrapping it up and delivering it to my friends and family.  That was when I realized my new problem.

This addiction has slowly turned me into a baked goods hoarder.  Yes, you read correctly, hoarder!  I see all of the baked items and something comes over me and even though the counter and table are both full of fattening, delicious, oh so delicious treats, something in my brain tells me that there isn’t enough to go around so I shouldn’t share.  So I don’t.  If I am expecting company and want to put different food or dessert out for them with their coffee, I start making a plate of my treats but before it hits the table, I start putting things back and cut down the plate size by half.  I normally do share (even though my kindergarten report cards begs to differ) but there is just something about sharing my sweets.  You can ask my husband who I either hide treats from or lecture him on what he is allowed to eat!  The sad thing is that reality sinks in and I realize I can’t eat all of those stored goods so it almost gets wasted.  My hubby won’t stand for this so he starts eating it all (of course he is allowed to now).  For some reason, he gets mad at me for it…not sure why.  

Hopefully when Piper is a bit older and gets the same addiction to sweets like her momma, her and I don’t have a showdown to see who gets more of them…I hate to say it by my temper tantrum may be a bit better.

Proud Mamma Alert!

First we had each other, then we had you.  Now, we have everything.

First we had each other, then we had you. Now, we have everything.

I took some photos when Piper turned 3 months last week and I finally couldn’t resist sharing.  My life is wrapped up in this little girl and I couldn’t be happier!  I can’t believe how fast time is going by and how big she is getting so I am definitely trying to soak up every minute with her.  I am forever grateful to be blessed with my little family and I will never forget that this holiday season.

Walmart Road Rage!

Trage-Cover-WebSo is it just me or do others get road rage when behind people with their shopping carts at Walmart, or any store for that matter!  I have had to stop myself many times from physically removing people and their carts out of my way.  Why must people just suddenly stop in the way and take ten minutes to decide if they need or want that particular item?  I didn’t realize that picking out the perfect paper towel is a life changing effect.  I don’t make up my mind quickly, but at least I get out of the way when I am deciding.  I am sure I am like a lot of people, (especially mothers) that when I go shopping, I have a purpose.  This means I know what I need, I know where it is located and I know the quickest way to get to it.  With this, I get a little crazy when something or ‘someone’ gets in the way of my goal!

Am I ashamed? Yes.  Will it happen again? Yes.

With all of this being said, I did a lot of my Christmas shopping online this year.

I wonder if I could get a ‘careless driving’ fine in I rear end someone in the aisle?


A Stressed out Shopper who Shouldn’t be Trying to Diet During the Holidays.