December 30, 2008


I heard this on NPR today, and found it interesting. I was tempted to go out and buy more than one of these albums, to save for a later date. Lisa Loeb's "Disappointing Pancake" may prove to be one of our favorites when Ella gets a little older. Happy listening.

December 23, 2008

Merry Christmas!

We wish you all a wonderful Christmas filled with love and peace.

December 18, 2008

2 Short Movies

This is mostly for the enjoyment of those over 50. But anyone's welcome to watch Miss Ella.

December 14, 2008

Fridays with Dad

Ella has been lucky enough to have two really great Mom-substitutes while Mom works. On Tuesday Grandma Sue gets to see the smiles. On Friday, Ryan takes over. He has done a fantastic job. He sends me pictures throughout the day and when I come home he satisfies my OCD by giving me a sticky note that documents the events of the day. Come January 1 he runs out of the vacation days that have let him stay home...but it's been a good run. Here are some pictures he took last time he was in charge.

p.s. Christmas Cards are going out Tuesday. If you want one, send me your address. Even if you think I know it. Maybe I can't ever remember your zip code, now matter how many times I've written it. You know who you are.

Tiny Dancer

Ella is finally big enough to wear her ballerina outfit. Hopefully she has more rhythm than her can't get much whiter than me. These pictures are horrible, I know. But Jamie's living the dream in New York. It's just me and the mirror.

December 4, 2008

Christmas Cards

Are you wondering why you haven't gotten your Baby Ella Birth Announcement yet? Well, amidst Boards, Jamie's wedding, and going back to work, I decided that it was just too much. Sorry. No announcement is coming. But to make up for it I am going to send out real, honest-to-goodness Christmas cards. With a picture and everything. This is a new frontier for me, and I realized that I have very few addresses. So if you want a Christmas card from the Packers (and you're going to want one) leave a comment with your address. Or you can email me at Merry Christmas!

December 1, 2008

What to do with the Leftover Turkey?

Turkey Pot Pie, of course.

1/2 chopped onion
3 T butter
1/3 c flour
1 c cream
2 c chicken stock
1/2 bag of diced frozen potatoes
Celery, carrots, corn, peas
Pillsbury ready made pie crust

Saute the onion and butter together. If you want your carrots a little less crunchy, toss them in the last minute or two. Add flour, cream and chicken stock. Heat until thickened. Mix together with vegetables and turkey. Cover with pie crust. Bake at 450 for 30 minutes, or until bubbly. Easy peasy, and delicious.