Monday, November 30, 2009

Thanksgiving Weekend

Hi Fabulous Family! I just wanted to share a few pics from our Thanksgiving weekend.
Everyone watching the Packers vs. Lions game. Not the best day to be a Lions fan, huh Rob? After the game we sat down to a delicious turkey dinner with all the great sides and pies that go along with that (Mom/Grandma has those pics).

Huntington got real tired and found a quiet corner to take a nap. Huntington is the newest addition to Audrey's and Rob's household. He is a 3 month old Australian Shepherd, and he is adorable.
Sunday we went and cut down Christmas trees. It was a little chilly, but we managed to find 2 awesome trees. We also got to watch 2 guys carve tree trunks with chainsaws. That was very interesting.
Friday (picture not available), Mom, Monica and I had spa day at L-Spa in New Berlin. We each had a facial and manicure. It was awesome and very relaxing. I highly recommend spa day for everyone.
Saturday (also pic not avail for a very good reason) Audrey, Kimberly and I went to a couple bridal salons where the girls tried on wedding and bridesmaids dresses. We have found THE DRESS!!! Still working on bridesmaids dresses. However, the whole day was hugely fun!

Friday, November 27, 2009


Turkey - Aunt Mae & Uncle Doug... it's a big bird! 24+ lbs.
Ham -
Potatoes, mashed -
Potatoes, cheesy - Uncle Vince
Gravy - Aunt Mae
Stuffing -
Green Bean Casserole - Griepentrog Family
Corn - Dawn - I'll make Aunt Noreen's Corn Casserole from the Family cookbook!
Vegetable Vinaigrette - Amber & Matthew Fisher
Candied Yams -

Relish Tray & Dip - Audrey (with the help of Noah)
Dessert (specify).............. ???
Bread/Rolls - Casey & Dylan
Butter -
Coffee - Amber & Matthew Fisher
Milk -
Appetizers -
Taco Dip - Rita - Thank you oodles & oodles! :)
Appetizer Surprise - Aunt Diane
Little Wieners/Little Smokies -
Meatballs -
Fudge - Amy & Greg
Homemade Caramels - Diane -Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Hey Everybody! Here's the start to our Family Christmas Menu. Feel free to comment on this post for what you want to bring. We welcome items not specifically listed, so if you have a hankering to make something new or different, drop us a comment and we'll add it a la carte!

For those that don't have e-mail or access to the blog, can a family member please touch base with them and see what they wish to bring and we'll update the menu with those delightful blessings too? Thanks so much. You are also welcome to e-mail us your thoughts and planned menu additions and we'll happily update.

Everybody that is participating in the ornament exchange/gift exchange should have gotten their postcards in the mail! Have fun being creative and let your love shine!

Looking forward to drooling over this wonderful feast!
Julie & Dawn

P.S. We hope you enjoy the holiday music as we prepare for another wonderful Christmas together.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009


It was brought to my attention that my most recent background was depressing. Gray outside AND a gray blog was depressing. So if I added to anyones gloom I am so sorry. Here is some cheery red, I hope it brightens your day. Love to all, Julie


Hi everyone! I hope everyone has a great family filled day. I would love to see pictures and hear any stories you wish to share about your Thanksgiving. We are having dinner here with whoever chooses to attend. I cooking today as much as I can and then in the wee hours of tomorrow morning I will be getting the stuffing and turkey ready for roasting. Smell good in here now almost can't wait until tomorrow. I count each and every one of you as a blessing and want to wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving. Cheers, Julie

Saturday, November 21, 2009


I am soo sore. I just had yet again another surgery this past Wednesday the 18th. They did a scar revision on all my facial and neck scar tissue. They also re-broke my jaw to allign it better, and inserted another 2 plates. The total count now is 9 plates and 34 screws. My jaw is wired shut yet again for another 6 weeks and is a lot tighter this time. It truly is a pure-liquid diet this time. This unfortunately means no delicious turkey dinner or no christmas food from the Reindl Family Feast. Well, I just thought I would keep you updated!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Purple & Gold Jewelry

Oh happy day everybody! Glad to hear so many fun stories from those that went to Rachel's Bat Mitzvah! It really sounds like everybody had a great time. I want to say thanks to Meaghan for posting some great pictures on Facebook. Meaghan, you did a great job! I'd hire you as a photo journalist any day!! Especially with that great assistant Joey you had. Definitely an eye for unique perspectives! ;)

Over the weekend I designed a set of Jewelry that made me think of you Aunt Diane! This year your Minnesota Vikings are really making a statement - or two or three... none of which my Chicago Bears seem to be able to even understand. LOL So here's a link to my post on my jewelry blog

Aunt Diane I really wanted you to know I was thinking about you and looking forward to seeing you at Christmas! BTW - did everybody see our Christmas Countdown over to the right??? :) Just something fun to get you in the spirit. Keep your eyes on the Blog over the next couple of weeks so we can collectively work out our scrumptious dinner menu for our Christmas Feast!

As other people upload their Florida pictures, please feel free to post them on here... especially the ones that involve palm trees, sand, sunshine... none of which we are seeing here in WI today. LOL

Much love to all! Hope you have a great evening!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Happy Birthday Brenda!

I hope you enjoy your Birthday and all smiles your family puts on your face each day. You are a dedicated and giving Mom and I am so proud of you. Savor the memories of the romantic and delicious dinner you and Brian had last night, he is a great guy. It is so hard to believe that 23 years ago today I had my baby. Boy does time fly and I am not 23 years older only you are. hahaha
Happy Birthday, Love, Mom

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Dylan's Birthday!!!!!!! He's Going To Be 2!!!!!!

Dylan's birthday is on December 4th. The little bugger is going to be 2, I can't believe it. I just wanted to let everyone know if they want to send out cards or anything for him you can send them to the following address...............Dylan Mahlum........117. N. Main Street P.O. Box 95.................Leaf River, IL 61047..............Thanks!

Friday, November 6, 2009


We had a play date and Ashlynn helped me with the name drawing. I am writing out the postcards and will be sending them soon. Watch your mail and if you have an address new this year could you update me as soon as possible. Thanks Julie

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

A few more pictures

Liam getting his fair share of Trick or Treat kisses... and let me tell you, he didn't give any of us special "tricks." ;)

I got a few really cute pictures while Grandma & Grandpa Reindl were down too that I wanted to add to the Happy Halloween wishes.

Ashlynn was making a small pot of "Oatmeal."
Everything is oatmeal to Ashlynn... and she was telling Uncle Greg her special recipe.

Then she fed to to Grandpa & Greg for lunch....
well, not really. But it did look that way!

Hope everybody has a safe trip down to Jacksonville next week!
Take lots of photos and share them here on the blog when you get back!
Love to all!

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Great Grandparents

Happy November everyone! I hope all you headed to Florida have started to make your lists of what to pack. I'm sure no ones list is as long as Jeff and Marcy's to get every loose end tied so they can enjoy the special weekend with Rachel and all of you. Remember "Prepare now and you will have more fun playing later".
I have a few pictures of yesterday when Mom and Dad came to meet Liam.
Have a great week and Marcy I wish I could be there to give you a hand I love to make lists and follow them.