On Christmas Day, late in the afternoon, PB and I and my mom all got together for some dinner, left over ham, garlic mashed potatoes, fruit salad, rolls and apple pie for dessert, AND presents!
Do you think I could remember my camera???? No. All the photos are "locked" in the memory bank, sorry to say.
My mom got PB the coolest snowman box, and inside was a yummy assortment of gourmet dips, chips, pasta's and soups! PB got mom her FAVORITE Christmas candy: Frango's! She was on cloud nine!
I bought PB a cool cheese and cracker tray, a glass pastry/cheese dome, (which he loved), a CD he wanted, some shower gel from Bath and Body Works and a funny book!
From PB I got a beautiful light brown sweater, 2 books I wanted, the new Beyonce perfume:
And drum roll please............ he enrolled me in not 1 but 3 different photography classes!!!
I couldn't find the picture of her "table orgasm" but that is how I felt when I saw the certificate for the photo classes.......... :)
I not only get to learn what all the settings on my camera are for and how to use them, I get to learn how to edit all my photos in Photoshop! A program I own, but know nothing about! I am so excited!!!! I can't wait until the first class, which happens on January 3rd!
And here is PB! He has a full goatee now (which looks a million times better) but I wanted to share the photo just the same!
With having to return the children to HeeHaw at 10pm on Christmas Eve this year, we decided to wake up Christmas Eve Day and celebrate it as if it was the 25th. The stockings were hung from the mantle, the gifts were wrapped and under the tree.
My mom, aka Grammie, had arrived. My sister had as well. (L.A. and her husband and 3 kids flew in from Virginia. Her husband has family here as well.) We had ribs for dinner and just relaxed around the table.
Christmas Eve Day dawned cold and rainy here, but that was no damper for the children! They actually slept in, until about 9am and meandered out of their room to see if the stockings were filled......
It took us 2 hours to get through the stockings and presents. We take turns opening gifts so everyone can see what every other person got! Here are some of my favorite shots:
Doodle and Lil C posed with the blankets my sister made for them
Here I am sporting the new headband my sister made for me. Love it! It has a very vintage feel to it.....
What kid do you know would be this excited to get a pack of erasers, shaped like a toilet, a plunger, a pile of poo and a role of toilet paper?????
D.G.K. Grammie and I had no idea what that stood for until Lil C gave us the low down: Dirty Ghetto King!! My mom bought the socks because she thought they were cute. Little did she know.........
After all the gifts were opened, it was picture time in front of the tree:
Grammie and Doodle
Grammie and Lil C
Grammie and her "grand happies"
Then, because we were still on our sugar high, wrestling commenced. Doodle and I unfortunately lost to Lil C.......... much to his delight. Check out his face!
As is tradition, the spice drop tree was put together:
Leave it to Lil C to make me laugh out loud! Doodle has a beautiful smile.......... oh well. More funnies to add to the scrapbook!
The only thing we missed was the reading of "Twas the Night Before Christmas", which is also an annual tradition for us. The children and I, along with my mom, had a wonderful time. I took them to HeeHaw at 10pm like promised. When I awoke on Christmas Day, it didn't feel like I missed out on anything because we had celebrated the day before.
The kiddos loved all their gifts, thank goodness! (I had a mini meltdown a few days before about this. Especially after hearing what the children received from HeeHaw and Lettuce Lady (the newest girlfriend) the weekend before. They had to celebrate early because LL was leaving to visit her folks out of state for the holiday.) We had a great time with my mom, everyone enjoyed their short but sweet visit with my sister and we had a great ham for our holiday meal. All in all, it turned out well!
It is officially Christmas at my house! Grammie has arrived, the decorations are up, the stockings are hung, and I'm running around like a mad person trying to get everything done!
Grammie helped with the decorating, and I am thankful! I had a pile of things on my kitchen table that I just didn't know where to put. Now we that these items have found another home, we can actually sit at the table and have a meal. Imagine that.............
The frogs are out:
Although I am hoping to catch a glimpse of Krampus this year, maybe Noodleroux can hook me up?
The last of the ornaments are on the tree:
A picture taken at night
And of course one taken during the day via my cell camera.......
Now, there are presents to be unwrapped, holiday meals to cook and clean up after and lots of sugar to still be consumed!
Doodle and PIA had their very 1st band concert last week! They are both in band this year, and have chosen the clarinet as their instrument of choice!
The dress code called for white top, and khaki pants. Personally one of my LEAST favorite color combinations in the world. If that wasn't bad enough, the kids were told by the band teacher to TUCK IN the shirt....... O.M.G. Are you kidding me????
They were allowed to wear a festive hat and/or holiday bling to dress up the ensemble. Doodle and PIA were very nervous for their first concert........
PIA working off some of her excess nervous energy.........
Doodle in her seat before the concert began
Doodle and PIA. Aren't they cute???
Blowing out those sweet notes
Concentrating on the music
I will be the first to admit I was excited for Doodle to be in her first ever band concert, however I was not excited for the potential ear bleeding that I was sure was about to commence. I was pleasantly surprised when the concert was actually a delight to watch and listen to!
For every kid in beginning band, the level of experience was less than 3 months! They played a couple of songs before the 2nd and 3rd year bands took over and I was very impressed!!!
I am sure the Spring concert will be EVEN BETTER.......
All I want for Christmas is............... fill in the blank! So, my wish list for 2010 is as follows:
I covet this tree topper..................
This smells so yummy!
Isn't this the cutest ring?
I need this movie. It just doesn't feel like the holiday season without it.
Of course gift cards to my favorite stores are NEVER turned down: Kohl's, Target, Craft Mart, Goodwill to name a few! A girl can dream can't she?
In all seriousness, I want my children to stay healthy, happy and loving life. I want to have food in my belly, a roof over my head, and a car that gets me from point A to point B. Guess what? I have all of that already!
Inevitably, after Thanksgiving is over, the stress sets in for what to do about Christmas. There are gifts to purchase and wrap, a house to decorate, cookies to be baked, ornaments to exchange and parade's and festivals to attend. Not to mention family coming in from out of town, a LOT of great food to eat and finding the 10 pounds I lost over the summer!!!
Thinking back to last year, I think I am in a better place. My first Christmas as a single lady was bittersweet to say the least. With the help of my mom and great friends, I was able to decorate and make a beautiful Christmas tree, and survive the highly emotional day.
This year things are so much different. I don't feel like I'm gonna cry at the drop of a hat anymore, but I think there is a whole new set of issues. Last year, Lil C and Doodle were with me on Christmas Day: this year that is not the case. I have them Christmas Eve. Which means at 10pm, on the eve of the big day, I must return them to their father. I think it's going to suck to wake up Christmas morning and not see the happy little faces greeting me with excitement, bursting at the seams to open the gifts left under the tree.
As if that isn't enough, I feel like there is a gift competition going on. How HeeHaw affords these extravagant gifts I'm not sure; all I know is I'm left feeling inadequate. I have very thankful children who will appreciate whatever I give them, but I have the feeling dad's gifts will be received with more excitement. Now, I know I should be thankful for my children, my health, a roof over my head and food in my stomach, and I am. Don't get me wrong. But once, JUST ONCE, I would like to feel like I have done something cool for my kids.
There have been many a year where HeeHaw has outdone me, even when we were married. Taking the kids to get some cool thing from the store, giving them Christmas presents before the big day AND without me there, promising them something I had previously said no to. I feel some of this bitterness creeping back in to my heart, taking up residence on my back, adding to my holiday stress. From now until January 1st you may call me Quasimodo. I am trying very hard to let these feelings go, but that is so much easier said than done.
As if that wasn't enough, a new issue presents itself this year. I have somebody new in my life this year. I would like to share time with PB, my children, and my mom and how the heck do you think I am going to manage that? I don't know how to juggle all the people, places and events just yet. I am struggling with this. I don't want to be the example that HeeHaw sets: involve EVERY girlfriend in EVERYTHING from day one. I don't want Lil C and Doodle to look back years from now and feel like they didn't get the attention needed from me, when they needed it the most.
I know it will all work itself out, it usually does. But I felt like 'sharing" with all of you.
Once again CHB's folks hosted our annual dinner. Lil C and Doodle were with me this year too!!
This was the first time in 25 years that there was snow on the ground for Thanksgiving Day! We had a couple of feet...........
We had a wonderful meal, shared with all my freinds and surrogate family. As we sat at the table eating, laughing, talking, I couldn't help but be extremely thankful for being in a better place than I was just a year ago.
CHB and I
CHB, Moxie Crimefighter and I
Moxie Crimefighter and her chitlins
CHB, her hubby Buchswacker, PIA and HOW
Lil C, Doodle and I
CHB's mom making all the kids hot chocolate. They were lined up like this was Starbucks........
PIA and HOW
CHB and Bushwacker
Moxie Crimefighter and I
CHB and her deeee-licios Cranberry Stuffing
Oh Moxie......... she just loves her turkey!
Woody and Bushwacker
Great Grandma Betty, otherwise known as GiGi
Amber, Lot and Bella
Lil C and Doodle
The table was set for 19!!!
This was the Igloo..... (Fruit, Cool Whip and Marshmallows) It was a big hit!
My plate......... mmm mmm good!
My homemade pumpkin cheesecake
The food was awesome, the company was good and the wine was excellent!!! PB was able to stop in at dessert to meet all the peeps........
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. I know I did!