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Our holidays really got rolling around here with a Girl’s Night on December 6th.  So I thought I’d share those pics first!

 

Here’s one of Tristan, me, Mijha, and Rachel (left to right):

 

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I was left in charge of Tristan which was not such a bad thing if you like wearing sesame noodles.  The only problem was the Asian hibachi chef kept putting food on Tristan’s plate that was incredibly HOT.  I spent half the time trying to keep this old guy that barely spoke English from giving the 1yr old third degree burns.

 

On the other side was Tina but she was running the camera.  So here’s a pic of Clara (in white) and Sonya (best known for an infamous Girl’s Night where she kept pulling down her mini-skirt and showing us her thong all the while proclaiming that she was “strictly dickly”…she was subdued on this evening having moved out of her marital home that morning…there’s a story there and I hope to hell I get to hear it soon!):

 

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Clara’s son Junior and Rachel’s little girl Naudia were VERY excited about the aquarium:

 

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December 19th was M.’s graduation and he asked me to come.  I did and I took pics and even video for his mother:

 

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I also managed to get to Fort Polk and provide a little Christmas cheer to the barracks room of my new guy (whom I had barely met at that point…but I just couldn’t take the idea of his kids being without a tree on Christmas day when they were there with him).  I brought candy canes for each of the kids and him, and he and I decorated the tree together.  It was incredibly nice, and I could tell that he was genuinely happy decorating it together (M. and I tried that once just a month after we were married…it sucked ass…M. isn’t much for any group activity).  And, here’s a peek at that tiny little tree with it’s tons of tinsel (my guy kept throwing on tinsel…even more than I normally put on and that’s SAYIN’ SOMETHIN’!):

 

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Christmas Day was hectic!  And I mean!  Remember Thanksgiving when I had THREE of them???  Well, I cut it down to two Christmases.  At Mom’s we had Rachel, Naudia, Tristan, and our other Girl’s Night regular Rebeca, and we had old family friends: Martha, Doug, and their daughter Helen.  Just 13 people and a dog and a parrot!  It was a rollercoaster.  Mom had everyone get up at 5:30am to open presents because I was taking a dinner to Fort Polk for my new guy and his kids (since they were stuck in barracks…don’t worry you’ll hear about him in the next day or two).  I made an interesting haul: a knitting loom set, a cookie jar, perfume, an addition to my Santa Claus collection, and one gift that I’m putting at the end of this post.  Tina had given Pascal an entire wardrobe of dog clothes (yeah, I thought I was the crazy dog lady around here…apparently not), but one was the cutest little red and white, Nordic sweater and I HAD to put it on him! 

 

Here’s a pic of Doug, Tina, Rachel, Pascal, Naudia, Tristan and Rebeca (left to right):

 

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And, here’s one of Helen, Martha, Doug, and Rachel (left to right):

 

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Unfortunately, Rachel and company were an hour late.  So, by the time they got there, I had about 30 minutes before I had to leave and head to Fort Polk to meet up with my guy and meet his kids for the first time (YIKES!…that is something I’ve never done early on in a relationship, but he asked a few times and I finally decided that maybe me not meeting the kids was more of me protecting myself than me protecting the kid’s feelings).  It was a lovely day and I survived it despite being on the road most of the day (I still went to work at Brian’s for a few hours that morning but he decided that he didn’t want Christmas dinner just homemade chicken and dumplings for Christmas Eve on which I worked my little fingers to the bone).

Oh yeah…  I almost forgot about my last present!  It was from M. (he got some more tiger underwear from me…I had bought them months ago…and yes, the next post will catch you up on what’s up there too).  But, Tina wrapped it in true Tina-style!  See if you can guess what it is!

     

 

 

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A Merry New Year

.I sat on the phone until after midnight last night with my very best friend in the world, the best friend I have ever had.  The holidays have her down, the man in her life has her down, and even her family has her down.  I had just come back from a date with a man that has been showing me just how special he is even after overcoming some serious hurdles including a brain tumor which has left him a bit disfigured and a wife who took their 5 kids including the 2 with genetic ties to him and left him when he was about to die.  My friend was talking about some things some men do and it was echoing most of my long term relationships, and I couldn’t help but consider the man I had just left behind in a barracks room with the tiny Christmas tree that he and I put up together so his kids would have a tree when they come to see him for a few hours tomorrow. 

 

Today, I got to thinking about all of the stuff that has gone on this year.  This blog began on December 26 last year because I was dissatisfied with my lack of holiday cheer.  My friends were far away, our closest “family” had moved just before Thanksgiving, and my life seemed devoid of a wider range of love from that offered by friends to that offered by the person with whom you’re in love.  I’ve always given of myself to those around me and I’ve never expected much in return.  I won’t get in to the “you can’t get hurt if you don’t expect anything” discussion though because this post isn’t about that.  But, my friend’s heartache and the ugliness around me made me wonder if this year is any better.

 

There has been a lot of ugliness this year.  There were torturous months of trying to conceive.  There was an end to a marriage that probably should never have been despite the good that it brought to my life and to his, and there’s a resulting lump of flesh lying on my couch who has graduated and has yet to put out a single resume or figure out where he is going to live in the next month.  There’s a StepSlag that has taken out insurance policies on my unsuspecting Dad and Dad is suddenly talking about coming to visit us for the first time in years.  There’s been a flood of men; at least 2 of whom I had come to care for only to be left behind wondering, “Why?”  Uncle George is gone forever.  My world has been a little dark this year to say the least. 

 

There have been bright spots.  YOU are a bright spot and there’s no doubt about that.  There were so many times when this blog and you bloggy friends were all that made me smile.  This is one of the best things I have ever done with my life and although of late you may be falling to the wayside a bit, you are so very often on my mind.  I am very grateful to have met each and every one of you crazy nuts. 

 

Despite the darkness, I see some sun starting to shine through.  I see good in the world.  I am happier this year than I was last.  There is hope for next year.  There is a happy puppy who loves me.  There are men in my life (well, at least one) that are not only worth knowing but have been showing me what I’ve been missing.  I don’t doubt that there will be confusion and some darkness in my path for the next year.  But I know that no matter what even if those around me turn on me, there’s a place to fall. 

 

Thank God for blogs!  Thank God for YOU!  And, thank God I kept this VERY SPECIAL Christmas picture!  Happy Holidays to one and all in every corner of this Earth and may every wish you have come true in the coming year!  🙂  Have a Merry Yule, ya’ll!!!

M.'s Sexay!

M.'s Sexay!

 

 

 

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January 18-Christmas ’08

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Just in case you thought that I had forgotten the purpose of this blog (ok, i have…lay off), I have actually tried the Waldorf style doll.  Unfortunately, I tried it using flannel and it was CRAPTASTIC!  So in an actual effort to be more thoughtful for next Christmas (and because i’m poor), I’ve designed our future greeting card!

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 I wasn’t going to post today since I feel like crap, but M. is putting his evil plan to kill me slowly using “Forest Gump” in action.  Therefore, I’m lurking around online.  I ran across the idea of doing a Christmas puzzle each year at Blonde Mafia.  That sounds like a great tradition.  I do puzzles with my mom (she’s had several strokes and is disabled) when I think she’s been reading too many Harlequin romance novels (she gets cranky when she’s not occupied).  Mom actually hates puzzles, but, like me, once its out there she just can’t stop until it’s done.  Problem is that the last few times, I get all but about an hour’s work finished and Tina waits for me to go home then finishes it before I get back up there.  I am surrounded by evil people!  Explains a lot, huh… 

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