Sunday, December 27, 2009

My favorite gift...

It's been quiet here as "life" has been happening in overtime. With working (and the office being understaffed for a while now but the workload still going strong), going to school (which thankfully is on a short break til mid January) and in the midst of work, school, Thanksgiving holiday there were a few days of down-time recuperating from surgery. With a break from school underway and a few days off of work,I plan to take some time to reflect on this year and enjoy the time with my wonderful family. I hope everyone had as wonderful a holiday as I did with my family. My mom got all five of her children sketched for Christmas. Here are me and my 2 sisters and my 2 brothers with our sketches. I was very comfy in my jammies but I wish my hair would have looked as good as it did in the pic. lol

My younger sister (and the baby of the family) Sonya, me, and my older sister, Bev.

 Danny and Tony

There is nothing better than having all of your family together to celebrate. Everyone was there safe and sound this year. So many have lost loved ones and my heart goes out to them. I can't imagine their pain. I am truly blessed to have all of my family together at mom's this year once again. It was the best gift I received. I sit looking at my tree at the end of the day back at home giving an humble thank you for the blessed day and for the wonderful gift He gave to us.

My skinny primitive tree in the little cubby hole next to the entertainment center. It's decorated with snowmen.

The rusty tin star on the top of the tree.

I introduced a couple of new things (hopefully future traditions) this year. My little family (me, hubby and my son Adam) all showed up at mom's in PJ's. It wasn't really planned but I was *so* busy running around all morning getting things ready to go to mom's for Christmas that it was fast approaching time to leave and I was still in my pink fleece pajamas. I just announced... "I'm going just like I am!" So without a second thought my hubby and son both said, 'me too.' They were still in flannel pj's that I'd gotten for both of them and given them on Christmas Eve. We also played the Dirty Santa game. I'd brought 20 inexpensive small ornaments inside small gift bags. Each of us drew a number and proceeded to pick an unknown, bagged ornament, or steal something already picked and opened. Everyone played and from the youngest to the oldest, everyone had a great time. So next year everyone is bringing their name draw gift and a $5 gift or ornament for the Dirty Santa game.

Abby in her Christmas sweater.

1 comment:

  1. I *love* the new look! The dirty Santa game sounds like a good time, too. :D I agree with your sentiment about having all your family around you at Christmas. My heart goes out to all those who suffered the loss of a family member this year.