Thursday, December 30, 2010


OK, it's only a week late, but I wanted to post some of our Christmas photos. We didn't go overboard this year like normal. Just didn't have it in me. I always try to make sure all my kids (cousins) know how much they mean to me and spoil them a bit, much to the dismay of their parents. I can't help it, when I'm on the hunt for just the "perfect" gift, I can forget the pain for a few minutes. Besides, I like to see their faces when they realize what they're holding. I can "hold" that image in my mind and bring it back when I'm being jabbed and stabbed, poked and prodded by whatever specialist I'm at this week. So, it's really a selfish reason for me to spoil the kids. Like this one of my cousin Lilly opening the Glee hat and Michael Jackson tee shirt I found for her. Who wouldn't love seeing that reaction to their gift?

My MIL wasn't able to go out shopping at all, so we did what we could for her. She wanted to have some things to wrap and put under her tree. Christmas is an important holiday for her. We gave her a snowman last year and a pin this year that says, "Jesus is the Reason for the Season." It's her outlook on it. We don't discuss religion. Much safer and keeps everyone on speaking terms. :) We also did the shopping for my mom since she stays with MIL and helps out while Arielle is at school. I think I've mentioned that she's pretty much moved in to help her grandma.

We started out at 6 a.m. here at home, getting the last of the presents ready and ran the sweeper one last time before my parents and brother as well as Arielle's boyfriend Rustin showed up at 8 to exchange gifts. For me, the highlight of the morning was seeing my mother's face when she saw our gift to her. It's a new 42 inch LED TV. She and my dad deserve something extra nice. They do so much for us, we wanted to do this for them. Mom kept crying that it was too much, but how can it ever be too much for two people who has given me the world? I can make a call and say I need you and they are here practically before I hang up the phone. I only wish I could do more for them.

After they left, we cleaned up the last of the wrapping paper and loaded the gifts for my family's gathering at noon. We were all meeting at my aunt's house and we had dinner and did the gifts. With around 30 or so people, it gets crowded and noisy, but always filled with love. Any holiday with my family can get overwhelming, but that's what happens with a very close-knit family like ours. We gave everyone one of Arielle's senior photos. The kids also got a few extra goodies.

Then it was back home and to MIL's for the final meal and gift exchange of the day. She always says not to give her anything, she has everything she needs. Can't do that though. We thought about what she might need and decided a new phone system. The ones she had were forever being left off the hook because they were old and didn't sit right anymore. Of course, she loved that. Arielle was the big "winner" of the day, I guess you could say. She got a new laptop since she'll need one for college in the fall. Trevor also got more than enough with all the video games and gamer clothes. He has a different gamer hoodie for each day of the week and enough tee shirts to not wear the same one twice in almost a month's span.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and that 2011 will bring only good. There's been too much suffering and hate in the world in 2010 and I for one am good and tired of it! Why can't we just try something new and let peace reign? How much longer are we going to keep sending our troops off to fight endless wars? It's obviously not working, so how about we try to stay out of it? I realize how radical that sounds, but war isn't working. I better get off my soapbox or this post will never get up.

A gag gift for Randy from my dad. What a joker!

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Blogger JennyD said...

Gretchen, I adored your post -- all the news and the photos were just great. When I got to the part about the 42" tv, well, my eyes welled up in happiness like I was there! What a great, great day! Have to say, I'm still in a fit of giggles over the clothes hanger, LOL.

7:24 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

You seem to really enjoy Christmas. I am not all that thrilled with anymore with no small children around.

I hope your new years is filled with many creative challenges and lots of joy. . . .and a lot fewer migraines.

8:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It looks like you had a wonderful Christmas. All the best to you and your family in the new year.

9:10 AM  

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