Saturday, December 26, 2009

Christmas 2009

Barbie House-No girl's Christmas is complete without it. Thank You so much Aunt Cindy and Ramona for your help finding this gem. I owe you huge!

I have to start this post by saying this year was the best Christmas I have had in a long time. Yes, I did get just about everything I wanted and that helped but the real reason it was the best was not about the gifts.
I was lucky enough to have my days off fall on both Christmas Eve and Christmas day. This is not great for the wallet but it turned out to be great for my soul. Thursday night we had to go to church and after we had plans for a giant boatload of Chinese food and to exchange presents with my in-laws. This has been the plan for the last few years as it makes Christmas day not so crazy especially when I have to be to work in the afternoon. After dinner we headed home to handle our Christmas Eve traditions. I was not really ready for these this year but Jessica gave us the perfect gift of everything we needed.
We left the carrots and reindeer food out on the lawn, we left the key on the door knob so Santa could get in and she even gave us the cookies and milk to leave out for him. Once everyone had their PJ's on we read "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and our letter from Santa. Finally we checked the NORAD website and saw he had left England and was headed across the Atlantic so we decided it was time to hurry to bed.
The girls were exhausted and out like a light. They were told to come wake us up first. Ava came into our room looking for a drink so I was able to sneak down and turn on the tree and get back into bed for about another hour.
By 7 I had 2 pairs of eyes looking down on me. OK, OK I am up!
They did terrific as we had already decided to wait for Auntie Chelsea to get home from work and that was over a hour from then. I think finding a giant Barbie house on the table was plenty of a distraction. Dad rolled out to the Donut store ( 2 Large coffees helped too) so everyone was happy.
As a change we decided to invite ourselves to my Aunt and Uncle's house. It is the kind of place you are always welcome so I knew this would be OK when I called and said " We're coming." There are always enough kids to keep mine happy and enough adults that you can have grown up talk but someone is always keeping an eye on the kids too. We also all have cross spanking privileges-LOL! The food is always awesome. This year I even jumped into the kitchen so I got to cook and spend time with my Uncle who I miss so much. Funny how life gets so busy and you miss people that live only a mile from you. Earlier this month we have all talked about presents and how we were cutting our lists down to nothing. Isn't everyone doing this now a days? I am a brat so I asked for something from them. I knew my Uncle could easily handle this request.
Look at the newest members of my family below. I have had a lonely Santa Sleigh on my lawn but no one to pull it. They came out 10X better than I expected and I think they will have to be out year round. Thank You So Much!!!I was able to leave with a happy heart, a full belly and a giant Ham bone. Soon to be the heart of some slammin' Pea Soup. We got home to a trashed house and decided to try out some of my Christmas presents. We made Hot Cocoa and popcorn thanks to Dad's great gifts and all cuddled on the couch to watch a new Scooby Doo movie. I promptly passed out.
I loved the whole day. I want to Thank everyone for helping me have such a terrific day and I will share a few more of my presents. This Christmas ornament above will have to find a safe year round place in my house as well as the framed print that is now my header. I also got a cupcake T shirt and lunch box which will soon become my purse. I also got a copy of Pioneer Woman's cookbook which I think is the best one around. Move over Martha Stewart there is a new cowgirl in the kitchen!Not sure how much more I can say about a great day, or a great 2.5 days as my Holiday continued today with a visit to my friend Bonnie's. We even made a giant dump run so someday I may see my floor again.
Now to survive this week of school vacation. Well at least we now have plenty of clean clothes and new fangled toys to keep us busy.
Merry Christmas!

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Race Results

09/07/07 Main Street Mile 11:44
05/18/08 YPD 5k 52:57 17:05
06/14/08 Walpole Village 5K 35:27 11:26
06/21/08 Mashpee Fun Run 34:21 11:05
07/19/08 Mashpee Woodlands 36.49 11:52
08/10/08 Falmouth Road Race 1:29:31
08/25/08 Women Running Wild 35:40 11:30
10/25/08 Mashpee Firefighters 37:47 12:10
05/02/09 Cape Abilities 5K 34:59 11:17
05/17/09 YPD 5K 36:41 11:50
08/09/09 Falmouth Road Race 7mi 1:37
10/31/09 Mashpee Firefighters 5K 37:15 12:00
09/11/11 Main Street Mile 12:31
10/29/11 Screech to the Beach 5K 39.13 12:20
08/12/12 Falmouth Road Race 1:34:24 13:29
05/18/14 YPD 5k 44.25 14:17
06/1/14 June Jog 4mi 1:04 16:00
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:42:04 14:35
09/27/14 Girly Girl 5K 37:24 12:02
10/26/14 Pell Bridge Run 4mi 48:41 12:10
11/27/14 Turkey Trot in VA 5K 35:22 11:23
12/06/14 Jingle Jog 5K 34:42 11:11
03/29/15 Thomas Guinta Memorial 5K 34:14 11:03
04/19/15 St. Margaret's 5K 31:11 10:21
05/17/15 YPD Blues 5K 34:58 11:17
06/07/15 Newport 10 Miler 1:56:09 11:36
06/20/15 Mackenzie's 5K 33:55 10:54
08/17/14 Falmouth Road Race 1:33:51 13:24
10/31/15 Screech at the Beach 36:19 11:40