December 29, 2008

We laughed, We cried, We played Wii

Happy New Year to everyone!

We had a wonderful Christmas here at home.  This is only the 2nd year I have spent Christmas away from my parents, many of those years we traveled to Michigan to be with them and all my siblings.  My sister, who lives in Jerusalem, will be coming to Houston in January, so my parents will make the trip here and we will continue our Christmas festivities then.  

Some highlights from our Christmas:
  • Christmas Eve service with good friends followed by our (now traditional) dinner at their home.
  • Staying up entirely too late Christmas Eve wrapping gifts.......any year now I will learn to start the wrapping earlier.  
  • Finding out that my 8 year old could not sleep and so a couple hours after being put to bed, he snuck out of his room just in time to hear me say, "Put 'To N from Santa' on that present".  He asked to speak to me privately the next morning and questioned me about it.  I threw out all the "Magic lives on as long as you believe" type lines, but the damage had been done.  I don't know who was more disappointed, N or my husband who was very upset about the whole situation.  
  • Watching as my 10 year old actually cried after unwrapping a Cowboy football jersey with Romo on the back......a jersey he has wanted for a while now and that I, the master hunter gatherer, actually found in his size only to watch as G's father got ALLLLL the credit for the gift.  It's what I do.....I create magic.  
  • Opening a gift from my husband that was a gift certificate for sky diving lessons.  Nothing says "I love you" like paying to have your wife thrown out of a plane at 16,000 feet. 
  • Realizing that I have ADD when it was impossible for me to pay attention to any game on the new Wii for longer than 5 minutes.  
  • Having my 85 year old Grandmother here at my home for the entire day.  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that she lives here in Houston now.
  • Enjoying Goode Co. bar-b-que for our "traditional" Christmas dinner.  If you've read this blog for any time now, you have come to realize that we don't adhere very well to traditional menus.
  • Taking a long, wonderful nap in the afternoon while Scot, the boys, and Grandma were outside throwing around yet another new football.  
  • Holding hands at the dinner table while G prayed for all of us, throwing in a fervent "Happy Birthday to you, Jesus" at the end.........tears all around!
I pray that each of you had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends.  Happy New Year!!


  1. Oh no.... that is why Mark and I took turns to be watch dogs. LOL I know we don't have much longer left with this Santa stuff with Hunter..... but I think us parents don't want to experience our kids disappointment or sadness of learning the truth. UGH!!! What a bummer!

    Well.... keep fighting or that "magic continues as you believe" stuff. It will work come this time next year, he will be sitting in your lap and talking about Santa then. LOL Can you see it now? Pretty cute and funny right?


    PS: Ill email you my address.... but don't feel you need to send me on. I was giving you a hard time, but would love to be on the future mail out list. Unless, of course you are like me and ordered too many and have some extra's sitting on your kitchen counter that you are just hoping names would come up to send them out to that case go ahead and send one to me. I have a collection and photo holiday cards. I place them all on my tree. I am going to start saving them each year and compare the kids as the change over time with all my cards.

  2. Merry Christmas, and happy 2009! Thanks for sharing your holiday memories! I'm sick that I won't be able to be in Houston when you're family comes, but my Mom is really excited about coming to see you all! Love you!



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