This is a feature I decided to put on the blog. Every Saturday I will post a list of ramblings to let you know what is going on with the person behind the blog! Well this past week included Christmas so there was lots of goodness that went down!
So last Saturday was Christmas Eve so I woke up early, got myself all prettyful, and then finished up with the basement so we could have our annual Christmas Party!!! Everyone came over our house at about 2 p.m. ready to eat! We had SO MUCH food I could hardly believe it. I ate chips & dip, nachos, maccaroni, pie, cheesecake, cookies, basically anything I could get my hands on. I am fairly certain everyone else had about the same eating habits as me. There were a ton of people at this party but we still ended up with a fridge full of extra food.
After everyone’s faces had been thoroughly stuffed, we opened gifts! I have never seen paper and bows go flying like that. The little kids (all 10+ of them) were so excited. And of course after presents it’s play time so The Zeke Monster and I played a few rounds of “crash the monster truck into the tiny cars as much as you can while simultaneously making a ton of truck crunching noises that irritates the rest of the family like no other.”
Games and toys were played with, football was watched, and more food was consumed before it was time for everyone to go home. Once my step brother and step sister got to our house, we were allowed to open one gift early. Even though we knew exactly what it was, we were still SUPER excited. (stay tuned for this week’s PHOTO OF THE WEEK to find out exactly what we got!)
Then it was downstairs to bed so Santa could come. Getting the brat pack to sleep was terrible! We make it a tradition to always sleep in the same room on Christmas Eve so the siblings and I pulled mattresses and cushions out into the downstairs living room and turned on a movie. Of course everyone fell asleep except for Zack. By the time I got the little monster to sleep, it was well past 12:30 a.m.
But of course it wouldn’t be Christmas morning if we didn’t wake up at 4 a.m. Yes I said 4! Santa was just arriving and Zack woke up to the footsteps. Keeping him contained while Santa did his business was so extremely difficult especially since I was in zombie-sleep mode. At last, Santa was finished so we raced up the stairs at exactly 5 a.m. to open gifts. Santa was very good to us this year!
As hard as we try to open gifts slowly so we can all see what everyone gets, it becomes very difficult with 8 people. Kari got a Blackberry touchpad, Abby got a Kindle Fire, Andrew got super awesome catcher’s gear, Zack & Zeke got the world’s biggest pile of “most annoying toys ever created.” And now what you’ve all been waiting for, what I got! I got a brand new printer of my very own. It is just so pretty. I also got a quesadilla maker AND (one of my favorite presents) a super big shadow box picture frame with all of my tickets in it! One thing you may or may not know about me is I keep my tickets from EVERYTHING! The movies, concerts, plane rides, train rides, sporting events etc. and my stepmom err.. I mean Santa knew this! I was amazed to see all the great things I have seen and done displayed like that!
After everyone tore through presents, we all went off into our own little corners to enjoy our gifts while the parents made breakfast. I then shoved my face for about the billionth time that month and went to take a nap. Now since we come from “broken” families, the rest of the day was spent with the mother’s side. We had so much fun! 18 people and 2 dogs crammed into the small space that is known as my grandma’s house and we enjoyed each other’s company. And in case you are wondering, I did indeed eat some more food. After a while we opened gifts…again! My aunts and uncles got family trips to The Great Wolf Lodge, my grandparents and mom got lunch dates with my sister and I (aren’t we so sweet ;)???) and I got a Nook! Heck yay! I was very adamant that I hated everything about e-readers but now that I have one I adore it! Nothing will ever replace the feel of a real book in my hands but having an e-reader is a super convenient thing!
After more presents, more food, and more family craziness, I was finally able to go home, visit with my neighbors, and finally go to bed!
Of course I had work the next day and I dreaded every second of it. I wanted so bad to be home and curled up in bed with one of my new books but instead I dealt with grumpy people returning Christmas gifts.
Then on Tuesday I had a day off. Hip, hip, hooray! I seriously sat around in pajamas ALL DAY LONG. I hardly left my bedroom, and I experienced pure bliss for the first time in a long time.
Of course my moment of bliss was short-lived because on Wednesday I had work again. Work actually went by pretty fast and I was able to leave early so Kati and I went to the hospital.
We finally got word that we were able to visit Stacey in the hospital so we took our first free moment to go see her. It is the moment that I first saw her when my heart broke into a million pieces. I have never really had to see someone I love like that. The loved ones that I have lost were years ago when I was younger so really, I have not seen anyone suffering. Seeing Stacey in that hospital bed, still not aware of things going on around her was so disheartening. I know she has made tremendous progress and I know she will make a full recovery but every time she cried or wiggled around in discomfort, I wished so badly I could take away the pain.
The one moment at the hospital that made my life full and complete: Kati and I picked up a few gifts to give Stacey when we were to visit her and one was a frog pillow pet. This girl has the craziest obsession with frogs! When we got there, her mom gently told her “Stacey, Katelyn and Kati brought you this gift.” Of course Stacey didn’t respond verbally but when her mom laid the pillow pet down next to her, she hugged it tight and began petting it. Talk about insta-flood-of-tears.
Really the whole hospital visit was such a bitter-sweet moment. I don’t think I was quite prepared as to what to expect so her condition definitely caught me off guard BUT I was so happy to see her being taken care of so well.
Thursday was a day I decided to stop being a lazy bum and finally clean up the Christmas mess. I spent the whole day scrubbing countertops, doing laundry, and sweeping only to have it ruined hours later. This definitely put the siblings on my bad side for the weekend.
Friday rolls around and I had work again. Like Wednesday, it went by pretty quick! After work, I had some coupons to use up so I went shopping. I thought for sure I would be sick of shopping by now but no such luck. I left with 3 new pairs of jeans.
After shopping I met up with Kati and we went out to eat. She got the brownie desert and I got the Deep Dish Macaroni. It was simply amazing.I know I have mentioned it before a million times and I will probably mention it a million more but Kati is the best friend I could ever ask for. This whole past couple weeks have been the hardest I’ve had to go through and I wouldn’t have made it without her. Regardless of how stressed or worn out I am, Kati ALWAYS brings a smile to my face and this was definitely the case at dinner.
And now folks, it is New Years Eve. Of course I am working almost 8 hours but afterwards I plan to join in the New Year’s festivities at Kati’s house. There will be food, the hot tub, kinect games on the x-box with her family, and lots of fun! I hope you all had a brilliant Christmas and will have a super wonderful New Years Eve. Please be safe & I will see you in 2012!!!!
PHOTO OF THE WEEK:
That’s right people, our early Christmas present was red pajamas! This is a family traditional we always uphold on our household. We all get red pajamas to wear Christmas morning. I love it so much!