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Bossy, Independent, Stressed, Crazy about my husband and family. This blog is about the everyday life of our family of 2.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

My Christmas Marathon

Well, it's the day after our marathon Christmas and I'm tired.  Yesterday started at 6 am and ended at 10:30pm. We watched my brothers family open gifts, then my sisters family. Then we all headed to Dad's and had breakfast together for the first time ever.  I got all teary eyed watching everyone hang out.  My family changed their normal Christmas plans for B and I and it was very humbling.  We opened our gifts from dad and to each other.  It is so much fun to spend time with these people!

We headed south at 11:15am.  Four hours later we drove into my sister-in-law's driveway.  Lasagna, garlic bread, apple pie and presents waited for us there.  We lazed around and then took turns opening our gifts.  Love love love watching my nephews open their gifts!  B's family are just easy to be around.  There were aunts and uncles and cousins hanging out with us and it's always a great time.

We headed home around 8:30 and spent awhile unloading our car load of gifts and luggage.  Then we settled into the living room to enjoy our first Christmas spent in our home.  B is a wonderful gift giver and surprised me with some wonderful things.  After our gifts, we just collapsed on the couch and chatted about our day.

This Christmas we spent time with all of our family, we travelled from one end of our state to the other and we opened our gifts in our own home.  It was a beautiful, wonderful, different day.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Christmas Vacation

I took a few days off from work so I would have an extra long weekend for Christmas. So far during this mini vacation it has rained, sleeted, snowed, freezing rained, and snowed some more.  We drove to my families during it on Saturday.  Went to church and then out shopping with my dad in it yesterday and today I have not left the comfort of my dad's home.  But I can look out and see it!

Through all of this some wonderful memories have been made.  We are in the midst of a major cribbage tournament.  We got to visit with old friends at church yesterday and see a great children's program. We went Christmas shopping with dad yesterday. Nothing like getting it all done in one afternoon.  Today I made lunch for several of us.  I've made fudge that doesn't look right, but tastes just fine.  B has gone snowmobiling with one of our nephews and I think there is a pizza party later on.  Can't wait to see what the next 2 days of our Christmas mini vacation hold!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Crabby Christmas

So I pity anyone who wants to chat, be kind, or just try to communicate in any way with me for the next few hours.  I'm crabby.  I shouldn't be, I have a wonderful husband, family, home, job.  But for some reason, this time of year brings out the worst in me.  Stress, headaches, bad moods...that's what my Christmas time is usually like.

Poor B doesn't stand a chance.  He's tried a couple of times to lighten my mood.  Not a good idea, I'm not buying it.  We had a Christmas party in one of my departments at work today.  That didn't help.  We got let out early and even that didn't make me smile.

I'm hoping this will pass, and that when I wake up tomorrow I will be ready to enjoy this most wonderful time of the year.  We are heading to see my family, my shopping is done and wrapped.  Life should be good, but something isn't right and I'm just not sure what it is yet.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Something to Look Forward To

B and I did something a little crazy tonight.  After I had my nails done (yes, I am a spoiled brat and had a manicure) we stopped by a local travel agency.  And that's when the crazy part started.  We booked a trip to Jamaica for 2014.  Yes!  Next year we will have been married for 10 years and so we are going to celebrate in style.  We aren't going until the fall, but it gives us something to look forward to and now I have a reason to get off my lazy butt and get moving!

This will be our 2nd trip to the island.  This time we will be spending 7 blissful days at an all-inclusive resort and I'm planning to just lay on the beach or by the pool and veg!

So it might be a little crazy, impulsive, over the top and I don't care!  We will have a blast and make great memories and that's what is important.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

7 Days and Counting

So, I don't know about you, but this Christmas season is flying by.  This past weekend we had our first Christmas party on Saturday and our annual PJ breakfast for family on Sunday. We also had a major snowstorm in between.  Even with a foot of snow, we had about 35 out for breakfast!  Love, love, love that breakfast and the fellowship that occurs during it.

Tonight we finished wrapping gifts.  We've sorted out the piles between families and we are starting to move stuff to the entry way that we will be taking north with us.

Tonight we are getting more snow and hopefully that's it for a little bit. We'd like to go out and see the lights some night and just start to enjoy this season a little bit.

I hope you are taking the time to enjoy it too!

Monday, December 9, 2013

The Holiday Rush is Here

The tree is up, the house is decorated, a few gifts are wrapped, 4 apple pies are made and in the freezer.  I wish that I could say that I'm on the home stretch for holiday preparations, but....there are still cards to be addressed and mailed, tons of gifts to sort out and wrap, stocking stuffers to be bought, preparations for our annual PJ Christmas breakfast, and I'm not even sure what else is on that list on the fridge door!

We do photo calendars for each family, and one family's was finished and ordered tonight.  Tomorrow night I will start working on the other one.  I need to get some gifts wrapped and mailed to my best friend from high school.  Ok, I'm making myself tired and stressed just writing this stuff down!!

Here's the dream - get everything done this week and be able to enjoy next week, maybe go see some holiday lights, see a movie, enjoy the season with the hubby.  I'm hoping the dream is realized and that it doesn't turn into my worst nightmare!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Random Wednesday Thoughts

My mind is going a million miles a minute and so this post is going to be about the same! 

Tonight I went and got my nails shellacked.  Yes, I said shellacked - it's a special nail polish that is suppose to last up to 10 days and make your nails stronger so they will grow.  I did this during the summer and had nice nails for a couple of months.  Then life got in the way and I stopped going.  They are a pretty Christmas red and one of them is bugging me already because she missed a small section on the side and it's probably going to drive me crazy for the next 14 days.  I'm going to try to ignore it...but I'm such a compulsive person it's going to bug me, I just know.  I've already debated calling and getting it corrected, but I'm going to try to just let it go.

I want to put my Nativity scene out tonight, but I also want to do my Christmas cards and I need to start the calendars I do for each of our families.  So instead of doing any of those things I'm on my computer.  Oops!

We have a light bulb going in the kitchen and it keeps flashing and driving me crazy, but I don't think I have a light bulb to replace it, so I'm just going to pretend that I'm at a disco with the flashing lights.

I gained 2 pounds over Thanksgiving and that makes me so mad.  I'm tracking everything I'm eating again and hoping to lose the 2 pounds plus a few more before Christmas. 

The light is flickering again - time for a little Saturday Night Fever dancing I guess!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013


Do you feel like this year the holidays are just a little too close to each other?  We spent 4 days last week with my family celebrating Thanksgiving, eating too much, enjoying each others company.  I hadn't been to see them since the end of September.  I got to see my nephew play basketball and finally give one of my niece's her birthday gift.

And then my sister and I did a little cleaning at my dad's...and she dug out his Christmas tree.  What?  Can it be true that it is that time already?  And if I had any doubt what time of year it is, the Lord reminded me on Sunday when he sent the snow and sleet and horrible driving.  What should have been a 4 hour drive turned into a 5 1/2 hour drive.  We saw cars off the road and drove 40 mph for what felt like hours on an interstate built to drive 75. 

On the long drive home, I panicked inside.  Just 3 weekends before Christmas.  My house isn't decorated, no tree.  Thankfully we did some black Friday shopping and I am pretty much done picking up gifts for everyone - except B.  Last night I had plans with a friend, we shopped and had Mexican food.  What more could a girl ask for?  Maybe someone to do her Christmas card and wrap her gifts!!

Tonight B is working the night shift, so I'm decorating and hopefully addressing some envelopes and trying to un-panic myself!  Stay tuned!