Monday, December 31, 2007

Happy New Year

The holiday madness is just about over. I am ready to resume to "normal" life, if that even exists. Christmas was wonderful and the kids really enjoyed all of their new loot. We have Samantha's iPod all locked and loaded as well as Megan's MP3 player. I love listening to them sing because they have no idea how loud they are and they are just belting out the tunes. We have played lots of new games which is always fun. They are going to be sad when they go back to school on Wednesday! Vacation has been very relaxing with lots of jammie days. Sounds perfect to me.

Megan got the flu early Friday morning. We were up at 3:30 and she kept getting sick every 15-30 minutes. We spent the night/morning laying on the cold bathroom floor because that was the only place she wanted to be. So we grabbed some blankets and tried to hunker down for the night. Our bathroom is not very big so needless to say there was very limited space to sprawl out. I really hate it when the girls are sick. There is nothing I can do to help them but just sit through it with them. When Megan gets sick, she gets it bad. She was scared and shook every time she thew up and kept telling me "I can't do this momma". I hate not being able to help.

She cried and told me she needed me to stay with her so I worked from home in the morning and went into the office at 11:00 (when she fell asleep and Memere took over for a few hours).

I had no idea where Megan picked up the flu bug. We really hadn't been anywhere. Well, apparently, the girls brother had the flu and their dad failed to mention it to me. You know, that is sometimes good information to have so that I can be aware and keep an eye on the girls. Go figure. THANKFULLY, Samantha did not get the flu, nor did anyone else in the house. I am very happy as I would rather give birth than throw up. Yes, I'm almost 36 and I am still afraid to get sick.

We are a child-free household this New Year's Eve and we are actually going out. We're going out to a New Years Eve Comedy Ball....there will be a great buffet dinner and comedy night followed by dancing. It should be a lot of fun. I haven't been out on New Year's in probably 6 or 7 years.

I wish all of my family and friends a happy, healthy, and very prosperous 2008.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Christmas 2007

Well, I have already requested the day after Christmas off for 2008. My supervisor said it may be a "bit early" but calling shotgun will help when the time comes. I know I am a year early in my request but I am dragging ass tired today. Christmas Eve was a late night as we get together with family every year and never get home before 11:00pm. Then, we have to wait until the kids are asleep before we can lug all the gifts out, fill stockings, etc. I finally went to bed at 2:00am but still had not fallen asleep at 2:45am. And then I was simply too excited and kept looking at the clock to see if it was time to get up and see if Santa had left presents. This is a picture of me, Samantha, and Megan at my aunt's house Christmas Eve night.

The girls were up around 7:45am and we started opening gifts at 8:00. There was lots to open.

After we opened gifts, my husbands mom and stepdad came down for a visit. They live about 2 hours away and they were passing through on their way to a friends house so we had a nice visit. Then we went to my moms to do gifts with my mom, sister, and brother-in-law at noon. We didn't leave until 8:00pm last night. I was tired and then had to go home to clean up all our gifts, etc. so our puppy didn't get into everything. He was beat from playing with the other dogs and fell asleep as soon as we got home and he was out cold for the night.

This is Emmitt hanging out with my brother-in-law, Greg, and my cousin, Sarah. He is the cutest damn dog ever. His paws are ginormous and he just loves being around people.

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas. Here's hoping 2008 brings happiness and health!

Monday, December 24, 2007

First Reconciliation

Well, we FINALLY had the weather cooperate so that Samantha could have her First Reconciliation (confession). It was suppose to happen on December 11th, but the weather was bad, then it was scheduled for last Sunday but, again, the weather was snowy.

The children all line up and go one by one into the confessional (which is in the sacristy and consists of either a face-to-face confession or you can go behind the "purple" curtain). Naturally, Samantha was near the end of the line so it took forever for her turn. But she came out unscathed (I think) and was happy to have it over. She chose to have a face-to-face confession which surprised me. I was dying to ask her what she confessed, because I'm certain she didn't even touch on half the things she needed to! Naturally, I didn't ask because it her own personal thing but if she wanted to share...well, I'm all ears!

Next year: Megan. Ay, ay, ay.

Christmas Questionnaire

Welcome to the Christmas edition of getting to know your friends. Okay, here's what you're supposed to do, and try not to be a SCROOGE!!! Just copy (not forward) this and change all the answers so that they apply to you. Then send this to a whole bunch of people you know, INCLUDING the person that sent it to you... 'Tis the Season to be NICE!

1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Wrapping paper for the kids. Only a handful of gift bags for the adults.

2. Real tree or artificial? Real. We go to a Christmas tree Farm and pick out our tree and cut that sucker down!

3. When do you put up the tree? Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving.

4. When do you take the tree down? A few days after Christmas. By that point I am ready to get my house back in "normal" order.

5. Do you like eggnog? Ewww.

6. Favorite gift received as a child? I didn't really have one that I can remember. I usually liked everything.

7. Do you have a nativity scene? Yes. However, I did not put it up this year. Loser.

8. Hardest person to buy for? Samantha. She is afraid that everything is too expensive and doesn't want to ask for anything that costs a lot of money (even though she still believes in Santa).

9. Easiest person to buy for? Megan

10. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? Probably something from my ex in-laws. Shocker.

11. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail. It's more personal than an email card.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Don't have one.

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? Usually in October or as I see something throughout the year that someone might like. This year I was last minute Lucy.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? No.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? All the appetizers and candy that we make only at Christmas. M&M oreo bars, spinach dip, shrimp cocktail, scallops wrapped in bacon......

16. Clear lights or colored on the tree? Clear lights.

17. Favorite Christmas song? Mary Did You Know. I also love "Let There Be Peace on Earth" when I hear it on the radio at Christmas time.

18. Travel for Christmas or stay at home? Stay home for the morning and then go to my moms (a mile down the road) in the afternoon.

19. Can you name all of Santa's reindeers? But of course.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? A star.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? We open some gifts (with my cousins and aunts) at our Christmas Eve party. But with the kids it's all Christmas morning.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of year? Too many people out in the stores!

23. What I love most about Christmas? The excitement Megan and Samantha have. Buying gifts for people.

24. Gift you most want this year? A happy and healthy year with my family.

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Hollerdays

It's been a while since I posted but not much has really been happening.
We went to a family Christmas party in RI this past weekend. I have to say that it was a blast. My husband's family is so nice and some of the funniest people I know. We laughed a lot and ate great food. I bought a 2005 Dodge Caravan a few weeks ago, so the travel to and from RI was a breeze. The kids love having a drop down DVD player in the car and it made the time pass quickly.
While I was in RI, I went to visit my friend, Michele, who is at the Women and Infant's hospital in Providence. It was hell to find the place but once we did it was amazing to see her. She has been on bed rest for almost her entire pregnancy and was admitted to the hospital the week before Thanksgiving where she will remain until she gives birth in March. Luckily she has made it to the critical point of 28 weeks (now 29) and the baby and she are doing well. I will continue to pray that she makes it as long as she can. Fingers crossed.
I am excited for Christmas. I am almost finished but still have a few last minute things to do. I have to get a few more gifts for Samantha and Dave, and of course the stocking stuffers. The girls will go with their dad on Sunday so I can finish everything then.
I feel like a little kid. I can't wait for Santa to come and to hand out my gifts as well. It is my favorite part. The girls are so excited. They are the magic of Christmas.
We love our puppy Emmitt more every day, if that's even possible. He loves the snow so much and will spend hours outside rolling in it and running like a crazy person. Some days I think it would be easier to throw him in the bathtub to melt all of the snow balls attached to every hair on his body than to use a towel to dry him off.
Have a wonderful weekend and a very Merry Christmas!!!!

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

The 20 Days of Christmas: Twenty Moms A' Stressin'.............

How the heck did that happen? Seriously, I have not bought ANYTHING for the girls yet for Christmas. I am so far behind. Actually, I haven't bought anything for anyone. Can you say stress? Oh well. I will get it done as I do every year.

We went to get our Christmas tree on Saturday and I love it! We went to a local tree farm and searched for the perfect tree. Naturally, the perfect tree was at the furthermost point away from the main house and it was about 10 degrees with the wind blowing. Just a bit cold. But, by God, we were not going to sacrifice the ultimate tree because of a little chilly weather.

We took all three kids and Emmitt and struck out. I love finding a tree and cutting it down. There was a small shoe box of a building that had hot cider and Christmas tree decorations for sale. It was nice and toasty and a great place to warm up a bit.

We took the tree home and decorated it while listening to Christmas music. I love this tradition. The girls love all their ornaments and then help me put up my stuff which is mostly country snowmen, Santas, and other fun stuff I accumulate each year.

Emmitt, our goldendoodle has been a freak in the snow. He is so funny. He barrels his face right through it and jumps around trying to catch it. He is already five months old and the BEST thing we ever did. He is so amazing and I live coming home to his kisses and all his "talking". Life is good.