Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday and is recovering from the madness. I have vowed not to step foot in the kitchen for a week, after a marathon of baking and cooking. Now we just have to eat our way through the piles of cookies.
I thought I would share a memento from Elena’s favorite gift of Christmas 2006. Mike came up with the idea to get her a Fisher Price digital camera and for that he wins Father of the Year. It’s like having the paparazzi follow you around -flash going off everywhere, a picture every second. We were going through the pictures she’s taken and found this one . . . pretty avant garde, don’t you think?
I would say a close second to the camera is the mermaid outfit my mom’s friend, Tina, made for both Elena and her cousin, Kiersten. At least the bottom part, anyhow. The top got the boot because "it doesn’t show my bellybutton." So we have a topless mermaid flitting around our house. We are so in trouble in a few years. It was lots of fun seeing the girls run around my parents house in their outfits, screaming that my sister was Ursula the Sea Witch.
We are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of my other sister, Suzan, and her family from Dallas. Elena can’t wait to play with her cousins and meet their new tiny puppy.
Mike got some big news right before Christmas. He was offered a sales position within his branch at Sunbelt and he’s accepted. He’ll start sometime after the first of the year. He’s excited to try something different within Sunbelt. He also gets to drive the big a** Sunbelt pickup, so we’re pretty excited to sell the Mercedes (otherwise known as the "pimp mobile"). I’m sure the neighbors will be pumped about that, too. I had one of the girls from my mom’s group pick me up for dinner the other night, and Mike’s car was parked in it’s usual spot – across the street from our house, where it leaks oil happily in the street instead of in our driveway. The mom said, "I bet you guys just love that your neighbor parks that crappy car right in front of your house." "Yeah," I said, "He’s a total loser." 🙂
And finally, Mike came home today with a late Christmas present for me – tickets to the playoffs for the Colts. I’m very excited, but after the last few games I’m trying not to get my hopes up. I did ask Santa for a defense that can stop the run, though, so maybe he listened. We’ll see on Sunday.
OK, off to finish my Christmas cards . . . for real. When you get yours just pretend it’s a Merry Festivus card and it won’t seem so tacky.