a VERY merry christmas for me!

So after the thrill of the birthday festivities had passed, it was time to throw laundry in, throw clothes in the suitcases, and hit the skies back east. We landed in Baltimore about an hour and some change late, crashed at my brother-in-law’s, and got up early (like 4 am our time!) to head to my parent’s in VA.  The drive was quicker (thanks increasing speed limits!) and eventless, and soon we were celebrating my birthday with my parents.

On Christmas Eve, we finished up a few last minute gifts, wrapped presents, fixed our traditional pacific chowder and salad, and headed off to the 11:00 pm Christmas Eve service at the church I grew up in.  We slept, and woke up just before my grandmother walked in the door for our Christmas morning gift opening.  This was the first year I shared our traditions with S, so it was extra special.  Not to mention, we were given a White Christmas for the first time that I can remember.

While I had a hunch about what I was getting from S for Christmas, I wasn’t really expecting him to do it.  With the help of my parents and S’s mom and stepdad, I was given this:

YES!!!!!  So cross another off the to-do list: Buy a DSLR camera.  Not to mention, S hooked me up with Photoshop Elements for my birthday, so I can work on another of my items.  I also got a tripod and a bag to keep it in.  Just in time for my 365 photo challenge!

Mom also got me something that will help with my list: a Bible that’s in “read it in a year” format.  Dated and everything!  So I started that last night.  You read a part of the Old Testament, New Testament, Psalms, and Proverbs each day, and gives tips for changing it up.

On the day after Christmas, we jumped in the car and headed back to Baltimore to celebrate with S’s family.  We were there the same weekend the Northeast got hammered by all of that snow.  It missed us by about 60 miles.  So all we saw was a dusting.  It still hurt our travel plans back to CO, but all-in-all we were extremely lucky.

I hope all of you had a fantastic Christmas!


  1. How awesome!! Sounds like a great Christmas!

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