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Some shots from Christmas past

I started this post ages ago and now it seems old and moldy. I’m tempted not to even post it but I figure if I put this much effort into it, I might as well finish it.

Christmas Eve traffic

I’m one of those commuters now. I took this shot on our way to Toby’s on Christmas Eve. Holiday traffic is the pits. Good thing when you’re driving west, there’s usually a sunset to watch while you sit.


Bug spent Christmas Eve with Toby having spaghetti dinner. I spent Christmas Eve with my friend Deb down the street. She and her husband Eric always take care of me. They didn’t even mind me crashing their intimate evening. I love them.

I chopped off her head!

While Deb cooked up something gluten free (and no she didn’t mind that I chopped off her head when I took this photo), her husband Erik played guitar and I tried to sing a few Mazzy Star songs. Tried being the key word. I love to sing but sometimes the melodies elude me.

singing with Deb's husband, Erik

Nothing like Mazzy to kick the holiday blues!

merry christmas! elf

The next morning I was up bright and early and shivering on my old porch waiting to be let in. I somehow lost my key during the move and don’t feel it’s proper to ask for another one. I didn’t want to miss the early morning present opening so shiver away I did! Who knew they’d sleep in until NINE! My kid never sleeps past six when she’s with me. It must be all that late night Harry Potter watching.

Yes, Toby lets her watch Harry Potter much to my chagrin. I was so steamed about it when it first happened but apparently she loves it. They both do. I don’t even know which movie it is, it’s not the first one. I bought it on sale years ago and then left it behind when I moved out. Now it’s the only “kid” movie Toby owns and they watch it religiously every time Bug spends the night. I’ve since made a point to leave behind a few other movies but I guess it’s their thing they like to do together now so I’m not going to mess with that.

Anyway when they finally rolled out of bed, they let me in and the present opening commenced!

PINK stuff!

Woo hoo! Pink stuff for the pink obsessed kid! Thank you, Grandma—who doesn’t even celebrate Christmas but somehow populated half of our tree with festively wrapped presents. Gotta love my mom!

skooter girl somebody needs a bath

And lots of other fun stuff. This kid is not deprived.

watching the Nutcracker

Some Nutcracker viewing…I can’t wait until Bug gets to see this in real life. Toby says he’s going to take her next year. I really hope he keeps his word on that.

Toby and Bug

me and Bug

And of course lots of hugs.

hotel room pose

Then we were off to the bible conference I attend with my family every year. Which is really just a great excuse to stay in a really nice hotel! Just kidding. It’s more than the hotel of course. But the hotel part is really fun.

kickin' it

pillow head

me and my girl



pillow fight


Especially the pillow fighting and bed jumping part!


  • BeachMama

    It certainly looks like you guys had a wonderful Christmas together. I know that things will seem a bit strange the first time you do stuff, but as time goes on it will get easier on all of you. You may even find that you make new traditions separate from each other.

  • gingermog

    Sending you big love Brenda. There’s all sorts of ways to celebrate the holidays. Julian wishes people acted like it was Xmas all year round. Did I say I really loved the shot of you posed in front of the rose painting in your turtle neck and shades. Tres chic and very Mad Men.

    Julian bought me this book for Xmas as I am crazy about retro style graphics, I think you may like it http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mad-Men-Illustrated-Dyna-Moe/dp/0297864920/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1293980545&sr=1-2

  • Julia

    you are so smart to do things together as a family no matter how difficult/awkward it might feel at first. there is NOTHING better for your daughter than seeing you can all be together for these important events.

  • Mrs. Wilson

    Bug is a blessed kid to have parents who spend Christmas morning together for her sake. I can’t imagine that was easy for you.

    I hope you had fun at the Bible conference!

  • TexasLea

    Thanks for not letting the post mold! I am so glad to see Christmas went well for you guys aside from the whole shivering on the porch part. It is obvious from the pictures that everybody appreciated getting to see Bug with her gifts on Christmas day and she was happy to have both Mom and Dad there. No matter what else may have been felt, you guys were so blessed to have those hugs and smiles Christmas morning! The pillow fight at the hotel had to relieve any tention that you might of had too!

  • Kuky

    I think it’s great you can still celebrate Christmas as a family. And we did similar here, opened Isabelle’s presents and watched Nutcracker. Only a little though. Isabelle got distracted after a bit and kept asking why they weren’t talking. :)

  • bethany actually

    I didn’t even know you went to conference this year. I’ve been so out of it! I do believe I’m emerging from the fog now, though, since we’re all healthy again and the baby is almost five weeks old!