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.

Deb

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

us

boof!

pillow fight

jump!

Especially the pillow fighting and bed jumping part!

Happy Monday

posing

I forgot to say earlier that while we were waiting for our very expensive crappy photo with the Easter Bunny, Bug got a mylar balloon bigger than her. It’s a giant blue bunny with a really cute face. I need to take a photo of it but it’s probably too late now. It’s resting half-deflated in a very un-photogenic corner of her room and I’m afraid to bring it out because then it will become an Event. We don’t have time for events when we are late for school. Just use your imagination.

One of the volunteers breaking down the tents gave it to her and then later got scolded for it because apparently the balloons were not to be given out to guests. Thankfully the scolder didn’t take it away from Bug. That would have been tragic. So that’s that. The silly flashlight Easter egg hunt was not really as horrible as I made it sound.

the evil smurf

Also, my kid is an EVIL Smurf. Happy Monday!