Monday, December 28, 2009

Bah Humbug Averted

So towards the beginning of the month of December I was definitely channeling some Ebenezer Scrooge.  But thankfully, due in part to the multiple visits from various Spirits of Christmas, I finally caught the Christmas joy myself.

My first Spirit of Christmas came in the form of my wonderful husband who pointed out the whole dead dreams ordeal.  Thankfully that light-bulb moment has turned my whole direction around.  I am dreaming again – just not putting concrete time frames on those dreams – but definitely working towards them again.

My hubby also sent me to Idaho to visit my side of the herd.  The 30 plus hours in a car with 5 kids fortunately didn’t do me in, thanks in part to audio books.  And I got the bonus of seeing my kids dress up for a family nativity.  Abner, T-Rev and my brother Zippy make quite the impressive beardless Wise men, don’t you think?

 

Santa even made a surprise appearance and Hope had to bend his ear and then some… I mean the girl would talk to him non-stop, even as he was visiting with her other cousins.  She nigh near snowballed him with question after question about reindeer and his sleigh and everything Christmas.  But seeing her so into the magic of Christmas helped me gain a little bit of that magic myself.

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Then it was back to the house to see how many grandkids it takes to tackle grandpa.  I got a workout just watching the mini-wrestling match.

All in all it was a wonderful trip, full of family visits, elf previews of Christmas, lots of nummy-yummy treats, digit numbing cold snow, Christmas lights, Iron port drink from the local drive-in, and Love.

Then it was back to our Pacific Northwest home for Christmas.  It was by far our most simple Christmas but the kids handled the low volume of presents with not a single complaint.

My husbands parents nailed me with one of the best gifts,  a dream necklace and CD full of dream songs.  I keep them right next to my dream journal when I’m not wearing or listening to them.  My kids thought I was nutty when I started crying when I saw the thoughtful gift, and they are right, I am nutty.  But it was the perfect gift.

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Christmas day would have been perfect had the car not broken down.  But we are used to these unexpected bumps.  I have to say the downer of that break-down was more than made up for by this miracle.

Remember my redneck kitchen?

Well my friend Good Enough’s Angel Husband decided to help rebuild part of our missing kitchen.  We salvaged the drawers and door fronts from our old cabinets and he built them into some more salvaged bases and painted them for us.

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Poor guy had to endure me sitting in the kitchen, watching the cabinets go in,  grinning like an idiot cause I was so happy.   Wow, it’s beginning to look like a real kitchen again.

I love all the angels that made this year so special amidst all the unbloggable stuff.  Thank you Angels.  I certainly hope that sometime in the near future I can pay it forward times ten.  I would just love to share the happiness that they gave to me.

12 comments:

Sara said...

I'm so glad you had a nice Christmas with your family and have such wonderful friends! Yay for kitchen cabinets!

I hope the New Year brings many blessings!

utmomof 5 said...

Where are the after pictures of the cabinets?

SO glad Christmas angels found you :)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

That last is a wonderful gift! Yay for all the family, friends, and good times to keep the humbugs at bay!

cking said...

I was glad to see you for the reunion. yeah for family:)

Trena Doll said...

That photo of the three "wise?" men is a classic. It was so nice to spend a little time with you. Next time we should do a girly retreat. What say you?

Susanne said...

Can't wait to see a picture of the finished cabinets! That is so nice that he did that for your family!

Natalie said...

Wow, sounds fun! I love your gifts- makes me wish I had a journal like that, but I already have one almost finished and three more to fill in! I just got one today, I'm saving it for February 14th because it's from Deseret Books and has the Young Women values on the cover. Anyway, hope you have a happy new year! Wish you would come down to see us, but I bet your new year will be eventful anyway ;-D.

laterg8r said...

such wonderful gifts - the dream necklace and wonderful kitchen, so glad you found some joy :D

Crafty Ann said...

Hi Fawn did you get the "Country Woman" magazine subscription? Let me know for sure if you got it-just in case thy didn't deliver it to the right address. I'll get in touch with them anyway to find out if they started delivering it to your address. I'll find out what happen? Just in case you got it while I check with them, you can e-mail me at:

giftsaretreasures@yahoo.com

Happy New Year.
Harriett

Lisa Olander said...

It was so good to see you...thanks for making the detour down to UT...it truly made our Christmas! I need to learn how to dream. You are the best and I am so glad you had a Christmas full of memories.

Beth said...

Yay Fawn! I am so glad you had a Merry Christmas and chased old Scrooge away. I, too, have had years where it was a close call. Best wishes for a MAGICAL 2010!!! (are you doing Missy's Pixie Swap this year?)
xoxo Beth

Arrow said...

We really enjoyed seeing you. If you take up Trena's suggestion of a girly retreat, we'll have to counter with a guys activity--like BYU football or basketball. We'll have to do some planning!