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Other people’s vacation photos

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You know when you go over to someone’s house after a vacation and they make you look through all their vacation photos. What is it about blogging that makes it somewhat acceptable?

How about we get through all of the vacation pictures in one post?! 😀

What you’re looking at includes:

  • Playing with my camera settings by taking pictures of my mom’s tree
  • Going to see The Glory of Christmas
  • Christmas at my brother’s in Vegas
  • Hanging out with George
  • Sitting through a blackout on New Year’s Eve (and yes playing with my camera settings – it was the only thing working in the house!)

A few things to keep your eye out for:

  • Matching Christmas pajamas on all the girls (inspired and purchased by yours truly!)
  • A tarantula-carrying chicken harassing Mary during the Nativity play
  • The cutest Charlie Brown ever
  • and finally me losing a footrace to a bunch of kids and a dog (wearing a winter coat and scarf while they are practicially in shorts!)

Please excuse the soundtrack. I like Celine enough, but probably would have chosen something different if I had access to my tunes!

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Ninja kicks and cheese sticks

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Whew! I can’t believe I haven’t posted in days! Even with two weeks off work, it doesn’t seem like enough time. My mom and I just got back last night from visiting my brother and his family in the Vegas area. Of course, you will all be subjected to those pictures later! Another great part of this break has been meeting up with friends I don’t get to see often since my move across country.

Tonight was one of those meetings and what has begun to be an annual holiday tradition. I was even able to record a short video while we were hanging out and film a short vlog.

If you don’t follow me or my special guest on Twitter, you don’t know what’s coming – if you do, it’s just as much fun as you can imagine!

Sadly, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” song, that we had planned to duet, was too new to make it in the songbook. Maybe next year!

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To see what it looked like from George’s perspective, click here!

Have a great week everyone!

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The Glory of Christmas

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Whew! It has been busy here in Southern California since I got home. I got in late Friday night, and my mom and I spent all day Saturday shopping. We were really looking forward to a relaxing Sunday afternoon after church.

I should say that my mom is a teacher. Growing up it was a mixed blessing because I was always a ‘teacher’s kid’, which wasn’t always a good thing. Among other things, my brother and I had to stay after school late until she was done in her classroom.

Around holidays, however, there are some definite benefits. She gets some great gifts!! 😀

This year, she got a call on Sunday afternoon for two free tickets to the Glory of Christmas because some kids from her school and their mother were in it. The mother actually played “The Mother” at the performance we were at.

It was a great show, complete with flying angels! Photography wasn’t allowed so I could only get a few quick pics with my cell phone. Check out the link above for the professional shots.

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The other great part about Christmas is that everyone is ‘home’. After a fast and furious round of texts last night I was able to meet up with a great friend from college, her husband, and their beautiful baby! We had a great lunch, and great conversation. Their baby is so cute that people even stopped to tell her! We forgot to take a picture until the end, and I think by then he was DONE!

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I was almost late to lunch though! I passed quite a fender bender. It was hard to tell who was at fault but someone is certainly getting coal for Christmas this year!!

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Merry Christmas everyone!

This will probably be my last post for a couple of days as we are headed to my brother’s house in the morning and the kids keep me pretty busy!!

Have fun and stay safe!

12 Days of Christmas

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Usually I hate cheesy forwards, especially holiday related ones. However, I got this one this morning from a coworker and it was too good to pass up:

** Apparently (see comments) this may not actually be true, but in the spirit of the season, let’s believe in a little Christmas magic and pretend it is! 😀

There is one Christmas carol that has always baffled me.

What in the world do leaping lords, French hens, swimming swans, and especially the partridge who won’t come out of the pear tree have to do with Christmas?

I found out.
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics.

It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

  • The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
  • Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
  • Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
  • The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.
  • The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
  • The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
  • Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit–Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership, and Mercy.
  • The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
  • Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit–Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
  • The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
  • The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
  • The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles’ Creed.

So there is your history for today. Now you know how that strange song became a Christmas Carol.

Merry (Twelve Days of) Christmas!

12 Days of Christmas

smiling on the inside

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I finally took the pictures for my Christmas card this weekend. I think they turned out well, but that doesn’t mean there weren’t plenty of outtakes!

If you would like to receive a card (who doesn’t like real mail?!), make sure you e-mail me your address. Just click on the e-mail link in the upper right corner of the page. 😀

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Getting to know yule (AKA The Christmas Meme)

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1. Wrapping paper or gift bags? Usually wrapping paper. My mom even has me wrap my own presents. My favorite part though, is putting the ribbons on.

2. Real tree or Artificial? Artificial at my apartment (and 4ish feet tall), and a bigger artificial one at my mom’s.

3. When do you put up the tree? Never before Thanksgiving – it’s a rule!

4. When do you take the tree down? When I get back from visiting family after the holidays.

5. Do you like eggnog? Yikes! Nope!

6. Favorite gift received as a child? I don’t know if it was my favorite, but my most memorable was my Rainbow Brite kitchen set. One year, my grandma knitted my doll and I matching sweaters, leg warmers, and a blanket. They were pink with aqua hearts. Super cute!

7. Hardest person to buy for? Brother.

8. Easiest person(s) to buy for? My niece. Little girls are easy to spoil.

9. Do you have a nativity scene? No but my mom has a couple, including this one which is awesome!

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10. Mail or email Christmas cards? Mail.

11. Worst Christmas gift you ever received? I plead the 5th, they read on occasion.

12. Favorite Christmas Movie? Definitely “A Christmas Story”

13. When do you start shopping for Christmas? I buy a few things online ahead of time and have it shipped to California, but depending on when my break starts, I buy most of it when I get there to avoid packing it or paying for shipping.

14. Have you ever recycled a Christmas present? Yes. Regarding the details, I plead the 5th again. It was to the same person though, that gave me the worst Christmas gift – if that makes me sound any better.

15. Favorite thing to eat at Christmas? HAM! I LOVE HAM!!!! There is nothing that says Happy Birthday Jesus like a nice piece of pork!

16. Lights on the tree? All white. When I was little, colored.

17. Favorite Christmas song? I am a freak. War is Over – Neil Diamond version. There is just all sorts of irony there.

18. Travel at Christmas or stay home? Travel, travel, travel

19. Can you name all of Santa’s reindeer? I think so (without cheating on Google). Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donder (yes it has 2 d’s, look it up), Blitzen… and the most famous reindeer of all Rudolph.

20. Angel on the tree top or a star? Star on both mine and my mom’s.

21. Open the presents Christmas Eve or morning? Every year growing up, my bro and I would beg and plead, and whine to get to open one. We usually were successful. Now that we are… ahem… adults, we don’t have to beg to open ONE on Christmas Eve. I think one year we went to my dad’s for Christmas morning, so we opened all of them with my mom on Christmas Eve.

22. Most annoying thing about this time of the year? I used to think it was when people abbreviated Christmas as Xmas. But now taking Greek, I found out that sometimes people abbreviate Christ with an X so…

23. Favorite ornament theme or color? My tree is blue, red, and silver and it looks pretty snazzy.

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24. Favorite for Christmas dinner? See #15.

25. What do you want for Christmas this year? CGMS! What? Too expensive? A new lens for my camera would be sweet, Photoshop, hmm… I don’t know… I like to shop so gift cards are good. Nothing too big because it has to fit in my suitcase on the way home!

Palm trees and Christmas trees

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A bunch of us went out to dinner for a friend’s birthday and I took a few pictures of the Chirstmas decorations around town.

These two are two of my favorites because I took them in the exact same spot, I just focused the camera a little differently (first on the Christmas tree, second on the palm tree)

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Here are the rest:
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P.S. As I mentioned, it was a birthday dinner. When the free cheesecake arrived, we all wondered who ToaBell was…

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