Holiday Fun: What have you been up to?

Sorry I haven’t posted in a couple of days. I’ve just been enjoying Christmas with my family. Michael had a bunch of left-over vacation days and we have family visiting from out town so we’re just hanging out and relaxing.

Here’s what we’ve been up to the last few days:

Sunday we went to an excellent neighborhood Christmas party. The host rented a karaoke machine and the kids had the best time singing together. She also did a dancing game where the kids had to make up dance moves for everyone else to follow (kind of like horse for dancing). Then they did charades.

After the party we picked up family at the airport. Lilina made a sign like a limo driver. She was so cute!

On Monday: I took my 5-year-old to see Santa. It took two hours because I left it until the last day. We actually saw Santa in 45 minutes but then had to get in another line and waited more than an hour to purchase the photos. If they had let me take one photo, I wouldn’t have waited in that line.

Rose got her ears pierced after that. She chose fake diamond flowers in white gold. They look lovely on her. She was worried but only said “Ow” when they did it. She did do both ears at once.

Later that day we did Christmas Eve Mass.  We learned that to get a seat for the 4 p.m. children’s Mass you have to be there at 3 p.m. We were determined to get a seat this year!

That night Michael helped me wrap all the presents. It was so much more fun wrapping with him and watching “Meet Me in St. Louis.” (He made fun of it.)

Christmas Day: Walsh was up around 6 a.m. to open presents. I wasn’t happy with that. We opened presents and did Face Time with Michael’s family in the morning and mine later that night.

We had a wonderful standing rib roast for Christmas dinner and Yukon Gold potatoes roasted in the meat’s juices. Yum!

We watched a bunch of movies from the library – We finally saw “ParaNorman,” which I think was scarier than “Frankenweenie.” We also saw “Ted” about the talking Teddy Bear, which was very dirty but funny.

For the rest of the week:

We’re planning to do some sight seeing and hiking with our visiting family over the next few days and we want to see some movies. We want to take the big kids to see “The Hobbit” and we (the adults) was to see the new “Zero Dark Thirty” about the tracking and killing of Osama bin Laden.

I’ve also been working on a travel slide show of some trips we took this year to share soon. I have to finish them up!

So what have you guys been up to? How have you spend the holidays? Do you recommend “The Hobbit” or “Zero Dark Thirty?”

31 comments Add your comment

motherjanegoose

December 27th, 2012
5:25 am

TWG so glad you are doing well! I have been home for several days and have loved it. We went to church on Sunday and then Christmas Eve and that was the last time I have been out. My sister daughter and I went to Dollywood last Th-Sat on the heels of a weekend Bahamas cruise for my husband and myself, so it is good to be home. My sister and college kids were home for Christmas and we enjoyed our time together. Sister and daughter cooked most of the food and we are still enjoying the leftovers. We have played games and simply relaxed.

TWG…I hate wrapping presents! My daughter volunteered and it took her 4 hours to do it. We use a lot of gift bags too but we give lots of little gifts and it takes a long time.

I hope everyone enjoyed a Merry Christmas and some down time too!

FCM on my cell

December 27th, 2012
6:45 am

TWG so glad all is well. My dad had knee surgery, and then a complication. He had to be reoperated on. He came home Christmas Eve. I went to parents house Christmas day and had dinner. We did the rib roast & potatoes like you.

The kids will be back this weekend & we will do presents with my family. Hit the stores last night, but the sales.wee lackluster. I will be wrapping tonight.

Have not seen Meet me in St. Louis in forever. I bet that was fun.

Saw Les Mis, cleaned roomd easier to tackle when kids arent home. Made cookies before they left.

I was very sick early in Dec. With kids leaving and so much else going on Christmas trappings skipped us. The kids do have a plan for a NewsYears bash though :)

Georgia

December 27th, 2012
7:42 am

Lets see. Xmas. Its seems like it was four years ago now. I dressed up like Santa and went to the big chicken and left carrots and milk and cookies under it. You know, just in case. Then I went to the Confederate Cemetery and poured applejack on a certain grave. (Merry Christmas, my friend). After I posted bail, I decided to have xmas dinner at an Italian restaurant which shall remain nameless…….I’ve never eaten out on xmas day before and I’m 61. It was so much fun! The only downside was that my daughter couldn’t stop me from sending back the paste. So the chef comes out and starts talking like he’s finally gonna get even with the Kitchen Impossible guy. (Do I hate Xmas)? Great house brands, though.

Anton Chigurh

December 27th, 2012
7:50 am

Nothing is more fun than reading Momania.

Patrick

December 27th, 2012
9:03 am

Had a nice, quiet Christmas. The weekend before, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day saw me cleaning up my bedroom, and I’m still doing it. Got the room vacuumed, just need to clear off tables and other surfaces, shred some old papers, and this coming weekend I’m tackling the closet. If I don’t return, I’ve told my parents to send a search party.

Mom ordered a DVD copy of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”. Watched that at some point over the weekend. Watched “It’s A Wonderful Life” Christmas Eve night.

Had roasted turkey breast, dressing, green beans, and rolls for Christmas lunch. Watched “A Christmas Story” two or three times, sequentially. Mom and I went out for Chinese for Christmas dinner. Got home before the storms really hit.

Mayhem

December 27th, 2012
10:40 am

I enjoyed my family, and having 5 days off from work, but only having to use one vacation day. Work two days this week, then off again for 4 days, no vacation days used…

My company has always given us two days for Christmas & 2 days for New Years.

2013 will see BIG changes in my employment. I plan on cutting back to 35 hours, so I can retain my benefits, and start working for myself. I celebrate 20 years with this company on January 8, and I plan on being out of here by the end of March.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 27th, 2012
11:43 am

wow Mayhem that is huge — smart to keep current while getting your business going. I do think the economy is looking up. I’ve been looking at full time jobs just to see what is out there and there were soooo many job listing here for jobs that involved social media, websites, — also supposedly the housing market in Phoenix has gone up 32 percent in 2012 —- I think Phoenix crashed a year or two before Atlanta so it’s finally coming back. The inventory is dramatically reduced and they are actually starting to build again — MG is also getting a lot of calls for businesses wanting to buy the AP wire for their websites — not journalism related companies just regular companies. So I hope your company will take off in 2013. I think things are getting better!

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

December 27th, 2012
11:48 am

FCM — sorry about your dad. hope he’s better soon. Meet Me IN St. Louis is one of my Christmas must-haves. I also like to see The Family Stone — a new one — and Love Actually around Christmas. Entertainment Weekly wrote an article about how Love Actually is the NEW popular Christmas movie. Although as I put on FB this week I think TNT is planning to make The Lord of the Rings the new Christmas Story. We used to always watch Christmas Story but at some point you just can’t watch it again.

'Tis the season to be jorry...

December 27th, 2012
1:24 pm

…fawawa, wawawa’…love that movie, a Christmas Eve tradition at our house since 1991…

FCM

December 27th, 2012
1:47 pm

TY for the well wishes. They are on the way to the doctor now for follow up.

Oh I watched The Christmas Story on Christmas Eve. Cracked me up all over again. Another one I like (but hesitate to say due to Newtown this year) is Christmas in CT w/Barbara Stanwick. MG will likely make fun of it too!

I loved Tolkein when I read him. I never saw the LOTR movies though. My dad had an 18ft sailboat back in the 70s-80s and christened it Gandolf. LOL

Mayhem

December 27th, 2012
2:06 pm

A Christmas Story, over and over…..

It’s a Wonderful Life (makes my brother cry)

How the Grinch Stole Christmas (my fav is the cartoon one, my daughter LOVES the Jim Carrey rendition).

Never got to see Merry Madagascar. Watched Shrek the Halls twice. Recorded Prep & Landing, but never watched it……

Put a puzzle together with the family at Mom’s Christmas Eve. This year we took on a 1,000 piece, and it kicked our butts. We put the final piece in at 12:05 a.m 12/25. Went to bed and waited for Santa…

MA

December 27th, 2012
2:27 pm

We saw Les Miserables on Christmas day. It was fabulous!

Becky

December 27th, 2012
2:27 pm

Took the kids to the Fox Theatre to see “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”.. Visiting with family..Going to Piegon Forge next week..may take them to FL. to see their parents..

Found out two weeks before Christmas that the company that I work for has been sold..Major shock to all of us..They keep telling us that nothing will change and it hasn’t yet, but I’m sure that it will..Waiting on the dust to settle, so that we can know for sure..

@MJG..I love to wrap and thankfully so does the girl..So we enjoy a night of that together..Actually this year, my husband has been wrapping during the day and he wrapped most all of the gifts for the kids…

@FCM..Hope all goes well for your Dad…Have a coworker that is in the hospital having his bad kidney removed..So prayers to all..

Wishing everyone a very safe, happy and healthy New Year..

jmb

December 27th, 2012
3:11 pm

Becky, sorry about your company. I’ve been through two buyouts now and believe me, they do change everything. Top managers usually are the first to go and then they go after the little guys. Not trying to bring bad news but just letting you know to keep your guard open.

Becky

December 27th, 2012
3:35 pm

Thanks jmb..I love the fact that they tell us if we have any questions. to ask my boss, yet every time that we ask her something, she’s says I don’t know..Then the CEO of the “new” company doesn’t know anything either..Then we get told today that if he’s in the room with someone, don’t knock on the door and come in (like we have always done) because he can’t function like that and it makes him lose his train of thought..What the heck? As I said, guess time will tell.. :)

Mayhem

December 27th, 2012
3:48 pm

Good Luck Becky!!!!

jmb

December 27th, 2012
3:59 pm

They always say they don’t know but believe me, they have a plan. Just keep doing your job the best you can try not to get in anyone’s business. As a payroll manager I would sometimes have a persons last check ready a week before they let them go and have to pass them in the halls etc. every day until then. That was the worst job I’ve ever held. Usually changes won’t happen until after a the 1st quarter of the year so you have a few months to keep your eyes open in case it gets too close to your position. It wouldn’t hurt to check out some other positions. Protect yourself becuse you are not in their best interest and don’t tell anyone if you do at other options.

jmb

December 27th, 2012
4:01 pm

that was “do look at other options”, time to go home :)

FCM

December 27th, 2012
4:21 pm

Becky, thank you….and I will say some prayers for you & the rest of your co-workers. I 2nd what jmb said. Get some feelers out.

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December 27th, 2012
6:58 pm

DB

December 27th, 2012
11:23 pm

I’m on a traveling spree — we figured that, by Google Maps, we will have put over 2,500 miles on the car from Dec. 19 to Jan 5. Visiting parents that live 900 miles away from each other, working schedules so that we can be in a certain place at a certain time so that daughter can meet the bus to join the band on the way their bowl game, catching up with friends . . . tiring, but fun.

“Love, Actually” is one of my top 3 Christmas movies, depending on what mood I’m in. I’ll watch it throughout the year, too — just love the cast, and the way the stories interweave, and how not all of the stories end up “happily ever after”. We saw “Les Mis”, as I mentioned in a previous blog, and I received “Dark Shadows” as a gift, which was hilarious, since I was a big “Dark Shadows” fan back in the early 70’s. (Movie is not so great, but still a nice trip down memory lane).

We’ve been playing games almost non-stop — Phase 10, Taboo, Mad Gags, Apples to Apples, etc., etc. Big game-playing family. Forgot to bring Wits and Wagers, that’s always fun. Now things are winding down, and the rest of the family are putting a puzzle together. I think I’ll go join them. :-)

Becky

December 28th, 2012
8:14 am

Thanks for all the well wishes..The former owner is under contract with the new people for 2 years, so there might not be some major changes for the first year or so..The new people bought out another big company about 2 years ago and they got rid of everyone there, so now they claim that that didn’t work and that they learned their lesson..

Since today will be a super busy day, won’t be back on here..So let me go ahead and wish everyone a very safe, happy and healthy New Year..Hugs and love to all…

motherjanegoose

December 28th, 2012
10:37 am

Becky…I certainly hope all goes well for you! I am going to try to catch up with you when I get your way again.

DB…we LOVE games too and got a few new ones for Christmas. We have the ones you mentioned. I hate puzzles though…sorry :(.

missnadine

December 28th, 2012
12:10 pm

I actually run a resume-writing business and can tell you that TONS of people are being hired right now. Also, the 1st quarter is always great for job seekers. If you are not on linkedin you need to to open an account. Times have changed so much, and the people who are getting great new jobs are those that make a real effort.

catlady

December 28th, 2012
4:36 pm

Older daughter and I took her two up to see my son and his two boys, to bring what Santa we could come up with. Son’s family are working hard but living on very little money and are having to move now to a different house because their landlady lost theirs to foreclosure. Not sure how this is going to work out, but asking for God’s help. Lots of money is needed (first/last, depost, untilities –oh my!) Freezing rain tonight and snow all day tomorrow–makes it hard to move. Went down and up in one day, and it was brutal, but for a few hours I had two of the three kids and all 4 grandkids together, which was heavenly.

Christmas Day I went to same daughter’s house and younger daughter and her husband came and we had a lovely dinner. I spent the night because of a doctor’s appointment early the 26th nearby so I got some extra time with those two grandchildren.

Glad to be home! Today I worked in the garden, pulling up all 52 tomato cages and the metal rebar holding them in place. If the rain will hold up for a bit, I will drag some more loads of leaves to the garden. Then, will snuggle in and look at seed catalogues. I guess I live a quiet life.

Would like to ask for prayer for “Linda’s brother” who was in a terrible wreck last evening and is in very bad shape.

Thanks to all of you for your involvement in this blog! Happy New Year!

DB

December 28th, 2012
10:54 pm

@FCM: What’s wrong with “Christmas In Connecticut”? It’s a great movie!

Denise

December 29th, 2012
8:53 pm

Becky – hope all stays well with your company. We (Lockheed) just found out that all on the F-22 program (me!) have to move to Fort Worth, TX. Talk about shock and awe…and tears…and nerves.

FCM

December 30th, 2012
6:52 pm

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FCM

December 30th, 2012
6:58 pm

@DB…I enjoy that movie too. The movie is classic romance but I did not want anyone thinking I was being disrespectful or “funny” considering recent events in Newtown.

motherjanegoose

December 31st, 2012
8:09 pm

@ Denise…you are moving to TX? Soon?

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January 1st, 2013
4:00 pm

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