Tuesday, December 30, 2014

I'm Still Here

In order to dispel any rumors surrounding my absence, like maybe........that I had passed in some holiday incident involving a leaky tree stand, a puddle of water, and a faulty wire on a 100 count string of Christmas lights, I decided I better check in with y'all.  I did get choked on a tortilla chip tonight, but....thankfully, I was able to dislodge it.....and that is as close to death as I've been since we last spoke.  Let me just tell you.......since we talked last, we have become a lazy, gluttonous, lethargic people group over here.

I have eaten everything that would sit still long enough and the sugar and Coke thing?.......out the window.  We've had so much rich food over the last week that if I were to cut my legs shaving, I'm certain that straight cream cheese would ooze out.  "Davis, hurry and get me a Band-Aid....I'm losing a lot of cream cheese in here!"  I'm going to continue this obscene food fest until January 1 when I will resolve to become a sensible, self controlled, productive member of society, once again.  This means I will want to make the most of the next 24 hours.

None of us were really feeling back to ourselves by Christmas.  We were still coughing and snorting and feeling like we needed frequent naps.  We postponed our annual Christmas breakfast to New Year's Day because we figured no one would want to come to this den of pathogens in which we live.  Carson was still running fever and had to miss Christmas Eve at my in-laws' house.  We have a new baby on that side of the family and couldn't risk getting anyone in her family sick.  Look at our adorable, new great-niece and her attentive big brother.      

Christmas Day was nice and quiet.  We got up and they opened four months of shopping in about 10 minutes and then we had a big breakfast and went back to bed for 3 or 4 hours.  It was a glorious and relaxing day. 
We finally showered and shed our pajamas just in time to go to my mother's house for a highly anticipated Christmas dinner.  She did not disappoint.  We all enjoy her prowess in the kitchen. 
A nativity play was also presented by the youngest grandchildren after dinner.  Dinner theatre, if you will.  Little known facts that you may or may not know about Mary and Joseph......Mary often used an office clip to secure her cloak and Joseph.....well, he was a Minecraft fan and, apparently, a messy eater. 
This was our sixth Christmas without my Daddy.  We always have a wonderful time together, but I think we all have the same nagging feeling that we're waiting for everyone to get there.  Someone's missing. 
Two days before Christmas, a tornado ripped through my parents' hometown and traveled right through the cemetery where Daddy and other family members are buried.  My grandparents' large headstone was thrown several yards from its foundation and most of the beautiful oak trees are now gone or heavily damaged.  Even worse, we have family members with damaged homes and there were also some fatalities in the small town.  Such a sad thing. 
Before and after.....
I don't know about y'all but our "Christmas-ing" goes on for days!  The night after Christmas, we got together with my extended family for another celebration.  Of course, eating was involved.....more cream cheese, sour cream, butter, sugar, heavy whipping cream, and all manner of saturated fats.  When we get together, it's what you'd call a house FULL of kin folks.  I believe we have 37 people and 18 of those are kids.  The balance of power could tip at any time.    
Fun was had by all.
On day four of Christmas, our family gathering centered around my nephew's 6th birthday.  You have to sympathize with December babies and their plight....getting all of their special days of the year out of the way in one, big swoop......and having 90% of their birthday gifts wrapped in Christmas tree and Santa paper.  Well, we tried to make his day special.  Blair made his cake and it was delicious, I must say.  I think Operation Celebrate Lelan was quite the success. 
Look at that sweet boy's face!
So, now I'm in the middle of this thing we call "inventory" in the retail world.    We'll try to finish counting tomorrow, so I can come home and watch the Orange Bowl without that hanging over my head.  I know you'll all be watching and cheering on my Bulldogs!! 


Let's ring in the New Year right, Dawgs!  Hail State!!!    

photo by Mark Whiddon -Whiddon Photography
I just wanted to check in with my peeps!  I've missed being here!  My plan is to get back to my regular blogging schedule on Monday. 
 I hope that you and yours enjoy a most wonderful start to 2015!
Stay safe and God bless!   





  1. Oh I'm so glad to know you didn't succumb to a sugar/creme cheese/coke overload! But hey, you only live once so you gotta make the most of those carbs and fats....at least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

    We were blessed on December 21st with our latest grandson. Unfortunately for me, I was in the midst of developing bronchitis (sp?) and finally went to the dr....2 shots, 2 breathing treatments, 4 prescriptions later and I'm finally on the mend. I've only been able to spend one day helping her (thankfully her husband's been home) and only saw my mama 1 day last week....but I'm on the mend and can't wait to get my hands on sweet baby boy today.

    Joni, I'm so glad I "met" you this year and I'm looking forward to lots of laughs and stories from you in 2015. Happy New Year!

    1. This made my day, Judy! You are a joy! I'm so sorry to hear you missed so much time with your baby and mother during Christmas! I hope you're making up for lost time now! Congratulations to you....I know you're thrilled!! P.S. I'm still having trouble commenting on your blog!! It tells me "Page not Found". Just wanted you to know that I do visit your site on a regular basis. :)

  2. Happy New Year! May 2015 bring you Heath and Happiness! It sounds like you had a nice Christmas regardless of the sickness being around. I heard about the tornado and I'm sorry about the destruction of the cemetery, homes and fatalities. I'm so happy Boomama pointed me to your blog. Looking forward to your posts this New Year, Kathleen in Az

    1. Oh, thank you, Kathleen! I love hearing from you.....I appreciate you! Happy New Year!!

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    1. Happy New Year, Deanna! Thanks for always dropping by! I appreciate you.