Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Merry Christmas 2018

My favorite Christmas pic of Staci circa 2011

Merry Christmas

     This year was definitely a tough one. There were times I felt like everything was going wrong. Lots of times I could only see the bad. Since I am trying to be healthier, I figure it would be good to look at all the good that has happened this year.  So here we go 😊

·        πŸ’žStaci and I took our first plane trip to Washington D.C. where we got to hang out with friends and see the National Zoo and The Smithsonian.

·       πŸ’ž I got the puppy I have been wanting for so long 😊 My little chihuahua named Honeybee. She is totally adorable and acts completely devoted to me. She is such a treat to come home to. She is always so excited to see me and curl up with me. She makes me feel good.

·       πŸ’ž I learned to mow my own lawn LOL I know this sounds silly and not fun.  It is incredibly draining, usually because of the heat, but after it is done, I feel so accomplished.  Owning my own home is the best.  It is something tangible to show I am doing ok 😊 I love getting to decorate it inside and out.  When the flowers start blooming and the grass is thick and green, I can say “I did that”.

·       πŸ’ž I got a new to me car LOL it is little and red and very smart. So many gadgets and gizmos that I haven’t figured out yet.

·        πŸ’žWe got a raise at work to pay for all the decorating I do LOL

·       πŸ’ž I got to get annual passes to the Disney Parks and SeaWorld for both my kids and me.

·        πŸ’žI got a great visit from my brother, his granddaughter Eva, and our friend Vangie.  We got to go play at Disney together and just reconnect. He and I are closer now.  I learned he likes decorating and cooking even more than me LOL.  I am always picking his brain for recipes to try. Thanks to the above-mentioned car, we talk handsfree whenever we are both traveling somewhere LOL.

·       πŸ’ž I got a new kitten 😊 a pretty little calico named Penelope. She is still shy, but every now and then she will cuddle. 

·       πŸ’ž All of us are doing well in school. Lee even got his first college degree.  Staci is killing the 4th grade, and I made the Dean’s List again LOL.

·       πŸ’ž My neighborhood is fun. I was hoping to live in a place where holidays were celebrated, and we are. Lots of fun seeing all the decorations at Halloween and Christmas.  I can’t wait to see what this area grows into.

·        πŸ’žBest of all for the year is both my kids and I are healthy.  We did not get hit with any major illnesses. They seem happy and enjoying their lives. We have fun together and are close.

So, there are a lot of things that are good that happened this year.  Sometimes when life is hard it is challenging to see the blessings.  It is just a matter of trying to look past the negative to see the positive.  I am going to try and do that more.  I have a nice life and I need to remember that more.  So now I am off to enjoy Christmas with my kids.  We are having a low-key holiday.  No cooking, just a fruit and a veggie tray per kids request.  I did make bacon, eggs, and sausage balls (a family tradition from my Nanny). Now time for presents, coffee, and watching the Disney Christmas Parade.

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