I just had to get these on one last time!

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

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Totally off topic - our girls are in the Imperial Valley in CALF with their two cousins, my sister and my folks. They flew out Christmas eve...

They are having fun with Papa, who as you may or may not know had some major health scares this year. He is doing great, btw.  The one with the pierre type mustache is my niece who has been living in Japan teaching. She graduated University Washington top of her class (and comes from a very messed up family) She has missed us all! 

So this really warms my heart!

Dad told us about the hobo jungles when he was a kid growing up. I guess this was a flash back for him. haha

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By the way the most awesome Christmas present I ever got was my go go boots!  Merry Christmas!

 

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By the way the most awesome Christmas present I ever got was my go go boots!  Merry Christmas!

 

Somehow I can believe that.wink

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It is an acknowledged fact in this family that Mom is a chocoholic. Our youngest daughter gave me a large supply of not good, but GREAT chocolate for Christmas. She knows I avoid nuts. She told DH the story of my box of Fanny May. She and her partner had to go into a neighborhood so bad they were armed to special order the chocolates to be nut-free (she said Fanny May is not sold everywhere these days). THAT my friends is a special gift - and I am enjoying each piece more now than I was before! There was also a box of Godiva chocolates Chocolate Heaven!!

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Let's see... we have Leonidas, Godiva and of course Laura Secord in town. But many many chocolatiers....

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Great story! Let's hope they get lucky and miss the random extra searching on the return trip.

Yes, time goes way too fast. Amazingly fast, when you look back. Day to day it seems so slow and we think things will remain the same forever, but they sure don't!

I have been busy this morning getting accommodations ready for a couple arriving today. One person's holiday is another person's work day!

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Great story! Let's hope they get lucky and miss the random extra searching on the return trip.

Yes, time goes way too fast. Amazingly fast, when you look back. Day to day it seems so slow and we think things will remain the same forever, but they sure don't!

I have been busy this morning getting accommodations ready for a couple arriving today. One person's holiday is another person's work day!

For sure.

We went to Lowe's last night and I saw one of those Kodak moments...work day moments.

DH wearing a baseball cap was on one end of a 2x6 eyeing it for straightness and this bald lowes guy in his baseball cap was at the other end eyeing it. They did this over and over - tossed one on the ground, the other onto the cart through about 30 of them.  Lift, eye, toss, lift eye toss.  If someone had walked in they may have thought it was some north american man-hood challenge or something. Smiling  He left more on the ground, crooked, than ended up in the cart, btw.

This same fella leaped to to peel and pull  sheets of 1/2" gypsum. Then outside he came out and helped load it up into the truck. I shook his hand and wished him a merry one, and slipped him some movie money.

DH got mad and said to me as we drove away "Where is mine? $$"

Meanwhile as the employees working Christmas eve left the store, they were handing out hugs to the other employees and saying, and this was what was so special "I love you man". I couldn't believe it! What a great group of employees.

 

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DH wearing a baseball cap was on one end of a 2x6...tossed one on the ground, the other onto the cart through about 30 of them....sheets of 1/2" gypsum...

Adding on to the love shack?

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Arks wrote:

Joey Bloggs wrote:

DH wearing a baseball cap was on one end of a 2x6...tossed one on the ground, the other onto the cart through about 30 of them....sheets of 1/2" gypsum...

Adding on to the love shack?

er our bathroom...the drywall is in the ceiling and he is prepping to bring the tub in. It is quite a job, you know how it is, remodeling a bathroom vs building a new one. A pain in the patooti...the wiring looked like it was on its last leg when he pulled it out of the attic space.

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MY CHRISTMAS EVE STORY:

We drove the girls 3 hours to an airport where we could put them on the plane, and then they would land and be greeted at the other end, without changing planes. This was their first time flying alone. They were a wee nervous. We left here at 3am. No cars on the road other than truckers trying to high-tail it back home to be with their families for Christmas...

CLT is an international airport, and on one of the busiest days for flying all year. 300 people+ stood in line to check in for US Airways alone. We had no bags to check, found a place out of nowhere to check in and get boarding passes, then had to get a "gate pass" for me to go to their concourse and gate (not being a ticket holder). DH would have stood in the 300+ people line, I went right to the VIP line with no waiting. Walked up like I owned the place.

Next we hadthe security check point. Remove shoes, coat, etc go through scan. Being a holiday, these were not typical business travelers, but all families, loaded to the gills, and slow, not accustomed to this routine. Strollers, dolls, etc all had to be folded up and scanned.

DD16 gets pulled aside 

I am there with her, and I see them SNAP ON the latex gloves...oh boy.  WE go into a little room where they proceed to do a full body pat down. All areas were patted, btw. Something she has not had before. I stand right beside her, and tell them she is a minor. Other very young DD19 is outside this room, nervous.

Needless to say, after 10 minutes of running everything through their whatever it is called looking for drugs - she passed muster and we proceeded to the gate. If I had not been there it would have been semi-traumatic!  They swabbed the bottom of her shoes, bottom of her sock, bottom of her feet, etc. They were very thorough.

We had a nice discussion once at the gate as we stood with a thousand other travelers and no place to sit about the importance of not allowing someone to borrow your coat, or lay it on desks, ground etc at school. It was most likely random, but it was not nice!

After driving 3 hours back home...the next call I got was from San Diego where Papa had stopped off at an Indian Casino for lunch... now they are with their two cousins, my sister, and grandparents, swimming in the pool (85 degrees there in Imperial valley), singing Christmas Carols, etc. 

As they boarded the plane and I watched it taxi out to the runway I thought about how time sure flies, how it was just yesterday that I had to keep a close eye on them in a swimming pool or beach. Now they are on their own flying across the country...

Treasure every moment. We are only guaranteed today.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

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A Christmas you will ALL remember and talk about for years. It is wonderful the DDs got to spend Christmas with their Grandparents and cousins.

We still talk about the Christmas we went to Florida to spend Christmas with my Daddy AND the Christmas I got a call at work from my cousin to go to the train station in Chicago to pick up my Daddy who was giving me what I asked for for Christmas -HIM! It was one of the fondest times ever spent with Daddy - he had no car so could not storm off in a snit and it was in his words, "colder than a witch's ___" so he was not slamming out the door. It was a most pleasant 3 weeks! A most special Christmas.

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Merry XMas & Happy New Year.......................

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Merry Christmas...Peace to you all!

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Merry Christmas to all... and to all, a good night!

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merry xmas everyone!

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The very first Christmas involved an innkeeper y'all!

 

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Merry Christmas, Season's Greetings, and Happy Holidays from Arkansas!

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Merry merry one and all.

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Merry Christmas!  Thanks for your help this past year!  

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Merry Christmas to you also!! 

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