Sunday, December 6, 2009
A 'PRRRRRRFECT' SUNDAY
Allen ('Allen's Adventures') bestowed upon me 'The Prrrrrrfect Blog Award'.
Much thanks, Allen!
This is an award he made and created himself out of appreciation for the blog awards he's received--so, he wanted to give back and create something of his own.
Well done, Allen, and much appreciated.
I thought, since I passed out blog awards yesterday, that I would let whomever chooses to pick up the award (again, located towards the bottom of my sidebar) do so and pass it long to whomever you feel worthy.
It's a nice way to make someones day--it sure made mine!
*Please see yesterdays post for those to whom I gave an award if you haven't yet picked it up. :)
In other news, we have a busy day ahead of us: we're going to my mother-in-laws for a pre-Christmas celebration. She does Christmas BIG and because she'll be traveling over the holidays (she's going on a Caribbean cruise), she's hosting this 'Fish and Goose Soiree' for us. Just going to be Ed and I, B, 'J' and his wife and two of our 'other kids, 'N' and the infamous 'V'. :D
We are only very recently reunited with my mother-in-law (for a few months now) after about a 15 year separation due to familial conflicts (longgg, drawn out story).
She, regrettably, missed all of B's and our daughter's childhood: graduations, birthdays, holidays, high school games, little league, recitals--everything.
She seems to have gotten help with a therapist, and we saw no reason to hold onto old grudges.
I admit, it's a little awkward still but there is a noticeable difference in her now, as there is in me (five or ten years ago I would have told her to go fly a kite and get lost while doing it!) and so it's time to apply that old adage of 'forgive and forget'--Christmas is a good time for that.
However, it's not all back to the way it was: Ed is an only child but his biological Mom (as we call the lady we're seeing today--because Ed has a lovely, wonderful step-Mom--who he calls 'Mom'--whom we adore and feel much loyalty to for taking such good care of Ed's Dad--who is still not well and likely never will be) has siblings who gave Ed's lots of cousins. He grew up with them like siblings and when we all had our falling out fifteen years ago--they dropped us like hot potatoes. Every one of them.
This was a hard pill for Ed to swallow and so a reconciliation with us and them is still highly unlikely. They haven't pursued it and we won't either.
She had her celebration with them last night. Still separate--as I imagine it always will be. Sad but we prefer it that way, truthfully.
I'm bringing her a Christmas gift: I went to 'Pier 1 Imports' and got her a lovely Bohemian type sequined hummingbird ornament (it's the colorful one on the right):
...and picture holders (about $14.00 for both gifts--not bad. Not great but not too bad)
Sort of like this--just a different design, a little more plain but still nice:
I am also bringing her a small bag full of pictures of the kids over the years since she missed so much.
After our thing today with her, we are later going to dinner to celebrate J's 24th birthday at our favorite Mexican restaurant. We have a coupon for Ed and B to use and I will likely just have a salad and chips & salsa.
Gonna try and make it back early so Ed can get rested up and get to bed early--it's back to work for him tomorrow.
He's no longer feeling nauseous and although he is still quite tired, he is feeling better. I talked to the doctor on Friday and he said that Ed is indeed going to feel tired for a while--it takes a lot to bounce back from this thing--and he actually had the mild strain.
I think I've decided not to spend money on a Christmas tree this year, sadly. We have a lot of catching up to do financially (and a fake tree is out of the question--I'd rather have none). As much as I love Christmas and Christmas trees, it just seems like $40.00 is something I can spend on gifts rather than a tree. Makes me quite sad but practicality has to be forefront.
So, I'm wishing you all a beautiful day--hoping to come back tomorrow when things get back to normal here so I can go and read up on y'all.
Until then, enjoy your Sunday and the season.
Peace, love and happiness,