As Miss Janey gently pointed out, Halloween is long gone. I completely skipped Thanksgiving and it's almost Christmas. Seems like we just had Christmas, I can't believe it's upon us once again. I'm not ready. Our halls are decked, many gifts have been bought (and wrapped already), I've made a few batches of cookies and we've even Elfed Ourselves... but I'm still not ready. This year just passed WAY TOO FAST. I desperately want things to slow down just a little. I love Christmas, but I can't stand all the hustle and bustle. I can't stand watching people spend money they don't have on things they don't need, watching people fight over the last whatever hot toy is on sale, arguing over parking spots, and completely forgetting to honor what the holiday is really about. It all just makes me kind of sad. I'm not being a Scrooge, I just wish things were different, more simple. I know, I know...be the change you want to see in the world. I'm trying.
Let's see, what exciting things have you missed in my life since Halloween? Well, we had a decent football season. We ended up making it to the Championship game, but got knocked out by the team that ultimately went on to win the National Championship in our division. Bummer, but it was a good run. As good as we were on the field this year, things were really bad off the field. So much player drama! I love those boys, but sometimes I want to wring their necks! Man, they can make some really bad decisions. This was probably one of the toughest football seasons I've been through. To top things off, one of our former players got killed over Thanksgiving break. He was shot by his sister's boyfriend. It was heartbreaking. He was a great kid.
On a much lighter note, we got to spend a couple of days at Halftime, our new condo in Panama City Beach, over the break. It was WONERFUL! I may never go back to the beach in the heat of Summer again. We pretty much had the entire resort to ourselves and the weather was perfect. The water was a bit cool for me, but that didn't slow the kids down one little bit. They played in the waves all day, floated the lazy river and even braved the super cold waterpark. We had our fill of yummy seafood, did lots of shopping at Pier Park and sent some time down the road in beautiful Seaside, Florida.
It was a much needed break and really helped reinforce our decision to get the condo. If any of you are ever interested in a great beach getaway, let me know and I'll give you a good hookup.
I'm going to REALLY TRY to be better about updating the blog, but given my history, there's a good chance you won't see me again until after Valentine's Day. :-p
I hope you all have a happy and peaceful holiday season.
Happily married to a college football coach for 14 wonderful years, mom to 2 amazing little knuckleheads, photographer, crafty chick, loves to cook, wannabe gardener, beach bum, pool floater, Saints fan, happy girl ___
ORIGIN: Natchitoches, Louisiana___
MAY BE SEEN: Getting rowdy at football games, riding on a Mardi Gras float, arguing with my computer, jumping curbs in the minivan, with my nose in a book, dreaming about a vacation, digging in the dirt, chasing kids and acting crazy with a camera strapped around my neck___
SECRET WEAPON: PhotoShop___
CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT: Flipflops, Coca~Cola, computer, camera, library card, kids' giggles, husband's love and support___
ENEMIES: Long lines, slow drivers, hurricanes___
HEROES: Parents who made sure I've been loved every day of my life, my children who make me laugh until my belly hurts and my wonderful husband for always saying yes to my crazy ideas and loving me uncondionally no matter what___
LITTLE KNOWN FACT: Can recite all 50 states in alphabetical order in under 30 seconds