Saturday, December 27, 2008

It's Over!

It's Almost Over Anyways!
Well at least part of Christmas is over. We had a WONDERFUL time with our grand children and their parents on Christmas eve. We had T-bone steak and the trimmin's thanks to our daughter and sil. I brought a cherry salad and some cookies, then forgot to get the cherry salad out of the fridge...guess we weren't hungry for more huh? We had plenty and Sarah is a very good cook. We opened gifts with the family and my daughter from OKC even drove up to join us. Then Beth and her dog Daisy came home with us and we brought Chloe home too. That made FIVE dogs in my little house for Christmas day. Sarah and her family were going to Enid for Christmas and a couple days there after for other gatherings and a funeral. Chris lost his grandfather the day before Christmas eve and the funeral was scheduled for Friday.
I can honestly say this has not been one of the best Christmas' I have had. I am not talking about the gifts, that was completed early this year and I was very happy with my selections for everyone. This year was the first year in my adult life that I can remember that I did not decorate for Christmas. That just makes me very sad for I have beautiful decorations. I have spent my entire life collecting things to make Christmas festive. It just seemed different this year. It was a little depressing, just not much fun. No Christmas parties, I didn't get cards sent out, I feel a little like a failure....ok, no pity party here. It is what it is, it didn't get done and next year will be different. I can assure you all of that.
Yesterday our temperature was unbelievable. We broke all records by several degrees. We were still 73 at 10:00 last night. It was hot in the house. I almost turned the a/c on to cool the house down. Humid, hot, uncomfortable...and today we are to have very cold temps. Right now at 6:00 a.m. it is 72!!! But very strong storms are coming through. We are under a tornado watch just like spring and I see the lightning out my window right now. So I better make this short and get it posted before the storm hits. Oh, I hear the thunder now too.
Yesterday I took pictures of my mom's cousin and her two daughters and their two daughters each. I had a lot of fun. I took 315 pictures and was able to throw several out, I narrowed it down to just a little over 200!!! I will let them take it from there! I am so pleased with how several turned out, and the girls all get along great together. They are all very close in age, one set of twins at almost 12, and then the other two are 12 and 14. They were so funny and willing to try different things. They told me this was the most fun time they have ever had having their pictures taken. That made me feel great!
Today I am taking pictures at a family reunion of about 50 people. That should be interesting! It will be more of a challenge, trying to get a good shot quickly of so many families. I think she told me it will be seven siblings and their families plus one elderly aunt and uncle if they come. But we will see, the weather is coming in really bad right now, thank goodness this party is not until 4:00 today. I just trust it will all be ok by then.
The lens I have been watching on Amazon went up by about $40.00 !!! darn it! I didn't get any camera equipment for Christmas which would be very hard for anyone to do, but I really would like this new lens. I have my tickets bought for Florida for the end of January to visit my aunt and uncle YEA!! and most of Christmas is paid for. So that is good news. I don't make resolutions, I would never keep them, but I do hope that this next year brings me a stronger work attitude, that I pursue my photography more as a business and not JUST a hobby. I hope to really make some changes such as adding a family room onto our house, make the garage into a studio, and have a shop built for my husbands tools and hobbies. I just can not believe how fast the years are passing me by, age is a funny thing when it comes to time and I am not sure I like it. I hope this posting find everyone healthy, enjoying time with family, and ready to celebrate the beginning of another new year. I hope everyone is making plans to celebrate safely and responsibly. I sure don't want to lose any of my new friends due to something we have control over! Ok, the cop in me is coming out huh? The rain is coming in, I hear it on the roof so I am going to close my post. Have a great weekend.


Homesteader in Training said...

Hot? It's going to be close to 80 here today and we have had to turn the air on because of the humidity! yuck! I'm glad you had a good Christmas even without all the decorations. It's not about that any way is it?

claudia said...

WOW! You have hot and we are so cold here. I know, I know, not as cold as some have it, but we aren't used to this.
I am happy Christmas is over. All the build up and then DONE!
I hope all your plans come true for your studio and hubby's work shop. I think that would be a wonderful thing for you!
I will be here in the new lose he, cause our bossses decided that we would have the hardware store open on New Year's Day! Not that I would have partied the night before anyway, but there's no doubt that I will be in bed early!
Happy New Year to you!

Amy said...

Okay, you've got me worried. Are you alright? I will have to remind you to get those decorations out early next year. Things here went just to quickly too. I love this season, but I don't like the rush.

Maybe we can share studio designs - what do ya think? Anyway, I hope this year finds you well. I better get my butt posting. Talk to you soon.

Mental P Mama said...

73? That makes me sweat just thinking about it. And don't worry about the decorations. I put all mine away yesterday, and it made me so happy;)

In the meantime, stay safe in those storms.

Just Joni said...

I envy you for not having the mess to clean up house is totally wiped out...pretty sure the tornado touched down in my livingroom and it's a doozy so keep your eyes open in case it heads your way...stay safe...and enjoy your trip to Florida...wish I were going with you!

Debbie said...

I agree, this Christmas season was weird for me too. I bet I have at least 8 tubs of Christmas stuff and barely touched them. Obvious, by my little tree! The good thing is the clean up. A breeze. LOL.

I didn't know you were going to FL! That's exciting and I bet you will get re-motivated when you come back and start those things you want to do. We'll hope so.

315 pictures? Good grief!! If you charge for "hobby" you can afford the new lens, maybe? LOL

Reddirt Woman said...

I'm home now. I drove back from Ft. Worth in all that wind yesterday. Christmas about wore me out. There were about 50 people at my brother's and sil's home Christmas evening. The older I get the more I enjoy seeing all the family and their babies and so on, but I'm also really glad when I can take my shoes off, sit down and just veg after it's over. I hope you have a great Florida trip. :-)


Lisa @ Stop and Smell the Chocolates said...

Sounds like your Christmas turned out to be a nice one after all! Have a wonderful week and a Happy new Year!!

Tonjia said...

73 degrees??? woo hoo! that is awesome. Our temp Saturday night was ZERO! a little different than yours. LOLOLOL

Have a wonderful new year Lisa!

Just Joni said...

Just dropping by with a New Year's hug and a heartfelt thank you for being such a sweet and caring friend ~