It’s Christmas Time In the City…

So, in honor of my sister’s love for holiday music, I now have 3 lengthy Christmas compilations on my iPod. (It’s my guilty pleasure). We opened presents on Christmas Eve, but for me Christmas started in October when my parents got to come up to see me for Parent’s weekend at school. They got me a new pair of boots in October, a really nice bike in November, and on Christmas Eve a lovely green Coat and a spoon ring.
I also got a sister-in-law-to-be for Christmas.
That’s right: Kevin popped the question. Of course she said yes. I think she likes him or something. I went with him when he went to buy the ring and I cried right there in the jeweler’s. I can’t even begin to imagine what I’m going to be like when I actually am the recipient. I’ll make sure someone films it. It’s gonna be good. =P
Anyways, congratulations to an amazing, hardworking, beautiful couple. I love you both.

Lauren and I went out to Auntie Lynnie’s home in Thousand Oaks where we met up with Aunt Lisa’s family as well. It was a great day filled with good food and laughter and holiday cheer. The perfect alternative to sitting around at home alone on Christmas while our parents worked their butts off in their hospitals.

What is it about Christmas that makes it possible for these good vibrations to reverberate. I try to carry this goodwill and spirit all year long, but that’s just one person. I think we could all do better in trying to make our lives and those around us a little better by remembering what it means to be a family, to be a friend, to be; to simply exist for the sake of living and not needing to prove anything to anyone.

I hope everyone had a very merry Christmas.
and Happy New Year: I hope it’s filled with laughter and joy.

p.s. I hope my future husband reads this someday: you can’t propose around Christmas… that’s now taken. =] !!!

Turkeys bring families together…

Spending Thanksgiving with family is something I’ll always cherish. I remember my last Thanksgiving with my grandpa: It was the day after Thanksgiving because my parents were scheduled to work the holiday. We had cran-apple casserole (a favorite of my Grandma Betty), delicious turkey, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sparkling apple cider, mashed potatoes, delicious gravy, and biscuits. My brother was home, my sister was there, and mom and dad were present. =] I don’t remember details; I remember smells, glances, laughter, smiles, and Grandpa sitting in the recliner in a food-induced stupor (it’s what me and my friends call a food coma). He was happy. I was happy. We were happy.

Uncle Tom and the gang

Last year (my Freshman year in college) I chose to not pay the expensive fare to fly home and had Thanksgiving with my room mate’s family. It was really nice, but not getting to see my family was really hard. This year I road tripped down to Medford, Oregon (from Tacoma, WA) where Grandpa’s brother (my mom’s Uncle) Tom lives on his farm. Mom, Dad, and Lauren road tripped UP to Medford (from LA) and we met at Uncle Tom’s. He’s the spitting image of Grandpa Bud, but yet is so different. It was so refreshing to see someone so much like him running around, cooking, laughing, hugging, loving; it was refreshing to see family. Not just my own immediate family, but family’s family. They are the most kind and generous people; wholeheartedly welcoming this college girl into their homes and pampering me with home-cooked food and tender care.

I did miss my brother and Karina, but they were busy cooking a 14-lb turkey. =]

I am thankful for the presence of love in people’s hearts. I’m thankful for my family. I’m thankful for memories that last a lifetime.

I’m going to get back to my Saturday Essay-Writing-Spree. =]

Signed,
Thankful-Girl-in-Like

The Whole Fam-Damily