Isn't she lovely?
Yeah, life is good folks despite all of the little stupid mistakes that have been happening lately on my end. It all began with my car not wanting to work the day before xmas eve. The heat blower broke and I was unable to have running heat in my car, which also meant there was NO way I was going to drive to Iowa 6 hours in 30 degree weather on Christmas day to see my lil' Horrell. My dad worked frantically on Christmas Eve to get it working just so I could leave. He knew that I wanted to see Scott. Dad checked every stupid fuse hoping it'd work and well...it didn't. Christmas Eve as a family we went for the last time ever to the 11pm service. Its always a bit nostaglic going to that service. Without fail there are always families that never come any of the other 52 Sundays in a year. But, generally these are folks I went to school with...so its fun to bump into them and see how we've all changed. I talked to this girl Jamie who I haven't seen in years, turns out she's getting married next year too. It was fun to catch up.
Christmas day, Dad, Carolyn, and I went to Sandwich, IL to spend the day with my mom at the nursing home. I remember talking to my mom earlier that day on the phone....and she kept saying Merry Christmas and crying. I guess I didn't understand it until after I hung up. This is the second Christmas mom hasn't been home. She's tired of being in the nursing home. But, she still can't walk and she's still so sick with her diabetes. The hope of her coming home, sometimes feels hopeless and the situation is really starting to grade on my dad. Its a 2 hour drive from their house to Sandwich...and well...his misses having my mom with him daily. Who wouldn't? Christmas was nice at mom's. We had brought down homemade beef roast, mashed potatoes with gravy, green bean casserole, rolls, and cookies for dessert. Really good! Everyone seemed to love their presents too, especially the Wicked Tickets I bouhgt my sister for her. We're going on January 12th downtown in Chicago. I'm way excited too! My parents bought Scott and I this Circle of Love statue which is a all white and its a man holding up his wife to carry her over the threshhold. I think we're going to use it for our cake topper....because its not cheesy like half of those you can buy at party/craft stores. My parents also got me some jewelry, CDs and I got a Psalm calendar, Bradley University alumni sweatshirt & ornament from my sister. You know you're getting old when you actually RELISH in getting alumni stuff!
The day after Christmas dad worked hard to get my car working, with still little luck. I wanted to just LEAVE and get to Scotty. After a few failed attempts I finally said to my dad that it was time to take the car to the dealership. So we went. THEY found the fuse, of course! All fixed by 10:30, I was off to Iowa. I was off a little too fast. By the time I hit Dubuque I got a speeding ticket for going 70 in a 65 zone. Which, was REALLY gracious considering I was going way over 70. Now I have a $76 ticket to pay, lovely!
We opened presents when I got to Scotty's parents house. THey were REALLY generous to both of us. Scott was very generous to me. He bought me a beautiful red leather jacket, a super cute X and heart gold bracelet, and the Sarah McLachlan Christmas CD Wintersong that I'd been wanting. He also got me a twist ice cream cone ornament, which is very meaningful. I know, you're probably thinking...twist ice cream? Scott and I are starting this tradition(that I learned from my old roomie Claire) of buying each other an ornament every year and for our children too. Twist ice cream cones is a tradition that my grandpa started with me when I was a little girl. We'd go out for drives in the car and it'd always end us up at a Dairy Dream shop or something of the sorts. I passed that tradition to many friends....and to Scott now.
Scott's parents were also very generous to us. They bought me the entire Willow Tree angel nativity set....a red glittery cardigan sweater from JCPenney....some hoop earings and some money. Scott's grandparents even gave me money, which was an unexpected surprise. Then....just when we thought the opening of gifts was over, there was more. Presents for Scott & I--off of our registry we got our air compressor(his recently broke), two board games(Scattergories, Apples to Apples), luggage set, tv tray set, and our red toaster oven. So nice!
Scott seemed to like the presents I got him too, especially the out of print Prince CD--The Gold Experience. He was more excited about that thing than anything.
All has been well the last few days. We went karoking Wednesday night with Scott's best friend Scott and his wife Katie. We all SANG TOO! The boys sang us All My Life by KC & Jo Jo. Katie and I sang Lisa Loeb's stay. We had a ton of fun!
Yesterday I was sick. Mainly a sore throat and a major tummy ache. I pretty much laid on the couch while he was at work....did a load of wash. I managed to blow up a black pen in Scott's dryer though. Made a huge mess, but luckily got all of the ink out of his clothing that was in with the load of wash. Whew.
Here we are at New Years Eve. We're having a little party at the house with some of the guys from the prison. I really like throwing little bashes with food and stuff. Hopefully the yucky rain and sleet happening in Iowa won't detour too many folks!
Please keep my mom in your prayers. My mom is back to the Univ of chicago Hospitals because her infection is back.
God bless you friends,