Well, I had a great Christmas…it was WHITE, and spent with FAMILY!  Some of the family I hadn’t seen in 2 years, so it was a great time to catch up.  The way our family does it, we all get together for Christmas Eve, and just have hors d’oeuvres, which everyone brings some, and the kids usually get a present to open.  Then on Christmas Day, we just have Christmas dinner with the immediate family. I fell in love all over again, with my cousin’s little boys, Mason and Connor.  They look like they could be dolls, they’re so cute!  Mason, who is 2, has autism, but he’s progressed so well since the last time I saw him, he’s talking a lot more, and is just so precious.  His mom (my cousin Kelli) brought over some nachos for him, and he even asked for a spoon to eat what was left after the chips were gone…WHAT 2 year old does that?  Then there’s his little brother, Connor, just stole my heart, he is just a happy toddler, and he loved zorberts so much he would start to lift of his shirt for you to blow on his belly!  As for the rest of the kids in the family, I couldn’t get over how much they’d grown…the oldest great grand kids were all a foot and a half taller, and I feel like I’ve been so out of the loop!  My other cousin’s baby (Lilly), who is maybe a year and a half, is now walking, and talking, and cute as a button!  Lily and her mommy were kinds sorta famous for a few seconds on Regis and Kelly, when they submitted their photo for cutest Halloween costumes:

amy-lily My uncle sometimes gives us lottery scratch-off tickets, and I won FIFTEEN BUCKS!!!  I’m NEVER lucky with those types of things.  Kelli’s husband, Patrick, won $4!

Christmas Day, we woke up to our precious REINDOGS…

Champ

Champ

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Casey

I just stayed in my PJ’s, and relaxed.  We had sausage puff for brunch, and that’s our traditional breakfast on holidays.  We opened our presents, of which I got an electric toothbrush, a pair of sparkly socks, and PJ’s and slippers.  I loved it all!  We had a WONDERFUL ham dinner, of which I ate too much!  All in all, it was a GREAT Christmas, and my mother and I didn’t kill each other LOL!

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From the Left: Sheila, Rick, Trevor

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From the Left: Sheila, Rick, Trevor, Victor, Me, Marcia

The day after, I met a former coworker for brunch, and it was a great visit, I hadn’t really seen her in years, either, so we had a lot to catch up on.  I had dinner that night with old college buddies, and that was AWESOME!  I hadn’t seen any of them, except Sheila, since graduation.  Here are some pictures:

After that, I went to my old neighbor’s new house, which is basically a mini mansion, it’s MASSIVE!  They were having family in for a 50th birthday celebration, and were karaoking in the basement (of which the singing just didn’t run in the family), but it was fun, and the out of towners were fun people.  I left there late, and then kind of dragged my feet when it came time to leave to come back to TN.  I’m never in Michigan for more than 5 days at a time, and always feel so rushed seeing people, and can’t always see who I want to see.  I did, however, before I left Grand Blanc, do a driveby of our old house that I grew up in, and that was interesting!  I took a picture and sent it to my mom…

House where I grew up

House where I grew up

Of course, we always had WAY more Christmas decorations on the outside of the house, but I’ll give them credit for updating the house and making it look really nice.  When we had it, it was Dark brown shutters nad roof….Very 80’s LOL.  What’s funny is there’s this hill that you go up to get to our road, and we used to always say it was SO big, and going up it on bikes was a struggle sometimes, but when I drove up there, I though THIS was what we complained about…it was hardly even a hill!  I told my mom this, and she says I just got bigger, the hill didn’t get smaller, but I think it very well may have 🙂

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