Well, here are my excuse(s): November to February is my busiest time of the year in the insurance world. This was my first year working 9-1 and it almost kicked my tail. I did come out victorious but it was a long, tough battle. It was tiresome and stressful and the fact of the matter is that I could not justify "playing" on the computer while the rest of my life seemed to be falling apart. That's an exaggeration but when other parts of your life feel like they are all being done half-arsed, it's hard to add something else to the plate. And sweet Amelia, she has grown up while I've been gone from the blogging world. Excuse number 2: My child is going to be 6 months old this week! In my over-emotional winter-depressed state of mind, I feel like life is passing by too quickly so I have chosen to nap on the couch with my baby from time to time instead of blogging. Besides, how great does 15 posts of "Crappy day at work, napped with the baby" sound? To clarify, I love, love, love my job and what I do but I had to really work on those time management skills these past few months.
So, here's what you get... a snap-shot of the 2009 holidays and big events in between.
Thanksgiving -- My family has never done a big Thanksgiving. There are only 3 in our immediate family and Christmas was always when we drove back home for a big celebration. The year Ben and I got engaged his parents invited my parents for Thanksgiving and it has stuck every year since. The first year I had no idea my parents were coming but they all worked together and surprised me. It was awesome and I was definitely thankful. It's such a blessing to have all of my family in one place for at least one special day each year.
Nana and Pa with Amelia and Luke (Amelia's cousin)
My sister-in-law (Luke's Mama) made these fun shirts for the kids. Aren't they precious?!Grandma and Grandpa with Amelia
We all had SO much to be Thankful for this past year!
Amelia's Baptism -- On December 20, 2009 we welcomed Amelia Claire Comerford into the family of God. It was a wonderful celebration of friends and family. The morning was so hectic as we tried to get 5 adults and 1 child ready in 2 bathrooms, plus eat breakfast and start lunch. But we got to church. Our little family of 3 lit the Advent Wreath and Amelia was Baptized. The picture below is one of my most favorites of our family. Funny thing is that we were not this picture perfect happy family. The Hubby and I had just had a verbal altercation in Church in front of our family because if we took another picture he would have to wait in a long line at his favorite fried chicken sanctuary. Sure is a pretty picture isn't it?! It really was a wonderful day.
Christmas -- Then came Christmas! We did as we always have. Christmas Eve night we make the drive north to my parent's house. We have a wonderful coffee table dinner of cheeses, summer sausage, chips and dip, hummus, homemade sweets and whatever else you can think of to accompany wine. All of this is to the soundtrack of my Mother telling you the lines to It's A Wonderful Life about 2.5 seconds before they happen. It is a perfect way to spend Christmas Eve. We get up Christmas morning, open stockings and presents then Mom makes us a Christmas brunch. This year it was her homemade biscuits. That was a present in itself. Also, Amelia had her first cereal, which she wanted to feed herself. Around 2pm we load up and head back to Ben's parent's for Christmas there. These are 2 completely different Christmas' all wrapped up into one day. My family Christmas is laid back with coffee and mimosas while the Comerford's is 8 grown-ups and 4 children. It is paper flying everywhere, kids squealing and grown-ups smiling trying to show off their goods in the sea of paper. It is a wonderful, exciting experience for me coming from my little family. After we eat a good late lunch Ben and I come home to our house. We exchange gifts and enjoy the peace and relaxation after a big day.