Wednesday, December 31, 2008
So, Christmas was amazing. As tradition stands, all the girls in the family were given blinking Christmas light necklaces and all the boys were given blinking Rudolph noses to wear. This was just the start of festivities. I really enjoy Christmas with my family. I think everyone in my family is a little eccentric and with that comes and enjoyment in giving quirky gifts. This year, those gifts included slippers you wear that are supposed to clean your floors (given by Nancy and my mom without the other knowing that they were going to be giving them), glammed up dish washing gloves, decorative hangs and pulls for fans, etc., and Zach and I gave away some bottles that we found in our attic when we moved it. One of the best parts about this Christmas was my cousin Lilly. This was her first Christmas to get the opening of gifts and Santa. She brought a new level of enjoyment this year.
Mom wearing the glammed up dish washing gloves with her matching hat she received.
Buckie creating new ways of using his decorative hangs.
Lilly and Barkley. Lilly is wearing her blinking necklace.
The time at home ended with my mom, aunt, sister and me going through my grandmother's clothes that no longer fit her. We went through over 270 pieces of clothing while I was home (my mom, aunt and sister had already gone through at least 300 more items a few weeks ago). We were documenting everything before we donated them because there were so many pieces and a lot of them were really nice (I mean like silk suits). It was really nice to spend that time together sorting through the clothing, recalled memories of certain outfits and just overall the lady that my grandmother was and is. My grandmother's memory is fading, but I am glad I was able to come together with my family and recall all that she has given us through the years.
That is most certainly not all of my Christmas experiences, but just an overview. All I can say is it was amazing.
Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Since we have moved into the new house, one thing after another has occurred. One of the first things was that we attempted to open a window and it broke and then attempted another one and it broke. With two broken windows, we didn't attempt any others and decided we needed to replace them all since at least two were letting in cold air.
Next, the Blazer started having some issues (bad sounds and check engine light on). Come to find out that the radiator was cracked, the lifters were bad, and some gasket was leaking or something like that. So all that was taken care of.
Then, our garage door opener broke. It is still broken.
Yesterday, our kitchen sink got clogged. We spent probably 4 hours working on unclogging it. And I am glad to say that for about $15 we were able to finally clear the clog using baking soda, vinegar, Liquid Plumber, and 2 plungers (one over each drain).
This morning, we find out we need the brakes replaced on the Blazer.
I am sure there were many more little things, but these are the ones coming to mind right now. I am not sure I can handle much more.