I'm sure y'all have all heard about the snow we got in Dallas Christmas Eve...the first white Christmas in the DFW area in 80 years...although I beg to differ. In 1975 there was snow on the ground. I remember because Cat Daddy was working in Wichita, Kansas and drove in a blizzard to get home in time. It was Jenny's first Christmas (which is kind of cool since this was Bella's first) and we waited till he got home to celebrate. I suppose the fact our area wasn't annexed into Dallas at that time might be the reason for their error, but whatever...I'm right and they are wrong!
I'd also like to add that our idea of snow here in Dallas and real snow are two different things. Y'all further north get real snow...here, we get Texas snow. For those of y'all who don't live in these parts, let me explain. Texas snow is one part white, one part dirt, one part sticks and one part leaves....get the picture? We don't build Frosty...we build Twiggy! When it comes to snow angels, one swoop and you're in a mud pie! That doesn't keep us from getting excited when it starts coming down. The hush and the peacefulness are still the same.
I must warn you, these are all family photos and are meant for just me so if you'd like to click off now, I totally understand. If you continue, please just feign interest and ooh and ahh about how beautiful my family is. That would make me so happy! Brandon held Bella like she was a piece of glass and had to be dragged into the photo. He's fourteen...what do you expect? Graycie on the other hand runs into the camera...never away from it! (Can you believe she is only seven? Another year and she'll be taller than her Nana!) I got her stuff for Warrenton in the spring. I'm guilting her daddy into coming down and she's got to be ready for the Junk Gypsy's Prom, right? I just love it when kids put on everything they got at one time...that just screams Christmas to me.
Jenn took Bella off her oxygen line during the evening. She monitored her off and on and the stats never fell below 97! She is so close to coming off of it and although I don't even notice the line anymore, it was nice being able to pass her around like a little sack of potatoes. The tank can be quite a pain the the patootie when trying to carry it and our little chunk of love!
Do I look supremely content? You betcha! I didn't do the "big meal" thing this year. Just a ham, dressing and appetizers....oh, and lots of desserts! We didn't worry about sitting down together...just ate haphazardly and enjoyed being together! It was wonderful and almost stress free! Misty was a little freaked out by the fact that I was ready when they arrived...down to even having underwear on.
Ol' Santy Clause was very generous with the girls! God has been very generous with me. Thank you Lord.
I'd like to introduce you to Misty, the Oldest Melon Head's better half and the mother of Grayzilla! I gotta come up with a name for her. "Misty" sounds way too normal for my bunch! Any suggestions?
No introduction needed...Bella Mama and the baby Kitten!
She totally got the idea of unwrapping the gifts. She was just so slo-o-ow!
I walked into the bedroom where Bella was with her Pop and the light reflecting off the wrapping paper made her tiny face glow. I wasn't able to catch it as beautiful as it looked, but the radiance was enough to make me catch my breath at the wonder of her.
OK, no more photos. I appreciate y'all bearing with me and giving these at least a perfunctory glance. Like I said, this post was more for me than y'all as a reminder of how blessed I am.
I hope you all had a joyous Christmas filled with love, laughter and peace.
Now on to 2010!