ghosts of christmas 2011.

Happy Holidays, my darlings!  

I hope you had a great weekend celebrating with your family and friends, eating till you exploded, and not getting frightening gift surprises.  Like a vibrator.  Or durian.  Or a paternity test.

I... am hungover. Thanks to the 1-3 glasses of wine I consumed last night at Roomie's brother's house at Christmas Dinner.  Yes, it's been a great Christmas!

So, because I'm in a wee bit o' pain, I'll just give you some highlights of the season because...
a) I really don't remember every event.  Ahem.
b) we didn't go to every event.
c) I don't have pictures for every event.
d) I may or may not have made a total fool of myself at an event or five.  Heehee.  Kidding.

Okay, here we go...

Brunch with Santa
Roomie's work Holiday party on December 3rd was awesome... if you don't count the fact that Mini had a stomach flu.  But there was no way she was going to miss hanging out with the Big Guy in the Red Suit!  Don't freak -- we kept her more or less isolated.
Anyway, she still believes.  And she has very strong-held opinions when it comes to St. Nick.  According to her, the one she meets at this party is the real one -- the ones in the malls are all liars, imposters, and frauds, who really should be ashamed of themselves for trying to fool little kids

Anyway, this is Mini my little kitty cat trying not to throw up on her present from Santa.  Luckily, it's a bag. You know, just in case...

As for Lam and the whole Santa thing, he no longer believes, although he will politely talk to the gentleman "who dresses up as Santa to entertain children".  And he's been helping us keep the magic alive for his little sister.
All he cares about is that the folks who buy the presents for this party give him something "not lame".  At $10 per ticket for this 'do, I told him he's never going to an XBOX and to just appreciate whatever he gets -- Holiday Spirit, manners, and all that.  Right?

Well, what do you think he feels about the microscope he got this year?  I know, hard to tell -- he has some trouble expressing emotion...

School Gingerbread Night
Our kids' school held a gingerbread night for the Grade 1 to 4 students.  It was a night of candy, hot chocolate, and parents and kids all bouncing off the walls in a frenzy of sugar and socializing.  IT WAS A MAD HOUSE!!!
Mini sat with some of her besties and made a lovely little house...

Lam, after saying hi to some of his buds, sat himself down to focus on constructing a "demolition house"...

Roomie sought out his fellow-dads, while I caused trouble with my Usual Suspects: Jenna Slickbooty and Tonya Kung Fu Grip...

Harmzie Kids' Cookie Party & Adult Eggnog/Deviled Egg Party
Harmzie-girl hosted 2 Christmas parties: one for the kids on the 11th and one for the adults on the 17th.  The kids had a great time making cookies at their 'do, and as far as I remember, we had a great time at Harmzie's Grown Up party.  I'm really not sure.

I blame my lack of recall on Max and his lovely evil nog, whose mere fumes are enough to get me drunk.

Wish I had pics of these, but I'm afraid my kids would've coated my camera in cookie dough, and well, I don't remember if I had the camera with me at the Big People party...  but, by the end of the night, it was probably a good thing. What with all the talk of "bushes" and stuff.
These events are BIG in my world and, despite the lack of pics, have to be shared, because, you know... Harmzie.  :)

Nuttall/Richardson Xmas Party
I remember when this party was held in the lobby party room of one of the apartments in the Village many, many... manymanymany years ago.  :)  Now, it's a house party, but I still look forward to it every year, because it's fun every year.  Like in 2007, 2008, 2009.  And this year, as usual, there was a lot of fun time spent smooching with pressing cleavages on catching up with dear old friends.
Here are our gorgeous hostess and host, Sly (one of my besties and bridesmaids) and Mr. Sly (who you may recall was my wedding MC).  Pics of them are strewn throughout this blog if you want to see.  Not the bad ones -- those I'm saving for blackmail purposes.  Hehe.  Ahem.

Christmas Eve with Nen's Fam
My sister and BIL came over for our traditional ham dinner.  Mini was sick the night before, but her fever broke so all was well again.  My sister and I did some 'Just Dance 3'-ing and almost burned my sauteed beans because we were too busy shaking our booties to "California Gurlz".  I forgot to set out corn, but no one seemed to care.
And, of course, we took our annual Family Picture...  gorgeous, eh?!

Christmas Morning
Oh, yes, I've been a very VERY good girl, indeed!  Yes, the chocolate box is empty.  It was full.  Until about 10 minutes after I unwrapped it.

Christmas Dinner with Roomie's Fam
We always look forward to this evening with Roomie's siblings and their families.  It's good to catch up and see the kids... who all grow up way too quickly!
Christmas eve was ham night, and this night is turkey night... with stuffing, mashed potatoes, peas, carrots, and dessert.  I can never eat more than one serving.  I get SO FULL.  Which makes me sad.  Because it's all SO GOOD.
We all needed to relax, like these dudes (our nephew Aaron, Lam, and Roomie's bro)...

It was a great Holiday Season indeed!  :)

So, what did y'all do to celebrate?


  1. Gingerbread night looks like it was fun!

  2. Wow... phew! That was quite a bit of partying. Looks like you had a great christmas.