Have a little quiet time before we open. Yesterday we were SWAMPED. And today we will probably be swamped too but being swamped means the museum gets money...which means we'll stay open...which means I keep a job I love. So I am not complaining one bit.
I still need to transfer my photos of Christmas onto the laptop when I get home (Yup, the Mac is ded. *sad face* BUT Trish may be able to retrieve my photos off it!). I didn't take too many photos other than my parents tree, my presents from Max, the cemetary, and MANY photos of my adorable and incredibly handsome nephew. I cannot believe how big he's gotten in the six months I haven't been home. My God...he is cute. He also loved the Mickey Mouse Keyboard and the Bowling for Monsters game Max and I got him. I can't go that long anymore in between visits. I miss too much.
Dad and I did a lot of bonding this trip. I got home and the next day we spent at the maul getting gifts for mom. Its really my favorite Christmas activity simply because dad and I have so much fun catching up. My parents have been married for almost 50 years (its sneaking up on them) and my dad is still deeply in love with my mom. I can tell by just the little things he says about her when we're out doing this. He's hardly a gusher but you can tell. And it makes me happy. Sappy but true. We decorated my mom and dad's tree that night with lil' Danny in tow...who was far more interrested in playing with his trucks but did like playing with the garland. And in traditional fashion my mom said "and THIS is the prettiest tree we EVER had!"...she says this every year.
The next day was more Daddy/Daughter time when we went up to the cemetary to set up the tree for grandma Rose and Grandpa Angelo (my mom's parents), Timmy, and Grandpa Luther and Grandma Kate (my dad's parents). The only down side was dad accidently backed his truck into a ditch and got stuck. Luckily, a very nice older gentleman got us some help and we got the truck out in no time. Also I got to hit my old favorite burger place, Nations afterwards....Oh my God...its been years since I had a Nation's burger...and I've forgotten its nomnom goodness. *drool*.
Then the usual Christmas Eve at Mom and Dad's with delicious Italian Deli food. chellmer
and Julie came over and much girly fun was had. Jules made me two adorable knit caps and a blanket for the house. And Chelle gifted Max and I with the gift...of booze. Which is always the right size and color. Christmas was at my aunt's place which was nice and mellow eating yummy ravioli...and spent watching Yo Gaba Gaba with Danny...that show is cracktastic. tigrise
organized a sort of mini gathering for Christmas this year which consisted of me, Max, Jeff, shingkhor
, Jason, kythera
, Kyffin, and brooklynx
at the Maccaroni Grill. INSANELY fun time! Thanks Dasha, for organizing it all. I had a BLAST...and drank a lot of wine.;) We decided to call it a con because it had an art show with all of us sketching on our place mats. We're dorks. But we're FUN dorks. Banshea also gave me a large bag full of home made mashmellows of different flavors...Bailey's Marshmellows WTF! I plan to make cocoa soon and dump a few in. *more drooling*
Also, Max as usual, surprised and delighted me with his Christmas gift. This year I really didn't ask for anything in particular. We're pretty strapped for cash since we bought the house and honestly, there was nothing I wanted specifically...except maybe a new Mac but that will come AFTER our couch is paid off. And it wasn't so much the gift (which is BEAUTIFUL) as much as all the planning he did going into it (apparently since October). Max commissioned the extremely talented christalblu
to make me two gorgeous...and I mean GORGEOUS victorian hats for me. Now keep in mind, I've been wanting a hat from Christal since I met the woman and saw her work. But its one of those luxuries I never could afford myself, especially after buying the house. So I've been drooling over her stuff from afar for...well however long I've known Christal. I mentioned this to Max apparently some time earlier this year. And that little bugger kept it in the back of his head all this time.
...now I understand why Christal kept asking me oppinions on colors that day in LA.
...Oh hon...you are good.
...Sneaky and good.
He comissioned two orange and blue silk hats for me. One a lovely top hat and the other a small little victorian that I am DETERMINED to make an outfit to go with. I love them. SO MUCH! I have no place to wear them so I wear them around the house. I plan to put them on display somewhere in the house where the Scout can't get to them. I already caught her once trying to Nom Nom on one of the feathers. O.O. Both are currently locked in my cat proof studio until I can find a proper place to display them. I need to find some spiffy looking hat stands!
My family was very generous to us this year. They gave us a ton of fun stuff for the house (wall art, clocks, much needed Christmas ornaments) AND they gave us enough old furnature to fill our entire house. Stuff that reminds me off home like my mother's hope chest, dressers that belonged to my grandma and grandpa, old chairs I used to sit in when I was a kid, and my old DOLL HOUSE! Max flipped when he saw the desk my grandpa and great Uncle Bamaio made for my mom and aunt when they were children in the 50's. That thing is build like a TANK. The only real tell tale sign of its age is the finish is pretty roughed up. He took that for the game room and now he has a work space to paint his mini's. So many awesome things that bring back so many great memories. I know Max thinks I'm a total spaz for getting so excited for getting all of this but it's like having a piece of my family home with me even if they're still up in Nor Cal. It makes me happy and it makes the chateau truly feel like home.
So the chateau is looking less like a college rental and more like an actual house now. Its exciting! Photos to come as soon as I clean!
This week I got my hald day tomorrow which will be spent doing decorating stuff...because I'm having too much fun...and then Burke and Beth's New Years Eve party. Things are going good.:)
Hopefully photos tonight or tomorrow!