Thursday, December 3, 2009

Time is flying by!!

Time has just been whizzing by since Monday morning!
We returned home from such a relaxing, beautiful trip to the Amazon to the whirlwind that comes every year at Christmas time!

I am not complaining, I love this season! It makes me feel giddy just thinking about snow, yummy Christmas dinner and cookies, Midnight mass (which is now usually at 10), seeing the kids faces on Christmas morning, visiting with my family and my husband's family....
ah, the list goes on and on!

and now for some updates:
1. I will write about the Amazon trip in another post, but it certainly was amazing to be there!
2. My Steelers are hurting a little since I have been gone....lost 2 while I was away, but I know they will come back strong now! Plus, we are going to the game on the 20th in Pittsburgh!!!
3. My daughter had her Holiday presentation today, along with the other 3,000,000 kids in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades! She is such a tiny little sprite, and she was stuck behind a tall kid! I still took the video though you only see her about 80% of the time! Well, you see her Santa hat the whole time, just not the face attached to it!
They all wore those hats and red shirts...yes all 3,00,000 of them, and it looked great!
4. Gabriela and I had our book group Christmas party today at my house. It was a lot of fun, and the present "stealing" was a bit intense at the end! I "stole" these 4 beautiful small, delicate, candy bowls from a lady, it was the 2nd steal with only one more person after me, and only 1 more chance for someone to steal it because I was the last number to go....and don't you know, it was taken from me by the original lady that opened the present! Let me see if I can explain all this:
#1 lady picked a present, which turned out to be these bowls. Another lady, on her turn, "stole" them from her....a little later, I "stole" them from lady #2. A present can only be "stolen" 3 times, so I felt pretty good about it. HA! Well, the lady that I "stole" them from, turned around and took #1 lady's new gift. So, that meant #1 lady could "steal" again...
and hence, this is how she turned right back to me and got her bowls back!
Boo Hoo :(
Oh well, I ended up with a big pretty, acrylic bucket for ice, drinks and for me, a soon to come new beautiful flower arrangement!
Gabriela took a beautiful bracelet from someone fact, it was lady #1 from my bowl incident!! Poor lady #1 wasn't having much luck today, so I guess it was only right that she got her bowls back :)

Happy Holidays are here...let the festivities begin!


BLOGitse said...

nice to see you again!
I can imagine #1, #2, #3.......and you having a great 'stealing party! :)

Lucy said...

That gift stealing is so dramatic! Fun to read about.

I look forward to your Amazon pics!

mythopolis said...

We call it 'Dirty Santa' and play it every year. Mostly though, all the secret presents are mostly junk, so there is lots of stealing to try to find something less junky!

So will you have Christmas in Pittsburg?

Betty said...

I love that gift stealing game! I´m planning on doing it on our family gathering. Makes is much more interesting!

NicoleB Egypt said...

Glad you had a good time!
Looking forward to see the pics :)

Brenda said...

Can't wait to hear about your trip to the Amazon!

Those gift exchange parties are always fun :)

Gabriela said...

Finally. I got something good. It's about time is all I can say.

Your house was lovely and you are such a natural hostess. :)

Anonymous said...

Very nice to catch up with you! Looks like you've been having fun and keeping super busy.

I never get the good gifts in those exchanges. One year I got perfume which I don't wear, another year pjs and they were silky and pretty but made me all clammy. But it is fun to steal!