Fashionably late, Goddess style, I present to you….”The Holiday Family Extraordinaire!” I had such a wonderful holiday season full of family and loved ones, and I must say that in love, we are wealthy indeed! Although timing for Thanksgiving pictures didn’t work out, Christmas did, and I am so happy! My daughter and Michael’s son work so hard and such terrible hours that it is tough for us to all get together, but it finally did, and here are just a few of the pictures. There was a LOT of hilarity during the holidays, too, but this is par for the course ’round these here parts! And of course, I am going to share! But first let’s look at some pictures, mang!
My daughter has done a LOT of driving over the past few weeks just to spend time with her mommy, and although we didn’t have the time for “modeling pictures” over Thanksgiving, or Christmas we managed to barely squeeze in the time for New Year’s. So, we snapped up what we could, and I’ll be posting the FOTH’s for that in a day or two.
Mom and Dad visited our house several times during the holidays. I must admit it is such a bittersweet moment for me that they have retired and are about to spend their time traveling. I am spoiled to their presence, and have mild panic attacks when I haven’t had my “fix”. They have always been such a huge part of my life, and now I have to set them free to enjoy their lives during their Golden Years. *sighs*. It is such an awesome thing, but I’d be a liar to say it doesn’t also make me sad! But let’s get to the freakin’ meat of this blog post already!!!!
Highlights in our family are always best remembered when they are comical and/or awkward. Sure, we spend our “family time” with love and affection, but it is the comical craziness that we have in our family that sets us apart from the rest, and here is a list of just a few!
On Thanksgiving, it is my son’s responsibility to set up the turkey for its journey in the cooker. He slept in, so I did it. I put the apple in the turkey to bake the entire time instead of the last half hour, and our Turkey Presentation on the table was with a mushy green mess inside it! No problem, we devoured it anyway, and it was goooo-oood!
For Christmas, I taught my daughter our traditional way of cooking authentic “Lasagna Italiano”. We have lasagna on Christmas. My mother is Italian, so it is only natural, after all! We spent all day working on the secret sauce, carefully and beautifully built our lasagna, and finally, after hours of work, and dozens of times smacking the back of hands of the boys “testing”….the lasagna went into the oven! The aroma was so lovely filling the house, and everyone eagerly awaited the arrival of our lasagna. My daughter’s boyfriend was down, and she was particularly excited and proud to present to him what a GREAT thing we would have to eat!
Finally it was time to pull out the lasagna. I went to the oven, and realized in absolute horror that the oven display was reading what I can only describe as alien writing! I opened the oven door, and after one look at the lasagna, my mouth took over. A long series of incredibly unattractive words flew from my mouth, and the entire household dashed into the kitchen. Everyone began to cough and gasp as black smoke-filled the kitchen, and I dashed to the windows and doors, now cursing about the smell and possibly having to clean the walls on Christmas!
The oven had gone into broil mode somehow, and the top of the lasagna was completely black! Tears welled up in my eyes as I stammered and stuttered about not understanding what happened, and the rest of the family held their breath, not knowing what to say or what to do. Everyone stared at our long-awaited meal in disappointed exasperation as I fought back tears. I ruined dinner, and we were all starving! Where on earth would we find food on Christmas Day? My head was spinning and my daughter grabbed my hand and kissed it while my son patted my back and hugged my neck.
The alien writing on the display turned to Chinese writing as our noses took in the awful stench of cleaner. The oven went into clean mode, and we couldn’t get it to turn off! We were stuck riding out the experience whether we liked it or not.
Then my darling Michael cut into the lasagna and tried a piece of it without any prompting, determined to find a way to “save the moment”. As soon as he did, everyone else did as well, and much to our surprise and relief, it was still good! I swear it was! The burned cheese was just a crispy layer and didn’t have much of a taste, and easily scraped away if we wanted to. However, we ate the cheese. We thought it was good! And we laughed and laughed, reliving the moment together…”It was so funny when…” “Oh, man, did you see when…” We had so much fun! And dessert was awesome.
New Year’s Eve was exciting, too. (New Year’s and the 4th of July are my FAVORITE holidays of the year!) My daughter worked, so as soon as she got off work, she and the boyfriend drove up to the house, barely making it. My son and I were texting her as we all waited by the champagne and watching the clock. She arrived at 11:45 p.m. with surprise fireworks, and those bottle-popper things that shoot confetti. My mischievous teenage son was just dying to mess with one. We had all just threatened him within an inch of his life to wait when…
POWWWWWWWAAAAHHHHH! I am talkin’ a huge poppin’ bang from nowhere, filled the room and caused my daughter and I to jump 6 feet from the ground. “I didn’t do it!!’ My son yelled, holding up his hands.
“It was the champagne bottle.” Said Michael. Everyone started to ask him what the heck he did that for when he finally managed to get us to understand that it happened on autopilot (JUST LIKE THE OVEN on Christmas!) We all laughed and teased one another about our reactions when we realized that ACK!!!!! 2 minutes to midnight, hurry, hurry! Pour the champagne, stand together and get ready to toast! And midnight came, and my daughter got her first New Year’s Kiss ever with her boyfriend, and I got to cuddle and hug with my famly and feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing I’d kick off the year with the ones I love.
So you’ve made it to the end of another long Goddess post! *Pats you on the back* Way to go! And thanks for sticking it out with me, and giving me the fun experience of sharing some family tidbits with you. You are soooo Awesome Blossom! XOXOXO