As promised, picture of Devin at the firehouse...
Sorry the picture quality isn't the greatest - it was on my phone and the light from the massive windows wasn't helping!
Church Christmas Eve was good, as was expected, except that my grandma skipped, which was weird because she claimed that she didn't know that there was church that evening. Um, there's church EVERY YEAR on Christmas Eve, and she usually comes with us! I don't know what her deal was, but she missed a lovely service. Did Christmas with Dad after the service, and Crystal (my soon to be former step-sister) and her kids came over too, which was fun. Her daughter Emma is my fav. of her 3 because she's such a little spit fire. I just enjoy her. The kiddos baked and decorated cookies, and we had ham. Good times. Christmas morning we did presents with Mom and went to my Aunt Kris's house (as previously mentioned) which was fine, and then headed over to my Aunt Pat's house (my dad's sister) to see those people for awhile. This is really significant because we haven't seen them on a holiday in years. Years people. So it was good to see relationships being mended and formed, and I was happy to get to know some of the people on that side of the family. I think my aunt was excited too to have everyone there. Its still weird to go to a family gathering where I barely know people, but hopefully that situation will eventually fix itself. I'm trying at least!
After the festivities I met up with Pat, Mark, Mike, Storm and another guy I don't know at Mamacita's (or however you spell it) for "Messy Christmas" drinks. Somehow it got dubbed that, but I'm all for starting new traditions. lol. Friday was glorious because I was home by myself most of the day, and that rarely happens. It was like Christmas all over again, lol. I got new books as gifts, and it was nice to have uninterrupted time to read them! Today I got to use my gift certificate to get a pedicure (thanks Mom!) and had my fake nails taken off. If you're unaware, I've had fake nails for several years, so it feels really weird to not have them. But its an easy place to cut expenses, so off they went. My toes are a pretty coral color though :).
I think one of my New Year's resolutions will be to spend more time 1-1 with my friends. So I might be calling you for a "date" if that one sticks. I generally don't make them as a rule, but that one seems like it has good potential. We'll see. Speaking of New Year's, I have no clue what I'll be doing to ring in 2009. Something will materialize I'm sure...
The weather is also unseasonably warm today. I'll take it while it lasts!