Thursday, December 25, 2003

HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

Merry Christmas to all of you who celebrate! We sure did. Yesterday I left work around noon, and went home and met Aaron to go to his sister's. You may recall I mentioned she lived way the fuck out in Eatonville, yes. Traffic, she was a bitch. But once we were there we had an awesome time. It was cut far too short though as we had to be back in our end of town by 7pm. We left at 5:30 on the dot, right as dinner was being served. We missed out on a traditional turkey dinner with all the fixin's. So we stopped and grabbed a quick bite and made it home to pick up the rest of the presents and goodies for the Polenske gathering by 7:00. We pulled up to my Grandma's house around 7:15 **I should note that Christmas eve festivities usually begin there by 6:30 or so. I figured we'd be a bit late, but I knew it wouldn't be too bad. Um... we arrived as my Aunt Carrie arrived and no one else was there.

NO ONE.

I bitched a bit about it, just noting that we had to eat wendy's for dinner (which goes against everything in my fast food hating soul... but what can you do. I didn't order beef!) I then went to work putting together a Polenske family tradition ... which sadly I was the only one who brought any... so quantities were quite limited. All you do is take bacon, cut it in half, and wrap a piece around a waterchestnut and stick a toothpick in the middle to secure. Bake at 350 for about 15 min or until the bacon looks done and voila! Divine. I bought turkey bacon so I could have some, and it was a hit.

Everyone arrived by 8, and we had a typical crazy, loud, cluttered, mind numbing, sensory overloading Christmas eve. Even though there's shouting and so much commotion at times you really thing your head is going to explode... it's my favorite time of the year. Nothing beats going to Grandma's for Christmas Eve. Nothing beat having my 1 1/2 year old cousin come give me a hug when she opened her pj's and carebear. Nothing beat having my 6 year old cousin Serenity put her arm around me and tell me she thought I was pretty. :-) In so many years past both she and her younger sister Makaya have always been really shy so it was really a treat to be around them now that they are so outgoing and bubbly.

Last night Aaron and I couldn't wait to open our one gift from each other (we were opening the rest of what we got each other Christmas day at my moms), and when we opened the presents it was funny to see we each had chosen to open a watch. :-) Great minds think alike!

This morning has been pretty easy going, we went and picked up grandpa this morning, stopped and got cinnamon rolls, and then met up with the family at mom and dads. It was awesome to open the gifts and see the looks on everyone's faces. It's been a really great day so far. Now we have to go home and pack for the trip. yikes!

I don't know if I'll be posting at all while we are gone, if we happen to come upon an internet cafe I'll be sure to say hello, but if not then I'll catch you all later. Have a most wonderful Christmas and an awesome New Year, and of course thanks for reading.

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