December 24, 2008

My Long Lost Blog

Oh how I miss having internet access. I realize I had become quite spoiled and I could check anything I wanted, whenever I wanted. I swear I feel as though I have lost a limb that is more important than arms and legs. Truthfully.

Well Thanksgiving came and went and I just barely threw out the last of the leftovers not too long ago...fridge smells quite a bit better. I loved having my parents, mother in law, and two brother in laws at my house to eat. What a feast we had and how absolutely amazing. I disappointed myself with how little I was able to eat cuz I can look down at my belly and it looks as if a whole turkey could fit in. Speaking of turkey, when I got off work that night me and my mom were preparing the turkey. Had I known it would scare my life, I would've done something else. She took the legs the apart so she could clean out the inards (sp?). Not a big deal....they were magically in a bag. I still gagged a little. THEN she reached her hand in there further and snapped something and pulled quite hard. A look of horror fell over my face and thats when I tasted my lunch the second time....and it wasn't as good. It was the neck of the turkey and just writing about it made me dry heave. True story. I loved Thanksgiving and that I was with those I love the most.

Cody and I were able to spend last Saturday night with Shannon and Ryan Rapier. I will never be able to describe how happy I was that they came to visit. I am totally in love with their baby daughter Kate and could not get enough of her. I barely even let Cody hold her. She is the most precious thing I have ever laid eyes on. I have been begging Cody for one ever since. I even offered to pay the Rapiers for her but I guess they know how much she's worth! Thank you for visiting with us, for Road house and for playing games....even though Ryan got creamed. Oh the taste of victory (by Cody and Shannon) I lost just as much....but thats cuz I was focusing on Kate the entire time.

Cody finished his first semester at ASU and did really well in his classes. I do not know how that guy holds it together (well tv and an amazing wife but thats heresay....notice the order haha) I am so proud of his and his accomplishments. He worked, maintained amazing grades, balanced his scheduled and made time for his sometimes psycho wife who has the past of being pretty selfish...but only sunday through friday. I love you Cody. Just a little bit more and we'll be rolling in the dough.....cookie dough didn't actually think I meant cold hard cash do ya? We all know the economic status. Come on!

It is now Christmas and we actually have a full size tree. Last year we only had a 3 foot tree so it was a little out of proportion to the presents but not to the tiny apartment. We decorated for Christmas and I was so excited. Our tree took a while to get to us thanks to David for prolonging his trip back from Thatcher (jk...but I really was annoyed at him for it). The night it showed up I about peed my pants. I then spent the next day making name tags for the gifts. To be honest, my holiday spirit hasn't been quite so cheerful this year as it has in the past but I'm trying. I guess truth is....Santa doesn't work for the U.S. Government and provide for every flipping need....what a croc! I do know that I have been blessed and that I am part of a family who I love more than I can ever express...partly because I cry so much so I kinda just bottle it in but I know I'm not kidding anyone. I have a huge appreciation for retail workers. In all my life, I've gotten the days off I need no questions asked but working at a mall (with low moral) its a little different. On our way out of town today to Show Low we had to stop and buy some oranges and I made sure that the guy who helped us knew how much I appreciated his help and that the store was open. Tonight at the Annual Reidhead Christmas Eve Party which I haven't missed in my 22 years of life, I finally felt the Christmas Spirit. I'm not sure if it was the kids acting out the Nativity Scene and half-heartedly singing traditional Christmas carols, or the food and gifts or the fact that I was able to drive up with Cody safely after getting off work early, talking the whole time and realizing that we do have an awesome life, or if it was the fresh snow on the ground, but I can't help but be a little choked up tonight knowing darn well I should be in bed before Santa comes....AKA Brody waking up and Ryan barging in at the butt crack of dawn. I am so thankful for this holiday season and that my family was blessed enough to all be together. Now Claridge family, I know I stole Cody from you this year and I just want to thank you for it! I can't wait to open the gifts tomorrow and continue to spend time with my family. My nephew Brody is growing up too quick. How am I supposed to get my baby fix when he's a toddler?

I hope I won't be spending much more time in the stone ages and we can get the internet real soon. blogging is so theraputic for me. I don't have to think about what I'm writing and I certainly don't get stressed out and have to use play-doh to relax! Please be patient with us. I love you all and hope the Spirit of Christmas found your hearts! Merry Christmas friends and family!


Tamra and Jim said...

danica, we love you. Thank you Cody, for bringing her home this Christmas. We loved it. Having all you kids home this year was amazing. You're all the best we could ever has asked for!~

Ryan and Shannon Rapier said...

I am glad you guys were able to make it up to Show Low and hope your Christmas was all you hoped for. Just know that I took out my losing frustrations on Shannon, Danae and Lamar a couple of days ago. I let Lamar have one but then I crushed them. Kate misses you and you can come see her anytime. Better hurry, she gets bigger every day. We love you guys.

TrAvIs aNd SaVaNnA said...

Merry Christmas a day late lol. It sound like you had a great Christmas!!!

Taralee said...

Does your internet work yet???

pete/chris whipple said...

Glad you get to blog... even if it's now and then Danica! Come see us we are just east of you a bit!