Happy Happy Birthday

September is a busy month for birthdays in our family.  My grandmother, J’s grandpa, my father-in-law, cousin B, Uncle Chris and J all have September birthdays!

We celebrated birthdays for J, Uncle Chris and Papa on Saturday night with a pool party, shrimp taco cookout and a little college football.  Go Gators!

This year my father-in-law turns 69, J turns 39 and Uncle Chris turns 31!

It was a fun evening spent with family and friends.  Of course, my mom was super tense because Big Red was there.  She blames him for everything that happened in Steph’s marriage and cannot get past it.  But she was on her best behavior and I’m hoping that going forward we can just learn to let bygones be bygones.  Bitterness won’t get you anywhere.

I picked up J’s favorite cake for dessert- Cold Stone’s Mmmmint Chip.  Everyone said it was wonderful!  I did not have a piece because of the South Beach Diet thing.  I amazed myself with my willpower 🙂  Let’s hope this two weeks of restriction pays off…

While watching the Florida- Tennessee game replay, the birthday boys opened their presents.  J wanted a bottle of port wine and a fishing shirt which the boys and I were happy to oblige.

Happy birthday J, Chris and Papa!  Here’s to many more happy birthday to come!!!


Christmas Day

Christmas day began for us at 7:30 AM with flurry of unwrapping presents and eating way too many goodies.  It was a wonderful, stress-free day spent with family and friends.  Heck, I even managed to squeeze in a nap!

The day after Christmas was not so relaxing, however.  I spent the day trying to clear out the boys’ closets to make room to put the new toys.  Whew!  Getting organized is hard, rewarding work.  I feel so accomplished now that everything has a home.

Now my thoughts are turning to cleaning…  How many days do you think I can put this off?  The carpet is littered with bits of wrapping paper, cellophane scraps and cookie crumbs.  I guess I can’t let it go too long since it’s already driving me insane but all I really want to do is curl up in bed with a book.