Sunday, December 26, 2010

Christmas Day

White Christmas!!!  Gerry took me over to Michelle's so I didn't have to drive in the snow.  The girls showed me what they got from "Santa" and then we went up to my Dad's house to celebrate Christmas with him.  We had ham and lots of other stuff including chicken corn chowder and it was so good!!  We ate and then sat around the table and talked for awhile.  Then we passed out gifts and got to unwrapping.  It was a lot of fun and all of us got some very nice things.  I didn't take a single picture....woops. 

I'm pretty sure it was one of the best Christmases I've had in a while.  I got to be home with my family the whole time!!  After we got home from Dad's Michelle took me to Mom & Gerry's and they came in to tell them Merry Christmas.  We ended up eating leftovers and then decided to watch a movie.  The girls had ELF out in the car so we all sat upstairs and watched that.  It was a great ending to Christmas!!  Although, we missed Lindsay & Ty.  I got up this morning and did a little bit of shopping (mostly looking, the only thing I bought was my Mom's birthday present) and then went back and watched a movie on TV before I left to come back to IL.  I put away all my decorations, unpacked, washed bed sheets, cleaned up the kitchen, ironed, sorted through receipts, put my new heated mattress topper on my bed, went to Wal-Mart to buy my Nook but they were out so hopefully I can get one Tuesday.  I still have a lot to do so hopefully I can do some more tomorrow night after work and Tuesday when I'm off.  I hope everybody else had a wonderful Christmas as well!!!  Here's to a very Happy New Year!!!!

Christmas Eve

I was lucky enough to have started a job just 2 weeks ago so I was able to be off for Christmas Eve & Christmas Day and the day after!  I drove home on the 23rd after I got off work and stayed at my parents house.  I got up pretty early Christmas Eve because my nephew is an early riser, to say the least.  We all got ready.  Katie & Mike went on to her family and Me, Mom & Gerry went to pick up the girls and head to my cousin Holly's for Christmas with my mom's side of the family.  It started snowing pretty good while we were there and it was so pretty!!

Christmas Eve Eve

In my family we do Christmas on the 23rd, hence the name Christmas Eve Eve! We all get together at my mom and Gerry's house. It's Mom, Gerry, Katie, Mike & Nate, Michelle, Kelsey & Madison, Me, Lindsay & Ty. We all eat dinner together which was pizza from Turoni's and I'm pretty sure that is going to be tradition from now on. We also always take our annual family picture. (I'll have to add it in later once I ask mom to email them) Then it's on to opening presents and there are always way too many!! This is my favorite of all the Christmas get togethers we do!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

100th Post

It just so happens that my 100th post happens to be this one....I wish I had something great to post but it's just going to have to be my weekend wrap-up!
I started a new job this past Monday and spent everyday in an orientation doing classes.  I get to actually start doing my job on Tuesday and I'm so looking forward to that.  Ok, so Friday was hair hair day!  Sonja did a wonderful job like always and then I went on to work to sit through 3 more classes.  After the day was done I headed to Evansville to do some Christmas stuff with my family.  I had to drive in the dark for most of the way and I really don't like driving in the dark...I made it though until I got to the driveway.  I go in with some things and my mom is in the kitchen so I tell her hi and go to get the rest of the stuff out of my trunk.  As soon as I get out to my car I see it sliding backwards....I'm about ready to freak out and I grab the hood and stop it and scream bloody murder yell for Mom....she comes out and I'm like "my car is sliding backwards, I've got ahold of it and stopped it"  HILARIOUS I'm sure....anyway, my mom gets in and moves it to safety off the ice in the driveway!  I checked on it several times before I went to bed and it was still safe. 
We all got up early to go watch my niece's play basketball.  They both won the 1st games of the day which put both teams in the championship game later that afternoon.

Madison's team (7th grade team) won the championship game and Kelsey's team (8th grade team) did not.  They were so upset and made us all want to cry.  They are going to be an awesome team next year at Central!  After the games we went up to Boonville for Koester Christmas.  We got there just in time to eat!!  Then they did a cookie contest and Santa came. 
My cousin Justin & his family 
My cousins little girl Tori & Santa 
Jessi, Me & Jennifer 
My Grandma with Santa & Mrs. Clause 
My Grandpa & Santa 
All the grandkids singing the annual Koester Christmas song 
Me & my Dad 
My sister Lindsay & I 
My cousins little girl Zoe & I 
Tori & I 
Lindsay & I 
Lindsay, Me & Michelle
 Everybody started cleaning up but some of us stayed around and sat on the floor and talked for probably another hour or so.  I didn't get to go last year because I had to work, I'm glad I got to see everybody this year!  Lindsay & I went back to our parents house to stay the night and do cookies tomorrow. 
COOKIE DAY!!  Every year my mom makes about a billion cookies on this day.  Lindsay & I were already there and when we woke up mom was already getting started on the chocolate chip which I'm pretty sure she made around 15 dozen of those.  Kelsey & Maddie both had ball games so they were gone for a little bit during the day and I don't think we got very many done at all while they were gone.  They always do way more than me and my sisters do!  I had to leave pretty early because I wanted to drive back before it got too dark.  I got to run by my friend Deana's house and get a plate of cookies from her too.....yummy!  I came home and put in a movie from my blockbuster in the mail...Killers with Ashton Kutcher and Katherine Heigel.  I'm excited to go to work these next 4 days then it's CHRISTMAS!!  I might not be blogging till after Christmas so 
Merry Christmas to all my blogging buddies!!