Jan 8, 2009

Merry Christmas everyone!


What? I missed it? I happened already? So you're saying I'm too late? Shoot.

I had these pics uploaded and all ready to go, they're now almost a month old, I've got a lot of catching up to do. I'm not going to miss out on telling you one moment of our trip, so I guess this is part 2 {or is it 3?} in a 15 part series. Buckle up folks, it's going to get a little bumpy.


So this was a month ago {as afore-mentioned} at my Dad's Firehouse Christmas Party. It really took me back being there, since again, it was something we never missed when I was a kid growing up. All that was missing was the already-over-sweet punch that had 2 cups of sugar added per gallon. Other than that it was just about as I remembered. Gabey seen here treating Gaengy like a buckin' bronco


Laine and Santa, pretty explanatory


Gabe and Santa, not so much. Maybe next year



What says Christmas like a Creepy Santa man, 2 gals +kid and an old-timey firetruck?


Mom and I bakin' away. We made cute treats to spread holiday cheer, the kind that last the whole year through.


This was the day Laine slept with Cujo, funny story.

I used to sleep with Cujo, the family dog, when I lived at home. She's so sweet! Anyway, when Ben and I had been married only a couple of months, we took a weekend and slept at my parent's house. We slept in my old room in my old bed in the basement. Cujo was so excited, she thought she was in on the party. And see, I'm forgetting an important part of the story. Ben had tricked me. He had pretended that he and not only Cujo were bff's, but he and ALL animals were bff's. Not so. He hates them. He is a clean person. He doesn't do dog hair nor does he want to go around smelling like a monkey's butt. But he allowed me to believe he did when we were dating so that I'd think we were mfeo and both animal lovers.

But I digress... so we head down to bed for the night and Cujo is trailing right behind, her ears perked up and her tail a'waggin'. Until Ben shuts the door behind him, all but hitting her in the snout. I was sad, really sad, but not near as sad as Cujo who sat outside the door whining and scratching, too naive to understand things weren't the same anymore.

I was so sad at this point, probably a good 20 minutes into Cujo's antics, and I began to cry. Think of me what you will, I'm not ashamed to admit it. I knew I had to choose my new marriage over Cujo, but the wine was bittersweet...

Anyway, so for old time sake I let Laine sleep with Cujo. It was so precious!


Okay, and this last one REALLY takes me back! Little girls earnin' their keep. Yup, that one rings a bell. I think washing walls and baseboards was next...

And who could forget the day Laine slept in her funny glasses after removing the slinky eyeballs

K Peeps, stay tuned, TBC...

12 comments:

Gaengy said...

Such a cute post...we had so much fun with all of you. Miss you, but glad you are home safe and sound...Love the one of Laine vacuming...a girl after mine own heart!!!!

Ashley said...

Ohhh... I am so sad for Cujo. Glad L got the opportunity to cuddle with a four legged friend. I so badly wanted my kids to open a box under the tree with a puppy inside, but the hubby wouldn't let me :(

Kate Gildea said...

Oh, I miss you guys so much already! Come back! Um...you never told me you cried about Cujo...this changed everything.

Kristine L. said...

Um, Kate where have you been? We talk about this like EVERY Christmas.

And Nat, don't try to compare parties here... if there wasn't a freakishly skinny lady with scary makeup and bags under her eyes and black curly hair dressed in stillettos and leopard print leggings, it was no where near the same. Come on now.

The Wells Family said...

yeah! i have seriously missed on the humor. kate has been alittle bit more on the blog posts. :) so i got my fixes.

anywho...glad you were able to enjoy time with family. i can't wait to get the complete update. i am sure there are juicies to share. and i still can't believe that is your mom. what a hottie! :) and you look fab as always.

stephanie said...

Oh, I remember whenever my dad would make us clean, it was the baseboards and walls he was concerned about. Too funny!

I love the pic with the goofy glasses.

Kimberli said...

Sounds like the Riley's had a great Christmas! Sad our paths didn't cross over the holidays... we would have loved to see you. But at least blogs give us an update... we'll read the other 12 parts of your Christmas when they come. :)

Mel said...

Love the Cujo story and that your dog is actually named Cujo smelling like a Monkey Booty! I am with Ben on that one! Missed seeing you while you were here, but it was a crazy time. Can't wait to here more about the cruise :)

Karmann and Ryan said...

I have missed you!! So glad that you are back and look forward to reading the TBC!! I loved the dog story! How funny and yet sad at the same time! I love that you have a little cinderella cleaning away! She is so cute! Glad you have had such a good time with your fam and MERRY XMAS to you too! Love ya!

Stacey Lau said...

Baking with your mom, how much fun is that?! What is your mom's secret to the fountain of youth anyway? She looks amazing, can she share her secret with the rest of us?

Emilee said...

Love the Cujo story! And it sounds like you had a great vacation and Christmas

rosalie said...

Natalie,
I am sad we didn't catch up while you were here for Christmas. I got your email saying you were coming - did you get our email back? Keep in touch

 
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