Marji Laine

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Top Ten Christmas Memories

Dear Boy and His Uncle Bubba

10 The memory that I penned for Write Integrity Press about the year just before Sweet Hubby and I got married. We traveled through four states that year and Christmased in three of them! You can read the article HERE!

9 One year my brother and I got my mom an antique piano and on Christmas day, we did a scavenger hunt for her all over East Texas to help her find her gift.

8 And then there was the year that I got my brother a rubber chicken with Christmas ornaments hanging out of its ears. (Do chickens even have ears?) That one event established a tradition for every year. I work at finding a goofy gift to go with my brother’s personality. Last year it was a dancing snowman and they year before that, I found a Santa that shouted “Smelly Christmas” and then tooted Jingle Bells. Perfect for his humor! Ha!

Two From Galilee - The First Noel7 This year’s production of Two From Galilee was an amazing event. This year will definitely go high in my memory archives.

6 One of the craziest memories of a Christmas was the year we got my dog, Marcie, from “Santa.” A sweet, almost three-year-old beagle, she didn’t seem tall enough to get to my table. Until I found her nose deep in my cheesecake ball after our lunch.

5 I loved the year that I announced the birth of my twins, of course, I didn’t know they were twins at that point. I gave my dad a package with a diaper (yes, clean) inside. Then sat there and snapped pictures while the truth dawned on him.

4 That reminds me of the Christmas party when I told my mom about that pregnancy. At the party, we had the waiter bring her a baby bottle as all the other drinks were being delivered.

Frosty at the Gaylord Texan3 Then there was the Christmas when my son got his bicycle and my daughter got skates. Sweet hubby, nephew, and I all got skates as well, so we all walked out to the park behind our house and spent the afternoon rolling around, falling, and laughing.

2 Jelly jars! My sweet hubby’s most embarrassing Christmas came when my mom invited one of her friends to our celebration. Sweet Hubby spent a couple of weeks perfecting homemade jam and even picked out cute Christmas glasses to give them in. (He’s a farmboy married to a city girl. What can I say?) So when our guest opened her gift, he explained that he hadn’t wanted to use boring jelly jars for the gift. The next thing he opened … can you guess? Yes, our guest had also made jam, but in “boring jelly jars.”

1 And our guest didn’t let Sweet Hubby forget it! My number 1 memory came the next year when she celebrated with us again. She made a point to leave notes on all of her gift containers like, “Nothing boring about a PopTart box!” My Sweet Hubby’s ears reddened both years!

Weekending Laughter

Things really jumped into high gear in the prom world this week. We held two dance lessons – we’re homeschoolers; we teach (even though they’ll still get out on the floor and just jump around! LOL!) – for our Texas Christian Homeschool Prom and tomorrow will be a nine or ten hour workday where we’ll paint, sew, build, sort, fold, print, pack, sew, paint, and build some more. Just wait until you see the finished product! I think I’ve told you before that this is the largest homeschool prom in the US, but did I mention that the decorations have won national awards?

No, that is SO not my calling. I’m an organizer. So tomorrow, I aim to offer my hands to help where I can and hope they don’t ask me to sew … or paint … or build. I can fold! 🙂

And my sweet angels and I took a shopping trip to find my costume for this upcoming prom. Am I going to look royal enough? Wish I had gotten a pic with the hat and drape and ruff all in it! (And I wish I looked 20 lbs thinner and had put makeup on before my trip, but oh well.) We lunched at “the Barrel.” Okay, to get the full effect of this quote, you have to see this Tim Hawkins bit:

And aside from prom activities, we finish our last week of our homeschool coop today. I have been known to grouse about having to get up so early and put on make-up and teach all day, but I really do love teaching high school writing and the kids have become so special to me. I’m going to miss the moms I’m used to seeing every week and I’ll be happy when our coop starts meeting again next September. But for a few weeks, I’m just going to relax on Fridays!

With the free time, maybe I’ll get some extra writing done. My new story is begging me to write it!

So what did you do this week and what are your weekend plans? Did you watch something good on TV or deal with a kid issue? Have a chat with a buddy or go to dinner? I’d love to hear about your week.