Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Oh Where, Oh Where Did My Batteries Go?

I have been debating whether or not to do a Christmas post. I don't think I can put my emotions into words so I'm not going to try. Unfortunately, I couldn't find my rechargeable batteries for my camera and the other ones I had were almost dead. That equals almost no pics, which equals a boring post.

I was able to go to Sabrina's class and help her make a gingerbread house since my classes were finished before the kids' school got out for vacation. She is very proud of her creation.
I tried to keep our same traditions, even with my crazy December schedule with finals and everything. The one tradition I did get a photo of is our silly socks. We wear them on Christmas.
We went to a ward Christmas party with a sing-along and Santa (and no camera), but that was the only party. Christmas morning the kids and I opened our presents to each other and then we headed over to my parents' house where all my siblings and their families came to celebrate...all except my sis Tiff and her husband Adam who live in Georgia and got to spend it with his family. (We miss you guys!) I only snapped a few photos with the draining battery. Gotta get photos of everyone I didn't get on Christmas!

This is my niece Aileah. It was so cute to hear her say, "Thank you" after opening each gift.
Here is Alex playing pool with his uncles. That little guy at the bottom of the pic is my nephew Avi and this is sadly the only photo I have of him from Christmas. I didn't even get a single one of his brother. 
Sabrina played ping-pong with me off and on, but got tired of standing, so she played sitting down. Didn't work so well!
Elisa decided to get in on a pool game. She had played ping-pong with me, my sister Heather and my sister Sheri for a while too.

Today I found some batteries so I put them in the camera and decided to take a photo of the party at my house.
Oh, yeah. It's just me here alone. 
I was grateful for this time after finals when my mind was clear and relaxed to reflect on our Savior's birth and life, and the miracle of all that the atonement means for me. I hope everyone has a good time bringing in a new year with renewed hope.


  1. Thanks for helping make our Christmas merry! And thanks for the butt shot of me! ;) We love you guys.

  2. Well, that's a pretty good Christmas post. YOU don't need batteries.
    Looks like it was a fun time.
    Bless you this year.

  3. Valerie, it made me happy to see your comment on my newborn post. :) I'm glad you had a fun Christmas, too! I love your crazy socks tradition. Good luck with your next semester... I definitely had a love hate relationship with school. I'll bet it is that much harder as a single mommy.

  4. Looks like am awesome Christmas. Love the silly socks tradition. I may have add it to mine.

  5. Thanks for visiting my blog and commenting. You have a wonderful blog, and beautiful family. Great to see your family traditions too. My mum was a single parent and started so many fun traditions when my dad left that we still continue now. Such a special time of year. All the best.

  6. Too bad about your batteries! We missed you guys too! I still need to call you, sorry about that. I hope you're enjoying the time off of school! Looks fun with a ping pong table and a pool table!

  7. Well...I think it was a perfectly wonderful post!
    Happy New Year to you & your sweet family.

  8. So nice to "meet" you! Where are you going to school?

  9. I agree YOU do not need batteries because you Rock all on your own!
    I was thinking about you alot this Christmas. I know it must have been different and hard on so many levels but at the same time I know you well enough now to know how spiritual you are and that you hugged your children and counted your blessings.
    You are truly a beautiful person and I am glad you had a good Christmas!

  10. Love the crazy socks! We just do pajamas. So glad that you had a good Christmas and that you were able to spend it with your family. I know you will get through this and grow!! wish I lived closer to be there for you!!!

  11. Thanks for posting the pics! i agree with what others have said... you are an amazing and strong lady. i know you will get thru the hard times and be stronger for it! i am here if you need anything! love ya, sis!


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