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Christmas 2016

Christmas had a rocky start this year, with dad being in the hospital for a diverticulitis attack and Mom & I trying to figure out how to make the Christmas Eve dinner without him. Thankfully, we didn’t ruin it and even more thankfully, Dad broke himself out of the hospital in time to celebrate. He wrote on his exit board, “Santa had a bellyache, but the little children need him.” Which is completely accurate b/c my dad is Santa. He suffered through the next two days of celebration like a champ and we found ourselves all the more grateful for his presence. The kids, especially, love their Poppy. Christmas wouldn’t have been the same without him.

 

As usual, Christmas at my parents for Christmas Eve and Morning is crowded and chaotic and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

 

We ended our Christmas festivities at my Mother-in-laws for another round of good food and fun, feeling so very blessed to be able to spend that sort of quality time with our loved ones.

 

I hope all of your Christmases were just as satisfying as ours, even if they too had their rocky moments. :)

 

To see more pictures of our Christmas, click the image below!

 

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My Best Friend > Your Best Friend

I guess it shouldn't surprise me that Heather () would chose to spoil me on her favorite holiday of year, but personally I've never gotten Halloween gifts before her and it's not like I deserve them anyway so imagine my delight when the following showed up in the mail today for Halloween! 

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(Vampire Knight Manga #1, Framed art of my character Bryce, her character Arden, and my character Tilian dressed up for a Halloween party, and a cute Halloween Snow-globe)

In case you can't see how cool that art is, here's the digital version:

(Like Heather's Art? She takes commission requests now! Click HERE, if you're interested in custom work!)

I don't know what I ever did to get such an awesome best friend/critique partner, but I know that I am the luckiest. 
     
Do any of you celebrate Halloween with gifts or festive cards? If so, what fun things did you get/give from/to your friends?

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Turning Thirty

This past Sunday was Easter for everyone, but it also happened to be my birthday and I’ve spent several days celebrating it. Despite all of my fears about turning thirty, I have to say it was one hell of a birthday.

The week started with Heath sending me on a hunt for his gift to me via post-it notes of clues when I got home from work on Monday. I didn’t really want my present so early, but after finally finding it in a Fruity Pebbles box, it was pretty hard to resist opening it.

Clicking the picture will take you to a more detailed story of how I found the gift and larger pictures of each step

By Wednesday, I’d received a box full of goodies from my BFF and critique partner, . It included framed art of my Crack the Sky characters (so adorable), a new bookmark, a book on birthdays (which mine was SPOT on!), a cute note pad (cause I have a crazy fetish with note pads), and an Amazon MP3 gift card (because I’m sure you already know how addicted to music I am). It was far more than necessary, but I loved every bit of it!

On Thursday, my last day of work before a five day vacation, my work friends spoiled me with brownies for breakfast, Chinese for lunch, and I added to the excess of yummy with cupcakes from Flavor Cupcakery. My friend who’d already made me THIS the month before as an early gift, also made me a pair of earrings to wear with my Easter dress. They can be seen HERE.

Friday and Saturday, Heath and I were in Washington, DC. The weather was windy and chilly, but the sun was shining and we captured some great pictures. We visited several Art Museums, Gardens, and Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum. We walked so much on the first day, we could barely drag ourselves back to the hotel and we were asleep by 9pm (which is super early for us). While exhausting, it was a delightful trip.

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When Sunday finally arrived (my actual birthday), I woke early for Church with my family and then we all gathered together at my parent’s house for a party to celebrate both Easter and my birthday. Maw Maw and Paw Paw made the breakfast I rave about having at Christmas for lunch. We ate until our bellies were full and then they showered me with gifts. All of the presents were great, but just being with my family in such an enjoyable way on my birthday made the day completely perfect.

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I feel so blessed to have the family and friends I have in my life.

Today is my last day off before returning to work and I have to say the high from my birthday is still strong. My soul feels very much at peace, which I hadn't really expected since I was dreading officially being thirty so much. I guess I’ve just decided to not dwell on the number and it making me feel old. My mind is still young. I’ll just focus on that.

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