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Wednesday, January 04, 2006

Long overdue vaca update

Hi bitches,

I'm back. Let me sum up a few things before I launch into this incredibly long summary of my days in AZ. I am feeling loads better. I am not sure why. Perhaps I needed the break. Perhaps the stress of the holidays are over. I do still plan to enlist the help of a medical professional - hopefully one that can administer drugs - and get my shit taken care of. I know this stuff runs in my fam so the chance of it never leaving unless I get help are alarmingly good. Just because I have had a few good days does not mean I think I am in the clear. But for now, no rantings or not wanting to get out of bed.

OK, so the trip. We left on Wednesday, the 21st in the afternoon. I cleaned my ass off, did laundry and made sure all was squared away before we left. We picked up the kids. Here is where the stress came again. They brought out their luggage and we tossed it in the truck so we could get on our way. They sulked and moaning in the back of the truck as we were driving to the airport. I was so pissed. One Christmas out of NINE that we asked them to do something with my family. They acted like we just beat the shit out of their dog. Making them leave their saint of a mother. Daring to ask them to not see every God Damned fart that comes out of their little cousin. I was just annoyed. I kept telling myself to just chill and they will come out of it. Luckily I was right. They did. Neither of them has ever been on a plane. The novelty of that sorta struck them. We got to AZ with just a small delay in Denver on our lay over. We were all worn the fuck out so after a quick trip to the Dad's house, we continued on to our hotel. So much family came in that some of us had to be farmed out to nearby hotels. I would have rather stayed with Dad but no biggie. Let me make a quick list of stuff we did to somewhat shorten this post.

-Hot air balloon ride for husband and Jenea, step-daughter
-Lots of time spent with brother, sister, brother in law and various other family members
-Tons of shopping at the not one, not two but THREE Kohl's stores within 5 miles of my Dad's house. I almost could not control myself. I had to ship 7 boxes home. I shit you not.
-Eating the best Mexican food at a place in Sedona called Javelinas. Cooked by Mexicans. Served by Mexicans. I was as close to nirvana as I am ever gonna get. I almost licked our waiter just so I could say I did.
-Trip to Sedona and the Grand Canyon
-Walking tour through a park that was lined with luminaries and decked out for Christmas.
-Watching the Steelers give it to Cleveland up the ass.
-Watching LSU give it to Miami up the ass.
-Taking a cool, if not somewhat scary, paddle boat trip around my Dad's house
-Pontoon boat ride with almost the whole fam where I got a ton of beautiful pictures.
-Supposed to go to Tempe for a massive block party near ASU but we were so damn tired and sick that we ditched it.

That was my trip in a nutshell. We had a really nice time. The kids took to my family very well and vice versa. It was all good once the initial shyness wore off. I have a ton of pictures but I won't torture you. If you want to see them, just let me know and I will send you the gallery of them. All 124. Yeah, I know. I still have to scan the ones I took with cameras that were not digital. Sick.

OK, I'm out to actually do some work. I have tried to catch up with y'all as much as I can. I'll get to everyone as soon as I can. I hope y'all are well and have kept to your resolutions so far.

PS - today is the step-daughter's bday. Happy birthday, Jenea!!

Elizabeth at 3:30 PM



at 5:00 PM Blogger Kami said...

Wow! Did your hubs take that picture? I'd be scared!

at 5:19 PM Blogger Nessa said...

sweet! you're back!

at 5:53 PM Blogger suburban mom said...

Oh my god. You're kidding. 7 Boxes????!!!

I'm in awe girlfriend.

at 8:05 PM Blogger MilkMaid said...

LOL seven boxes of what????

I wanna see your pictures, especially of the Grand Canyon, isn't that the best?


at 8:28 PM Blogger Pissy Britches said...

More pics!
Glad your trip ended up to be a good one.
We missed your ass.
Are you sure you are not my sister.
Shipping 7 boxes home. I would totally do that.

at 9:06 PM Blogger Football Widow said...

I don't know if I could hang shopping with you. 7 Boxes?!?

at 12:56 AM Blogger Tammy said...

Wow. I so wish you would have licked the waiter.

at 9:45 AM Blogger Danielle said...

damn gurl that sounds fun!

at 10:19 AM Blogger Spikey1 said...

Welcome back!

at 6:35 PM Blogger Nap Queen said...

I'm glad the kids got over themselves and had a good time. 7 boxes?? That is crazy! Although, Kohl's did have some rockin sales going on. I bought some great shit, myself.


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