aerdran: (Winter Wonderland)
I want to wish all of you a very happy holiday! I hope you have a wonderful, very happy time. Love to all of you!

::hugs::
aerdran: (Winter Wonderland)
Since I've been playing around with icons for Christmas, I thought I'd put some up for people to use if they want. If anyone decides they'd like to, I'd be happy to put text of their choice on any of them, or anyone has full permission to customize themselves.

Any masks and accents were created by the wonderful and talented [livejournal.com profile] creamuts, who's graphic aids I am addicted to. I am, in fact, the president of her fan club. Anyway, here they are! I hope some of you at least enjoy them.

City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style )
aerdran: (Faith)
STEP ONE

- Make a post (public, friendslocked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fun ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.
- If you wish for real possible things, make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.
- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post so that the holiday joy will spread.

STEP TWO

- Surf around your friendslist (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:
- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it. Once a wish has been granted, it will be crossed off my list.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.

My List:

1: For everyone here to be happy on Christmas Day! (Maybe it'll come true since Becky asked for it, too?)
2: Snowmen of any variety, including pictures of ones people have built.
3: Books, figures, what have you about or by other cultures, particularly African and Native American, but any would be welcome.
4: I'll take that new computer.
5: I want the new year to be one of happiness and no trouble for those I love since breaks are something many don't seem to get.
6: Winged horses in whatever form.
7: More Christmas decorations.
8: Things made specially by people I care about.
9: I want the remodeling/fixing of my house to be finished to my satisfaction, including finally getting the addition up that was started oh, so many years ago.
10: A real, legitimate, lucrative work at home job so I can support my kids with a comfortable income while not depriving them of my presence.
aerdran: (J&M)
It was definitely a fun Christmas, and very busy and chaotic. But then, that's nothing new around here, so I expected it. I'll give a short list of some of the stuff I got so I don't crowd up friends lists too much. There's so much garbage here in the form of wrapping paper, tape, and boxes! Three more days till garbage day!

Small statue of Artemis. Woo!
Snowman pillow and tapestry throw
Stuffed snowman
Snowman mug set with hot cocoa mix and marshmallows
A bajillion other snowmen
Book on Egyptian gods and goddesses (the exact one Becky bought in Denver on her last trip. ::grins::)
Several other books
Breyer unicorn figure
Winged horses galore
Wolves galore
Several CDs, including Tim McGraw's latest (yum)
Framed picture of the Greek goddess Iris. Very nice. By Josephine Wall
Beautiful porcelain doll
Lighted house decoration
"Libris Mortis" for D&D
Vampire: the Requiem Storyteller's Screen. Very cool.
Apples to Apples
Homemade fruitcake (I love fruitcake, sue me!)
Old style ship's compass
Several tee shirts, including a cool grandma one
Drawing of a wolf done by my favourite graffiti artist
Illuminated Virgo lamp that flashes different colours
Trip to the coast for this coming summer. Mwa!
Candles
A sweatshirt that says "Talk to the Hand." ::grins:: That's an inside joke that has to do with John
Set of toy Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer stuff. House, figures, etc. It's so cute!
Spy kit! Fear me!
A box of beef jerky (yum). John loves cows, Mikel gave me the beef jerky. Use your imagination as to why.
Another set for my series of Native Peoples books
Foot massager (sometimes it even gets turned off)
A really nice photo album
Collage frame

Okay, I'll stop now. Except for this, for it is worth separate mention. ::Grins:: From Bree, I got a really cool staff. Two years ago, she got me a crown. A DM's crown, which is an inside joke regarding an old player (Jessica) who always accused me and Becky of putting on a DM's crown and overruling her all the time. Well, now I have a staff to go with it! I can use it on unruly players. Mwa!
aerdran: (Default)
It's not long after midnight here, but I wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. I'm sitting here listening to Christmas music and waiting for kids to fall asleep, and figured it would be a good time.

It's been a good year for me. After all of the problems last year what with my car accident, Cult's problems, and Mikel's injury, this year certainly did improve immensely. Best of all, we'll be celebrating Madison's first Christmas, and that's always very special. You only get one first Christmas, after all. The baby might not know or understand what's going on, but it's sure great for the rest of us. Right Heather and Matt?

Looking around at all the people who invade at this time, I can't help but think just how blessed I really am. I mean, it's been a few years now that I've had the mass invasion, and it makes me feel really good to know that I have so many great people who think enough of me to want to spend Christmas with me. I really can't say how great it is to hear "mom" from so many mouths directed at me. It does make me feel so warm inside. I can only hope that I've hlped make them feel that warm at least on occasion, because that's kind of their gift to me. They may not look at it that way, but I sure do.

Santa comes tonight. Yeah, I believe. I've never really stopped, even after 39 years. I hope I always believe, but I don't see it stopping. I don't see why I should. Hey, I must avoid Banality at all costs, right?

What I tend to hear a lot of this time of year has to do with how Christmas has become just a big commercial mess that's a big production and that people get turned off of it because of that. You know, that's really sad, in my opinion. Christmas is what you make it. If you don't want it to be that way with you and yours, don't make it that way. We all have the right to skip past what's fashionable and popular and do our own thing. I may not be so much into the religious aspect of it, but I certainly respect those who do. After all, my mom is quite religious and finds that part of it very important, and I respect that. Christmas to me goes beyond all of that. It's the Christmas spirit inside that's important in my eyes, and it doesn't really matter how one comes by that. Too many people forget that they have the freedom to celebrate how they want and just buy into the whole commercial deal. That's too bad, because they're missing out. I was glad to see tonight that Jason, while excited about the presents, also said that he was glad because he had his family, too. That was one of the big important things to him. He seems almost more excited about seeing how people like what he got them than seeing what he got himself. I'm really glad that even at 9 years old he can see what's really important. Of course, tomorrow he'll have fun just opening the bajillion packages from the bajillion people here.

Cult will be having another Christmas with us, which is definitely something to be thankful for. A bunch of his friends made it up yesterday, and there's a very good chance that more will be arriving tomorrow. This was iffy for awhile, but a dam seems to have broken that will allow them to show up. I can't express how glad I am about that.

So yeah. I think that's the end of my little diatribe. I could go on and on, but I'm sure nobody wants that. I am going to end with the lyrics to a song that I love that expresses how I feel, though. It's by a country band, sorry. ::grins::

I Still Believe in You )
aerdran: (Madison)
Wow, it's hard to believe that it's only four days until Christmas. What a cool thing! I need to finish some Christmas shopping, but that's hopefully happening tonight. Luckily, we've gotten the bulk of it done already, which is a nice change. Usually we're caught in the Christmas Eve rush, wondering if we'll be able to manage everything. No such worries this time! It's a good feeling, it is.

To catch up on other things that have been going on, I went to the police station yesterday for some talk. Yes, I figured I'd do it in person instead of calling. It's so much harder to be put on hold that way, after all. John didn't like the idea of me going there, or even talking to them, but I won't be interfered with when it comes to some things. I had my say, which makes me happy. And got an apology out of the deal, because he knew they were out of line about it. After all, they don't follow up on all tips, and this one obviously wasn't all that solid.

Hopefully we won't run into this kind of trouble again. It just annoys the hell out of me that people are suspects simply because of their race. This has to change someday, and I wish that it would happen soon. It was cathartic to rant, though. I enjoy not letting people get a word in edgewise when I'm doing that, because it's quite satisfying to know that I can shut them up and make them look sheepish. And he did, too. I'm not going to just sit still and let people harass my kids, and I made a big point of that with him. I also warned him that we have a number of guests of which Mankin won't approve, and that with his becoming more and more of an annoyance, they may end up with conplaints, tips, etc. from the man. We'll see what happens there. I'm still considering talking to Mankin and giving him a piece of my mind, so we'll see there, too. Susan is keeping an eye on the place since she took in some of the group of people that came up, and so that could be interesting. She's going to call if something starts so I don't miss it. He won't like having to deal with some of these people, I can guarantee that. They're very cool, after all.

I guess that's it. Hopefully I'll get to go shopping soon. I'm sure Becky would love to keep an eye on the baby when we go. She did go sooooo long without her, after all. Poor Becky was deprived. I'm sure she agrees.
aerdran: (Madison)
I suppose it was only a matter of time, but I was hoping to avoid getting sick. Madison's had her cold, Allyn's been stuffy, and John's been sick the past couple days, but I've been fine up until today. It's not too bad at this point, just a hint of stuffiness, headache, and a slightly scratchy throat, but chances are it will get worse. That does suck, but I can live with it. I get sick every winter, after all, though usually with a cold and not the flu. Let's keep it that way.

We went out driving to look at Christmas lights for awhile last night, which was neat. We drove up through Northwood, which is a somewhat ritzy area. Surprisingly, there were a lot of houses without lights, which is unusual for Northwood, but there were some very nice displays. I can't imagine how much some people spend on decorations come this time of year. Hell, I know if I had the money, I'd be going all out. As it is, we have a nice display ourselves, due to certain people being sweet enough to start us on that last year. If it weren't for people like Mikel and crea, we'd be lightless outside. John's not the most ambitious about putting these things up, although he's bought light sets before just for that reason. Go figure.

Bait's been making some good money helping people do these things in the neighborhood. He's getting quite the reputation around here due to the work he started doing in people's yards. I'm really proud of how he's gone out and done all of these things of his own volition. Of course, if it doesn't start snowing, business will taper off since the putting up of lights is about done and there's little yardwork to be done without having to shovel snow. Hopefully we'll get some, because I want a white Christmas, damnit!

I think I'm going to try to snooze for a bit now. This chair is comfy and the baby is sleeping, so I have a little time. Wish me luck!
aerdran: (Default)
Woo, what a day. Actually, more like what a night. John got home later than expected, and we had to go to Wal-Mart to go shopping for some things, including coats for the kids. It's always a treat taking the kids to the store. Madison stayed here to be watched by Becky and well, just about everyone else, and I tell you that it can be hard to leave the baby when you're a new mom. It's not that I worry that something is going to happen to her or anything since she has so many competent people watching her, it's just that I miss her. But I managed to survive.

We did fill a cart full of stuff, though. We got Madison her Christmas present from Jason since he knew just what he wanted to get her, and we got some more stuff for the baby, including the essentials such as diapers. We also found this cool bear that, when you turn it on, makes womb sounds to help comfort the baby. She seems to be rather fascinated with it. It's also cool because it has a velcro strap to attach it to the side of the crib so it doesn't pose a risk to the baby by falling on her face or something.

I did take her in to see Cult for awhile earlier today, and laid her on the bed next to him at one point, telling him I needed to use the bathroom. Yes, I did that on purpose. See, I wanted him to know that I trust him alone with her, and figured that was the best way to do it. He looked rather unsure when I did it, but I didn't give him a chance to protest too much. I'm sneaky that way. I spent a little over five minutes away from them, and when I went back into his room, he was lying on his side next to her and just watching her. I doubt that he took his eyes off of her for even the briefest of moments. She was even smiling at him. I think that it did help him to feel better about it all around. Hopefully this will help him to feel better about himself. The one thing I wish I could give him for Christmas is a sense of self-worth, because he sure as hell both needs and deserves it. Maybe Madison will help him with this. I think she has a shot, I really do.

Friday is Allyn's birthday, which is odd to me. She's going to be 15 years old. I have a hard time looking at her and seeing a blooming adult. She's still my little girl in my eyes. It's hard for me to see my kids grow up. Even with my two older boys it was weird, and I adopted them in their teens. Bait was more difficult in that respect because he was so vulnerable when I started taking care of him. He still is at times, although I think he's starting to get past some of it. It can be hard, because I don't feel like he needs me like he used to, which is a common thing with parents, I'm sure. But I know that there are times he does really need me, and I'm glad to be there for him. He still has bad dreams at times, and there are other times that his leg still bothers him immensely, and then I can feel all motherly and take care of him.

So yeah. I'm in and odd mood, I think. Not a bad one at all. I can't be in a bad mood, Christmas is coming. I still have decorating and baking to do. And cuddling. There is much cuddling to be done.
aerdran: (Winged Horse)
I have decided that Becky is weird. I don't know what she's on, but she's been sitting near me for the last hour and a half or so and acting really strange. She's acting like she gets when she's really tired, but she says she's not going to bed. Maybe I should kick Mike out and see if she tries to sleep. You people have no idea just how odd she can get. I'm considering consulting a doctor for her. After all, her grandmother was kind of nuts as she got older, and her dad is getting nuttier all the time. Perhaps it's hitting her early? She's just taking a different direction with it. She's going goofy instead of paranoid.

I've really gotten ahead on Christmas stuff. Today I got two packages in the mail full of stuff that I've ordered, and it feels good to know I don't have to rush for everything at the last minute. There's still quite a bit to go, but I'm way ahead of where I usually am. Yes, I am anxious for the Christmas season. I get that way. For some reason, it's stronger this year than most.

I get to go to the doctor again tomorrow, as it's started to become a weekly thing now. That means I can't sleep in too late. Poor me. Especially since I can't fall asleep very well these days and so I lie awake in bed trying to doze off. It hasn't worked very well thus far. That's probably partly because I am just so uncomfortable. It's tough to find a suitable position in which to sleep. I've also been getting really hot too, and it's been in the forties at night. I'm so hoping that this baby decides to hurry up and pop out. I'm ready anytime! She acts like she wants out, too. She does lots of pushing and hard kicking. She's just trying to figure out how to do it. Tomorrow I go pick up her crib and that will be nice to finally have here.

So yeah. That's it, I think. My tooth is hurting, though. I hope to get it dealt with sooooon. I hate toothaches. They totally suck.
aerdran: (Default)
Here it is, the day after Christmas, and I'm still tired from everything yesterday. I think it's going to take another day or two to recover. But hey, it was a great Christmas, so I'm not complaining. It made me realize how lucky I am.

I don't think the house has ever been as full as it was yesterday. Jesse's parents and sister made a surprise appearance, which was cool, and Cheyenne's dad showed up Christmas Eve and will be leaving after the first of the year. I'd never met him before, and I'm glad I did. He's a super guy, and seems so damn sweet. He made sure to bring a few things for the whole group, so he certainly endeared himself to many hearts.

Randy and Peter's parents were here as well, which was expected, and Laura's mother and stepdad as well as the siblings on that side showed for a few hours. So there were lots of families at least somewhat reunited for the day. It was really neat. And of course, my mom was here as well. It hadn't snowed or anything, so she was able to drive over.

Mikel did get Cult the laptop, and we've been working on teaching him how to use it. I talked to him for a little while about how he can write whatever he wants on there and that it might make him feel a little better to write some things out. He's unsure, but said he'd think about it. I got him a couple more PS2 and computer games as well as some clothes that he really needed. Black, of course. I don't think I've ever seen him wear anything else, except for blue jeans. He got a bunch of other stuff as well, which he seemed somewhat overwhelmed about, even though it's happened before. It's so hard for him to comprehend all of this. He actually ate quite a bit though, which is a good sign. He's only been pecking at his food lately. I really wanted to see him eat a nice big meal. I also passed on the Christmas greetings from those on here who sent them, and he stared at me a bit before shaking his head and muttering something about telling you thanks. He's still bewildered about it, but I think he's starting to get slightly curious about the people he doesn't know who wish him well.

Let's see. I'd write out everything I got, but it would take far too much room on here and too much time. I will pass on some, though.

1. Bunches of snowmen. Lots and lots. Woo! This includes figures, a cool serving set from my mom, stuffed ones from John and Jason, etc.
2. Bunches of wolf things (figured, pictures, etc.) from my extended family. I need a new house just to store all of my wolf stuff.
3. The Mage Tarot Deck
4. Stuffed penguin
5. Book on Celtic Mythology
6. 128 MB Jump Drive
7. Ruben Studdard CD
8. Sweater with a snowman and a penguin. Double cool!
9. Sweatshirt with a cool picture of a galleon on it.
10. Snowglobe with a rotating top so you can have the actual snowman globe on top or a penguin lying down.
11. Quite a few other pieces of clothing.
12. Langston Hughes Collected Poems
13. Candles
14. More books

Hmm. That was fun. I just leaned forward in my computer chair to push back a snowman near the edge on my desktop, and it slid out from under me. Ow. My hip now hurts. I think that's a sign to stop the list. Maybe I'll add to it later.

Oh, I do want to mention that Bree was thrilled with her present from Vernon, which Mikel helped him pick out. Ahem. He got her a lavendar sweatshirt with a kitten on it that said "Just Call Me Muffin." ::snickers:: Vernon insisted she wear it because he got it for her. The look on her face was precious. She shot Mikel the dirtiest look, but put the sweatshirt on. I think it's only fair, considering what she got Mikel. Mwa!

I think that's all for now. I think I need to lie down in a bit. Dumb chair.
aerdran: (Default)
Happy Christmas Eve everyone!

It's been a long day, but a good one. We went out to finish Christmas shopping, and are now in the process of wrapping and also waiting for the kids to go to bed so we can work on stockings and the like. I'm getting antsy for tomorrow! My mom will be here adding to the huge mix of people, and I just love having all these people here. I have so many things to open that I might be doing so until next Christmas. And I can't wait to see how people like what I've gotten for them. It's always so cool to see how much they enjoy things.

Mikel's actually resting at the moment, though I don't know for how long. He exhausted himself today and since he didn't sleep well last night, as well as several nights before it, he pretty much fell asleep on the couch as soon as we got back. Vernon went over and curled up with him and it's so cute. I really hope his infection goes away and he gets to feel better for Christmas. He's too stubborn for his own good, after all, and he really should be in the hospital. Infected burns are very dangerous. Hell, he's having a hard time with his whole right arm. Vernon leaned against it earlier today and I saw Mikel bite down on his tongue to keep from making any noise to show that it hurt. Stubborn stubborn stubborn. Worry worry worry. Maybe he'll be more inclined to go to the hospital after Christmas if he still has problems. He really doesn't want to miss any of this.

As for Cult, I think he kind of dreads Christmas, at least up until he sees that the day will go well. He didn't have the best time at Christmas before he ran away, and well, until he came here, he didn't do much to celebrate it. At least we don't horribly emphasize the religion of the day, because that would really back him off. It's now become one of those days when he really sees how much we all care about him, so maybe he even is kind of starting to look forward to it. I hope so. I really want him to be happy. That's my biggest Christmas wish. I'd love to see him genuinely smile. Someday, I hope.

Anyway, I really should get back to dealing with presents and stuff. I can at least wrap things, so I don't feel totally useless. I'm trying to keep from going to sleep too early too, because I want to do the stocking thing. I'd hate missing that just because I wear out easily. We'll see how it goes.

I hope you all have a great Christmas, I'll be thinking about you. Take care and I love you all!

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