It’s always been hard to say goodbye to my family after our short visits with them at Christmas, but it seems to be getting harder for me, especially as I consider starting a family of my own. I want my child to know his/her grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins. It’s important to me, especially because Huz was never very close to his extended family. I want to break this tradition, but don’t know how if we live in a different state than all of our relatives. I’m really hoping that Huz will be able to get a teaching job closer to home. Do any of you struggle with this? I haven’t lived in Colorado since I was 18 (over a decade now) and it’s starting to bother me that I can’t just call up one of my sisters and go shopping whenever I want to, or call up my Mom and have her over for dinner, or hang out with my biological father (Scott) and get to know him better, or go on motorcycle rides with my Dad, etc. Instead, I have to wait until December comes and then briefly fit them all into one short week, literally “penciling them in.”

That’s what’s on my mind lately.

I did get some good pictures of the family while we were home, though, and I thought I’d share them here.

First, this is Scott. He is my biological father and due to an early divorce I don’t know him very well, but we’re trying. We had a nice breakfast together and caught up on some things. It was a good time.

Me and Scott

He’s the one who has Mable. She’s right here.


She is doing well and got a little playful when I came over for a visit. She’s big and soft and I like her.

Here’s my little sister KK and me having fun at a family cocktail party. She’s a riot and I love hanging out with her.

The Gummy Smile Twins

This is her boyfriend, who I met for the first time last week. His name is Stephen and he’s really cool. I approve! 🙂

My Little Sis

Here’s KK and our cousin Nikki. I asked them to jingle their reindeer heads for me and they did.

Jingle Heads

Here’s my Mom and her hubby Ed. They are a happy couple and they graciously hosted us again this year. Thanks you guys!

Happy Mom and Ed

This is my Mom. She’s a lovely person as you can see by her smile!

Mom and Ed

This is one of my favorites – it’s of my Mom, KK, and me.

Mom, KK, Me :)

I didn’t take enough pictures of the other side of my family (why does that always happen!?). Grr.

Here’s my Dad. He’s the one who gave me the awesome Nikon D-70 with which I took all of these pictures. Sorry about the mid-sip shot, Dad!

Sipping Dad

Here’s my middle sister, Jax. She’s kind of crazy as you can see but, for the record, she just got off of work (she’s a clown), hence the makeup. She and I are very different, but I look forward to getting to know her as an adult.


This is my sweet, little Grandma. She’s my only grandparent left and I can’t wait until she meets her great-grandchild (whenever that might be).

Grandma :)

This is my cousin juggling glowing balls of light. Pretty, huh?

Juggling Lights

So that’s most of them (well, not really, but I didn’t want to bore you). I had a great time visiting them all and I miss them already. I hope you all had a chance to spend some quality time with your loved ones over the holidays!