Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Christmas of Dreams Blog Party! Day 1

Welcome to the first installment of the Momdot Christmas of Dreams Blog Party!

Nov. 12, 2008

Intro to Blog Party, Introduce us to your family and share Holiday pics or videos of past years (Christmas, Hanukkah, Thanksgiving)

Today’s Party is hosted by La Belle Toile and This and That by Randi! Be sure to visit their homepages & check them out.

Also, for more Blog Party fun, go on over to Momdot and check out what everyone else had to say about today’s post!

Well, to me, the Blog Party is a great way to learn more about all of the bloggers I love and share information about myself. I sometimes find it hard to blog daily, but when I find a meme or a topic starter I like, I can write a lot. That’s why I know I’m going to enjoy participating in this Blog Party. With the Momdot Christmas of Dreams Blog Party, you get chances to win great prizes. It’s really neat because you get rewarded for doing something, you probably would have been doing anyway! I know I spend a lot of time reading other people’s blogs and working on mine daily. So, if you want lots more info on the Blog Party be sure to head over to Momdot and check it out. Momdot is a GREAT webpage and I love it.

My family is quite large. I have my immediate family, my family, Tim’s family, and then all of the friends that I include when I think of family.

My immediate family is just Tim, 10 pets, and myself. Tim is my wonderful husband. We have been together for almost 5 years. (Our “anniversary” of our first date is Jan. 23, 2009.) We are just perfect together. We met each other as children, went on our first date at 14 and 15 years old, and then fell in love forever when I was 20 years old.

I’ve always loved Tim, and I’ve blogged about how we met before. In the years that we lost touch of one another; I used to hum the jingle to “Oh Christmas Tree” for comfort. I never really put a lot of thought into it; it was just something I did. Once we re-met and I started to think about it, I realized WHY I hum that jingle when I’m stressed. Tim and I met at a Halloween camping trip. We sang a Halloween version of that song, called “Oh Jackolantern.” The woman whose funeral we met at was the author of “Oh Jackolantern.” I thought it was fitting that we’d meet at her funeral; when that song she’d written had brought me comfort over the years, it made me think of how good I felt being with Tim that weekend.

Tim and I have 10 pets. I have 3 dogs, their names and pictures can be found in my side bar. I also have 3 cockatiels. I also have 4 fish. My fish don’t have real names, but I have nicknames for them, like ShyOne, Fatso, Speedy, and Where’dhego. Obviously, there names reflect their fish-onalities.

My family includes Grandmom, Mom, Dad, and my baby brother, Frank (16 1/2). They live in Pennsylvania. It also includes my sisters Amanda and Christina. They both live here in Virginia. My sister Christina (Chrissy) also has 4 kids. They are the reason behind my blog handle. The kids are Carolynn (16 months), Ashley (7 ½), Brianna (almost 10), and Tyler (Tony) (almost 12). My brother has our family dog, Tippy, living with him. We’ve had her since he was about 4, and she is the puppy of our old dog, Blondie. My little sister has 4 cats. She and her boyfriend J.C. are really into cats.
Grandmom-in 2004

My little sister Amanda.

My older sister, Chrissy (30), last Christmas Eve.
My Dad last Christmas Eve.

My husband’s family includes his Mom and Dad and their 3 dogs. Their dogs are Mocha (Blondie’s mate), Peaches (another one of Blondie’s puppies), and a new baby named Mia. They are all poodle mixes. I also have a brother in law and a sister in law. My brother in law, Loren, is in school with the Navy to be an electrician. He is also trying to become a Navy Seal. I am not sure exactly WHERE in the United States he is right now. My sister in law, Beth, is in culinary school at Johnson and Wales University in North Carolina. She’s in her second year there.


We have several close friends that I count as family as well. Melanie and Rob are like family to us. They have three beautiful children, Chloe (7), Jack (5), and Sophia (3). We love them! James and Missy are also like family to us. Tim is their son, Trevor’s, godfather. That’s a funny story. James wanted Tim for the godfather; Missy wanted her friend Jennifer for the godmother, so Trevor has 2 sets of Godparents. Charlene and her husband Jim are like family to us as well, even though they live in Richmond. They have a bunch of kids too. Their son was our ring bearer. Their kids are Paige (about 24) (who has a daughter named Amberleigh and a son whose name I’ve forgotten), Anna (about 20), Caitlin (16), Chelsea (about 9), Carleigh (about 6), and Nathan (4). Next up is the Corbin’s. Mike and Elise were like second parents to me in High School and College. Their girls are like my adopted baby sisters. They have Candice (about 16), Angelina (about 15), Ginny (about 14), and Hannah (about 12). They also have a couple other kids, but I don’t know them because they are older than me and were already gone from home, by the time I met the Corbin’s.

Well, now you know all about my family and friends. I’ll try to include some pictures now from past Christmases for your viewing pleasure.


Momstart said...

Sounds like you have a lot of people at Christmas time. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

I love big familiy Christmases!!!

My youngest son discovered the pictures of your pets and is now taking my laptop from me to talk to the doggies lol.

CallansMama said...

10 pets? My goodness! Sounds like you have a housefull! :)

Dee said...

Aww..great pictures! And what a great story of how ya'll got together! And 10 pets...WOW!

sandy said...

Wow, 10 pets?! It looks like you have a wonderful family!

Anonymous said...

It' great that you have so much family. I have a large family too and I wouldn't have ti any other way.

Staci said...

Sounds like you have such a wonderful family! I love the fishy nicknames!

Tena said...

what a true love story! I loved reading about your family!!
Happy Holidays!

Tracye said...

Wow! What a story!

Looks like you've got your hands full, especially during the holidays!

Michelle@lifeinawhirlwind said...

That's a lot of pets! I love the first picture of you and your husband. You can tell you guys were meant to be together.

Natalie said...

And I thought I had a lot of pets with a puppy, a cat, a parakeet, and a hermit crab!

3 Kids and Us said...

I love the furbaby pictures.

The Petersons said...

What fun pictures, I love that you included the pets.

Rita @ My Precious Pennies said...

Cute matching hats in that first pic =P. WOW on the pets.

Rebekah said...

I love big family gatherings at Christmas! Happy Holidays!

The Party of Five said...

How do you keep up with all your pets? My oldes asked me why we don't have a dog and I told him because I have three little kids to watch over. I just couldn't add something else to my list. I guess it helps with the begging when he is allergic to them anyways.

Jaime @ Just Add Laughter said...

What a large family you have!

Nice to "meet" you. We attend the Methodist church, here, too. My daughter loves the children's program they have.