Cheers Ya’ll!

Yesterday began our family Christmas celebrations. From the photos in my newsfeed, we weren’t the only ones. The ice storm had us up and awake at 5am, listening to the boom and crack and explosions of the trees finally giving in to the inch of frozen rain. We have a lot of tree damage. It’s heartbreaking. Really.

But we will deal with all of that when we come back from Arkansas. We are lucky that nothing fell on power lines. We dodged a bullet there for sure. Our neighborhood was pretty decimated, though compared to the last one in ’07 I think it was, this was somewhat better.

We leave for Arkansas today, so I’m packing hair-doing-things, and foodstuffs and presents. Mark and I did our exchange last night, as it will be Wednesday night before we get another span of time alone. And really, he wanted me to have my present so that I could start playing with it.

I’m now the proud owner of a Nikon D5300. Remember awhile ago when I posted about wanting a good camera, that I was sick of iPhone photos? Heh! I’m so excited! I know it’s a heavy duty machine that at *this point I don’t know how to fully operate. Whatever. I’m ready to learn! We have a class coming up in a few weeks that we’ll both attend. Mark has a lot of experience with cameras so his knowledge base is already ahead of mine, which works out because I’m already learning. I’ve been wanting to learn more about photography for years. I’ve got friends like Trisha, Elizabeth, Gabe and Cindy who are really really great at taking pictures. Now I get to join the cool kids club!

I very well may post again before Christmas, but it’s not a top priority. I’ll be surrounded by family fun and laughing and baking and eating and napping and movies and gifting. We’ll rush back on Christmas day and prepare the garlic pork roast feast for Mark’s family and do it all again that night.

So if I don’t see you before, I wish you a very very Merry Christmas. I hope that it is exactly what you want it to be.


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