Category Archives: Christmas

best Christmas gift this year


We had a pretty bad year this year financially.  Emmie lost her job in July, got hired at another place a couple of weeks later only to have that contract end after only two months.  Her mom moved in with us in July and hasn’t been able to find anything in the way of work which is pretty disheartening.

Last year I got a bonus which won’t happen this year because my company has lost clients throughout the year instead of gaining ground.

So the presents were pretty scarce this year.

But despite that I got something from my stepson that was pretty touching.

He gave me a a plastic box that he used to store his crayons that he wrapped in the comics from the newspaper.  He had taped a little leather string that he tied in a bow and on a piece of plain white paper he scrawled Merry Christmas on the front and on the inside he wrote “you’re the best second daddy ever.”

I got all verklempt and pretended that I got a coughing spell so no one could see that I got all teary eyed.

I don’t know why but it really touched me. I guess because I know he did as best as he possible could to give me something for Christmas.

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Merry Christmas to my fellow Marines!


good night Chesty Puller, wherever you are.

appropriately for digital friends


I love Christmas. Maybe not so much Christmas but more the nostalgia of Christmases gone by I guess.

I wonder if Christmas would hold the same nostalgia if it had happened today in our iPad, digital world.

Merry Christmas everyone!

The obligatory Christmas songs concert


So here we are with only eleven days until Christmas and (believe it or not) I only heard my first Christmas song just about a week ago.  It came from inside my house when my stepson was practicing his songs for the big 1st grade Christmas concert.

His first Christmas concert.

So yeah…  I had not heard a single note of Christmas carol music (unless of course you count the song by Robert Earl Keene that my band is covering) except for him busting out a few jams while washing his hands, sitting on the potty or cleaning his room before bedtime during the past week or so.

I hadn’t really thought about it but either I haven’t really paid attention or I really don’t get out much. I’m thinking it’s the latter.  I mean we all know every store in the U.S. now begins playing Christmas music the day after Halloween. The Deistette gets our grocery shopping done during the afternoon when we need things (oh, did I mention that Corporate America job she had that sucked her soul is now gone.  Eight weeks ago. I’m in freak out mode right now).

Anyway, so I don’t get out much.

Well, last week I heard quite a few Christmas tunes… tiny little voices, slightly off key and off tempo singing out the standards of this season.  It was pretty damn cool.

The experience has spurred the Little Man to proclaim that he wants to be in a choir and sing all the time.  Admittedly the boy has a pretty keen sense of pitch.  Actually I’m pretty damn amazed at his sense of pitch and rhythm.  I’m curious to know what he’ll do with music as he grows up.

But for now… Merry Christmas everyone.  He’s the one kinda in the center with the Marine-ish type haircut. Hey… what can I say.  It’s the only kind of haircut I know how to give. : )

Getting into the holiday spirit


Feels like forever since I’ve posted anything. It’s been about two weeks but it feels like more. Of course with The Deistette constantly going to my blog and saying, “WHAT! nothing new! What do you do all day at work?”  : )

I don’t really have an explanation for not dropping a post here or there.  Nothing drastic going on like what happened last year. No… just kinda busy and not really inspired to write.  Speaking of… NaNoWriMo was a complete failure for me.  I kinda had a story but I just wasn’t feelin’ it.  Sorry Am and LB.  Feel like I let you down a little.

Anyway… so today I stayed home with The Little Man again.  He’s got a nasty dry cough going on along with fever.   I’m worried that we’re all gonna get it.  Actually, I can tell I’ve got it.  Kinda feels like strep.  What sucks is that we can’t afford for The Deistette not to go to work but more than likely it’ll spread through the house and she’ll have to take time off and lose a couple two or three days of pay.

Anyway, as I was trying to keep him entertained throughout the afternoon, he and I put this together with the help of JibJab.com.  We decided it was time to help people (and ourselves) get into the holiday spirit.

Happy Holidays everyone from my familia to yours!!!!

Oh, and so you know who’s who….
(l to r) The Little Man, me, The Deistette, Tank and Little Fawn

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