our christmas family, originally uploaded by hockamama.

after the presents were opened, we went to the china king buffet in greensboro, then to the movie theater, where this picture was taken. we saw night at the museum, which, despite starring ben stiller, was a really good movie. it’s not that I don’t like mr. stiller, but all of his characters seem to run together, so this character was a combination of white goodman, arturo mendes, and alex, for starters. he was good in this movie, and there were only a couple of times that I got tired of his little diatribes.

after the movie, it was surprisingly simple to get everyone to form a camera ready group. dixon snapped off about 6 shots. this one has the best lighting, and most people look better in this one than the others (most, not me, I look worst in this one), but since it’s the last one, you can see that daddy’s already getting tired of smiling.

after the movie, jess and dixon went to his mama’s house, mama’s family went home because mandi had to go into walmart at 10 on Christmas night to get all the Christmas clearance ready for the customers the next morning. rich and the boys and I went to the hospital to see our good friend Linda, who had a heart attack Christmas morning. she’s doing very well; they expect her to come home today.

jessica left this morning for her trip to italy. they are in raleigh right now, their flight to new jersey leaves there at 11:30, so they’ve got a couple of hours to hang out and catch some sleep, since she didn’t get any last night. I’ve had to say goodbye to her a couple of times before, and it’s always so difficult. I miss her like crazy. I hope she has a fantastic time, but I wish she were already home.

this afternoon, daddy and I are going to spend some time together. I’m really excited; we’re going to romano’s macaroni grill in greensboro. since we can’t go to italy with jessica, we’ll go eat an italian lunch. daddy loves italy; he’s been there several times, so he told jessica some of the best little corners to find if there’s any time allowed from their tour. if we could have afforded it, we would both have gone along as chaperones. but I think it’s just as well that we didn’t. she’ll have a great time.

tony has been busy busy playing chibi robo, his newest gamecube game. it’s cute, I’ve been playing it after he goes to bed. I’m really enjoying this time with him since he’s out of school. he’ll have to go back soon enough, though.