Sandra Gibbons

Sandra Gibbons

lives in beautiful Northwest Arkansas. She writes about parenthood, lessons learned, and creating moments of happiness.

Christmas 2012

Merry Christmas!!

Here it is, the 26th, and I’m actually blogging on time! My holiday was wonderful. Here is a quick video snippet I recorded on Christmas Eve:

I spent Christmas Eve at Mom’s house, and Aunt Bay and Don came, along with Sergio and all of his family here and from Orlando. Needless to say, in addition to brisket and ham, we had tamales and Mexican punch and stew, and some Asian food, as well. LOL… the holidays are always a diverse ordeal at my mom’s. There was also some karaoke… At a gathering hosted by a Filipina, this is always to be expected!! My Aunt Bay pretty much hogged the mic for 4+ hours, and it was funny seeing Mom get frustrated because she wanted to sing. I would have… but all of the songs I knew seemed to be on discs which were missing from their cases… HAHAHAHA. Maybe next time. I may even post a video of it! In the meantime, here’s another video of my aunt singing her heart out… my family is so random and crazy, and it sincerely makes me happy just watching them be themselves.

Did you see my aunt’s dance moves?  She has the slow dance shuffle dooowwwn. I think my favorite part is when she cries, “Ohh man!” After forgetting the words and losing her place, she tries to explain to the non-English speaking portion of the extended family how she supposedly met the singer. God, I love her! It was a pretty entertaining night—it always is.

Not much else is going on with me. I haven’t heard back about either of the jobs I interviewed for, which I blogged about in my previous post, but I’m staying positive. The last thing I want to do is succumb to my naturally pessimistic self. One of the managers had mentioned it would take at least a week, so I’m hoping the holidays are interfering with that timeline. I’ll probably spend some time this weekend submitting applications to more positions just so I feel productive. Please cross your fingers for me!! I need all of the positive energy I can get!

In other news, I get to drive to Conway tomorrow morning to pick up the darling nephew! My mom and I will be babysitting him for about ten days. You can bet money I’m going to go crazy posting pictures of him again… I love him so much! It’s been nearly four weeks since I last saw him, and I miss him so much! Thankfully, Brian will be accompanying me to go get him. It’s always nice having someone to talk to during a car trip, and honestly, I’m sort of nervous about driving my car for almost three hours because of all the recent work I had done on it… we shall see! Again, cross your fingers that the drive goes safely!

My life has been so happy and stress-free lately. I’ve spent a great deal of time with Brian just trying to really get to know him and figure out what he’s about. It’s been such an honest and completely open experience in moving forward with transparency and purpose—definitely one of the most mature and goofball friendships I’ve had in my life. He’s always there for me—armed with support and kind words for anything that might try to get under my skin. He genuinely wants me to be a large part of his life, and he not only says things, but ACTS on his words to prove it. He’s an old soul, like I am. Only time can tell where we end up, but at this point, I’m not even worried about it. I’ve met most of his family and friends, and I can say with the utmost sincerity, what great people they all are. It’s so awesome being able to hang out with any of them, and to not feel unwanted or awkward at all. It’s wonderful. I spent Christmas Day with his family. Brian and I went over to his brother’s house early in the morning to watch his niece and nephew open their presents while we drank hot cocoa, and then we had dinner at his parent’s home. Roasted chicken and ham, pea salad, mashed potatoes, corn, rolls, cherry pie… blueberry pie… it was all so good. His mom introduced me to my new favorite wine… it tastes like juice soda! It’s called Rosa di Bianca, and I love it even more than my raspberry framboise. I shall be sipping on a bottle of that for New Year’s Eve, and I must get a bottle for my mom to try out… she’s going to love it. She and I both can’t handle very much alcohol let alone the taste of it, but this stuff is amazing. I recommend!

I recently went to Fast Lane—I refused to bowl.  #1, I’m terrible at bowling, #2, I’m competitive and a sore loser, so it’s just not a good combination to have anyway. Plus, I always painfully split my nails off when I toss the ball. I had already broken off a nail at the restroom there when I fought the stall door to get it locked. Ugh.  Mom’s probably right. I should probably start taking my vitamins at my age… LOL.

So there it is! My time is filled with family and new friends! Nothing too crazy. Brian’s neighbor, Kevin, had us over late one night… the boys played Halo 4, and I had a great time watching them. Whether they’re playing Halo or FIFA, or we all go out for a very casual night for drinks, it’s always a relaxed and great time.

I’m loving the new me and the fresh start back home in NWA. It was the best thing I could’ve done at this stage of my life. It’s still terrifying at times with not having a steady career, and still not knowing what it is I want to do professionally, but I have faith. It means a lot to me that several of you, my dear friends, give me props for quitting everything in Kansas City and exploring the unknown. I’ll tell you this: when everything in your life is failing, take a chance and make a conscious decision to do something completely out of your character. It’s by no means simple, but doing so just might reveal some paths that were hidden to you before. I promise.

Love.

Silent Wonder

Drink & Be Merry