Christmas is here!!!!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Merry Christmas, everyone! Happy Birthday to Jesus, the Christ-Child! Not only that, but today is the feast of the Holy Family. :)

As this blessed season of Christmas continues, I hope you all have a wonderful time! I know I am extrodinarily thankful that it is not just one day, but an entire gives us such a richer, sweeter and happier opportunity to celebrate the most special day of all, and even "do-over". Maybe we snapped and spoke harshly at one point, maybe we wouldn't share a toy, maybe we forgot to sing Happy Birthday to Baby Jesus....or, maybe, we tried and we tried but could not make it. Christmas came though, and it is here, and the Christ-Child is in our hearts and families. Today and all the days following it are days of joy! A child has been born to us, who is the Son of God, who so loves us, that He humbled Himself to be a tiny infant, growing into a man who hoped, loved, wept, and bore burdens, just like us. :)

We were blessed to go to Midnight Mass with the Bishop, in the cathedral, which was truly beautiful...and we sat in the very front in the third pew closest to the alter!! After returning home, the kiddos fell asleep after chatting excitedly, Mommy, Daddy and I stayed up to finish wrapping, and then a quiet descended over the house. I dozed lightly for an hour or so and then woke the kids up at 7:00/7:30, who woke Mommy and Daddy up and then we all rushed for the stockings and then the tree. It was a lovely Christmas looking back, and it didn't go quite according to plan -but it was Jesus' day, not ours, not mine.

Oooohhh - my parents got me a CAMERA!!! *squee* Now I can finally take pictures! I'd upload all the ones I've already taken, but I don't know how to do that yet. ;) Today is going to be one of's Sunday, so my dad has the day off. Today, I'm really going to rest my body, mind and soul, and meditate on the loveliest Christmas gift, the newborn babe...

Off to write!

Merry Christmas once more! :)

One More Day!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

It's Christmas Eve!! How did that happen? Oh my, the days have gone by so fast - filled with holiday cheer, merry friends, gift-shopping, baking cookies, and laughing parties. If I wasn't Catholic, I'd feel sad that everything ends tomorrow...but it doesn't, my friends! The Christmas season continues into January, ending with the Baptism of Our Lord.

Lots to do today! I've got to wrap all the brownies I've made for everyone at the mall, wrap presents, think of one for a dear rosey friend, finish grocery shopping for Christmas dinner, and help Mom get some stocking stuff.

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEeeeehhhhhhhhhh - *bangs head* I'd written more but then Blogger signed me out and it didn't get saved!! *dies*

*comes back to life* Oh, was mainly the list I'd made of everything we're going to do on Christmas Day...hehehe, yes, I planned it all out and made a list. Maybe I'll post it later on today. *sniff* 2o minutes of my life gone forever. Why???????

But anyways, off to spread some holiday cheer and check off everything on my lists. There's *cough* six of them, you know. ;)

What do you have left to do today?

Many gifts given and many to be given away!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Here's the Honest Scrap Award, which I believe both Clare and Miss Eden gave me.

The Rules:

* Thank the person who gave you the award.
* Post 10 honest facts about yourself.
* Pass the award on to 7 others.

1. I am a dreadful procrastinator in many things. But you knew that already, no? ;)

2. Christmas is truly my favorite season - there's just something in the air this time of year...perhaps it's because we near Christ's birthday and the entire world quivers with anticipation.

3. After many months of having no idea which saint to pick for my Confirmation saint, St. Joseph chose me. After fighting it a bit, because I was really leaning toward St. Gabriel the Archangel, I sighed, gave in, and now have one of the best friends I could ever ask for. I can't count the number of blessings and gifts he has granted me, and I firmly believe St. Teresa of Avila in her declaration that St. Joseph will deny no prayer request. Whatever you ask of him, he will grant it. It may not be the way you expect or when, but he will. :)

4. I've become much more healthier and keener on exercise this year, especially after I lost about 30 pounds and a much more happy me now.

5. I'm writing a book about a girl who discovers another world, and falls deeply in love with it, God and the people she meets there...all while fighting against Evil, of course.

6. I haven't really written anything for months. School kind of overtook me completely.

7. I love the group of people of the Fairy Tale Novels Forum, and got to meet some of them this summer. They are all coming to my wedding and will even be in my wedding party! Lol...if that ever happens!

8. I have a baby name book that I have written ALL over in - I read it. Not sit down and flip through it.

9. I hate getting off schedule and not getting a bunch of things done each day. It also bugs me if something takes a long time....I've gotten very time-efficient.

10. I am a enthusiastic list maker. Every few weeks or so, I serious make a list everyday of what I want/need to get done, and then derive a singular pleasure in checking off each thing on my list at the end of the day. :D

Ok, that was fun! Eeeh...who to tag? 1. Keaghan again, 2. Earwen, 3. OurspareOom, 4. Vicky, and whoever else wants to do this!

Miss Eden tagged me as well with the 8 question meme. Here goes!

Six names you go by:
Hmm... 1. My real name

2. Rae, which is my little siblings' attempt to pronounce my name.

3. _____ (real name) - Bear! Two friends frequently call me that - I guess that means I'm related to Bear somehow!! Yay, I'm a Denniston! I've always wanted an older brother and now I have two! Both Bear and Fish. :D

4. "Precious". *cough* Yes, my family all calls each other Precious. :D My five year old little sister started calling my mom Precious, after seeing Lord of the Rings and then we all caught on..much to the amusement of Keaghan, her mother and their family.

5. Slim. Ok, I was called that once, but it was recently! ;)

6. Amazing _____.

Three things your wearing right now:
Er...layered shirts -it's cold!- capris and fuzzy socks. Hee hee.

Three things you want very badly:
Normalcy for Christmas, which for me means going to bed sweetly early before 9:30, having a blissful night's sleep, and waking up at 4:40 and going on our morning walk every morning.

Narnia, Middle-Earth, and Renia ( the fantasy world in my book) to be real. :D Alright, to finish my book by Easter...the first draft at least. I'd like to give myself 'til my birthday in the beginning of February to finish it but that's very soon, so we'll see....

More time with my family at home. I'm nowhere near ready to go away to college.

Three things you did last night/yesterday/today:
*cough* Ate one more homemade roll than I should have at a Christmas party last well as one and a half caramel brownie.

Made my little sisters' Christmas present, felt play food, with Keaghan yesterday and had a BLAST!!

Fell asleep listening to Chet Baker and Ella Fitzgerald, after a small cry. Music does indeed do wonders for the does God gently telling you there's a time and place for everything, and He knows exactly when you're ready for that part of your life to begin.

Two things you ate today
Hehehehe...OATS!!! Pumpkin whipped banana oatmeal, hot and tooasty with golden rasins, granola, peanut butter and almond butter, consumed before the hour of six in the morning. Mmmmmm. And currently sipping on water = happy Raewyn. Yes, water DOES count as something to eat - it's amazing!

Two people you last talked to on the phone:
My daddy and Mommy when they came to pick me up at Keaghan's.

Two things you are going to do tomorrow:
Not have Shakespeare, finish wrapping presents for everyone at the store and bake tons of brownies for them!

Write. Definitely. I will bang myself over the head with a pot if I somehow do not end up writing tomorrow -or today!!!

Your three favorite beverages:
Water. Can you tell I like water? ;) Starbucks' signature hot chocolate/hot chocolate in general, and frappachinos. Yum.

There, all done! Tag 5 people. Now I tag Mamma Rose, Keaghan, Earwen (just because she always gets tagged for everything!), Elena, Vicky again, and....and...oh, anyone else who wants to do this - OOH, and Lanta!!!

A Return after Many Months

Sunday, December 20, 2009

*hide from flying tomatoes* Yes. I know.

The fact that it's nearly Christmas, and my last post was September 1st is something that I do realize. My *ahem* break that I took without meaning to is over, and I'm back. :)

Anyone else as excited about Christmas as I am?? :D I can't wait! I honestly think Advent might be my favorite liturgical season in the Church - I love the whole season of winter as everyone gets ready for Christmas...there truly is magic in the air this time of the year.

My mom and dad celebrated their 23rd anniversary today - congratulations, Mommy and Daddy! Thanks for sixteen years of love and support! Can't wait to watch you guys celebrate your 50 yr anniversary! :)

In new me news, I have a new blog, Good Eats! It's pretty much for just documenting my daily meals like Tina, Jenna, and Kath do. It hasn't been updated very much because our digital camera broke and we haven't gotten a new one yet, but I'll see if I can get some pics up for y'all. I've got to turn in but I'll answer comments in the morning. Good night and Merry Christmas!