10 Ways to Botch the Holidays

10. Your cat throws up all over the hallway as you’re dressed up and ready to leave for your Christmas Eve Service. – Yeah that was just real aggravating

9. Buy your wife the same thing her best friend bought her. – Thank goodness we opened presents 3 days before Christmas 🙂 Yes Ali, it was the same Pink VC sweatshirt. 

8. Double-bounce your daughter the first time on her Christmas present trampoline. – She freaked out but she’s forgiving and she loves it now!  

7. Merry what? It’s Christmas? Holy crap. Jesus’ birthday? Is it that time already? – Really only happened for like a day. 

6. Get a flat tire leaving the Christmas Eve service. – Thankfully it was in the church parking lot and we had help! John and Larry, you rock! 

5. Get your 8 month old little man tubes for Christmas. – Honestly, it was the anticipation that was tough. He’s been stellar ever since! 

4. Your wife gets 1/3 of her bonus and your escrow bill comes in nearly double! – Sounds silly but God provides! We’ve always relied on Rae’s bonus to cover Christmas. We got creative and frugal this year. 

3. My brother gets arrested the day after his birthday the week before Christmas. – Nothing like some good ole’ family drama for the holidays! 

2. Agree to preach the Sunday after Christmas. – Even with 4 weeks’ prep time, this procrastinator couldn’t shake last minute prepwork the week of Christmas.  

1. Get too busy and forget about your family. – Yeah, this one stings. 

So, I’m in the process of prioritizing my blog and doing some evaluation. This year has been a true transition and some fundamental life changes have taken place. My focus for this blog has…well there isn’t a focus going on here. So I hope to tackle that this week and get back on pace. Until then, enjoy some 2008 recaps and stick around for some funnies! I’ll be visiting your blogs and playing catch up while I spend some time at home putting up a swing set! 

I hope you and your family had a ridiculous New Year! Welcome 2009!


5 Responses to “10 Ways to Botch the Holidays”

  1. January 1, 2009 at 11:48 pm

    Pretty funny dude! sorry ’bout ur bro. Through all this, God’s still in control. Happy New Year!!

  2. 2 Ali
    January 2, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Same sweatshirt, huh? Hmmmm…that is interesting. Especially considering the fact that I told you everything that I got her before I gave it to her! =)

  3. January 2, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    I feel you man. Especially #3. You have no idea how close to home this hits.

  4. January 2, 2009 at 9:12 pm

    Girl, I had NO idea that you got her that VC Sweatshirt! You didn’t tell me what you got her because you wanted it to be a surprise I thought!

    Sorry that hits so close to home Mark. It’s been tough on us. Kind of an ongoing thing. Tough on him too I suppose. I’m praying this is ‘rock bottom.’

  5. January 5, 2009 at 6:08 am

    ouch man – I feel ya on how “celebrating” Christmas can get haggard and stressful.

    So you preached on the 28th? Do you have some audio from that sermon?

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