Deek and I had a fabulous Christmas! It was full of love, laughter, fun, and family! Pictures to come at the end of the blog (you knew there would be). I got to FaceTime with my Southern family!! My mom took the phone around to different groups of family, and Deek and I were able to chat with them for a while. It was the next best thing to being there. And I got to see my PaPa and tell him I love him. After his illness, it did my heart good to see him smiling, surrounded by my loving family. Later on Christmas Day, we spent time with Deek's family. I learned how to play a new game and received a special message from Deek's dad that choked me up, in the best possible way. I am truly blessed to have amazing family on both sides of the country!
Now that Christmas is done, Deek and I are looking toward 2016. And you know what happens then?? The birth of Deek's novella "Birth!"
Deek will be on blog tour from January 19-January 25. If you're interested in hosting his tour, please sign up using this Google Form. He'll do interviews, guest blogs, character posts, Top 10s, and author spotlights. If you do interviews or guest posts, give him hard questions. LOL!! He's been waiting for this moment for a long time, so please do me a solid and sign up to help spread the word. I am SO proud of my husband and SO excited for him! <jumps up and down while clapping>
Here are some pics from Christmas:
I already showed you pictures from the ZooLights, but I forgot this one in the MAX (public transportation) tunnels. It looks like that scene from the second Matrix, where Neo is stuck in the train station. So we always do a Matrix themed pic there. A group of people looked at us funny for having sunglasses on underground, but when we explained the Matrix connection, they loved it! Haha! Nerds unite everywhere!
Deek had the whole week off, but we ended up running around doing errands and stuff nearly the whole time. On this particular day, Deek and I got up really early for a meeting about his book and had appointments the rest of the day. It was certainly a multiple cup of coffee day!
People, I found honest-to-goodness hushpuppies in the Pacific Northwest. As a Southerner, I miss this food item a great deal. We had to travel across the bridge into another state to get them, but I found some! WOOT!
Out looking at Christmas lights.
These lights blinked and looked like the house was being electrocuted. It was kinda amazing.
The Christmas Eve tradition of making gingerbread houses continues... Creepily, at the moment we took this picture, Gingey from Shrek The Halls loomed behind us!
Yea yea! How'dya like my house?
And we traveled to Peacock Lane (a Portland tradition) with Deek's parents again this year. We had a lovely dinner with them and then headed over to see the lights. Such a great night!
Peacock Lane decoration--fitting
Star Wars was well represented!
Christmas Morning kisses
Every author needs a mug with their book cover on it!
Deek knows me so well! He got me a beautiful scarf with Shakespeare on it, and the color matches my eye color!
LOL! Deek's dad trips me out!
I know you'll be shocked, but Deek and I got selfie sticks for Christmas. LOL!!
And, of course, we *had* to test it out...
Christmas Day full moon--the first one since 1977 and the last one until 2034. Glad I got to stand there and gaze up at it with my love.
I hope love, laughter, fun, and family filled your holiday season. And now, we have a brand new year to celebrate and embrace. It's full of unknown adventures and untold stories! Can't wait to explore it with my best friend/husband by my side. I know one thing that will grow in 2016 as it did in 2015...my love for Deek. I'm blessed beyond measure. Truly! <3