today was the christmas movie marathon at trish's! it was wonderful! she made soup & grilled cheese for lunch, hot chocolate w/ hazelnut to drink. YUMMY! we watched 4 funny, sweet, sad, happy, awesome, excellent movies - Three Days (starring Kristen Davis & Reed Diamond), Chasing Christmas (Tom Arnold), and Once Upon A Christmas/Twice Upon A Christmas (Kathy Ireland & John Dye - and also Kirsten Prout, who is one of my favorite ABC Family actors - she was in Kyle XY & is currently in The Lying Game. love!). even tho i didn't really feel good today, it was a really nice time!! especially as it got darker & the christmas lights came on! : )
we headed over to ariana's birthday party at 6, and i stayed for an hour. the place was quite packed, and while it was nice to visit w/ marcie and megan and see the kids and "meet" their lizard (no, really, he's cute!)... after a bit the not feeling well & scores of ppl got to me. so then i headed over to mom's to hang out w/ her & the boys & watch Cars 2. cuuuuute movie! from what i'd heard about it, i didn't think i would like it, but i really did!!
mom & anthony were going back & forth, so i tried to diffuse that. sometimes mom gets this tone, which she doesn't realize or doesn't care that it sounds MEAN and CUTTING. it hurts my feelings sometimes, but i'm 35 and after years of experience and prayer and therapy, i can acknowledge the hurt and try to work thru it. as a 13 year old full of hormones & emotions & everything - well, i remember how painful her tone & attitude was. and don't get me wrong - anthony can push. and push. and PUSH. but he is still a sensitive kid who tries really, really hard to NOT be sensitive. even when he's being mean to leyton, i feel like a lot of that stems from how HE was treated by his step-sisters growing up...
*sigh* it's messy. and i stood up for him a couple of times, earning mom's glare, but i don't care. it accomplished what i wanted, which was for anthony not to feel so bad & i even got some smiles out of him! : ) he always says stuff about ppl loving leyton more than him or whatever, but i tell him - he was my nephew first, and will always be my oldest nephew, and he has a special place in my heart because of that. maybe someday that will actually sink in for him... *laugh*
anyway, today was a blessed and lovely day, and also exhausting. *laugh* i feel like a kid fighting sleep tonight, tho. like, all i really want to do is go to bed, but i keep remembering things i want to look up or something! but i think it'll be this post & then zzzz time! : )
ttfn & have a GREAT night!! how's your weekend so far? oh, and before i forget - be sure to check out:
A) the giveaway at the Menu!
B) this great rendition of God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen on erin's blog!
C) THIS! (found via pinterest & thought - how awesome!)