Sunday, December 03, 2006

It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

The holiday rush has begun! You know - all the running around, preparing for the big day, and seeing as many people as you can. It's fun and exhausting!

Yesterday was the big holiday luncheon sponsored by the women's ministry at my mom's church. I went with my mom, and my two grandmothers. My sister was unable to join us this time - we missed you, Julie! We attend every year, and it's always a lot of fun. The luncheon opens with shopping in the boutiques off the banquet room, followed by a delicious meal, an opportunity drawing, some sort of entertainment, and a speaker. My Tata (my grandmother) won six months' worth of gift certificates for an hour massage, and she gave them to me! Thank you, Tata!

Grandma Bunny & me...

My mother and my Tata...

Later on, I joined Shelley, Kristin, Michelle, and Lisa for dinner at Habana in Costa Mesa. It was the first time I'd met Kristin and Lisa. Sorry, I don't have a picture to post.

We had a good time dining on Cuban food, sipping Sangrias and Mojitos, and talking about our journeys to China. My impressions of these women were so positive. They are warm and funny, honest and very down-to-earth. I think there's always that moment of "Uh, what am I doing meeting up with strangers I met on the Internet?" But, each time I've done this (I think this was my fifth blogger meet up), I've been glad I took the chance because the people I've met are just amazing. And to think, if it weren't for a common experience and the power of the Internet, our paths probably would not have crossed.

Today the only rushing around I'll be doing involves rushing to get a paper done, the laundry done, the bathroom cleaned, and the grocery shopping done! Sigh... I need a personal assistant and a housekeeper!

16 Comments:

  • At 10:43 AM, Blogger wzgirl said…

    So much great support & fun woman energy! You're Tata is a peach for giving you the massages - what a treat!! And...HOW FUN...to have gotten together with so many fun Blog-Gurlz! I'm envious!

    Hope that your Thanksgiving holiday was nice, Joannah, and that this is the start of a very pleasant continuation of holiday festivities! (I'm sure that the massages will help in that department).

    XOXO

     
  • At 10:55 AM, Blogger K. said…

    You and your family are ADORABLE!

     
  • At 11:02 AM, Blogger Connie said…

    What fun!

    You are part of a family FULL of beautiful ladies!!

    Massages? Now THAT is my kinda Tata...she rocks :0)

     
  • At 11:54 AM, Blogger Julie said…

    You look so much like your mom. Your grandmother is darling!

     
  • At 1:22 PM, Blogger Amy said…

    What a great time with your mom and grandmothers. Way to go Tata on winning the gift certificates and especially giving them to you.:) I hope you enjoy them!

     
  • At 1:44 PM, Blogger Shelley said…

    Such lovely ladies in your family. Good luck with your paper Joannah.

    Last night was so much fun. I'm so glad you could make it after all. :)

    Shell

     
  • At 2:06 PM, Blogger Kate M said…

    what a lovely day (women's ministry) and what a treat to have massages for 6 months!

     
  • At 3:14 PM, Blogger Kristin said…

    6 months of massages?! Fabulous!

    Had such a nice time last night... can't wait for Jillian so she can play with EvaJun!

     
  • At 3:29 PM, Blogger Mariah said…

    WOW, what a great day of fun!! And 6 months of massages, double WOW! Have fun!

     
  • At 3:52 PM, Blogger Kristen said…

    Wow Joannah... you look so much like your mom. What a great start to this Holiday Season!
    Happy Holidays

     
  • At 5:41 PM, Blogger Krista said…

    I see the family resemblance. And lucky you... massages are heavenly.

     
  • At 11:51 PM, Blogger ExCindrela said…

    Joannah,

    ooo I used to love Habana when we lived in Costa Mesa! I'm jealous. I'm really jealous about the massages...enjoy every single one during your wait....Tenley has been home for a year and a half and I've only managed to have 4- and 2 of those were on the cruise we just took!! And I'm sitting on gift certificates for 2 more that I can't find the time to go have!! So see? There are gifts in the wait!

    ~Michelle
    www.yoichoichoi.blogspot.com

     
  • At 4:31 AM, Blogger Dawn, Brian & Guinness said…

    What Beautiful family photos!! Looks like you had a wonderful get-together :)


    ~Dawn

     
  • At 6:26 AM, Blogger David said…

    Sounds like you had fun, and yeah to the grandmother who gave you the massages! Wow!

    BTW, I made my Christmas card in Flash.

     
  • At 5:20 PM, Anonymous Sandra said…

    Joannah, that is wonderful! I would give anything for a massage right now. You and your mom look a lot alike!!

     
  • At 10:58 AM, Anonymous Char Burnette said…

    Joannah! Greetings from your distant cousins on Washington State. I had not looked at the Just for Jillian page in awhile. When I did today I saw pics of our favorite Aunt Bunny and your mom!
    You all look so great! You are all in our thoughts and prayers!

     

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