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December 16, 2008

Merry Christmas 2008

Filed under: Holiday,Travel in Canada,Travel in the U.S. — Heligypsy @ 6:25 pm

I snapped a photo of our darling Christmas tree in the RV this year, those who have seen it (on Facebook and Twitter) seemed surprised and have enjoyed it. I’ve been working with a lot of our photos from the past nine years, and thought I’d post a blog with pictures of our Christmas Trees past.

Not our first Christmas together, but our first tree. I was (as I usually am) really proud of how it turned out.

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The “tree” in this next picture requires a little imagination. Far right in the photo, it’s a spiral piece of acrylic wrapped in candy cane garland. At least it gave me something to hang our ornaments on in this 18 ft trailer. By this time, we had begun collection ornaments, starting with the handblown glass Bobbo Natale from Venice, Italy.

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This was our first RV. We have since decided that we do in fact love the full-time lifestyle and have traded up a little bit (both the RV and the camera). Anyway, this was how we decorated for Christmas while camping at the Carpinteria State Beach, a very short walk to the water

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No tree this year, we were celebrating in Jindabyne Australia

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This is my mom’s tree, which she and I decorated together. Christmas in Bishop with the family, it’s a treat. Mom can really light a tree, I tell ya! Look closely, Keith is trying to get Zoe to smile for the camera.

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Fun-facts about Keith’s career:

Among the heroic duties of firefighting and the economically important seismic exploration or logging contracts, he has also fulfilled contracts to fly in harvested Christmas Trees. Bundle at a time, slinging from steep tree farm forests into the backs of waiting trucks.

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Each year working this duty he has received a gorgeous Douglas Fir. Finally, after three years of giving friends and family the tree for their holiday, I finally got to keep one for myself. Here it is.

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In 2006 we were camped in Vegas. Though we went to my brothers in Big Pine for Christmas Day, I still put a tree up. Went a little overboard bringing in the 5 ft’er, but loved every day of it.

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I did say we were in Vegas, didn’t I? Since we weren’t going to be there, I didn’t do much outside decorating. I let nature do it for me.

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Keith has been in Australia since Monday (well, Sunday for us, it’s confusing when you travel down under). Even though won’t have Christmas together we did put our tree up. It’s a smaller version than ’06, Keith could circle the tree and name the places all the ornaments came from in less than 5 minutes, ha ha.

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We’re in a warmer climate this year, parked beneath palm trees, enjoying the evening air with the door open

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Wishing all of you a very Merry Christmas from Florida (this year)

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December 26, 2007

Christmas of Contentment

Filed under: Holiday,Travel,Travel in Central America — Heligypsy @ 7:26 am

That’s what I’m calling this Christmas 2007. The only thing greater than the day we had yesterday would have been if each one of our loved ones spread throughout the world could have been there with us – and since that’s hardly going to happen in any location, let alone here in Central America we just have to hold them in our hearts and share our love via internet.

What else was missing from our Christmas? Hassle, stress, and over-consumption (of gifts and food).

We sat on the island beach at a wooden table waiting for our breakfast of huevos rancheros, listening to Eddie Money, the Cars and even Axle Rose…Welcoming Us To The Jungle over Sirrius radio at the Canadian Sports Bar on Caye Caulker. Eventually they did serenade with a few rocken’ Christmas tunes. I took in a big deep breath and tried to find the words for how I felt. There was something very ironic about what was going on. I can not remember a time that I was so relaxed and at peace – yet both in such abundance I thought I would burst! Was it this island, whose slogan is “Go Slow”, or was it the simplicity of this Christmas day, a gift exchange of little more than pure love, and the prospect of spending the day snorkeling around the 2nd largest barrier reef, again, that had me in such a state of bliss.

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After our snorkeling trip we headed back to the sports bar…by the looks of things it was the only eatery in town open. While some folks were going all out and having the full Christmas turkey dinner with all the trimmings, Keith and I had plans to eat back at the Marina in Old Belize – so we ordered shrimp ceviche and a couple beers. We intended to be on the 3 pm water taxi back to the mainland, but when our food hadn’t yet arrived we laughed and said “Ok, we’ll give them ONE MORE HOUR to get that ceviche here…and that’s IT!” Ceviche – a seafood salsa type thing served with chips – shouldn’t be to hard to serve up, but, all blissed out and in no hurry we waited. When we finally did return to the Marina, we found that the restaurant had closed at 3, and we were out of luck. Didn’t matter, it was still the perfect day, I did scrounge up some corned beef sandwiches later in the evening, ha!

What will you call your Christmas 2007 – and why?

December 24, 2007

Meeerrrryyy Christmas!

Filed under: Holiday,Travel,Travel in Central America — Heligypsy @ 9:42 am

Well, it’s finally here, ready or not, believe it or not…tomorrow is Christmas. I am ready, but I don’t know if I believe it. Yesterday Keith and I took a water taxi to Caye Caulker for the day and did a bit of snorkeling along the reef. A little band of storm clouds rolled across the island, dropped a tiny bit of rain, and kept on moving. We laughed with the other snorkeler in our party, a woman from Missouri, about the insignificance of the threatening clouds – and shudder to think about some of our friends and family enduring the cold, wet and snowy winter.

I am ready for tomorrow, because it is going to be one of the more simple Christmas’s we’ve had. I baked the other day – well, to be more exact I “no-baked” something about running the oven when the a/c is already having trouble keeping up with the heat didn’t seem very fun. I followed four no-bake-em cookie recipes, and have been handing out plates of cookies to all the people here at the Marina – the guys in the office, the guy who opens and closes the gate, the real-estate guy who helps us with our paperwork, a couple of other campers here, and Keith took a plate for the armed security guy at the Police check-point on his way to work. I’ve put a smile on these faces and that has been so totally gratifying. Keith and I will likely spend the day tomorrow snorkeling again, we could both spend all day swimming the reef, it’s been fantastic.

I think I’d like to spend a Christmas sometime doing the traditional “White Christmas” thing – meaning we will have to take a vacation from the tropics and go to a ski resort or something. We’ll see.

For now, you have our Tropical Merry Christmas wishes. We hope you have a fantastic day, we will be thinking of you.

December 19, 2007

A Merry Little Christmas

Filed under: Holiday,Travel — Heligypsy @ 9:09 pm
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