I have a few pics and stories I wanted to share, but time and all that kept me from doing so. Just a quick hodge podge post.
Our Christmas was one of the best ever. We usually spend Christmas at home and then on the 26th pack up the car and head out of town. This year was the first year in many we did not do that. While there were certainly things we missed about traveling, I forgot how relaxing not going anywhere can be.
My oldest son and his family came over Christmas Eve and spent the night. It was nice that we had the time to observe all of our traditions.
Homemade pizza(gluten-free) on Christmas Eve and then watched a Christmas Story.
Cookies for Santa.
Christmas morning was, of course, present time!
Here is TSM putting together my Kerosene heater. Anyone who knows me knows I am freezing all the time. One of my biggest concerns in case of some kind of natural(or otherwise) disaster has been that we would all die from frost bite. Not any longer. Worked beautifully!
On Christmas day while I was cooking my son took the little kids into the backyard to shoot the airsoft pistol. I wasn’t really paying much attention to them because I had a lot to do, but the other day I had a chance to look at the pics and I was one proud mama.
My daughter, A, listening to instruction with her finger off the trigger. Not sure if you remember, but just a few days prior to that on the range in Culpeper, she had a bit of issue remembering. Oh and E wearing my infamous white glasses. I think she can pull the look off.
It is possible my son is taking airsoft a little to seriously:) At least he is a dapper dresser.
Look at those girls turning over possession of the gun in a positive and safe manner!
A few days later Old NFO sent me an email letting me know he would be passing through. Lucky me!!! He agreed to stop by for dinner and we had a wonderful time. He got to meet the kids, see Jayne, eat yummy food and enjoy a cold beer in a frosty mug.
“A” helping me make the bacon wrapped shrimp that we dipped into a homemade spicy tomatillo salsa.
The meat browning for Braciole. Honestly that was one tender and flavor meal.
Loved having him over. Now, I have a witness that can attest that even though I have a lot of kids, my house really is calm and the kids are well behaved.
Lets see, what else…I have been doing some canning. So far just a few batches of chicken and several batches of beans with ham.
I bought a pressure cooker and just dove right in. Pretty easy. My only issue seems to be that I am not putting enough liquid in. I fill it to the appropriate level and then stick a skewer in the jar, move it and poke it around to remove any air bubbles and refill if needed, but still, not quite right. I am having fun learning though.
And last but not least, for those that do not follow my Facebook page, I got a new holster. A little bit ago Devin from White Dog Holsters surprised me with this beauty.
I had no idea that it was coming. He made it right handed for my Shield for those days I might want to carry a BUG. He also added the EMS symbol which was just so sweet. Of course, now I do feel a little extra pressure to pass the test, but you know easy peasy right:)
The holster is kydex and leather. The blue is absolutely stunning. Devin molds the leather so it fits perfectly around my hip bone. So very, very comfortable! I have been wearing it off and on for about a month. I have done a lot of fry fire practice drawing my gun from the holster. Flawless. It also passes the retention test. If I place my empty gun in the holster and hold it upside down, the gun stays put!.
This is me wearing it along with my brand spanking new ‘ol lady glasses. Love the holster…the glasses, not so much, but I can see things, so there’s that.
Ok, I think for the most part we are all caught up. I will be back next week with a training report. I have challenged Arete to a duel in the park.