So, on christmas eve me and dad went out to the mall to go shopping. Before we went out, the mom came home, and yelled at us for waiting until then to go out. Mainly because a bunch of stores were set to close in less than 1.5 hours. At the mall, we first bought a gift care at lane bryant for mom, then went over to kohles to buy a picture frame for a gift to the uncle. Then we went to FYE where we hoped to get a couple of those “Death Wish” movies on VHS for nana. However, FYE didn’t have any of the movies in stock for VHS, so we had to go for a few other movies.
Christmas day, I opened up my monitor, and got that setup. It’s way better than my old monitor. I’m happy with it. I also got a beard trimmer, some face wash, a $50 gift card for old navy, a pair of slippers that are too big, and i was accidentally given a pack of razors, because the gift giver had forgot that I was actually growing a beard.
After doing a bunch of stuff here at home, we went out to christmas it up with the mom’s side of the family. Initially, it was a pretty awkward trip. Grandpa had been kicked out of the hospital by the health care company, and forced onto a bed which sits in the family room. I avoided the family room a while, because the image of grandpa lying there, with his mouth wide open, unconscious just freaked me out.
After standing around a few other rooms, I walked in there, and sat down in the big leather chair. A few other people were there, just about everyone was worried about grandpa. Well, the afternoon went on, we all watched the pistons vs. spurs game, and were happy when the pistons won. Dinner was alright, had some ham, greenbean caserole, a roll, and some other stuff. The meal was pretty good.
After the game, and dinner, we all hung around and had a chat. grandpa didn’t move much, and still had the same haunting look on his face. he did move a couple times when the dog was running around, and barking. I don’t know what that was about.
About a half hour after the game had ended, we left, and fought traffic. My grandparents live a couple miles away from the palace, and traffic coming out of the palace was a nightmare. While out in traffic we laughed at some of hte novelty license plates people had.
About an hour later, we were past oxford, and heading out to the uncle’s house for christmas with dad’s side of the family. Upon showing up, we saw a car with a W’04 sticker. Dad made a few jokes, and suggested I key the car, mom just told him to shut up, and stop acting like an ass. After getting inside, we ventured to the basement. When we got there, i thought to myself “christmas in pergatory”. All kinds of people smoking, dancing toddlers, some music from the 80s being played on a record player, some familiar faces, and no places to sit. I stood around for a while, and the uncle wandered up to me where we had a chat. A bunch of people asked me what happend to my hair, because they hadn’t seen my hair since I shaved it a couple months ago. I told each of them that I shaved it, and suprisingly, there were no military jokes. One of the relatives of my uncle’s girlfriends mentioned me growing a beard, I confirmed her statements. Yep…
They gave us some gifts to open right away. I had told my uncle to get me either a dvd copy of the old tv show “clerks”, or a watch. I hadn’t had a great idea of what i wanted when I asked. So, i just named those two things. When i opened up my first gift, it was a pretty cheap looking watch. I hadn’t paid attention to the tag though. After that, i opened a smaller gift, which was a wallet, with $10 in it. Again, didn’t pay attention to the tag. After that, i just sat down, and was kind of disappointed in what i was given. About 20 minutes later, another gift was handed to me, and it was a much nicer looking watch, which actually came from my uncle. Aparently, i was given two watches. One from nana, and one from my uncle.
After chatting about this and that, and having the young (idiots / parents) leave with their little crumb crunchers, we all sat down to discuss some family business. Ever since my uncle wayne died in a top fuel dragster wreck, there has been a whole lot of trouble between wayne’s daughters: harmony, melody, and nicole, their mother tab, and the rest of the family. There’s been rumors of tab doing all kinds of terrible things, from pushing melody down the stairs at their home, to holding custody of harmony’s child above her head, to force harmony to take tab’s side in arguments with harmony’s two sisters, and the rest of the family. After a long talk, we realized that harmony giving birth was the clincher in these battles, and the only way we could take back the power, was if harmony gave up her child to an adoption agency. However, harmony is far too attached to her child for that to ever happen. So, it’s for that reason, that all of wayne’s property, from the house, to the property, was bound to end up in the hands of tab.
After that, we all went back home.
On the 26th, not a whole lot happend. We were all feeling good from christmas.
Today, we recieved a call from grandma. Grandpa has died. It’s great that he lived through christmas day, and survived last year’s sickness where most of the family was certain he was going to die. He has lived a long life, but it is unfortunant he had to die like this.