1.11.13 – Kim Christmas

It’s been a while, 9 days to be exact.  Like anything, when you fall out of habit, it’s hard to get back into it.  Or, I could have been really busy with lots to do and little time to write.  Or,  I could have flown out of my window to Neverland with Peter Pan and Tink.  By the way, they don’t have computers in Neverland.  Whatever has happened in my absence from the blog world it is now behind me, and I can start taking my one a day vitamins again.  Sure the past is past, but I bet you are all wondering just what the hell happened to me.  I will share some highlights:

I finally got to meet Annie, my cousin’s baby, my niece.  She is even more beautiful in my arms than she is in photos.  She is going to grow up to have her mommy’s long blonde hair, pretty eyes, and smart head.  And, just look at that little pink bow!

AnnieI also got to see my baby, TOBY!  It still amazes me that I can be away from home for four months, and as soon as Toby hears my voice he knows it’s me.  I really hate to leave the little guy for that long, but he and my dad are buddies.  Who else is going to protect the house from those vicious squirrels?  It snowed a little too :-)

Toby

Work brought me back home for a week which allowed me to surprise my friends and family.  My dad and friend Mel were the only two people who knew I was going to be in town.  My crazy family celebrates Ukrainian Christmas so I was able to see everyone on one of my favorite nights of the year.  My Grandma cried, I cried, and baby Annie may have shed a tear when she got hungry or pooped her diaper.  I got to hang out with big Annie, who is now in seventh grade! I can’t believe my favorite little cousin isn’t so little anymore.  She is more beautiful every time I see her.

I even got to have my very own Kim Christmas!  My dad set up presents under the tiniest Christmas tree.

Mini Christmas

Every day this past week had Mel in it.  She is moving to Hawaii, and we needed to spend as much time together as possible!  With Mel, I made new friends, saw old friends, stayed hydrated, ate peanut butter sandwiches, fell asleep in the library and almost missed a train, and turned my hotel room into my “apartment”.  The entire week I had friends come and go, beverages consumed, movies watched, beds jumped on, and smiles shared.

Toast

So there you have it.  I did not get abducted by aliens or eaten by dinosaurs, but I did laugh so hard my stomach and my face hurt.  What a wonderful nine days it has been.

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I Won’t Be Home For Christmas

Christmas and the holidays are a time for family.  I think everyday should be a time for family, but it gets tough to have everybody – grandma and grandpa, aunts, uncles, parents, cousins, kids, second cousins, friends – over for dinner every night of the week.  This is why we celebrate holidays.  Sure Christmas has a historical meaning, sweet baby Jesus was born on this day, but it’s so much more than that.  Hell, not everyone who celebrates Christmas believes in Jesus anyway.  Christmas is recognized as a time to celebrate the love you have for those around you.  It may be the only time throughout the year when everyone can gather together around the same table and enjoy each other, cheesy potatoes, turkey, and grandma’s pirogies (they are the best).

Unfortunately, I was unable to spend Christmas with my family this year.  My family is the family that gets together for birthdays, anniversaries, Easter, summer vacations, multiple Christmases, baseball games, Saturday nights, Cousin Conventions, fishing trips, and any other event we can come up with.  As you know, my cousin just had a baby, Annie, who I would really like to meet.  I would love to give my cousin a big hug and tell her she is going to be the best mom in the world.  I missed the laughter, the hugs and kisses, the visit from Santa Claus, the food, spending time with my grandparents, the annual watching of “Piranha”, the secret Santa gift exchange, pulling each other’s hair in church, washing dishes, laying by the fire, letting my dog eat all the wrapping paper his heart desires, making my dad and brother try on their new outfits, and did I mention the food?  This is the second Christmas I did not get to spend with my family. I thought this year would be easier, but it hasn’t been.

There are always things that make being away from your family just a little easier.  You make the people around you your family.  Together you all eat an untraditional feast of breakfast for dinner even though you still, as tradition goes, stuff your face until your plate is empty.  You finagle the old 2 for 1 deal at the cinema and see “Les Misérables” in IMAX where the person you’re with doesn’t fall asleep during the 2.5 hour musical!  On a side note, go see “Les Misérables”.  You will love it if you are a musical fan and you will appreciate and actually like it even if you’re not.  “This is 40” is worth seeing as well.  Another way to make Christmas feel like Christmas when you are away from home and family is to play Santa Claus.  Make stockings full of goodies for your friends.  They will love the surprise when they open their doors in the morning, and you will feel the joy that comes with making some one smile.  Tell strangers “Merry Christmas”.  It makes them smile too and forces you to smile back.  Always remember to tell those you love that you love them, even if they are far away.

It’s a big deal, maybe even bigger than some of you will ever know, for me to miss Christmas, but I did what I could you make this year special.  I hope your Christmas was a special one too.  Thank you to those that spent time with me.  Merry Christmas to all and to all a goodnight.

12.19.12 – An Early Christmas

It’s a girl!  My cousin had her baby early this morning!  I woke up to a text at about 5 AM MST with a photo of the most precious thing I have ever seen!  The little one finally came out, and her name is Maryann or Annie for short.  Everything is exclamation points today!  I can’t believe that my cousin is a mom now, my aunt and uncle are grandparents, and my grandparents are great grandparents.  A new generation has started in my family.

The beauty of a family is that it never stops growing.  (You should see how many people come on vacation with us every summer.  The number gets bigger every year. )  That is the reason we are all here.  Our parents brought life into this world to make their family grow, and we will do the same. My cousin created life, she made that beautiful baby girl out of the love that brought her and her husband Jimmy together.  Together they created a human being!  It’s incredible!  Our family just got a little bit bigger.  Christmas came early this year :-)

11.24.12 – Kevin, You Are Such a Disease!

I made my family disappear?  I made my family disappear!  It is time for those holiday classics like, “Home Alone”, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.  I have probably seen that movie over 100 times.  I have the entire thing, step for step, word for word memorized, yet I still watch it every time it comes on TV.  Everyone can identify with this movie.  We all love our families, but there are times when we just want to say, “This house is so full of people it makes me sick. When I grow up and get married, I’m living alone. Did you hear me?”  Or if you’re like me, and welcome the idea of having your whole family together you can at least see the importance of standing your ground and not letting the bad guys scare you.  “This is my house, and I have to defend it!”

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11 Holiday Rules

The holiday season is upon us.  Radio stations started playing Christmas songs, holiday movies are playing on TV, and shopping centers are all decked with boughs of holy.  I never knew what a “bough” was until I looked it up just now.  A bough is a main branch of a tree.  Makes sense.  Everyone is making plans to do something special whether that’s spending time with family, drinking some spiced whiskey ciders with friends, curling up in your best onesie to watch “Home Alone 1 and 2”.  Everyone does something different to get in the mood for the holidays.  While you are out celebrating just remember these few rules that I have put together to ensure you have the best Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Getting Ready for Christmas, Christmas, and New Years day ever!

Here is a list of my holiday rules:

1.  Shop around.  Whether it’s a Christmas tree or a Christmas gift, shop around until you find the right one.  The traditions we have mean something us so let’s do them right.  Spend some extra time making that perfect gift or hunting down that perfect tree.

2.  It’s never too early to put up lights.  Even if you are the only person on your block, do it anyways.  That way, everyone else can find their way home at night.

3.  Don’t be afraid to get creative.  If there is no snow make a snow man anyways!  Just substitute snow with sidewalk chalk and create your snowman on the side of the house.  That is if mom and dad say it’s OK.

4.  Dress to impress.  Dickies and glitter painted sweater shirts are acceptable wardrobe for the holidays.


5.  Remember, everyone celebrates a holiday of some sort, even Slayer fans and followers of other religions.  Practice acceptance and love.  Invite new friends over for holiday crafts.

6.  Don’t forget the pup!  He loves you all year round even if you get lazy and skip a walk every now and then.  Treat the little guy to something nice.

7.  Act surprised even if you already know what it’s going to be, and be thankful for the people you get to spend time with.  For they are the gifts that matter.

8.  Get the dinner table ready.  You know that’s where all the good stuff happens!  Every table is important no matter how big or small.  You’re important too even if you get put at the kid’s table at age 28.

9.  FEAST!  But, just know everyone will have to help in the kitchen at some point.  There is no escape.

10.  Take photos with your family.  If you’re feeling fat and bloated after dinner, if you’re having a bad hair day, if you have a zit on your chin, take the photo anyway.  You’re going to cherish that memory one day.

11.  This is the last rule, but it may be the most important: be careful when you give Santa Claus booze.  You never know where he will end up!

Happy Holidays everyone!  Now, dig in.

10.28.12 – No, It’s Not Halloween. It’s Just My Family.

In honor of Halloween I thought I would post some costume ideas in case anyone needs some inspiration.  My family has been throwing theme nights/days for as long as I can remember.  We have done it all and still manage to come up with new ideas every year.  Halloween for the Nowickis comes every July and December.

Pirate Day – Rrrrrrgh matey!College Day – Activities included beer pong and arts and crafts.

Cubs vs. Sox Day

Alien Night

Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Medieval Times – Unveiling of the family crest

Jersey Shore – A night to not remember

Mustaches and Mullets – A family favoriteWrestle Mania

Circus Night – The ring leader and the human cannon ballVisors, fanny packs, and furs – You had to have all three to get into the party

Disney Night

End of the World Party aka Mayan Mayhem

Just another day hanging out with my brother