Family

Christmas with My Parents

Image may contain: 2 people, including Danielle Hornyak, people smiling, people standing and indoorThe day after Christmas Day we celebrated with my parents. We opened gifts. I got my Dad a gift card to the movies. My mom got some pieces to her Winterberry collection. I was anxious to see what we got from my parents. I think I already knew what I was getting, but Drew knew for sure we were getting the Nintendo Switch. I had asked for it for Christmas. Drew and I can’t stop playing it when we go to Best Buy.

It was our turn to open gifts, Drew got some beer glasses for his man cave. The glasses have his name on it. My parents gifted us with a Nintendo Switch, the Mariokart game, and a Paris calendar for our kitchen. We both received a little bit of money from them as well. I was so thankful and so happy. We couldn’t wait to go home and play Mariokart.

When I was younger, my dad and I used to play Super Nintendo. I am not a gamer, but I remember playing that console for hours. The graphics have come such a long way since the 90s. It looks so real now.

As the day went on, I started to feel a little sick in my stomach, but I was going to pull through it was Christmas. I wasn’t as bad as Drew, but there was something going around, plus we were eating all this different food.

At dinner, Drew and I prepped the food, and served my parents. It was nice and relaxing to finally be able to celebrate Christmas with my parents.

 

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Christmas Day

This morning, I could tell Drew was a little better, but not one 100%. We still were going to go to his parents for Christmas. My parents were meeting us over there for dinner. I was excited to spend the day with everyone, but I was worried about Drew. He wasn’t doing so well.

When we arrived to his parents, we hung out and opened gifts with Tommy and Megan.
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Tommy and Megan got Drew a nice Eddie Bauer zip up, and they gave me a pink champagne 3-wick candle from Pier 1. I love Pier 1, candles, and pink champagne. They also gave us a $50 gift card to Lowes. We gave them together a gift card to Amazon and I bought Megan a little wine glass ornament with a Santa hat on it.
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I finally got to meet Waffles. I was glad to finally meet him. He has the sweetest little personality. He just comes right up to you and kisses you and pounces on you.

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Butters on the other hand, just wants you to throw him the ball. He is not about kisses and cuddles. Tommy and Megan said he is the athlete.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After gifts,  Drew and I went to get Aunt Toostie. We took his mom’s car. Chippewa is a bit of drive from his parents, but we made it. Aunt Tootsie was so glad to see us. She filled us in on what has been going on with her.
When we arrived back to my in-laws my parents arrived shortly after. I was glad to see them. I love it when we are all together. I just wish Drew felt better. Dinner was a huge spread. Drew seemed to have an appetite. I was glad of that.
After dinner, we hung out for a while, we decided not to go see Grandma. We would see her sometime during the week. We didn’t want her getting sick and getting what Drew had.

 

 

 

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Thanksgiving 2018

This morning, I got up early, showered, and got ready to go to my parents. I was going to meet Drew over there at around 2:30pm. I wanted to help my mom get ready and prepare dinner. Andrew’s family was coming over to my parents and I know she was going to be really busy. This was also an opportunity for my mom and I to have some quality time.
When I arrived at my parents, I got snuggle my dogs for a bit and then made the green bean casserole as part of my contribution for Thanksgiving dinner. I was so ready to eat. I couldn’t wait for Turkey, potatoes, sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, etc. When Andrew arrived, he hung out with my dad and watched football. Eventually, Andrew’s mom, dad, and Aunt Tootsie arrived at my parents. It was nice to everyone in the house and over my parents.
After dinner, we ate dessert, relaxed and then got ready to go to his grandma’s. Andrew’s grandma is in a rehab center, and we were going to bring her some left overs. She was doing so much better. She is a fighter.
When we walked into her room, she was watching the Wizard of Oz. I loved that movie as a child, and still do. Grandma was so happy to see us. I gave her a big hug and we visited with her while she ate some leftovers. It was so good to see her and just like that Thanksgiving was over.

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My Dad’s Birthday

I drove to my parents and we drove to Cinemark in the North Hills. I was so excited to see the Nutcracker and the four realms.

Image result for Nutcracker and the four realmsI have seen the previews and I couldn’t wait to see the movie. Once we got to the theater, we went through the concession lines. I got popcorn, diet coke, and a water. I bought my parents popcorn and my dad some candy. My mom wanted a drink and daddy wanted a coke. Not a problem I was treating them since it was my dad’s birthday. Once we approached the box office, the usher scanned my phone. The tickets were on my phone. My parents were so amazed by that for some reason.

Once inside the theater, we took our seats and once the movie started, and I heard the familiar Nutcracker Suite started to play, and I was immediately in love. Something about the Nutcracker really gets me into the Christmas spirit.
When I was younger, my mom took me to see the Nutcracker for a few Christmases in a row. It was just a magical tradition for me as a little girl, the ballerinas, the grace and the beauty. Also, I took ballet lessons as a child (up until I was 15 years old). I think I wanted to be a legit ballerina.
After the movie, which was everything and more that I could have hoped it would be. I had to stop and use the restroom on the way out of the theater. After I finished my business, I stayed in the stall a few extra minutes and checked to see if my grade for my paper was posted. I was so nervous about it. I wanted to do well, and I had the TA look it over, so I felt confident, but something was bugging me about it for some reason.
Courseweb finally loaded, I saw that my grade for a paper was a C. I was one point away from a B-. I was going to have to rewrite. I was so upset. I cried.
When I got out of the bathroom, I told my parents. They felt so bad for me. They knew how hard I worked on it. They knew I sought help and yet still I got a C. I texted Drew and he felt so bad for me. I told him that I was probably going to have to rewrite. He told me that I should rewrite and just accept it. I was still going to pass since I did well on all my other assignments. I was still so upset. I just wanted to go home, but I had an appointment at the Apple store in Ross Park Mall.
When we arrived at the mall, I checked in at the Apple store. They said it would probably be about 2 hours. My parents had to go home and feed the dogs, so I just stayed behind. I didn’t want to be there, but I wanted to be alone. I was in such a bad mood. I just wanted to see my husband. I was dreading having to rewrite this paper, but I felt as though, if I did rewrite, I would be in a better place with my grade going into the final paper.
When I finally saw my husband, I gave him a big hug. I wanted to cry. I held back tears in the Apple Store. Finally, my phone was complete all I had to do was get my battery replaced. I was so glad to go home and get out of there. When I got home, Drew and I talked and he was so supportive and didn’t think I needed to rewrite but supported my decision to. I had to get a plan of attack together. First, I needed to talk to the TA tomorrow, and see what I need to do to improve. I was so anxious for class the next day.

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Dinner with In-Laws

This evening, we went to the Cafe in Aliquippa. We were going to meet Drew’s parents there. We haven’t been there in forever. I stuck to my keto diet had a hamburger with no bun and a side of coleslaw. I had a couple drinks with my mother-in-law, crown and soda waters.

At dinner, we talked about all that has been happening in our lives and in their lives. We hadn’t been out to eat together in a long time. She asked about my diet and I told her it is going so well. I really feel better eating this way. She was glad to hear it. We talked about my birthday plants, and dinner at my parents, as well as their vacation to Cape Cod. I am glad I got to see them.

When Drew and I got home, I had another crown and soda, then it was off to bed for this girl.

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Birthday Dinner at My Parents

This morning we had a chiropractor appointment. I was finally going to get my ankle adjusted. He asked why I didn’t come to the office when my accident happened and I said because it happened in the afternoon on a Tuesday and you weren’t in. I am sure he would have made a special visit to the office to adjust me, if he had to. He is a family friend.

After I was adjusted my ankle was a bit sore and tender. It didn’t feel good. I knew that was going to be the case. After the Chiropractor, we went home and I did some homework until it was time to go to my parents for dinner.

When we arrived, it was a little after 4pm. I was tied up. I was so happy to see my parents my dogs. I helped my mom a little in the kitchen, while Drew and my dad watched football in the living room.

For dinner, we ate beef tenderloin and asparagus. For desert, there wasn’t a birthday cake because I am keto. However, they used a candle to sing Happy Birthday to me. My birthday gift from my parents was a rose gold iPad Pro. I love it! I can’t wait to get a case for it. My parents and my husband spoil me.

We had a great time at dinner and I loved seeing my dogs!

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Lunch with Dad

Around 12pm, my dad came to my office. We were going to lunch at 1pm. My  dad is a burger and fries kind of guy. We decided to go to Stacked, its is a burger joint. I was a bit nervous this was my first time eating out on the Keto diet. I knew that I couldn’t have a bun with my burger, and I shouldn’t have a side, but on the menu I saw they had sweet potato fries. I decided on a piece of grilled chicken, lettuce, avocado, mayo, extra bacon, and cheese with a side of sweet potato fries.

While we were waiting for our food, my dad and I talked about grad school, my classes,  and my internship. He enjoyed hearing about my drama with my group. I am so open with my parents. I tell them everything. My dad is special to me though. I am a genuine daddy’s girl.

When our food arrived, it looked so good and tasted so good. I was hungry, but I didn’t finish all my fries, but I damn sure finished my chicken, veggies, and bacon. I took the rest of the fries to go. I knew Drew would probably will want to snack on them.

I said goodbye to my dad and went back to work. It was hard for me to want to go back after having lunch. I wish I had the rest of the day off.