Home For Christmas…and Mullet Haircuts Unearthed

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first off, happy christmas week! it’s almost here yay!

i’ve been in colorado for a few days before all the other family starts rolling it because it was important to me to spend some quality time with my parents.

i spent the first few days hanging out with my dad and we both tackled scary areas of his house that needed sorting, especially a corner in my room of old things. i ended up throwing three massive and incredibly heavy bags full of old school stuff, knickknacks, half eaten jaw breakers and the likes away. i have hoarding tendencies and anything someone gives me immediately has sentimental value attached so this is no easy task folks!

“thank you ms. terner (turner) for helping me in canceoling (counseling).”

it felt good to go through some old things and find some solid gems like these. mullet time!


i sent this to my husband and he could not stop laughing.me 80s

we also watched a few christmas specials, including ‘celtic woman’ which takes us back to our irish roots and we swear they are our cousins!

then it was mama time and because she’s hosting her side the family for christmas so there was some decorating to be done! my stepdad picked out a great tree and we strung the lights on (omg the last time i did that on a real-sized tree was ages ago and it was hard and my arms got all rashy). the end product was worth it.


there is even a little leftover snow outside! yay!IMG_2741

my husband arrives tonight and i am super excited to have him back. as we were talking last night on the phone, we both siad that while we missed each other it was also nice to have some time apart to actually miss each other.

for him, he travels more for his speaking and trainings so i get the run of our home all by myself every once in a while and it’s glorious. dishes in the sink, clothes right where i left them, watching whatever i want on netflix (gilmore girls galore) and eating a hot pocket (jim gaffighan anyone?). he got to indulge in that for 4 whole nights and he said it was really rejuvenating (but no hot pockets).

i, on the other hand, got uninterrupted and quality time with each of my parents which i certainly don’t take for granted. i know this time of year is hard for many people with the absence of their loved ones so my thoughts are with you.

it was good to have conversations about where we are in life now, how much of a punkass i was in high school and where the future is headed.

my sister and her hubs get in tonight too, my in-laws tomorrow and my grandparents just got here so bring on the crazy holidays!

okay one more…me and my little sister! we are still trying to figure out when my hair decided to get really curly…but in the meantime we were just sweet little sailors.



1) do you still have boxes of your old things at your parents’ house?

2) how often do you get to spend time one-on-one with your parents?

3) do you like hot pockets? be honest.


  1. Amanda

    December 22, 2014 at 10:18 am

    OK, now I like YOU more because you rocked a mullet. Love it. I have so much old stuff at my parent’s house too. Each time I go home we go through a little bit more, so it’s a very slow process. One of these days we just need to do a big purge. Oh the memories that stuff brings out!
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    • chelsea

      December 26, 2014 at 11:32 am

      haaaa thanks amanda! that mullet was rock solid. that’s good you are starting the process of going through your old things…it takes so long because it’s so fun to reminiscence. so many memories!
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  2. Paula Howley

    December 22, 2014 at 10:51 am

    Yep- lovin’ the mullet. A true comedian will not only endure, but RELISH humiliation for a good laugh! I salute you madam.

    1) do you still have boxes of your old things at your parents’ house?

    I do. I probably have 2 boxes of stuff left up in the attic of the garage. I go through it every time I go home and usually bring one or two things back.

    2) how often do you get to spend time one-on-one with your parents?
    Not too often as we don’t get to see each other as much as I’d like. They are coming here in March though so I am excited! My dad’s coming back in October too for the women’s FIFA World Cup final in Vancouver!

    3) do you like hot pockets? be honest.

    Never had one. Honest.
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    • chelsea

      December 26, 2014 at 11:35 am

      haha thanks for the salute, paula! there are MANY serious gems that i’ve found. seems like you have a good system down for going through things when you’re at your parents. so great that your parents are coming in march-woohoo! you aren’t missing much in a hot pocket but for some reason it’s my gross indulgence about 3 times a year!

  3. Claire

    December 22, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    1. The boxes! Don’t remind me. My parents are in the process of downsizing which is great for them… my boxes on the other hand will have to fine a new home.

    2. I didn’t get far when I moved out so I see them frequently. I was actually thinking about that yesterday after some quality phone upgrading time at Verizon with my dad. I actually enjoyed the time spent with him, even if it was an unpleasant task.

    3. Not really…

    By the way, the search is on for Danish goodies in Portland. You, me and Beki (I guess Ryan can come too ;)).

    • chelsea

      December 26, 2014 at 11:36 am

      i knoooow! my mom did that and had to do a serious purge when they moved! one good thing about having divorced parents is putting stuff at the other house so now i’m finally going through more. glad you get to see them often claire and even better that you appreciate it!

      yeeeees! please come to portland so we can search for danish goodies and if you’re ever in colorado you must go to ‘the taste of denmark’ in lakewood!

  4. Amanda Wood

    December 22, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I love visiting my parents and going through old stuff and hearing my mom tell us stories. AND that bit from Jim G is my favorite. I can’t eat those things anymore, but I still laugh so hard when I hear anyone say “Hot Pockets”
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    • chelsea

      December 26, 2014 at 11:38 am

      it is so fun to hear stories from family about growing up! apparently i had a little 10 ft. boat named after me and when i asked my grandpa what happened to it he said “oh…well we just left it to rust.” ha!

  5. Courtney!

    December 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    My husband and I are from the same area. Uninterrupted time (aka not having to split time between both sides of the family) sounds heavenly!
    There is like nothing of me left at my parents house. My husband was less than thrilled when my parents came to visit after we bought the house and dropped off box after box of American Girl dolls, my dollhouse and baby clothes, lol.
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    • chelsea

      December 29, 2014 at 6:44 am

      i feel you! it was a little nutty to run around from all parents but worth it and fun! ahhhh american girl dolls! i totally just showed my husband mind this weekend courtney!!