Saturday, December 31, 2011

Holiday Blog Hop Final Post: RomFan Co-Founder Annette Stone

First I would like to thank all the authors who participated in RomFan’s First Annual Holiday Blog Hop.  All of your stories were wonderful and you all were great sports.

A special thank you to Keta Diablo whom if it was not for her having the idea I would have never thought of it myself, Keta you are awesome big cyber hugs to you my friend.

So, after reading all these great memories I decided to throw my own together for the last day of 2011. 

I have a lot of favorite holidays with my family but every year two special ones come to mind. 

The first one I was probably eight and got my ears pierced that year.  Well, my daddy hands me a box and asks me to wrap it for my mom inside was a pair of diamond earrings, so as any good daughter *snickers* I did as I was asked. On Christmas morning my dad was handing out the gifts and he handed me the gift I had wrapped for my mom and he handed an identical gift to my mom.  We went to hand them back and said he got them mixed up and that is when he informed us that we wrapped our own Christmas presents, you see he bought us identical earrings.

Now the second favorite Christmas was the following year and we spent it at my grandparents in Maryland.  I always loved going to grandpa and grandma’s because they moved a lot due to my grandpa’s job.  Anyway, this particular Christmas I was opening my gifts when I came upon one which was a stuffed St. Bernard and a book on how to care for your St. Bernard.  Of course I gave my dad a quizzical look and asked why would I need a book to care for a stuffed dog?  Hey I was nine what did I know.  I didn’t get an answer.

After Christmas we drove home, we always drove my mom fears flying.  When we got close to home daddy said we had to make a quick stop, so we stopped at this house and dad went in while mom and I waited in our VW Camper Van thingy, I know that is telling my age.  When my dad came out he had a bundle of fluff in his arms yep, you guessed it, my St. Bernard puppy my dad named Chickasaw, Chick for short.  Chick was my constant companion and friend until I was 16 when due to my parents divorce and lose of our home due to a fire I had to find him a new home. 

Me and Daddy
My daddy has always been the best daddy in the world.  He came into my life when I was three and I did not make a very good first impression as he likes to remind me.  But, he gave me his name and loved me more than anything else in this world. 

He called me just some time ago and said he came across this site called RomFan Reviews.  I told him yep that was me and his reply was “My daughter reads erotica” I just said yep.  He came back with “That’s my girl”.  He also likes the word erotica, such a dirty old man lol…

Although we don’t talk much or see each other often I know that he will always be there to catch me if I need him.  To hold me if I need to cry or tease me until I laugh so hard I can’t breath.  Because I know that as he is one of the most important people in my life I am also one of his and I am still his “baby” as he still calls me.  

I love you Daddy and thank you for all the wonderful memories you have given me and the many more we will make.
Our dance
Now as a final gift for the year from RomFan Reviews I will be giving away a $20 Amazon Gift Card to one lucky person.  Just leave a comment and your email address.  Contest ends January 2, 2012 at 11:59 pm est.  You MUST leave your email to be entered.


  1. What beautiful memories. We had to give up a beloved dog when we were kids. It is very sad. Thanks so much for sharing
    debby236 at gmail dot com

  2. What a sweet story. THank you for shaing it with us.

    Also, thank you for the blog hop. I discovered many new authors.

    Happy New Year to All.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  3. Your Dad sounds like a great guy. It's kind of funny that no matter how old we get, we are still Daddy's babies.
    Have a great New Years!
    manning_2004 at yahoo dot com

  4. Debby thank you for stopping by. It was the most heartbreaking thing for me at that time. I swore I would have another St. Bernard but that has not happened yet instead it has been Black Labs and we have my granddaughter's Border Collie.

    Tracey I am with you I have also discovered new authors that have been added to my must read list.

    June how true if he isn't calling me baby it is "Hey kid" and I just smile and get mushy. He is a wonderful daddy, without his love, discipline (and there was plenty of that) I would not be the woman I am today.


  5. Loved the post, what wonderful memories of Christmas. I've never had a St Bernard, sounds like he was a great pet and much loved.

    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

  6. That was such a sweet post, Annette. I am a daddy's girl too, and am very lucky to be spending New Year's Eve with both my Mom and Dad.

    Hope all your dreams come true for the coming year.

    cathy m
    caity_mack at yahoo dot com

  7. Hey baby it's not nice to make an old man cry.
    Remember life is full of ups and downs,forget the downs they are just hicups in this game of life.Now the ups they are what make our lifes so wonderful and joyous,never forget them.
    I love you

  8. I have a lot of good Christmas memories from my youth, but one of the funniest times was when a present accidently got thrown out with the wrapping paper. My dad always gives me, my mom and my sister $100 every year.

    One year, my mom was throwing away the wrapping paper, and accidently picked up the envelope that the money was in. We had a good time looking through the trash for the money. Luckily, it was just paper and nothing else. We did find the money.

    Happy New Year,

    Elizabeth Gray

  9. Barbara thanks for stopping by. He was the best but one thing about St. Bernards that is true, the slobber. But, I loved every kiss he gave me. He would even be nice and let me crawl in his doghouse with him and take a nap or just talk to him.

    Thank you Cathy, I wish you and yours a wonderful 2012.


  10. Daddy your not old and I am trying to think the last time I made you cry!! You are right the downs are just hiccups and they help make us into the people we become. I look forward to many more good memories with you. Like seeing you dance with Alicia at her wedding in 2013 that will be a precious moment seeing Papa dancing with his granddaughter.
    I love you too!!


  11. all my memories of my father are sadly just that...he passed back in '93 and i still miss him everyday...but i do have some awesome holiday memories, like the year my brother convinced all of us to make Bob and Doug MacKenzie faces for the annual family holiday card photo!! hold you family close into this new year and love you tons, hon *winks*


  12. That was a lovely post. Our parents really can make the holidays and our childhood magical. Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!!!


  13. I loved your post,and I'm my daddy's Baby too! We are honored that you would share your memories with us. It makes me stop and think about all the memorable holidays I have had in my life.

    Your blog is such a treasure to me because it has lead me to so many great authors!!

    Happy New Year!