Sitting here with the little Man listening to sponge bob, dish washer is going and washer and dryer are in full swing. Thanks to the snowfall last week, what was originally going to be a 4 day weekend became a 6 day weekend. The best thing about snow days… free days off!
Besides a quick trip to Urgent Care on Sunday for a UTI that Santa decided to give me as an early Christmas Present, things have been fairly smooth. We went to my Mom’s for Christmas and not only did we all score thoughtful presents, but we got the best thing of all… STOCKINGS! I love them. They are where the little things are hidden! Little bits of money, sometimes chap sticks, tooth brushes and… CHOCOLATE! I got some of the most thoughtful presents this year!
My Aunt Deb sent me some plaques that really speak to me right now… “Keep calm and carry on”… and maybe more fitting “Keep calm and eat cupcakes”. Along with a “Dream Big” pillow that now has a place on my bookshelves. AND… Dark chocolate raspberry M&M’s. That’s right. Half of them have found their home in my belly… the others are in a holding pattern for the same destination. If you haven’t tried them… don’t. Just send them my way and I’ll keep them safe for you.
My Aunt Sandy sent me a little care package of nail polish (already have some of it on), nail files, and CHOCOLATE! (Even dark chocolate… my fav!). And it was all tucked into the cutest christmas box.
My step brother and his wife (Chris and Cheryl) so thoughtfully also sent presents… not only for the immediate family, but included Vince and Jason too. That was unexpected and so sweet. The best thing about their gifts was that they showed up literally as we were opening the other presents! The snowpacalypse did not stop those gifts of joy.
Chris and Cheryl provide more ammunition… See him smile! (Later see us become targets)
My Sister and Mom made some very cool hand-crafted presents… love them all and they each have a home on my walls already. My Mom also gave me a supppper soft scarf… which is super, super cool. Fingerless gloves, and the MOST cozy slippers that I’ve been wearing since she gave them to me. They look like moccasins so I will be wearing them all over the place I’m sure.
My sister and nieces
We had a wonderful time at Mom’s and Jason and Vince seemed to really enjoy themselves. Having my family all together warms my heart. I think I enjoy Christmas more as I get older because the greatest joy is spending time with amazing people and giving thoughtful gifts and creating precious memories. The gifts are wonderful, but not really the key focus. Which leaves behind some of the childish feelings of disappointment when certain sparkly doo dads don’t show up under the tree.
I also got to spend my second Christmas with Jason’s family. Last year we celebrated in Milwaukee at his mom’s and this year we celebrated at our house. It was so nice to not have to drive anywhere afterwards. Definitely having so much food and activity is a little overwhelming, but thankfully we have the room for it. Jason made a prime rib… 4.5 hours of cooking/warming/preparation for a delicious and perfectly proportioned dinner!
Jason’s Mom’s Christmas
Jason’s sister brought hot chocolate marshmallow brownies… they sound so simple. Simply heavenly is more like it. I had 3. THREE! I can’t remember the last time I had 3 brownies or any dessert for that matter. But I did, and didn’t feel one bit bad about it! I made another attempt at cake pops and they didn’t turn out quite as I expected… Sophia, however LOVED them and made it her mission to eat them all. I’m pretty sure there was 12 when the party started… and none when it ended.
I got some thoughtful, snuggly and warm presents from everyone and really enjoyed the bonding time. I got to be sandwiched between two beautiful kids and it was wonderful. There isn’t much better than some bonding and couch time.
All that… and it’s only Christmas Eve! Whoa. Still Christmas morning with little C… Christmas dinner with Grandpa C a couple additional christmases on the horizon also…
There has been much rejoicing, eating, photo taking, memory making and blessing counting.
Thanks to everyone who has made it so great so far…
No matter what life throws at me… the bottom line is I wouldn’t trade what I have for anything else.
My person – my every day present – my love