Sunday, December 30, 2012
GF arrived safe and sound the afternoon of Christmas Eve Eve. The girls and I were so thrilled to be there to greet him and bring him home with us.
Why is it that I can't have both girls being good sleepers at the same time? Who am I kidding? Bean's NEVER been a good sleeper--she's too afraid she's going to miss something.
While it's beyond wonderful to have family with you for Christmas, it's also rather exhausting when you're the hostess and not the child. As a kid you have absolutely NO idea what is involved in having holiday guests. I spent a month planning meals and preparing and then I was "on" for the duration of the visit.
Please know, this isn't a complaint, merely how it is, as any of you who had holiday company can attest. It's beyond wonderful to have them with you, but boy is it work! And, with all that said, I'm hoping we can encourage Grapes to come celebrate with us again next year. :o) It's not every child that is lucky enough to have great grandparents they'll be able to remember!
And, these shots are from Lil's birthday and Jess's visit:
Anyhow, B brought out the moose mugs and I conceded to try it. However, I was rather chicken about it, so Lil had to show me up. ;o)
Meanwhile, the past few days have been spent just being together as a family. We did Christmas with Nana and Pop on Thursday and I relearned (and taught the others) how to play Hearts.
I've eaten loads and loads of terrible yet utterly delicious foods and wouldn't be surprised to find I've gained ten pounds. No, seriously.
We've watched more TV than we should and I'm shocked to say the "Tinkerbell" movies are actually quite good. Oh, and I've cried my way through "Brave"--a number of times. I'm such a watering pot. And, I think I must have Merida's hair. :o)
We've had pajama days and hunkered down, and I've taken a break from the internet, my computer and my phone. B and I have played games and played with our girls and just been a family. It's been wonderful and I'm sad Lil has to go back to school Wednesday. But, I still have a couple more days and evenings with her and I'll enjoy those as well. :o)
And, I wanted to share this update I received from Jessie:
As promised, my brother took a picture of what awaited outside of his room when he came back from visiting my parents. This picture is only part of it! And that is just what was addressed specifically to "Father Luke Suarez"--it does not include mail to the parish, or Monsignor!
There is so much, it doesn't all even fit in the rectory! I will forward a picture of ONE package that they opened, from a parish in Hershey, PA.
Well done, everyone, well done!
All blessings to you,