Time just seems to fly by this time of year but this weekend I have put on the brakes and enjoying just some time at home. Mark's been in meetings since Wednesday so he's been in and out but mostly out. I've just hung around in my jammies playing house, cross stitching and reading every one's blogs. It's been a glorious day! I've played with all my latest goodwill treasures and re-arranged things. It's such a relaxing activity for me even if it does mean 100 trips from the basement to the upper rooms. I wonder how many calories I've burned off today? Maybe it's enough to cover all the cookies that I've snacked on all day.
We had a Christmas party Thursday night for all my employees and spouses. We actually went to eat at a local Italian place then back to our house for dessert. It was a nice time and very low stress for me. I only had to make 3 kinds of cookies, 2 cakes and I bought some candies which is a lot less than I'd have to do if I'd cooked dinner. Whew! Clarice entertained everyone by climbing the Christmas tree and tearing around the house. She's gonna be the death of me or more than likely Mark since he encourages her to climb the tree.
We made our arrangements to go home for Christmas and I'm so excited. We've not been home since this time last year and can't wait to see everyone. The kids are growing up so fast and by March they will all be teenagers...where has the time gone? It seems like just yesterday that Zared was born and now he's in college. I miss all them so much and will try to cram in all the Auntie time they will allow me this year. I know I'm not as cool as I used to be to them but sure hoping I can bribe them into spending some time with their old auntie! It's been a rough year so I'm really looking forward to just being home with family. Mark tells me that it's the year that we're suppose to stay with his folks but I'm pushing for a hotel again. We've done that a few times and it's much less stressful for all of us if we stay in a hotel. there is one just right down the road from my folks and we can come and go as we like but still have some alone time. I love his folks but it's stressful when we stay with them. just for the record, marrying an only child is not all it's cracked up to be....there are no kids running around, animals just 4 adults struggling to find stuff to talk about. That sounds bad and I don't mean it to be.
Well enough for now because I really need to go forge for something to eat for dinner instead of cookies. happy holidays and hope you all have your shopping done. I sure don't!
Holidays Part 2
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