Wednesday, December 07, 2011


Three years ago, this week

I am getting really excited for Christmas! Thinking back, I would say that Christmas day last year was probably the most depressing day of Steve's entire deployment. Of course, I so enjoyed the boys and their excitement, but I just wanted a distraction from missing Steve. I remember we were able to Skype with him in the morning, but there was no Christmas dinner, or company, or anything like that. I remember wanting so badly for the phone to ring that day. Oh, I am so happy that is behind us! Now that we have Steve home with us, I am so eager to get back to our family traditions. We do Christmas pretty much like my parents did when I was little - - very laid back. I like to make some sort of egg casserole or cinnamon rolls the day before, so I can pop it in the oven the next morning when we get up, but not have to fuss in the kitchen. I like to stay in my pajamas as long as possible on Christmas morning, too. So, that is what I am looking forward to. So, SO happy that Steve is here with us this year to enjoy it all, too!

Speaking of Steve, he has been in Colorado this week for work. Both of the boys were pretty upset about him leaving, but I'm happy to report that they have done just fine. He is actually coming home a day early but they don't know that...can't wait to surprise them tomorrow!

Don't know exactly what happened with my Christmas shopping this year, but I managed to do 95% of it online, and I am pretty much done! I feel like I found exactly what I was looking for, for everyone on my list and it is so nice to have it done early and not be scrambling! I also tried something new and have been wrapping as I bought things, rather than leaving it all until the last minute. Should have tried this years ago! Ha!

Next week will be crazy with Cub Scouts, school festivities, baking for Steve's office party, and the like. I am hoping to get a good plan in place this weekend so I will be ready. I am itching to get baking some Christmas cookies but haven't gotten around to it yet. Anyone have any favorite recipes?


Emily said...

Your Christmas spirit is contagious! I pretty much try to focus on the end of the semester, all the while making mental notes about what I should get here and there, and then have a burst of explosion once grading and Neil's concert season is over. I make truffles every year and pass them out to our friends and neighbors. I am looking forward to that. Happy to share that recipe. Been making it for years!

Nicky said...

It's so heartwarming that you will all get to enjoy Christmas together this year - it'll make up somewhat for missing Steve last year. So nice to hear of all your preparations are going swimmingly too! The online shopping scene certainly has made things much easier this time of year. Your talk of cinnamon buns has made me hungry now though…..!

DustiMc said...

I can't say this didn't make me tear up a little bit. so sorry last Christmas was so hard but SO glad you're all together this year.

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