I feel as if I've already had my Christmas....the day itself will just be the icing on the cake! I got my grades....all A's and one B (in a silly science lab class that was a waste of time - and my attitude towards the class is definitely reflected in my grade).....yes, I got an A in the dreaded math class! I am now a firm believer in the saying "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear". I was ready to face my dreaded math demon, and had one of the best professors that I have experienced in my college career....I GOT IT! Took a lot of hard work, but I GOT IT! And, she WANTS ME TO BE A MATH TUTOR! Who'd have thought it? And yes, I will do it......if I can help just one person "get it", tutoring will be worthwhile!
My daughter, son in law and granddaughters (and new puppy, Judah) arrived last night. I was ready for them! We had homemade spaghetti for dinner - the sauce had been simmering on the stove all day, and was delicious. Emma decided that she wanted to sleep "in Grammy's bed", so I had a little warm body next to me all night. I had both girls to myself in the morning, as we let Mommy and Daddy sleep in for a bit. Liz and Dave had gift shopping to do, so they took Ashlyn with them. Emma and I stayed home and baked cookies. We put on our aprons and mixed and splashed our hearts out! While the cookies were baking, we took turns putting on song and dance shows for each other, interspersed with playtime in the back yard with the puppy and tricycle riding. We finished up the cookies after nap time - Emma was asleep before her head hit the pillow!
I am on my own tonight....the kids are all out to dinner with Dave's family. I'm sitting in my jammies and sipping a nice glass of wine while listening to Andrea Bocelli's Christmas album. The last batch of cookies is baking in the oven. This year, I've stuck to my goal of keeping it simple, and it's working. I am not frantic or stressed out - quite the opposite! The kids will be here until tomorrow sometime, when they will leave to go to Elizabeth's dad and stepmother's for Christmas Eve. They'll spend the night with Dave's family. Before they leave, the girls will open their traditional Christmas jammies packages from me....this year, matching sets of red bottoms, white tops with a red snowflake, and red tutus. Emma will be beside herself. Me, I'll be home listening to Christmas music in my jammies and eating Chinese food (a family Christmas Eve tradition). I'll go to church for a candlelight service, remembering my Dad. No matter what the song was, at some time during the service, he would break out with "Happy Birthday", and the two of us would sing our hearts out to Baby Jesus. (My Mom would just roll her eyes....) I'll probably sing Happy Birthday this year, for the first time since I lost Dad.
The kids will come back Christmas morning for breakfast and gifts........they'll leave again to go to Dave's family for Christmas dinner. I'm invited, but am not sure what I am going to do. I kind of like the idea of sitting in my jammies with Christmas music and a glass of wine......I'll decide when the time comes! I'm hosting a "Boxing Day" dinner on the 26th....with my nearest and dearest friends......
I'm just loving this new freedom....no self-imposed "shoulds".....I'm taking each moment as it comes and enjoying it to the max! Simple is the way to go.....and we have the perfect example of that when we think of that baby that was born in a plain, unadorned manger......food for thought!
Merry Christmas to all, and may your day be all that you hope it to be!