Wednesday, December 23, 2009

My Cup is Filled to Overflowing....

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 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 for thought!    

Merry Christmas to all, and may your day be all that you hope it to be!


  1. I am SO proud of you for becoming a math whiz. When I was taking my math courses for nursing, I panicked. I was always horrible at math. Like you, I had a wonderful teacher. The day she referred to me as one of her A students, I was so proud. I had never thought that I would "get it" but I did. Be proud of yourself. That's such a great accomplishment.

    Now on for the simple holiday...that sounds good to me. Boo works on Christmas day so instead of feeling sorry for myself, I've been invited to dinner with an elderly couple. We will be having our family celebration on the 27th when Boo and the kids will be able to be here with us.

    I wish you were close are...sorta. I'm not quite sure where North Hills is in contrast to near Palm Springs...maybe I need to mapquest it.

    Merry Christmas to you and enjoy your simple but joyous Christmas holiday!

  2. Woohoo, I knew you could do it! We are all so very proud of you. Staring down that stinkin' Math Demon is just awesome. So pop some buttons and relax. Sounds like you are working on the perfect Christmas. I love hangin' out with the grandkiddos just having a blast. My eight range from fifteen to five months. You can kinka' pick an age, any age, each in their own stage of life.

    You have a relaxing season and the BEST Christmas ever!!! God bless ya'll :o)

  3. Congrats on finishing the term with great grades! It sounds like you are having a wonderful time with your family. Isn't that the best part of Christmas?
    Enjoy you family and your holidays.
    Merry Christmas & Happy New Year!

  4. Thanks for coming to my blog. It sounds as though you have been hard at work. I hope the holidays are good to you.

  5. You have so much to be proud of! Including that hard fought A in math! It sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas planned and I hope it was all that you imagined it would be. Here's to a Happy and Successful New Year!


  6. WOW, you are Math I was never andy good at....Congratulations and good luck with all your plans......:-) Hugs