I am so thankful for all the effort my family put in to make Christmas happen at our house!! Thankful for those that had to drive many miles, those that juggled work schedules and those that came early to make sure I was ready! And not to leave out the one who worked so hard to provide me with the funds to spoil everyone!!
We missed Aunt Meg this year. She loves Christmas and her spirit was definately missed. Along with her big smile and funny Christmasy hat! She and dad have spent the last 5 Christmas "day" gatherings at our house since the passing of my mother-in=law Elaine. Now there is someone I miss.
Elaine somehow managed to have 16 stockings full of goodies, presents and Food for us all. I have been blaming my lack of readiness on too much travel. But in reality.... she was just a master. There is no way anyone else in our family could pull that off today. I must not compare. Just remember in awe....
Grandson Aaron, at almost 6 months, was interested in things, but not quite old enough yet to understand. Next year will be interesting..... or wild!! We will have Christmas Day custody of the married folks, so it will feel a bit more "Christmasy" having people wake up with us on Christmas day!! I am putting a "no travel" except for an SEC Championship game, for the months of Novemeber/December 2010, so I can be home and be more prepared. It's been about 3 or 4 years since of sent Christmas cards!!
Time to break out the vacuum cleaner ~ with attachements ~ to get up all the tree needles..... love the smell of a real tree, but starting to think seriously about an artificial one.
New Year Blessings to all my friends, family and those who are struggling.