Each morning I get up early, while the house is quiet, and make an overly optimistic “to-do” list. Earlier this week, I got up one morning, picked up the tablet with the list from the day before, and realized I didn’t need to make a new list because I had only accomplished two things off the list from the day before. Yesterday I had my minor meltdown moment; I called Russ at work and told him it wasn’t humanly possible for one woman to put on Christmas for a family of fourteen. Then I realized I was nearly alone in the house, so I laid down on the sofa and fell asleep for fifteen minutes. I felt much better.
The Game-A-Day Challenge is harder than I thought! I find myself running from one task to another and not slowing down enough to play with my kids. I already wrote about Days 1 – 3, where I would have missed Day 3 if Sunshine hadn’t gotten out of bed and come downstairs. I missed Day 4 completely! Yesterday was Day 5 and at 9:00 at night, after we got home from a great evening with friends, Russ said, “Have you played a game today?” I couldn’t miss another day, so rather than get ready for bed, I went to the kitchen where Ladybug was baking cookies and asked her to play a game. She took pity on me and chose a short game, Operation. Russ came into the family room and joined us on the floor, and you know what? We had fun. It was short, sweet, and we all laughed – then I collapsed in bed.
Andrew and Mimi leave for Texas early tomorrow morning, so we are having Christmas Eve Eve dinner tonight with them. I’ve planned and printed the menu for the next three days and it is hanging on the refrigerator where everyone can sign up for the foods they would like to prepare. I’ve done this for several years and it really takes the pressure off of me to cook most of the food myself, or try to rope people into helping as the days go on. If each person commits to making a couple of things over the three days, it becomes manageable and I am much more relaxed.
I hate to confess this, but I still have a few small gifts to buy, I have not wrapped a single thing, and my Christmas cards are still sitting on my desk! I am tempted to freak out just a wee bit, but I am resisting the urge. I have a feeling I’ll be taking lots of deep breaths today. I have to remember to play a game, too!
The sun is coming up and the sky is a beautiful rosy color – so happy and peaceful. The photo above was taken earlier this week on another great morning.
#591 – 600 giving thanks
gathering with friends last night
listening to stories of life in Uganda
orphans loved and cared for in safety
a long letter from a friend in New York
a new book for me
childhood friends together, Sweet Pea, Mimi, and Detchy
laughter while playing with Ladybug
grocery shopping done – by Noah and Honeybee
more cookie baking today – and Almond Roca, my favorite
Have a busy, satisfying, and full day; Christmas is almost here.
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