Time for the new calendar…

I am a calendar freak – there…I said it. I live and die by my calendar(s). The beginning of the new year is so exciting. The new calendars are out – everywhere. Here’s the thing – choosing a calendar is challenging. I like the monthly calendar with large boxes (that are rarely actually large enough) and of course, some pleasant theme and pictures to look at all year. Last year, I created our own personal calendar. It was great and I loved looking at it but…I didn’t want to clutter it up and so…never wrote on it. I just looked at it.
I carry with me daily my work calendar and our personal family calendar. We have a calendar in the kitchen (extended family calendar of pictures), a dry-erase calendar on the fridge, my google calendar, an Outlook calendar, and a wall calendar in my office. Calendars are very important when your life is so very busy. So you see, choosing the right calendar is crucial.
Some of my sweet family gave me a desk calendar for Book Lovers. Each day, this calendar has a summary of a book that Books-A-Million suggests that you read. I can’t wait to start this calendar!!
The pressure is on – I have only two days to find just the right calendars!!

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Christmas Day 2010

Christmas Day, 2010 would start early like so many of the years before – NOT! Chad and I were up bright and early, like always. Actually, I thought we had missed a text or phone call from the children upstairs begging to come down. Afterall, it was 5:30am when we awoke. Surely they had tried to communicate with us – or….not? So, we made coffee, turned on soft Christmas music, checked the living room for Santa surprises…yep, he had come. We had cameras all ready, checked our cell phones – nothing, nada…zero! Ok – we even went through that moment of “are they alive”? I guess it was about 6:30 I began texting the two oldest children “Are you up?” “Santa has come.” Still NOTHING! UGGHHHH Okay, around 7:00am I finally get a blip from Anne-Marie that they are all still asleep! Eventually the quartet all begin to stir around 7:30am. They call down that they are ready to come and have Christmas with us. “Glad that you’ll be able to join us this year!”
Bean bags, bb gun, Itouch(s), clothes, flying helicopters, some flying saucer (crazy thing), and lots of games later, the living room looked like the gift wrap monster had shed his winter coat! The kids were all completely thrilled with their Christmas treasures and immediately began to play and try on new clothes, thereby creating even more gift wrap shedding. I now have a GPS – a NUVI 255, to be specific. Not that I want to go anywhere right away but I am looking forward to typing in an unknown address so my new friend (I haven’t named her yet.) can lead me exactly where I need to go. As of yet, I’ve only been able to have my friend tell me what I already know….turn right to go home.
Christmas morning was pleasant and cozy. We had breakfast and hung out together. I’m not sure how many more, if any, Christmas mornings will be this way. Adam will graduate from Auburn this Spring. Life could be very different next year – wonderful and good…just different.

Christmas Eve 2010

Just like so many other Christmas Eves, it’s been a day of excited anticipation. The children are getting older but still wake eager to get the day moving. This morning began with a couple of hours of quiet just with Chad. I actually had time to get a loaf of bread started and also made some of Granny’s “Christmas Cut-Out Cookie” dough.
The kids were up soon enough and helping daddy with pancakes. Several years ago, I bought these really neat pancake molds. We have a reindeer, snowman, and a snowflake. Unfortunately, the molds are only neat to look at and do not work very well – at least, we haven’t been able to perfect pancakes using them. Oh well, daddy doesn’t need molds anyway. He creatively and successfully made a Christmas tree, an angel, and a snowman.
On to the rest of the day….
We were off mid-morning for our annual Christmas Eve trek in the woods. This year, we went down to Russell Crossroads where there are miles and miles of trails. The weather today has been beautiful and the hike was just what we all needed to expend some energy. Blue skies, landscape views of hills and trees, chatter from children, and our sweet Zoey romping around in the woods – all is good.
This afternoon, I’ve pulled out my granny’s cookie dough. If it hadn’t been like a block of cement, I might have been proud. Ugghhh…. Oh well, I addded a little heavy whipping cream and we rolled those stars, snowflakes, candy canes, Santas, stockings, etc. The first batch looked wonderful right up until I burned them. Well, almost burned them. Granny would be laughing and shaking her head at me. 🙂 The next batch is in the oven now.
Plans for the night include Church service where the girls will acolyte. The Christmas Eve church service is so special and is one of my favorites. After church, we open ONE present. You know…I think it’s something we’re all born to do but man! my children ask one gazillion times if we can please, please, please open more than JUST ONE present on Christmas Eve! Geesh! NO! You cannot!!! It is TRADITION and you cannot change TRADITION – hence the word T R A D I T I O N!!!
After we each open ONE present, we have to hang stockings, read Santa Mouse, Santa Mouse Where Are You, and Twas the Night Before Christmas. We will make Santa’s snack plate making certain to add cheese for Santa Mouse. We’ll bring out Santa Mouse’s ladder for the Christmas tree. And finally, just before bed, we will take reindeer food and carrots out to the front yard for all of Santa’s team.
Whew! Lots left to do. I guess we’ll enjoy some White Lightening Chili at some point after church. Not much time for eating on Christmas Eve!
Merry Christmas Eve – it’s been a beautiful and wonderful day. We are very blessed.
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Yes – I’ve been on a blogging hiatus.

No excuses, just didn’t feel like blogging – maybe a few pictures to catch everything up? This should bring the blog up to date. Time to move forward.