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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas past

The other night I was reading a Christmas book to my boys that was mine when I was a kid. It was given to me in 1980 (I was 4) by my Great Great Aunt Cy. She was the aunt of my maternal grandmother. As I read the words she wrote in the inside cover out loud, I started to cry. My sons just stared at me, and then my 4 year old says, "Mommy, don't cry." It was very sweet. Aunt Cy passed away when I was 11 years old. I will never forget her and how sweet she was to me. She was a dear lady and I miss her.
I started thinking about my childhood and Christmas past. Sometimes I wish I could go back and revisit those days. I absolutely loved Christmas at my Grandma and Grandpa's house! My Grandma would always have her house neatly decorated. She has excellent taste in decor. My sister and I would lay down under the Christmas tree so that our heads were positioned to look up into the inside of the tree. I used to imagine what it would be like to be miniature and walk around inside on the branches with the lights glowing and the sparkle of the ornaments. There would be one or two presents laying there, and we would get excited thinking about how many more there would be on Christmas morning. We would usually go to my grandparent's church for the Christmas Eve service, and then come back to the house for food and treats. Sometimes we were allowed to open one present that night. It was always hard to fall asleep. We would hear the footsteps and faint voices of the adults and wonder what was going on. And then came the excitement of Christmas morning! We would wake our parents up and go downstairs and find under the tree filled with presents! We could hardly contain our excitement. It was so hard to wait for some of the other family members to arrive so we could start the opening of presents! Later that day we would have Christmas dinner and visit with other relatives. But all we wanted to do was play with our new toys and wear our new clothes.
Now I have a family of my own, but we still go and visit my Grandma and Grandpa at Christmas. Things are different now that my siblings and I are grown up with families of our own. We stay with my Aunt, Uncle, and cousin since my grandparents do not have the space to host all of us. But the feeling is the same. And now I get to watch my children open their presents with excitement and awe. I hope they will look back one day with fond memories.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

a few of my favorite things

You know that song from The Sound of Music? My Favorite Things? I have that in my head for some reason. And it got me thinking about some of my favorite things around the holidays.

The first snowfall of the season
Hot cocoa on a freezing cold day
Sunshine streaming into my windows in the morning
The way the house feels cozy with the Christmas decorations up
The smell of peppermint, cinnamon, pine needles, smelly holiday candles, etc.
Christmas music
Getting cozy by the fire with all the lights off except the tree lights
Spending time with family
Anticipating the excitement my kids will have when opening their gifts
Indulging in delicious food and yummy holiday treats
Celebrating the birth of Jesus, who is the Hope of mankind

It has been hard to get into the spirit of things since I was sick the last two weeks. But things are on the mend. And my heart is beginning to stir with the Christmas spirit. It's hard to believe it is almost here. Fall went by way too fast! I want to enjoy this time because it is pretty much the only thing I like about winter.

So here's to this wonderful, magical, special time of the year. What are some of your favorite things?

Friday, December 2, 2011

sickness

Yesterday was dreadful. I haven't felt that sick in a long time. I have been battling a cold since before Thanksgiving. I thought that I was on the mend, and then I suddenly took a turn for the worse Wednesday afternoon. I ended up in the doctor's office yesterday and was able to get some medicine. The doctor thought maybe I have bronchitis and a sinus infection. It's amazing what a difference a day makes! I still do not feel all that well, but I can tell I am getting better. My poor husband ended up at the urgent care center last night because his throat was so sore that he wanted to get checked for Strep. Thankfully the results were negative. We went to bed early in hopes of getting a good night of sleep, but we both didn't sleep well at all. So he stayed home from work today and we are taking turns resting while the other one cares for the kids. I hope that we both feel better tomorrow. We still haven't gotten our Christmas tree and would like to do that this weekend. And there is laundry to do, grocery shopping, and projects around the house. I tend to become overwhelmed with all that needs to be done and is not getting done when someone is sick. Wouldn't it be awesome to push a pause button that would freeze time so that you could catch up with all you are behind on? Or you could be like Mary Poppins and snap your fingers to get things done? I like to fantasize about that sort of thing from time to time.
So now I am off to take a nap and hope that the rest will do my body good and help me further down the path to recovery.