Monday, December 19, 2005
The things that make me smile
I cannot begin to tell you the sense of calm and relief I feel this morning. All the pressure and chaos of the last few weeks is gone and not only is my house in order, my heart is full of peace and rest. Plus, I got on the scale this morning for the first time since we started our month-long take-out extravaganza (otherwise known as the kitchen remodel.) I fully expected to be a good 10 to 15 pounds heavier than usual and was gearing up to begin the rigorous work of extreme self-discipline and denial. And guess what? I lost 5 pounds. Hmm. Bonus!
Our extended family Christmas celebration was lovely. Everyone arrived in one piece (and almost everyone has made it safely back to their homes... one brother still has a short trip this morning to finish their trip. They all hit freezing rain and snow on their homeward journeys.)
I cannot believe how big all the cousins are getting - there are several young men and women who are very close to adulthood... guess that makes us pretty old too. We had lots of food, laughter, some sledding and cookie decorating and tons of pictures taken, including the requisite family picture. All good stuff. Stuff that makes me extremely grateful for my family.
I've got lots of pictures I want to share so I think I'll just stop typing and start uploading. Blogger and I haven't been getting along when it comes to adding images - last night posting the kitchen pictures just about pushed me over the edge.
Here's to Christmas, family, decorations and traditions.