Good morning ladies, hope your finding yourself well rested after some sleep and maybe some coffee:) I myself went to bed later and then got woken up by a four year old whose legs were hurting. Awww, so hard when they go through that growing phase and their legs hurt. So I was awake at 3, stayed in bed for a bit and then just decided to get up. But coffee is good this morning.
Yesterday, we had a busy, long day. I called Tammy and we went shopping. We got out the door by 9 am and headed to our library to pick up our weekly book orders. I then dropped off some eggs to our old neighbors and we then stopped at our favorite Salvation Army store. I found a big package of miscellaneous scrapbooking paper for the girls, some floral decoration picks for my house, a print for a wall that is empty and a recliner chair. Love going and finding good deals. Then off to Walmart to pick up things for our cookie exchange party and Aldis for some food. We had all the seats in the van and a van full of children but we still managed to put a large sized garbage can—the black kind and fit the recliner chair and all the things we bought. It was a good day. We got home and put things all away and I then had each of the children that could, help with chores to prepare before Grandma came.
We cleaned the van, steam cleaned the chair, folded 4 baskets full of laundry, and windex the windows that had children’s finger prints on. Tammy brought Christmas decorations for my mantle and decorated that—-Thank you! We threw in the oven chicken nuggets, BBQ chip fries, and some bagel pizzas—go me!! My mom arrived around 6 and it was a joyous reunion.
Children don’t hold grudges, they don’t know bitterness, they just have love. If all of us could lay aside all of our differences and become like little children, the world would be a better place. It was nice seeing my children be so happy and say “I love you grandma, and your the bestest grandma ever!” That right there will melt even the coldest of hearts.
They had a long drive here, 12 hours and so at 9, I said, “Okay your going to bed!” Otherwise we would have stayed up and talked all night. We gave them the downstairs part of the house for personal space and to have some quiet. Living in a house full of 9 children can be a little overwhelming at times, I want to make sure that they get a chance to rest and enjoy their time here.
I noticed my older brother, out already walking my yard this morning. He likes the mountains and the woods, it is good to see him explore a bit. It is a little chilly this morning, I am debating on walking. I know, I know, excuses—but I might jump start on making some food for today. A friend recommended some sausage balls and blueberry scones, so I am thinking of making that for like a brunch. I’ll do a food post later. I also had the materials for gwumpkies—–my husband’s families food. It is cabbage rolls with sauerkraut and sausage. Really yummy, again I will do a post for that too. He is working so hard right now to get stools made for customers, I know he will enjoy coming home and eating however much he wants of that.
Today will be an at home day. We will just enjoying visiting and playing around here. This weekend we have much going on—-the city parade, christmas tree decorating at our home, our community tree lighting service, a live nativity at a local church, and the children’s Christmas drama. It will be busy, but a good busy. Good, fun family making memories. It is what makes life good. Having those traditions that everyone looks forward to you doing. I like change and I like to do things different but I have realized that my family likes traditions and the same. So it is good to keep those and make memories year after year with them. They will always get to look back on them as adults.
Okay I am keeping this a little shorter, going to get the gas fire place lit, just to warm up the house a bit and do some things in the kitchen. I love you ladies, and pray you have a peaceful day today. When things start to look rough—-like your child accidentally dumps out the craft box full of beads, they make a mess of toothpaste in the sink, they spill their milk for the tenth time, or they track mud in across the floor—-all real situations in my life the past couple of days—just smile, take a breath and help clean it up. We all make mistakes and they are so much smaller than you or I. We need to teach patience with them and that is a HUGE way to do it in our response. Have a blessed day!