Monday, December 27, 2010


1.)   Hilda keeps going over to the packages Maggie sent and sniffing them.  She has shown no interest in the gifts until Maggie's were put under the tree.  She can smell her missing person.

2.)   My sister and I got another call for a staging job - who knew the holidays would be our busy season?

3.)   At our company holiday party there was one of those gift drawings where people can steal the gift you got. I opened a 15 pound box of See's candy!  I had no idea they even made them that big.  I felt very sure someone would steal it and it would not cause a temptation for me or a sugar coma for Tom and Ally.  And what did I end up with after it was stolen from me?  A scale!!  Much more appropriate.

4.)  Zac and Maggie cooked up a plan to have Maggie home for Christmas!  She visited us live via Skype on Christmas morning.  We got to share our usual morning of oohs and ahhs and thank yous while we opened each other's gifts.  It was really great!

5.)  It seems that all my hard work and thought going into gifts for the family paid off.  Everyone seems to be happy with their stuff and there is only 1 size exchange necessary.

6.)  With Maggie across the country, Ally took on some of the "Santa" duties (meaning filling my stocking which was empty for many years as my hubby is not up to dealing with it.)  She remarked at how much work it was to come up with stocking stuffers.  Bit by bit they start understanding the amount of work that goes in to making the "magic" every year!

7.)  On to the New Year's festivities and taking down, putting away all the decorations and new things.  The house always seems so plain for a few days after everything is packed up...but it is a good start to the new year to clean up and organize.



smalltownmom said...

It sounds like you had a good holiday.

Lisa said...

I'm so glad you had a wonderful Christmas! Skype was a great idea.

I hope 2011 is a great year for you, Susan.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

I love to clean and organize at this time of year, too. I only leave the tree up until New Year's Day if I'm having New Year's Eve at my house--otherwise I have to have it down.

I'm glad Skype helped you connect. It had to be really hard to not have Maggie there.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you had a nice Christmas.

Here in my house, we all fill stockings and it's fun to go through them on Christmas morning and figure out who put in what. It took me years to get my husband trained, but this year he really got it right. And my girls love being given some cash and allowed to shop alone in the store for stocking stuffers with one of us parents somewhere nearby, just in case).