Monday, December 31, 2012


It's a quiet New Year's Eve here. The Big Man worked today, and we went out to eat when he came home. We rented a movie and watched some football. He works early in the morning, so I don't know if he will even make it to see the ball drop. Fortunately we live in Central Time, and they broadcast from Eastern, so there's a chance.

Resolutions? I have a few.

I am resolved to keep up with the blog more. 2012 was definitely a low posting year. It doesn't mean nothing happened - we were very busy - I just didn't record it all.

I also resolve to cook more often and eat more meals at the dinner table. We have a tendency to eat too many meals on the run, so I aim to change that.

2013 is going to bring us one very big change: MK graduates from high school this year. I'll miss her at school, but I'm excited for her and what her future holds.

So that's it. The kids come home on Wednesday. I'm ready to see them. I did a big cleaning on T. Willy's room, and I have a few more things do tomorrow. Then I am ready for the kids to be home!!!!

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Let it snow!

Not here...but the kids are visiting my parents, and they saw a little bit of snow today. It's cold enough here for it, but I doubt we will see any.

So here are a couple of pictures that they sent from Delaware today.

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

We had a nice day. Lots of presents - but not overboard - and some good family time. T. Willy got a simple little game "Minute to Win it," and we had a ball with that. He also got "Creationary" which he's been wanting for awhile. So we broke them both out and had a lot of laughs with them.

We will keep the tree up for two more days, then it's goodbye to Christmas 2012. The kids are going to visit my family on Thursday. I will miss them but plan to get a lot of work done while they're gone.

So I'm off to bed. I've been waking up at 4:30 every morning. I'm hoping I can sleep straight till 6:00! Merry Christmas!


It wasn't actually a banner year for my posts. I will make a concerted effort to do better in 2013. 2013 is going to be a big year. MK will graduate high school and start the next phase of her life. I'm sure there will be adventures for the rest of us too.

It's nearly 5:00 on Christmas morning. I think everything is ready; I just can't sleep. I was asleep but have been waking up at 4:30 almost every morning of the break. The kids were told that 7:00 is the earliest we can get started, so I may as well stay up.

We continued our Christmas Eve traditions, mindful that this is MK's last Christmas in high school. It's much more exciting to think in terms of the "firsts" she is anticipating, but I can't help thinking about the "lasts" as well.

We went to an early service last night. It was specifically designed for children. I loved it. Kids of all ages were there: dozens of chatty and fussy and restless and joyful children! T. Willy had a great time, and it topped off by singing what he announced as his favorite song. "Hark the Herald Angels." He sang it with beautiful sincerity, and it really touched my heart. I am blessed to be the mother of these two, and I am thankful for them every day.

The Big Man wasn't able to go, but after work, he joined us to look at Christmas lights, then we went home for (in T.'s words) our feast. We watched a Christmas movie, and the kids each opened one gift. MK opened a new DVD player, and T. Willy opened a DVD. How appropriate. The highlight of the evening, though, was T. Willy asking to read Luke 2 this year. The Big Man or I usually do it, but it was extra special hearing it from the mouth of an 8 hear old.

Since T. was little, we've always had him sleep with MK on Christmas Eve, so she could run interference and make sure he doesn't peek. This year he decided that he didn't want to do that. It was disappointing for MK, but last night he changed his mind. So I sent them off to bed and then did the same.

I guess I'll try to do it again - for a little while at least.

Merry Christmas!!!