Ninety-nine percent of Christmas preparations are complete. Tree trimmed, gifts wrapped and placed under the tree, cookies made (and sampled), egg nog (well, actually Land-O-Lakes “Holly Nog” – which is surprisingly void of any representation on the web) chilling in the refrigerator, and the kids are home from school (and in a surprisingly good mood, but hey – Santa’s watching… Right? I guess they think they better behave in the last 24 hour stretch!). In other words….
The Stockings were hung by the “banister” with care! (We do not have a chimney)
Then, mother nature seemingly had her own plans. She is wholloping us with a good old fashioned one-two punch!
Wave one started last night around the time I left to carpool #4 of 5 and the rest of the girls from St. John’s who attend Kathy’s Sewing School. We made it there and back without issue. Then throughout the night, the first wave of this winter storm did it’s worst.
With phase two on it’s way (and promising to deposit even more snow that phase 1) – it became important to clear the driveway / sidewalk / deck of snow. If you let it get too deep, clearing it cam become a struggle in futility.
Now that the snow has been moved (at least for phase 1), we are all inside warming up – the preparation for our Christmas Eve is underway. Finish the pies (Mother of Five), write this blog post (Father of Five), last minute cleaning / straitening (the Father of Five and the kids) – we should have a little bit of time to relax (I’d love for the Mother of Five to sneak in a nap… She is exhausted) before getting ready for Church.
On that note, have I mentioned that #5 of 5 was chosen to be the “Mary” in the “Living Nativity” during Children's mass?
Well, she was.
I’m a little worried though… She can be so quiet, reserved, anxious, and apprehensive. I am not sure she knows what she agreed to do here (sitting in front of the whole congregation during mass). I guess time will tell.
The time has come…
With our Christmas festivities “locked and loaded” – I doubt I’ll have much time for checking back in here on the Blog or Facebook, so I’d like to sign off for Christmas with my and my family’s best wishes and prayers to all of you for a happy, joyous, and wonderful Christmas!
Merry Christmas to you!