Friday, December 19, 2014

the *JOY* alert: December 19

This day started for me at 4:30.
(When I told my mom this later on in the day, she didn't really react.  Then I remembered that that's her normal wake-up time...or it used to be when she was my age)

But it's not normal for me.
I had promised to make Christmas cut-out cookies for Joel's Christmas party.
The cookie dough was made the night before
but I needed to roll and cut the dough
bake the cookies
and frost them.

By the time I work Joel up at 7:00
everything was done!

And then we had our friends and colleagues, Tim and Barb,
over for breakfast at 8:15.

I was ready for a nap at 10:00!

Tonight we had a little celebration with Sam because he won't be here for Christmas.
Mad was here too.
We surprised the kids by taking them to watch the Hobbit.
Then we came home for grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup 
(a Christmas Eve tradition)
We gave Mad and Sam some gifts
And they gave a gift to each other and to us.
And then we played a game:  Settlers of Catan.