I awoke yesterday morning to a house in chaos as I had pulled most of the Christmas decorations together and left them in the middle of two rooms (to be placed in their storage containers as the day progressed).
That in itself would have been a huge day but we also had to toddler proof the house, go by the licence branch, stop by the grocery store, act as chauffeur, and help with a household project. It was one of those mornings when I wanted to go back to bed, pull the cover over my head, and sleep (or read) all day. Fortunately, I survived.
My family arrived late last night after a sixteen hour drive. The children were too excited to go to bed right away so they opened Christmas presents (as we did ours from them!) and enjoyed having the entire family back again. We girls (Grammie, Mommy, Faith, and Miss E.) had a little tea party this afternoon with teacups they could take home with them, Candy Cane Lane tea, and tiny bagels and cream cheese that their mommy had cut into little hearts with a cookie cutter. It was quite enjoyable.
The next few days will be full of family activities as well as a FULL house... Grammie and Mommy will be in the kitchen most evenings. Tonight we're ordering pizza as we all had a busy day.
I'm looking forward to reading two books Stephanie brought me, Sally's book (The Mom Walk) which Steph reviewed a couple days ago (it looks so good) and a book called The Christian Imagination... subtitled The Practice of Faith in Literature and Writing. It looks... amazing. Stephanie says it is "a little deep" so I plan to save it for reading when it is a tad more quiet.
I love having the entire family together but even good times can bring stress. Like having a teething baby cry all night... yawn. However, he is the sweetest and cuddliest little guy. What is a little sleep in return for kissing baby cheeks, having tea with two little girls, and watching my four year old grandson with a pretend sword and shield telling me he is the "protector of his sisters"?
I can sleep in February.