Tuesday, December 18, 2007

What I Did for Two Weeks

I think I'm just barely recovering from my two weeks as a pregnant mother of four. My sister and brother-in-law went to Portugal while I watched their girls. It wasn't too bad. As you can see, they're pretty good at entertaining themselves. If you look closely, you can see Christian in the background trying to work on his computer. Nice try, Christian.


We actually had a really fun time, and now I spend most of my time missing my baby Maggie. Isn't she cute? And she sure knows how to dance.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Christmas



I don't really like how Christmas changes when you get older. When I was a kid, the month of December seemed so long. I always had those chocolate Christmas countdowns that went on forever, and when I ate all the chocolate on the first day, I would make a paper chain--which seemed even longer. Now, December seems so short and then it's over. I hate the feeling of the first few days after Christmas when the houses still have their lights up. It sort of seems like a mockery. I just wish I could make the month last a long time--like it did when I was a kid. And I wish I could be as excited about Christmas presents as I was then. I remember talking to Daisy on the phone last year, and I could hear my three year old niece in the background giggling and yelling, "OH....MY.....GOODNESS!!!!!" She had just opened a coloring book. I think that was the year that I got a new laptop from my parents, and I can't quite remember if I said thanks or not.

So this year I've been thinking a lot about Christmas and how it used to be. I feel a lot of pressure because now I have my own house to decorate and make all Christmasy. I kept trying to think about what made it that way, and all I could come up with was a Christmas record that I listened to every year when I was a kid. I think I came home from school and put the record in the record player (I don't know if that makes me really old or if it just makes my family really out-dated). I would listen and dance to this Christmas record every day until Christmas. And thanks to Google, I found the album online for 34 cents. So it's not much but it's a start. And a pretty cheap start if you ask me.

Oh yeah, and we're having a boy.