Monday, December 26

Merry Christmas!!!

I hope everyone had a wonderful, cozy, crazy, lovely and safe Christmas :) 
Christmas Eve I baked my Apple and Pecan Pies and that evening attended worship service with my family, an aunt and two cousins.  I remember when I was little and during service asking when it would be done, and one Aunt telling me just two more bloop-dee-bloop rides, this year it was the dripping hot wax on my finger as we were finishing Silent Night.  Ouch!!!Then it was back over to Grandma and Grandpa S home to spend time with family, indulge in a little more food ;) and open presents!  I gave a Ca.bella's gift card to the uncle whose name I drew at Labor Day.  While I received wonderful gifts from one of my cousins who finally made it to the adult grouping this year.  (there's a kid's group and adult's group--you have to have graduated from High School to be in the elite group ;) )  Then I was dropped back off at my house to sleep in a Silent Night before heading to work from 6 to 10 in the morning.
Work went smoothly for me and was over before I knew it, then it was back to Mom and Dad's.  Then I helped myself to mom's famous cinnamon rolls and a short glass of egg nog.  You know the ones she only makes this time of year and last maybe until the morning of the 26th---yummy!!!  When the other half of the family arrived ;) we started opening presents.  Love getting to watch my nieces as they open presents, especially the older one who really is expressive when opening gifts and got herself some kitties (not real), Ari.el doll, clothes and other goodies.  The younger one is catching onto opening gifts quickly, and maybe that's just because there's an older sister on the sidelines who is gladly willing to step in and assist should the need arise :)
I love all my gifts and am very thankful for them as well!!!  Maybe this time next year I'll be working on a little gift from God.
On the home selling front:  An offer was made late last week, which I made a counter offer to.  The prospective buyer and his agent felt it was a very fair offer.  Unfortunately his lender would not approve the funds for the new price, and so for now he is shopping around lenders to see if he can get the approval he'd need.  Plus the house would have to pass inspection and assessed at the asking price in order for the type of loan to be approved.  For now I'll keep my fingers crossed.  Otherwise next week will probably bring along a price reduction to bring it to where it should get more offers and be more "market friendly".  This will certainly push back the baby plans with whatever monies will need to be brought to closing, but I am thankful that I will be able to do so.
For now I'm looking forward to what is brought in this New Year and to whether or not my new niece will be born in 2011 or 2012. 
Merry Christmas to you all and a New Year filled with the best of what God has in store for you!!!

Tuesday, December 6

It's the Holiday Season. . .

. . .and Santa Claus will be here in less time then it took me to write since the last entry :(  Sorry about that!
There have been quite a few people in and out of the house looking, just not the right buyers yet.  But boy does the house stay clean!  Not that it doesn't on a normal basis, but I can't let things pile up until my weekend and then straighten up and clean then.  I'm glad it's just me that I have to get ready for work in the morning.  It takes enough time to make sure everything's show ready and opened up before I leave, I'm glad I don't have to worry about getting kids out and about too.

The depressing part is not being able to decorate the house for Christmas :(  Yes, I know Christmas will come and still be the same regardless what the house looks like, but it's different.  Mom would always have our house all set up for us to enjoy the whole Christmas season.  I remember in the old house the first floor was just the family room and it was set up with the fake fire place and one of the trees.  My sisters and I loved when the only lights in the room were the colored ones illuminating the ornaments on the tree and the red candellabra that was plugged in near the "fireplace".  We loved taking our dolls down there to sit on the couch and look at the wonder that filled the room.  That memory always warms my soul and reminds me to slow down and enjoy it all while it's here.  In my apartment I loved to spend one night, after watching a Christmas movie, with my Robert's egg nog in hand curled on the couch just looking at the tree sparkling while Christmas music played in the background.  Hey, after spending that time to decorate the tree I was going to enjoy it ;)

Last year I think I finally had it down to where what trees would go where (yes, there was a tree in every room upstairs) and where all my decor would reside for years to come.  Well, that's what I get for thinking I had it all figured out :)   This year I'm putting up one tree (the Disney tree) in the playroom, and another one is already up in my room (my Hallmark tree).  Still have one more tote to bring over from the house and set up.

I think it's just sad for me knowing that this is the first year in the house's whole life that its halls won't be decked out.  I am bringing back over a small pre-lit (and on a timer) tree.  I'll probably also put my led candlesticks as well to put in the windows.  What it all boils down to every season is getting to spend time with my loved ones and enjoying each moment I have with them.  It may seem cliche and corny, but hey I'm a corny, sappy girl ;)

P.S. someone is coming today to look at the house--so cross your fingers, say a little prayer, or do a home selling dance that these are *the* people for my home.