Christmas has come and gone, and Laura is still talking about Santa. He made a big impression on her this year, which made it fun for all of us.
We celebrated Christmas Day in Houston with my family. The highlights include taking Laura to "The Nutcracker" with Meme and making our annual gingerbread house. Laura is into ballet so she loved "The Nutcracker," and it brought back great memories of when I went as a young girl.
Of course Christmas morning was filled with squeals and surprises. Jim gave Laura and me matching necklaces, which we will always treasure. My brother and his family of five arrived Christmas afternoon, so the house was filled to capacity. It was a joy to watch the cousins play together. It was naturally fairly chaotic with four children and six adults in one house, but that is what the holidays are all about.
Jim's folks spent New Year's with us in Knoxville. We had our annual game night, and Jim got intensely into Scrabble. I lost both rounds! We were thrilled that Jeanne (Jim's sister) was able to come as well for a few days. Laura LOVED all the attention and especially enjoyed playing with Jeanne's dog, Truman. He's a fluffball and was tolerant of all the chasing.
Now, the families are gone, the presents are unpacked, the sweets are eaten, and it is back to the routine. I'm glad. It was a wonderful 12 days of fun, but it nice to return to a schedule.
As Jim posted in a previous blog, 2008 is full of many changes for our family. We pray all will go smoothly as each event approaches.
I'd love to hear any special memories of your Christmas and hopes for the new year.