Sorry I haven’t written in awhile – what a time I’ve been having! #1 son turned 10 this weekend (sob, double digits!!) and had a friend sleep over and a small family party. Well, now that we actually live around family again that is still 16 people! It might be cheaper to have a friends party!! I spent 75% of the weekend in bed…I even felt too icky to knit! I read or laid there and whined ;). DH was a trooper though – he went grocery shopping (at three stores no less) and made dinner! Sunday I got out of bed and did laundry and baked a birthday cake and cupcakes. Then after the party – but while family was still visiting – I put my feet up in my recliner and knit on my socks. I have’t had a chance to work on them and I’m starting to think I’ll never finish!

Yesterday it was back to a regular school schedule and I was able to knit for one uninterrupted hour while #2 son did his gymastics. But today…today has been anything but normal. #1 son stayed hom from school (he attends the school where DH teaches) complaining of a stomache again. We are about at whit’s end trying to figure out what is causing these stomach aches. Fortunately, his doctor called to schedule some labwork for the referral to a specialist (they suspect Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and since J1 was home ill, they were glad to have him come in. Long story short (is it possible? 😉 we lived through the experience but I find myself emotionally drained.

I’d be looking forward to an evening of therapy knitting, but tonight is one of three quilting classes with my friend Theresa. I know it will be fun, but it’s not relaxing like curling up under my blankey with my knitting needles. Oh well, there’s always tomorrow!

“What I did for my Christmas Holiday”
by Amy Osborn (age 38)

LOL! I guess I feel a bit silly today.

Our Christmas started on Christmas eve – we got to my mom’s house at 1pm (we were late) and Eric & my brother, Brett came back here to set up the trampoline. Beth & her family arrived and her DH, Kevin, headed over to my house too. When the guys got back we had a dinner of appetizers: crab spread on good breads, deviled eggs, meatballs & mushrom, ham&cheese ‘wreath’, Mom’s chinese salad. Yum! Then we congregated in the living room for gifts. I really enjoyed giving my brother his gifts – one of them the children’s book called “Hogula: Dread pig of night” (After the presents he read us the book and we found out that Beth’s real name should be “Elvis Ann” instead of “Elizabeth Ann” LOL

Bethie had my name and she gave me scrapbook paper and neat notepads, 3 bracelets and a neat basket that holding my sock knitting!

After a few more laughs we headed home and watched the beginning of ‘Jesus of Nazareth’ – and headed to bed.

The next morning J2 and Daddy woke everyone up at 7am so we could open gifts and get breakfast started before our guests arrived. Dh got me two beautiful pics for Christmas.

After all the gifts were opened….I got the video camera and Eric lined up the kids in front of the picture window and opened the drapes – they were pretty excited to see the trampoline!! But they were even happier later in the day to find out were weren’t just borrowing it! LOL

For breakfast, I made a breakfast casserole, party potatoes, sausage links, cider, coffee and OJ. My Mom, brother/SIL, FIL/MIL all joined us for breakfast. My FIL made his famous pancakes too – but it was almost too much food then. I hope to carry on this tradition for years to come! It was a nice way to start the day.

Then everyone left but Momma and we all rested for awhile – DH layed in bed almost all day watching videos he was given…argh! Oh well, I guess it’s his vacation! Mom and I made 4 pies – 2 sugarfree apple and 2 walnut pies. Then we made 3 casserole dishes (turns out I didn’t need to double the recipe! LOL) of shepherd’s pie – which was DH request for dinner. However, we have the smallest oven in the world and it seemed to take FOREVER to get all that baking done! When we were almost done I was removing a pie or something and I burnt my finger and dropped the hotpad- right on the element! Those things burn like none of your business!! Yikes! But the adrenaline rush got rid of my headache! LOL

After dinner our friends showed up with gifts (I got a sweater and Scottish Christmas Tea) and a new game of Trivial Pursuit Lord of the Rings version. I insisted on being on Eric’s team and thank goodness I watch all those silly ‘making of the movie’ featurettes – we won!!

This morning, J2 and J1 are still not feeling well, so the three of us are home from Church. This evening we are getting together with DHs family for another gift exchange! It’s been a nice couple of days…but I’m looking forward to a little peace now that the Holiday is over!