I know, I know...I've been AWOL again. I'm not sure I can explain it away; but I'll make a feeble attempt. I ran a little late this year getting my Christmas decorations up. I can hear many of you saying "No kidding," since I've been so absent blogging. Well, things got put up and the house looks very festive. I didn't put everything up this year, but you'd never know it. I just have TOO many things. When I die, my kids are going to get saddled with the burden of figuring out 'who gets what' and what to do with it all. Sorry guys.
I've gotten everything wrapped, shipped and delivered....so that's a relief. Got groceries in and Xmas cards out....check. I seriously wasn't going to send cards out this year....but I just can't seem to get past the guilt.
Jory and baby Violet were here for about four days....partly business, partly pleasure. Uncle Joe, Aunt Jenna and I got our 'baby fix,' but it wasn't nearly enough for Jenna and I. I'm missing that little bundle of sweetness a lot. We were so wrapped up in playing and oogling over her that we somehow didn't remember to take a lot more pics. I think Jory got a few, so I guess I'll have to ask her to send them on to me. We took Violet over to see Nana, my mother-in-law...for the first time. She was just over the top to see that baby. Four generations right there....and we blew another photo opportunity. God, what were we thinking? We just never thought to take pictures of it. Hope the chance comes around again. Nana is 95 years old....God Bless her.
Jory had a very long day of business in downtown Chicago one of the days, and Jen and I were with Violet the whole day. Our mission was to try to get some of mommy's milk....or formula into that little babe. Jory wasn't having much success bottle feeding her before she came, and we didn't fare any better. She didn't want much to do with it....she was tough and wanted Mommy. I've had four kids...and I don't remember having problems switching from breast feeding to bottles; which made it a lot worse on me when she wouldn't drink much and cried herself to sleep a few times. I felt like we were the worst Grandma and Aunt in the world....but still we tried. Jenna was really a trooper and was so loving with Vi. Outside of the bottle fiasco, Violet was so much fun. All gooing, gurggly and smiley. Oh my heart. We absorbed every little thing she did...and couldn't stop looking at her. Their little visit went all too quickly.
I hope you all are enjoying this holiday season and spending it with those you love. The recent events in Connecticut have surely made us all pause to appreciate and hold dear the loves in our lives. God Bless you all. Happy Holidays...and may 2013 be very good to all of us in every way. ~Joy xo
Christmas Is Always Christmas
of cocoa and nights decorating the tree.
Of tinsel and angels and lights burning bright;
and mistletoe hanging…oh what a sight!
that we proudly picked out from the old corner lot.
And the ornaments the children gingerly placed
all over the tree in just the right space.
and the wreaths and the holly…it all seemed so right.
When putting the star atop of the tree
was all that it took to get a smile out of me.
and snowmen and lights softly draping the yards.
Oh the feeling of joy that touched everyone
and held us for days in laughter and fun.
and the joy on the faces of those they sang for.
And mom’s special cookies and over-baked breads…
The rapturous smells went straight to our heads.
Our tummies so full we thought we would die.
All sitting cozy in the glow of the fire;
looking into the faces we love and admire.
in Grandpa’s strong arms for most of the night.
And Grandma’s perfume encircling our noses;
A sweet flowery scent…like petals of roses.
as you bask in the glow of your “near perfect” tree.
The years always change…they’ll come and go….
But Christmas is Christmas…and will always be so.