Thursday, December 27, 2007

Reflections of the Season

Wow, this holiday season has flown by! I love Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, but perhaps even more so, I love the weeks leading up to it...the decorating, the music, the spirit, buying gifts for family and friends, spending time with the people I love. I'm always reminded of how truly blessed I am at this time of the year. This year was no exception.

It was wonderful and I enjoyed it, but now I'm ready for a little bit of down time and then getting back into a routine. We are planning on spending New Year's at Lake Oconee with Griff's family, at his sister's lake house. We'll go out either Saturday or Sunday and spend several days playing games, cooking, and relaxing. It's a great way to spend the last few days of the year.

It's exciting to think about the New Year. Griff's declared it the Year of the Body and subtitled it the Year of the Pocket. Our goals: Be Healthy and Pay off Debt. It's always nice to have some focus and a plan. I need to post an update about our experience with You on a Diet, suffice it to say we're both ending this holiday season weighing less than when we started. I'll go into more details next week, but I call it a success to make it through the season without gaining weight!

I hope your holidays were wonderful and that you were able to enjoy time with friends and family and experiencing the joy of the season.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Good Times with Good Friends

Our Christmas party was a huge success! We counted up and we think we had 38 people at our house, including friends from my work, Griff's work, college and high school! We have such great friends and it was really a wonderful time. My only regret is that we only do this once a year! I've decided one of my New Year's resolutions will be to get together with friends at least once a month. That doesn't seem like much, but literally there were lots of people at our party that we haven't seen since our last Christmas party and that's just not acceptable!

As usual, we were getting ready until the last minute (actually 30 minutes after the offical start time of the party, luckily that's when our first guest arrived!). It turned out great though and we were able to spend time with our friends and enjoy their company. Sage was even very well behaved, once she got over her initial fear of having strange people in her house.

Now we're getting ready for our next big holiday event - our trip to New York this weekend!

Monday, December 3, 2007

A Whirlwind Weekend

What a busy weekend! Between decorating, buying needed supplies, my niece's 4th birthday party, and a potential plumbing nightmare, this weekend flew by.

When all is said and done, I've barely started the Christmas decorating (the tree in our bedroom is up with lights on and the main tree is bought and in the stand). We did retrieve all the decorations from my in-laws house (our house is 50 years old and just doesn't have enough storage space). We bought our main tree and a wreath from the Catholic school down the street and the tree is really beautiful. I'm planning on at least getting the lights on it tonight.

Our house is a wreck too. It's funny how in getting ready for the party and trying to get our house in order, we have made a much bigger mess than it started out in. The guest bathroom is almost completely painted (I just have to do the corners and repaint some trim). Our front door is painted on the outside, but we still need to do the inside. I need to paint the trim in the kitchen - somehow we've lived for over 2 years without ever painting it! We also bought an additional shelf for our pantry which has made a huge difference and cleaned out our storage/tool closet that is actually in our front bedroom. Seriously, the only time we are this motivated to get things done around the house is when we are having people over.

Yesterday we celebrated Lola's 4th birthday (we'll also be having dinner with her tomorrow, on her actual birthday). We also get to see Griff's aunt and uncle who are visiting from Florida. We hadn't seen them since our wedding, so it was really nice to get to visit with them.

And we walked outside to leave yesterday to a yard with puddles of water from our sewer overflows! Somehow our pipes to the street (which is just about the only thing on the house we didn't replace when we renovated) got backed up. Griff called the county on a whim and they came out but said it wasn't their problem. So, we stopped on the way home to rent an auger that you feed down into the overflow and it clears out the pipe. When we got home though, it was fixed! I guess in checking out the issue, the county actually fixed the problem. So we got to return the auger (and Home Depot returned our money). What a relief!

A great busy weekend and a packed week ahead!