We're home now from our whirlwind trip to Missouri. It was fun, had nice weather and got to see both family and friends. Saw Oklahoma State cap off the football season with a record eleven wins. I'm so glad we bought season tickets this year!
But now, I'm glad to be home with nothing but cleaning to look forward to in the next few days. My daughter and I took down the ornaments and lights on the tree and my husband helped me wrestle that thing into it's bag and out the door for storage in the barn. I almost had a heart attack when something grey jumped out of the bag in the middle of the living room floor but then realized that my cat, Josie, had crawled into it while we were wrapping bungee cords around the tree. I'm always afraid that something will move into the tree during the summer and I'll bring it into the house. She sort of looks like a possum/lemur cross so she startled me quite a bit when she came jumping out of the bag!
Next, I'm doing the real cleaning. Vacuuming up all the junk that has settled out of the tree over the last month. Christmas trees, whether dead or alive are just really messy when you let them live in your house. Although, I'll miss Christmas, I won't be missing the mess! Now, I just have to contend with the woodstove. It's messy but oh, so wonderful on those cold days!
Since tonight's New Years Eve, my kids both have plans. I'm not much of a late night person so my husband and I probably will just go to the movies and come home. My daughter has a slumber party, my son is having a friend over for a night of video games and food. Perfect boy stuff! I'm making Chinese to eat. The boys requested it.
I haven't really given any thought to my new year's resolution yet. I usually don't do much. One year, I resolved to get the family to eat five fruits and veggies a day. We usually now get that done. One year, I resolved not to purchase anything for the house that I didn't want to dust the rest of my life. That one still keeps me from buying cute little things. This year, I think I need to resolve to not get all stressed out about the little things, to take ten minutes out of each day and just go outside with Kate and play. I need to thank my family for the things they do that I generally don't notice or think they should be doing them anyway. I need to laugh and dance more and frown less. I need to realize that I'm no longer a parent of little kids, I'm the parent of two pretty great teenagers (one almost a teen).
I think mostly I need to just lighten up a little more each day. At the end of the day, I need to see more humor, love, patience and grace in my life directed to those I love the most. I'm going to start everyday with prayer for my kids, not just on the days when I have time. Everyday. First thing in the morning I'm going to bath my family in prayer.....