I cannot believe tomorrow is Christmas Eve.

(hey! That title rhymes! I totally didn’t do that on purpose.)

Whew! The past few days have been a whirlwind of stuff. Saturday we stayed at home and did nothing much and Lordy, it was fabulous. After last weekend’s Puke-a-palooza, it was nice to have some downtime in our pajamas that DIDN’T involve trips to the bathroom and feverish chills. On Sunday, we dropped Maggie at my parents’ while we went to church, and then came back to their house for lunch and the Steeler game (argh. What a crappy, crappy game.) Yesterday and today were spent finishing up Christmas shopping, wrapping presents, making this cheesecake for my sister’s Christmas Eve dinner tomorrow night, laundry, launching a site for work, finishing up last minute things for work before taking a few days off for the holiday… no wonder I’m tired.

But, I’m also counting my blessings and remembering how lucky we are as a family. There are a some people in our lives right now who are going through some horrible, traumatic things and it makes me want to just hug my daughter and my husband closer. Christmas should be a time of joy and fun and this year, for people I care about, it’s not going to be. And that makes me so sad.

And because I don’t want to a Debbie Downer, I’ll leave you with this video of Maggie being a ham once she notices the camera. Because who can be sad when they see this?


  1. Priscilla

    December 23, 2008 9:12 pm

    Merry Christmas Jen! I am so happy that we’ve been able to maintain our friendship for so many years! I am feeling blessed this season as well and praying for those in pain.
    I hope you enjoy your days off with your family.

  2. Irene

    December 24, 2008 7:43 am

    Yes, this is the time to enjoy and appreciate what we have. But it also can be such a sad time for people who have lost family or friends recently or who are going through a really hard time.

    Well, hope you have a very Merry Christmas!!

    Irenes last blog post: Lots of stuff going on here in our world!!

  3. Burgh Baby

    December 24, 2008 9:30 am

    How did you manage to get Maggie to do that? You seriously have to see Alexis when she notices a camera. POLAR OPPOSITE. She doesn’t complain about it, but she sure does turn her head and refuse to look even in the general direction of the camera.

    Merry Christmas, and I hope all the people in your life are able to enjoy some good this holiday season.

    Burgh Babys last blog post: Mrs. Goodbee is Homeless

  4. Jen

    December 24, 2008 12:54 pm

    @Burgh Baby: I don’t know why she cheesed it up to be honest- usually when she sees the camera she either ignores me or tries to come over and see ‘the baby’ (which is obviously HER!) She’s such a goofball sometimes.

    Merry Christmas :) And thanks for the well-wishes for our family & friends, I appreciate it.

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