It’s December 26th, and after a morning spent shopping with my Chicky, I am finally sitting down to process the past few days.
On Wednesday, the 23rd, we secured the house and pups, leaving them in the care of a trusted young man…one of Rooster’s best friends…and drove a couple of hours down the road to bigger city, Florida, where the rest of our crew lives.
Before we left, though, I had to get in another workout. Even though Wednesdays are my “rest” days, I still like to exercise. I’ve learned that my body needs to be pushed.
I decided to do a Piyo workout. I’ve missed the stretching and strength exercises, so I put in the “Sweat” video, which didn’t seem nearly as difficult now that I’ve “graduated” from the program and have been doing TurboFire for over a month. I’d like to think that speaks to the level of fitness I’m currently at…not high but farther along than four months ago.
Our drive went by quickly. I spent the time either reading or knitting (I can’t remember which). We spent the afternoon just chilling with the in-laws. Chicky arrived later that afternoon, but she was fighting the crud, so she went to bed early.
Christmas Eve found me up early. I didn’t want to miss a day of my workout program, but I also didn’t want anyone walking in on me. I’m a bit shy about having people watch me. I’m not exactly the most coordinated, although in my mind I look as good as Chalene Johnson. Yes, I know I’m delusional. Aren’t we all from time-to-time?
After everyone got up, we did our traditional last-minute shopping and picked up a few small items that were probably unnecessary but gave us a reason to jaunt around town along with thousands of other similarly-minded people.
Because we were going to eat Christmas dinner for dinner (as opposed to the late lunch time we’ve done the past few Christmas seasons), the Mr., Chicky, Rooster, and I had some time to open gifts among ourselves. Spending time as our small family unit rarely happens these days, as is the case when children grow up and leave home. I think it’s still important, though. Inside jokes and whatnot continue to remind us how much we love each other.
Chicky gave me this luscious silk/wool skein of yarn, which she had picked up this past summer when she traveled to the Amish country while vacationing in Philadelphia. I think she purchased the yarn here. She told me that she was going to buy me more yarn until she discovered that good yarn is expensive! Rooster reminded her of my forays to the yarn store that’s an hour and a half away from me and how much I spend before I return home. Yes, I’m a yarn snob. I was touched that she 1) braved a yarn store and 2) got me something so dear to my heart.
I didn’t take a lot of pictures during our present opening. I did receive a set of measuring cups and spoons from Rooster (these items were on my list), and the Mr. gave me a cute sweater from Old Navy, night clothes from Victoria Secret, and a flipbelt.
After a delicious dinner (I ate mashed potatoes and field peas), we pulled out Phase 10, a card game Chicky had purchased the night before. We had a lot of time to kill before church.
This was a lot of fun to play! I highly recommend it!
After a few rounds, our group got ready for church and headed to the 9pm service. This was the first time we had ever attended this late program…another sign that our children have become adults. The pastor preached a great sermon with the highlight being the lighting of candles that we patrons held as the overhead lights were turned off. Singing “Silent Night” with the candlelight flickering invoked a feeling of reverence befitting the Reason for the Season…the birth of the baby who would save mankind from its sins.
By the time we were finished, it was late, so it didn’t take us long to head to bed.
True to form, I arose early the next morning so I could do my ten-minute ab workout followed by the ten-minute stretch session that comes after each workout session. The schedule worked out great, did it not?
Then, I got ready and sat…waiting…for the everyone else to wake up…
Because the kids are grown, we don’t open presents at 5am any more.
I decided to call my mom but had trouble putting on makeup, straightening my hair, and talking, so I dug out my ear buds and made myself hands-free.
Go ahead to tell me how brilliant I am.
This was a great way to pass the time. Beauty at my age takes a while to obtain.
Once the Mr. and the kids were up, it was time to dig into our stockings. Santa was good to me.
Isn’t my stocking pretty? I love being able to say that I made it!
Super Sis and her family eventually made their way over after they’d finished opening their gifts, and after the customary Christmas morning photos in front of the tree (during which we really noticed how grown the kids had gotten), we dug in.
We always take turns opening presents, going in age order (youngest to oldest).
The theme the first round seemed to be opening what the other sister/brother clan had gifted.
Super Sis’s group gave me the stack of three purple gifts in the photo above. One of the gifts was a set of measuring spoons (one can never have too many). Another gift was this bowl…
Isn’t it cute?!
I also got this neat set of hand lotions.
The ingredients are all natural. The one on the left has a lemon scent and is very invigorating. The middle tube has an orange scent…a bit more muted but still pleasant. The tube on the right has a floral scent and is stronger. It provides a deeper conditioning, so I’ll probably use it on my feet.
A lot of laughter was exchanged as explanations were provided with each gift.
I had bought Super Sis an Origami Owl necklace and six charms. I should have taken a picture of it. She had randomly texted me a few months ago and told me that she had decided that she wanted one. We’d given Coupon Queen a necklace for Mother’s Day (or her birthday…can’t remember which one since both are in May).
The in-laws gave me an individual sized crock pot, 400-thread cotton sheets, Bath and Body Works lotion, an Express store gift card, and cash.
It was a fun time…one we had to recoup from afterward. Can you say nap time?! This is another tradition of ours.
After a dinner of leftovers, we sat down and played a new game that one of my nephews taught us…”President.”
I. Hate. This. Game. It’s played with a deck of cards that are all dealt out. The winner of each round is called President, the runner up is Vice President, the next two finishers are Secretaries, and the last two are Scum and Super Scum. I cannot stand the last two titles. If you’re Scum, you have to give away your best cards to the President/Vice President (depending on if you’re Scum or Super Scum). In return, you get their worst cards. So, what happens is that you rarely get out of Scum status.
I don’t like the names of the finishers, nor do I like giving away cards in this manner. It’s just dumb. Yes, I got a bad attitude, and yes, I probably showed my butt a bit. It’s hard to be perfect 100% of the time. Ha!
Bedtime provided a much-needed reset.
That brings me to today. After an early, tough TurboFire workout, Chicky and I headed out to the store. We hit Ulta so Chicky could exchange the Urban Decay eye shadow palette we’d given her…the same one as last year (hello. brain fart). Best Buy was next so I could exchange a phone charger I’d bought for Rooster (hello, second brain fart…wrong pin connection…duh).
Then, we went to the mall so I could try on blue jeans at Express. I’ve lost so much weight that I’ve had to go down a size (I’m not bragging, mind you, so don’t be hatin’). Afterward, we ate lunch, and then Chicky got her makeup done at the MAC cosmetic stand near the food court. I’ve never heard of this line before. What lovely stuff!
I enjoyed watching the gal expertly apply primer, foundation, concealer, and blush. Chicky doesn’t wear a lot of makeup, but that makeup really made her cheekbones pop! I wound up helping her pay for her goodies. Because we live six hours apart and only see each other every few months, I don’t get to pamper her often.
Because Chicky had decided to stay in town one extra day, we were not pressed for time. I was grateful because I miss her when we’re apart.
The game plan for the rest of the day is to relax, visit more with family, and head home first thing in the morning. We have fur babies who miss us, gifts to put away, and another week of downtime to enjoy.
I hope all of you had a great Christmas with friends and family.