It’s Christmas Time

Christmas tree with some of the gifts

I don’t know about you, but December is always a busy month for me. Besides shopping and wrapping presents I spend a lot of time with my grandkids doing fun things for Christmas.

We make Christmas countdown candy calendars, decorate the Christmas tree, watch Christmas movies, make gingerbread houses, make truffles, and decorate cookies.

Yesterday I made a batch of truffles for my husband to take to work for a Christmas luncheon today. I ended up making them by myself, because my grandkids were at school. Making the truffles by myself is a lot more work, but I got them done.

I started making truffles for Christmas about eight years ago and I still haven’t figured out how to make them look better. It’s alright, though, because they are delicious!

Christmas Truffles

Speaking of Christmas time, is it just me, or does it seem harder to buy gifts for people that you aren’t close to, but want to do something nice for, like the mailman, doctor, and hair stylist, etc.?

It used to be easy to give someone some candy or a gift card to a restaurant or Starbucks, but now it seems like everyone is following some type of fad diet, so I don’t know what to give people that they will like.

I am happy to say that I am finished with my Christmas shopping, but I still have a pile of things that need wrapping.

Yes, Christmas time can be somewhat hectic, but I just love it!

Sharing Smiles

My daughter has four children and she has done an amazing job raising them to have good manners, be polite, and treat others with respect.

I am very proud of my grankids. Everyone who meets them comments about what good kids they are.

This week, my daughter went to my granddaughters’ school for parent-teacher conferences. Both of the girls’ teachers told my daughter that her daughters are good students who are polite and treat others well.

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One of the teachers told my daughter that her youngest daughter, age 10, makes her very happy, because she is kind and helpful. She also said that my granddaughter is the only student who thanks her for the things she does (like get pizza for the class) and it makes her feel appreciated.

It makes me happy that not only do I think my granddaughters are pretty special, but other people do, too!

Small Bonds

Isn’t it funny how fashion goes out of style, but then comes around again?

I asked my granddaughters what they want for Christmas, and one of the things they want are new Vans tennis shoes.

When they showed me the shoes they want, I got a kick out of it, because they are EXACTLY like the Vans tennis shoes I wore when I was in high school! I told them that Vans were all I wore when I was a teenager, and they thought that was pretty cool.

It seems weird to me that my young granddaughters like something their grandma used to wear, but it is kind of fun to have that in common.

My Favorite Time of Year

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Fall, my favorite time of year. The weather is cooler, there is no more Daylight Savings Time, and Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner.

I love getting ready for Christmas! I do almost of all of my gift shopping online, so I get packages delivered almost every day this time of year.

I always put my Christmas tree up on the day after Thanksgiving. I have a very pretty, pre-lit Christmas tree, that looks like a real tree. My daughter and grandkids come over to help decorate it.

I always have the Christmas gifts wrapped and ready, so that when the tree is finished, the kids can put the gifts under the tree. After that, the kids will put their new Christmas pajamas on and we’ll take a few Christmas pictures. I’ve already purchased their new pajamas for this year and they are adorable! We will probably watch a Christmas movie or two, also.

Closer to Christmas, my daughter, my grandkids, and I will bake Christmas cookies and make Oreo truffles. The kids love decorating the cookies! Last year we made gingerbread houses, and that was a lot of fun, too!

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As we work on different projects for Christmas, I will post some pictures of the results.

I just love this time of year! It’s a special time of year enjoying family traditions. Spending time with family is the best thing ever!

The Big Water Fight

I have a lot of fun memories from when I was growing up and recently one came to mind that I’d like to share.

I grew up in a small house, in a small town, before cell phones and internet. When I was a teenager, the closest things we had to video games were Pong and hand-held electronic games, but most of the time, we played outside or hung out with friends.

One day, my brothers and I were running back and forth from the front yard to the backyard, cutting through the house, while having a squirt gun fight. Of course, we were shooting water at each other as we ran through the house.

My dad was in the living room and my mom was washing dishes in the kitchen. My dad grabbed a cup, filled it with water, and threw water at us while we ran through the house.

Then my dad thought it would be funny to throw a cup of water at my mom while she was washing dishes. My mom grabbed a pan, filled it with water, chased my dad and threw the pan of water at him.

The water fight continued for a few minutes. My brothers and I with squirt guns and my parents with dishes full of water, while everyone got wet.

My dad then ran outside, grabbed the hose, turned it on, and brought it IN THE HOUSE! He won the water fight. Water was EVERYWHERE!

Needless to say, we had quite a cleanup to do and the carpet was soaking wet. We cleaned it up and the carpet dried, but we had so much fun!

I will never forget our huge water fight that day; it’s one of my favorite childhood memories.

A Bumpy Year

It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged, mainly because I didn’t have the motivation to do it. I started having a lot of Fibro flare-ups and wasn’t feeling well. I went to the doctor and he thinks I’m depressed. He added Cymbalta to the list of medications that I take, because Cymbalta also helps relieve Fibromyalgia pain.

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I never really considered myself “depressed,” (although I have been struggling with some family issues for over a year now,) but I guess it’s hit me harder than I thought.

Unfortunately, because I was flaring up and feeling so bad, I could not participate in the weight loss classes I was going to attend.

Right now, I’m working on doing things to make me feel better and clear my head, like take walks in the mornings and get healthier.

One thing I’ve learned over the past year is that you just can’t have the relationships you want to have with some people. I have to accept that, because it’s out of my control.

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Memory Lane

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Don’t you just love happy memories? My grandmother passed away last August, and slowly but surely, my mom and I have been going through her things to decide what to do with them.

I came across a big plastic container holding several folders, each with the name of her children and grandchildren on them. I opened the folder with my name on it and was surprised to see what was in it.

It contained several notes, cards, letters, and poems that I had written to my grandparents over the years. It also had a few notes that my children had written to them.

Every year, my brothers and I made Christmas lists of the things we wanted for Christmas and gave them to our grandparents. I found some of the Christmas lists and had a good laugh. It’s funny to see what we wanted for Christmas back then.

I saved a handful of things that I found in the folders. I kept some old poems and drawings. I threw away the notes that I wrote telling my grandma I needed more floor cleaner, etc., when I used to clean her house as a teenager. I don’t know why she kept those.

I had no idea my grandma held on to these treasures, but my family and I got a kick out reading them. I only wish I had known about them when my grandma was alive, so we could’ve enjoyed them together.