Monday, December 1, 2008

How I spent my blogging vacation

I'm back. I won't bore you with all the details of what I've been doing the past two weeks. I won't go back through my daybook to see what do I spend my time doing. Because, I honestly don't know where the time goes, only know that, on most days, there doesn't seem to be enough of it.

I won't bore you with the details of finally unpacking more stuff in the basement, repainting my living room because I hated the first color, and getting Joe's room ready for his visit over Thanksgiving (I know it didn't look like much, Joe, but you should've seen it before). I won't go through my calendar and fondly remember the pamper-me morning that I got a massage and a haircut. Or the absolutely wonderful day spent shopping with my sister-in-law, for all the "girl" Christmas gifts for our family. We have so much fun, finding all the girly stuff, oohing and ahhing over what will delight our nieces. Going to lunch. Taking my little nephew to see Santa. he was sooo cute. (My nephew, that is). I won't go through all the details of shopping with my aunt for her new car, how we felt extremely empowered that we found exactly what she wanted. (We are women, hear us roar!)

I'm not going to brag about how my Christmas shopping is all done, my cards are written, and invitations mailed for a cookie exchange.

I'd rather share what I should've been adding to my gratitude list for November, before I so rudely interrupted myself for a blogging break. I would add things like having my son home for four whole days, knowing when we said goodbye that he'll be home again in two weeks for Christmas. I would add how thankful I am for my sister-in-law, Debbie, who cooked Thanksgiving dinner this year. I couldn't overlook how thankful I am for a husband who works hard to provide for us, even when it means he has to travel from one end of the country to the other. We're both homebodies at heart, so his being away isn't easy for either of us, but he does it without complaining. I, on the other hand, whine about it. A lot. I'm thankful for a daughter who loves Lifetime and Hallmark holiday chick flicks as much as I do. We have spent almost every evening watching one or two, hot chocolate with marshmallows in hand. And, I'm thankful for one teenage boy who loves hot chocolate as much as my daughter and I do, and will make it for us, even though he won't watch chick flicks.

And last, but certainly not least, I am grateful for my blogging buds! I've missed you all, especially my friends that I exchange comments with:) I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Blessings to all of you during this season of Advent.



Robin said...

Welcome back - I took a blogging break too.
I love that you get to watch chickflicks with your daughter - how sweet!
I hope to do that when my daughter arrives home for Christmas break.

Lynne said...

I'm glad you're back! Sounds like you've had a really busy couple of weeks.

Post pictures of your living room!

Jen said...

I enjoyed all of this. You have been busy..whoo hoo girl..all your cards done...I start mine tonight...not really looking forward to it...we have to get the kids together and get pics this week made...not so much fun...enjoyed this so much and glad you had some girl time and your aunt got a great car...your a wonderful niece and your momma would be very proud....i'm going to get a glass of wine and smile because we are such good friend...hugs to you.

justabeachkat said...

Hmmmmm....maybe I need a blogging vacation. You accomplished so much!


Becky said...

Great to see you again, Karen. You had a wonderful break and it shows. I am so happy you had fun with Joe being home. Enjoy your week!

gail@more than a song said...

It sounds like a great time with much accomplished! That part about how your shopping and cards are done, yeah I'm a little jealous of that. I'm so behind. I took last week off to be with my kids. I know it was fun to have Joe there!
So glad you're back Karen!

Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

Sounds like the vacation from blogging was totally worth it! Glad to have you back..:)


Renna said...

Well, if you really don't want to tell us...;-Þ

Seriously, blogs will likely always be around, but time spent with family members can never be taken for granted; and we all know how fast the kids grow up and fly the coop.

I am glad you're now back, though; and I like your new Christmas look. :-)