I've been taking a breather for the past few days, getting ready for another big celebration. My daughter's birthday is on New Year's Eve and this year she turns 13! It's a milestone for both of us. She will be a teenager, and as the youngest of our three children, it means no more little ones in the household. It makes me feel suddenly older. That, and the fact that I'm long overdue for some highlights. In fact, not long ago, Emily noted that my hair is now growing some "natural" highlights. That would be the gray!
Tonight she is having some friends over for a sleepover. While she and her friends and her brothers and her dad! all go play laser tag, I'll be making a big batch of tacos for when they return. Later, there'll be ice cream cake and movies and video games. So different from the sleepovers that I remember at that age, when we played records and painted our nails and ate pizza.
Our tree is still hanging in there, a bit dry in places, but it should last until the weekend. Typically we leave it up until Epiphany, but I don't think it's going to make it that long this year.
Speaking of Christmas, one of my favorite gifts this year is the DVD set for the t.v. series, thirtysomething. It was my favorite show and I was so sad when it went off the air. It was a late gift, just arrived in the mail today. I'm going to have to pace myself when I start watching it.
I enjoy the week between Christmas and New Year's, when it still feels like a holiday, but it's a lot less hectic. Tea and Christmas cookies in the afternoons. The calm of the tree, all lit up at night and we have the time to enjoy it. It's been so cold that the snow that fell before Christmas is still on the ground. All the more reason for being home and keeping the home fires going. Tomorrow will be a low key new year's eve, with our birthday celebration going on tonight.
What about you, is this week a time of rest and renewal? Making big plans for New Year's Eve? However you choose to spend it, may you be blessed in 2010!