Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Just catching up

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!

9 comments:

RIZZI said...

HI KAREN,
I FEEL THE SAME WAY, I LOVE THE WEEK AFTER CHRISTMAS, THE KIDS ARE HOME FROM SCHOOL, JACKIE AND I ALSO HAVE TEA IN THE AFTERNOON, USING OUR CHRISTMAS TEA. HER COOKIES ARE SO DELICIOUS. JACKIE GAVE HER CHRISTMAS TEA PARTY YESTERDAY,SHE MADE IT SO NICE, THE FOOD WAS OUTSTANDING. OUR SNOW IS JUST ABOUT GONE FROM ALL THE RAIN. THEY SAY WE COULD HAVE SOME MORE. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO EM, 13.. WOW!! HOW TIME FLY'S, HAVE A VERY HAPPY NEW YEAR.
LOVE AUNT RIZ

Sarah said...

We're so much alike! I love ThirtySomething...love it! What a sweet gift.

Hope you have a wonderful 2010!

Trailboss said...

After a HUGE Christmas (the best in many many years) I am in for a restful 4 days. I plan on sleeping, watching a bit of TV, napping, resting.....did I mention sleeping?

Inglesidemom said...

What a lovely post. I hope you have a good time tonight with your daughter and her friends. This whole growing up thing is harder on us moms than I ever thought it would be!

Enjoy the last few days of your tree and cookies.

Jen

Country Dreaming said...

Wow! A New Year's Eve baby. What a way to ring in a new year. Congratulations and have fun.
I have spent this week very busy
(see my posts) today will be quieter and then we are off to
friends for dinner and celebrating!

Happy New Year!!!!!

Melinda

violetlady said...

Karen, I haven't stopped by in a long while -- I have been trying to get back to blog more actively. Sounds like you have a busy Christmas holiday along with that important birthday party. I liked "Thirty Something" also -- some of the really good ones were never replaced with anything as good. Have a wonderful New Year!

Sherri said...

What a lovely post! Happy Birthday to your daughter, I remember when both of my daughters turned 13-what a special time! I love your header picture too!

Susanne said...

Happy Belated Birthday to your daughter. Thirteen! That's a biggie!

Trailboss said...

Your daughter was a "tax baby" it sounds like! You know, able to claim for that year on taxes. Anyway, I don't know where that came from! 13 is usually a difficult age, at least it was for me and my daughter. Good luck new teenager!