So, I (we) are among the many who are helping out and babysitting for Sarah while she is in school this semester. It's been a lot of fun, but I have to say the first time I was a little nervous. Lude was traveling that evening and I was by myself, lucky thing my brother stopped over and I could run to the bathroom while he was here! I wouldn't even take Steven upstairs because I was afraid I would drop him.
I'm totally at ease now....we love having him, he's such a great and good baby.
He IS only 6 months old and as soon as he's moving around?.....well, stay tuned!
I love this picture.....Lude was singing to Steven.
I guess it's time to start putting all the decorations away for another year! I want to, but I don't WANT to! (I KNOW you know what I'm talking about!) As things get washed they go on the dining room table, like the Christmas sugar bowl relinquishing its spot back to the everyday sugar bowl in the cupboard! Although I'm certainly NOT ready to bring out the Valentine's Day things, I'm ready to "de-Christmas" the house. On New Year's Day I said to Lude, "It's funny how today marks a definite feeling to the holiday being over." It's like Labor Day being the end of summer and St. Patrick's Day and Easter being the promising sign of spring. And, as much as you don't want it to be over, it is.
But, Monday is the Epiphany and Tuesday is Russian Christmas and our decorated and lighted tree will remain until then. And, as I said, the rest of the decorations begin to find their way to their boxes.
Last night, we dropped Jessica Joy off at the airport for a 7:30 PM non-stop flight to Los Angeles. This year's annual Farmers Almanac predicted this to be a hard winter and every word of it has been true and yesterday was proof of that. The library closed down early (YAY, snowday!) and I was less than optimistic that she would fly out last night. I was sure we would get the call to come back to pick her up. But, thanks to prayers and the wonderfully "Friendly Skies", she was up and out with only about a 15 minute de-icing delay. I (we've) flown United a lot these past couple years and are thrilled at their record of friendliness and service.
Needless to say we were sound asleep as she arrived in Los Angeles, but it was nice to see that text when I awoke:
I would be remiss if I didn't start my PHOTO A DAY project with a
photo of the people who matter the most to me in my life It's been a very challenging fall for me(us) but it's a new day and literally a new year and it's time for new beginnings.
It was so wonderful to have the girls here for the holidays, it made all the difference to Lude and to me, this year especially. I will try to keep up my PHOTO A DAY project, not sure how much I'll write just now, but we'll see.