Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cozy in our house.

Today the snow is falling softly, marking the true beginning of winter. Yes, it snowed last week some time, but the weather was pretty warm after that, and by yesterday, it was almost all gone. In fact, yesterday was sunny and quite warm. Well, for November, anyway. It was +5 and as I drove the dynamic duo to get the mail, I wondered why I was planning to go to town the next day (today) instead of right then. So I called Mike's mom and she agreed to take my boys while I went to town. Cody was in school, so I just had to get home on time to get him from the bus.

So I did it. I went to town and I finished my Christmas shopping for Mike. And now I look outside at the weather and I am so thankful I'm not going today. The roads are icy, and I suspect the visibility could get less than ideal later in the day. But I'm here cozy in my house with my three pyjama-clad boys...who have been fighting non-stop all morning so far. Hm. Outside it is very pretty, and any other year I might have even turned on some Christmas music. Maybe I would have even done some Christmas baking. But not this year. I am still not ready to face Christmas yet, and I'm not sure I will be at all this year.

This weekend we have our first Christmas event, a big family gathering of Mike's mom's side of the family. We do it every year, and it's in the big city, so it's a pretty big ordeal for us with the kids and everything. They always do it on a Sunday, and in recent years have not even begun until close to 5 p.m., so that has made it difficult as we had to make the three hour drive home afterwards. This year it is on a Saturday afternoon, which will make things infinitely easier for us. Last year I did not go at all. I stayed home with Jamie and Micah, and Mike went with just Cody, as we knew he was the only one who could handle the lateness of it combined with the long drive. This year we will stay overnight at my parents' place because Mike will not have to work the next day. Truthfully, I still don't know how I will handle it all, but I hope at least the boys will have fun. They are a great group of people, so I'm sure it will be nice.

Anyway, I guess I don't have much more to say today. It will be a quiet, and hopefully productive, day at home, seeing my shopping plans are no more, and my other tentative plans for the day fell through. Maybe I'll even do some more work on my book, which has been neglected now for almost two weeks. Ironically, I am also very tempted to do some Christmas wrapping, just to get it out of the way.

Before I sign off, I must mention that in the ten minutes or so that it has taken me to write this post, the snow has gone from "softly falling" to whirling around like the beginning of a blizzard. Instead of peaceful, it now looks cold and uninviting. I hope we don't get too much snow this week. I'm off for now.

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