Monday, December 28, 2009

Just A Little Longer

I realized during church yesterday morning that the week after Christmas is my most favorite week of the entire year. I guess it's because the kids are out of school and John usually has the week off to spend with us, but I also think it's Christmas preparations are over and we can relax and just enjoy being together for just a little longer.

This is our traditional Christmas Eve photo. John takes one every year of me and the kids in front of the Christmas tree after our Christmas Eve service at church.

I usually take my tree down the day after Christmas. My family thinks I'm just plain grinchy for that. But a small house and a big tree make me feel claustrophobic after awhile. John's parents arrive later today, so in an effort to please everyone and keep it fun and festive the tree is staying up just a little longer. I may or may not make frustrating remarks under my breath every time I walk past it though.


I also want to quit eating rich, sugary, and fattening food. But we're about to enjoy Christmas round #2 so that will have to wait just a little longer also.


I'm hoping my kids will sleep just a little longer this morning. They've been staying up way too late every night. I guess we've let them because we know they'll sleep in. They're all camped out in Will's room this morning...it makes my heart smile that they love doing that. It may not last forever, but I hope it lasts just a little longer.


Ya'll...I am reading the best book. It's The Help by Kathryn Stockett. My sister read it last summer and told me I needed to read it. I had it on hold at our library forever but when it became available I was in St Louis. I forgot to go pick it up before they put it back in circulation. I was watching Good Morning America last week (have I told you that I have a little crush on George Stephanopolous?) and they featured The Help on a "Best Books of 2009" segment. John was standing there and I said, "I really, really want to read that book". He looked at me and said, "Well, I have an advance reading copy in the bookcase downstairs, let me go get it for you". Little did I know that book has been sitting on a bookshelf for well over a year while I had it on hold at the library for 5 months!!! There are some perks to having a husband who works in publishing.

Thanks for letting me chase that rabbit.

The Help is w-o-n-d-e-r-f-u-l, and I know I'm going to be sad when it ends. Thankfully I have just a little longer to enjoy it...and I'm savoring each page.


I hope each of you had a blessed Christmas. Ours was absolutely perfect! John and I usually don't exchange gifts at Christmas--we'd rather spend all of our money on our kids--but this year he gave me a great gift. A Slanket. Don't laugh. I really, really wanted one. I actually wanted one last year and they were completely sold out and back-ordered. Some of you asked me on Twitter what the difference between a Snuggie and Slanket is. Probably price--ha ha--but here's a comparison.


I absolutely LOVE my gift. It's the gift that keeps on giving since our Colorado winters stretch into spring...so I will definitly be enjoying my Slanket just a little longer!
And because I feel the need to comment on this photo: No, I'm NOT a Texas or Tennessee fan. Yes, there have been way too many pictures of me without makeup posted on the web lately. No, I didn't get a new Macbook for Christmas (John surprised me with it in October)! John posted this pic on Facebook with the caption, "Always wanted to live with a slanky lady". I'm pretty crazy about him...and I love how much he makes me laugh.


As much as I'd like to linger here just a little longer, I must get going and start some laundry and find my mop and get things ready for John's family to arrive. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas...

23 comments:

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

I love having my tree up, even though it looks a little bare without gifts under it. I promised my girl we wouldn't take it down til late, since I was late getting it up this year. I love the lights, and having my quiet time with the tree lit.

Sounds like you had a wonderful Christmas!

averagemoreorless said...

I have to be honest and say that I was ready to get back to work and the normal routine. I left my husband at home with the kids and the spare family. At least your post made me wish I wanted 'a little longer'. I don't, but I'm sure a good wife/mother should and I wish I did. Not enough to ask for vacation or anything, but you know ...

Lauren Kelly said...

Sounds like a wonderful Christmas..... And enjoy your week with the famly!!!! :)

Michele said...

I love your slanket! I especially love that it's BIG UT orange!!! I'm so glad your Christmas was wonderful. Hope this week with the in-laws is just as nice!

Virginia said...

I didn't even think of Texas or Tennessee. That is definitely SCRAPPER ORANGE!!!

Brenda said...

I hear ya about all the 'rich, sugary and fattenin foods'! But I am happy to say that I made myself get on the scale today and I didn't gain one pound! I was really nervous.
I like your idea about pics by the tree every year. You can definitely see your kids growth between this years and last years on your sidebar.
Enjoy the rest of your week and be blessed in 2010. (wow, that number was hard to type!)

Jacquie said...

This was a fun post! Your Christmas eve photo is so cute!

I haven't had the wants on a Slanket/Snuggie yet. Kale tells me to just put my robe on backwards. Ha!

Holly said...

LOVE this post! And about to put "The Help" on hold...perhaps it will be ready by summertime.

You REALLY need a red slanket...that is all. :)

Love and Have a Mer-y New year!
Holly

Holly said...

I'm #259! Oh my!

Sitesx6 said...

I LOVE Christmas ...however, I took one of our two trees down CHRISTMAS NIGHT...yes, yes I did. My husband called me a total scrooge. Then he took our other one down Dec. 26 !! We are Christmas free and loving it. Now I can relax this whole week and enjoy the family (my husband takes this week off too.)

Kelly in Michigan

Sitesx6 said...

I LOVE Christmas ...however, I took one of our two trees down CHRISTMAS NIGHT...yes, yes I did. My husband called me a total scrooge. Then he took our other one down Dec. 26 !! We are Christmas free and loving it. Now I can relax this whole week and enjoy the family (my husband takes this week off too.)

Kelly in Michigan

Anonymous said...

So glad you are reading The Help. I just finished reading it last night. That book made me laugh out loud so much. Those ladies were hilarious!! I ended up having to sit in for a teacher during parent teacher conf. because she had the h1n1 and I had absolutely nothing to do so I started reading that book and was hooked! Let me know what you think of it when you finish. I don't want to spoil it for you. I got bogged down towards the end but finally got it finished. Glad you all had a great Christmas.
Love to you all.
Joan

jeanie@mageditor.blogspot.com said...

Well, once the gifts are gone...the tree looks too sad and has to come down. We took ours down today and it was a bit bittersweet to put away the ornaments but a relief to have the house back to normal.
I have to say, I totally agree with you on the end to the rich food. I'm ready to get back to normal eating and sleeping!

Gretchen said...

Lurved seeing you, Merry. Glad your Christmas was the best, and hope you have fun with your visitors, too. Thanks for setting me straight on the Slanket/Snuggie issue. I promise never to confuse the 2 again. And girl, your face is gawgeous with makeup or without it.

New Every Morning said...

My kids love to have "sleepovers" in each others' rooms. My momma-heart loves it. Holdin' on to it as long as I can.

So glad you had a merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

Hi Meredith-I just finished the Help last night! Minny and Abileen are so funny...See you in a few weeks, Teresa

Betsy said...

What a great picture of ya'll under the tree. You look really cute in your Slanket, too! ;)

I am also loving The Help. Yay for good books!

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

The pic of you and the kids is precious...and wow, I wish I looked that good without makeup - you look great all cuddled up in your slanket!

The Help is going on my reading list right now...

Happy New Year, Mer!

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Rosey Pollen said...

Happy New Year, Slanky lady!

I will look for that book. Sounds great.

Rosey

Christen said...

I'm excited for The Help too! (Just checked I'm #14- in Large Print- Yuck!)

Your Slanket matches your Keen's and big toe :)My hubby got me a throw that is so warm I actually sweat under it!

I'm LOVING break SO much too!

Oh I took my tree down the day after Christmas and my husband and I were actually joking that we were such grinches! I don't like clutter and the red gets on my nerves, I like my earthy tones back!

You are beautiful without make up! Wish I had one of those faces, I don't but still barely wear the stuff.

Glad your time is lovely, see you at book club soon :)

His Girl said...

I'm loving this week too.

Happy New Year, amiga!

whimzie said...

I'd always wanted to know the difference between a Snuggie and Slanket but haven't taken the time to Google! Thanks for the info, Mer!

P.S. The Help is def. going on my list of To Reads...right after I finish Home to Holly Springs.