We got the tree up and the house decorated over the weekend. It seems each year I pull out less and less decorations. When the kids were home I would always go all out. Now, the extent of outdoor decorations are my indoor lights in the windows, which by the way, are there all year long.
I found out Nicole will not be coming home for Christmas. She has not felt well through her entire pregnancy and she said she just couldn't make the trip. What a bummer!! I'm through shopping for the grand babies, but am waiting for a few gifts to arrive that were ordered. As soon as they all come in I'll have to pack up all the gifts for shipping and hope they make it to North Carolina in time for Christmas. Had I known earlier she was coming home, I would have done the bill to ship to, and gift wrap option with all the gifts I ordered. To make the shipping a little lighter I'll be sending money for Nicole and Bret, with the exception of the one special gift I got Nicole back in the summer.
Between shopping, working out at the gym and visiting with friends I've had little blogging time. I'll be starting the baking soon which will leave even less time. But I know you are in the same boat. The last time I talked with Nicole she told me Bret said all he wanted for Christmas from me was my pepperoni rolls. I have to admit I make awesome pepperoni rolls, but I won't be making them for Christmas. I guess I better plan on taking the local ingredients I'll need to make them when I go to North Carolina in February when the baby is born.
It's my turn to host our family Christmas gathering. Every year I get together with my brother and sisters' family at Christmas. With the exception of my BIL, who is now remarried, I'm the oldest. My nieces and nephew's children are grown and one has a baby. Do you know what that makes me?? A great, great aunt!!! I cherish the time when we all get together. This will be the first year we get together after Christmas. I wanted to do it after Christmas so Nicole and my nephew, who also lives in NC, could be here. This will give us all something to look forward to after Christmas Day.