Do you realize how long it’s been since I’ve sat down here? I don’t mean to write, I mean, just to sit. I’ve even been standing to eat the last few weeks while I attempt to fit every last thing in.
If it’s not Christmas related, it’s school related. If it’s not school related, it’s drivers-ed related. If it’s not drivers-ed related, its youth group. If it’s not youth group, it’s renovation related. If it’s not renovation related, it’s “that house” related.
I’m so tired of relations and we haven’t even seen the real ones yet!
Christmas presents have been bought, knitted, sewn, made, and wrapped (or shipped) and were even under the tree for a few nights before being sent off with the big man himself. Yes, that’s right, my dentist man. I sent them off today in his big red, all wheel drive sleigh since we’ll be over on his side for Christmas, and we couldn’t fit the gifts and the dogs. Our tree is a bit saddened by this, but the quiet will do it some good.
The boys have two weeks off, which so far the one day they’ve been officially off, has been pretty awesome! We’re one of the few places in the country getting snow this year I hear, so the boys spent their day sledding down our hill. No tutoring this week. And no youth group. Just a really long drive to the “wet side”. But, they both get drive time in, under snowy conditions, so I guess it’s still school time?
I’m taking this week off from renovations. It’s a short week for us anyways since we’ll be gone, but the feeling of not working on it tonight is actually throwing me off a bit. I even worked on it the former Saturday, like I said I wouldn’t, so my dentist man wouldn’t come home to a pulled apart bathroom. So far the cabinets are the exact color I want, I just wished the laundry rooms were also?
(No picture – I’m not letting you peek yet!)
This Saturday was spent cooking, baking cookies and watching Christmas movies. (Ok, yes I do hate cooking, but a magical thing happens when you do it. Your children pop out of all sorts of nooks and crannies and talk to you and help and watch movies with you. It’s worth the loathsome act of cooking.) Seriously, could life get any better than that? It was a small reprieve for my overly stressed out brain.
Two weeks ago we found out that one of our student loan bills would be going from $400 a month to $1800. That means we’ll be paying about $3000 a month total. That’s about $2000 more than we have to pay them. But you know what – we could have had that payment go up while dealing with the renters and losing $3000 to them, so, God *is* good! *I keep repeating to myself as I try to figure out how to pay the new payment*
Today *I* spent the day standing out in front of an insurance company that sells Travelers (not to be confused with travel insurance) insurance with a big sign in protest of them not covering last January’s burst water pipes at “that house”. Why yes… I have lost my mind. Thank you for asking! Claiming that it was our fault for not being there when the water company *didn’t* shut the water off as promised. I stood out in below freezing temps, in the snow, on a street corner with my sign and fliers. I even handed out candy canes when people would stop at the lights. It is the Christmas season after all.
When I got home, there was a note informing me that there is a letter waiting for me at the post office for me from said insurance company. It’s either the check they owe us, or a court order. So tomorrow will either be spent paying off repairs and sledding with the boys, or standing out front of another insurance company. As long as I tell the truth, they can’t tell me to stop.
I guess time really does fly by when you’re having… um… fun?
But this Christmas looks to be a good one, with snow and family. Can’t beat that. I hope you all have a Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, Wonderful Hanuka, Festive Solstice or just a plain old Happy Holidays!