Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Is Winding Down

In a way it seems like Christmas has been here for a loooooong time.  In other ways it seems it just got here and it's gone already.  The 'major day' is past.  Packages have been opened, toys have been played-with, and most of the cake is gone (thank goodness!).  Yesterday was actually another big shopping day with rushing to exchange for another size or a different color. 

I am nowhere near back to normal yet, still sipping cider and eating fudge.  Since Monday we have piled in the car and visited loved ones from one end of this state to the other.  Grandmothers, aunts, uncles, and cousins.  We saw them all...and that is what make it Christmas!  That, and the ambrosia, the caramel cake, and the Fincher's Barbeque!  Yes, I know....at least 5 pounds.  How about you?  Did you get 5 pounds for Christmas too?

We have two more sleeps before my older son heads back to Colorado, my younger one goes back home and back to work, and things are 'back to normal'.  Visits with your adult children are just the best.  There really is nothing better.  The only thing is that it reminds you how very much you miss them.  You fill that "missing" with all sorts of activities, which you also love, but not nearly so much.  So when it comes time for them to go, it's like ripping the scab off once again.

Hopefully we'll be able to get the four of us together once more before Tuesday morning when the holiday is officially and completely over.  It's been good to hug and reconnect and talk in person, not just via electronics! 

Is normalcy just a great distraction for Real Life like we've had the last few days, or maybe normalcy actually is real life, and all the magical times like Christmas are somehow unreal, fantasy???  The magic of Christmas is winding down now...out of Real Life and back into normalcy ... or out of fantasy and back into Real Life. What do you think?

21 comments:

  1. I think it is all real life and all enjoyable! So glad you had such a wonderful family filled holiday.

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  2. You are so right. Adult kid visits are the best but oh so hard when they come to an end.

    How blessed we are to have kids that love us even when they are no longer kids.

    Real Life is good!

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  3. Too Many Hats....yes it is all real life. Happy holiday to you too. I'll be by to visit soon. Just catching up.

    Marla, Sounds like we are kindred spirits. See you soon. Thanks.

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  4. Ditto with that Too Many Hats said.. Real life in both the realms....... I think it is like our Christian walk... There are Mountain tops and Valleys and there is growth and joy in each but each such a different terrain..... What ya think?

    Happy New Year

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  5. Adults kids!! the more I see them the more I want to see them.

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  6. Oh Sandra, "a life of normalcy"??? Just how does one DO that? I guess if I let go and let God, that might help.

    Love your posts, just reading about WONDERFULLY filled--sometimes normal?--lives is SO much fun for me.

    Thanks for the photos, they bring a blog to life.

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  7. we go through real life in the grind, so we can have magical moments like being with our kids again as our rewards. those moments are too precious and far too few in between!

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  8. I agree Denise....mountains and valleys...it's all real.

    Gayle, Me too. I want more than I can have!! Once a year is not enough.

    Steve, Sometimes I feel anything but normal...whatever normal is.

    Sarah, I'm all for the magical moments! The more rewards, the better.

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  9. All year long we wait for this magical time of year, only for it to be over with far too quickly. The magic is gone...back to normality...whatever that may be!
    Have a great New Year!
    Wishing you everything that you would wish for yourself!

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  10. Alice, Thank you. I really wish the same for you too.

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  11. How wonderful to have had those days with your boys/men. I bet it will take a little while to get back into the groove of normal. How blessed they are to have a mom who loves them so much!

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  12. I enjoy having everyone under one roof. And because of last week's snow, I got some extra time off from school. Bonus points all the way aroiund!

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  13. Sharon, Thanks. It's hard for me to imagine a mom who doesn't love this much!

    Melissa, Yea! Snow days! When I was a teacher I loved those few extra days off too!

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  14. Sharon, Thanks. It's hard for me to imagine a mom who doesn't love this much!

    Melissa, Yea! Snow days! When I was a teacher I loved those few extra days off too!

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  15. Glad you've had such a wonderful time with your kids and family!! Christmas is definitely over too quickly once it gets here. Hard to believe we'll be starting another year in just a few days.

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  16. Seasonal Greetings, I know just what you mean about Christmas seeming to have been going on for ages and yet, at the same time, to have come and gone so quickly. I can hardly believe we are about to begin a new decade. Best wishes to you and yours.

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  17. I think it's back to real life. What we are used to in our day to day ruts. Yes, there is nothing like a crisis to emphasize just how peaceful a rut can be lol!!

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  18. Sandra~ Thank you so much for the visit and recent comment on my Lady in Red. I appreciate it so much and I am with you all the way regarding your creative endeavors! Can't wait to see what you create!

    I'm not officially blogging at all this week, but wanted to thank you and also thank Steve for sending you my way!

    Happy New Year! and all the best~
    Calli

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  19. Glad to hear that you had a wonderful Christmas! I guess it's part of Real Life it's just a small segment of it. :-) Enjoy your week!

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  20. Great to hear from everyone.

    Calli, I'll take all the support I can get with my art. Thanks.

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  21. Love the new blog look! I'm glad you had a Merry Christmas! I hope your 2010 is awesome!

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