Greetings, friends! It’s hard to believe we’re less than a week away from Christmas. I hope you and your loved ones are staying well. Earlier this week, I flew up to Boston to bring Caroline (and her car) home from college, so everyone is here now, and it’s so nice!
It’s amazing how the addition of one person can really change the family dynamic. Not that she is one to monopolize the conversation or fill the room with her presence, but everyone has a unique role, and when one is gone, there’s definitely a missing piece to the puzzle. Sometimes you don’t even realize it until they return. All that to say, it’s great having everyone under the same roof again, even though it’s only for a few weeks.
Our drive home was pretty hairy, and I’m so glad I went with her. She did some of the driving, but I ended up taking over somewhere in Connecticut and getting us the rest of the way home. It’s just a really tough drive, and it didn’t help that we got off to a late start and were driving in rush hour traffic.
There are so many dicey interchanges, lanes are narrow, and people drive super fast and do crazy things. You have to stay alert, be able to think fast, and have good reflexes. It takes practice, and she just isn’t there yet. She’s getting there, though.
Paul is planning to take her back up in January, but I might go if things are quiet around here. It was good to spend time with her, and I really enjoyed having a night by myself at the hotel. My flight was super fast and easy too. It’s only about an hour in the air, and everything went smoothly at the airport. You hear so many crazy stories about air travel these days, but we’ve really lucked out this fall. The two trips she took went well too.
We’ve had a fairly quiet weekend, but we did meet friends for dinner on Friday night, so that was nice. Last night, everyone stayed in and did their own thing. I made a family dinner, and then Becca and I watched the One Direction documentary. (If you have a 1D fan in your house, it could make a great last minute Christmas gift!) Becca’s a super fan, and honestly, I like them too. Not only do I enjoy their music, but their story is intriguing.
Today we have church, and we’re going to make the Shane family Christmas cookies tonight if I can roundup the troops. Want to see a blast from the past?
Man, was that ever a long time ago! Becca and I made the traditional sugar cookie cutouts last Sunday night. She’s changed just a bit, don’t you think?
I may get in trouble for posting that, but anyway! Those cookies are long gone, and the whole family usually gets in on the fun when we make the Shane molasses cookies, so I’m looking forward to that.
And then the countdown is on! I’m in pretty good shape with my Christmas shopping, but I still have a lot to do this week. And I think I might need a root canal. I’ve been having pain in my one molar when I bite down, and it’s not going away, so I need to get that checked out tomorrow. Fun, right?
Otherwise, we have a lot of fun plans on this week leading up to Christmas, so I’m praying everyone stays well. Have a blessed Sunday!
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