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Christmas Is Coming!

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The sound of crickets has filled my blog lately, so it’s time for an update. I’m sprinkling pictures throughout this post, too, so that there’s proof that I’ve decorated for Christmas.

No room for your Nativity set? Hang it above your garage door! (Snapped this photo of my in-laws' neighbors.)

No room for your Nativity set? Hang it above your garage door! (Snapped this photo of my in-laws’ neighbors.)

After our whirlwind Thanksgiving celebration/Great Wolf Lodge visit, we spent the week visiting the Emergency Room, checking blood glucose (BG), cramming in some schoolwork, doing laundry, and packing for our annual trip to Washington state. I’m exhausted just by typing. Next was a full day of traveling–first to Reagan National, then an extended layover in Denver due to some nasty weather (-3º when we landed), and finally into Spokane at 12 AM (or 3 AM if you’re on EST)–so that we could spend 8 wonderful days with Ryan’s family.

How do you amuse yourself in an airport? Create a book all about trolls, of course.

How do you amuse yourself in an airport? Create a book or 2 all about trolls, of course.

The girls would like me to note that it did NOT snow while we were visiting Spokane. That’s actually a first. Not only was it insanely cold–less than 10° most mornings–but no snow during a full week in December is just unfair, un-American, and unusual, according to the girls. (Not to mention the extra suitcase we took that was full of snow pants, snow boots, hats, and gloves.)

Proof that yetis do exist! Here are the girls with Sasquatch outside Boo Radley's in Spokane.

Proof that yetis do exist! Here are the girls with Sasquatch outside Boo Radley’s in Spokane.

G with me at Spokane Falls. We were cold!

G with me at Spokane Falls. We were cold!

It’s always a good week when you spend it with people who “love you madly,” including a father-in-law who enjoys making me lattes that are on par with anything Starbucks brews.

The girls and their beloved Grandma.

The girls and their beloved Grandma.

The trip home went faster and easier. I addressed our Christmas cards, so that felt like a major accomplishment. Also, there were no storms to battle, but we have been battling the transition back to EST since Saturday. Poor G has been trying desperately to fall asleep before 10 PM each night, but it’s just not easy for an 11 year old! I’ve been letting her sleep until she wakes up, so most mornings school is starting at 10 AM or later.

I love a good skinny tree! You can see all of the ornaments on the front and the back!

I love a good skinny tree! You can see all of the ornaments on the front and the back!

That brings me to the next point: We completed our final day of school for 2013 today! For S, this means that she is now a 4th grader! For G and H, it means they are halfway through 6th and 1st grades, respectively. For me, it means I can breathe a little easier.

What's wrong with this picture? Can you find Rosie, my in-law's cat?

What’s wrong with this picture? Can you find Rosie, my in-law’s cat?

Now I can start baking the neighbors’ Christmas treats. This year I’m avoiding anything with the word “fruitcake” in the recipe. Last year’s attempt at fruitcake biscotti was disastrous. Baking scones is tomorrow’s project. I’ll post the recipe later.

How to hang stockings when you don't have a fireplace: on the railing! Nana crocheted my stocking many years ago.

How to hang stockings when you don’t have a fireplace: on the railing! Nana crocheted my stocking many years ago.

Since I need to put some dinner in the oven–and eventually on the table–I’ll leave you with some pictures. Here’s how we’ve decorated this year. Merry Christmas, everyone!

The girls' tree, aka a Norfolk pine, holds the ornaments they've made and received from ornament exchanges.

The girls’ tree, aka a Norfolk pine, holds the ornaments they’ve made and received from ornament exchanges.

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