It's Christmas Eve....the kids are all sleeping in the living room tonight by the Christmas tree which leaves Dan and I "homeless" for the night. We usually curl up on the couch together after the kids are in bed and watch some chick flick or something. Actually, lately I have been hand stitching things and he has been sitting at his desk working...but we are in the same room. Anyways, I thought now would be a good time to catch up on blogging. For starters...My mouth is FINALLY feeling better. Almost 2 weeks later I feel like I am on the mend. That dry socket thing is NO joke. Basically, if you get a dry socket, they have to pack your empty tooth hole with a gauze type packing that has cloves oil or something on it. N.A.S.T.Y. However, it really helps. I had one oral surgeon that really packed it in...and I lost it. Full out breakdown in the chair. I had just gotten done with my Real Milwaukee segment that morning, ran home and grabbed my daycare kids and headed to the oral surgeon with 4 kids in tow. Then the dentist shoved this packing in so hard that I couldn't take it. I think he thought I was a bit cray cray. Full out sobbing....with 4 kids staring at me thinking "this lady is a nut job and our mom's leave us with her." Long story short....I am having a little aching here and there still but nothing I can't handle. I am just praying it's not another tooth going downhill. With my mouth, it probably is.
Ok, moving on. Tonight is Christmas Eve and we attended church together. The pastor's message was about the "perfect" Christmas. Meaning in the beginning of December we all have these grand plans to make this year's Christmas the perfect year....and then it never happens. It got me thinking about how un-perfect (I know that's not a word) our Christmas has been so far. Let's start by cookie baking. I wasn't going to do it this year. I really like to fly solo in the kitchen. I don't like messes. Well, baking with 7 kids is a bit messy. This year I braved it. 7 kids surrounding the mixer all asking to add ingredients and pour and stir and scrape.
We did eventually get them done. Well, almost. The amazing sugar cookies are baked and have been left undecorated. Maybe after Christmas we will decorate them....OUTSIDE!! I mean, for reals...I don't know if I can handle frosting and sprinkles and fingers licking and touching things....but we shall see. They taste good plain, right?
This morning we let the kids open their "sibling" gifts. Each year they draw names to shop for one of their siblings. Each year there are tears because someone didn't get who they wanted to shop for. In the end it always works out and the kids just love doing this. I can't wait for the day when they can actually buy their own gifts for their sibling!! Thanks, Mom, for helping us out with this, this year!
HERE if you want to!) Anyways, we didn't get first or second place, but we did receive an honorable mention photo. I, personally, feel the outcome should have been different, but I am a bit biased!!! We canNOT wait to go back in the spring. It simply was one of the best last minute decisions we have ever made for our family!
Well, I am off to the 11:00 Christmas Eve service. The kids are all sleeping and Dan is reading something (probably a manual to a techy type of thing). In our world of so many un-perfect things, it is SO good to know that we have a perfect Savior. He can truly make ALL things new. I will be remembering that tomorrow as we celebrate HIS birth. As Lanie said tonight when she prayed, "Thank you God for being God...and letting us get presents." He gave us the best present ever when He sent His son. Have a very Merry Christmas!