December 2: Yesterday morning I had a little over 4 hours at home by myself. Yes, let me repeat that--4 hours at home by myself! I would've had more time but I decided lying in bed under the warm covers listening to the silence warranted another 30 minutes. Troy had gone in to work early and the kids had spent the night at Grandma and Grandpa's. Maggie and I decided that it was very quiet; she really did keep looking at me like where did everybody go?
So, what did I do with this glorious time to myself? I put up all the Christmas decorations, picked up the house, did 3 loads of laundry and ate two meals alone without having to get anything for anyone. It was completely marvelous. But you know what, it was almost too quiet. Don't get me wrong I enjoyed the time to myself but it just didn't feel right. I was missing the ones I love the most and it made me realize that long, hard days (like today as a matter of fact) are sweet too and I need to appreciate all the days we spend together making our house a home just a little bit more.
December 3: Tonight after dinner we put the Christmas lights on our tree. For some reason or another it seems that every year we get our tree and it takes us 4-5 days to get it put up and decorated. Troy and I were going to put the lights on last night so we could hang the ornaments tonight after dinner but more than half of our light strands didn't work last night and Lowe's was already closed by the time we figured that out. So, tomorrow is day 4 and hopefully by tomorrow night the tree will be covered in ornaments.